FAQs - Aniket Kanitkar Photography

FAQs

ARE WE AVAILABLE ON YOUR BIG DAY?

Why do we start with availability you might ask? Every invitation begins with a date. First, contact us by e-mail or by phone. When you e-mail us, our back-end system automatically cross-checks the date you’ve mentioned and lets us know how to best respond. If we are not available, we are happy to assist you any way we can by providing referrals. Our industry relationships mean we can easily provide you with a variety of recommendations appropriate for your desired style, coverage, and budget. Even though we can’t shoot your wedding, we still want to take of you and may know someone who can. We’ve learned that kindness never goes out of style. When we have availability, your next step will be to make an appointment to meet with us, or you can skip directly to booking. We host our meetings in our office in Ravet, Pune, by phone or via Skype for any traveling and busy professionals. During our time together we will listen to your vision for your special day and showcase the range of services and product options we have available for your consideration.


HOW DO WE DESCRIBE OUR STYLE AS?

We would say it’s constantly evolving because we continue to become more refined. As creative artisans, we are always learning and growing. How do you see us? Do you see beautiful moments, intentional storytelling? Can you picture yourself in one of our photos?


YOU MIGHT ASK HOW MANY WEDDINGS HAVE WE SHOT?

Since 2013, we’ve captured 350+ weddings. No two weddings are alike of course, but there are generalities. Of the wedding we’ve shot, 200+ are pan Indian.


HAVE WE CAPTURED A WEDDING LIKE YOURS?

Of course not! Why? Because never has there been a wedding exactly like yours! As wedding photographers, we are in the business of beauty. After all, you've invested a lot in planning your wedding, and we understand you’re going to want to look your best. Are we familiar with different faiths, cultures, and traditions? Yes, absolutely! And what we’re not sure of, we research and find out. From gardens to beaches, churches to ballrooms, private homes to courthouses, we’ve captured almost all. From laid back destination weddings in Dubai to multi-cultural affairs in Kerala and Rajasthan, we’ve traveled a lot.


DO WE HAVE BACKUP EQUIPMENT?

Of course, we do. Not only are we professionals, but because we are now three generations of photographers and we’ve collected an ever-growing arsenal of equipment. On your wedding day, we carry redundancy across the full spectrum, from our camera cases to lighting and all foreseeable contingencies.


DO WE WORK WITH ASSISTANTS?

Not typically, but we know when a particular location or event might require one. In those cases, we will make the arrangements we think are best for the situation, so we will be sure to deliver our best work for you. A wedding is not the same as a typical commercial photo shoot. We work hard to find the proper balance between having enough hands available for things to run smoothly and so many that it changes the dynamics of a room and makes it feels like a production. We’ve found that if want to work quickly and intimately, it’s best to keep the numbers of participants to a minimum.


HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS CAN WE EXPECT?

A typical 2 day wedding might provide 1000-1500 raw photos that tell the story from beginning to end. Out of which about 600-800 photos are curated and post processed by the photographer himself and presented to you. Once all the deliverable are handed over to you, we let you select more candids to post process from the raw backup.


HOW MANY WEDDINGS DO YOU SHOOT A YEAR?

Although we have shot as many as 70-80 selective weddings in a year, doing 2 or more weddings simultaneously (thanks to team of 14 shooters and 4 editors). Seasons in life change and we now place a significant emphasis on spending time with our growing family. 


WHAT DOES NATURAL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER MEAN? HOW DO WE LIGHT?

Photography terminology sure can be confusing? All of us are familiar with a camera but learning all the camera lingo can be education unto itself. Natural light photographers and available light photographers are photographers who rely solely on the natural light occurring from the sun or the lights within a specific scene. We certainly love natural light, but when the situation calls for it, like during family formals, dramatic couple portraits, dark reception areas, or an early winter sunset, we are very comfortable using a variety of different ways to light a scene. Within the industry, professional photographers view our lighting skills as something few others can emulate.


HOW DO WE PROTECT YOUR DIGITAL FILES?

From the moment we capture your photos, we are already thinking of the best practices for protecting them. Every reasonable step available to us is employed. Our cameras now shoot with two cards, both recording the same picture at the same time so that we already have in-camera backups. That means that if one card malfunctions, there is the second card there as insurance. After your wedding, we make multiple backup copies before we go to bed. The originals are left on the camera’s card while we make two more copies on our production computer and separate backup system. Our editor works off-site, so the copy they receive is a fourth external back-up. We maintain a level of redundancy until we receive your finished JPEGs from our editor. We then upload your wedding to our proofing system. It has its system of backups. Three months after your wedding, your photos are released for a digital download. We also encourage that you make multiple copies and your own backups. We also remind all our clients that storing a copy in a safety deposit box is a reasonable protection against disaster. Once we fulfill the terms of our agreement, the responsibility for long-term protection your wedding photos transfers to you. While we don’t explicitly set out to delete older weddings, we do rotate them off our backup system and out of production typically after 6 months.


HOW LONG AFTER OUR WEDDING BEFORE WE SEE OUR PHOTOS?

We have a fantastic editor. With all of the talented people we know, there is only one who holds the same high standards we do. They will take tender loving care of the post-production of your wedding photos. Typically, we receive the finished JPEGs back about 15 business days after your wedding. In busy seasons, they will let us know if that turn-around will stretch and be closer to two weeks so that we can then advise you. Our agreement outlines you will see them within 30 days or before. Only in isolated cases of multi-day large events with multiple photographers and massive amounts of data have we ever even come close to 30 days. As soon as we receive the photos back, we start creating your online gallery. We've found that numbering the photos and organizing them makes it easier for you to do what you want to do with your photos later. Once the gallery upload finishes, our viewing system automatically messages you to start reliving your memories. Your gallery allows you to view, label, and favorite your photos, mark any you may want private for your eyes only as well as order prints, digital downloads, canvases, and paintings. Your friends and family can easily view and order too.


DO WE DELIVER ALL THE IMAGES WE SHOOT?

No, we do not. We eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. For example, because we shoot with low apertures, sometimes we take a few extra shots to make sure we have the perfect focus. We don’t expect you to have the expertise or the time to zoom into each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so we spend hours doing that on our end. In another example, candid laughs and emotional tears are some of the best images from the day. Unfortunately, they can also yield some unflattering facial expressions. We might snap a few extras of any of these moments to make sure we have a great shot with the ideal expression for the moment. With our expertise of processing millions of images each year, we may eliminate ones that we feel are duplicates and only deliver the best one.


DO WE DO DESTINATION WEDDINGS?

While we're based out of Pune, Maharashtra, we serve clients all around the world. Our destination wedding photography packages does not include the cost of travel and  accommodations. Contact us if you want us to curate a package for you including travel and stay.


DO WE COVER ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS?

We are happy to come to your town or meet you at a fabulous destination of your choice. Please contact us for specific information.


DO WE COVER FAMILY PORTRAITS AND DETAILS?

Yes! A wedding photography collection would not be complete without good details and family photos, and we take all the photographs you would expect out of any wedding photographer. But our goal is to also go past those expectations and give you photographs that you never even imagined.


HOW DO WE HIRE YOU?

Use the contact tab at the top of each page to reach us with questions about pricing, products and availability. Once we have talked about your wedding, we’ll send you a password-protected site where you can sign your contract and pay the retainer. Everything can be done online. It takes five minutes, and after that, you can count on us to be there with our cameras for the most anticipated day of your life.


DO WE DO PRE-WEDDING PHOTOS AND VIDEO?

YES! We do. We have 3 packages to offer for pre-wedding photo and video shoot. It ranges from a typical sunset shoot to 2-3 days shoot as per your plan. We help you out with the locations, props, drapery and styling. We have some associated makeup artist to serve you at an extra cost. Contact for packages.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PRINT AN ALBUM?

That completely depends on both the sides. Its like give and take, we need your participation to complete the process beforehand. We present the photos to you in about 15 days after the event when you are settled into your daily routine. We need the selected images in about 2 more weeks. It takes about 3 weeks to design and another one week to print and deliver. Delay from your end may cause the process to alter.


VIDEO DELIVERY SCHEDULE?

Traditional video take about a month to deliver. The time may vary depending on the season. No changes in the traditional video are permitted. If you really wish to do so, we can do it at an extra cost. Cinematic teaser will be delivered along with the processed photos and the wedding film will be delivered in about 2 months. It takes a lot of efforts, man hours, creativity to curate a special montage. 


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