Info, FAQ + Rates
The most popular wedding coverage is 10 hours for €1250 but I also do 15, 8 or 6 hours. Elopements start at €900 for 5 hours. You can add a second shooter, engagement or day-after session and more. Just get in touch for a full rate sheet!
Questions + Answers
Receiving your wedding photographs within 20 days. Sounds like a dream right? Fast turnaround times for wedding photographs is one of my core values. Because who wants to wait for half a year to receive theirs? For your convenience I’ve compiled a FAQ on our website with answers to many of the questions we’ve received over the past year. Delivery Times, Albums, Image Downloads, Business Insurance; the fun, the dry and the tiny details, it’s all there for you.
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 take the time to have a look at each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so we spend hours doing that for you 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 work of processing thousands of images each year, we may eliminate ones that we feel are duplicates and only deliver the best one.
Do you do destination weddings?
While Oydin + Mei Wedding Photography is based out of the Algarve (Portugal) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands), we serve clients all around the world. Our destination wedding photography packages include the cost of travel and reasonable accommodations (Get in touch for our destination wedding FAQs here). Because of our frequent trips between Portugal and the Netherlands, special, lower rates may apply depending on the specific circumstances. Contact us by clicking here.
What if our ceremony is in a different language?
I speak English, Dutch and a intermediate level of French and German. However, we have also covered weddings in which we did not speak the primary language of the ceremony. We approach these weddings with research, understanding the traditions and culture of the wedding. We also have talk-through meetings with couples before the wedding to ensure we are aware of the major moments. Lastly, we always ensure that we stay alert, leaning on the instincts that we have developed for capturing the emotion and stories at any given moment. While different languages can present challenges, in the end, creativity and storytelling are all universal elements that we will portray in your photography.
Should I hire a second photographer/assistant?
If your wedding has more than 50 guests, you should make sure to choose to a package that has an associate photographer. Aside from the wedding site, there are many moments in which one single photographer cannot cover completely alone. There is no way to capture the first kiss, and at the same time, turn around and get the tear in mother’s eye.
What attire will the photographer and their assistant wear?
Even though the wedding photographers are a big part of the wedding day, it’s important that they are not distractions. As such, it’s important to us to blend in as much as possible. Furthermore, fore religious or cultural ceremonies, there may be certain colours that are considered taboo. We always make sure we will be dressed appropriately for the occasion. Typical attire for us is a dark pair of neat jeans with an white or black shirt. If you have specific dress requirements please let us know.
How long after the wedding will the photographs be ready?
The wedding photographs will be delivered to you within 20 business days after your wedding day.
How long after the event will the proofs & albums be ready?
We have a consistent production schedule in order to deliver an amazing product in an exceptionally quick manner. The schedule can be seen here: 3-4 weeks for an Engagement, Family or Anniversary photography session and 7-8 weeks for Weddings and Receptions.
Have you shot at my venue before?
We have shot many venues, so there is a good chance that we have. However, if we have not, we will get to the venue early on the day of and be sure to perform a thorough walk-through to scout out the best photography locations. We also do extensive online research prior to your big day.
Does Oydin + Mei do headshots, individual portraits, editorial photography or family portraits?
Yes, we have experience in many fields of photography. Feel free to contact us.
Does your studio provide videography services?
No, we currently do not provide videography services. However, we do work together with videographers that we would love to recommend to you.
When will I receive my wedding photographs?
You will receive your wedding photographs via an online gallery and on a USB within 20 days after your wedding.
When will I receive my engagement photographs?
You will receive your engagement photographs via an online gallery within 7 business days after your engagement session.
When will I receive my digital wedding album proofs?
You will receive your digital wedding album proofs within 3 weeks after finishing the list of images to be included on the online gallery.
When will I receive my wedding album?
You will receive your wedding album within 6 weeks after placing your order.
I'd love to meet your relatives, answer their questions and review our work with them. If possible, I’d like to at least webcam with you to get to know you better.
We’re very busy and won’t be able to meet. What are our other options?
I would love to meet with you prior to our engagement shoot or wedding; however, if you’re too busy or too far away, we can handle everything remotely. Just let me know what information you need and I will do my best to accommodate your request. For example, if you would like to see more of our work, I can gladly show you complete events online. If you would like to talk about packages and get a sense of who I am, telephone calls, and Skype appointments can be arranged.
Do you travel to meet clients?
When my schedule permits it I travel to meet clients. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please contact me at +31 (6) 3735 3778 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I set up an appointment to meet you in person and see some of your work?
Contact me at email@example.com or give me a call to book a meeting at 316.37357.3778.
Your wedding will be an amazing day; light, fun, filled with your friends and family, food and loads of good music. We want your wedding photography experience to be as festive and dynamic as your day. All couples are different, as are all weddings and those little things that make you guys - you - is what we focus on. To keep a fresh perspective for your photographs and wedding albums we're always going out to visit galleries, museums, book makers and graphic design events to stay inspired.
What is your photography style?
Being an outdoorsy-type, I am most inspired when I'm photographing in the fresh air with couples who share the same appreciation for a relaxed informal atmosphere, nature and all-around good vibes. Your happy tears, your crazy friends, the unpromted laughter, feeling all those big human feelings - my work is contextual and photojournalistic in approach, and my hope is that it is nothing but true.
Is there a style or quality difference between the primary and associated photographers?
No, there is no difference. All the photographs from your wedding are culled + edited by our primary photographer in our signature style. Therefore, the quality and the style of the photographs you receive will be consistent.
Yes we do. Every image we deliver is post produced with our unique signature style of post-production. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments, tone-mapping, and other corrections. Many photographers will not post produce any images, or will only post produce “select” images from your wedding. This means that you may have pictures that are too dark, have strange skin tones or other common photography flaws.
What do you mean by “touching up” the photos?
“Touching up” in our studio is the same as our signature (standard) post-production. See the question below for clarification.
What is the difference between advanced and custom; and why are there additional costs for a custom retouch?
Advanced post-production includes touch-ups such as removal of blemishes, removal of bags under eyes, removal of fly-away hairs, etc. On the other hand, custom post production is anything that requires extensive, custom work in Photoshop such as removing entire objects from the scene, changing the size and shape of body parts or other objects in the scene, adding objects to a scene and other custom work. We charge hourly for the custom post-production as the time required ranges depending on the complexity of the project. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote for custom post-production.
How much time you would need to have set aside for your wedding photos depends entirely on the amount of posed wedding day photos you would like. We have devised an ideal wedding photography timeline that we can go over with you during a consultation.
I have downtime between events on my wedding day. Will I be charged for that downtime?
For a variety of reasons, we have to charge for the time in between events. The fact is, we’re never truly resting during the day, whether we’re backing up images, setting up for the second venue, traveling to the second location, taking venue shots, or making up for lost photo time because of unforeseen wedding day delays. In many cases, we use that “downtime” to take you and your significant other out for a photo session or more family portraits.
What happens if we go over the contracted amount of time?
We understand that not everything goes as planned during a wedding. That's why our signature package includes full-day service where we are present from the preparations until 90 minutes after the start of your first dance, regardless of any delays.
If you've chosen a partial day package, we never pack up before the contracted time, and moreover, we’re not leaving on the dot when the contracted time is up. We will ask you at the end of your contracted time whether or not you would like to extend. If you would like us to stay, we will charge the rates specified in your contract rounded to the closest 30-minute increment.
Why do we need to charge for additional coverage?
We’ve dedicated the entire day to your wedding, so we won’t be racing off to catch other plans that evening. However, we need to charge for additional coverage primarily because there are costs of having the team stay for additional hours. The photographer and assistants all require additional compensation. Furthermore, the additional photos taken will need to be post-produced which adds to our overall costs.
Post-production for engagement sessions are completed within 7 business days after the date of the shoot. If you require the images to be completed earlier than 7 business days after the date of the shoot, a rush process fee will be charged.
When should we do our engagement session?
We encourage you to do your engagement session as soon as possible. The latest we suggest is at least 10 weeks prior to the wedding date due to the time necessary to post produce each image and complete your product order(s).
Can we schedule our engagement session for the weekend?
Because most weddings occur on weekends, we typically do not shoot engagement sessions on weekends. If you can only do your engagement session on a weekend, we can tentatively schedule your engagement session on a weekend, however, if a wedding is scheduled for that weekend, later on, we will have to reschedule your engagement session. There will also be an additional charge for weekend engagement sessions because the few weekends we have free, we spend with our families. We also like to shoot on weekdays because locations are typically less crowded.
How many images do you typically deliver from an engagement session? From a wedding?
We typically deliver anywhere from 40-50 images per 2-hour engagement shoot and for a wedding, we typically deliver 60-70 images per hour. Keep in mind these numbers may increase or decrease depending on the flow of the day and the number of events/activities needing to be captured.
As with our other products, production times vary. However, you can typically expect to receive your album 6 weeks after placing the order. The process prior to placing the order varies in duration, depending on how quickly you respond to instructions for the album design as well as the number of changes you request after the initial designs. Some brides complete this within a month or two; others take over a year. Similar to the post-production process, if you require rush processing, a fee of €250,00 will be charged. Additional fees for rush shipping may also apply.
How long does it take to get my prints?
Production times vary, however, print orders will generally be completed within 6 weeks after the product order is submitted. If you require rush processing, a fee of €250,00 will be charged. Additional fees for rush shipping may also apply.
What album companies do you offer?
We pride ourselves in print production and work with a specialised book binding studio and printer in the Netherlands. After testing the durability, print quality/consistency, and cover style options of various printers, we have narrowed our printing partners down to them. If you prefer the styles of any other album makers, we would be glad to accommodate your request, if possible. Additional fees may apply depending on the printer you choose.
How many pages/images do we get in our wedding day album?
Our signature Oydin + Mei coffe-table album contains 300 pages and 350 images. If you’d like to add more pages and images, each additional page can be added at additional cost and includes the design time/revisions.
Can I add more pages and images to my album?
Each additional page can be added for additional cost and includes the design time/revisions.
How do I get started on my wedding album?
The Wedding Album Design Process is outlined below. Album Design Steps:
01. Fill out Album Order Form - Before starting the design process we will send you an album order form where you can mark all your preferences. Please note that selecting a size or other specifications that are different from those in your package will result in additional charges. Please look at what your contract includes and mark the appropriate box unless you would like to upgrade your album specifications.
02. Initial Design - There are two options for selecting the images for your album. We can choose the images or your favourites can be selected on the online gallery. Once the images are selected we will design the first draft of your album and send you a link where you can review it.
03. Major Revision - When you receive your draft, please review this in detail with the understanding that this is our creative interpretation of your wedding day. You are free to make image and layout changes. To communicate your changes, you will be able to make comments on each page. If you would like to switch images, you can leave a comment on the page and request the change.
04. Minor Revision - After the initial changes are communicated we will redesign the album and send a second digital proof. You are then free to make minor changes; however, any layout changes may result in additional fees.
05. Send to Print - After these revision are made and you have approved the album, it is reviewed as the last check and then it's send off to print.
If you require assistance in this process please get in touch via email@example.com.
Do you provide framing services as well?
We do not provide framing services, however, we can provide you with recommendations on where to purchase and frame your images.
Contact us for a list of our favourite wedding blogs and their instructions for wedding + engagement submissions.
We have never lost an image from a wedding due to the following backup workflow for each our events: During the event, we shoot on two cards at the same time. This instantly creates a backup of every image in the camera. Afterward, we separate the primary cards from the backup cards, should anything happen to one set. We then back up the images to a local server set up in a RAID 1 configuration, as well as copy them to an offsite hard drive. At any given point before delivery of the images, there are two copies of the files in separate locations.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes. Many venues require a photographer to have liability insurance. We carry general business, equipment and liability insurance. Insurance protects us against equipment theft, but more importantly it provides liability protection in case Great Uncle Ben trips over one of our bags and breaks his leg. We can provide a Certificate of Insurance to your venue if needed.
You can print your photos up to 20x30cm without any quality loss. Id you’d like to print lager than 20x30, additional post production will be required. For pricing on these services please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What rights do I have to the digital prints?
You have the right to reprint images whenever you want. However, you may not sell your images for profit or publish your images in third party media outlets without the written consent of Oydin + Mei wedding photography.
Do you provide RAW files?
Each of our packages comes with a full resolution image download. However, we typically do not provide RAW (unprocessed) files from our shoots because we believe in delivering a finished product. In fact, we’re often shooting with the end (post-produced) product in mind.
How many images do you deliver on download?
For a 2-hour engagement session we typically deliver 40-50 images and for a wedding , we typically deliver 50-60 images per hour of coverage. Keep in mind these numbers may increase or decrease depending on the flow of the day and the number of events/activities needing to be captured.
Do you provide the digital negatives after the shoot?
Yes we do. All of the packages come with Full Resolution image download.
What if I loose my images?
There is a €100 replacement charge for additional downloads after the event has been archived. We strongly suggest you make at least one copy of the download when you receive it from us.
All dates are reserved once we receive your signed contract and the 35% booking confirmation.
When do we have to pay the remainder of the invoice?
The remainder of the invoice is the total contracted sum - the 35% booking confirmation. The remainder has to be paid latest 20 business days prior to your wedding date.
What if we exceed our contracted time for our engagement shoot and/or wedding day coverage?
Standard rates apply for overtime. Overtime is billed per 30-minute increments at the rate of €80/hour per Primary Photographer and €60/hour per Associate Photographer.
If we cancel the wedding will we receive our deposit back?
Unfortunately no. Retainer fees are used to reserve your date. Once we’ve reserved your date, we do not accept new clients for your date.
If we change our wedding to a different date will we be able to use our deposit towards a future date?
Generally no, but this is taken on a case by case basis. The reason for canceling and our availability is taken into account. Also, if rates change from your original date to your new date, the new rates will apply.
Are there travel fees associated with the engagement session and/or wedding day shoots in Portugal?
We are based in Lagos, Portugal and all travel expenses are based on the distance between Lagos and your event location(s). The following destinations are subject to the following travel fees:
+ The Algarve [None]
+ Lisbon Region [€100.00 flat fee]
+ Porto Region [€150.00 flat fee]
For multi-day events an additional fee of €75 per day applies for accommodation & day expenses per photographer. All other destinations beyond 100 KM round-trip will be negotiated and handled on a case-by-case basis.
Are there travel fees associated with the engagement session and/or wedding day shoots in the Netherlands?
We are based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and all the travel expenses are based on the distance between Rotterdam and your event location(s). The following locations are subject to travel fees:
+ De Randstad [None]
+ All other locations beyond 100 KM round-trip will be negotiated and handled on a case-by-case basis.
Why do you charge travel fees?
The primary purpose is to provide adequate compensation for the additional time spent in travel. Trips to Lisbon, for example, can take over four hours each way. This is time for which we have to compensate our photographers. For this reason, coupled with the costs of reimbursing the team for the actual costs of travel, these fees are unfortunately necessary.
Do you offer any discounts on weekday weddings, Sunday weddings, or weddings during the off-season?
We do not offer discounts on Sunday weddings and off-season weddings. As you may know, wedding season is almost year round here in sunny Portugal. Because of that, we are shooting throughout the year. We also cannot offer discounts on weekday weddings as all of the costs (second shooter rates, etc.) associated with the wedding remain the same.
If I pay for my package in cash will we be able to avoid paying sales tax or receive a discount?
Unfortunately, collecting in cash does not exempt a photography studio from paying EU sales tax on the amount of the package price when a product is delivered, whether that product be an album, any other physical product or a service.