Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why does wedding photography cost so much?

A: There are many things that are incorporated into the cost of a wedding photography package, not simply the photography itself on the day of the wedding. Being a full time professional photographer, as with any other form of self-employment carries with it many demands on time as well as business associated costs. There are meetings which take place from the initial contact between client and photographer through to just before the wedding, time spent preparing equipment, traveling and researching locations. With digital technology has come hours and hours of computer time, emailing, editing photographs, retouching and designing albums. Keeping up with the latest technology has also been a by-product of the digital age. The expense of new, regularly updated computers, new software, back up hard drives and discs, professional monitors as well as constantly upgrading professional camera bodies, adding new lenses and faster and larger memory cards. Not to mention the time and expense for promotion, advertising, websites, business cards, brochures, display prints and frames and display albums.... All of this and a little something to pay the mortgage with at the end of the month! :-)

Q: Who will be photographing my wedding day or portrait session? Do you bring another photographer?

A: I (Stephan Potopnyk) am the primary photographer (and business owner) of Enlightened Images. I don''t send out other photographers to cover weddings or portrait sessions. When you have booked your wedding or session with Enlightened Images, I am the person who looks after everything from the initial meeting right through to the delivery of the final product. I oversee it all and therefore can assure quality service and the best result. I do not use a second photographer, however I am accompanied by an assistant to most wedding coverages. I am a believer in quality over quantity and I don''t feel that having two people taking pictures and therefore having twice as many photos means that you will have better photos. Having photographed over 300 weddings I have developed a style and confidence in what I do and firmly believe that a single photographer is able to capture all the key moments. Where it is useful to have a second viewpoint, such as in a church balcony, I do have my assistant photograph as well when it's appropriate.

Q: Do you have a studio? Where do we meet?

A: I work from a home-based studio. My business is self contained with a separate entrance on the lower level and features a gallery, meeting area and a shooting space which can accommodate up to 4 people. I prefer to meet potential clients here as they are able to get a good idea of my style of photography as well as have access to a selection of display albums, frame samples and product ideas. I do also travel for meetings when required.

Q: Do you offer digital negatives (high res files) and what are they?

A: Digital negatives (also known as high res files) are high resolution (large) digital JPEG image files. More than just used for posting on Facebook or showing on your computer, these image files are useful for making prints up to 8x10 and larger as well as for preserving for future use. Digital negatives are not retouched but have been edited for colour, brightness and cropping. Digital negatives are included in most of my Wedding Coverage options (or are available for purchase if not included). Digital negatives are not included with portrait sessions but are available for purchase.

Q: What is the difference between a print that I purchase through you versus a print that I make from a digital negative at my local photo lab?

A: When the average person has a print done at a local lab (i.e. Costco, Walmart, Blacks, etc) the lab takes the digital file that you give them, corrects it the way THEY think it should look in terms of colour and overall appearance (and in some cases doesn''t even pay attention to that) and a machine spits out your print from a little chute. Most of the time it''s printed on a fairly flimsy, plastic coated photo paper. When I create a print for a client, the first thing I do is retouch the original image. I soften blemishes, wrinkles if need be and remove any minor distractions I may notice. Then I selectively darken or brighten parts of the image and enhance or fade specific colours where I feel it adds more intensity to the overall visual effect. When I am happy with the overall image I have it printed on either a thick, archival photographic display paper, or for fine art prints, the photo is printed on a luxurious heavyweight, cotton based fibre paper which feels just as good as it looks. I also offer a canvas print process which gives an image an art-like quality and displays beautifully with or without a frame.

Q: What camera equipment do you use?

A: I use professional Nikon camera bodies and lenses for all my photography work. My lenses cover the range from extreme wide angle to telephoto and I use two camera bodies during my wedding coverage so I always have the right lens ready for the right moment. My Nikon camera bodies incorporate full frame digital sensors which have been proven to be industry leading in quality and for low light performance. As I prefer the look of natural light in a photograph (as opposed to flash) where possible, these cameras truly shine when I''m able to produce beautiful images at a light level that will have most other cameras firing their flashes.

Q: Do you charge travel fees?

A: Travel up to 100 km (each way) from Barrie is included for wedding coverages. Distances greater than that will have a minimal travel fee added. Portrait sessions outside of the Barrie area will be charged a minimal travel fee. In the event of travel outside the province, a travel and accommodation fee will be quoted.

Q: Do you do destination weddings?

A: I am willing to travel anywhere within Canada for wedding coverage but I currently do not travel outside the country for destination weddings.

Q: How long will it take to see photos from my wedding or portrait session?

A: It takes approximately 3 weeks to complete an online gallery or set of proofs for either a wedding or portrait session. Print orders take approx 6 weeks for completion and album orders take approx 8 weeks after final layout approval. Extra seasonal delays may also occur.

Q: What are your payment terms and do I need to pay a booking fee (deposit)?

A: A $500 booking fee is required to book a wedding date and is non-refundable if there is a cancellation. The remaining coverage amount is split into two payments, one of which is due 4 weeks before the wedding date, with the second payment being due when the online gallery/proofs are ready. For portrait sessions, the session fee is due at the time of booking. Session fees are refundable if cancellation is made within 12 hours of the scheduled session time.

If your question has not been answered here please don''t hesitate to contact me for a quick and friendly answer!