Pricing

Wedding day coverage starts at 6 hours for $2200.  If you would like a full pricing guide please fill out the contact form.

Engagement shoots starts at 1 hour for $300.

FAQ

If you don’t see your question answered here please feel free to contact us! We’re happy to answer questions about our work. Call us at 248-219-3397 or email us at info@dantophotography.com

General Quesions

How long have you been shooting?

I picked up my first DSLR back in 2006 and have been shooting professionally since 2009. My first professional job was shooting performance photography, which I still do today.

How would you describe your style?

My style is really a hybrid of styles. I have so many inspirations that come from so many different places and I try to implement them in all my images. I love the raw emotion of photojournalism and the seductive, mysterious look of fashion photography. I comes from a screenwriting background and as such I like to inject a story sensibility into everything I shoot. In short, my style is something I like to call “modern story photojournalism”. I believe in romantic lighting, incredible backgrounds and choosing locations very carefully. As far as my photojournalistic side – I never interrupt a moment. I never pose situations that are already so magical on their own. I’m an observer most of the time with very limited intrusion, only when it is desired to achieve a particular artistic vision or an integral part of capturing the day.

Are you familiar with 'example' religious ceremony?

I have been blessed to have photographed several different types of weddings. From Catholic, to Jewish, to gay, to non-denominational and more. I’m confident that I’ll be able to get you the shots you desire. Often times couples think that if a photographer doesn’t have experience with their specific religious traditions that shots will be missed.  This is the wrong way of thinking –  an experienced wedding professional will know how to capture an image best no matter the situation.  Most importantly, you should be hiring your photographer based on their specific style and eye not if they merely know what’s going to happen throughout the day.

What are digital negatives?

Digital negatives are the final electronic JPG files that you will receive ones editing is completed.

What is the process for holding dates for your shoots?

Dates are held with a retainer payment and signed agreement. It’s a good idea to assume that others are interested in your date, and that you weren’t the first to contact about it.

How much does it cost to hold a date?

To hold a date we request 50% of the final total to be paid upfront. For portrait shoots, the other 50% must be paid at the shoot. For weddings, final payment must be made a week before the shoot..

Studio Questions

What type of gear do you use?

I’m a proud Nikon shooter. I bring to every event I shoot two full-frame D750s, multiple speedlights, mansfrotto tripods, and ridiculously tall light stands. My favorite lens is my 105MM macro (So sharp! So pretty!).

I love your style but would love to have some traditional portraiture. Is that something you do?

While it may not seem like I do traditional portraiture, I do it at almost all my weddings. Even the most modern brides still want the heirlooms that family portraiture creates and I never have a problem with specific traditional portraiture requests.

Do you shoot film or Digital?

I am currently 100% digital. The creative latitude that digital gives is beyond compare. When I shoot, I not only shoot for the moment, but I shoot with a mind as to how I can manipulate the raw image data in post production – something that can’t completely be achieved with film. By shooting digitally, the possibilities are endless!

Do you shoot by yourself or do you have an assistant/second photographer?

That all really depends on you! I offer both services but will tell you right now that if you can afford to have a second photographer, it is completely worth the money (especially if you hire me for a wedding!). There are so many things going on and while I am a photo ninja, it can often be difficult to capture every little detail. A second photographer fills in all those gaps and gives both you and I the levity and peace of mind that is ever crucial on such an important day.

Post-Shoot Questions

What is your post-shoot workflow?

I review the images, and cull them down to the best, most presentable ones. From there I go through a series of basic corrections to perfect the overall look. This could include color adjustments, exposure correction and other minor changes. After this edit, I use a private online proofing site for image presentation. This is a great way to save your favorites and share them with friends or family. Once you’ve selected your favorites, you can either get them on a DVD, USB, or sent to you digitally.  Then, more often than not, I create a blog post for you to share on social media which highlights the best images from your wedding.

How big are the final images that we receive? Will we get the original RAW files?

This is up to you but I am happy to give you the JPG images in full resolution up to 10×15 inches. As a personal preference I do not give out the original RAW files.

Do you watermark the images once turned over?

I only watermark images that are being viewed before turn over or are being used with social media and blog posting. This is more of a security measure than anything else.

How quickly do I get the images once taken?

I don’t like holding your images hostage, it’s unfair to you and I prefer to get them out of my hands as quickly as possible so that I can move on to the next project. That said, it does take time to do a proper edit, especially if you want your images to look stunning. Depending on the assignment, the time it takes for your images to be edited fully takes between 1 and 3 weeks.

How many images do you ultimately turn over?

For weddings, it’s usually 80-100 edited images per hour.  For portraits it can be even higher, like 100-150 per hour. Ultimately, I only give you what I feel are the best, most usable images.  Quality over Quantity!

Who holds the copyright and printing rights to the images?

Danto Photography retains all copyright to the images taken at your shoot. Additionally, any images given to you may not be altered or edited without our explicit consent unless stated otherwise in our contract. As for printing rights, those are released to all clients for personal use only once images are turned over.

Do you do advanced retouching? Like blemish removal, body shaping, head swapping, painting out distracting elements, etc.?

Yes we do! Advanced editing is possible for any image, but I charge per image for all editing outside of the basic editing I do for all shoots. I charge bulk rates as well if you have multiple images needing correction.

If I ``misplace`` the DVD/USB drive you send me how much does it cost to get a new one?

If you lose your DVD/USB(s) I will make you a new one at $35 per item. I would suggest that you make copies of your images for your own archival purposes or go the digital transfer route in the first place.

Engagement Session Questions

What should we wear?

Before we go into detail, the most important thing you should remember is whatever you decide to wear, make sure you’re comfortable in it. If you feel uncomfortable, you’ll look uncomfortable. Also, this isn’t a fashion show – wear whatever shows off who each of you are without taking it to the runway.

Button down shirts or solid color shirts. You want to look nice, right? Dress the part. Be sure to stay away from anything with a logo in it.
Nice jeans or khakis. A good pair of jeans can photograph really well, but if you’re a khakis guy those will work just fine.
Bright, solid colors. Rich colors can help separate you from the background.
Dresses! Anything that really speaks to your style can work but keep in mind something that works well with what your partner is wearing.
Accessories. Like props, accessories can be a fun and unique addition to your session. Think scarves, belts, hats, necklaces…etc.

What shouldn't we wear?

Ill-fitting clothes. No one looks flattering in baggy, wrinkly or faded clothes. As for tight clothes, this will only work if it’s really tasteful or if you can layer it with another top. I suggest dressing for your body type.
Clothes that match your partner. It’s okay to match to some degree, like a similar color palette, but wearing the same type of clothing is pretty tacky (unless of course this is an intentional, over the top joke!).
Running shoes. Obviously if we’re doing a shoot at a track this doesn’t apply but otherwise, stay away from running shoes or any shoe that doesn’t photograph well.
Too much makeup. Makeup can be great to class up your shoot, just don’t use this as an excuse to test out your wedding makeup.

Are props a good idea?

Depends on your style. Are you a couple who likes wacky hats and masks? Do you want to mark the occasion with a chalkboard sign? Want to bring your dog? Figure out if props are for you but I’m always pro anything that can spice up the session.

How do we pick a location?

The best place to start is a place or activity that has sentimental value and significance to you as a couple. Need some inspiration? I’ve got a detailed list of potential locations which you can view right here. If you’re aiming for a beach shoot, keep in mind tide hours and sunset hours.