Vibrant Long Island Wedding Photography by Kimberly Salem Photography » Contemporary Wedding Photography for Fun-loving Couples

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FAQs

Wedding Day


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I am in wedding photo overload! What makes your photography different?

Whenever you look at the photos I’ve taken at your wedding, you will be able to take pride in the wedding you’ve created. You are putting a lot of time and effort into this one day, and my job is to capture all of the things that make it unique. All the little details you worked so hard to bring together and the unscripted moments that made your day special will shine through!

Will you be the actual photographer present on the wedding day?

Yes, Kimberly Salem will personally be the one covering your big day.:)

What kind of photobooth do you offer?

If you are thinking of having a photobooth at your reception, we offer an automated open-air photobooth, which means that there is a camera setup with a backdrop and a big red button for you and your guests to push to take photos. We bring along a bunch of props and chalkboards, which always make for fun photos! You can view the images online after the wedding, and you’ll also receive all of the digital files from the booth.

How far do you travel for weddings?

We are located right smack in the middle of Long Island! Working out here is great, since it is so easy to get to NYC, plus there are so many great places out on Long Island as well. We also travel to parts of NJ and the Hudson Valley.

Do you include digital files in your wedding packages?

Absolutely! You will receive high resolution files in jpeg format along with all of my wedding coverage packages. The files come with a personal use license, which allows you to print the photos to your heart’s content.

How soon after my wedding will I be able to see my photos?

Before your wedding day, we will post an online ordering gallery where you and your guests can sign up to be notified about your wedding photos. Within 4 to 6 weeks of the wedding day, you’ll get an email letting you know that your photos are ready to view in the gallery. You’ll then be able to browse all of your images, pick out favorites, and order prints.

What is the difference between ordering prints through the gallery and printing the proof images ourselves?

We guarantee that you will be happy with all prints ordered through the online gallery! They are printed at a professional lab that produces tip-top quality, archival prints. Each order you place is managed through my studio and will receive extra special customer service.

I have this big open space on my wall that needs to be filled! Do you offer larger size prints?

Photo canvases and fine art prints are great options for wall art! We would be happy to walk you through choosing prints that would work best for your space. All larger prints ordered through your gallery will go through another editing process to perfect each image before it goes to print. This means that we’ll use the magic of Photoshop to take out any stray hairs, odd background elements, and anything else distracting. The final print will be crisper, more vibrant, and look great on your wall:)

What is a proof image?

A proof image is an image that has gone through a basic editing process, which includes color correction and exposure correction as well as some black and white conversions. These proof images are the versions you will receive as jpegs. Unlike physical prints ordered through the online gallery, they do not go through any further retouching or mastering.

Should I hire a second shooter?

A second shooter is available to you as an add-on option, and is included in some wedding packages. Having a second shooter brings not just another eye, but also another perspective to enrich the wedding coverage. The photographers that I work with are all professionals, with wedding experience under their belts. Especially for larger weddings, a second shooter is something you should consider.

Do you have insurance?

Yes, my business is fully insured!

Do you carry backup equipment?

Yes, we always carry backup equipment, just in case! There are so many unknowns in a wedding day that it is very important to have reliable backup equipment.

How much $$ are your wedding packages?

Check out the Investment page for some more information on pricing, and then contact me for further details. We have some standard packages, but can also work with you to create custom collections that fit your specific needs.

How can I book you for my wedding date?

After we chat on the phone or meet up in person, when you’re ready to book, we require a signed contract along with a payment of $1000 to book your date. Click here to get started!

Albums




Do you offer any wedding albums?

Yes, you can order a custom, heirloom-quality photo album from your wedding day. The albums on offer have thick, sturdy pages, and they look and feel absolutely gorgeous. The albums are flush mount style, which means that photographic print is mounted all the way to the edge of the page. This style of album allows us full control over the entire page in the design process. You can choose from a large variety of cover styles, including leather and silk, or eco-friendly faux leather or fabrics.

Can I see a sample album?

You can see a few sample albums when we meet in person, or you can check out a couple of albums online here: Wedding Albums.

How does the album design process work?

Your album is a precious object. It will hold so many memories of your wedding day, and do it in a beautiful way! My personal photographic vision of your day will carry through all the way to the album design. We will go through a multi-step design process to make your album just as amazing as your wedding day.

 

 

Engagement Sessions



Do you offer engagement sessions?

Yes! Engagement sessions are a great way for us to get to know each other before the wedding day. Also, I think it’s always nice to celebrate your engagement with some relaxed portraits.

What exactly is an engagement session?

An engagement session is a pre-wedding portrait session on location somewhere in NYC or Long Island. The best sessions are usually in favorite hangout or location that has meaning for you as a couple.

What does an engagement session include?

You will receive the digital proof files from the session, and I also offer products like a guest signing book for the wedding and custom designed save-the-date cards. If you have a project in mind, we can incorporate it into the session!

What should I wear?!

Most importantly, you should feel comfortable! The more comfortable you feel, the more relaxed you’ll be for your photos. It may sound crazy, but try to take a snapshot of yourselves beforehand to see if you like how you’ll show up on camera (a la Clueless:)) Other than that, we suggest not wearing anything in a color too close to your skin tone.

 

Techie Camera Questions



What camera equipment do you use?

I am a Canon girl and currently shoot with a pair of Canon 5d Mark II cameras (100% digital). At weddings, I shoot with two cameras at all times! My very favorite lenses are the 100mm f2.8 IS macro and the 70-200 f2.8 IS. I also love the 16-35 f2.8, 50 f1.4, 85 f1.8 and 24-105 f4 lenses. My favorite lens for food photos is the 90mm T/S, but it doesn’t see a whole lot of action at a fast-pace wedding:)

Do you use any off camera lighting?

Yes! Being in control of light is one of the most important aspects of being a photographer. I am comfortable shooting in available light, and I also use flashes. Nothing screams “point and shoot” like strong flash coming straight from the camera, so I use off camera flashes along with pocket wizards at a wedding reception, and I also bounce an on-camera flash as part of my lighting arsenal.