Where is your business located?
Our studio is based in St Albans, north of London in the south east of England with easy access from the M1, A1 and M25. We can photo shoot anywhere in the world.
Why is there such a great difference among photographers as far as prices are concerned?
By requesting a professional photographer you are hiring an artist to narrate a story by pictures in the way he perceives it. His training, the aesthetics and photographic culture he brings, the time he dedicates to his work, the methodology and the equipment he chooses to use, are fashioned for the final price of this art.
What differentiates you from all those many options I have in matters of photography?
Today many photography directories and unions spread dozens of awards and excellences helping their members to build their business profile. However at Nek Vardikos Photographia we believe that the only way to build a great business profile is to work for our clients benefits. Using our very deep knowledge in photography it is our responsibility to produce a piece of art of great worthiness and long term benefit.
How much does a photo shoot cost?
Our service is bespoke. Each client has different needs; therefore the price varies depending on your need. For more inforamtion please visit the Packages & Services page and feel free to contact us.
In what type of format will I receive my photographs?
Usually it will be .jpg or .tiff. files. However, in case of another preference, we will be able to provide it.
Who owns the copyright of the images?
Please see the copyright policy on the Terms and Conditions page.
Will my photos be published on your webpage?
We would be pleased to have your permission to post some of our best shots on our blog, however we always respect our clients wishes.
How much do you charge for destination shooting?
Our reasonable expenses include travel and accommodation.
Will I come upon any hidden additional charges?
100% not. There are no hidden extras – rates are clearly laid out and a perfect level of cooperation is ensured by the final agreement. Additional services should be requested, which will significantly alter the supplied quote. We will advise you of the changes before proceeding.
How long does a photoshoot take?
Normally full-day coverage lasts between 8-12 hours and half-day 3-4 hours. The time will vary depending on the project of the photoshoot.
How many pictures will you capture?
We try to take pictures that have a story to tell. We never take mediocre shots just to fill the space. The number of files depends on many factors, mainly on the theme of the shoot.
I don’t know how to pose and I don’t feel comfortable when being photographed. In addition I have the feeling that I don’t look good in my pictures.
Everyone can have a nice portrait. If you are not a natural poser, do not worry. We are extremely familiar with portrait shooting and we always help the person being photographed feel at ease by making the whole procedure fun and friendly. By choosing the correct angles and taking particular notice of the lighting, we always create a great outcome.
Can the black and white pictures I receive be turned into coloured ones and vice versa?
The black and white pictures you receive are the output of careful processing on grayscale tones and not just the turning on of black and white. Those files cannot be changed. Coloured pictures can be converted to black and white.
What equipment do you use?
We mostly use EOS 1D high-end cameras and various professional lighting systems.
Do you have back up equipment?
We are always equipped with two cameras in order to be prepared for any eventuality and a great variety of lenses and accessories.
I cannot send you the products that I want you to take photos of. Will you be able to come to my place to photograph them here?
Of course. We have all the portable equipment we need to take pictures anywhere we asked to.
When will I receive the first pictures after the shoot?
For commercial photography, normally within 2-4 days you will get the file index. For weddings and events due to the larger amount of imagery, it will be within 3-7 weeks, depending on the season. We are aware that you are eager to see them, so we make sure we are always on time.
Are you insured?
Yes, we are covered with public liability insurance and everything that ensures the work will run smoothly.
Do you only take staged pictures?
We always try to deliver beautiful pictures. When we get the chance, we act “as a spy” in order to capture spontaneous snapshots and to get shots with an unstudied gaze and unaffected facial expression. When we choose to take a staged picture, we try to do it in a way that they look spontaneously taken.
It’s the most special day for me and I don’t want anything to get lost or destroyed.
We are keeping a secure back-up of the files of our photoshoot.
Where and when can we have our portraits shot at a wedding and will you visit the venue first?
We usually take time before your big day to view your wedding venue in order to get appropriately prepared. For destination weddings, we can do this earlier in morning before the wedding starts. We’ll map out the day based around your schedule and source areas to photograph. If your schedule allows, we strongly recommend around 30-60 minutes for your portraits, usually in the time between the ceremony and reception.
Do you take pictures pre wedding?
Yes, we really enjoy taking outdoor photographs on location or in hotels and venues. Those pictures are also useful for wedding invitation cards, thank you cards and wedding guest books.
Do you photograph the next day after the wedding?
When you get the chance to have a photoshoot a next day, the result is always astonishing! We highly recommend it because in that case, there is no time pressure and we have the opportunity to achieve the perfect lighting as well as you as a couple being more at ease. Moreover, we can choose different locations and set a date for the photoshoot, since it is not obligatory to have it exactly the next day of the wedding. In fact, this is a nice opportunity for the bride to also try a different hairstyle, bridal accessories, etc.
Do you take pictures that trash the dress?
It is probable that the wedding dress is slightly torn during a day-after-photoshoot, but in no case do the aesthetics of our pictures conform to this idea. Besides, we are not keen on what is called “trash the dress”. Instead, we recommend a day-after love gallery with emotional and strong images of you and your husband/wife. You deserves to be photographed with time on our side.
Will I get all the files from the photoshoot and in what resolution?
Yes, you always receive all the files in high-resolution, colour-corrected and ready for print. In addition, depending on what you order, you will also receive a number of photographs specially edited and retouched.
Can you put the images online so that we can share with our friends?
Yes, when the editing is complete you will have access to the Clients page and your online gallery, so you can share with friends and easily order prints, frames, canvas, etc.
Can I order a wedding book after my wedding?
Of course, there is no time limit. The decision for an album does not have to be made at the time of booking – this option is always there. You have many choices for primary and accompanying books.
Do you design the albums by yourself? Will I get to choose the pictures for my wedding book?
Yes, we design the albums, editing all the material from the start through to the end. Then we will show you the draft design for your input before printing. You get to choose the page spreads with the pictures you like the most. In framing design, there are some rules, however you will have the opportunity to make the changes you wish in the pages.
If my photobook is damaged through carelessness, can you fix it?
Certainly, as long as the greater part of the book is not damaged.
Can you include in my book pictures I have of my own and material from my uncle and my friend who are amateur photographers?
We are always delighted when your guests take pictures of this special day for you. Unfortunately, the book you will receive cannot contain any of those files, since we treat of it as our own piece of art.
Do you also offer videography?
Yes we do! Please get in touch so we can send you details of our complete packages.
Nek Vardikos Photographia & Video