Full WEdding - $4,000
Up to 9 hours of photography coverage
In-person or video chat consultation
Online image gallery
700+ edited high resolution images
Personal usage image rights
Optional $500 upgrade to up to 12 hours of coverage
Optional Wedding album(s)
SMALL WEDDING - $2,500
5 hours of photography coverage
Photo assistant if needed
Online image gallery
350+ edited high resolution images
Personal usage image rights
In-person or video chat consultation
Additional time $400/hour
Optional 2nd photographer ($60/hour)
Elopment - $1,500
Monday - Thursday only; 15 people or less
3 hours of photography coverage
Online image gallery
150+ edited high resolution images
Personal usage image rights
Additional time $300/hour
Full Wedding package
The package is designed to serve couples needing 7 or more hours of coverage and having 100 or more guests attending their wedding. It includes essential elements needed for proper photography coverage and delivery of the quality product while allowing flexibility to customize for your specific needs.
From our experience, 9-hour duration and 2nd photographer are essential to be able to provide an adequate coverage for a large type of event. This is true even when couple’s initial estimate calls for less time, which usually comes from conservative assessment. That often leads to crammed schedule and, ultimately, compromise in quality. If you have a smaller/shorter wedding, customizing a Small Wedding Package may be a better option for you.
We include 1 hour engagement session because we want to encourage spending time with the photographer in relaxed atmosphere before the fast-paced wedding day comes. This time allows couples to feel more comfortable working with the photographer and confident in front of the camera before the actual wedding. The resulting images from the session can be used to decorate your invitations and/or your wedding day guest book. However, if you prefer to skip the engagement session we’ll provide $150 credit towards your album purchase.
Wedding albums are not included in the package but can be purchased at the time of booking. We believe it is very important to have a tangible product to preserve the memories of the big day. In digital age with endless inflow of imagery we all came to consume images in quick passing manner devaluing their content and minimizing their importance. Physical presentation provides an outlet and justice to the images deserving to be remembered.
We would like to meet (either in person or via video chat) with all couples wishing to use our services. We strongly believe that personal connection needs to be established to make sure we are a good match for each other to provide our best on your big day. We spend about an hour getting to know each other, planning your celebrations, and clarifying any reaming questions.
If you need coverage longer than 9 hours we’ll extend the duration to up to 12 hours for an extra $500.
Small Wedding package
The package is designed for couples who plan to celebrate their wedding day in an intimate atmosphere with a relatively small number of guests. Typically this would be a 5-6 hour wedding coverage for a wedding with 50-70 guests, with no preparation coverage, and with the ceremony and the reception taking place in one location such as a local restaurant.
Couples may choose to expand the services in a la carte style by adding hours or a 2nd photographer. If a 2nd photographer is added s/he has to be hired for the same duration as the main photographer. We do not provide optional albums in this package but you are welcome to create your own album(s) from the digital images you’ll receive.
This package is designed for couples who would like to elope in NYC either by themselves or with a group of guests under 15 people. This package is only available Monday through Thursday. The coverage can be expanded by adding desired amount of hours.
Details and frequently asked questions
All weddings are photographed by Denis Gostev as a main photographer. An assistant and/or a 2nd photographer may also be present depending on the type of coverage.
2nd photographer is a person who will be taking photographs in addition to the main photographer. There are number of advantages in having a 2nd photographer.
The main and 2nd photographer can separate and photograph in different locations at the same time (ex. bride and groom preparations).
The main and the 2nd photographer allow coverage from different perspectives at the same time to maximize variety of angles without excessive movement (especially during the ceremony).
Having two photographers on site allows one to focus on ‘safe’ photographs while the other can often explore riskier but potentially more interesting and rewarding opportunities.
2nd photographer is an additional insurance policy against highly unlikely, but nevertheless not impossible, event of something disabling and unforeseen happening to the main photographer during or immediately before the wedding.
2nd photographer is required for Full Wedding Package. 2nd photographer is optional for Small Wedding Package; however, it may still be a good idea to have one present depending on your particular circumstances.
Assistant is a person who helps with all photography-related needs on the day of the wedding, especially with lighting equipment. This person does not take photographs but aids the main photographer in working faster and more efficiently. If such help is not needed, the main photographer may choose not to bring an assistant or bring him or her for the part(s) of the wedding where such help is necessary.
All wedding photography coverage assumes consecutive times. Some downtime in any photo coverage is inevitable, impractical to calculate, and is already built into the packages.
Engagement session is an informal photography session typically lasting about an hour. The session can be scheduled Monday through Thursday at any location of your choice within NYC limits. We prefer to do engagement sessions on weekdays because we typically have weekends booked with weddings and weekdays tend to be the less crowded in public spaces where engagement sessions are done. It’s necessary to start the session roughly 2 hours before the sunset time when the available light is most pleasing for portraits. Engagement session is included in Full Wedding Package but can be purchased as a separate stand-alone services for $700.
We provide high quality lay-flat wedding albums made to impress with excellence in construction as well as elegant and clean design. Please visit our PRODUCTS PAGE for more information.
Image slideshow is a great way to re-live your big day through compilation of highlight images set to accompanying music. 3-4 minutes presentation is an amazing way to remember your big day! The slideshow gives a much greater visual and emotional response to selected images and is an ideal way to share the story of your wedding day with your friends and re-watch the show for many years to come. Please visit our PRODUCTS PAGE for samples.
Booking is done on first-come-first-served based by signing a contract and making a retainer payment. 30% non-refundable retainer is required to book your date with the remaining 70% of the balance due 2 weeks before the wedding day. The contract is done electronically and the payments can be made with a bank check, Zelle, PayPal, or Venmo.
You should expect all delivered images to be consistent with the images you find on this website as well any other samples we present (please contact us to request full wedding gallery). Editing typically involves color corrections and enhancements, cropping, and sharpening. Some very selective set of images may receive more detailed polishing but as a rule of thumb editing does not involve heavy duty retouching, removal or addition of significantly large elements from/to photographs. Most images are in color; however, selective few may be converted to black-and-white.
Final delivered images are a subset of all images taken on a wedding day. A lot of images will be discarded during the culling (selection) process to eliminate test shots, repetitive images, images with closed eyes or otherwise aesthetically not pleasing images. All efforts are made to deliver not only artistic and beautiful images but also images that matter to you. When we are in doubt about the selection we generally stay on the inclusion side. Selected images are then edited and stylized before the final delivery. You should expect roughly 60+ final images for each hour of photography. It’s hard to predict exact number of images because of the number of variables involved in the equation. For instance, travel time between locations may create some downtime where taking photographs is not possible.
All final images are delivered in high resolution JPG file format. We do not deliver or provide access to RAW images. RAW images are unprocessed digital files and are used as an intermediate step in creative process to deliver the final product with specific vision and style in mind.
Images Delivery method and timeframe
We need 6 weeks after the wedding day to process and deliver the final images. The images are delivered via online photos gallery that can also be used to share the images and order optional individual print products. The gallery stays active for nine months after the publication.
images OWNERSHIP, copyright, and usage
This topic usually creates some (if not a lot of) confusion and we want to clarify some of the general points before explaining what we deliver with our services.
When images are created the ownership and the copyright of the images are automatically assigned to the person capturing an image. This is equally true in case of professional photographer as well as anybody taking a snapshot with a phone camera. Simply put whoever takes a photo automatically owns the photo and all the copyrights associated with it. Unless there is a special arrangement such as ‘work for hire’ agreement typical in full time employment context, most freelance artists retain the ownership of their work.
In order for a photo to be used by anybody other than the original owner, the owner needs to transfer, grant, or license its usage to that person(s) or party. The usage can further be limited, even for the copyright owner, when images contain recognizable person(s) and are used outside of editorial context (commercially). In this case, model release needs to be obtained from the individuals featured in the photograph.
Another key point that is worth mentioning is that possession of an image does not impact its ownership or usage rights. For instance, if you find an online image and store it on your computer, it does not mean you own that image or have the right to use it. All it means is you have a COPY of an image owned by somebody else and you may need to ask for a permission to use it.
All this brings us to the way we approach this subject matter. When you receive our digital images we also grant you an unlimited personal usage rights to those images. This means you can display and share the images as well as make any kind of individual or album prints as long as the usage is confined to personal non-commercial usage. You do not receive the ownership of the images, you receive copies of the images along with usage rights to cover all your personal needs. Sometimes we get asked about obtaining the ownership and in all cases we find that this question is a result of misunderstanding. The only reason to want the ownership is the desire to sell the images and grant usage rights to other parties. We hope that is not the case and if it is, unfortunaly, we won’t be able to provide this.
When it comes to our own usage of the images we use them in our portfolio, blog, social media, selective marketing material, and professional photo competitions. In short, all the places where you most likely looked to find and assess our work . All images are carefully curated before they are publicly displayed. When we select the images we look to present our work and our clients in the best way possible. We also look for images that accurately represent the work we do, that is photojournalist/emotion or artistic/beautiful. While we want to showcase our work, we also want to display the pride and celebration of life, love, beauty, and humanity in the visual language that other people can relate to and appreciate. We do not sell the images to any third parties.
Packages include all costs except the following.
8.875% NYC Sales taxes
Travel costs outside of 50 miles radius from Manhattan. In this case, travel cost would be estimated on individual basis.
What if it rains on my wedding day?
Rain as well as other inclement weather conditions are often considered as one of the possible disappointing factors on a wedding day. The most important thing for you to know and remember is that we WILL get amazing photos for you whether it rains or shines! There was not a single wedding where we were not able to provide promised images because of the weather. All you have to do is go along with the flow of the day and not let this impact your mood. Having said that, there are number of things we typical consider and/or alter as we plan to better our chances for good photos.
A lot of times rain does not last the entire day and we can use opportunities when the rain stops.
If you find light drizzle tolerable and we can take some images with or without an umbrella.
We can use rain/snow to our advantage (our favorite options). Precipitations provide a unique creative opportunities not available on sunny days and highlights the story of YOUR particular day.
We can use all available indoor options in hotel, ceremony, and reception locations.
As a last resort we can offer couple’s photography session after the wedding alleviating all related stress on the wedding day.
What happens if you get into car accident on a way to the wedding? What happens if you get sick?
These types of questions come down to risk factor associated with something unexpected happening to the main photographer and the ways to mitigate it. To assess the chance of this happening consider that it has not happened to us even once yet (knock on wood). When something does happen, it really depends on exactly what happens and when. It has to be something relatively major and disabling in order for the main photographer not to be able to perform. Depending on how close to the wedding day it happens there is a good chance we’ll be able to find a suitable replacement with a similar style. We have worked in the industry for many years and we are part of the wedding photographers associations to which we can turn to in time of need. Lastly, if something happens on the day of the wedding or shortly beforehand and there is not enough time to find a replacement, 2nd photographer can step into main photographer’s role. This is one of the reasons 2nd photographer is mandatory on a Full Day Wedding.
Do you have a back up?
Absolutely! We bring multiple cameras, lenses, and flashes. Each camera we use has dual memory card slots to record redundant duplicates as a back up. After the wedding all images are copied into multiple backup storages the night of the wedding.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes, we maintain 2M liability insurance and will be happy to submit a copy to your venue when the time comes.
Can we provide you a shot list?
It depends on what’s in it :) We welcome the shot list for the family portraits as it will expedite the process and hopefully save valuable time on your wedding day. We also recommend including very short list of specific things we wouldn’t know are important to you. However, we discourage creating an extensive shot list because it will make us concentrate on preconceived collection of images while missing out on more important unscripted moments that will inevitably happen during the day.
What happens to the photos if you die next day after the wedding?
Yes, this is a real question we received once :) A little insensitivity aside, conceptually this is actually a legitimate question. First, let’s look at the bright side, it would have been worse if it happened the day before the wedding :) Second, the chances of this happening are so small (at least we’d like hope so) that we wouldn’t worry about it too much. And finally, and more importantly, we worked in the industry long enough to accumulate a lot of good wedding photographers friends who can come to help in extraordinary times and will be able to finish the job for us.