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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re interested in booking me for your wedding, please fill out the contact form on my website or email me at emailme@mishamedia.com. I’ll get back to you within 24 hours with more details and availability. To secure your date, I require a signed contract and a 33% deposit, 33% mid way to your wedding date and the remaining balance due one month before your wedding.

YES! Most of our collections have 2 photographers. We truly believe that documenting your wedding with 2 photographers is key with multiple points of view, angles, and having 2 photographers will tell your story better.

We will cull down the images we photograph at your wedding (take out the blurry, blinks, and not-so-flattering facial expressions) and edit (color and exposure correct) the remaining images. For a typical 10 hour wedding, we deliver approximately 800 to 1200 unique images, sometimes more! Phew! Now that’s a lot of images! :) I don’t do extensive retouching such as skin smoothing, body shaping, or background removal, unless requested for a specific image. I don’t provide the raw files, as they are unfinished products that don’t represent my final work.

The number of photos you will receive depends on the package you choose and the duration of your wedding. On average, you can expect to receive between 500 and 800 photos for a full day of wedding coverage (up to 10 hours). I’ll deliver your photos within 4 to 6 weeks after your wedding via an online gallery, where you can view, download, and share your high-resolution images. You’ll also receive a custom USB drive and a keepsake box with a selection of prints, as well as the option to order albums and other products.

Our studio is based out of Bloomingdale, Illinois a North/West Suburb of Chicago. We are available for domestic and international travel. Passports are always ready! We’ve photographed weddings in Italy, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii & Dominican Republic.

Absolutely! We truly believe that timeline planning is a HUGE part of a successful wedding! We promise to be there for you during the whole planning process. For pretty much all of our couples, this is their first time doing all of this, so leave it up to us! We’ve learned a thing or two the past 600 weddings we’ve been a part of :)

YES! The art of videography is so different than the art of photography, so definitely check out our video work here in the wedding video tab in the menu We think they’re pretty solid (wink wink).

Absolutely! Please let us know and we’d be happy to share their email address.

YES! Just let us know which images you’d like us to turn to black and white and we’d be happy to do it for you!

BOTH! Our whole team is very comfortable shooting in whatever light it takes to produce the best photograph whether that is natural available or off camera flash.

We will deliver your high resolution jpeg images in approximately 6 to 8 weeks after your wedding. We will be sharing your photos via a private photo gallery that we’ll email you as soon as it is ready. You may download your photos directly from this link approximately 12 weeks after your wedding.

YES! That would be mean if we didn’t provide high resolution jpeg images of YOUR wedding photos :)

YES! We back it up, back it up again, and then back it up AGAIN! These are your wedding photos for crying out loud :)

YES of course! AKA: More “toys” for us. #PhotographyNerds

The high resolution jpeg images delivered to you are NOT watermarked. That would be kind of mean too, if we did. However, when viewed in your photo gallery, they will be watermarked, for both of our protection.

For a wedding, anywhere from 500 to 1200 (sometimes more) unique images. Our typical service hours is around 10 hours and we typically deliver between 800 to 1200 unique images.

You will receive personal copyrights to the images where you will be able to print your own images at your favorite lab. We still reserve the copyright images for marketing purposes. If your vendor wants a few images from your wedding, please refer them to us and we’ll take care of them!

You may order prints via your photo gallery. Your friends and family can also order via this link!

After your wedding, we will email you information on how to go about choosing your favorite images for your album. Based on YOUR top favorite images, we will custom design your album and tell your story.

Your online gallery consists of images from your wedding in a photo gallery, custom link, password protected. Your photo gallery is subcategorized to each part of your day from preparation to reception, so it’s easy to view each part of your wedding day.

YES! We would LOVE to photograph your engagement session as well! Engagement Sessions are fun because it’s a great way to take more photos (duh!), take photos in casual clothing (not just wedding attire), a great way to take advantage of a favorite location that we won’t be able to photograph at on your wedding day, and also a great way to get to know you guys better before your wedding and for you to get to know your photographers better as well! Definitely tons of benefits!

3 words: SIMPLE, SASSY, SOPHISTICATED.

Absolutely! While we don’t show these very important formal family photos on our website but we definitely photograph them!

Yes, when requested. The time to photograph table photos is immediately after blessing (if any), before any speeches. This is when your tables will be most complete. Doing it anytime thereafter, we may encounter the following issues: 1. We cannot guarantee the completeness of your table. 2. We also may potentially miss other important events during your reception ie. special dances. 3. We may potentially disrupt the reception timeline flow as well by asking people to stand up to take their table photos.

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YES! We have liability insurance just in case, because you never know! If your venue is requesting a Certificate Of Insurance we will gladly provide one.

We currently use Professional Nikon and Canon cameras and lenses. We always stay at the cutting edge of camera technology so our equipment is always changing,

We’re proud and happy to say that we’ve been part of over 600 weddings! That’s a lot of cake :) hehe

We book on a first come, first serve, basis. We do not hold the date, however, if we have met and you express interest in our services, we will put a soft hold on it because we understand how important this decision is and we want you to be happy with your choice. We’ve also been booked on the spot as well since we are destination wedding photographers, so if you’re serious about acquiring our services, it’s best to solidify your date sooner than later.

We can split the payments 50% / 50% OR 33% / 33% / balance. The first payment is due upon signing your agreement. The middle payment is halfway between booking date and wedding date. The last payment is due 14 days before your wedding. We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.

We would have to be really sick to miss your wedding, we have not missed one yet! But no worries, that’s why we have a team!

If you are happy with what you see, and want us to capture your wedding day, the sooner the better! We book on a first come, first serve basis. We’ve been booked as far out as 18 months in advance, average booking is about 9 to 14 months in advance, and shortest is 2 weeks. :)

We typically arrive 10-15 minutes before start time, but yes, if for some reason, we run late, we will make up the time later.

It would be nice, but you don’t have to, but we do have to eat and if you do not feed us, we do ask that you let us know in advance so we can plan for it. We’ll need 30 minutes away during reception when you eat, to get our food.

Yes, absolutely! We understand that it’s a very important day for everyone too!

We’re always looking for creative hard working photographers to add to our team, email us :)

Andy and I are very family oriented so we love spending time with our Misha and the rest of our families. We’re very active in the triathlon / running community to keep fit. Our team is also very family oriented so spending time with their families are important too. You may also find some of our photographers / videographers running, cycling, doing arts and crafts and camping :) Michele’s most recent hobby is Zumba!!

It depends on which team you choose to photograph your wedding! :) All our photographers have gone through detailed photography training and etiquette.

We vary from 1 to 3 weddings per weekend.

Black slacks, black tops, comfortable black shoes. Unless you want us to wear something else, please let us know.

We’d be happy to check our availability you can fill out the contact form or contact us at emailme@mishamedia.com

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KIND WORDS

“Michele and Andy have built the dream team and such a wonderful company! They are incredible photographers, but more than that they make you feel so comfortable! “

We have used them for the most special of occasions from our engagement to our wedding to our babies and now our family fall photos every year! They have an eye for detail and the warmest personalities! We plan to use them for years and years to come ☺️

JEN AND BLAINE
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