FAQ

Minneapolis wedding photographer Carina Photographics specializes in fine art wedding photography, engagement photography, and portrait photography.

Here are some answers to a few common questions:

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?

Artistic – My artistic style has been described as everything from dramatic and vibrant to etheric and elegant. This artistry is present in each step of image creation, from composition, cropping, posing, and lighting, all the way through to final image editing and finishing.

Editorial – Taking cues from magazine editorial imagery, I work to create images that reflect the beauty of your day. Rather than a traditional series of posed pictures, I initiate the two of you to interact together. I then direct as needed and am known for my ability to put people at ease. The result is photographs that are natural, relaxed and compelling.

Storytelling – I capture images in a progression to tell the complete story of your wedding day. The images convey your story — not only the major events of your day, but also the tiniest details in-between. This brings you right back to your day.

HOW WOULD WE WORK WITH YOU TO PREPARE FOR OUR IMAGES?

First we schedule a consultation at my Minneapolis wedding photographers’ studio to discuss your wedding photography, engagement photography or portrait photography goals.

Once you choose to work together (via signed contract and retainer), I would send more information to help plan out your wedding day timeline or portrait session.

Wedding clients also receive a walk-through meeting nearer the wedding date to plan out a detailed photography timeline and portrait location options during your wedding day.

The final wedding photography balance is due 30 days prior to your wedding date.

Lastly, we meet for your wedding or portrait session.

WHEN WOULD WE SEE OUR FINAL IMAGES AND PRODUCTS?

Approximately 4-6 weeks after your wedding day, or 2-3 weeks after your portrait session, we meet at my St Paul photography studio for an Image Presentation Session where we review your final, edited images. For wedding clients, you also receive your final images. For portrait clients, you choose your favorite images and choose your custom heirloom artwork products.

If you choose a custom album, we review samples and material choices. I design an initial draft based on your choices and send it via email. You are then be free to make edits to the layout. Once you approve the layout, it is sent to Italy for production.

About 4–8 weeks after placing your final order, we meet one more time for the delivery appointment where you receive your custom, artisan heirlooms that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

HOW MANY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY COMMISSIONS DO YOU TAKE? HOW FAR OUT DO YOU BOOK?

I accept a limited number of weddings (no more than two) and portrait commissions (no more than four) per month so I can give my complete service and attention to each couple.

I often book dates 12-18 months in advance, and dates are not held based on inquiries. It is not unusual for me to receive more than one inquiry for the same date, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to discuss working together.

Please note that pricing is subject to change at any time without notice. Once the retainer is received, pricing is guaranteed.

WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?

I use Canon 5D Mark III bodies, professional Canon L-Series lenses and full portable lighting. I always bring backup equipment as well. For more information, visit this page.

ARE YOU INSURED?

I use Canon 5D Mark III bodies, professional Canon L-Series lenses and full portable lighting. I always bring backup equipment as well.

HOW DO YOU SAFEGUARD/STORE OUR IMAGES?

My cameras use two cards. I immediately copy all images onto my main photo drive after your wedding. The images are then backed up onto a second drive, as well as to a cloud online backup system. I will maintain copies of all your photos for a minimum of one year after your wedding. (Often times much longer.) Please note that image retention is not guaranteed after the initial one year minimum due to unforeseen circumstances (ex. hardware damage, data loss, server malfunction, changing technology, etc.)

HOW DO WE RESERVE YOU AS OUR MINNEAPOLIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

Once I receive a signed copy of your wedding contract and the $1,000 retainer, the date is saved! Please note that emails or verbal agreements do not guarantee any couple to a particular date. It is not unusual for me to receive more than one inquiry for the same date, so it remains open until I receive the retainer and contract. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the wedding. Cash, personal check and credit cards are accepted. Any monies paid are non-refundable in event of cancellation, although can be applied toward a new date if one is chosen (as long as I have availability on that date). Pricing subject to change at any time without notice. Once deposit is received, it guarantees pricing at time of booking.

WE'RE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE -- WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

Get in touch! Emails or phone calls are a great way to start the conversation and schedule a consultation at our Minneapolis wedding photographers’ studio.

A face-to-face meeting helps us get to know one another. I’d like to show you our portfolio and hear about what you envision for your wedding or portrait photography. When you visit the studio, you can also see our beautiful range of hairloom artwork.

Once you decide you’ve found the perfect fit, you just need to sign the contract and submit the deposit, locking in your date/session!