The following is a list of the most
frequently asked questions and answers for our wedding services and style.
If you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to e-mail
Al Ruscelli Photography,
or call us, and we will be
happy to provide any needed information.
Do you have a price list
and wedding package options available for viewing
on your web site?
Yes. Our Wedding
Photography Price List is now available for viewing on our web site.
It may be viewed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click on the text
link, below, to view and print our price list.
Click here for our
Wedding Photography Price
Copies of our current price list are
also available upon request,
if you have difficulty viewing the list, above. We
will gladly send out pricing and packaging information if you wish to receive
may either e-mail your information request to
Al Ruscelli Photography
call (281-538-0579), and we will send you the requested information.
We have the options of sending by internet link, fax or e-mail
(Microsoft Word attachment) or
standard mail via the U.S. Postal
If you wish a copy of information to be faxed,
e-mailed, or mailed to you, please
include the following in your correspondence to us:
- Your wedding
- City where the wedding is to
- Your fax number,
e-mail address, or mailing address
It is important for you to include your
wedding date in the information request, so that we may immediately
determine whether we have any schedule conflicts that would prohibit us
from working together on your wedding.
How do we arrange for a consultation with you
to view your work in person and to discuss our specific wedding needs, and what
is covered during a consultation?
We offer a no-obligation, personal
consultation for each couple who is considering us for their wedding
photography. Please call for available times and we will
be happy to schedule a time for you to come by and visit with us. Various time slots are
available for such consultations. Although we prefer
normal 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday consultations, other times are
available. Early evening hours (generally, 5 p.m. to 7
p.m.) are popular for many of our clients, because that time frame usually accommodates existing work schedules that many people must take into
consideration. Standard weekday daytime hours are better for some
clients, and we are available for consultations during those times, as our schedule
allows. Limited weekend time slots are also available for
consultations. As a general guideline, plan on about an
hour's time for a wedding consultation.
During the consultation, you will be able to view samples of our
work, including coffee table photo books and traditional wedding albums showing end-to-end coverage of
weddings we have photographed. You will also be able to view enlargements,
framed and hung wall portraits, gift albums and folios, etc. We will spend
some time discussing your specific wedding plans, after which you should be able to
determine if we offer what you are looking for in a wedding studio. We
will go over our price list and packaging options, answering any questions you
might have about choosing the right package for your needs.
the consultation, we do not put any pressure on couples to book with us.
Take the information we have provided during the
consultation and talk it over before getting back to us with your
decision. You may, of course, book with us immediately after the consultation if you
wish. Our usual advice to couples, however, is to meet with us first, talk
things over between yourselves (or with other family members) after you have
left the consultation, and then make your decision.
We realize that most
couples wish to consult with more than one wedding photographer before making
their final decision, and we are confident that if you are pleased with our
work, our prices, and our personalities, you will give us strong consideration
in your final decision.
Our advice to couples concerning choice of a
wedding photographer usually involves answering these three questions:
you like the photographer's work?
- Do the photographer's prices fit within
- Are you pleased with the photographer's
style and personality? (That is, do you feel that your personality and the
photographer's will blend well on your wedding day?)
If you can
answer "yes" to all three of these questions, you are well on your way
to making a good decision. If the answer is "no" to one or more of
these questions, you might want to shop around a bit more before making your
How do we book Al Ruscelli Photography for our wedding?
We require a retainer
fee (applied to your chosen package) and a signed
contract to book our wedding services. Once the retainer has been received
and details of the chosen wedding package have been finalized on the contract
sheet, your booking with us is finalized.
Does Al Ruscelli Photography do bridal and
We offer both bridal and engagement portrait
sessions. These sessions are included as part of some of our packages, or
they can be purchased as separate options. We also
offer coffee table photo books based on these sessions, just as we offer
them for wedding day photography.
As a side note, we sometimes do bridal or
engagement sessions (or both) for couples who are not booked with us for wedding
services. For instance, some couples plan weddings in other cities or
states but wish to have their bridal or engagement sessions done locally before
they travel to their wedding destination. In those cases, they may arrange
to have us do their portraits, that being the only service that we provide
related to their wedding.
How far in advance should bridal or engagement
portraits be arranged?
We recommend that bridal or engagement sessions take place at least two months or more before the wedding. This allows
time for image processing, posting of those images to our
proofing site on the internet, decisions
to be made concerning reprints and enlargements, processing of reprints or
enlargements, delivery of the prints, and framing of any display prints.
Additionally, if an outdoor bridal or engagement session is planned,
sessions well in advance of the wedding date allows for rescheduling if any
weather-related delays occur. We don't experience many of these
weather-related delays, but if it should happen to rain on the day of a
scheduled outdoor session, it's safer to plan the session far enough in advance to have time to reschedule, if necessary.
Does Al Ruscelli Photography offer framing
services for enlargements?
We offer framing services for bridal, engagement,
or wedding-day enlargements. Occasionally, the wedding couple does not
have the time or inclination to deal with finding a suitable frame for their
chosen enlargements (especially those that may be displayed at the wedding or
reception). In those cases, we are often asked to handle the framing of
display prints, and that is a service we can provide. Generally, our
framing services are much less expensive than having a custom frame done
How many photographers and assistants do you
use at weddings?
Al Ruscelli am the primary photographer and in most cases
one assistant/additional photographer is in
What is your medium
of choice? Film, digital photography, both?
After 10 years of
film-based photography and three years of mixed film and digital, we now
shoot exclusively digitally.
Although we can shoot film on request (color, black and white) we prefer
digital for many reasons, all of which are beneficial to both us and our
Who processes your images and
who does your printing for reprints and enlargements?
We digitally process our own images and
and enlargements are printed at a professional photo lab. We always
use the best available professional photo labs and we never cut corners on
printing. This gives our prints the highest possible quality for our
What is your start time for wedding day
Our basic start time for wedding days is at
least one hour before the ceremony. This allows us time for equipment
setup, assessment of the location for our shooting strategy, and taking a few
shots of the bride, groom, and other wedding party members, etc., before the
In some cases, we start an hour and a
half or more before the ceremony, depending on the wedding couple's needs
and our mutually planned schedule for the day. Earlier starts
are advisable when the bride and groom want to have more formal photos done before (rather than
after) the ceremony. Sometimes, the bride and groom wish to have a portion
(sometimes, even all) of the formal photos out of the way before the ceremony so that there is
little or no interruption between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of
the reception. In those cases, we will adjust our start time appropriately
in order to have a good comfort zone (time-wise) to get all of the desired
photos within the time allowed before the ceremony.
Please note that
formal photos of the entire wedding party (with bride and
groom together) taken before the ceremony are the exception rather than the rule.
Most couples still want to do the majority of the posed formals after the
ceremony (especially those including both the bride and groom).
What shooting style do you use for weddings?
We use a combination shooting style, mixing a candid photo
approach (occasionally referred to as a photojournalistic style) with the more traditional posed
formal photographs. Much of the style that we use is determined by the agreement that
we reach with the bride and groom concerning the
type of shots that they want us to use to tell the story of their
wedding. We generally adjust
our shooting style to some degree based on
what the bride and groom want from us, and we are usually able to determine what
the bride and groom want in our pre-wedding consultations with them.
How many photos do you take during a typical
With two photographers working together, both shooting,
we tend to average about 125 photos per hour over the course of any given
wedding, occasionally shooting over 1000 photos on long wedding days.
It is rare for us to shoot less than
at a wedding, even a small wedding of relatively short duration. A larger, longer, and more involved wedding could require
1000 or more photographs to cover all aspects
The nature and number of candid photographs and formal
photographs are based on the desires of the bride, groom, and family, as well as the photo
package agreed upon. Certain critical moments are captured using more than one photo
(for instance, a posed formal photo of the bride and groom following the ceremony, or a
large, posed family group shot). For these situations,
we might take two or three
photos the same group of people in the same position. This helps to ensure that the best
possible photo (especially in an important posed shot) is available for the
final wedding album. For instance, if someone blinks during one of the posed formal
there is always a backup shot to deliver in its place. For candid
photos, it is generally a
one-time, one-shot photo: take the shot, and move on to the next shot or event.
However, if the situation warrants it, we may take several shots of a given
We feel that our shooting style leads to very thorough overall
coverage of the events of the wedding day, and the resulting photos tell a very
good story of the wedding day events.
How soon after the wedding can the bride and groom expect to see the
In most cases, the bride and groom can expect to see their
initial images within 2 to 3 weeks following the wedding.
Do you sell wedding
digital images for delivery on CD/DVD?
of our wedding packages include
digital image files as part of the delivery to the
bride and groom.
Do you allow other people to take photographs
while you are working?
For the most part, there is no problem with friends and
relatives taking photographs while we are doing our work. All that we ask
is that any friends or relatives respect the fact that we have been hired to do
a job as quickly and efficiently as possible, and that it is especially
important that we have minimal interference during the posed formals
session. It's quite all right if someone wants to take a photograph after
we have shot a given pose, but other people taking excessive numbers of
photographs during this time can lead to delays in the formal session and thus
delays in getting to the reception. We try to work in such a manner that
the formal session is not any longer than necessary. Thus, too
many interruptions in this specific part of our service can lead to
At the reception, are the bride and groom
expected to make arrangements to feed the photographer and assistant along with
the other guests?
No, this is not an expectation.
If we are invited to join the guests for a meal, we usually accept, but we
do not expect for the bride and groom to be obligated to include us as
part of the guest list for the meal.
Are you willing to shoot
portraits of small family groups as a part of your wedding and reception
Yes, we are happy to photograph
small family groups as long as the bride and groom wish us to do this.
What types of photographs do you take and what
moments do you capture?
During a typical wedding day, we usually
some combination of the following types of photos. But, please remember that this list is somewhat generic, and that each
wedding will have its own flavor and character, which could call for photos that
may not be included below. Additionally, in any given wedding situation,
there might not be time to take all of the photos listed below (again,
because each wedding represents a unique series of events that
is not always fully predictable). However, this list is a pretty good starting point
in understanding the types of photos that we try to incorporate into our
wedding photography. Additionally, we are always
open to special requested photos by the bride, groom, and family.
Photos Before the Ceremony
posed photos of the bride and
groom preparing or waiting for the ceremony to begin (for instance,
dressing room shots of the bride alone, bride
with mom, bride with dad, bride with maid of honor, bride with bridesmaids, groom alone,
groom with mom and dad, groom with best man and groomsmen, etc.)
photos of the bride and groom
preparing or waiting for the ceremony (for instance, bride putting final touches on
make-up or hair, mom helping adjust wedding veil, groomsmen getting boutonnieres, etc.)
- Photos of bride and/or groom with significant other family
members or friends in attendance (for instance, mom,
dad, brothers or sisters)
- Guests arriving,
interacting, signing in etc.
- Exterior and interior of the church or other wedding
location (at least a few photos for the memory of where the ceremony took place)
Photos During the Ceremony
- Interior of the church (or other wedding site) with guests
- Lighting of church candles
- Parents and other honored guests being escorted
- Entrance of minister (or other officiant), groom, and groomsmen
- Minister, groom, and groomsmen waiting at
- Entrance of bridesmaids (escorted or unescorted)
- Entrance of flower girl and ring bearer
- Entrance of bride and father (or other
- Father giving away bride
- Various shots during the ceremony (usually without flash and
from the back of the church, from balcony, or best available vantage
- Telephoto close-ups of bride, groom, and
officiant at altar
- Wide-angle shots of entire
ceremony site and wedding party at altar
- Special moments (such as bride and groom facing one another,
lighting of unity candle, vows, ring exchange, kiss, presentation of bride and groom to
the guests as new husband and wife)
- The recessional (bride and groom walking back down aisle,
groomsmen escorting bridesmaids down the aisle)
Formal Photos before or after the
photos are usually
after, but sometimes before, the ceremony)
Various combinations and numbers of the following
typical. (For more information, please see Notes on Formal Photos at the
end of this list.)
- Bride alone (several shots)
- Groom alone (several shots)
- Bride and groom
together (several shots)
- Bride, groom and minister (or other
- Bride with maid of honor
- Bride with each
- Bride with all bridesmaids
- Bride with flower girl
- Groom with best man
- Groom with groomsmen
- Groom with each groomsman
- Groom with ring bearer
- Bride and groom with bridesmaids
- Bride and groom with groomsmen
- Bride and groom with maid of honor and best
- Bride and groom with flower girl/ring bearer
- Bride and groom with entire wedding party (bridesmaids,
groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer, ushers)
- Bride and groom with brides parents
- Bride and groom with grooms parents
- Bride and groom with both sets of parents
- Bride and groom with brides extended family
(grandparents, sisters and brothers, other special family members - various combinations
are usually desired)
- Bride and groom with grooms extended family
(grandparents, sisters and brothers, other special family members - various combinations
are usually desired)
- Bride and groom with any special friends/guests in attendance
Photos at the Reception
- Interior and exterior shots of
the wedding venue
- Entrance of bride and groom
- Bride and groom being served or in food line
- Bride and groom at wedding party table
- Bride and groom during toasts (and those
- Bride and groom cutting the wedding cake
- Bride and groom feeding each other wedding cake
- Bride and groom first dance
- Other special dance moments (father/daughter, mother/son,
- Bouquet toss
- Garter removal/toss
- Bride and groom's hands/rings (ring shots)
- Bride's bouquet
- Parents and special guests at parents table (and other
"table" shots, as appropriate, and as desired by the bride and groom)
- The gift table and guest book sign-in table
- The wedding cakes (close-ups of each cake)
- Special decorative arrangements (floral
arrangements, ice sculptures,
- Musicians and/or singers
- Candid photos of bride, groom, and family members/friends
- Candid photos of various guests (as appropriate and as desired by
the bride and groom)
- Bride and groom's exit
Notes on Formal Photos:
Formal posed photos usually include various combinations of the bride,
groom, wedding party members, and immediate family members. Posed formals may even include
extended family members and close friends.
Posed formals may be taken either before or after
the ceremony. In most cases, we do some formal photos
both before and after the ceremony. Sometimes, the bride, groom and family will decide to do
all formal photos before the ceremony.
How much time should be allowed for formal photos? A quick
set of formal photos may be taken in as little as 20 to 30 minutes. An extended session
may last from 45 minutes to 1 hour. Of course, it depends on the size of the wedding party
and the number of family members and friends that it may be desired to include as part of the
formal photo session. We try to keep formal photo sessions
done after the ceremony under 30 minutes in order
to minimize the time in getting the family and wedding party to the
reception. It is often helpful to do some of
the formal photography of the bride alone, groom alone, etc., before the
ceremony to save time and shorten the photo session after the ceremony.
It's always a good idea for the bride and
groom to make a specific list of all of the family members (or family
groups) of whom they'd like to have photos taken.
Such lists can be delivered to us before the wedding and we will bring
the list to the wedding with us. This assists not
only the us as photographers, but also helps the family sort out exactly what their
formal photography needs will be. Such a list also helps to speed up
the process of taking the formal photos, so that there is less time taken in
making last-minute decisions on which groups of people to include in those photos.
It should be noted that many churches have time limits
allowed for formal photography sessions following ceremonies (sometimes as
little as 20 to 30 minutes). Often, there may be another
scheduled wedding or services for which the church must prepare after a wedding is
finished, which can also affect the amount of time available for formal
photos. It is
always a good idea to check with the church officials well in advance of the actual
wedding so that appropriate plans for the formal photo session may be made.
Questions? Contact us at: Al Ruscelli Photography
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