Wedding Photography Services and Prices

Ceremony Only
(Includes taking pre- and/or post-ceremony portraits and unlimited digital shots and medium-format film)

$725 for one hour; $950 for two hours; $275 per additional hour (includes enlargement sets).

Three sets of 5x7 proof pictures, not the 3½x5's or 4x6's most give you— one for you and one set for each of the parents.
Two enlargements* (8x10 / 8½x11) per hour billed; three silver albums; two silver frames; Photo CD.
10 Wallet-size prints (2¼ x 3¼-in.) of one image from package enlargement selection.

Ceremony and Reception
(Includes taking pre- and/or post-ceremony portraits and unlimited digital shots and medium-format film)

Compare to a Wedding Channel/News survey finding that $1,775 is the average wedding
photography cost, ceremony through reception, without included CD, frames, or albums.

$1,775 for five hours; $2,025 for six hours; $225 per additional hour
(includes all film, digitizing/processing and enlargement sets).

Three sets of 5x7 proof pictures, not the 3½x5's or 4x6's most give you— one for you and one set for each of the parents.
Two enlargements* (8x10 / 8½x11) per hour billed; three silver albums; four silver frames; Photo CD;
20 Wallet-size prints (2¼ x 3¼-in.) of one image from package enlargement selection.

Getting 5x7-inch proofs is a big deal, because matted and framed, they can move from desk and counter tops to walls.  A 5x7 print with a two-inch, color-matched matt, and a one-inch frame, results in a 10-inch piece for hanging, separately or in montages.  The 5x7-size selection for packages is designed to minimize or eliminate your need for costly reprint orders and is much more suited than the 3½x5 or 4x6 size others give you.  But, if you only want two sets, the package can be so adjusted and the price reduced by an amount determined by the package hours you need:

$75 off two-hour package with only two sets 5x7 prints; $125 off three-hour package;
$150 off four-hour, $175 off five-hour; $200 off six-hour; $225 off seven-hours or more.

*Single image per hr. billed x2—print size may be 8x10 or 8½x11 depending on format, album, and lab pricing.

No hidden costs. — No bad surprises.

About the INCLUDED Silver Albums and Frames

The albums included with the package are 5x7-inch sizes of the beautiful style you see in the photograph, above.  Each wedding package also includes a selection of the matching frames shown:

The "Ceremony Only" package includes one each 5x7 and 8x10 frame.
The "Ceremony and Reception" package includes two each 5x7 and 8x10 frames.

Both the matching abums and frames are designed with petite roses and intricate pinpointing, radiating in high gloss and frosted real silver plate with protective finish—a stunning and flexible presentation and/or parent gift for your favorite wedding memories.
Additional frames and albums are available (for wedding clients):
5x7 Album - $30 / 5x7 frame - $20 / 8x10 frame - $25

About the INCLUDED Photo CD

The photo CD provided, will be picture labeled like the example above, printed on the CD, with a picture of the couple, the first names, and the wedding date.  The images on the CD can be printed in 3½x5 size.  The images can also be played as a slide show on PC with programs like Windows Picture and Fax viewer, or with transfer to USB flash drive, on USB compatible digital picture frames.

Optional CD with Motion Slide Show and Music

Available as a $275, added option, is the motion CD slide show, accompanied with music of your choice, and also picture labeled, as described above.  The TV/PC slide show isn't just one picture after another.  The raw pictures are scanned, and in a time-consuming process, are then sized and ordered in sequence with your event, with pan-and-zoom motion effects applied to key images, and the entire show is synced to music of your choice, including your wedding theme and dance songs.  The slide show can be played on TV with compatible DVD players (most models made after 2003), or the CD will auto-start play on a PC.

Most wedding and reception packages of five hours will yield about 190 images or more, programmed to a CD-show duration of about 30 minutes or more.

Custom package configurations may be arranged at your pleasure.

A term-refundable, 35-percent deposit required to reserve your date.
The balance is due 5 days before the first scheduled wedding event.
Additional coverage provided on the spot, upon request, post-billed.
Upgrade to next package automatic if time added meets base hours.

Ceremony and Reception coverage is all-inclusive of your event's venues.
No travel fee is charged in Ohio or Kentucky within 25 miles of Cincinnati.

Out-of-service-area delivery costs for prints, albums, and frames are not included.
All negatives are provided, for a nominal delivery fee, after the second anniversary.
Couples granted limited rights, studio retaining perpetual rights for promotional use.

Please call or e-mail if you have questions about the packages.

A $300 (Ceremony Pkg) / $600 (Ceremony & Reception Pkg) surcharge, and $400 per hour for time
billed beyond package limits applies for weddings reserved on December 24-25, 31 and January 1.

Additional Services and Specials

Second Photographer
(Also includes unlimited film/digital shots)

Although your event will be covered from the best perspectives afforded by lighting and the situations, an experienced and talented “Second Camera” provides a second perspective and is especially recommended if your guest list is very large and/or your ceremony venue is elaborate and you want many views from a distance as well as closer in, or from a ground level and from upper floors.  A second photographer also captures more of you and the reactions of your families and friends before, during, and after the ceremony.

Ceremony Only
(one hour); $400 (two hours)

Ceremony and Reception
(five hours)

Engagement/Wedding Portrait Session
Medium Format; B&W or Color

Prices are for outdoor or studio-lighted portraits
(separately — no wedding package)
$250 (with any wedding-package deposit)

The Wedding or Engagement Portrait Session is a separate service, available without wedding coverage or in addition to a selected wedding package at a special price.  It requires additional time, on a day apart from the wedding, and it utilizes special lighting not used in wedding coverage.  Medium-format film cameras are used, augmented with professional digital SLR.  Although the fee for the portrait session includes film and processing, and proof prints of the shots, additional print or enlargement costs are not included.  Please see the print-price page for enlargement options.  Any reservations or fees for use of a desired location for the session are the client's responsibility, but can be handled by us, with site costs added to the package price and included with deposit for a $25 fee.

Wedding Portrait Enlargement Special

The Wedding or Engagement Portrait can be enlarged with a canvas finish and framed as shown above with any of the frames shown in the selection below (styles and availability subject to change).  The size above is a 16x20-in. enlargement (not including mat and frame widths), and that size, framed as shown, is only an additional $250.  The quality of the portrait is apparent when you consider the photo above, downsized and scaled resolution for the Web, is just a picture of the picture.

Additional-print Specials

Additional set of 5x7 proof prints
(Discounted additional sets must be ordered before film is processed.)
$1.25 per image

Additional set of package enlargement prints
(Must be ordered with package enlargement order.)
8x10: $16 first image, $12 per additional; 5x7: $7 first image, $5 per additional;

Additional set of 10 wallet-size (2¼ x 3¼-in.) prints (same image as package)
(Must be ordered with package enlargement order.)
$16 first set, $12 second set; $10 per additional set.
If a new image is selected, add $4 to cost of 1st and 2nd sets above.

Digital CD-ROM of images
All packages include standard-resolution digital images on CD.
Add'l Motion Slideshow CD: $50.00
Add'l Standard-image CDs: $25.00
Custom digital images: $15 each single image.

Internet Publishing

$25 per image (1st five; $9 ea. add'l)*
(Published on-line for one year)

The Internet Publishing service is a photo album of custom-prepared images for the Web that are arranged to tell the story of the wedding.  As with the sample wedding pages of Stephanie and Jeff (linked here and to the smaller, link-sized picture above), and with other weddings linked to pictures and/or names on the home page, the photos are scanned, edited to remove any spots and scratches, cropped, sized, and adjusted for proper rendition of tone and color.  Then, the Web page is designed, using colors, image elements and music from your wedding, and the photos are published with a separate URL (Web address) so that the page(s) of images may be viewed any time and any place in the world on the internet.  Publishing the site page(s) after the first year is only $35 per year renewal.

*Minimum five images; otherwise a set-up fee for page design will be charged.

(Technical stuff not really needed for you to know your memories will be captured beautifully.)

Medium-format, 35mm, and digital systems all allow the same type of photography to be done of your wedding, from formal and environmental portraits to candids, journalistic and traditional styles, but if you will be ordering enlargements beyond the proof-print size and enlargements you'll receive with your package, you will be especially pleased with the medium-format result.  Silkstrand finally put one foot into the digital world with the late 2008 release of a new camera produced by Nikon, the D700, which, along with its sister model, the D3, had the best latitude and low-light capability of any DSLR on the market.  In 2016, a pair of Nikon D750 DSLRs replaced the D700, the D750 having twice the resolution with its 24 megapixel FX-CMOS sensor (35mm film sized), its resolution sufficient for 20x24-inch prints, and the D750 pair will now be used for weddings in combination with medium-format film in the ceremony and portrait coverages, as backup.  The latest professional digital SLR (single-lens-reflex) cameras have only recently reached just above 36 megapixels in their CMOS sensors, where 25 megapixels matches the best 35mm film for sharpness. The 24.93 megapixel (24.3 effective) D750 is one of the latest Nikon pro-camera bodies, as are the Nikkor lenses used, all designed to deliver the greatest sharpness, latitude (light-to-dark recording ability) and most pleasing color available in digital SLR cameras today.

You may have noticed that the package-option standard prints are a larger, 5x7-inch size instead of the 3½x5 or 4x6 size offered by others.  There are two reasons for this:  first, the 5x7 print is a step up from the drug-store and 1-hour-lab sizes, and you deserve that quality for your wedding.  It's large enough to border with a mat and frame and put on a wall, which with only a 1½-inch mat and ½-inch frame (although the mat and frame could be much wider) you have a piece of wall art that's 9x11 inches, and you get three sets, standard, without having to pay extra for enlargements!  Or, with a standing frame, you have a really nice picture size that's suitable for desk, credenza, piano, or mantle.  And, although the albums you'll get also hold the 5x7s you'll receive, an album is all the others' 3½x5 or 4x6 size is really good for, isn't it?  The other reason for 5x7 is that the medium-format equipment and films used to capture your memories justifies the larger base-print size.  So think about your wall space when you view your favorite standard-package prints.

Most digital cameras are best for news, sports, catalogs, and family or hobby pictures for prints in drugstore sizes; and with the newer FX-size CMOS, cameras so-equipped are good enough for professional print applications in most fields.  Professional digital cameras (DSLR) with FX sensors above 24 megapixels are also suitable for 20x24 prints, and the advantages they offer over film for those fields, are instant gratification and not having to reload film, a film task that is usually very poorly timed with what's happening.  And, contrary to the initial thought, saving of film and processing costs (which are all included in the very competitive package prices here) are not an advantage for digital, partly because any change to digital, complete or partial, involves a significant increase in post-event work with managing, editing, and producing the digital images, most of which is not a factor in film production for the photographer, and all of which, in time and equipment, more than offsets any savings over cost of film and processing.  Also, most photographers still pay for print processing, whether they do it in-house or through a film or digital lab.  The fact is, while the creation of digital images in-camera is easier than film, from a post-event production point of view, time and costs, film is easier and less expensive.

Digital imaging has come a long way, has met 35mm-film quality in the most advanced DSLR cameras, for most applications, and it is still advancing quickly, but digital imaging still hasn't fully met the quality or capability of professional medium-format films and equipment, and film improvement has not been standing still in the wake of digital advances, either.  Digital also has operational and safety limitations film does not have.  The digital-image memory-storage device is not immune from failure or electro-static damage, and digital cameras are much more complex and fragile than film.  If I drop my 645 camera from three feet, to land on a body edge or corner, it will come up still working most times.  Do that with my Digital SLR and an expensive repair is all that will make it work again.  And the risk of loss of digital images before the photographer gets back to the studio to upload images and make backups (assuming backups are dutifully made) is not even a consideration with film.  That's one of the reasons the D750 was selected, because it can image to two separate memory cards at the same time, providing instant back-up for every image captured.

In medium-format film, another advantage comes into play when custom prints are ordered and are cropped, which is where portions of the negative (or digital CMOS) are not used, putting a greater demand on the remaining image area in producing prints or Web images.  The large 645 negative makes it possible to isolate and enlarge (crop) smaller sections of an image for use on the Web and in prints that look as good as full-frame 35mm or digital would look if that segment filled the entire negative or frame in those formats.  So, if that picture of Aunt Aline in the group shot looks so great that you want to make a cropped portrait of her alone for an enlargement or the Web, the 645 medium-format negative will produce a result with which digital and 35mm film can't quite compete, though the resolution of the D750 does provide some cropping flexibility.

Another disadvantageous factor affecting digital is that because digital imagery does not have the latitude of acceptable exposure that film has (although the digital SLR that will be used in your shoot has come closer than any other, close enough to bring into the mix) the standard procedure is for the digital photographer to try and check each picture taken, on the spot, using a sometimes difficult-to-see LCD screen, which distracts attention from the bride and the events, and the planning and moving for the next shot.  Better latitude also means that film, and the digital used by Silkstrand, captures more of the details in the whole range of visible light than most digitals can, from the wedding extremes of the whites of your wedding dress to the blacks of his tuxedo.  And, finally (whew!), film cameras do not require the photographer to wait for previously-taken digital images to store into memory before another shot can be fired off, a real problem for a photographer not using the latest, very expensive models of digital cameras, like the D750 selected for Silkstrand weddings, which have solved that problem, and I can't tell you how many times I've taken one shot to then immediately see a different, better expression or posture in the action that causes me to snap another right off—if not using film, or a late-model digital with fast processor and memory card, that's a probable lost shot.

So, in other words, with Silkstrand Wedding Photography, your most important shots will be covered.  Within half a decade, digital will have closed all the gaps and even medium-format film will be relegated to special-purpose use, fanatics, and diehards, but for now, and a few years hence, this is a true story, and it's why medium-format film and equipment is part of the resource available for your ceremony and portraits, so that the best choice there is can be yours.

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