FAQs

OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

From how to book, to what to wear, and everything in between.

GENERAL
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Can I hire you hourly?

Our images are as authentic and real as they are because of the time we spend with our couples and getting to know them. Our packages are built based upon what works well for us and our couples needs. We offerly hourly add ons for any of our packages, but are not currently available "just hourly".

How soon do I get my gallery?

We provide all galleries (weddings, elopements, adventure sessions and engagements) within two weeks of your coverage date, and all proposals within 24 hours. We often deliver our galleries earlier than our estimated time frame, as we know you are eager to share your photos!

What's included?

All coverage includes two lead photographers (Austin + Nicole), planning and coordination of your shoot, our shooting time on location, associated travel time to and from each location, editing time, and your final gallery including all finished images lovingly edited in both color and black & white copies. The galleries remain available for a minimum of one year.

Do I have to order prints?

No print orders are required. We do not offer prints in house, but we always highly encourage our couples to print their photos! We have a list of preferred professional printing recommendations for any budget that you can order directly yourself. We've found this saves everyone time and money!

Do you deliver every image you shoot?

No, we do not. We eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focus shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute your final gallery delivery. For example, we often shoot with extremely low apertures, and take a few extra shots to ensure our focus is sharpest. We spend hours "culling" our galleries to ensure only the best images are included.

How many photos do you deliver?

This can vary greatly based upon the location, conditions, couple and the events that can unfold throughout the day. However, on average, we deliver approximately 100 finished photos per hour of shooting (i.e. 3 hour elopement provides approximately 300+/- final images in color, and their duplicates in black and white, totaling 600+/- final gallery).

Do you shoot destination weddings?

YES! We have valid passports and are available for worldwide coverage. In 2017 we photographed our first international wedding in Costa Rica, and in 2018 are shooting in Singapore. We will happily follow you wherever your love story takes you! Depending on the location, we also provide free coverage when travel + lodging are covered for two. Please inquire to learn more if you are considering a destination wedding, elopement or adventure session with us!

Do you provide videography services?

We are currently providing highlight reel videography alongside our photography packages. This is still a new service but if you are interested, please contact us to learn more!

What kinds of sessions do you shoot?

Currently, we offer coverage for weddings, elopements, engagements, adventure couples sessions and proposals. We are not currently offering families, special events, individual portraits, or corporate photography. We have very select availability for lifestyle product photography.

What is your photographic style?

We consider our style photojournalism. We love capturing moments as they unfold naturally, with minimal styling or additions on our behalf. For portraits, we begin by guiding you into a natural yet flattering pose, then verbally cue you to get various expressions and reactions (romantic, silly, etc.) often without ever having you look straight at our lens. We provide a mixture of natural and formal images, always allowing your unique love language to shine through.

What gear do you shoot with?

Austin and I both have Canon 5d Mark IV's with secondary Canon 6d bodies. We use a range of luxury glass Canon lenses depending on the environment and desired image, but our current favorites include the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L, Canon 35mm f/1.4 L, Canon 135mm f/2.0 L and Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8. We use flood lights for low-light situations instead of flash as it provides a more continuous light source for faster shooting, is more versatile, and works better alongside videographers.

Does your studio provide headshots, portraits, family portraits, newborn photography, commercial photography or other kinds of photography?

We currently only provide destination, lifestyle, elopement, wedding & couples photography. We have an extensive commercial portfolio for national brands and take commercial assignments on a very limited basis.

Do you shoot events like Quinceaneras, Debutants, Bah Mitzvahs, or Corporate Events?

No at this time, no. We do have a list of highly recommended photographers who have a similar style and may be better suited to assist you.

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PROPOSALS
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How quickly do you deliver proposal photos?

The following day! We understand how important it is to share this special moment, especially on social media! That is why we turnaround all our proposal galleries the following day so you can share to your heart's content, immediately.

Do you offer customized proposals with champagne, etc?

Yes, of course! We will go above and beyond to make your (or her) wildest proposal dreams come true. From a full floral arch, to a sea of rose petals on the beach, to endless candles, a guitarist, and everything in between, we will make it happen. Simply tell us your dreams & we will get to work!

Do you offer 100% secret proposal photography?

Yes! We can capture the proposal in secret (we always try to stay as out of the way as possible to allow your moment to be YOUR moment, privately) however, we can also capture in complete secrecy and either come say hi afterward, or leave unnoticed & deliver the photos as a surprise afterward. However, we do prefer meeting our couples and getting to congratulate you both in person!

I've never been to Big Sur before but I would like to propose there, but I don't know what location or how to get to the most iconic spots. Will you help?

Yes! The biggest hurdle for Big Sur Proposal Photography is that there is no cell service along the coast. Coupling that with the fact that we aren't able to see you/let your fiance to be see us, we have some extra planning that goes into Big Sur Proposals. We have a ton of tips & tricks to keep her unaware while making everything happen effortlessly. We provide an entire guide to some of the best Big Sur locations that provides a ton of information on each of our favorite spots so you can pick the perfect one.

How soon before my proposal do I need to contact you?

For just a proposal with no customizations, we can be booked in as little as a few days beforehand, provided we have your date available. For custom proposals, we request a minimum of 3 weeks lead time to coordinate with other vendors and logistic planning.

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ENGAGEMENTS
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Do you just offer engagement sessions?

Not at all! We offer engagement sessions (which are complementary when you book your wedding with us!), anniversary/couples sessions, and adventure sessions. Contact us to get our pricing guide for more information!

What should I wear to my engagement session?

We have compiled a ton of resources (that are ever expanding!) for couples in every stage of the planning process - from proposal, to engagement, to wedding & everything in between. Check out our resources page for access to that complementary content!

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WEDDINGS
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I love your photography but you're outside of my budget. Is there any way we can work together?

We try to ensure that all couples get the photos they deserve, whenever we can. If we still have the availability in our annual bookings, we will do what we can to work with you, especially if you are 100% sure you're a Barkis + Co. Bride. Some quick and easy options for working with us within a budget: We can either reduce coverage time, extending a smaller increment and longer term payment plan outside of our standard 50/50 plan. If we're close in budget but less coverage or more payments aren't possible for you, send us a message and we'll happily see what we can do for you!

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ELOPEMENTS
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How many hours do you recommend for elopement coverage?

Our elopement experience sits in at 2 hours, but if time and budget allow we always recommend adding a 3rd hour. This allows a lot more flexibility and really adds to your final gallery. No matter what, with 2-3 hours we try to squeeze in 2-3 locations for stunning gallery variety. My personal favorite is when we have getting ready photos, a first look, a wooded location (earliest in the day for best lighting) followed by some in between locations (especially in Big Sur), then finally ending on the cliffs and/or the beach at the stunning golden hour before sunset.

I'm not familiar with Big Sur but I want to explore multiple locations with you! What's the best way to travel?

We offer complimentary travel for Big Sur Elopements! We take you along in our car for multiple reasons! We know the area really well which ensures we don't get lost along the way, there's no cell service so it's really hard to coordinate in separate vehicles, some areas have limited parking access so one car is much easier, and it's a great opportunity for us to get to know you better! It's also much quicker and alleviates you having to drive on your wedding day!

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DESTINATIONS
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Do you shoot worldwide?

Yes! Austin and I both have current passports and are always happy to follow your love story all over the world!

How does your destination pricing work?

Each package is customized to the couple and the location. For domestic US destinations, we provide complimentary coverage up to a specific amount when travel and lodging are paid for two. For international destinations, we provide complimentary coverage when travel and lodging are paid for two. The amount of complimentary coverage depends on the location. If you're considering getting married (or just want epic photos) somewhere amazing and want to bring us along, please send us an email and we'll make magic happen.

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