FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Hello friends! Welcome to my FAQ Section!
If we haven’t already chatted about your wedding photography requirements, this Q&A will help you navigate my photography offerings and provide you with some insights on my process. Give them a look and of course, don’t hesitate to ask anything that concerns your dream wedding photography! I’m always on tap and will be happy to help you with a tailored photography coverage plan that fulfils your aspirations!!
Q n’ A
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
Tselina Tseliou Photography is a Premium photographer service based in Athens, Greece. The ancient city of Athens is not only one of the most sought-after wedding destinations around the globe. Four Seasons Athens, Island Athens Riviera (aka Island Art & Taste), Grand Resort Lagonisi, Ktima 48, Lake Vouliagmeni, Pyrgos Melissourgou, Pyrgos Petreza, The Margi Hotel, The Margi Farm, Pyrgos Vassilisis, Golf Prive Glyfada, and Ble Events, are among my favourite venues to work in. Since Athens is often a couple’s first stop before heading to the Greek Islands, should you find yourselves arriving in Athens from abroad, I’ll be more than happy to meet you for a cup of coffee (it’s what we do here – for hours really) and get talking on your wedding photography plans. Drop me a line and make it a date!
WHAT KIND OF EVENTS DO YOU MOSTLY SHOOT?
Although my primary photography offerings focus on weddings and elopements I also have a super-soft spot for baptisms and christenings, including bar-mitzvahs, anniversaries, portraits, engagements, and private affairs. With over 25 years of experience documenting once-in-a-lifetime events there is nothing I wouldn’t do for my clients.
DO YOU TRAVEL TO CAPTURE EVENTS?
I most certainly do! As a destination wedding photographer I’ve documented Santorini I do’s, Sifnos weddings, Mykonos elaborate affairs, weddings in Paros, Ios Island elopements, Monemvasia wedding celebrations, Crete destination weddings, weddings in Naxos, elopements in the Cyclades, and Rhodes weddings, while this summer I’ve traveled abroad for a gorgeous Rome wedding at Hotel de Russie. That said, I also have a very exclusive cachet for VIP weddings around Greece, and this season I will be capturing a wedding in Paris, an elopement in Tuscany, and many more.
CAN YOU HELP US WITH OUR VENUE SELECTION FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER'S POINT OF VIEW?
Omg, yes! I’d love to help you decide, because your photographer will always let you in on the true facts about getting your images taken where the light is best for you. Whether you look for a wedding reception venue, a ceremony venue, or simply a bride prep suite, great light is one significant factor in how your images turn out, the time of day, and the aesthetic being the counterbalance. Let me know which venues in Greece make your hearts skip a beat, and I will go above and beyond to help you decide based on your portraits. And if you have already chosen a wedding venue, it doesn’t hurt if we move from one place to another to snap the images you dream of!
WE ARE PLANNING A MULTIPLE DAY WEDDING REQUIRING MORE COVERAGE, CAN WE COUNT ON YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES?
Absolutely! Capturing weddings complete with pre-wedding and post-wedding celebrations is a delight, because so many beautiful things are happening! I always aim to arrive a day earlier and make myself familiar with your people too, so that they all feel at ease around me!
DO YOU SHOOT ALL WEDDINGS & EVENTS WITH AN ASSISTANT?
That entirely depends on the number of your guests, the size of your wedding, the timeline, the different happenings, the bride and groom preparations, and the distance of your reception venue from that of the ceremony. If for example you’re hosting a cocktail hour at the same time I’ve whisked you away for your portraits, it’s definitely necessary for my second photographer to stay back and document because I wouldn’t want you to miss anything from your day!
DO YOU OFFER VIDEOGRAPHY SERVICES?
My speciality has always been (and always will be) photography. However, my connections to the wedding industry are with so many talented videographers & filmmakers, and I will be so happy to help you book your wedding film creator, even squeeze in a discount!
DO YOU WORK WITH SPECIFIC WEDDING PLANNERS?
Not really, as I’ve always found that working with new people is so endearing! Through the years I’ve collaborated several times with some of the best wedding planners in the industry, but I will very gladly cooperate with anyone you choose. Should you need referrences towards the best at their craft I’m happy to provide insights!
CAN YOU SHOOT OUR ENGAGEMENT ONLY?
If hiring my services for your engagement is what you seek, of course yes! Engagement photography is something I hold dear, and once you book your engagement shots with me I will not only help out with direction, but will also give you access to my full engagement photography guide, so that you know exactly what to expect, and get prepped for some magical photos!
HOW DO YOU CAPTURE A BAPTISM?
First let me say, that as a mama of young child myself baptisms are sacred for me. This is the reason why my portfolio only comes open with baptism sample images (please ask me for a more detailed album and I will privately oblige). As far as baptism photography is concerned I’m always super-careful with delicate details, candid shots are a must, as well as beautiful portraits of the family and your little one. I also try to capture as many details as possible, because I too would want to bring back every single thing about my son’s special day. I will shoot the clothing, the accessories, the flowers, and the concept of your baptism as diligently as I will work on creating magical images from the more languid moments with friends and at play.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES?
Most often my clients book my services around a year (or two) in advance. But that doesn’t mean some dates are not open even in the present year. Please contact me personally about the date and event you are interested in, and I will get back to you within 48 hours tops.
DO WE NEED TO SIGN A CONTRACT TO BOOK WITH YOU?
For your own convenience first, yes. You see, an agreement is something that gets you covered everytime, because we’re only human, and I would never put the relationship with my clients at risk.
HOW DO YOUR PAYMENT PLANS WORK?
Upon signing your contract you will also need to deposit a fee to book my services. The remainder is usually due a few days before your event. But if you have something else in mind, I’ll happily accommodate your request and together we can decide.
WE HAVE PLANNED A DESTINATION WEDDING IN GREECE. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO MEET OUR PHOTOGRAPHER IN PERSON?
Although I would love to suggest that you visit Greece at least once before your wedding (we can make a perfect date out of it and shoot your engagement), I understand this is not always possible. During our virtual meetings we will have plenty of time to get to know eachother and discuss anything you wish. But if coming to Greece is not an option, perhaps there could be a chance for me to come and meet you if there’s a favorable schedule. If none of these works then we’ll be meeting eachother a day or two before your wedding day. It’s the least I can do. It could be another great opportunity for a couple session, just the two of you and yours truly working the goodness and nailing some amazing images!
WE'D LOVE TO HAVE A FAMILY SHOOT WHEN WE VISIT GREECE. WILL YOU BE AVAILABLE?
Need you ask twice? YES! Family images are heirloom images and I’d love to have you all smiling in your family album. Just let me know ahead so I can schedule the perfect place, the perfect time, and help you out with poses and everything in-between.
WILL YOU DIRECT OUR POSES OR TAKE CANDID SHOTS?
Every couple’s dynamic is different. Some of my clients love my ability to capture images full of movement and verve, and others prefer when I slightly direct them. My ideal is a bit of both, because every wedding comes with a lot of happy buzz which I don’t want to miss. Some classic portraits are definitely a must, as they are usually the ones everyone decks their halls with.
HOW SOON CAN YOU DELIVER OUR IMAGES?
Post-production technically begins the moment I return home from an event, since I back up all of my photos of the day into various hard drives for safety. It usually takes around 6-9 weeks to render a full gallery of edited images without duplicates and cleared of distractions, but if you desperately wish me to deliver prior to that please let me know in advance, during one of our talks, because during a full-gear wedding season with back-to-back events on the calendar, last minute requests may take a little longer to accommodate.
DO YOU SHOOT FILM OR DIGITAL?
I capture all my weddings on digital in the latest, sleekest tech possible. I grew up developing film and it’s an art I love, but there are so many possibilities with digital I wouldn’t change it for the world.
HOW DO YOU DELIVER YOUR IMAGES?
When post-production is concluded my clients receive an online cloud-service password protected gallery with all of their images in JPEG Format, available in both High Resolution, and Websize so they can post on their media. The gallery will stay online for at least one year, and will give you the ability to download images straight to your chosen device, clear of watermarks or logos. You will also be able to share this gallery with your chosen people, heart your faves, create your own selection gallery, and order products for printing or albums whenever you like. Following the gallery, you will receive a luxurious USB drive by mail, containing all of your images, plus a selection of prints inside an elegant box set.
DO YOU PROVIDE CLIENTS WITH RAW-FORMAT IMAGES?
As much as I like to please any client with this request, unfortunately no. Raw images do not come with my signature edit, and therefore are not the end result of my efforts. This wouldn’t do anyone justice.
DO YOU PHOTOSHOP YOUR IMAGES?
I only clear images from distractions (cords, red eyes etc). Unless very explicitly requested I wouldn’t dream of altering characteristics, or providing my clients with images that look too touched up.
DO YOU CARRY INSURANCE?
CAN WE ORDER OUR PHOTOGRAPHY ALBUMS FROM YOU?
I encourage my clients to act as they please, concerning their albums, and of course, I can create for you the best quality photography products. I collaborate with the best at their craft in producing true heirloom pieces that reflect my clients’ taste and aesthetic, and have thousands of options for any kind of photography album depending on your budget or style.
WHERE CAN WE SEE SAMPLES OF YOUR WEDDING ALBUMS?
Ask and you shall receive! In fact, you can take a look at my most recent video for a first look, and of course I can send you a gallery of products to see. Whether you visit my home studio, or we get to chat online I will provide you with swatches of fabrics and textures, as well as show you around various papers and styles.