frequently asked questions
Thank you for being here, we would be proud and happy to be your wedding photographers and videographers, in Italy or anywhere in the world. We have prepared this page to answer all of your frequently asked questions. Obviously, we are here if any other question pops to your mind – feel free to drop us a line!
Wedding Photography Videography FAQ
Wedding Photography Videography FAQ
I. Booking process & pricing
can i choose my photographer and videographer among your team?
As you know, ManiSol Wedding is a photography and videography collective founded by Selene Pozzer and Alba Renna. We are a team – however, we want you to know your photographer and videographer and make a match made in heaven between you and us! After we receive your inquiry, we will let you know who between our photographers and videographers is available for your wedding day and show you their portfolio. Then, we will arrange a video-call so you can meet your favorite photographer and videographer face to face and discuss all the details of your wedding day with them. Having a team to photograph and film your wedding will allow you to have the best quality service and personal approach, with the security and safety of a large, established studio.
how does your booking process work?
After having received your inquiry and made sure we have teams available for your day, we will send you a quick questionnaire asking you specific questions about your plans and showing you the services we provide. Then, we will prepare a bespoke quotation based on your desires and wedding plans. Normally, we design two or three possible Collections with the add-ons we think that may fit your needs.
We will send you your quotation, together with some complete galleries and wedding videos of former clients (shot and filmed by the photographers and videographers who would shoot and film your wedding, naturally) to offer you a complete view of our work. We will also send you a copy of our Destination Wedding Guide, written by Alba and Selene, to help you in your wedding planning process. After that, we will organize a video-call to meet each other face to face and share ideas about your wedding day, further customizing your quotation if needed. Finally, we will send you over our Photography and Videography contract for you to fill and sign.
what are your rates?
When couples contact us directly, we prefer to create bespoke quotations based on their needs and wedding plans. We do not work with pre-defined packages – in any case, our hourly rate for a single photographer or single videographer is around 250/350€ per hour of shooting (taxes included). The cost-per-hour will depend on the number of hours that would work best for your wedding or elopement day. Naturally, the editing of the photos or the videos is included in such rate, as well as our travel and accommodation expenses throughout Italy. Feel free to contact us – we are here to design the perfect service for you.
what is included in your services?
Our services are designed to fit your needs, so the whole list of items included may vary. However, a private gallery with edited, high-resolution images with printing rights and at least one highlight video is always included in our photography and videography collections. Talking about numbers, we usually deliver around 70 photos per hour of shooting.
how many photographers and videographers shall we hire?
The number of photographers and videographers depends on the size of your wedding (i.e. the number of guests), the number of locations your wedding will cover, and also on your budget. All our photographers and videographers have been trained to provide a perfect and complete service even when working solo, but having a second point of view is often very helpful (especially in the video) and even fundamental sometimes. We also offer mixed services, like having one photographer, one videographer, and one trained photo/video assistant to take care of both when needed. In any case, we will be there to guide you and create the most suitable team for your needs.
what is the best time to book your services?
Generally speaking, we encourage our couples to book our services at least one year before the wedding. This is particularly important if you plan to get married during the high-season weekend (May to September), if you are having a very large wedding that would employ more than two photographers and two videographers or a multiple-day one, or if you want us to fly to another state for your wedding. However, we can cover last-minute events as well, especially if they take place during the week or in the off-season.
what is your covid-related postponements and cancellations policy?
While we always encourage our couples to postpone and don’t cancel their wedding, we understand that sometimes this is not possible. During this pandemic time, we have reduced our first deposit to be paid by our couples for 2021 weddings to the 30% of the total rate of the wedding. In case your wedding is postponed, your deposit will be moved to a new date for free and the cost of your service will not change. In case your wedding is canceled, the whole amount of the deposit will be transferred into a voucher (with a duration of two years from the postponement) for any other service we offer, like couple or family shootings. If the wedding location changes (i.e. you decide to get married in your home state), please note that we are able to travel for your wedding day, and we would love to!
can we upgrade our services after booking with you?
Of course, you can. What we need to know asap is what photographer and/or videographer you want to have as your main shooters – we can define the exact number of hours, add-ons, or multiple shooters as your wedding day plans are more defined.
do you only offer photography + videography options, or can we book only one of your services?
You can surely proceed with booking only photography or only videography. Generally speaking, we highly recommend choosing both services from the same team as you would get a more cohesive style in the two media and work with photographers and videographers who have the same workflow and approach (and, more often than not, can read each other’s mind!), but we don’t oblige you to do so. You can read more about the benefits of having a single team of photographers and videographers working at your wedding here.
how long after the wedding will we receive the photos and videos?
We carefully edit every image and video we deliver as we want them to be perfect under every aspect. By contract, our turnaround time is 60 to 90 days, but we do offer some fast and super fast delivery options (30 or 7 days after the event).
can we read some reviews written by past couples?
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II. about the wedding day
how is it like to have you as our wedding photographers and videographers?
Our goal is to offer you the best client experience, from the moment in which you contact us up to the time of the delivery of your wedding photos and videos. We want you to feel like friends and know that we are always available to answer all of your questions, recommend amazing vendors, and assist you in all the phases of your wedding planning. We have a page on our website dedicated to showing you our Client Experience: our values, our journey with you, and some reviews written by couples we have worked with.
is there a minimum/maximum amount of hours you cover on a wedding day?
During the booking process, we will ask you for some details about your wedding plans to offer you a perfectly designed service and cover all the most important moments of your day. We don’t work on the clock, so we won’t mind staying a bit longer if needed. Our minimum amount of hours for a weekly micro-wedding or elopement is three hours. During the weekend, we normally don’t offer shorter services than eight hours (unless it’s a last-minute booking). We have some options designed to cover full-day weddings with no time limitation as well, or multiple-day events.
will you be able to travel for our wedding day?
We are destination wedding photographers and videographers and we love to travel, so YES – absolutely! We have shot many weddings, elopements and couple shootings around the world and we are always up for adventure. Our rates are the same for weddings in Italy or all over the world. Moreover, our travel and accommodation expenses are always included throughout Italy.
do you cover smaller events, like micro-weddings or elopements?
Sure we do. We love elopements and intimate weddings, and we have shot many of them throughout Italy and around the world, too.
we are planning to have a weekend wedding with multiple events and over 200 guests. will you be able to cover it?
Of course. Being a collective is perfect for that – we are seven (and counting) among photographers and videographers, so we can arrange a large team to cover your wedding photography and videography. We also have some pre-designed Collections to cover multiple-day weddings, as if you are having two ceremonies or want your rehearsal dinner and day-after brunch to be covered as well.
Are you experienced in working with lgbtq+ couples?
Absolutely. ManiSol Wedding is a feminist, anti-racist, inclusive and affirming team! Some of our members are a part of the LGBTQ+ community, we have shot many same-sex or queer couples, and we are “loud and proud” advocates for Marriage Equality. Some of our works have been published by Equally Wed, and we often teach Inclusivity Classes for other wedding vendors. Moreover, we are always happy to provide our couples with a list of inclusive vendors to offer them the best wedding experience.
how do you work during the couple shoot?
Making sure you feel at ease when we shoot your editorial-style portraits and intimate footage is our top priority. Having some couple portraits with your spouse is a special and private moment, and we want you to love every minute of it! We will look for the best light and let you be you, maybe giving some small directions. If you are one of those people who think “they never look good in pictures”, we got your back – we wrote a full article on that topic to help you overcome your worries!
will you shoot group photos as well?
Of course. We believe that you chose your wedding guests and wedding party for a reason – we want to honor every member of your family, bridesmaids and/or groomsmen, and friends. We will dedicate precise time and space for the group photos so that they will have a cohesive style and make sure no one of your beloved guests is left behind!
shall we provide you a list of photos we want?
You don’t have to. Every moment of your wedding day will be photographed and filmed, from the special intimate moment between the two of you to all the beautiful details of your clothes, stationery, etc. We will show you several complete galleries of previous weddings so you will be able to see what types of photos we shoot in detail.
can we choose the music to be used in our wedding videos?
We personally choose the music to be used on the wedding video. We record a lot of original sound during the wedding day and if you will have a band playing, we will record and use it too. Otherwise, we use licensed cinematic music to accompany the real sounds and voices of your event. In any case, we are always open to suggestions!
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III. other services & general questions
do you shoot other types of sessions as well, like engagement sessions, honeymoons or pre-weddings?
Yes, we do! We shot many different types of couple shootings, like wedding proposals, engagement portraits, honeymoon sessions, even maternity, and family photos. You can find some of them here.
will we receive the unedited photos/raw footage as well?
Unedited photos and raw footage serve us as the colors to create the painting of your wedding photography gallery and wedding videos. We use them to create your wedding memories, but we don’t generally share them with our couples. If you want, however, you can purchase them all.
can you print an album for us?
Of course. We work with some of the best Italian and International Wedding Album producers and we have some album lines designed specifically for our clients. You can find them all here.
have your weddings been published by international wedding blogs?
what does the word "ManiSol" mean?
In the beginning, there were only Selene and Alba, the founders of this project. We wanted to find a name that sounded well without using our own names or some other pre-defined naming. Selene means moon in Greek, while Alba means sunrise in Italian – that was an interesting start! We found out that Mani and Sol are the Norse gods of the moon and the sun (yeah, we had a Vikings-fan phase back in 2017). So we came up with ManiSol Wedding, and we still love this name four years later!