your Frequently Asked
Years in Business
Top 3 QUESTIONS
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Femina is owned and operated by two fun-loving ladies that live in two incredible cities: Philadelphia (Noelle) and New York City (Nicole) with team members in both metro areas. We regularly service the Tri-State area and are also available for destination weddings!
HOW CAN I SECURE MY DATE?
WHO WILL BE MY PHOTOGRAPHER?
Depending on the location of your wedding, Noelle or Nicole will reach out for an introduction and gather information about you and your event. We want to learn more about your photography needs and overall wedding vision. Based on our conversation, we then match you with a Femina artist based on a number of factors. This may include familiarity with your venue or event location, personality, and availability. They will be accompanied by a Femina assistant or second photographer (depending on the Wedding Collection chosen). We run a tight collaborative ship here, so you will be in close communication Nicole/Noelle, along with with your assigned Femina photographer throughout the wedding process. You will absolutely get to know your photographer before the wedding day so there are no surprises!
HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL BE AT MY EVENT?
We believe in offering many different options for many different needs and this includes the number of photographers in our packages. To allow for more flexibility for smaller events, we have a starter package that includes one photographer and an assistant, and then our two main packages include two photographers. We can help you determine exactly how many photographers you may need for your event! Inquire for availablity and to learn more!
DO YOU HAVE ASSOCIATE PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Femina artists are considered part of the team of lead and experienced photographers. This is a very different approach to many studios who have associate shooters with different styles and portfolios. Again, going back to having one consistent body of work, we do not have associates with varying levels of work. Everyone is a part of the team and we value each individual’s work on the same level. It was a very conscious decision for us to choose this special group of people, because we wanted our clients to know and trust that no matter who photographs their event or portrait session, they are still getting the Femina experience and level of expertise.
CAN I CHOOSE MY PHOTOGRAPHER?
Our overall approach as you may have read throughout the site is that Femina is a consistent brand with one cohesive body of work. This has been a very long process of curating our photographers to fit within our style and core beliefs. This labor of love translates to you, our clients, not having to worry about choosing your Femina artist. This does not mean that you won’t get to know your photographer before the big day! We will assign your team member based on availability, location and personality. During the initial consult we will get a feel for you and your event and who might be the best fit!
There will come a time when someone wants to request a specific photographer and that is ok too! We simply apply a “photographer reservation fee” to the complete package. This fee is a flat rate of $500. Just keep in mind that even if the photographer you came to Femina for is already booked, we have a fabulous team who can certainly fill their shoes!
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN "ASSISTANT" AND "SECOND-PHOTOGRAPHER?"
An assistant is there to help assist the photographer at the event with things like carrying equipment, assist with lighting and setups, as well as help coordinate with logistics. An assistant does not perform any shooting duties on the day of the wedding. A second shooter also does some light assisting but their main job is to be a secondary photographer to the main shooter. They will capture other angles and things that are happening wherever the main photographer cannot physically be at that time (i.e. the groomsmen getting ready at a separate location than the bride or cocktails while the main photographer is photographing family formals and details). Many clients come to us with an idea of what they want but it is important for us to talk through your schedule and logistics of the day to determine what team combo would work best!
HOW WOULD YOU EXPLAIN YOUR STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY?
We like to consider our approach and style of photography as “editorial photojournalism”.
The term “photojournalism” has become quite a buzz word in the wedding industry, however true definition translates to “news photography”, as it is not art-directed or styled in anyway. In today’s world of Pinterest-worthy inspiration, it’s easy to see that true photojournalism just isn’t realistic in terms of the wedding day. For us personally, we have certainly adapted the foundations of this technique so we can be as unobtrusive as possible while shooting, allowing us to photograph in a more fluid way, capturing authentic and candid moments. There are exceptions of course, like during portraits or family formals which requires us to be a bit more directive. And with our distinct commercial and design influences, we aren’t just shooting to document the day, we are also shooting in a way that we know will lend itself better to the design of your final products and wedding album.
DO YOU PROCESS EACH WEDDING THE SAME?
All Wedding Collections include “post-production” and “stylizing”. Basic post-production consists of color correcting, adjusting exposure, straightening, cropping and making sure the photographs are of professional quality for printing. Then the stylizing of photographs is where the creative process is taken to another level. This is also how all of our images take on our signature style and brand of being elegant, romantic and sophisticated. It’s a style we’re very proud to have developed over the years.
While shooting, we have very specific visions in mind and in the final stages of production, this is when the photographs can really come to life! This can also be a defining factor when hiring a professional who is well versed not only in shooting, but also digital editing and stylizing.
DO YOU USE PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT & ARE YOU INSURED?
ARE HIGH-RESOLUTION DIGITAL FILES INCLUDED?
WHAT HAPPENS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY?
We take great pride in every wedding date we are commissioned for, and our clients are our #1 priority no matter what. In the rare event that an emergency was to happen on your wedding day, we have solid plans in place. One of the many advantages to having a team of photographers is that in the event that your assigned photographer cannot shoot due to serious illness, hospitalization, death, etc., we can assign another Femina photographer to document your event. As explained on our About Us page, Femina is a collective of talented artists – all with a similar style – who are all equipped and ready to step in and take over in the event of an emergency.
In other extreme circumstances, Femina is very fortunate to be a part of many photography organizations and photographers groups in the Tri-State area. In this case, we would reach out to our extensive group of connections and find someone of the same skill level and style to fulfill the missing person’s shoes. Some of the organizations we are members of include The PPA (Professional Photographers of America), WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Professionals International), and many Pennsylvania and NY/NJ Professional Photographer Groups.
DO YOU CHARGE A TRAVEL FEE FOR WEDDINGS?
CAN YOU SHOOT MY DESTINATION WEDDING?
ARE THERE TRAVEL FEES FOR SESSIONS?
CAN MY ENGAGEMENT SESSION BE LONGER THAN ONE HOUR?
CAN MY SESSION INCLUDE AN OUTFIT CHANGE?
I'M INTERESTED IN BOUDOIR, BUT AM NERVOUS. IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?
Boudoir sessions can be an empowering way for women to express themselves. Whether it’s a gift for a significant other, or it’s just something you want to do for yourself, we’re here to help guide you through the process! We love photographing women and allowing them to feel gorgeous and confident in their bodies. It’s a truly special experience, and we promise you won’t regret it. Leading up to your session, we will discuss your vision and walk you through the process, ensuring you feel comfortable and confident throughout the entire experience.