We feel that what it is as a photographic DUO that truly sets us apart from the rest and provides us with an advantage in your coverage is not only the importance that we place on having a relationship with our you but the power of insight that we have gained throughout our own culturally blended experience as a couple/family, equally being able to relate to you and your families want and need to truly know and understand the meaning and purpose behind all aspects of the process, whether an engagement ceremony, reception, or the start of your actual wedding celebrations.
Our wedding gallery will allow you as a prospective client to better understand what you can expect from your wedding day captures as you scroll through some of the most recent and relevant work that we have done throughout our 16 years in the business of wedding photography. Should you find that it compels you to feel free to drop us a line or place a ring, we would love to hear from you.
FAQs from Wedding Clients
Will you go to multiple locations?
We will shoot at multiple locations as needed; we can also advise clients on time that Regeti's will need to do so. Often enough, many clients do not remember to take into consideration travel time, traffic, parking, and walking to certain locations, feel free to ask us as we have a bit of immeasurable experience and insight into the nature of these considerations.
Do you require accommodations?
Depending on coverage end and start times, we may require accommodations. If we are covering an event until 12 am and coverage starts at 6 am once more, we would require accommodations to provide our clients with the best coverage possible, understandably.
Do you require airfare?
If travel is more than 300 miles, the client may require airfare; please ask to determine the requirement.
Have you worked at my venue?
While it is impossible to have worked at everyone's venue, we have worked at quite a few! If this is a concern, please do ask. Also, keep in mind even if we have not covered an event at your venue, we do offer site visits as well as want to remind you that sometimes a new and fresh perspective can yield images at your venue that you did not realize were possible.
Are you available for my wedding date(s)?
We do not keep a calendar online to check availability. Still, a quick email can certainly address this question, text even (703.314.7861) as we are super responsive and pride ourselves on never leaving any question unanswered.
Have you photographed a North Indian or South Indian wedding before?
We have photographed that and beyond! We are familiar with all things either-or. While most of our weddings appear to be North Indian, we are comfortable photographing both. The interesting part about this is that Srinu is Telugu; however, as crazy as it may sound, most of our events are North Indian and include many Gujarati and Sikh weddings.
Do you have backup equipment?
We always carry backup equipment in our vehicles as we can never be sure if we will need it or not for any reason. We also provide our event(s) with additional lighting as and when needed.
Can you provide a Certificate of Insurance (a.k.a: COI) to my venue coordinator?
We are fully insured and can directly work with your venue coordinator to ensure we issue a COI with the correct verbiage and coverage needed to be compliant with your venue.
What is the ideal space for getting ready?
Obviously, the bigger the getting ready space, the better. Allowing us to step back and document the getting ready without climbing all over everyone or interfering with your make-up, hair, and possibly stylist's efforts in getting you ready can be everything when looking back on your images and the perspective in which it allows us to capture your getting ready photos. Natural light when getting ready is essential to creating those "light and airy" images that are all the Instagram craze these days, allowing us to really keep that third dimension to your images without trying to recreate it through artificial lighting techniques with on or off-camera flash. We know and understand that some of our clients are not given the luxury of naturally lit images to get ready coverage. We promise will always do our best to set the correct expectations and create unique images that are not "all" dark and moody but certainly encapsulate your day as it was.
It is good to plan and take note before your hair and make-up team arrive that they place you in a position where your photo and video team can work around them without interfering in their time with you, but also keep you positioned in a way that the window/natural light streams in on your face without harsh light/streaking falling on your face. Fall off window light is ideal for great softly lit imagery; this is why as photographers, we desire overcast-cloudy days; they are ideal for portraits.
Is there anything I can do to ensure I get all those detail shots I love on your site?
We thought you'd never ask! A lot of our brides are super detail-oriented and love our detail shots, especially the getting-ready ones! We ask that our clients set aside in a keepsake box with all the items they want us to photograph while getting ready. Such as; jewelry to include:
HERS: dress, evening dress (if the second look is taking place) shoes, rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, bangles, arm and waistbands, heirloom jewelry, handkerchief, or tokens; like something borrowed, blue, old or new items and of course, your wedding invitation should you want us to arrange and style that too.
HIS: wedding attire, reception attire, shoes, belt, socks, watch, rings, bangle, bracelet, handkerchief, pocket square, turban, shawl, swords, pendants, pins; tokens like cufflinks, horoscope rings, custom grooming items, and that invitation too!
GROOMS: Cool elements some clients use are special suit valets that give a nice added touch if you are looking to complete that upscale touch to your images. Use our associate link to order yours! https://amzn.to/2CsvUPA
BRIDES: Why be stuck with the standard unavoidable shots of your dress sprawled over the bed or hung in front of a washed-out window? Or the hangers that are customized yet can't hold the weight of your dress? The perk to these mannequins allows for easy hand steaming and the wrinkles to fall out of your dress naturally! Use our associate link here to ensure you get the right one, https://amzn.to/2OdfBLm - keep in mind they are sold by waist and bust sizes; this is sure to make your detail shots stand out. From the rest!
We would like to take a couple's photos, where should we take them?
If we have shot at your venue previously, we can give options to where the best locations are based on the time of day in which your couple's photos will be taking place. We understand clients have favorite areas around the venue they have chosen for their wedding day. We will do our best given the time allocated to make sure we captured all the wonderful things that attracted you to the venue given the time allocated. We want our clients to be confident when hiring us to guide them into getting the best, most creative, and properly lit shots on their wedding day. So understanding that the fountain in the front of the hotel is gorgeous at high noon but may not be the ideal spot to take all of your couple's photos is something we can definitely try to snag a few unique ones of for sure.
If your venue is new to us as photographers, we can arrange to do a walkthru with you or plan to arrive earlier on the day of to ensure that we have scouted and choose the best location to take photos as a couple on your wedding day.
What is the "first look" exactly, and how does it happen?
The "first look" is essentially meant to be when the bride and groom see each other for the first time before the ceremony. Many clients elect to do this not to take away that moment of being seen for the first time and have that private beginning with each other as they start their wedding. The trend mostly requires a location where the couple is staged to meet, followed by clients really wanting to finish off the couple's portraits combined with the bridal party and family portraits before the wedding ceremony takes place to make the most of their portrait time. The "first look" typically is set up. This simply means a location is most often predetermined, and the clients are given instructions as to where each will come from, and the act of first seeing each other is placed into motion - all of which is captured as it candidly takes place.
Do you recommend a first look?
We do but do not require it. First Looks can often ease a bit of the pressure when trying to squeeze so many things into the wedding day, add to it the South Asian element and the already tight schedules - first looks are certainly a sure way to get a little alone time before chaos let's loose - we say that most endearingly as we truly love the hustle and bustle of our all of our client's wedding celebrations! “First Looks” are almost a standard nowadays, but we certainly don’t want to add stress to anyone's big day as it can be a very personal decision for some. We also respect that some clients are superstitious and some super traditional, so whichever route you choose to take with your timeline is alright by the Regeti's!
There are PROS and CONS to everything, as with “First Looks,” they simply tend to give us more time with our clients than we normally get as time is very limited post-ceremony, with most clients often moving into a second look. The first CON to note is that it will require you to wake up and begin hair and make-up a wee bit earlier. This could cause all things to shift forward or backward a little depending on family traditions, whether group prayer or poojas are required before leaving the room to start portraits. Our "first looks" tend to start and move into individual and bride & groom portraits, and while idealistically we would love an hour to do all these, most clients only have about 30 minutes to give on the wedding day.
We would be more than happy to discuss this with you in more detail if you are undecided. After all, that is what we are here for!
Can my friends and family be there for our first look?
Certainly. Although most often this is a quiet more private moment between the couple, there are times that we have clients that would like to have their bridal party and/or immediate family witness this. We just ask that you remember that we will be moving into couples and individual portraits and prefer that time alone with our clients. Some friends often want to come to help out - but unfortunately, this can often make clients nervous, self-conscious, reserved a little, and can cause a delay as too much primping can occur to make the bride feel pampered. The Regeti's try hard to ensure nothing is overlooked as they shoot all their couple's portraits together, giving their attention to every detail!
Do you recommend doing family photos before the ceremony?
We recommend immediate family photos before the ceremony if clients intend to have a “First Look,” when and if time permits. Most times, with turmeric dusted, confetti, pearled laden rice, and a nice dusting of sindoor powder, clients most often opt. to have their portraits, couples photos, and immediate family portraits executed before the ceremony takes place.
How long should I allocate for family photos before the ceremony?
We tell clients that a good rule of thumb for determining how much time to allocate for formal photographs is two minutes per photo. We find that often enough, even though formals can move rather quickly, there is typically a cousin, auntie, uncle, sibling, or parent that will "getaway," and we will need the additional buffer time to locate and execute the portrait. Whether they are trying to attend to guests, children, parents, or assist in wedding responsibilities, it happens, and we want to be sure our clients are not stressed out by the time constraints present at every event we photograph. Part of having a worry-free wedding day ensures that we set realistic, reasonable, and practical timelines. The first thing coordinators/planners and day or venue planners cut back on when timelines are not practical or schedules begin to run behind is time for photos. Unfortunately, when that takes place, safe shots take precedence over the artistic and creative ones, ultimately creating a deficit in the variety of images we can capture. Therefore we want to make sure all our clients get the most out of their wedding day and their time with us as their designated creative minds. On average, our smaller American non-denominational ceremonies allocate 15 minutes for immediate family photos. In comparison, our larger South Asian Indian clients allocate 30 minutes for their immediate family photos when wanting to take immediate family photos. Before the start of their wedding ceremony. Then allocating an additional period of time post-ceremony for extended family and friend portraits.
We would like to take photos with the family post wedding ceremony, how much time do you need?
This truly depends on how many formal photos you will be having taken. We highly recommend creating what we refer to in our industry as a "shot list," this is not a list of images you would like to have on your wedding day rather a list of the different combinations of family photographs you would like to have taken with families, friends, or even officiants, priests, pundits, rabbi's or pastors. It's a structured list that we ask families to work together on so that they can reasonably agree to formal photos that they would like to see when looking through their proofs post-wedding. Often enough, because we tend to recommend clients have immediate family photos were taken (outdoors when possible) before the start of their ceremony, when they are their freshest, they still often want images in front of the "altar" or "mandap" when services have taken place in a church or ballroom. For this, we often tell clients to create all the different combinations for the pre-ceremony photos and cut it down to 3-5 post-wedding, meaning; one of the bride's side, one of the groom's side, and one of them as a unified family. If parents are divorced, we recommend doing a photo of each family set and two separate extended portraits to meet all needs within the extended family. Understanding that if you have 15 combinations, portraits will take 30 minutes, and if you have 30, we will require an hour to execute the shot list provided. On average, our smaller American non-denominational ceremonies allocate 30 minutes for family photos. In contrast, our larger South Asian Indian clients allocate 1 hour for their photos when wanting to take immediate and extended family and friend photos post wedding ceremony.
When should I tell my bridal party to be ready for photos?
Keep in mind the logistics that go into coordinating everyone getting ready. When to tell the bridal party to be ready depends on several factors, but first and foremost, how you plan to incorporate them into your wedding day. Some clients have bridal parties full of friends, others full of family, others friends and family, and some strictly cousins or bridal attendants who are out of town guests with other family commitments before the ceremony that make it tougher for them to play larger roles in the bride's getting ready. If you want the bridesmaids to be in your getting-ready dressing photos, we recommend having them dressed and ready by the time you complete your hair and makeup. Especially Mom, it is important that if Mom is still with us, she takes part in your getting dressed - adorning your with jewelry or helping to tie, lace, or button your dress. These can often create some pretty great captures as the day is so busy and things are moving so quickly that even Mom hasn't had a moment to take in the realization that her daughter/son is getting married today! We refer to these moments as a time to breathe, enjoy them, and take them in because we can promise you will miss these when they are gone; we can't wait to grab them all and freeze them in time.
If you don't mind bridal party members not being with you while you get ready, then afford them the time to get ready at a slower pace on their own and join you to post first look and couples photos. This can relieve some stress and allow additional time for your hair and makeup team to put the finishing touches on making your girls look immaculate!
FOR THE GUYS: You want them to be with you getting ready, especially Dad if he is still with your best man and us if you can single one out! These create some great helping hands and add depth to the storytelling of your images.
Do I need to hire Lighting and AV for my event?
This is highly recommended to provide you with the best photography (and video!) possible using the most flattering of light. You want to remember that event lighting is a talent and skill that requires an understanding of light placement, knowing the difference between a good shadow and bad shadow, good sound, and bad sound - we can work closely with your lighting/AV team to ensure that the result is always the best. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if assistance/guidance is needed.
Can you recommend vendors such as; catering, florists, decorations, mehndi artists, hairstylists, make-up artists, or a venue for my event(s)?
WE CAN AND LOVE TO! Photography is often enough the 2nd or 3rd inline (*wedding planner and venue are typically first, but often enough, we can come in a close tie with the coordinator when one is being considered.) of booked event professionals. Photographers have the highest engagement with the client coming in a close tie with your full-time event planner/coordinator if you should choose to hire one (*we’ve got recommendations for those too!), so asking your photographer can provide you with an array of options you may have yet to start to explore.
When can I expect to see my event images?
Our images are provided online within 8 weeks post-wedding day. Immediately available for download from your online gallery. That's right, gone are the days of your parents pestering you for photos! They will be at the fingertips of anyone you share your password-protected gallery with.
What is the difference between FAVORITES and the proofs in my gallery?
Every photographer will vary on how they offer and deliver a client's image files. For us, we deliver all of your images within an online gallery as your proofs to view quickly and in an organized manner. These images are LOW resolution and saved, specifically optimized for web viewing only and not for printing. Print files are much larger and are provided within the gallery for immediate downloading and usage. Within your online gallery is a FAVORITES folder, and this is the folder that, if you looked at nothing else, would recap the highlights photographically of your celebration(s); these are retouched personally within photoshop as we remove any non-permanent personal imperfections that may distract from the beauty of that particular image.
Can I order prints and products?
Through our online cart system, you can order prints and products that we are currently offering.
When will I receive my prints?
Print orders placed are shipped within 5-7 business days.
When will I receive my products?
Depending on the product, time frames will vary. Files are shipped within 8 weeks post-wedding day. Albums are shipped within 8 weeks post-album layout and cover approval. Prints are shipped within 5-7 business days of your order being placed. Wall Art is shipped within 4 weeks of placing your order, and retouching requested is emailed within 5 business days. All shipping dates are subject to change and fluctuate based on the time of year depending on our ordering influx at any particular time.
Will we receive all our images?
Yes. You will receive all the images we take from beginning to end. We do not edit our images to cut down to a number rather provide you with quality over quantity. We will remove blinks, delete wardrobe malfunctions, lighting test shots, and any patched panoramic stitches we make take once stitched. On average, with two photographers, clients can expect to receive around 100 images for every hour of photographic coverage provided.
Will our images be edited?
All of our delivered images are color corrected. All images within the FAVORITES section of our gallery and on our website are retouched. All images printed and within your album(s) are always retouched. We do not overly soften or retouch our images as we intend to remain as true as possible to capture. Blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles, rashes, and irritations are non-permanent issues that we address; however, if you wish to have a mole removed, additional softening, or a family member disappears/cropped, please feel free to email us those special requests. We can advise you on if it is possible or not. We are here to help in any way we can. Stylistically images cannot be fixed/edited. Hence, it is important that you love the look and feel of our imagery before you hire us to photograph your wedding day. The perfect match is crucial when it comes to hiring your photographer.
Do you provide high-resolution files?
Yes. All of our clients received their images in the highest resolution with shared copyrights.
Will my images be watermarked or have logos per se?
No. The only images marked are images that we use within our own social media platforms.
Can I order additional thumb drives/hard drives for our parents?
Certainly, please send your request, and we can provide you with a link to pay for additional items online.
How do I begin the album process?
Our cart system is designed to make the process as easy as possible, and once your images are online within your gallery email, we provide you with a line for line narrative of exactly what the next steps are as the process moves forward with the design of your wedding albums and placing your order.
Why the Wedding Book album?
Our wedding book is a single wedding album that works ideally for our American cultured weddings requiring single day coverage and our cultural clientele with smaller more intimate wedding celebrations planned not in need of multi-day coverage.
Each Wedding Book album is custom designed and spec’d out to meet each couple's individual and unique taste and style. Color selections chosen to complement the contents within by using the details and decor colors held inside its museum-quality archival-rated pages allows for the entire feel of your events to shine through.
As photographers and globally recognized artists, we pride ourselves on the end product that we deliver. Artistically designed in-house by the very people who photographed your event ensures that the entire story unfolds with every flip of each page. Designed and told by the very documentarians that were present physically and visually throughout your event. This approach allows the sharing of your wedding day story through the art of storytelling every time your album pages are opened.
Once approved your interior album design is then handed to artisans in Italy who begin the printing, binding, and building process of your unique “one-of-its-kind” heirloom wedding album, which we know will be talked about for generations to come!
Why a Vol. I & II album set?
The two-volume wedding album set was conceived with our couples looking for the ULTIMATE wedding album experience. Consisting of two full-sized wedding albums stacked perfectly side by side.
Volume one consisting of everything leading up to the wedding day, making it a must-have for our South Asian Indian wedding couples who plan to have a ceremonial and/or tradition-filled wedding experience consisting of pre functions ranging from Haldi/Pithi, Pellikuturu ceremonies, inclusive of Sangeet, Garba, Dandiya Raas, Mehendi celebrations and more.
With volume two at its side, encompassing all wedding day and post activities. For our South Asian Indian wedding clients, this could be their reception and the welcoming of the bride to the groom’s home.
Each album is custom designed and specified to meet each couple's individual and unique taste and style. Color selections chosen to complement the contents within using the details and decor colors held inside its museum-quality archival-rated pages allow for the entire feel of your events to shine through.
As photographers and globally recognized artists, we pride ourselves on the end product that we deliver. Artistically designed in-house by the very people who photographed your event ensures that the entire story unfolds with every flip of each page. Designed and told by the very documentarians that were present physically and visually throughout your events. This approach allows sharing your wedding day story through the art of storytelling every time your album pages are opened.
Once approved, your interior album design is then handed to artisans in Italy who begin the printing, binding, and building process of your unique “one-of-its-kind” heirloom wedding album, which we know will be talked about; for generations to come!
Why the DUET album?
Having photographed Indian/South Asian weddings specifically over the last 16+ years, if there is one thing that we have learned, it is the art of making a beautiful album that tells your story. Not only from an imagery capture perspective but through the experience each one of our clients has when they hold their very own “one-of-a-kind” wedding album(s) designed in-house by those who photographed your event(s). Once designed, your album(s) are then uploaded to our manufacturing company in Italy, where they are printed and bound. Each one is handmade with every single detail in mind. Each with the utmost care by artisans historically known to deliver only the best in the fashion and textile industry. This is why the Regeti’s have personally chosen to give them exclusivity.
Our DUET albums were created and designed to keep our cultural clients in mind, refusing to exclude the story and the details necessary to create a family heirloom worthy of the attention received, because we know it will be talked about for generations to come.
How soon would I receive my wedding album?
Wedding albums can take up to 8 weeks post-approval to be received - you will receive a UPS tracking email sent directly to your inbox once shipping occurs.
What if you should become ill and not be able to cover my event(s)?
Through Associates that work alongside us regularly and a network of amazing photographers, we have built relationships over the years. Regeti's client would be provided with one of our preferred providers for coverage for your event(s) in the event of relatively short notice if an illness were to occur. If there were time, we would offer a preferred provided or provide a complete refund if preferred - allowing you the opportunity to find your own preferred replacement.
What is the booking process?
The booking process is quite simple. Once you have shared your details, you will receive a proposal for services based on your needs & wants. Once reviewed and accepted, you will receive a contract for services to be returned, along with your initialed proposal and your non-refundable deposit. This holds the date on our calendar and ensures that Regeti’s Photography is booked exclusively for your event date(s).
Will you hold my date(s)?
Unfortunately, because we only take 20-25 events per year, we cannot hold any date(s) for clients without a formal signed contract and deposit for services.
What if our wedding is canceled? Will you offer a refund?
If your wedding or celebration(s) are canceled, we will not provide a refund for services. However, should you decided to postpone and reschedule your wedding, we would be more than happy to transfer any monies paid to the new date based on availability. These situations are done on a case-by-case basis and determined at the time of need.
Do you have a COVID clause?
No, we do not have a COVID clause as our cancellation and postponement policy has worked in the way in which they were designed during this pandemic allowing all of our clients to, fortunately, jump to new dates as we are boutique photographers limiting our intake, we have found that this has provided ourselves and our clients equally with an extreme amount of flexibility.
Do you have a preferred video or cinema team recommendation?
Of course! But first and foremost, let us disclose that we work well with everyone. If we have not worked with a team that you might be considering, we will do our best to connect with them before your coverage begins to ensure we are all on the same page. Your photo and video team must be able to understand each one's specific needs and “dance” together throughout your day to ensure that they can avoid each other’s presence in as much footage as they possibly can within each of their coverages.
While most clients assume that a company inclusive of both photo and video may best suit their needs, let me reassure you as a company that has offered strictly photo as well as at one point also included video services in their offering, this does not work for all clients based on individual priorities and level of importance of each. We would like to simply ask that you explore a few considerations before making a final decision as to hire niche shooters or a company that subcontracts and hires multiple contractors in which they assign jobs/projects to shooters to cover their events:
Typically when providers offer photo and video, this is ultimately a business decision to grow their businesses to generate additional revenue and avoid the loss of potential clients that view this approach as an important one due to the ease of managing one vendor for both services.
When photo and video services are combined, you will be working with subcontractors; in our professional experience, subcontractors come and go jumping to the highest offer, often affecting consistency, reliability, and potentially the outcome in your end product and deliverables. It is important always to know exactly who will be covering your event(s) - this should be stated in any contract, to include their name(s). When working with companies with multiple shooters, clients should always request to view work that ONLY that shooter has done from a first-person point of view. When considering these aspects, the ease of vetting and properly securing a combined photo and video shoot team can be misleading and deceiving to save time and avoid additional stress if you fail to cover all your bases.
It is a fact that hiring photo and video teams separately ensures that each team is staying true and current in their independent niches. While stores typically sell photo and video gear together, now with DSLRs, we can even interchangeably use our equipment for both purposes; however, there is a reason why the two services are not taught together in a class, nor does the industry combine photo and video conventions during teaching and learning exercises. Often we have found that lighting situations can greatly vary for each profession given to style, preferences for capture, and storytelling models depending on the end goal.
Lastly, something to be mindful of when hiring any photographer, videographer, or cinematographer is that as technology improves, gear becomes lighter, smaller, and quieter. There is no need for you ever to feel overwhelmed by any shoot team or not have photos of your entire ceremonial setup because of tripods, lights/strobes, umbrellas, stands, too many shooters blocking the view. Hiring a solid shoot team is critical to documenting every bit of the planning it took you and your families through an invested amount of your time throughout the entire event planning process. Your photo and video will be the ultimate end product at the end of the event that shows in great detail your entire event execution as it unfolded. We know and understand that the decision to hire us is not taken lightly nor made in haste.
If you are still in the beginning stages of building your event dream team of wedding vendors, we encourage you to keep in mind throughout the process when interviewing and hiring your vendors that taking the time to talk with each one expressing your visions, ideas, and goals with them will go a long way in building a healthy relationship that will yield an end product that won't be easily replicated.
Should you be interested in some of the vendors that we now call our “Friendors" and would trust to cover our own personal events due to the amount of care and detail each one brings, feel free to scroll through our list of DMV and beyond friendors we have built long-standing relationships with because of their approach with their clients and within our industry because we feel they align with that of our own:
PRIEST that we LOVE!
PLANNING & DESIGN
VENUES FOR LARGE GATHERINGS
VENUES FOR SMALL INTIMATE GATHERINGS
CAKES & TREATS
Amaryllis Floral and Event Design
FLORAL & DECOR
CINEMATOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
LIVE STREAMING SERVICES
BANDS, ENTERTAINMENT & LIVE MUSIC
Black Tie Band - Washington Talent Agency
HAIR & MAKEUP
BHARAT & DHOLI SERVICES
Dream Shire and Carriage Company
BRIDE & GROOM ATTIRE AND ATELIERS
HONEYMOON & WEDDING DESTINATION EXPERTS
Ateet - Indian Destination Wedding
INVITATIONS & WEDDING STATIONERY
WEDDING INSPO SITES
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