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Tips and Resources for your Los Angeles or Orange County Wedding

Planning your wedding doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. With years of experience under our belt, we have put together resources to make the process easier! Browse below for commonly asked questions, our recommended vendors, and helpful guides to make planning a breeze. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at any time. 

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General

DSA Photography provides Photography and Cinematography Collections for weddings, engagements, and portrait sessions.

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Our Photography and Cinematography collections are shot true to life, leaning towards bright and airy. Our signature work centers on genuine and intimate moments on a wedding day. Our final products are elegant, classic, and timeless. All colors are vibrant, with an added crispness for a pop in aesthetic. We’re light seekers, and love playing with off camera lighting for tasteful natural and dramatic images!

We believe in delivering the absolute best to all of our couples. When you hire DSA Photography, it means that you are hiring an artistic vision that you love, with professional post-production skills, and the DSA style. We can promise the only images that will not be in your gallery will be duplicates, blurred images, lighting test shots, and images where someone is blinking or walking in front of us. You’ll have all of your best images and major moments in your gallery! We don’t leave anything out! For that reason, we do not release any RAW/unprocessed images or video files. All final deliverables are a final DSA Production product. Raw images are unprocessed images that go through our post-production workflow to represent a final DSA Product. Video files are shot in Log, a desaturated, flat color profile in numerous short clippings. Footage is sorted through and sequenced, multiple camera angles are synced, and audio lined with the footage. Shooting in Log allows post-production extensive dynamic range for color grading, exposure setting, white balance adjustments among other edits to fit the DSA style. 

We offer a starting base collection from which you can customize your selections from any of the a la carte items you see fit. The Base Collection offers everything we think are essential to your wedding day, from coverage to team, to final deliverables. Standard wedding day collections start at $3499 with 8 hours of coverage.

We only provide continuous coverage. If you have a morning wedding and evening reception, we have to charge for the time in between the events. During the gap time, we are backing up our images/video files, charging our equipment, traveling to the second location, shooting the venue, or making up for lost photo time and using that time for extended portraits for you and your significant other and family.

The least amount of photos to be delivered will be through reduced hours of coverage. This doesn’t affect the base collection price. However, the investment includes the cost of the services that is associated with the shoot including gear prep, travel time, shooting, backing up the data, loading files, culling, editing, delivering, etc. The work doesn’t just stop at the shoot. We’re working from the minute we book you till after the final gallery delivery. That being said, we have a 3 hour minimum hours of coverage for smaller events that you can look into instead. You can add hours from our a la carte pricing.

We love a couple who is a fan of travel and adventure and absolutely want to take part in that journey! While DSA Photography primarily serves Los Angeles and Orange County, we do travel within the States for destination weddings. Both the Photography and Cinematography collections do require additional reasonable costs of travel and accommodations. Please contact us for more details.

Travel fees and parking expenses are based on the distance to your event location(s). The purpose of these fees is to compensate for the time spent in travel for the team. These are additional to the overall collection investment.

As a full-fledged photography and cinematography studio in California, we are liable to collect sales tax on any physical products purchased, whether that product is an album, prints, or wall art. Tangible products can be purchased through the a la carte list and are subject to sales tax.

We try our best to fit a custom collection catered to your needs but shooting and making films is an extensive process with a lot of backend work and we do not like compromising our equipment or talent. Where applicable, cash discounts are available when paid in full. There is an added bonus to booking photo and video with DSA Photography! Inquire about the perks of having our whole team there with you!

We do dedicate the entire day to your event so won’t be running off at the end of our contracted time to make other plans. We do ask whether you would like to extend coverage towards the end of your contracted time. We bill in 30-minute increments at the rate specified in the contract. Additional coverage does incur costs to compensate for the team staying additional hours and additional footage and editing time that is added thereafter.

We’ve worked with numerous venues within the Orange County and Los Angeles area. However, if we haven’t had the chance to work at your particular venue, rest assured, we’ll capture your venue to its finest detail. We research the location, arrive early to scout areas to shoot first looks and portrait sessions. Our experience allows us to overcome working with various lighting and backdrop settings. Even if your venue has strict regulations, we have the gear that can overcome these limitations.

Yes, most venues require full liability insurance to shoot at their location. We’d be more than happy to send them the Certificate of Insurance (COI.)

Engagement Sessions

We offer engagement sessions that comprise photo and video that run from an hour and a half to two hours. These are great to announce your engagement and act as Save the Dates and make great Wedding Guest Books!

Engagement session images are ready for viewing within 2 weeks at our studio! The engagement video is available within 3-4 weeks. 

We know planning a wedding is a long and tedious process and making time that both you and your significant other are free is difficult. We advise taking your engagement session as soon as possible, at minimum 2-3 months before the wedding but ideally 6-8 months out. We highly recommend scheduling your engagement session on a weekday at a time where there is less traffic and less of a crowd. We shoot at all times of the day.

We will check the weather at least 24-48 hours prior. If there is a 50% chance of rain or temperatures above 95 degrees, we will reschedule the date free of charge.

This is your engagement! You have the full control to decide where you plan to have your session. Though keep in mind, additional travel and permit fees will apply depending on the location. We do have our go-to favorites for you to choose from as well.

Photography

We believe you should be able to relive the most special day while it’s still fresh in your mind. Your wedding gallery is available for viewing 2 weeks after the big day at our studio! We take pride in having the fastest industry turn-around times ever!

Two weeks after your session, we have you come in to view and order your pictures. It literally is a party! We have drinks, food, and mood setting music to enjoy seeing your pictures for the first time. 

Depending on the collection you choose, the pictures included are delivered in a beautiful gallery available online. You have access to download, print, and easily share the images with friends and family and on social media.

Honestly, we never count! Each wedding varies in hours of coverage, the flow of the day, and the number of events and activities that need to be captured, but typically ranges from 60-80 images an hour.

Since we live in the digital world, most of our work is delivered online, with ease of access, ability to download, and share files with family and friends. However, upon request, we do provide USB drives with images or in a CD for an additional cost, and subject to sales tax as well.

We take on the busy work and make your life easier. We go through the images and individually select the best. We eliminate any duplicates, test shots, bad expressions, or other images that do not reflect our overall product delivery and only deliver the best.

Each image is edited to our style and is consistent from start to finish, showcasing only a final DSA Production product. All images go through our standard post-production which includes color correction, exposure adjustment, black and white and color adjustments, among others. We include a few special creative edits that would be perfect to display in your album and wall art at home. All the images delivered will be similar in editing style and consistent from the first event to the last. 

While we custom edit each image, advanced retouching does require additional editing fees. Advanced editing includes removal of blemishes, removal of under-eye bags, fly-away hairs, body resizing, object/people removal, and other custom work, and are billed hourly based on the time required ranges and complexity of each project. 

While our focus is on weddings and portraits, we do serve clientele from other niches as well. We’ve done several special events (birthdays, anniversaries, bah mitzvahs) and commercial photography as well. Due to our busy schedule, we take on a limited number of special event and commercial photography sessions.

We shoot in RAW to maximaize our ability to retain image detail and edit it to the final DSA Product.

We print heirloom albums for our clients. Our signature albums are 20 spreads and have 60-80 images plus or minus a few. Additional pages and images requested can be added at an additional cost that includes the design time and revisions. The turnaround for an album varies on how quickly you respond to the instructions for the album design and the requested revisions to be made after the initial design. You can learn more about our albums here.

During your reveal party, we go through your images to choose favorites that will look best on your walls, coffee tables, office, and more. We offer a wide array of products and sizes from canvases, metals, acrylics to smaller prints. 

Cinematography

We believe you should be able to relive the most special day while it’s still fresh in your mind. Our current turnaround time is 8-12 weeks from the wedding date.

The final video deliverables selected are available online for viewing, downloading, and sharing among your circle.

Since we live in the digital world, most of our work is delivered online, with ease of access, ability to download, and share files with family and friends. However, upon request, we do provide USB drives with the films or in a CD for an additional cost, and subject to sales tax as well.

You can select from a highlight reel of 4-6 minutes, a full feature film that is 20-25 minutes in length, and a documentary edit of the ceremony, and/or reception ranging up to 1-2 hours. All deliverables are dependent on the length of your wedding. You can learn more about our cinematography services here.

A full feature film is essentially an extended highlight, creatively edited with specialty edits, multi-camera angles, and extended ceremony, toasts, and performances stitched together in a semi-chronological order. Documentary edits are the complete ceremony, toasts, and performances laced chronologically.

Absolutely! You can select songs that you prefer for your wedding films from the sites where we select our music. We only use licensed music that best flows with the cinematic wedding film for a timeless and artistic feel.

While most of our work is catered to our wonderful wedding clients, we also take on a limited number of special events and commercial videography as well. Inquire for more information.

We are a blend of cinematic and documentary style cinematographers. We capture moments in their raw form as they happen authentically and narrate them in a cinematic manner.

Preferred Vendors

Wedding & Event Planner

A Panache Affair

www.apanacheaffair.com

Perfect the Event

www.perfecttheevent.com

Ajita Chopra Events

www.ajitachopraevents.com

DJ | Lighting & Sound

Sound Nation 

www.soundnationla.com

Dhamaka Productions

www.dhamakaproductions.com

Hair & Makeup Artist

Farah With the Good Hair 

@farahwiththegoodhair

Bridal Glow Studio

@bridalglowstudio

Florist & Decor

Shawna Yamamoto 

www.shawnayamamoto.com

Henna

Divya Henna

@divyahenna

Henna Dil Se

www.hennadilse.com

Catering

Mantra – Sumit Sharma

www.mantrarestaurants.com

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