FAQs

Planning a wedding or a special occasion like a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Sweet 16 can be a bit stressful.  We have put together this Frequently Asked Questions page to hopefully answer some of the questions that you may have regarding our photographic services for your special day.

  • What are your packages and prices?
    • We create custom packages for your event, depending on your needs.  It is best before we meet if you have a general outline of your day and the people that need to be photographed.
  • Why should we meet before we book your services ?
    • Being photographed is a very personal and intimate experience.  You are entrusting your photographer to not only capture moments of your special day but also bring out your personality.  Meeting face to face is a great way to determine if we are a fit and our personalities blend well.  In cases where a face to face meeting is not possible such as if you live in another state or country, a Skype meeting can be arranged.
  • How should we prepare for the meeting ?
    • Please bring a rough outline of your day, a budget for your day and what you would like to spend, what kind of prints and albums you will want to order and a general idea of who needs to be photographed, as well as any questions or concerns you may have.  Also, a pen and paper for notes would be useful, if you are the note taking kind.
  • How much should I budget for wedding photography ?
    • The rule of thumb is that photography should be 10-15% of your total wedding budget.
  • Is there a minimum amount of time that we need to book you for ?
    • Our minimum amount of time is 2 hours, depending on the size and scope of your event.  Generally speaking, if you want to hire us for just formal photos, we can get that accomplished in the two-hour window.  However, if there is more to the event, more time will be needed.
  • How many photos will I receive ?
    • For a full 8 or more hour event, you can expect to receive between 600-1100 color corrected, cropped, edited high resolution JPEGs.  For events that are shorter in duration, you can expect anywhere from 100-500 photos and for portrait and engagement sessions, we deliver approximately between 75-125 photos.
  • Why don’t I receive all my photos in color ?
    • During the editing process, we assess each image individually and determine the best processing for an image.  Color, composition and lighting are all carefully considered before we apply the processing that will make the image pop.  If you would like to see a particular image in color, we can supply that to you upon request.
  • What kind of albums do you offer ?
    • We offer both the hardcover modern albums and the traditional leather albums in both leather lux and genuine leather in a variety of sizes.  All of our albums are professionally designed and printed right here in New York.
  • Do you charge travel fees ?
    • If your wedding is in the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Western Suffolk County (to Riverhead), Northern New Jersey and Westchester, we do not charge a travel fee.  If your event is outside of these geographic areas, then travel fees and expenses would apply.
  • Do you travel for destination weddings ?
    • Yes, of course !  The team here at High Heels Studios are seasoned travelers and we love to shoot jobs outside the New York City area.  The team has shot destination weddings in locations such as the Caribbean, Cape Cod, and Pennsylvania.  Travel expenses must be covered by the client in addition to our regular fees for destination weddings.
  • What languages do you speak ?
    • Our founder, Michelle Kawka, speaks fluent Italian, having studied in Italy as a college student and continues to practice her language skills with her Italian friends on a weekly basis.  Arrangements can be made for other photographers who speak Spanish and French and other languages upon request.  However, language should never be a deciding factor in hiring a photographer.
  • Can you recommend an event planner, florist, DJ, wedding band, caterer, makeup artist, hairstylist, salon, graphic designer, priest, officiant, rabbi or invitations person ?
    • Yes !  While we are not an event planning company, we would be happy to provide you with recommendations. With over 15 years experience in the event industry, High Heels Studios has worked with many top rated vendors in New York City, Long Island and beyond to make your event a memorable one.
  • What venues have you photographed at ?
    • We have worked at many of the top wedding venues in the greater New York City area.  Here are a few:  W Union Square Hotel, Guastavino’s, Midtown Loft and Terrace, Fox Hollow Inn, The Metropolitan Glen Cove, Leonard’s Palazzo, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church (Hempstead), Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, Cold Spring Country Club, North Shore Synagogue, Old Westbury Gardens, Swan Club and Westbury Manor.
  • I want to take my photos someplace original.  Can I do that ?
    • Sure !  We love non traditional places for event photos.  In fact, we once got taken on a helicopter ride over New York for wedding photo by a bride and groom who live in London and eloped to get married in New York.