AstraPics for creative and artistic wedding photography
AstraPics' Wedding Photography Gallery
Creative Wedding Photography in Ballito, Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN)

Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours do you shoot for?
Our package does not limit you to a fixed number of hours. We will start the day with coverage of the bride getting dressed and will keep shooting until the end of the formal part of the reception.

What experience do you have?
Bruce covered his first wedding back in the 1970s and has done countless shoots since then. Apart from regular wedding shoots, both Bruce and Lesly are passionate photographers active in all aspects of the art - landscapes, macro, studio, portraits, etc.

Will you pose us and tell us how to stand?
Yes for the more formal shots, but we will also shoot lots of candid shots and grab anything else we see that looks good. Unposed shots often make for the best wedding pictures.

What is your dress code?
Black chinos or slacks and black, buttoned shirts.

Do you travel?
We operate in the Greater Johannesburg area and our rates include a 100km round trip from Johannesburg to anywhere in Gauteng. Beyond that, we will quote an additional fee. For destination weddings, we will have to include air fares, accommodation and car hire. Please ask for a quote. We have done wedding shoots in Cape Town, Mpumalanga, the Drakensberg and the golden beaches of Natal.

Should we provide meals for you?
Wedding catering is very expensive. We do not require to be fed with your guests, but if you choose to do so we would be grateful for your hospitality. 

Should we seat you at a table?
We would prefer not to be seated with your guests. We are on the move pretty much all the time anyway, so a small table with a couple of chairs would be useful and this could be placed somewhere out of the way but where we have a view of proceedings.

How do we contact you and get a quote?
You can make a provisional online booking for your wedding, or request a quote, on our Contact Us page.

Do you take provisional bookings?
Your online booking will be provisional and your booking will only be confirmed once you have signed our plain-and-simple contract and we have banked your deposit. 

How do we secure a booking?
A 50% deposit and completion of the contract secures the booking. The balance of the package price is payable by one week before the date of the wedding.

When can me meet?
We can meet at any time anywhere in Greater Johannesburg, depending on other commitments. We will either come to you or meet at a convenient coffee shop.

Do we get all the images and will they be high resolution?
You will receive a CD containing in excess of 300 individually-edited, high-resolution images without watermarks, for you to freely print or publish or E-mail to your family and friends as you wish. It's your wedding and it's only right that you should own the pictures you have paid for.

Do you digitally manipulate the images?
Each and every image is assessed and manipulated to some degree in photo editing software in order to optimise the picture. Only the best of what we have shot goes forward to be included in your package. Certain images will be enhanced to provide exciting styles like selective colouring, sepia toning, black-and-white, retro and vintage looks, samples of which you can see in our portfolio..

Do you sub-contract your bookings?
No. Except in extreme situations such as illness, we do all the photography ourselves.

What happens if you are sick?
We have never missed a wedding yet. In an extreme situation, we have access to a number of experienced professional wedding photographers who would take over for us.

How many photographers will shoot our wedding?
Two. Bruce is the primary photographer who will do all the main shots. Lesly will be his assistant who specialises in the bride dressing and will also shoot from a second angle to provide variety and full redundancy in the unlikely event of equipment failure.

What happens if the equipment fails?
We only use professional quality Nikon digital cameras and lenses. We also use only the best quality data storage cards. Cards are rotated frequently throughout the entire day and are backed up to a laptop and an external hard drive. Two photographers shooting with four cameras and a dozen data cards with double backups means that the likelihood of losing images is virtually eliminated.

Who selects the images for our photo book / album?
We will present you with a CD of edited images from which you make your selection. In certain instances we may suggest alternatives to your selection so that the end result is harmonious and aesthetically pleasing.

What if it rains?
We are prepared to shoot in light rain, but it depends on the conditions. You will need to make arrangements with your venue for an alternative indoor or covered area in which to take the formal group shots in the event of bad weather. Unfortunately we are unable to offer any compensation for a shoot affected by bad weather.

Do you shoot same-sex or mixed-race weddings?
Yes we do.

Do you do garden or home weddings?
Venues like these can sometimes offer fewer options from a photographic point of view, but otherwise there should be no problem.

Do you do shots of guests at the tables?
It is very difficult to get relaxed and spontaneous pictures at tables during the reception, and table decorations sometimes make it impossible. We prefer to shoot random and spontaneous candid images at the reception and will take lots of them. We will also set up a sofa for fun, relaxed group shots of the guests if the situation allows for this.

Do you shoot the bride getting dressed?
Lesly, our female photographer, will shoot tasteful pictures of the bride being made up and getting dressed and these will be included on the CD for your selection or rejection. 

Do you shoot 'Trash the Dress' pictures?
Definitely! Brides work very hard to make themselves look at their very best for their wedding. 'Trash the Dress' is an exciting way to maximise your dress and how sensational you look wearing it, and the Trash the Dress genre is one of our specialities. For more on this see our Trash the Dress page.

The above is what we aim for. The limitations imposed on us by time, the venue, the weather, distances between venues and third party service providers, might prevent us from achieving these optimum goals.

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