Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT

Who is  Jason Kaczorowski Photography?

I am an award-winning Chicago wedding photographer with more than 12 years of experience capturing weddings, engagement sessions and other special events in the finest destinations worldwide. After photographing over 500 weddings, I’ve been fortunate to grace the list of the Best Wedding Photographers in Chicago (CBS News), have been named one of the “Top Wedding Photographers in Chicago” (BrideBox; ZankYou Magazine), received more awards from the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) than any other photographer in Chicago including the title of “Best Wedding Photography of 2010” and “Best Wedding Photography of 2012”, honored with the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International’s (WPPI) “Accolade of Excellence” and multiple “Fearless Photographers Awards”. Jason Kaczorowski Photography is consistently named the “Best of Weddings” by The Knot and has received the Wedding Wire “Couple’s Choice Award” since 2011.

Throughout my career as a professional wedding photographer I’ve photographed weddings in modestly priced banquet halls to the most incredible wedding venues in the world. I’ve photographed DIY wedding decor to lavishly designed million dollar weddings. I’ve captured courthouse weddings with only the bride and groom in attendance to weddings with more than 600 wedding guests. I’ve captured weddings in the remote desert of northern Nevada to the sandy beaches of southern Florida. I’ve photographed weddings aboard small boats that hardly held me, the officiant and the bride and groom to large luxury yachts that have held hundreds of guests. I’ve helped brides plan their intimate elopements and have worked hand-in-hand with top wedding planners. I’ve photographed weddings in rain, snow, scorching sun and in sub-zero temperatures. These opportunities have provided me the experience to become a well-rounded wedding photographer capable of capturing weddings of any size, in any venue, in any climate and in any lighting conditions – anywhere in the world.

Why Jason Kaczorowski Photography?

Because you deserve the best, you are worth it and your wedding is once in a lifetime.

Who is  Jason Kaczorowski?

Beyond my recognition, reviews and rewards, I am a husband, an animal lover, a world traveler, a music aficionado and an avid art collector. I met my wife 20 years ago due to our mutual love for improvisational music and the arts. We were engaged at a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City on New Year’s Eve and were married barefoot on a beach in Negril, Jamaica in 2005. We have traveled the world together visiting 49 of the 50 United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, St. Martin, St Thomas, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and more. While photographing a wedding in 2008 I discovered an abandoned kitten and though I was allergic, I brought him home, named him “Nikon” (after my camera equipment) and we’ve been inseparable ever since. When I’m not photographing I enjoy experiencing exciting new things, traveling, attending live music concerts, going to the beach, a relaxing massage, embracing anything new and soaking in every drop of life like a sponge and letting it fill me with love.

Things I love: being a big kid at heart, sweets, carnivals, dad jokes, giraffes, national parks and warm, sunny summer days
Things I don’t love: vinegar, cotton balls, technology addiction, overcast winter days

Did you study photography or art?

I received my formal education in photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I graduated with academic honors earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography & Film with a minor in Art History. I was nationally selected to intern for Walt Disney World in Florida where I developed my incredibly high standards for customer service.

 

STYLE

How would you describe your style?

I characterize my photography by its rich, vibrant contrast and bold, saturated colors that ooze with emotion and dynamic lighting. I believe the relationships with your family and friends are one of the most beautiful aspects of your wedding that I could ever show you and that is what my team and I will strive to capture.

Can I see an entire gallery of photos from start to finish?

Absolutely! I take great pride in the consistency of my work. It’s common for photographers to only post their best photos on their websites which can make it hard to determine how well they will perform throughout your wedding day. This is why I always encourage everyone considering hiring me as their wedding photographer to review several complete galleries featuring all of my photographs from an actual wedding that I’ve delivered to my clients. I invite you to visit http://jasonkaczorowskiphotography.zenfolio.com to enjoy all the recent weddings and engagement sessions I’ve photographed.

Should we provide you a list of our must-have shots?

30 days before your wedding, you will receive my Update Questionnaire which asks you to remit the names of all of the important members of your family, wedding party and special guests who will play an important role on your wedding day. I’ll also ask for your Must-Have Moments including anything special happening during your preparation (First Look, Father/Daughter First Look), pre-ceremony (Tisch, Talmud, Bedeken, Ketubah), ceremony (Readings, Musicians, Singers, Hand Ceremony, Sand Ceremony, Unity Candle, Encircling the Groom, Betrothal, Sheva Brachot Blessing, Roses to Mary, Bagpipes), on-location portraits and reception (Special Introductions, Shabbat Blessing, Cake Cutting, Speeches, Toasts, Krenzi, Mizinke, Horah, Mitzvah Tantz, Birkat Hamazon, Slideshows, Tributes, Bouquet and Garter Toss, Special Dances). Additionally I’ll ask if there are any exceptional circumstances my team and I should be aware of such as any family members who shouldn’t be paired together in portraits. Finally, I’ll ask you to use a checklist I’ve created to checkmark the most popular portraits of you, your family and your wedding party which you’ll want captured. This traditionally consists of your immediate family, grandparents and wedding party. If there are additional groupings you’d value having captured (extended family members, cousins, out-of-state family or friends, sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, work colleagues, teams or social organizations), you may add these groupings to your special requests. It is unnecessary otherwise to provide a list of photos you wish to have captured and it is best to simply enjoy your wedding while trusting that my team and I will capture all the important details, décor and spontaneous moments that occur throughout your entire day.

My wedding reception venue is like a dungeon but darker. Are you able to photograph in low lighting conditions?

I have photographed in dark chapels along with candlelit wedding reception venues and always know how to create light when I need it. My team and I always travel with additional lighting such as off-camera strobes, flashes, video lights, LED lights and reflectors to ensure our photos are properly lit and always in focus. Certain churches and wedding venues do not allow flash photography which is why we always use only the highest quality professional camera equipment and low aperture lenses which offer outstanding low-light performance thanks to higher ISO. ISO measures the sensitivity of the camera’s image sensor. The same principles applies to film photography – the lower the number, the less sensitive the camera is to light. Higher ISO settings are employeed in darker situations to get faster shutter speeds.

 

PROCESSING

Do you deliver every image you capture?

I eliminate test shots, duplicate images, failed focus photos, bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall impact of your delivered gallery of images. You may trust in my expertise to only deliver the most stunning photos that showcase the very best moments from your day.

Do you correct every image in our delivered Digital Downloads?

Absolutely! Every image is always edited and corrected. Your edited corrections always include fundamental post-processing of global adjustments including adjustments to exposure, levels, color, white balance, contrast, highlights, shadow recovery, clarity, vibrancy, hue, saturation, noise, grain, sharpening, lens correction, cropping, and post-cropping vignetting.

What is Enhanced Image Development?

Enhanced, sometimes referred to as “Retouched”, Image Development results in superiorly corrected photographs which are delivered in books, albums and Wall Collections (prints and products 11”x14” and larger). Enhanced processing may include blemish removal such as moles, pimples, scars, freckles, flakes, sun damage, discoloration and pores, removal of double chins, whitening discolored teeth, adjusting the size or shape of a subject’s face, eyes, nose, lips, cheeks or ears, as well as reshaping of the subject’s figure such as reducing weight on arms or legs, smoothing skin and removing cellulite. Distracting elements such as leaves, trash, fire extinguishers, fixtures, sprinklers, speakers, stands and signage may also be removed and vertical distortion of architecture is significantly reduced.

Do you shoot in Raw or JPEG?

My team and I always capture, back-up and edit from RAW image files. You will receive processed JPEG files suitable for printing up to 20”x30”.

 

ENGAGEMENT SESSION

What is an Engagement Session?

An Engagement Session includes up to 90 minutes of photography by Jason Kaczorowski with the aid of an associate lighting assistant. Your session may include multiple locations throughout the City or Suburbs and unlimited outfit changes. Coverage arrives with a pre-session planning appointment, selection and correction of all images, in addition to delivery of your non-watermarked, full resolution, digital image files.

When should we schedule our Engagement Session?

I recommend scheduling your session 6-12 months before your wedding. This allows you ample time to create Save The Dates, Invitations, Artwork to display in your home or at your reception or a Reception Sign-In Book.

When and Where do you recommend capturing our Engagement Session in Chicago?

I recommend beginning your Engagement Session at Sunrise along Lake Michigan with the spectacular Chicago Skyline in the background of your portraits. I propose sunrise because of the incredible golden morning sunlight, the ease of driving and also parking at various locations throughout the city, the lack of pedestrians in the background of your portraits and the milder temperatures. Centrally located North Avenue Beach, Montrose Avenue Beach in the North and Promontory Point on Chicago’s South Side are all great settings to begin your session. From these starting points you may consider visiting locations in Lincoln Park such as the Lincoln Park Zoo’s popular South Pond Nature Boardwalk with its landmark “Honeycomb” structure (known as the People’s Gas Education Pavilion) which faces south and predominately showcases the John Hancock building and Chicago skyline through its arch. Another admired location for engagement portraits in Chicago is Millennium Park. The 24.5 acre park on the northwest corner of Grant Park is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and Monroe Drive. The park features stunning skyline views, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion designed by architect Frank Gehry, artist Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture (also nicknamed “The Bean” by many), the Lurie Garden, the BP Pedestrian Bridge, along with the Crown Fountain. These locations are also near the Gardens at the Art Institute of Chicago, the iconic Board of Trade and Chicago’s famous elevated trains (sometimes referred to as the “L trains” or “EL trains”). Please note that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) does not permit photography aboard trains or in stations for commercial use. If you’re considering capturing your engagement session in Chicago in the winter months, you may opt for an indoor location for your Engagement Session. Antique shops and vintage furniture stores such as Salvage One and Architectural Artifacts rent their sites by the hour and offer a variety of locations throughout their multi-story indoor industrial setting. For more of the Best Engagement Session location inspiration in Chicago I invite you to visit my list of the Best Chicago Engagement Session Locations.

When and Where do you recommend capturing our Engagement Session in the Chicago Suburbs?

Several of the best engagement session locations in the Chicago suburbs are located in the Western Suburbs. I prefer this area and love capturing portraits in forest preserves, farms and fields during sunset. Naperville offers a serene River Walk with wooden covered bridges and paths that follow the stream down tree-covered walkways while downtown Naperville features murals, hidden alleyways, sculptures and fountains. Lisle is home to the Morton Arboretum with over 1,700 acres of trees, gardens, tallgrass prairies and ponds. Note: the Morton Arboretum does require a photography permit ($50.00) which must be obtained at least 3 days prior to your session.  You may also consider Cantigny Park in Wheaton for your Engagement Session which features ponds, formal gardens, rose gardens, arbors, gazebos, reflecting pools, fountains and a Tank Park. Cantigny Park offers a more affordable photography permit for only $35.00 which may be obtained at the front entrance on the day of our visit. Other popular spots include the St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville (operated by the District of DuPage County) and the Danada Equestrian Center. The 612 acre St. James Farm Forest Preserve is also an excellent location for engagement photos and features over 100 acres of woodlands, prairies and wetlands and is home to 300 native species and wildlife. Many DuPage County Forest Preserves including St. James Farm and the Danada Equestrian Center requires a daily photography permit ($45.00). For more of the Best Engagement Session location inspiration in Chicago I invite you to visit my list of the Best Chicago Suburbs Engagement Session Locations.

What do you recommend I wear to my Engagement Session?

Rule #1 of what to wear and what not to wear for your Engagement Session: Don’t try to look too matchy-matchy. Stick to your style but perhaps plan to kick it up a notch. I suggest buying new outfits for your engagement session – you’ll look and feel confident in your new clothes. If you like color, try something bold. Be warned however that bright colors draw instant attention to whoever is wearing them. Wear seasonally-appropriate clothing. Spring and Summer are great for bright colors but Fall and Winter work better in earth tones. Avoid anything with logos or visible tags. Colors should blend harmoniously amongst subjects. Patterns will date clothing much more quickly in terms of fashions changing. Multiple layers and light colors will add weight whereas dark colors subtract weight and work best for black and white portraits. Darker colors blend seamlessly into the background placing greater emphasis on the subjects. Earth tones and light colored clothes add a more casual feel. Remember to leave accessories and props at home along with your purse, phone and any other objects that might add bulk to your pockets or distract you from being in the moment. Regarding jewelry, keep it simple and avoid anything shiny or reflective.

Can I bring my pet to my Engagement Session?

If you’d like to bring your furry friend to your Engagement Session I’m always happy to devote 15 minutes to capturing photos of your other best friend. I request you bring a pet-sitter to our session however, who will take your pup for a walk after we’re finished so they don’t become the emphasis of our entire session nor distract us from capturing cute photos of just the two of you.

Can I bring a chalkboard, cutout letters, balloons, sparklers or other props I’ve seen in other photographers’ photos to my Engagement Session?

Props and gimmicks will quickly date your photos. You will want to enjoy these photos in 50 years and have them stand out as timeless as the day they were captured.

Can I send you photos I want to recreate that I saw another photographer capture?

I strive to create unique portraits that inspire others. Attempting to recreate other photographers’ portraits will leave you comparing yourself to other couples and we want to capture images that speak to your unique personalities and why you fell in love with one another.

I am uncomfortable in front of the camera. Will I enjoy having my Engagement Session photos captured?

Practically every couple I’ve ever photographed has said they were nervous or felt awkward being photographed before we began photographing their engagement session. It’s totally natural. 99.9% of my couples however, tell me at the end of their session how much fun they had and often say they can’t believe their session is over already.

I don’t want to feel like I’m posing during my engagement session. Can we create portraits that don’t feel too posed?

The emphasis of your session is on your unique relationship. Though I will gently coach you to create subtle poses, it’s the moments of recoil from those poses – that natural, spontaneous laughter – that I really want to capture. I will minimally instruct you to look at the camera for portraits because I truly value the opportunity to capture your natural moments of spontaneous interaction which is why the majority of your session will be captured from a distance giving you space to breathe and feel relaxed.

How many photos do you typically deliver from an engagement session?

I often deliver 30-75 photos per 90 minute session depending on the number of locations we visit, the number of outfit changes you bring and the complexity of the dynamic lighting needed to create a portrait.

When and where can we view and download our engagement pictures?

Highlights from your Engagement Session will be posted on my website and social media within 24 hours of your session and your entire Engagement Session is always guaranteed to be delivered within 7 days of the session yet are often processed and delivered much quicker. You will receive a link to an online gallery where you can view and download your Digital Files to your computer immediately.

WEDDING DAY

How many hours do you suggest we set aside for our wedding photos?

With the diversity of various cultural aspects of every wedding and the variance in each wedding’s unique timeline, it’s often difficult to replicate a precise photography timeline template for every wedding. Many weddings often run slightly behind schedule so allocating an adequate amount of time for each moment will make your wedding day feel more carefree and take the stress out of your wedding planning. Here is a list of my suggestions based on the various activities scheduled throughout your day. These will naturally vary based on the size of your wedding party, number of guests in attendance, the willingness and timeliness of portraits subjects  and substance of details and decor to capture throughout your day.

Detail Photos

15 Minutes
Rings, Dress, Shoes, Purse, Invitations and more all require time and talent to properly capture. Allocating a minimum of 15 minutes in the morning will ensure plenty of time to capture the perfect photos of all of your details.

Preparation Photos

30 Minutes
I recommend 30 minutes of time to capture your last moments of hair and makeup as well as candid preparation of bridesmaids and groomsmen getting ready. These photos often equate to some of the most emotional moments from your day. Your primary photographer (Jason Kaczorowski) will dedicate this time to capturing the bride and bridesmaids while my associate second photographer (Alex) will engage with the groom and his groomsmen capturing their camaraderie and activities such as their boutonnieres being pinned.

First Look

15 Minutes
I recommend a minimum of 15 minutes to orchestrate and capture not only the Bride and Groom’s First Look but also a few basic portraits following of the couple after they’ve embraced for the first time on their wedding day. While the First Look itself may only require 5-10 minutes to coordinate and capture, leaving time for variables such as waiting for pedestrians to pass if we’re capturing your First Look in a public location will make a significant difference in the memories of that moment.

Wedding Party Portraits

45-90 Minutes
Depending on the size of your Wedding Party, the number of locations we may visit on location and the style of portraits we will capture (natural lighting VS dramatic, editorial-style portraiture) providing a minimum of 45 minutes to often 90 minutes on location to capture a variety of poses with each member of your wedding party individually, along with an assortment of grouped portraits, is essential. I often begin with classic poses focused on great expressions and proper lighting and move into creative poses and experimental group shots.

Immediate Family Prior to your Ceremony

20-30 Minutes
It is absolutely critical to have portraits captured with your parents, grandparents and siblings on your wedding day. I recommend allotting 30 minutes from the moment we begin setting up our lights until the time required to pack these lights away and move to the next activity or location to capture your immediate family portraits. I traditionally recommend 2-3 minutes per grouping so for example, if you have 10 groupings, I suggest a minimum of 20-30 minutes.

Ceremony Details and Décor

15 Minutes
Providing just 15 dedicated minutes to capture your ceremony location or church with no guests or vendors at the location or in these photos is recommended. Often my associate photographer will capture these moments as we are photographing your Immediate Family Portraits prior to your ceremony.

Formal Portraits

30-45 Minutes
Following your ceremony we will dedicate time to capture both the bride and groom together with each new family. This is also a great time to gather grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives for portraits. Please plan on 2-3 minutes per photo for larger groups. Being organized and assigning a specific member of the family to assist with helping round up people and call names will relieve the stress and burden you may feel standing at the altar waiting for guests to hurry up.

Bride and Groom Portraits

30 Minutes
In terms of lighting, ideally the best time to capture portraits outdoors is at 45 minutes prior to sunset. Often this might mean couples may not have an opportunity to enjoy their cocktail hour mingling with their guests. If you value enjoying cocktail hour with your guests I recommend adding additional time to your pre-ceremony portraits following your First Look.

Reception Details and Décor

30 Minutes
Reception venues are often dimly lit and typically feature a flurry of vendor activity such as chairs being arranged, waiters filling glasses, the band tuning up, guests wandering with their place cards in hand, putting their belongings on their chairs and gathering around your cake to snap a few photos on their cellphones that you’ll never see. This is why I recommend providing 30 minutes of dedicated coverage to capture the details and décor of your reception venue prior to your guests’ entrance. This will provide ample time to achieve lighting that complements your décor while also allowing us to test our lights which will be aimed at your wedding party introductions.

Table Shots

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“Table Shots” are when the Bride and Groom visit their guests at each table throughout the dinner portion of their reception and have portraits captured of each grouping of guests at each table. If you value photos captured at each table with guests, keep in mind that these often require 3-5 minutes per table. What this means in terms of your timeline is if you spend just 1 minute chatting with each guest during dinner, and you have invited 120 guests to your wedding, you may spend 2 hours of time visiting tables. Keep in mind too that a blessing, toasts, your cake cutting and often a Thank You speech also occur during this time. Additionally, centerpieces on tables often restrict visibility across tables which then require guests to stand up and move to another location. Finally, though I know you want to be a good host, asking guests to capture professional portraits with half-eaten food in front of them isn’t flattering and can often make your guests uncomfortable. For these reasons I don’t advocate capturing Table Shots at your reception but am always pleased to capture these portraits if you value the opportunity to visit tables with my associate and I.

Dancing, Garter/Bouquet Toss, Night Portrait, The Getaway

45-90 Minutes
From the moment you step onto the dance floor for your First Dance until the time my team and I conclude our coverage, we will want to dedicate ample time to capture a variety of both slow dancing and exuberant dancing from your guests to reflect the energy in the room. Equally, if you plan to do a Garter and/or Bouquet Toss, you’ll want to allow for time to capture these additional moments. A great way to cap off an incredible day is to create one final portrait outside your reception venue in the dark. Depending on if you want to keep the party going or value the opportunity to capture one final, tremendous portrait outdoors at night, make sure you dedicate enough time throughout your reception to allow my team and I to capture everyone – including those wall flowers who tend to gather in conversations around tables and never make their way to the dance floor. Finally, if you’re planning a special getaway in a classic car or through guests holding sparklers, make sure to alert my team and I in order to allow ample time to create lighting that complements and captures the excitement.

How many photos do you typically deliver from a wedding?

This is often a difficult question to answer as the quantity of photos my team and I capture is often indicative of many different factors including the magnitude of locations we’ll visit, the lavishness of your details and décor seen throughout your day and how much emphasis you place on documenting these, the amount of activities to capture throughout your timeline and ultimately, the size of your wedding including the number of your guests and wedding party. As a general rule of thumb, one photographer may capture and deliver 30-60 photos per hour, two photographers may capture and deliver 50-80 photos per hour and three photographers may capture and deliver 70-100 photos per hour.

When will we receive our online gallery of photos?

Your entire wedding gallery is always guaranteed to be delivered within 90 days of your wedding though is often processed and delivered closer to 30 days following your wedding based on seasonality and our shooting schedule. You will receive a link to an online gallery where you, your family and friends can view and order your photos as soon as your entire gallery has been processed. You will receive a dedicated gallery of highlights featured both on my website and social media which you may choose to share immediately.

When will we receive our Digital File downloads?

Your non-watermarked, Full Resolution Digital Image Files are delivered 90 days following your online gallery commencement. You will receive instructions on how to download your non-watermarked, Full Resolution Digital Image Files three months after your online gallery has launched. Your Digital Image Files are always guaranteed to be delivered within 180 days of your wedding date.

Can I send you photos I want to recreate that I saw another photographer capture?

I strive to create unique portraits that inspire others. Attempting to recreate other photographers’ portraits will leave you comparing yourself to other couples and we want to capture images that speak to your unique personalities and why you fell in love with one another.

DELIVERABLES, DIGITAL DOWNLOADS & LICENSING

What are Non-watermarked, Full Resolution, Digital Image Files?

Your processed, non-watermarked, Full Resolution Digital Image Files represent the selection of corrected (.JPEG) image files captured during your engagement session or wedding and are delivered upon expiration of your online gallery 90 days after your gallery’s commencement. Your Digital Image Files are always guaranteed to be delivered within 180 days of your wedding date. Digital Image Files arrive with a license to use, display and copy these images for your personal, non-commercial enjoyment.

What rights do I have to my Digital Files?

You are granted a license to reprint images whenever you want. You may not sell your images or publish your images without written consent. I kindly ask that you like, link and tag Jason Kaczorowski Photography when sharing your engagement and wedding photos on Social Media. Your  Digital Files are with a license for you to print, display and create products featuring your Digital Files. Your Digital Files may not be sub-licensed or delivered to family or friends as they will not receive a license to print or reproduce your Digital Files.

What is an Online Gallery?

Coverage includes a private online gallery featuring all the selected and corrected images from your engagement session and wedding. Your online gallery serves as a convenient way for you to view your photographs anywhere, anytime and on any device. As an additional benefit, your online gallery allows you to share your images with family and friends after your event. In addition to enjoying your images, guests may also choose to purchase prints, products and even download your digital files immediately from your online gallery. Prints and products are available at a nominal investment and feature the highest quality professional lab printing.

What is included in Selection and Correction of my Images?

Selected images reflect the best quality and most significant moments from your wedding. Correction includes fundamental processing and global adjustments including adjustments to exposure, levels, color, white balance, contrast, highlights and shadow recovery, clarity, vibrancy, hue, saturation, lens correction, noise, grain, sharpening, cropping and post-cropping vignetting.

How large can I print photos from my Digital Files?

You may choose to print your images as large as 20”x30”. If you wish to create larger images please contact me though most photographs will never be produced larger than this size.

How many images do you deliver in an average engagement session and wedding?

This is often a difficult question to answer as the quantity of photos my team and I capture is often indicative of many different factors including the magnitude of locations we’ll visit, the lavishness of your details and décor seen throughout your day and how much emphasis you place on documenting these, the amount of activities to capture throughout your timeline and ultimately, the size your wedding including the number of your guests and wedding party. As a general rule of thumb, one photographer may capture and deliver 30-60 photos per hour, two photographers may capture and deliver 50-80 photos per hour and three photographers may capture and deliver 70-100 photos per hour.

What happens if I lose my Digital Files?

Once your Digital Files have been delivered, all responsibility in maintaining your files belongs to you. Having captured weddings for more than 12 years, I know certain precautions should be taken when storing Digital Files to protect against faulty devices and drive failures. I’ve found that following a few simple tips can give you lots of added protection for very little time or additional money invested. First, backup your images on a separate drive. This could be a thumb drive or an external hard drive, but we recommend choosing a size appropriate for these files as you’ll want to reduce the risk of a drive crashing by limiting the amount of times the drive is accessed. In other words, don’t store your photos on your laptop where you play games, browse the internet and store documents on a daily basis. For even more security, we highly recommend choosing offsite storage for your files. You can do this with a physical drive in a safe or lock box but most people these days will find storing these files in the Cloud to be the most beneficial. Second, test your data and backup frequently. I recommend testing your data and back-up each year on your wedding anniversary.

 

BOOKS AND ALBUMS

What is a Curated Book?

Your Curated Book arrives with a collection of 50 of the most commanding hand-picked images curated by Jason Kaczorowski which are distinctly designed to weave the story of your wedding.

You may opt to elevate your book by adding your favorite additional images or choosing an embossed cover and more for a nominal added investment. Each photo is then richly retouched before arriving printed on silver halide lustre stock and bound in your choice of leather alternative cover. Curated Books also make great gifts for parents, grandparents and your wedding party.

What is a Custom Album?

Your Costume Album is a collaborative creation between you and your photographer, developed and designed together to include your favorite moments from your wedding day. Each photo receives individual enhanced image development. You will select your favorite images and receive a private gallery to review your design prior to production. Your album features a robust construction offering increased durability and longevity, thick substrate core pages which decreases warping due to humidity changes, a true lay-flat design, UV Coated silver halide lustre stock which protects against fingerprints, moisture, humidity changes and damaging UV rays.

You may opt to elevate your book with additional enhancements such as enriching cover options, stock choices and a protective slipcase.

How long does it take to receive my book/album?

Your initial design requires 5-10 business days to create. Once you’ve had an opportunity to review your initial design and make any comments regarding suggested additions or revisions, we will schedule time to meet in person to choose your style and cover. Here I will collect your balance and your book or album will move immediately into production. Books and Albums often require 4-6 weeks in physical production and transit.

 

INSURANCE AND ASSURANCE

Do you have insurance and can you provide a COI to my venue?

Absolutely! Jason Kaczorowski Photography carries over two million dollars of liability insurance and are always pleased to provide a Certificate of Insurance to you or your venue.

Do you back up our images after our wedding?

I provide the highest security for your wedding photos. Your Digital Files are always captured in lossless RAW format using cameras which employ two memory card slots so in case one of our cards fails during a wedding, we always have a back-up card of your data. As soon as I return from your wedding, I immediate back-up your files to two external hard drives in addition to creating a catalog of your full resolution images in Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud. Finally, once your RAW image files have been processed and exported as JPEG files, they are uploaded to the Cloud.

Do you have back-up equipment in case your equipment fails or is stolen?

Both my team and I always carry two cameras, multiple lenses and multiple forms of lighting in case any of our equipment was to ever fail or become stolen at a wedding.

How long have you been in business?

I have been photographing professionally since October 1, 1995. I captured my first wedding in 2005 and began doing business as Jason Kaczorowski Photography in 2007. I incorporated my business in 2009 to Jason Kaczorowski Events Incorporated in the state of Illinois and made wedding photography my full-time career. I’ve since captured over 500 weddings and shot hundreds of thousands of photos in the greatest destinations throughout the world.

Can you provide any references?

I am always pleased to provide professional references and references from previous clients upon request.

Do you have any online reviews?

I am incredibly proud to have received all 5/5 star reviews on WeddingWire, TheKnot and Google.

Are you a member of any professional organizations?

I am a proud member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) and Fearless Photographers.

Have you ever won any awards for your wedding photography?

My wedding photography has proudly received numerous awards over the years. I’ve become the most awarded wedding photographer in Illinois on the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) with 15 awards (as of September 2017) and have been heralded as one of the Top Wedding Photographers in Chicago by several industry-leading publications and websites. Here’s a list of various of the awards I’ve been fortunate to achieve:

• Best Wedding Photography of 2010 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• WeddingWire – Bride’s Choice Award 2010
• 1st PLACE | ALL ABOUT LIGHT | Fall 2010 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• WeddingWire – Bride’s Choice Award 2011
• 3rd PLACE | FRAMING THE SUBJECT | Spring 2011 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• 1st PLACE | LONG EXPOSURE | Summer 2011 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• WeddingWire – Bride’s Choice Award 2012
• The Knot – Best of Weddings 2012
• 1st PLACE | REFLECTION | Spring 2012 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• 1st PLACE | WEDDING DETAILS | Fall 2012 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• 6th PLACE | WEDDING DRESS | Fall 2012 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• 7th PLACE | DECISIVE MOMENT | Winter 2012 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• 15th PLACE | FAMILY LOVE | Winter 2012 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• Best Wedding Photography of 2012 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• Rangefinder Magazine – People’s Choice Award “Seeing the Light” 2012
• WeddingWire – Bride’s Choice Award 2013
• Best Wedding Photographers in Chicago (CBS News) 2013
• WPPI 16×20 Print Competition Wedding Photojournalism Accolade of Excellence Award 2013
• 18th PLACE | FAMILY LOVE | Spring 2013 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• Fearless Photographers April 2013
• Fearless Photographers October 2013
• 19th PLACE | CEREMONY | Winter 2013 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• 17th PLACE | FIRST DANCE | Winter 2013 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• 18th PLACE | BRIDE AND GROOM PORTRAIT | Winter 2013 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• 9th PLACE | PURE ART | Winter 2013 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• WeddingWire – Bride’s Choice Award 2014
• Fearless Photographers February 2014
• Top Wedding Photographers in Chicago 2015 – BrideBox
• WeddingWire – Bride’s Choice Award 2017
• 19th PLACE | FRAMING THE SUBJECT | Winter 2017 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)
• 17th PLACE | Humor | Spring 2017 – International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP)

Has your wedding photography ever been published in books or magazines?

My photographs have been published on the covers of books, in magazines, on CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray box sets and across the internet on many of the most popular wedding websites in the world. Here’s a list of some places my work has been recently published:

• CS Brides
• Modern Luxury
• Chicago Wedding Guide
• Martha Stewart Weddings
• Style Me Pretty
• The Knot
• Wedding Wire
• Style Unveiled
• Elizabeth Ann Designs
• Wedding Channel
• Project Wedding
• Rock N’ Roll Bride
• One Wed
• Occasions Magazine
• Rolling Stone Magazine
• Billboard Magazine
• Spin Magazine
• Relix Magazine
• The Chicago Tribune
• The New York Post
• The Hampton Daily Press
• The Miami Herald
• The Los Angeles Times
• The San Francisco Examiner
• The Huffington Post
• Rhino Records
• Entertainment Weekly
• The Travel Channel
• Workman Publishing
• Algonquin Books

 

PAYMENTS, TAXES AND TRAVEL FEES

How much is Jason Kaczorowski Photography?

I work with many budgets and create solutions to provide coverage that’s important to you. My commissions range, based on the scope and specification of your coverage. I will work hand-in-hand with you to tailor coverage to suit your unique taste. My most popular Collection including my time and talent, an associate second photographer, extensive pre-wedding consultations, selection and correction of all wedding images, a private online gallery for one year, stunning social media sharing files, non-watermarked, high-quality, full resolution digital files, a sharing and licensing agreement along with an extraordinary 8”x12”, 50 image, custom luxury wedding album are offered from 4,800.00. Coverage featuring one, two or three photographers is also offered on an hourly commission basis  beginning with 6 hours of coverage from 2,700.00 and arrives with selection and correction of all wedding images, a private online gallery for one year, stunning social media sharing files, non-watermarked, high-quality, full resolution digital files along with a sharing and licensing agreement. Weddings featuring less than 100 guests and under 10 wedding party members may be commissioned with one photographer on an hourly basis beginning with 6 hours of coverage. Weddings with more than 100 yet less than 300 guests and feature less than 20 members of your wedding party are recommended for two photographers and weddings featuring more than 300 guests or more than 20 wedding party members are advised to commission three photographers. Please phone 312.671.7678 or email weddings@jasonkaczorowski.com and will be pleased to send you our entire Wedding Investment Guide, explore all available options during a personalized consultation and tailor coverage to fit your needs.

Do you offer partial day coverage?

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Collections and Coverage are always offered with a minimum of 6 hours of photography.

Will I be charged for downtime, travel time or times when our guests are eating?

My team and I never truly rest during your wedding day which is why our coverage is offered continuously from our first shutter acquisition until our last. We are constantly searching for and preparing to capture the next spontaneous moment, traveling to locations and capturing photos along the way, photographing detail and décor at your church or reception venue and frequently reviewing your must-have moments and preparing our lighting throughout your reception venue to capture your next exciting action.

What happens if we go over the contracted amount of time?

Not every wedding always goes according to plan. That’s why we understand that some clients may want to add additional coverage at the end of their wedding day. We will always ask you at the end of your contracted coverage if you would value receiving additional coverage before we prepare to leave. If you would value more time, you may always add additional hourly coverage for the rates specified in your Investment Guide and will be invoiced following your wedding. Once your overtime fee has been received we will begin processing your images promptly.

What is the deposit required to secure our wedding day?

I require a 50% non-refundable retainer once you sign your contract to secure your wedding date. Your remaining 50% is due 2 weeks before your wedding.

How far in advance do we need to secure your services?

I often reserve dates 6-12 months in advance but always invite you to email me to check my availability. If I am unavailable for your date I will gladly recommend other talented wedding photographers with whom I would trust my own wedding.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, check (preferred) or charge. Credit Card payments are subject to a 3% convenience processing fee.

Do you offer discounts on weekday, Sunday or off-season weddings?

I always place the same emphasis and provide the same amount of time and talent on capturing and processing your wedding no matter what the day or time of year therefore I do not offer discounts on weekday, Sunday or off-season weddings.

Are taxes included?

Your investment always includes all applicable taxes built into the price of products and services.

Do you travel for weddings and portrait sessions?

My team and I capture weddings in the finest destinations worldwide. I am available for Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa) events with applicable mileage fees 90 miles beyond my studio. Domestic and International travel affords airfare, ground transportation and lodging in addition to location fees and/or resort surcharges. Though I am a Chicago wedding photographer based in Illinois, I frequently capture weddings throughout Florida in Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Doral, Bal Harbour, Sunny Isles Beach, Tampa, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Miramar, Sarasota, Clearwater, Key Biscayne, Dover, Boynton Beach, Odessa, Clearwater, Boca Raton, Islamorada, Key Largo and Key West.

What are your Travel Expenses?

Domestic Transportation beyond 90 miles of 60532 is billed at a rate of $0.50 per mile, per photographer. Destination Weddings are considered events occurring more than 300 miles from 60532. An airfare per diem is provided for Destination Weddings at a rate of $300.00 per photographer. A lodging and ground transportation per diem of $300.00 per night is provided in the lower 48 US States and $400.00 beyond. Each wedding requires a minimum of a two night stay to ensure we arrive the day prior to your wedding and stay for the entirety of your wedding day and night. As an example, a wedding occurring in Miami, Florida requires 2 airfare per diems ($300.00/pp = $600.00) in addition to 2 lodging and ground transportation per diems of $300.00 per night (2 night minimum) for a total of $1,200.00 travel expenses. We provide 3 hours of complimentary coverage applicable to rehearsal or a day-after session to offset the cost of travel expenses (an 1,800.00 value).

How do I reserve my wedding date?

A 50% non-refundable retainer is required to reserve your wedding date. Your remaining balance of 50% is due two (2) weeks prior to your wedding.

If we cancel our wedding will we receive our retainer fee back?

Your retainer is non-refundable and is used to reserve your wedding date. Once we reserve your date, we decline other prospective clients interested in booking your date.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What are Extensive Pre-Wedding Consultations?

You’re offered 3 consultations to (1) Discover, (2) Explore and (3) Review your wedding. These begin with an initial consultation appointment, also known as the (1) Discovery Consultation. During our Discovery Consultation, we will determine the scope of your wedding coverage and begin to chart your timeline. 60-90 days before your wedding you may choose to schedule an opportunity to discuss your timeline further during an (2) Exploratory Consultation where I’ll be able to answer questions pertaining to scheduling your hair/make-up, your transportation where we might capture portraits on-location, how to group family and friends for portraits and more. 30 days before your wedding, you’ll receive your Update Questionnaire which you will complete and return with your Timeline, your Must-Have Moments and your Requested Family Portraits. Once your Update Questionnaire has been received, along with your Remaining Balance, we will schedule our final (3) Review Consultation to evaluate and finalize your timeline and discuss your must-have moments and family portraits.

Have you shot at my venue before?

I have photographed weddings at hundreds of venues, so there is a good chance that either myself or my associate photographer have photographed at your wedding venue before. However, if we have not, we will arrive at your wedding venue early on the day of your wedding and perform a thorough walk-through to scout the best photography locations and lighting. We also always do extensive online research prior to your wedding and consult our colleagues who have worked your wedding venue before to gain insight into any necessary tips and tricks. If you would value having me attend a walk-through of your venue, I am pleased to offer up to one hour of time to meet with you and/or your event planner at your ceremony/reception location(s) and perform a thorough assessment of all locations and lighting for a $150.00 consultation fee. I recommend scheduling your venue visit during the time of day your ceremony/reception will occur in order to accurately gauge lighting conditions.

Do you offer videography / cinematography services?

We primarily specialize in photography but are always pleased to recommend other professionals we’ve worked with throughout the country who we feel are the best in the business. We invite you to visit our list of the Best Chicago Wedding Videographers / Best Chicago Wedding Cinematographers.