My name is Olga and I've been working as a freelance photographer since 2010; currently working and living in the city of Berlin, Germany. Photography is my passion, and there is nothing more thrilling than being able to take beautiful photos on a special day like a wedding. It makes me really happy to imagine the couples looking at the photos for years to come and remember the day they declared their love for each other to the world.
When a job at hand requires more than one person, you will find me working alongside the wonderful Kate. She contributed her talents to this website in various ways and I owe her a great deal of gratitude for everything she has done to make this venture flourish. A little about her below, in her own words.
I'm an Australian-born photographer living in Berlin with my husband Simon. My background in live music and event photography has honed not only my photographic eye, but also my instinct for capturing the unexpected as it unfolds while remaining as unobtrusive as possible. There is very little that can catch me off guard and you can rest assured that those spontaneous moments of joy and emotion will not go undocumented!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In this section I answer some common questions concerning the conditions and methods of work. In case there is a question that I haven't answered below please feel free to contact me; I will be happy to answer all your queries. The contact details are available on the CONTACT page.
WHAT ARE YOUR PRICES?
You can check my fees on the PRICES page.
HOW LONG DO WE NEED TO WAIT FOR PHOTOS?
Up to two months for wedding photos. It sounds like a long time but the necessary image adjustments on hundreds of photos take time and I want to be sure I provide you with the best possible end result. However I will do all I can to deliver the images as soon as possible and just to make the wait a bit more bearable I will send you 3-5 photographs within 48hours of the wedding to share with your friends or family.
DO YOU WORK ALONE OR WITH A SECOND SHOOTER?
At most smaller weddings a single photographer will be sufficient but do consider that having a second shooter does provide additional "insurance" that all the crucial moments are captured. Working as a team also provides extra support during portrait sessions and in making sure everything runs smoothly and without interruption in coverage. When shooting events though it usually requires the presence of just one photographer.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I shoot with Canon cameras and use only prime lenses. Depending on specific needs, I also hire specialised equipment.
DO YOU ALSO SHOOT ANALOGUE?
I shoot with digital cameras, but contact me for more details if you're keen on capturing your wedding on film.
DO YOU DO ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS?
CAN YOU ORGANISE A PHOTO BOOTH?
Most of the couples I am hired by choose to create their own DIY photo booth, by which I mean a spot where the guests can be photographed with a nice background. This is a cheaper option for the couple and allows for their creative spirit to be unleashed. In this case only the lighting would be set up by me and either I or Kate would also be responsible for taking the portraits themselves. Alternatively, if you would like, I could set up a booth from scratch, in the style of your choosing. If an automatic photo booth is what you are after, I will be happy to provide you with addresses of some of the companies that supply them for events.
No matter what your preference is, a photo booth is a great way to photograph all your friends and family and improve the fun factor in general, so you should definitely consider having one. For more details like fees, please don't hesitate to contact me.
WILL WE BE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE ORIGINAL RAW FILES?
Raw files are like raw ingredients that are used to create a wonderful meal and on their own do not give you the full taste of the final dish. They are a base on which I form my images and once they serve their purpose they are like an element that has been blended into the mix and cannot be separated. So to keep up with my standards I will provide you with the final, tasty selection of photographs that will leave you satisfied and happy and keep the raw files in my pantry.
DO YOU RETOUCH YOUR IMAGES?
Yes, I do make minor adjustments to bring out the natural beauty in the portrayed persons. However my goal is always to capture a true and honest portrait of the couples I work with.
COULD WE APPLY OUR OWN CHANGES TO THE IMAGES ONCE WE RECEIVE THE HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPHS?
The images you will receive will be the final version of the photos and are not intended to be altered. You can always contact me with a specific request to make adjustments to the images after they have been delivered to you.
DO YOU ALSO CREATE WEDDING ALBUMS?
Currently it is not part of my standard service but I will be happy to create a printed album for an additional fee or alternatively recommend websites which make the creation of your own perfect photo album a simple and fun process.
HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL PORTRAIT SESSION TAKE?
Anywhere from 30 minutes up to two hours. The portraits can be taken before, after or on the wedding day; it is up to you.
WILL WE BE ABLE TO PRINT THE IMAGES OURSELVES?
Yes. Once you receive the final digital images you will be able to make as many paper prints as you like.
DO YOU SPEAK ANY OTHER LANGUAGES?
Yes. Apart from English and German, I speak Polish and Czech.