Engagement photography is the best way for you to connect with your photographer prior to your wedding day & create stunning imagery that is not confined to the timeline of your big day. Your engagement photo session will be anywhere from 1-3 hours long and can include multiple wardrobe changes & locations depending on the package you select.
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A simple yet creative formula for perfect engagement photography.
Interview & Survey
We interview you to discuss package options, your story, & what you’re hoping to achieve with your photographs.
A photographer from our team will analyze your requests and come up with a plan to achieve a realistic rendition of your story.
Sessions are typically 1-3 hours long and you can usually photograph at 1 location per hour. The couple is encouraged to change outfits at least once during the shoot.
It takes 30 business days to receive the digital files. You will be able to access the photos immediately once they are ready in a gallery like this.
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Apollo Fotografie are the most talented photographers I have ever met. They captured every moment of our engagement and wedding perfectly. I am so thankful to have so many great romantic photos. Most importantly for me was that Jonathon & his team had my best interest in mind the entire time. When your wedding day comes you want a great photographer on your side. I admire their work ethic so much and they proved that I could trust them with my every concern.
Jonathon Dakarai and his team at Apollo Fotografie are absolutely amazing! If you're a bride like me who freaks out about the details, you'll truly appreciate a vendor like Apollo who are even more detail-oriented than I was when it came to the pictures. On the day of the wedding, Jonathon and his team just blended right in with our guests. Our bridal party LOVED them! If you're looking for a San Francisco wedding photographer, look no further than Apollo Fotografie!
I cannot begin to express how fantastic my experience was with Apollo! On our wedding day, the entire wedding party (guests included) loved the Apollo staff and thought they did a fabulous job. While you may not even know they are there because they are never in your way, they are wonderful and fun when you have your moments with them, too. They captured everything special...and the pictures are to die for! No one would regret hiring these amazing photographers for their wedding!
Apollo Fotografie is absolutely amazing! They made us feel totally comfortable in front of the camera, which was crucial on our big day. My husband and I consider ourselves to be perfectionists so we paid a lot of attention to many of the little details for our ceremony and reception. A couple of weeks before our big day, Apollo sent us a nicely organized spreadsheet so we could tell them beforehand who we absolutely needed to take photos with on the day of. It was so great and reassuring ...
I would recommend Apollo Fotografie to absolutely anyone and everyone! Jonathon (aka DaKarai) and his team are an incredible group of people. They brought so much wonderful energy that they contributed to the best day of our lives. They're 100% committed to delivering these beautiful photos no matter what it takes, very professional in how they work - and not to mention an absolute joy to be around! (Which is essential on the happiest day of your lives!)
The day of our wedding was purely magical Apollo Fotografie was able to capture all the important and also intimate moments beautifully. We love all of our wedding photos, videos, and the highlight video they created. We highly recommend Apollo Fotografie and Jonathon for anyone looking for a fun, easy to work with, and professional photographer to artfully capture unforgettable moments.
It was a pleasure working with Apollo Fotografie for our wedding in San Francisco. They were very familiar with the area, and knew all the perfect spots for beautiful photos; truly well rounded San Francisco wedding photographers! I loved that the photos do not look staged, fake, or cliche - they created lovely images that capture the beauty of our location and the excitement and romance of the wedding day. Their photography is highly recommended!
Jonathon and his team were absolutely spectacular! They also made the process really fun and were incredible at getting to know us as a couple, which reflected a lot in the beautiful pictures they took. On the wedding day, they were so on top of it, super energetic, and I couldn't have imagined anyone better following us around all day. We got our photos back and they were so beautiful!! For a San Francisco wedding photographer, Apollo Fotografie is as good as they come!
From the first phone call, Apollo was easy to work with and extremely flexible. They worked hard to get us as close to our initial budget as planned and really went out of his way to be accommodating. On a trip back to the Bay Area, they worked around our schedule to meet us at the venue and walk through possible photography backgrounds. They were really familiar with the area surrounding the Brazilian Room, had great suggestions, and knew what they were talking about.
Thank you for your interest in Apollo Fotografie!
If you are falling in love with the idea of having collaborating with you and
your fiancé to create your engagement photographs – we would love to connect to see if it is the perfect match.
Your inquiry will be received whole heartedly within 24 hours by our
creative director to pair you to your San Francisco engagement photographer
(and hopefully your wedding photographer!).
For all engagement photography inquiries in the San Francisco Bay Area –
please reserve your date at least 1-3 months prior to the date you are
requesting for the engagement session. Usually this is about 9-12 months
prior to your wedding.
You probably have questions — and that’s awesome! You can email an
engagement photography coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.871.0729.
1. Do we receive all of the digital negatives from our engagement session, or just the edited ones?
For your engagement photography package – you will receive a set of edited high resolution photographs in an instant download gallery. The amount of edited photographs you receive will depend on the package you select. For your wedding photography package – you may opt to purchase all of your RAW images on a hard drive with your final package for a nominal fee.
2. Is there a discount for engagement photos if we book wedding photography or videography as well?
Absolutely! A lot of the wedding photography packages specifically have the engagement sessions predesigned & built into them to begin with.
3. Which photographer will photograph our engagement session?
The photographer that is assigned to your engagement photography session (as well as your wedding) will be determined upon availability at the time that you officially lock down the package with a signed agreement & 50% retainer of our services.
You may also indicate your preference prior to booking as well.
Due to the amount of inquiries we receive (up to 100+ per week) — we cannot hold any dates for inquiries only.
4. What type of editing and retouching is included on our engagement photos?
For your engagement photography session – we include a complimentary set of basic retouches to make the photos “pop” the way that they do on our website and on our blogs. This typically includes correcting exposure, color balance, sharpening, and noise cancellation. More advanced retouching can be purchased to remove blemishes, bags on your under eyes, or altering your body or image in any other way.
5. How long does it take to receive the engagement photos?
After your engagement photography session – it will take 30 business days for us to select the best photos, edit them, & upload them to an online gallery for you to start your obsession.
6. How many locations can we go to during our session?
During your engagement photography session – we recommend limiting the amount of locations to one location per hour of coverage. The “trick” to getting multiple locations in only one hour is to choose locations that are walkable, or within a 5 minute car drive of each other.
7. Where are we allowed to have our engagement session?
The engagement photography session that comes included in our packages is a local engagement around San Francisco. If you would like to have your engagement session somewhere else in the Bay Area, there will be an additional charge for traveling to that location.
8. We are not models & we have no idea what to do – can you make recommendations?
Definitely. After many years of photographing engagements around the Bay Area we have tons of recommendations for couples who just simply have no idea! A part of your engagement photography package will contain a creative consultation with your photographer where you can hash out all of the stylistic & logistic questions you might have.
During the actual session itself- your photographer will guide you into poses that feel natural, organic, & comfortable.
9. What should we wear?
Ultimately this choice is up to you. However, we recommend coming with at least two sets of outfits to your engagement photography session. One should be more formal (think bowties, blazers, little black dress, high heels, etc.). and one look should be more casual (think jeans, button ups, cute sweaters, etc.).
The best thing for you to do is to create a Pinterest board with some of your favorite engagement photos from around the internet and analyze the wardrobe choices from those photos. Chances are, you’ll also like their outfits!
The general rule is this: DON’T be too “matchey matchey.” When picking your outfits – imagine you are both going to the same parties together – what would you wear?
10. If it foggy – can we reschedule our engagement session?
We will create a backup date for your engagement photos in case it rains, however because of our busy schedules & the unpredictability of fog in San Francisco – we are not able to reschedule due to fog.
11. We are really excited – how soon can we shoot?!
Download our pricing and figure out which package will be best for you. It might be more beneficial to you to book us for your wedding as well as there is a rebate for doing so. Once you sign the agreement & submit the deposit – we can talk dates and get you and your fiancé in the next possible appointment!
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