10 Questions with Andreea Pripon

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most popular and sought-after wedding photographers in California, Andreea Pripon Photography. Anaheim based Andreea is the founder and owner of Andreea Pripon Photography.

Andreea Pripon Photography

Photographer - Andreea Pripon

10 Questions with Andreea Pripon

1. Introduction: What's your story?

My name is Andreea, founder and chief photographer at AndreeaPriponPhotography, My photographic love started very early in life, yet been a professional for 8 years.
I am natural light portrait/wedding photographer located in Orange County, California.

I was born in Romania and relocated to America at the age of 11. Sacrificing the comfort of "home" is hard, with that said I strive to put 100% of my love and energy in everything I do as a thank you to my parents.

I love capturing sweet moments and creating images that will last a life time. I live for candid smiles, giggles, hugs and kisses. Nothing makes me happier than capturing genuine feelings and seeing the happiness on my clients face when they see their photos.

I believe everything happens for a reason, life stops for no one, so why not celebrate it by making memories. Looking back at my life, grow up with very few photographs of my childhood years. That lack of memorabilia grew my love for photography, to the point of wanting to document everything about life.
Enjoy taking photos of couples, families, engagements, weddings; you name it!

Enjoy adventure; Traveling is one of the biggest things in my bucket list.
My dream is to be able to travel the world ,create breathing photographs and inspire others to follow their dreams.

2. How long have you been shooting weddings? How many weddings have you photographed?

I have been shooting weddings for 6 years now.

My photography career started on 2012 as part time, which was mainly capturing family portraits and kids. Over time I took on maternity photo-shoots and fell in love with the intimate moments between the couples!

The first wedding I shoot was in 2015! I was extremity nerves to say the least but the day turned out amazing and from then on my whole photography career changed!

Normally average around 12-15 weddings a year, yet would love to possibly increase to 20+.

Have slowly falling in love with photographing elopements and that is something I am very much looking forward to more and more.

I love setting goals and doing everything I can possible do to archive them (I know, sounds funny yet being a business owner has though me to be responsible and respectful of my time and my own life chooses.)

With that said, I understand how much I can handle when it comes to booking clients and I agree to a date only if I know I will be able to give my 100 % .

Delivering a great product to my clients is the most important thing to my business.

3. How would you describe your photography style?

I call my natural light and life style.

Creating art is extremely fun but I also love capturing life as it is. I understand weddings are meant to be a once in a life time event, so documenting everything in the day is very crucial. Starting from the small details that some may overlook, all the way till the end of the event is a must.

One way that could describe my style is that of a journalism, since details make the big picture.

4. How well in advance should couples book their wedding photographer?

When it comes to booking weddings its always best to reach out at least 6 months in advance.

Summer months have always been the peak of my wedding session.

Since I do not photograph more then 4 weddings a month, my scheduled allows for last minute openings if clients reach out.

Southern California has close to perfect weather all year round, so weddings happen every single month!

5. What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?

My wedding packages start from $1400 to $3500

They vary from 6 hour coverage to 12 hours.

Most of the packages do include a 2nd photographer along with a engagement session.

To be perfectly honesty no wedding is the same and no clients needs are the same. I prefer to sit down with my clients to personalized wedding packages for their special day.

6. Are you the wedding photographer who will be shooting on the wedding day? Who else is there in your team?

I am always, always the main photographer on the weddings day.

I believe in building a connection with my clients and I want them to know their special day is being captured by the person who they put their trust in.

I do also work closely with 3-4 other photographers in my area, one of them would accompany me if a second photographer is needed. I've grown friends with them over the years and built a trusting relationship where we both can adapt to each others photography styles.

7. Do you charge a travel fee? For what distance? What does that cover?

When it comes to extra fees it absolutely depends on where the location is.

Any location out of Orange County does have a travel fee starting at $50 -$100 in Southern California .'

Traveling outside of California will vary, depending on the air plain ticket.

8. Are albums or prints included in your packages?

I love to personalize my wedding packages when it comes to delivery.

The wedding photos are given to my clients in a personalized wooden box, which is included with every package.

Each wooden box will come with 50-100 4x5 prints along with a memory stick that will have all edited photos on it.

I do not offer canvas or albums, at this point in time, but my clients do received a photography release license that do allow them to create their own .

9. How long after the wedding will the couple receive the images? How will they be delivered?

My processing time for wedding is normally 4-6 weeks.

At the end of the event once home, all images are transferred and backed up on 3 hard driver to insure the safety of the files.

Clients can expect a sneak peek sent as a online Gallery with in the first week after the event, with a minimum of 100 photos which will show a glimpse of the whole day captured.

Selecting and editing 2000 to 4000 photos for every wedding takes time, which sets the finally delivery at 6 weeks after event.

The wedding photos will be delivery in a wooden box , that will include 50-100 prints ( depending on the wedding package chosen by the clients) along with a memory stick that will provide all edited images from that day and a extra little surprise gift from me to them!

10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?

I require a $300 deposit to book a wedding date, which is non-refundable in the event the clients cancel.

The rest of the payment will have to be payed in full no later then 2 weeks before the event date.

Rescheduling under normal circumstances requires placing a new deposit .

However, if I am able to book another client on that original day, the client who is rescheduling will not need to pay a new deposit.

If rescheduling is needed due to any Covid-19 or pandemic related issues, there will not be a new deposit fee.

Hoping that not nearly as many couples will be facing the decision of having to reschedule in 2021 as last year; Yet I will continue to be as accommodating as I can under these difficult circumstances.

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