10 Questions with Joseph Gidjunis

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most popular and highly sought-after wedding photographers in Pennsylvania, Joseph Gidjunis of JPG Photo & Video. Philadelphia based Joseph is the founder and owner of JPG Photo & Video.

JPG Photo & Video

Photographer - Joseph Gidjunis

10 Questions with Joseph Gidjunis
  • Business: JPG Photo & Video
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PA
  • Experience: 17 Years
  • Photography Types: Proposal, Engagements, Family, Weddings
  • Profile: JPG Photo & Video
  • Website: www.jpgphotography.com

1. Introduction: What's your story?

We’ve spent the past 17 years capturing moments that matter to people like you. We push creative boundaries and provide strong visuals that tell your story with care. We use our skills, humor and sense of adventure to capture emotion and document moments you never want to forget. We refuse to be boring and care about telling your story.

JPG Photo & Video comprises a team of award-winning photographers who focus on documenting moments without intruding on your event. Our owner, Joseph Gidjunis, spent a decade in the newspaper industry as a reporter and photojournalist, and he’s taken his love of genuine and honest photojournalism and brought them to weddings, events and films with a talented team of like-minded visual artists. The JPG team has a knack of capturing real life in way that your family or colleagues shall treasure for generations. And they do it in an unobtrusive way full of fun and laughter.

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

JPG, now with more than 1,500 weddings, films, and photo booths on its resume, is entering its 17th year of business. The team has the experience to make your day amazing

3. How would you describe your photography style?

JPG is a journalistic studio. We're going to focus what makes your wedding yours, and we let you be you.

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

We find that most couples book us within 9 to 18 months of their wedding date. Our busiest time of year is the fall and early winter, with September and October being out busiest months.

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

Most couples book an 8 hour day, with our most common add on being an engagement session, or an additional full coverage video.

Photo:
5 hour day (1 photographer) - $1,800
Primary photographer for 5 hours,
200 edited images

6 hour day (2 photographers) - $2,500
Primary photographer for 6 hours, second photographer for 5 hours
300 edited images

8 hour day - $3,300
Primary photographer for 8 hours, second photographer for 7 hours
500 edited images

10 hour day - $4,000
Primary photographer for 10 hours, second photographer for 9 hours
600 edited images
1 hour engagement session, 40 edited images

Engagement session and additional time available upon request

Video:
5 hour day (1 videographer) - $1,800
1 videographer for 1 hour of setup and 4 hours of coverage
Full Coverage Fusion video showcasing important moments of ceremony and reception.

6 hour day (2 videographers) - $2,500
2 videographers for 1 hour of setup and 5 hours of coverage
Full Coverage Fusion video showcasing important moments of ceremony and reception
60-90 second social media teaser reel

8 hour day - $3,300
Primary videographer for 8 hours, second videographer for 7 hours
Highlight Reel showcasing the best moments and audio from the day (4-5 min.)
Full Coverage Ceremony showcasing entrances through exits OR Full Coverage Reception showcasing most important moments

10 hour day - $4,000
Primary videographer for 10 hours, second videographer for 9 hours
Highlight Reel showcasing the best moments and audio from the day (5-6 min.)
Full Coverage Ceremony showcasing entrances through exits AND Full Coverage Reception showcasing most important moments
60-90 second social media teaser reel
Additional videos and time available upon request

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

We have a team of 14 different photographers and videographers that we work with. We love what they do, and they love our style! Your primary photographer will be one of these people, and will be matched up with you based on mutual interests and likes. You will have the chance to speak with them on the phone and review their portfolio before committing to them for your day. We want to make sure the vibes are vibing! Each photographer carries at least 2 cameras with them, and the video team has a collective 4-6 cameras with them.

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

For engagements, we include a 50 mile round trip of travel. For weddings, we include a 100 mile round trip. This is calculated using our studio as the starting point. After that, there is a $3 per mile fee. Tolls, parking, and tips are a flat reimbursement. We're happy to travel farther for a destination wedding in the US or abroad, with travel fees depending on location and date.

8. Are albums or prints included in your packages?

No albums or prints are included, but we offer 3 albums priced at $1,000, $1,500, and $2,000.

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

Images are edited for color correctness, contract, etc., but do not come with retouching such as skin smoothing. Engagement sessions are delivered within 3 weeks of the shoot, 40-50 images. Weddings are delivered within 15 weeks maximum, with the usual turnaround time being 8 weeks. The amount of photos will vary depending on the package. All images are delivered via an online gallery where clients can download images. They can choose to print there, or have them printed wherever they like.

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

For engagements, we offer a rain date reschedule at no charge. For weddings, retainers are not refunded. Should clients wish to reschedule, a fee of 25% of the total package will be charged. If clients cancel more than 181 days before the date, a fee of $250 will be charged but no other payments towards the contract will be owed. If they cancel between 91 and 180 days before a $1,000 fee will be charged but no other payments towards the contract will be owed. If they cancel within 90 days, client is responsible for the full amount of the contract.

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WeddingRule Editor’s Choice 2021