Frequently Asked Questions (Weddings)
We get lots of mail and always want to answer your inquiries. That's why we created this FAQ page for the most commonly asked questions. Just click on any question to display the answer inline on the page.
WHAT DOES SAMBAJOY MEAN?
Samba is the most popular Brazilian cultural expression, it’s a dance and a national icon, gathering people together in the same rhythm. Joy is a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. We wanted to have a truly Brazilian word to match our favourite word in English: joy. Sambajoy is a word created by us, like a happy feeling with a soul and rhythm.
WHO ARE THE PHOTOGRAPHERS?
We are Madalena Leles and Marcelo Cohen, a Brazilian couple based in Vancouver. We shoot every wedding together! When we say you get two photographers, we mean two professional photographers, not one photographer plus an assistant.
IS THERE A BOOKING FEE TO PAY?
There is, Once you confirm you want to book us, we then require a deposit of 50% of your chosen package and our contract signed to secure your wedding date.
DO YOU DO ENGAGEMENT SESSION SEPARATELY?
Yes, we do have a few openings every year.
DO YOU ALSO DO VIDEOS?
No, we did in the past and it was fun but we decided to be fully focused on photos. It's good to point out that we prefer working with good professionals and we could send some referrals. We've seen some disaster experiences when the video team has poor experience/quality, it could make our work very difficult if your choice is not best.
DO YOU STORAGE OUR DIGITAL FILES?
Absolutely! We will have them in RAW for five years, besides that we secure your backup in three ways: Computer, Raid and Google Drive.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?
Our photos are very professional, at the same time carries a deep heart touch and you will feel we are the best people to have around on your big day. Also, the dynamic of a couple working together is different, it is stronger! Have a coffee with us, we love explaining how we work and show it!
LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES?
Madalena has post-grad in Photography, being a photographer is her full-time job since 2006. Marcelo started shooting with her in 2011 and worked with Tourism and Events for 14 years as a Corporate Travel Agency owner/director. They are full-time wedding photographers since 2012.
WOULD YOU TRAVEL?
OF COURSE! We've travelled a lot and are very easygoing travellers. Travelling is a big part of us.
CAN I GET THE RAW FILES?
Unfortunately, no. The edited images are our final product. Imagine that a florist will create you a bouquet and not only deliver some pretty flowers with the arranging. There is no exception for it.
HOW MANY PICTURES WILL I GET?
On average we deliver between 60-70 photos for each hour of your wedding day.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU HAVE?
We work with Canon Mark IV and III, and our lenses are 50mm 1.2, 35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.2, 24mm 1.4 and a macro.
WHO IS BACON???
Bacon is our adorable pug. He means the world to us!
DO YOU DO OTHER TYPES OF PHOTOGRAPHY?
Yes, but mostly weddings.
DO YOU DO POST-PROCESS EDITING ON OUR PHOTOS?
Yes, we'd like to think that the photos that we take are a reflection of your day, and that also goes for the image itself. we “edit” every photo by looking at each one to make sure that the colour & contrast is as consistent as possible, but I edit to maintain the quality & the authenticity of each image.
ARE YOU TWO MARRIED?
Yes, we got married twice! The first one was a big party for 280 people in 2007, then after 5 years, we got married again with 18 close friends and family with a Jewish Ceremony.
WHAT ARE YOU GUYS LIKE AS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS?
We are friendly, we will be close to you and your partner for hours, we are relaxed and focused. We love when couples are thoughtful about us, leaving a clean space for us to shoot details (during a Getting Ready), for example. For Bridal Party photos, it doesn't matter how big it is, we will try to make people focused on the photos and we are fast! If you have a big Family Photos List, we will ask you for a key person to help us out.
WHERE MY PHOTOS SHOULD BE TAKEN?
We love hearing your thoughts and share our own ideas about places to take you for photos. We scout for every wedding on the week of the event based on what we shared. We always keep an eye looking for hidden gems. Also, we will have all the locations on our Google Maps and we share them with the driver of the day to make it easier, safer and faster. Yep, we think about that too!
WOULD YOU REFERRAL VENDORS?
Yes, absolutely! We have GREAT people that we love working with that includes planners, florists, make-up artists, catering, etc. Also, if we are not available on your wedding date, we will send referrals for you.
HOW MANY HOURS OF COVERAGE WILL WE NEED?
Usually, we suggest arriving at Getting Ready 30 minutes to one hour prior to you get dressed and leave around a couple of songs after the Dance Floor's opening. That would be a good start to calculate how many hours you will need. The hours are consecutively counted.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO HAVE THE BEST EXPERIENCE?
Communicate with us! Share your thoughts and express what you envision with us!