"I am based in Albany, New York, but will travel where ever you need. I consider this 'wedding photography as an excuse to make art'. Beautiful matters. Excerpt from: "The Ceremony" This is the part that really matters, for it is the part you won't be able to remember afterward because your heart will be beating too fast for you to concentrate on anything else. This is where life begins, and ends, where all loss and longing is forgotten-- at least for a little while. For a few minutes, you and your guests will be able to experience true purity, emotion, and most of all, love, like it exists in few other places. For a few short minutes your soul is laid bare, and your breath is all that matters. You don't want to forget a thing like that. -Frank Rapant "A Portrait of a Day" October 2008 About me: I work in photography because I love it. I love everything about it, from thoughtful conceptualization and shooting, to the crafting of finished prints. The entire process excites me, and I find that even though it brings me closer to the world, it also separates me a bit from it which can be nice sometimes; even if it is the thin separation of the glass of the lens. However, I prefer to work with people whether it is the cool candid on the street, or the intimacy of the studio, photographing people helps remind me that every man is my brother, and every woman my sister. I believe in the beauty of the momentin love, in loss, and in longing. These are the things I look for in my lens. I also believe in technicality in the perfection of an image. So often we find some of these things, and not others. I believe that when properly applied, all of these things must coexist in an image. Call it Zen? I don't know what to call it, but I know it when I find it, and it is what I strive for. I have recently learned that we should use every tool available to express ourselves, and therefore I do not spurn digital technology, although I tried to for quite some time. I shoot 35mm because the pictures look right, and process everything by hand because I love the alchemical way that the image appears in the silver: there is a certain magic to it that can never be reproduced digitally. When shooting film, I use Ilford HP5 film with a Nikon F2 or N75 camera depending on focal length as needed; and when shooting digital I use a Nikon D200 camera, and print on Epson Pro Luster or Premium Presentation Paper Matte. Frank Rapant Nassau, NY December 2006 The Wedding Day: All packages will include the use of digital imaging as well as black and white 35mm film, (120 film available) which will be printed digitally. All digital prints are archival quality. For silver prints (of B&W's) see below. Only state- of- the- art equipment, techniques, and materials are used to document your day. You can always expect the utmost courtesy and respect from me, and as much or as little involvement in the process as you wish, and is possible. Full-color, black & white, sepia, monotone, or selective color options are available for most digital prints. Please email me at email@example.com to further discuss what you need, and how I can help you; or to schedule a portfolio viewing. The below prices are negotiable. I have no problem working to your budget, within reason. Package A (I make the prints and keep the copyrights.) 7- hour coverage. You pick the start and stop times. Travel times between locations counts against your 7 hours. Constant shooting. $1,000.00 Additional hour(s) can be added 'on the fly'. $125.00 Post production (color correction, crop, resize).Standard retouch on all close- ups of bride & groom. Included (350- 450 individual) 4 x 6 prints, album not included (see below). Included - Images viewable online. - Proof disk of all images. Included, additional disks availaable. Additional 'parent' albums. - Max 4. -25 (4 x 6) prints $60.00 -50 (4 x 6) prints $100.00 -10 (5 x 7) prints $125.00 -20 (5 x 7) prints $200.00 $90.00 cretid toward prints/ enlargements. Included Package B (You make the prints and keep the copyrights.) 7- hour coverage. You pick the start and stop times. Travel times between locations counts against your 7 hours. Constant shooting. $1,225.00 Additional hour(s) can be added 'on the fly'. $200.00 Post production (color correction, crop, resize). Standard retouch on all close- ups of bride & groom. Included Unlimited orderable reprints from website. (I will post the photos, the rest is up to you.) Included, prices listed on website. -Copyright free, full- res, finished tif files on DVD or CDs (1 set of all photos). - Email/ web sized electronic files. Included, additional disks available for $20.00 each. Print pricing: 4 x 6 $1.50 each 5 x 7 $7.50 each 8 x 12 $12.50 each 12 x 18 $20.00 each Hand- Crafted Archival Gelatin Silver Black & White Prints It is time to slow things down, it is time to go back to basics, it is time for zen and beauty. The fine printing of Black & White images in Gelatin Silver is a craft which is rapidly declining in the world of high- speed connections and digital imaging. A black and white negative can be printed digitally on regular paper, but then it loses something it once possessedI would call it the soul' or magic' of the image. A fine B&W negative deserves a fine print. Images in silver will last indefinitely, if properly handled, and actually look better as they age. The best digital papers and inks can guarantee is 150 years. The following prices apply to gelatin silver prints. These prices reflect the fine- art quality of the craft as well as the paper. You can expect an additional wait- period for these prints, as they are all hand made using light and silver. Dry mounting or over- matting is available for all gelatin silver prints. Ask about pricing for 2- ply board. If you choose to use 120 film (medium formatbetter quality negative, and bigger prints possible) the price will increase by 1 %. 4 x 6 $5.00 each 5 x 7 $15.00 each 8 x 12 $40.00 each 12 x 18 $65.00 each Larger sizes available depending on film format. Ask about pricing. Additional Services for Before and After the Wedding Day: Portrait/ Engagement/ Bridal Boudoir/ Rehearsal Dinner, etc... Sessions (I make the prints and keep the copyright.) 1- hour shoot - $200.00 - $ 150.00 each additional hour (can be added 'on the fly'). Post production (color correction, crop, resize). Standard retouch on all close- ups of bride & groom. Included (All viable) 4 x 6 prints, 1 print of each. Printed and electronic email/ web sized images. Included $20.00 print credit. As per the print pricing chart. Included DVD slide show set to the music of your choice $150.00 Copies available for $25.00 each In- event slide show of pre- event photos* $75.00 + equipment rentals if necessary (Sets of 25) 'Save the Date' or 'Thank You' cards, hand designed with as much or as little input as you care to provide. $60.00 Scrapbooking of your honeymoon photos by a scrapbook genius after you get back. $300.00 (You must allow several weeks for this to be done right). Ask about album options. * You may provide your own photos for a slide show; if you choose to do so, the following rates apply: $75.00 if you provide electronic images (pending resolution approvalif the images aren't big enough, they aren't big enough). $3.00 per print to be scanned and digitally processed. All images/ prints must be received 2 weeks/ 50 images before date of event, or it cannot be done, and your money will be refunded. 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