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High Contrast Photography

Perryville , MD
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High Contrast Photography is composed of a team of skilled photographers and is owned and operated by Sarah Koermer. As the owner and lead photographer, Sarah will be there every step of... Read more
High Contrast Photography is composed of a team of skilled photographers and is owned and operated by Sarah Koermer. As the owner and lead photographer, Sarah will be there every step of the way through whatever moment of your life's happiness High Contrast will be capturing. We specialize in people. Photographing the moment - whether we pose it or snap it candidly - is what we do best. That's why we say we photograph happiness, whether it's your wedding day or a small family portrait session. High Contrast has years of experience in the wedding industry and everyone on staff are true wedding professionals. Sarah will work with you every step of the way to ensure your photography package is exactly what you want it to be and make sure that your happiness is captured expertly. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes. Everyone on staff is familiar with all types of lighting, from dark indoor light to bright sunny days and everything in between.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital.
How many photographers do you work with?
There will always be two photographers at every wedding, and one photographer for an engagement shoot.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
I am the lead photographer at every wedding I book unless the scenario occurs where I double-book a day, which is rare.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Occasionally (a few times a year) it may happen that I have two weddings in one weekend on different days. Rarely (once per year or less) I will have two weddings in one day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I will always guarantee two photographers at the wedding. Should something happen to make me unavailable the day of the wedding (which has not yet happened to date), you will still receive two excellent quality photographers.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
In general, we come well equipped with cameras, lenses, and camera strobes, along with the necessary batteries required for each. We also bring at least one tripod, adequate amounts of memory cards, and other miscellaneous photography equipment.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Absolutely. There will always be at least one extra camera, lens, and flash per photographer, along with plenty of extra batteries.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I charge by the hour. On average, most weddings book for 6-8 hours.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Should you decide the day of the event that you need additional time, additional hours will be charged at the same hourly rate that you booked for, and payment is due immediately.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I require that meals be provided for my assistant and I at the reception, preferably while the rest of the guests are eating, as this is the time in the reception when there is the least amount of work to do as a photographer. (This means that there is much less of a chance that we will miss something while eating!)
Do you charge for travel?
I will only charge for travel if I have to drive more than 75 miles away from my home ZIP of 21903.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Most couples will receive their final images for review within two to four weeks of the wedding date.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
The raw files are imported and pared down by me (to remove any duplicates, photos where someone was blinking, blurry photos, etc) and then fully edited before being uploaded to your personal online wedding gallery.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Photos are available for viewing online for as long as you need them.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
The copyright for any photos taken for High Contrast Photography inherently belongs to me. However, if a high-resolution disc of the photos is purchased with your package, I will include a copyright release that will allow you to print the photos elsewhere.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
As the copyright inherently belongs to me, I have the right to publish the photos in any manner that I believe will advance my business. However, if you do not want your photos used in advertising, simply let me know and I will absolutely respect those wishes.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
High-resolution digital files of your images is an option that can be purchased with your package, but is not mandatory.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes.
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer albums in sizes from 8x8 to 16x12. All albums are bound to lay flat with no seam in the middle on thick, rigid pages. Four cover styles are available: hard cover (printed image all the way around), leatherette cover (8 colors available, with names stamped on front), genuine leather cover (black or brown, no stamping), and crystal cover (glass front with image underneath and leatherette back).
When will the client get the final album?
Albums are designed digitally and previewed by you online. This preview is typically available within 1-2 months of the wedding. Once you approve the design the album is sent to print. It takes several weeks for the album to be printed and shipped to me. Once I receive it, I will set an appointment to meet with you to hand deliver your album.

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Jessica
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
We had talked with a few other photographers before my (now) husband and I found Sarah and High Contrast Photography. When we met with Sarah, she had just come from a wedding that afternoon and we could tell right away she loved her job. She is friendly, funny, caring, serious...everything you want in a photographer. She has very flexible packages to work with any budget!

We were lucky enough to book her, and with our package we received an engagement shoot. We had the shoot on a Thursday, and by that Sunday pictures were on facebook as a "teaser". By that following Tuesday I had a link with all of our pictures. Sarah has a fun and awesome way of telling you how to take a shot, but without being mean or nasty like some photographers I have seen from other weddings.

On our wedding day, Sarah was so much fun. She kept me calm and level headed and helped me remember to breathe while getting ready. Her assistant Matt was with the groom and his groomsmen and the two of them coordinated everything wonderfully for our first look pictures. We had such an awesome time schedule, we actually were running ahead of time! Thanks to Sarah and her awesome direct-ness, our families were on point.

The rest of the wedding went just as well with Sarah and Matt taking our pictures. I loved every moment of them being by our side and taking our photographs to remember for a lifetime. I HIGHLY recommend Sarah and High Contrast Photography for any event!
We had talked with a few other photographers before my (now) husband and I found Sarah and High Contrast Photography. When Read more...
We had talked with a few other photographers before my (now) husband and I found Sarah and High Contrast Photography. When we met with Sarah, she had just come from a wedding that afternoon and we could tell right away she loved her job. She is friendly, funny, caring, serious...everything you want in a photographer. She has very flexible packages to work with any budget!

We were lucky enough to book her, and with our package we received an engagement shoot. We had the shoot on a Thursday, and by that Sunday pictures were on facebook as a "teaser". By that following Tuesday I had a link with all of our pictures. Sarah has a fun and awesome way of telling you how to take a shot, but without being mean or nasty like some photographers I have seen from other weddings.

On our wedding day, Sarah was so much fun. She kept me calm and level headed and helped me remember to breathe while getting ready. Her assistant Matt was with the groom and his groomsmen and the two of them coordinated everything wonderfully for our first look pictures. We had such an awesome time schedule, we actually were running ahead of time! Thanks to Sarah and her awesome direct-ness, our families were on point.

The rest of the wedding went just as well with Sarah and Matt taking our pictures. I loved every moment of them being by our side and taking our photographs to remember for a lifetime. I HIGHLY recommend Sarah and High Contrast Photography for any event! Read less
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Nina
Wedding:
9/11/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I met with several photographers in the area before we finally decided on High Contrast Photography. I tend to be very picky, and there was always something that I did not like about the vendors that we met with, whether it was the attitude we were met with because ours was a smaller wedding which took place on a weekday, or because I simply did not like their photographs. Sarah was fantastic from the start, and very professional as well as personable. I wanted to work with someone that I felt comfortable with, like a friend or family member. With many of the other photographers we met with, I felt like I was on an interview with them, when we were the ones who were deciding whether we wanted to hire THEM. Sarah and Matt did everything they could to get all of the shots we requested, and the turnaround for our edited photos was much shorter than expected. The results are breathtaking, and we are beyond satisfied with every aspect of our experience.
My husband and I met with several photographers in the area before we finally decided on High Contrast Photography. I tend Read more...
My husband and I met with several photographers in the area before we finally decided on High Contrast Photography. I tend to be very picky, and there was always something that I did not like about the vendors that we met with, whether it was the attitude we were met with because ours was a smaller wedding which took place on a weekday, or because I simply did not like their photographs. Sarah was fantastic from the start, and very professional as well as personable. I wanted to work with someone that I felt comfortable with, like a friend or family member. With many of the other photographers we met with, I felt like I was on an interview with them, when we were the ones who were deciding whether we wanted to hire THEM. Sarah and Matt did everything they could to get all of the shots we requested, and the turnaround for our edited photos was much shorter than expected. The results are breathtaking, and we are beyond satisfied with every aspect of our experience. Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Great service throughout the whole experience. They were very helpful and easy to talk to before the event. During the wedding they were very prompt, had great ideas, and even included my special requests for pictures. After the wedding, the photos were edited and got to me in a timely manner. All of the pictures were great!
Great service throughout the whole experience. They were very helpful and easy to talk to before the event. During the Read more...
Great service throughout the whole experience. They were very helpful and easy to talk to before the event. During the wedding they were very prompt, had great ideas, and even included my special requests for pictures. After the wedding, the photos were edited and got to me in a timely manner. All of the pictures were great! Read less
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Anonymous
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1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Absolutely recommend High Contrast Photography to ANYONE!!! Sarah and her assistant Matt made our day extremely special and unforgettable. The photos are breath-taking and gorgeous. My husband (yea!) and I are so pleased and High Contrast couldnt have been more perfect!!! Thank you Sarah!!!!!!!!!!
Absolutely recommend High Contrast Photography to ANYONE!!! Sarah and her assistant Matt made our day extremely special Read more...
Absolutely recommend High Contrast Photography to ANYONE!!! Sarah and her assistant Matt made our day extremely special and unforgettable. The photos are breath-taking and gorgeous. My husband (yea!) and I are so pleased and High Contrast couldnt have been more perfect!!! Thank you Sarah!!!!!!!!!! Read less
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nakishia
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Sara and her team was amazing the Also helped make our night perfect. She take ever picture that was needed and wanted even before we said anything, I would recommend her to everyone and I will be using her again in our next journey in our life, whenever that happens.
Sara and her team was amazing the Also helped make our night perfect. She take ever picture that was needed and wanted Read more...
Sara and her team was amazing the Also helped make our night perfect. She take ever picture that was needed and wanted even before we said anything, I would recommend her to everyone and I will be using her again in our next journey in our life, whenever that happens. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My fiancé and I booked Sarah at High Contrast Photography to photograph our wedding. With our package (which are very flexible and will work with any budget) we were able to also get an engagement shoot. We took pictures on a Sunday, and by Friday we had the link to all of our edited photos. Sarah's artistic and photographic touch was fantastic. I am so happy with my photos. In addition, so was so fun to work with. She had my fiancé laughing the entire time, and he wasn't as excited as I was for pictures. I would definitely recommend High Contrast to any bride looking for wedding photography! I cannot wait for Sarah to capture our wedding next April!!! :)
My fiancé and I booked Sarah at High Contrast Photography to photograph our wedding. With our package (which are very Read more...
My fiancé and I booked Sarah at High Contrast Photography to photograph our wedding. With our package (which are very flexible and will work with any budget) we were able to also get an engagement shoot. We took pictures on a Sunday, and by Friday we had the link to all of our edited photos. Sarah's artistic and photographic touch was fantastic. I am so happy with my photos. In addition, so was so fun to work with. She had my fiancé laughing the entire time, and he wasn't as excited as I was for pictures. I would definitely recommend High Contrast to any bride looking for wedding photography! I cannot wait for Sarah to capture our wedding next April!!! :) Read less
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Fatimafo
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Even though I decided not to use them, only because a family friend is going to shoot are wedding, they are the most pleasant,delightful,inviting and kindest group I have spoken to. Sarah is one of a kind I loved her work so much she was even willing to travel here to Philly which is 60miles from where she live just to be our photographer. I wish I had the resources to use them plus my close family friend as well, because it would of been worth it. There is more then ample time from now until my wedding which is actually Sept 7 2013. I never know maybe I would need Sarah and High Contrast Photography after all. I would 1000 percent recommend any one to use them even if you are miles away.
Even though I decided not to use them, only because a family friend is going to shoot are wedding, they are the most Read more...
Even though I decided not to use them, only because a family friend is going to shoot are wedding, they are the most pleasant,delightful,inviting and kindest group I have spoken to. Sarah is one of a kind I loved her work so much she was even willing to travel here to Philly which is 60miles from where she live just to be our photographer. I wish I had the resources to use them plus my close family friend as well, because it would of been worth it. There is more then ample time from now until my wedding which is actually Sept 7 2013. I never know maybe I would need Sarah and High Contrast Photography after all. I would 1000 percent recommend any one to use them even if you are miles away. Read less
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Janell
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
High Contrast Photography offers a wide range of prices for their packages. They are totally flexible and the packages are not ONE SIZE FITS ALL. It was great that we could tailor the packages to meet our needs. HCP has great communication, HIGH ENERGY, and awesome creativity. HCP offers a totally interactive process. If you don't want to be handed an album and want to be involved in the process HCP is the photographer for you. Get access to all of your shots via CD and an online website (family and friend can purchase as well). HCP involves you in the creation of your album and offers a wide array of products as well. I would totally recommend them as an A+++ photo shop !
High Contrast Photography offers a wide range of prices for their packages. They are totally flexible and the packages are Read more...
High Contrast Photography offers a wide range of prices for their packages. They are totally flexible and the packages are not ONE SIZE FITS ALL. It was great that we could tailor the packages to meet our needs. HCP has great communication, HIGH ENERGY, and awesome creativity. HCP offers a totally interactive process. If you don't want to be handed an album and want to be involved in the process HCP is the photographer for you. Get access to all of your shots via CD and an online website (family and friend can purchase as well). HCP involves you in the creation of your album and offers a wide array of products as well. I would totally recommend them as an A+++ photo shop ! Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Sarah was awesome to work with!! The photos speak for themselves!! Can't recommend her enough!!
Sarah was awesome to work with!! The photos speak for themselves!! Can't recommend her enough!!
Sarah was awesome to work with!! The photos speak for themselves!! Can't recommend her enough!! Read less
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Laura Karas
Wedding:
4/23/2010
5.0/5.0
We hadn't planned on having professional photos taken at our wedding but I am so glad that we did. Everything turned out fantastic and we were so happy with the experience that we would recommend our photographer to anyone for their own happy life event.
We hadn't planned on having professional photos taken at our wedding but I am so glad that we did. Everything turned out Read more...
We hadn't planned on having professional photos taken at our wedding but I am so glad that we did. Everything turned out fantastic and we were so happy with the experience that we would recommend our photographer to anyone for their own happy life event. Read less
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