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Kris Rae Photography

Middletown , CT

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Middletown, CT 06457 US (map)

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860-852-3045

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ABOUT US

I am a dork. I like learning. I figure out what makes things tick so that I can master the “whys” as well as the “hows” in life. Everything I do, I do better than I did yesterday. I grew... Read more
I am a dork. I like learning. I figure out what makes things tick so that I can master the “whys” as well as the “hows” in life. Everything I do, I do better than I did yesterday. I grew up in a family of printers and was encouraged towards art in general by my mother. In many ways, there really was no other choice for me. Not that I mind. I’ve been a photographer for fully half of my life, and I love every moment. To be honest (and I was once referred to as “honest to a fault” by my dad), at the beginning of my career, I never thought I would shoot weddings. Way back when I was just out of art school, I was working for newpapers and magazines and thought I was hot-sh*t. I wouldn’t touch them with a 10-foot-pole. But then, I got married & had kids and everything changed.
In building a family, I realized the real reasons I fell in love with photography when I was 16: to make meaningful photographs of real people, preserving both the mundane and monumental moments of a life well-lived. Now, I love meeting new couples and documenting their stories as they start their lives together.



Kris Rae is a New England-based photographer who love to tell stories, no matter where that takes him. Kris is a 2002 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and furthered his experience after moving to New York City by working for some of the best photographers in the world. His work has been published in many advertisements, catalogs, magazines and newspapers.



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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Prints, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
My honest opinion is that hand-coloring, select color toning and other techniques are gimmicks. I shoot straight-forward, honest images in full color or classic black and white.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
We have experience in nearly EVERY type of lighting. Kris has worked in fashion, editorial, commercial and wedding photography for over a decade, in that time we have encountered nearly every possible type of lighting! We always bring our own variety of lights and will work with you on your wedding day to make sure everything is picture perfect.
Is your media preference film or digital?
For weddings, the clear choice is digital as it offers the greatest freedom to shoot without consideration towards physical costs on a job-by-job basis. I still shoot a good amount of film for my personal work to keep my self familiar with the tonal qualities of film, as I prefer to process my digital work to emulate the authentic quality of film.
How many photographers do you work with?
Kris typically works with an second photographer. However, some weddings might be smaller in scope and Kris can handle telling the whole story himself, while others are larger in scale and a large team may be necessary.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes. Kris is the man you meet with and see with the camera in his hand on your wedding day.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Kris never books more than one event a day. We prefer not to book more than two weddings on a weekend, though on some holiday weekends we will fill our schedule.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
We will do everything in our power to be there on your wedding day. Period. If the worst should happen, and we were not able to be there, we do have an expansive network of talented photographers that, even last minute, we would be able to reach out to to find a qualified replacement in a pinch.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
3 Camera bodies, 7-10 lenses, 4 flashes, 1 battery-pack studio strobe, a plethora of other gear that has a specific use at just the right time. I come prepared to shoot just about anything on a wedding day.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
We have 2 or more of everything we work with to ensure we will not have equipment issues the day of your wedding.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
We are available for 6 or more hours on your wedding day.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, we are available for additional hours on your wedding day. Overtime rates are published in our pricing guide.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We don't take breaks, but we are working a long, hard day, so we do need fed a decent meal. Please check to make sure that "vendor meal" doesn't mean "day old sandwich" at your venue.
Do you charge for travel?
We will anywhere within the state of CT (and maybe a little further) for your wedding, without extra charge. Travel fees are assessed on a case-by-case basis if they fall outside that range. And, we do require overnight accommodation for any event more than a 2 hour drive from our studio.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Typically, Digital Processing takes 2-4 weeks to proof your images. If we run in to a snag, we'll let you know. You shouldn't have to chase us down.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Online Proofing for 2 years is standard for all weddings.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes. However, in almost all cases, a client receives Digital Negatives and a Personal Print Release from us. While all other rights are reserved by us, we do encourage our clients to share their photos as much as they can. In the case of submission for publication on blogs or in editorial content, we simply ask that our clients work with us on the matter and not exclude us from the process. It is our work as much as it is your wedding day and we want to make sure that the published work meets our approval.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes. In all cases. Every job I do is a reflection upon my talent. I need to show my talent to get more work.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Digital Negatives are available for purchase or given as a gift with a minimum Album/Print purchase requirement.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Online Proofing for 2 years is standard for all weddings.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer hardcover, linen-cover and leather-cover heirloom wedding albums. Sample images are available on our website.
When will the client get the final album?
Our album creation process is a collaboration with you, our clients.
 
 Once you have selected the options for you album and selected your favorite photos, we prepare an initial draft of you album. You then get to review and make changes, if necessary. Once you have approved the layout it takes 4-5 weeks to have your album manufactured and returned to us for a quality check before we notify you that it is ready for pick-up.

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Kelly
Wedding:
9/7/2013
4.9/5.0
Kris and his team were absolutely phenomenal. He is a true professional that isn't afraid to tell you what works and what doesn't. My husband and I loved Kris's direction and his control over every situation. We can't thank kris and his team enough for the amazing photographs and memories we now have forever.
Kris and his team were absolutely phenomenal. He is a true professional that isn't afraid to tell you what works and what Read more...
Kris and his team were absolutely phenomenal. He is a true professional that isn't afraid to tell you what works and what doesn't. My husband and I loved Kris's direction and his control over every situation. We can't thank kris and his team enough for the amazing photographs and memories we now have forever. Read less
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Amber
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Kris and his team are AMAZING!!!! We had such a great experience working with them and we can't wait to work with them on future life moments!! Kris did both our engagement session and our wedding day coverage and we couldn't have asked for anything better. We had some unexpected timing issues on our wedding day and Kris took control and still got us all the shots we wanted! He's awesome! :) Kris and his team were great to work with and our photos are incredible!!!! We will forever be grateful for their work!!
Kris and his team are AMAZING!!!! We had such a great experience working with them and we can't wait to work with them on Read more...
Kris and his team are AMAZING!!!! We had such a great experience working with them and we can't wait to work with them on future life moments!! Kris did both our engagement session and our wedding day coverage and we couldn't have asked for anything better. We had some unexpected timing issues on our wedding day and Kris took control and still got us all the shots we wanted! He's awesome! :) Kris and his team were great to work with and our photos are incredible!!!! We will forever be grateful for their work!! Read less
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Ivy
Wedding:
6/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Kris took pictures at our wedding and at events the day and night before the wedding. He was willing to think out of the box and go above and beyond. The pictures he took were beautiful and he captured some amazing candid moments. We would recommend him to anyone.
Kris took pictures at our wedding and at events the day and night before the wedding. He was willing to think out of the Read more...
Kris took pictures at our wedding and at events the day and night before the wedding. He was willing to think out of the box and go above and beyond. The pictures he took were beautiful and he captured some amazing candid moments. We would recommend him to anyone. Read less
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Ronghua
Wedding:
6/15/2013
4.9/5.0
It was great to have met Kris and his wife about a year ago. We liked their backgrounds in optics and print media right away and it's been great working with Kris throughout this entire process. On the wedding day my timeline for first look and family photos was faltering (lots girls needing to get ready) but Kris was able to come up with a closer location that resulted in wonderful photos that I didn't even expect. Certainly nice to have someone who knows the area and had a backup plan! The images will be cherished forever and can't wait to see the final album.
It was great to have met Kris and his wife about a year ago. We liked their backgrounds in optics and print media right Read more...
It was great to have met Kris and his wife about a year ago. We liked their backgrounds in optics and print media right away and it's been great working with Kris throughout this entire process. On the wedding day my timeline for first look and family photos was faltering (lots girls needing to get ready) but Kris was able to come up with a closer location that resulted in wonderful photos that I didn't even expect. Certainly nice to have someone who knows the area and had a backup plan! The images will be cherished forever and can't wait to see the final album. Read less
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Lois
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Kris and Kristen were amazing. From the very first meeting, we knew we had met a special couple. They walked us through everything we needed to do to take great pics for our engagement photos and were there with a helping hand during our wedding. We were so thankful to have had experienced photographers like them guiding us through the hectic wedding day and we really appreciated everything they did (in addition to taking beautiful pictures) to make our wedding seem as seamless as possible. Running through the rain, finding umbrellas and parents, helping us figure out how to cut the cake, etc. We were so unprepared for the whirlwind nature of the wedding and having them made everything so much better. We recently got access to our gallery and really liked the images they were able to capture. Book them if they're available!
Kris and Kristen were amazing. From the very first meeting, we knew we had met a special couple. They walked us through Read more...
Kris and Kristen were amazing. From the very first meeting, we knew we had met a special couple. They walked us through everything we needed to do to take great pics for our engagement photos and were there with a helping hand during our wedding. We were so thankful to have had experienced photographers like them guiding us through the hectic wedding day and we really appreciated everything they did (in addition to taking beautiful pictures) to make our wedding seem as seamless as possible. Running through the rain, finding umbrellas and parents, helping us figure out how to cut the cake, etc. We were so unprepared for the whirlwind nature of the wedding and having them made everything so much better. We recently got access to our gallery and really liked the images they were able to capture. Book them if they're available! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Kris and Kristen were amazing. Our wedding photos came out beautifully. The attention to detail really captured our special day and we couldn't be happier.
Kris and Kristen were amazing. Our wedding photos came out beautifully. The attention to detail really captured our Read more...
Kris and Kristen were amazing. Our wedding photos came out beautifully. The attention to detail really captured our special day and we couldn't be happier. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Kris and Kristen travelled with us to St. Lucia for our destination wedding. Besides being amazing people, they took AMAZING photos of our destination wedding. I continue to receive compliments on the quality of the photos and several people have actually cried just looking through them. Kris and Kristen have the talent of showing emotion through their photos and really "capturing the moment". Do not hesitate to use them as your wedding photographers. You will not be disappointed!
Kris and Kristen travelled with us to St. Lucia for our destination wedding. Besides being amazing people, they took Read more...
Kris and Kristen travelled with us to St. Lucia for our destination wedding. Besides being amazing people, they took AMAZING photos of our destination wedding. I continue to receive compliments on the quality of the photos and several people have actually cried just looking through them. Kris and Kristen have the talent of showing emotion through their photos and really "capturing the moment". Do not hesitate to use them as your wedding photographers. You will not be disappointed! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Kris+Kristen are AMAZING!!!!!! My husband and I instantly knew they were the photographers for us. Kris+Kristen are extreamly talented phtotographers. My husband and I got engaged and married all in 6 months and in that short time Kris+Kristen felt like old friends, they had us over for dinner(delish by the way!), visited us at our new home after we were moved in and really blew us away with their incredible talent! Our engagement session was spectacular and the pictures are amazing and a few months later we were married. That night of our wedding they sent us a few teaser pictures that were just unbelievably beautiful. After the wedding we recieved so many compliments from our guests all saying how amazed they were by our photographers because even though there were 3 of them they somehow managed to "disappear" through the whole day. Our guests felt so at ease and not like they had to be on their best behavior because these pictures would be seen for years to come. We have now seen all of our wedding photos and are picking out pictures for our album and i can honestly say that everytime i look through the photos i get the same incredible feeling i had the day of our wedding. I can not possibly say how happy we are to have shared our wedding day with Kris+Kristen(and jeff, their second shooter). We LOVE them!!!
Kris+Kristen are AMAZING!!!!!! My husband and I instantly knew they were the photographers for us. Kris+Kristen are Read more...
Kris+Kristen are AMAZING!!!!!! My husband and I instantly knew they were the photographers for us. Kris+Kristen are extreamly talented phtotographers. My husband and I got engaged and married all in 6 months and in that short time Kris+Kristen felt like old friends, they had us over for dinner(delish by the way!), visited us at our new home after we were moved in and really blew us away with their incredible talent! Our engagement session was spectacular and the pictures are amazing and a few months later we were married. That night of our wedding they sent us a few teaser pictures that were just unbelievably beautiful. After the wedding we recieved so many compliments from our guests all saying how amazed they were by our photographers because even though there were 3 of them they somehow managed to "disappear" through the whole day. Our guests felt so at ease and not like they had to be on their best behavior because these pictures would be seen for years to come. We have now seen all of our wedding photos and are picking out pictures for our album and i can honestly say that everytime i look through the photos i get the same incredible feeling i had the day of our wedding. I can not possibly say how happy we are to have shared our wedding day with Kris+Kristen(and jeff, their second shooter). We LOVE them!!! Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Kris Rae & Kristen were an essential part of our wedding. They truly captured all the special moments that made up our day! They are professional, personable, and willing to work with you. I can't say enough good things about them. Our pictures are amazing!
Kris Rae & Kristen were an essential part of our wedding. They truly captured all the special moments that made up our Read more...
Kris Rae & Kristen were an essential part of our wedding. They truly captured all the special moments that made up our day! They are professional, personable, and willing to work with you. I can't say enough good things about them. Our pictures are amazing! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Photography was a very important factor for our wedding day, I am very happy we had Kris as our photographer! He was great to work with and he took awesome pictures of our day! I love the pictures of our wedding day and will cherish them forever.
Photography was a very important factor for our wedding day, I am very happy we had Kris as our photographer! He was great Read more...
Photography was a very important factor for our wedding day, I am very happy we had Kris as our photographer! He was great to work with and he took awesome pictures of our day! I love the pictures of our wedding day and will cherish them forever. Read less
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