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Vavak Photography

Saint Louis , MO
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LOCATION

4426 Mattis Road
Saint Louis, MO 63128 US (map)

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314-974-3686

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ABOUT US

"Traditional - Formal - Candid - Intimate - Documentary - Exciting - Fun. With over 30 years experience and over 3000 weddings - there is nothing we can't do "


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"Traditional - Formal - Candid - Intimate - Documentary - Exciting - Fun. With over 30 years experience and over 3000 weddings - there is nothing we can't do "


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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, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Prints, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Any special effect a bride has seen we can do and as a matter of fact have been doing them before they were popular.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
We understand and specialize in all types of lighting. Candleight, nightscapes, with windowlight being our best. It is soft, flattering, and very forgiving in making you look your best.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital. We've been doing digtal capture well before it became the rage. Digital can be very trickey if you don't understand it. We worked out all the bugs many years ago and use only the finest and most expensive equipment available today.
How many photographers do you work with?
Generally one, but two if the size of the wedding warrants it and sometimes three.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Absolutely. Never missed one in over 25 years
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
No
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes. We always have a backup.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
2 to 3 cameras and an assortment of lenses.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
ABSOLUTELY. Everything is duplicated.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Both. Whatever the bride prefers. We are very flexible
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes. $50.00 per half hour, but this price includes all the Hi Resolution images . It is not a service only fee
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
NONE. We spend all the time with the bride that she requires.
Do you charge for travel?
Only outside of an hours drive from St.Louis
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
7 days
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
DVD, 4x6 proofs, web.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Forever. 4x6 original prints are included with all our plans
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes, but we give brides a print release on all photos
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes
What kind of albums do you offer?
Custon designed coffee table type books and traditional matted albums
When will the client get the final album?
4 to 6 weeks after you order

REVIEWS

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Elizabeth
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Joe was absolutely great!! He was very accommodating from the very beginning with our engagement photos. The pictures he took were awesome and we couldn't decide which ones to get!!!
Joe was absolutely great!! He was very accommodating from the very beginning with our engagement photos. The pictures he Read more...
Joe was absolutely great!! He was very accommodating from the very beginning with our engagement photos. The pictures he took were awesome and we couldn't decide which ones to get!!! Read less
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Gary
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Joe Vavak was great! Responsive to our preferences and pictures were terrific. Even better when considering the price / value.
Joe Vavak was great! Responsive to our preferences and pictures were terrific. Even better when considering the price / Read more...
Joe Vavak was great! Responsive to our preferences and pictures were terrific. Even better when considering the price / value. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Joe was the photographer for my parents wedding 28 years ago and I still go back and look at their album all of the time! It meant so much to me that I was able to have the same photographer and the same quality as my parents cherished wedding photos. Joe was phenomenal! With the craziness right before the ceremony Joe was calm as a cucumber and just went with the flow of things. He captured the excitement that was in the atmosphere all day and really added to the fun of the moment. We have seen our proofs and are very excited to put together our album! Thanks for being a part of our special day and capturing all of those special moments!
Joe was the photographer for my parents wedding 28 years ago and I still go back and look at their album all of the time! Read more...
Joe was the photographer for my parents wedding 28 years ago and I still go back and look at their album all of the time! It meant so much to me that I was able to have the same photographer and the same quality as my parents cherished wedding photos. Joe was phenomenal! With the craziness right before the ceremony Joe was calm as a cucumber and just went with the flow of things. He captured the excitement that was in the atmosphere all day and really added to the fun of the moment. We have seen our proofs and are very excited to put together our album! Thanks for being a part of our special day and capturing all of those special moments! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Joe and Theresa were so great to work with. They captures our wedding day exactly the way we hoped. They also were able to give us ideas of where to go and take pictures to keep with our feel and help make our pictures unique. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a photographer for their wedding day.
Joe and Theresa were so great to work with. They captures our wedding day exactly the way we hoped. They also were able to Read more...
Joe and Theresa were so great to work with. They captures our wedding day exactly the way we hoped. They also were able to give us ideas of where to go and take pictures to keep with our feel and help make our pictures unique. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a photographer for their wedding day. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
I am extremely happy with having chosen Vavak Photography. They were wonderful with responses, extremely helpful with any questions we had. I had a great time with them for my engagement session and wedding day. I would definitely recommend them to others.
I am extremely happy with having chosen Vavak Photography. They were wonderful with responses, extremely helpful with any Read more...
I am extremely happy with having chosen Vavak Photography. They were wonderful with responses, extremely helpful with any questions we had. I had a great time with them for my engagement session and wedding day. I would definitely recommend them to others. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
I was very pleased with how everything turned out the day of my wedding. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer.
I was very pleased with how everything turned out the day of my wedding. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a Read more...
I was very pleased with how everything turned out the day of my wedding. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer. Read less
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Dennis
Wedding:
12/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Absolute professionalism and extraordinary photographs.
Absolute professionalism and extraordinary photographs.
Absolute professionalism and extraordinary photographs. Read less
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Becky
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Joe was an absolute JOY to work with! I had less than a year to plan our wedding myself. Everything that we picked was either from word of mouth or by reading reviews, so I wanted to help make things easier for all of you looking for the perfect photographer! Our wedding was in South County and the reception was in Columbia, IL. I was looking for someone local; not an hour or two away. My dad does some photography work, so whoever we picked had to meet his standards along with the budget. I started looking online and on wedding sites in search of a photographer. Our wedding coordinator at the church had mentioned a lady that did pretty good work, so she gave me her name and email address. When I emailed her asking for some info and to possibly meet up, she gave me a starting price (which was out of the price range I was thinking) and wanted to schedule a meeting. Her house/shop was fairly close to where I lived, so I said that sounded good. Instead, she insisted that we meet her one weekend evening at a Ruby Tuesday's even farther than her house! Mike and I weren’t a fan of that idea; we wanted to meet her and discuss our ideas and requests and see some of her work. So, that and other things was a deal breaker for me. Then I stumbled across Joe's site and loved his work! We scheduled a meeting with him at his studio/home. He is an EXTREMELY personable guy and really took our wants and requests to heart. He showed us his albums and went over all of the options with us. We NEVER felt any pressure from him to purchase anything we didn’t want just so that he could make more money off of us. It was nice because we knew that on our wedding day, Joe was going to be our photographer; not some random employee at the studio that we had never met or that didn’t know our personalities. He showed up at the time we agreed on, took excellent photos (that my dad raves about!), and was very quick to get our photos edited and online in just about a week. Also, he is great with kids!
Joe was an absolute JOY to work with! I had less than a year to plan our wedding myself. Everything that we picked was Read more...
Joe was an absolute JOY to work with! I had less than a year to plan our wedding myself. Everything that we picked was either from word of mouth or by reading reviews, so I wanted to help make things easier for all of you looking for the perfect photographer! Our wedding was in South County and the reception was in Columbia, IL. I was looking for someone local; not an hour or two away. My dad does some photography work, so whoever we picked had to meet his standards along with the budget. I started looking online and on wedding sites in search of a photographer. Our wedding coordinator at the church had mentioned a lady that did pretty good work, so she gave me her name and email address. When I emailed her asking for some info and to possibly meet up, she gave me a starting price (which was out of the price range I was thinking) and wanted to schedule a meeting. Her house/shop was fairly close to where I lived, so I said that sounded good. Instead, she insisted that we meet her one weekend evening at a Ruby Tuesday's even farther than her house! Mike and I weren’t a fan of that idea; we wanted to meet her and discuss our ideas and requests and see some of her work. So, that and other things was a deal breaker for me. Then I stumbled across Joe's site and loved his work! We scheduled a meeting with him at his studio/home. He is an EXTREMELY personable guy and really took our wants and requests to heart. He showed us his albums and went over all of the options with us. We NEVER felt any pressure from him to purchase anything we didn’t want just so that he could make more money off of us. It was nice because we knew that on our wedding day, Joe was going to be our photographer; not some random employee at the studio that we had never met or that didn’t know our personalities. He showed up at the time we agreed on, took excellent photos (that my dad raves about!), and was very quick to get our photos edited and online in just about a week. Also, he is great with kids! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
6/16/2012
4.3/5.0
Our photographer was excellent! He was very flexible with picture ideas and location. All of the phone calls and emails were very quickly returned. They were also very flexible with the certain things that I wanted in our contract. All our pictures are beautiful and really captured our day wonderfully! The only downside, is its been about 4 weeks and we still haven't received our thank you cards. But, our picture CDs did arrive pretty quickly.
Our photographer was excellent! He was very flexible with picture ideas and location. All of the phone calls and emails Read more...
Our photographer was excellent! He was very flexible with picture ideas and location. All of the phone calls and emails were very quickly returned. They were also very flexible with the certain things that I wanted in our contract. All our pictures are beautiful and really captured our day wonderfully! The only downside, is its been about 4 weeks and we still haven't received our thank you cards. But, our picture CDs did arrive pretty quickly. Read less
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Kahalah
Wedding:
1/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Joe photographed my senior pictures in 1995 and he did a wonderful job. I was elated to see that he was still in the photography business years later for my wedding! We met, he was very nice, and his pricing was very reasonable. But most importantly his work was beautiful! He arrived on time, was very pleasant, and my wedding pictures are gorgeous! My husband and I are very pleased. I would recommend Joe Vavak to anyone! :)
Joe photographed my senior pictures in 1995 and he did a wonderful job. I was elated to see that he was still in the Read more...
Joe photographed my senior pictures in 1995 and he did a wonderful job. I was elated to see that he was still in the photography business years later for my wedding! We met, he was very nice, and his pricing was very reasonable. But most importantly his work was beautiful! He arrived on time, was very pleasant, and my wedding pictures are gorgeous! My husband and I are very pleased. I would recommend Joe Vavak to anyone! :) Read less
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