FAQs - Nas Karas Studios

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a studio?

Yes. Portraiture is our specialty. Come into our Astoria studio and let us make you look fabulous. Makeup & hair services can be provided as well. 

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My event is far way, but I love your work. Do you travel?

Yes, we love to travel, especially to shoot. Please do not hesitate to ask. Travel expenses are included within our local areas, but we are willing to work with you to keep costs to a minimum, wherever your event may be.

Stephanie & Jackie's Wedding. May 17th, 2014. Chatham, New York. Photo by Agnes Czerska for Nas Karas Studios.  <a href="http://www.naskaras.com">http://www.naskaras.com</a>

Do I get a digital copy of my photos?

Yes. We understand that most people want a digital copy of their photos in this day and age. Most of our sessions come with a download of full resolution JPG files, as well as resized copies for easy sharing and posting to websites and social media. Additionally, you will have the option to obtain printing rights. As a practice, we do not release RAW or "digital negatives" and we reserve the right not to release selected images.

Do you make prints?

What about albums?Absolutely, and Yes. Enlargement prints are included with some of our wedding packages and range in sizes. You’ll be able to print directly from your gallery on our site. We also offer framing options for a complete one-stop shop solution. Our print shop produces premium quality reproductions and lightning fast turnaround. We are constantly keeping up with industry standards and innovations in the album department to bring you the latest and greatest, as well as budget conscious options. For more information on albums and prints, please contact us for a personalized quote and brochure.

Do we meet before the shoot?

Yes. As people photographers, We prefer to meet with you well in advance so we can fully understand your needs and expectations. Solid face-to-face communication is the backbone of our philosophy and we’d like to think of every new client as a new friend. We believe the forming of a great relationship also helps break the ice for our first project together. During a wedding or family portrait session, we like to think of ourselves as part of your family. We typically also like to give the venue a thorough scouting to gather ideas and assess any challenges associated with lighting, positioning or logistics on the day of the event.

Do you shoot digital or film?

We’ve been in the business a long time. Although we started out shooting film, today’s market demands the convenience, versatility and lightning-fast turnaround that the digital medium enables. We shoot exclusively in digital, but we can also process your photos in such a way that they take on the desired characteristics of film. We know that you are already a huge photography enthusiast, so we won't let you down.

September 13th, 2014. Andrea & Tim's wedding on the U.S.S. New Jersey in Camden, Nj. Photo by Agnieszka Maros for Nas Karas Studios   <a href="http://www.naskaras.com">http://www.naskaras.com</a>

What kind of cameras do you use?

If you must know, we primarily use professional-grade Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras for stills and a variety of robust cameras for motion pictures, accompanied by big, fancy, heavy lenses. This ain’t your uncle’s pocket camera. However, we’ll be the first to tell you that the camera itself is the most irrelevant part of making good images. Lighting, composition and lots of real world experience make great photos. The expensive gear is just a set of tools that helps us bring a creative vision to reality.


Can you make me look younger?

Yes! We offer a wide array of retouching services that help you look your best during your portrait session or special day. We can smooth skin, make people appear thinner, remove blemishes, etc. Some of this is accomplished with specific lighting techniques and some in post production. Cosmetic retouching does take time and is not always included in the price of your shoot, however. Take a look at our pricing page for details.

Do I need Studio Lighting?

For evening and dimly-lit affairs, we offer enhanced studio lighting that is much more powerful and efficient than our regular external flashes. Our Profoto studio lights pack enough punch to bathe your entire reception hall in glorious light, resulting in photo with more depth, contrast and punch than regular flash or natural light photos. Take a look at the following examples, taken straight out of the camera before editing. The difference between a good photo and a great photo is all about light. Ask us about adding studio lighting to any package!

Michelle & Jonathan's Wedding. August 2nd, 2014. Nanina's In the Park, Belleville, NJ.  <a href="http://www.naskaras.com">http://www.naskaras.com</a>
Michelle & Jonathan's Wedding. August 2nd, 2014. Nanina's In the Park, Belleville, NJ.  <a href="http://www.naskaras.com">http://www.naskaras.com</a>
Michelle & Jonathan's Wedding. August 2nd, 2014. Nanina's In the Park, Belleville, NJ.  <a href="http://www.naskaras.com">http://www.naskaras.com</a>
Michelle & Jonathan's Wedding. August 2nd, 2014. Nanina's In the Park, Belleville, NJ.  <a href="http://www.naskaras.com">http://www.naskaras.com</a>

When do I get my pictures?

Delivery times vary based on the seasons and the size of the job, but we try to get a handful of preview shots out within one week of every shoot. Final delivery of images for a portrait session would be about a week, one to two weeks for a small event, two to four weeks for a large event or wedding with multiple shooters. Your photos will be viewable in a private gallery on our site. We like to work methodically and efficiently to get your pictures delivered as quickly as possible, while also maintaining the highest quality standards. Every shot taken undergoes a rigorous examination and processing technique; our secret sauce, if you will.

Kathleen & Colin's Wedding<br />
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July 23rd, 2011<br />
Hadley, MA<br />
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Why should I choose you?

If you've read this far, you've undoubtedly seen our work and you like the aesthetic. So what makes us so special? Why should you spend your hard earned money here and not with any number of capable photographers on the market today? Our passion and commitment to excellence helped to define us, but our friendly attitude, and extended support is what keeps us going and growing. From your initial inquiry, to well after the final delivery of your images and videos, we'll be with you every step of the way to help ensure your special day is better than you remember it. We'll answer all your questions and help plan with a big day's logistics. We'll do our best to make you feel at ease so that you can just worry about enjoying the day. Leave the stress to us and celebrate your life!

          -Thanassi Karageorgiou, Owner and Senior Photographer