Info page for Washington DC Wedding and Event Photographer Pavlos Karalis.
I am a Washington DC wedding and event photographer with over 5 years of experience working in the field. As all professionals should, I guarantee a reliable service that is customized around your specific needs. What separates me from much of the competition is that I am a full-time photographer, as opposed to part-time or hobbyist, and invest a lot of time into improving my craft. I have also earned a four year BFA Photography degree that has equipped me with a deep understanding of visual elements. I know when it is appropriate to frame a certain way, employ a certain lens, or even allow things to further develop before making a capture. While my packages and rates may vary based on the details of a job, at a minimum I provide all clients with professional imagery, unlimited consultation, and an enjoyable experience.
Give us a run through of your packages:
The basic foundation behind my wedding pricing is that I have a $1,200 starting rate which includes six hours of coverage, unlimited consultation, and full usage rights on all images. Additional hours of coverage may be added at a $200 hourly rate, a second photographer at a $50 hourly rate, and an engagement session for $200 + any permit costs. After approximately one week of processing -- much faster that the average photographer's four week turnaround -- I upload all images (between 50 to 100 an hour per photographer) to an online viewing gallery for your review. Afterward, I ship the image files to you in a customized USB case, and you are able to purchase prints or albums should you choose to do so. In addition to the above, I also provide all clients with a tour of the venue, which serves as another opportunity for you to discuss your wedding details in person at no extra cost.
Tell us about your style:
If I had to condense my style into a specific category, it would have to be 'artistic journalism.' When I am out photographing a wedding my key objective is to be as unobtrusive as possible, while at the same time ensure that my compositions are highly dynamic. Each wedding segment also requires its own unique approach: for ceremonies I work primarily with my telephoto lens to employ a bokeh aesthetic, while for receptions I take advantage of my wide angle lens and remote lighting to best capture the lively action. When it comes to portraiture, I am able to produce both traditional and styled images, providing ample instruction to ensure that everyone is feeling comfortable in front of the lens. In regard to editing, there are essentially two methods of working: enhancement and manipulation. Enhancing an image involves emboldening the existing colors and tonal values, while manipulation alters those values into something hyper-real. I prefer to stick with enhancement as it is a non-destructive means of editing.
Tell us about your background:
My interest in photography began over a decade ago after enrolling in several analog film courses. I enjoyed the creative aspect of the medium so much that I decided to seriously pursue it as my career, and attained a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. It was there where I was able to engage with numerous mediums like large format film, video, and digital photography, as well as strengthen my own perceptive abilities. Immediately after graduating I dived head first into freelance work, and after increasingly successful years, I am now entering my 6th year of business. Along the way, I have worked with several well-established photographers, conducted vast amounts of technical and creative research, and had the privilege of serving numerous Washington D.C. area families, businesses, and magazines such as DC Luxury and the Pentagram Newspaper.