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Meet silvana

Hi there!

I am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; a city with both, a stunning natural beauty and a culture background that embraces all the senses through its food, music and dance. 

I moved to USA in late 2006. Whenever we move to a different place, we cannot take the people we love with us. Photography became the way to share with our families and dear friends key moments of our lives. 

I always loved photography! Initially was a hobby, which turned into a passion and finally a profession. After few years learning, attending to workshops, college classes and thousands of pictures of practice, I am ready to capture the special moments in your life!

Why I do what I do?

I love weddings so much that I got married twice… with the same man! I am from Brazil and he is from Argentina (so far we have survived through 4 soccer world cups together!) and we did not want to miss the opportunity to celebrate our love in both countries! Today, we are busy and proud parents of beautiful twin girls.

I LOVE traveling, discovering new places and learning different cultures. I speak 3 languages - Portuguese, Spanish and English. Sometimes all of them in the same sentence!
 
I dance to any rhythm, and I will dance while I am photographing your family, your wedding or your birthday party!

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PRICING

Wedding packages starting at $1800

Engagement session: $350

 

Send me a message to know more about my wedding packages.

 From the engagement session to your wedding day, I will be capturing your emotions, your love and your happiness...

 I want to capture your love story! The story that begins after the  "I DO". Your family is the most beautiful love story of all...



PORTRAITS

WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS 

PRICING

Family and Kids Portrait session: $250/h

Events, packages start at $350 for 2h of coverage
 (add $50 for each extra hour)

 

DETAILS


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WHERE ARE YOU BASED? 
I live in Scottsdale, AZ, but I am available for weddings all over the USA. Travel within 100 miles is included, if your wedding is further than that I’ll charge $200 for travel expenses. Need me to get on a plane? Just cover my accommodation and airfare. 


HOW DO YOU DELIVER YOUR IMAGES? 
You will receive an on-line gallery (PIXIESET), with full size! You also can download your photos in web resolution, so it’s easy and totally fine to share in any social media. 


HOW MANY PICTURES WILL I GET? 
I don’t limit the amount of pictures I take, and to say I don't make any economy while shooting. I cut out all the rubbish and give you all the good stuff, which at a wedding is usually around 700 images.


HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE WE CAN SEE OUR PICTURES? 
All of your images will usually be online within 4 weeks, but there will be a sneak preview on my blog about 1-2 weeks after the wedding.
 



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WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
 
That's a very common question and I have a whole page just to help you with this! Click here.

I DON’T LIVE NEAR YOU. CAN WE SKYPE?
Yes! Absolutely! It’s a great alternative if you live far away and want me as your wedding photographer! 

HOW MUCH IS THE DEPOSIT? 
I ask for a 20% deposit to secure your wedding date, with the remaining balance due 28 days before the big day. 

DO YOU REQUIRE A MEAL AT OUR RECEPTION? 
Yes. Wedding days are long and busy, I don’t want to waist time looking for a microwave to heat my food… I can’t imagine missing important moments, like a toast, for example. I will eat when you are eating. Nobody likes photos when they are chewing food. Right? 

HOW YOUR TIMELINE WORKS ON A WEDDING DAY? 
It’s pretty simple: Getting ready > Details > Bridesmaids & Bride’s Photos > Groomsmen & Groom’s photos > First Look (optional) > Bride & Groom photos > Bridal Party Photos > Family Photos > Ceremony > Bride & Groom photos > Reception (DJ timeline). 

CAN MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY BUY PICTURES? 
Yes, you will have an online gallery with a password, which you can give out to your friends and family. 

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I use NIKON DSLRs (mainly D750), and a range of lenses, that have: 35mm, 50mm, 24-70mm and 70-200 mm (the last one, just in church ceremonies). I will use two flashes Nikon SB 910 during your reception. 








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I AM PLANNING MY WEDDING. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE LIST OF VENDORS ? Yes. And I am more than happy to share with you. Send me a message and I will send a list of all my favorite vendors!

Engagement photo sessions are usually the first time you work with your photographer, and the first time you and your fiancé have professional photos taken together. That can be super-exciting, but it can also make brides and grooms a little nervous because you don’t know what to expect, what to do, how to act, or what to wear.
 
Engagement photo shoots help us build rapport with you before the wedding day. We also often find that couples are more relaxed about photos when the wedding day arrives because they’ve already worked with me at their engagement photo shoot. You are more relaxed in front of my cameras, and you know what to expect! 

Many couples have two outfits for their engagement session.They start the photo session wearing dressy clothes, and then change into more casual clothes (or vice versa). Consider bringing an outfit to change into mid-way through your session. 

Suggestions on What to Wear:

• Choose comfortable clothes: If you’re not comfortable, it will be noticeable in the pictures. Also, wear comfortable shoes if your location will include a lot of walking. But don’t wear tennis shoes! You can wear cute flats or boots with a low heel, but you know how your 5-inch stilettos make you feel awesome! 

• Choose clothing that compliments your personality: Make sure your clothes look like “you” and fit your personality. 

• Coordinate your clothing with each other: Wear clothes that are the same level and wear similar shades that compliment each other. Choose clothes that look best on you. 

• Choose clothes to compliment your location: If you are taking pictures in a field or the mountains, consider clothes with more natural colors. And if you are taking pictures in a downtown area, you might consider more urban clothes with bolder colors. Choose colors that compliment your skin tone: For example, if you have light skin, white clothing can wash out your complexion in photographs. 





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Click here to see more inspiration at the Pinterest Board that I made for you!


WHAT TO BRING TO MY FAMILY SESSION?

For family and/or children photo sessions: a drink, favorite toy or special stuffed animal and a change of clothes. Please make sure your little one has been fed and had a nap before the photo session for a more comfortable and positive experience.


HOW LONG DOES THE PHOTO SESSION LAST? 
Usually, with small kids, the session itself lasts about 45 min ~ 1 hour. 

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
 
Approximately 3 weeks after your session. Pictures will be professionally edited, some offered in black & white and all in high resolution. I will usually post a sneak peek photo of the session on my website and/or Facebook page within a few days of your session. You will receive an on-line gallery (PIXIESET), with full size photos! You also can download your photos in web resolution, so it’s easy and totally fine to share in any social media. 

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR ME TO RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
I charge a one-time flat rate for your pictures, which are taken at the location of YOUR choice. No added sitting fees or special effect fees (My editing is very natural and simple). The price quoted does include the photo shoot, your online gallery containing all of your images with permission for you to share, download and print the photos from anywhere and keep forever.
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WHERE WILL THE PHOTOS BE TAKEN? DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?
The location of the photo session is up to you, I don’t have a studio. Ideally I prefer to use natural, available light. Once your photo shoot date is booked we will discuss what type of feel you are looking for in your photographs, we can then work together to come up with the perfect location.



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WHAT SHOUD WE WEAR FOR OUR FAMILY SESSION?

It is best to keep clothing simple, avoiding logos or busy patterns. I always suggest layers/textures. In group photos, color coordinating is always more pleasing to the eye. Wear clothes that represent you and who you are. Feel free to bring a change of clothing.
 I made a Pinterest Board to help you with ideas! Click here to check it out!

CONTACT

I can't wait to hear from you! xo,
silvana

thank you!

i'll be in touch shortly.

xo,
Silvana Braggio

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In their words...

Jaclyn and Gunther

"My husband and I got married in a very remote, small town about five hours from Phoenix up in the White Mountains. As you can imagine, this made our search for a wedding photographer a bit difficult. From the moment I first talked to Silvana over the phone (after a lot of searching around for photographers), I knew that she was the right person for the job. She was excited about the opportunity to travel and explore a new place, and within minutes of getting off the phone, she was already arranging the logistics of the trip. She was incredibly flexible, professional, and accommodating to our needs.

We could not be happier with Silvana’s photographs and work ethic. She went far above and beyond to make sure that she had an understanding of our vision and that she was prepared ahead of time. Since our wedding was completely “Do it Yourself” (DIY), things were a bit chaotic and stressful during the hours leading up to our ceremony as we were running around doing last minute preparations, but Silvana remained so calm and patient throughout the whole day. She was loved by all of our relatives.

Silvana captured some of the most special, candid moments and is very talented with artistic direction—she was so creative with the backgrounds she chose, the poses for the bridal portraits, and the detail shots. The photos are absolutely stunning, and we could not be happier with the final results. Silvana far exceeded our expectations, and we are so grateful that we chose her to be our photographer. We would highly recommend her to anyone searching for the perfect wedding photographer!"


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wedding - Alpine, AZ

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Anne and Bosun

We hired Silvana after a friend recommended her services. The exact recommendation was “A wonderful classic, portrait wedding photographer. She’s a great friend of mine, very kind and easy going. She’s currently my go-to photographer for my own little family.” We planned our small wedding from overseas so we did everything remotely. Silvana took the time to answer my many e-mails and even scheduled a FaceTime meeting for us to work on a plan. She was organized and meticulous with the details and helped create a schedule for the day so that there would be plenty of time for all the shots she wanted to take. She even checked out the locations beforehand to familiarize herself and give her recommendations. Based on what we had in mind, she created a customized package offering exactly what we needed. On the day, she was on time, professional, and a hard worker. She was flexible but also efficient with her time and throughout the day she was in the background, unobtrusively doing her work. We never felt rushed in our time with her. The turnaround time was incredibly fast and we were amazed by the number of photos as well as the quality. We would recommend her without any hesitation.

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Wedding - AZ

In their words...

Mckayla and Trevor

Book her! She is the sweetest lady! She worked around my crazy schedule and made my overall experience just that much better! The pictures are amazing! The photographer you choose really does make a difference! They can make or break your wedding and Silvana definitely made ours!

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wedding - Mesa, AZ

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Roopa & Rajiv Chhabra

We are from India and it was Silvana's first Indian wedding ever! She did such an amazing job. We have such amazing memories that she was able to capture for us. 

Silvana knows how to capture moments that one will cherish forever. She was loved by all the relatives.
I felt I have known her forever. Therapy of our wedding was memorabale because of you Silvana. 

You can check our wedding pics on her website. 

We have after that relocated and we loved her work so much that we flew her to Kansas (all the way) to do our maternity shoot. 

Thank you Silvana. We are so glad we chose you as our photographer. Roopa and Rajiv

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Indian wedding - AZ

In their words...

Claudia & Carlos

We feel very fortunate to have Silvana in our marriage, she made this event our most beautiful memory. She is a very kind and professional. You can feel relax, because she has the magic to capture your most important moments. For us she is the best. Claudia & Carlos

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 wedding-Scottsdale,AZ

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Amie Celender

Silvana just photographed my daughters 1st Birthday and did a fantastic job! 

The pictures are beautiful and artistic and she was wonderful to work with. 

She also works great with children and making them feel comfortable. 

I look forward to getting pictures with her again in the future.!

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First birthday - AZ

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Tanya Daves

Silvana is an amazing photographer! 

We instantly felt comfortable with her. She is so kind and wonderful to work with. 

I received so many great photos - it is going to be so hard to pick which ones to print!

I highly recommend her! I look forward to working with her on future photo shoots!

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Family session - AZ

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Wendy Westhoff

The Best! 

Great all around especially with artistic direction...just look at her photos, the proof is in pudding. :)

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Family session - AZ