Pinterest, Wedding Inspiration or Duplication?

One of the things I love the most about being a professional wedding photographer is the ability to create beautiful, memorable images for my clients.  Although we photograph many weddings each year, lots of times going back to the same locations over and over again, I strive to make each wedding unique by creating different looking images for my clients.  My reasons for this are twofold.  First, I want to make each of my weddings unique and provide fun, creative and artistic images for my clients, that they will cherish for a lifetime.  If you put all of my wedding albums from the same location together in a row, you would see that the images differ a bit and are not the same pose, same place.  The other reason is purely selfish.  I feel that in order to better myself as an artist and keep things interesting, I need to try to create new imagery, making images at the same location, but not making the same image.  This is what keeps things fresh and feeds my love for wedding photography.  So, at each wedding I photograph, I try to make the images different, even when I’m at the same location.

Where do I seek inspiration for my newly created images? Pinterest.com of course.  I also gain inspiration from other sources, but mostly the Pinterest website.  With the extensive library of the Pinterest website, there is an unlimited supply of  images to be inspired by and I love going there to see all the great wedding images and feed my inspiration.  However, I do have a Love/Hate relationship with Pinterest and here’s why…

Lately,  (this is happening a lot more often) I have been getting several shot lists, and links to Pinterest boards, both from perspective and future clients, with photos that they saw on Pinterest that they want me to do.  While I have no problem giving our clients what they want and I will certainly do so, this practice is killing the creative process of wedding photography.   Perhaps there is some confusion between the two words: Inspiration and Duplication.  I love to get INSPIRED by photos that I see, not only on Pinterest, but from many other sources.  But my goal is not to DUPLICATE the images that I see, but to use that as a basis for my own take on it.  Use it to inspire me to create my own images.   Because if I did try to duplicate an image, that does not help me grow as an artist.  It just teaches me how to copy someone else’s work.  It also doesn’t get my clients excited about my work…because it isn’t my work.  Of the times I have duplicated and image that a client requested from Pinterest, once the client sees the image, there is no emotional connection or impact.  It’s simply bland.  Yup, okay good…you got that one.  Yes, you got that one too.  But when they see the images that I have created, that they were not expecting, that came from within me at that very moment, then I’ll get the WOW, OMG and OOHs, they have a much greater impact and are treasured much more by my clients, because they have not seen them before.  They are emotionally connected to the image because it brings back memories of their special day.

Photo by Mattnnat.com, Pennsylvania

Photo by Mattnnat.com, Pennsylvania

Duplicated Photo from Pinterest

My Duplicated Photo for the client.

I feel my clients are drawn to me and my style of photography because they like what I see when I look into my camera.  They like my creativity.  This is the reason they choose me to capture their wedding memories.  But sometimes, someone will show me a bunch of photos they found on Pinterest and say, I want you to do this photo and this one…oh and this one too, etc…  There goes my creativity! 😦  If I have to worry about a shot-list:  gotta do this shot, then gotta do this one, oh and can’t forget this one, checking off each one on the list so I don’t forget any…then the entire wedding will be a duplication of other peoples photos and will not be a true representation of the reason the clients hired me in the first place.  There will be no time for me to be creative, if I’m constantly looking at a list, or some Pinterest photos that I need to copy.  The end result will be a wedding that doesn’t match my style and doesn’t represent my work and doesn’t provide that emotional connection for my clients.

So, I just wanted to voice this to any future brides out there reading this blog.  If you hire a professional photographer because you like their style and the images they have created, then allow them to WOW you with their talent.  Providing a list of Pinterest photos that you want them to duplicate will totally squash their creativity and in the end, you will not like the images as much as you may have thought you would.  A wedding is an Amazing Day and should be filled with images that make you say WOW, OMG and remind you of that amazing experience, not images that make you just say, yup…okay…got it…good.

I feel that Pinterest is a great tool for gaining INSPIRATION.  I don’t feel it should be used for DUPLICATION of images that someone else has already created.  Ask your photographer to look at the images that you like and that you are drawn to.  We can be inspired by them to create something unique and quite possibly better than the images that you saw and those images will have a better emotional connection and timeless impact than anything that can be duplicated.

Thanks for reading.

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Digital Photography Course – Starts January 19, 2013

Digital Camera Course

OXFORD, MA                 E-MAIL:  info@DiazDD.com for more details.

Someday you are going to learn how to use that new camera you have – right?  How many times have you said that?

In 2013, make your resolution to know more about your digital camera and learn to take better photos.  Now is your chance to stop saying you are going to do it – and really do it!

Sign up for our upcoming Digital Camera Course.  Classes begin on Saturday January 19th, 2013 at 11AM.

This is an 8 week comprehensive Beginners Course that will teach you more about your digital camera and how to take better photos with it.

Each week will consist of a 2 hour class and workshop where you will use your own camera and our guidance to learn what it takes to make a great photo and how to do it with your camera.

There will be weekly photo assignments that you will need to complete and submit, an (optional) private online forum for students only, that you will have access to 24/7, to ask questions, post your photos and get feedback from your instructor and other classmates.  Your photo assignments will be critiqued each week, which will help you improve your future shots / photo assignments.

This is a Beginner’s Course.  We will start from the beginning.  So, bring your camera’s instruction manual.  (Can’t find the manual?  Go online and download it)  You’ll learn the very basics and then we will move on to the good stuff!

You’ll learn about: camera settings, lighting, composition, lenses, portrait, landscape, backgrounds, color photography, black and white photography, use of flash and much more.

More importantly you will learn when TO take a photo and when NOT to take a photo.

Get ready to have fun, enter our contests to win prizes and toward the end of the course, we are going out on a Field Trip / Photo Walk!  A chance to use of all your new knowledge!

A DSLR camera is highly recommended to get the most out of this course, but you don’t need to have one.  All that is required is a modern digital camera that has various shooting modes/styles for you to choose from.

You can pay for the course week by week, or save more money ($40 off) if you pay for the full course in advance.   Either way, you do not want to miss this course!   Our VIP card clients can save even more!

8 weeks of training, 2 hours per class, photo assignments, critiques, classroom forum, 7 day a week help from a Nationally Certified Professional Photographer via e-mail.

Classroom is limited to only 10 students, so don’t delay!  Sign up now before your seat is taken by someone else.

If you are serious about wanting to learn to take better photos with your camera, then sign up today!  Last day to sign up is January 12, 2013 and if you miss the deadline, you’ll have to wait until our next class in 2014.

To find out more information and sign up for this course, e-mail us at: info@DiazDD.com or call 508-216-5898

We hope to see you in our studio/classroom.  Our Studio is located in Oxford, MA.  It’s going to be great!

Ed Diaz, CPP (Certified Professional Photographer)

Cyber Monday, Buy One Get One Free Sale!

Our Cyber Monday Deal is on right now!  Buy One Gift Card, Get One Gift Card Free (of equal value).

Our Gift Cards make an excellent gift idea for anyone you know who values photography and would love to have professional portraits created of themselves, their children, or their family.

This deal is good on any of our Gift Card denominations; $25 – $50 – $100.  They are all Buy One, Get One Free, today only!

Give the gift of portraiture this year.  The value of great portraits and fond memories increases each and every year.

But hurry, because this deal will be over at the end of today, so don’t miss out!

Contact us now to take advantage of it before it’s gone!

508-216-5898  or info@diazdd.com

Don’t Trash the Dress, Glam the Dress!

Bridal Portrait on the Beach

Don’t Trash the Dress, Glam the Dress!

If you have been keeping up with the news stories, there has been a lot of debate about brides wanting to do a Trash the Dress photo session after their wedding. There are lots of stories and probably thousands of Youtube videos showing what can and sometimes does go wrong during these sessions. If you have time to kill, you can spend about a weeks time watching all the videos.

We love doing TTD sessions, and we love to be creative about them. But, we also believe that a Trash the Dress session isn’t for everyone. Not everyone wants to jump into a river, climb a tree, dive into mud, or slide into home-plate with their wedding dress. Especially if you paid lots of money for your wedding dress! So, before you store that dress away in that box, under your bed, or up in the attic…keep reading!

What can you do with your dress after the wedding that won’t ruin it, but will still be exciting, fun and can reward you with gorgeous, stunning wall art and stylish images that you will cherish forever? Don’t Trash the dress, Glam the dress! Our Glamour Photography sessions are the perfect way to get more from your wedding dress than the short period of time of your wedding day. Perhaps you didn’t have enough time to get those awesome images you had in mind on your wedding day because things were too hectic or were running behind schedule. Perhaps the weather wasn’t perfect and you had to go to Plan B for your wedding and have it indoors instead of outside. Whatever your reasons were, you can truly get some fun, fashionable, beautiful images in your wedding dress, when you book a Glamour Session with us. You can pick a location, or we can do your photo shoot in our studio. Our no-obligation, pre-session planning meeting will help you prepare for your photo shoot. We will talk about hair, makeup, how to prepare and what to expect on the day of your shoot. Then, we will schedule a date to create the Magic that is You!

Contact us now to book your Glamour Photography Session with us, even if we didn’t photograph your wedding. We’d love to create the images of your dreams and beyond. What’s better than lots of high fashion, stunning images of you? Lots of high fashion, stunning images of you – created by us! 🙂

Call today to book your Glam Session. Who knows, your glamour bridal portraits may be picked to be in one of our local bridal magazines or be an entry into our photography competitions! (Major Bragging Rights there!)

Click on the photo above or visit our website to book your session!   www.DiazDD.com

Home for the Holidays Portrait Sessions

grandma and grandchildren

There’s something very special about gathering your family together during the upcoming holidays. Celebrate that magic with our Home for the Holidays portrait sessions.

Whether you have a gorgeous fireplace, staircase or backyard setting in mind, we will create the family memories of your dreams, right in your own home.  Get your family together and let us create your Heirloom Holiday Family Portrait, or plan a portrait session that includes your kids, that will be home from college soon.  This is the perfect time.

If you prefer a more formal traditional studio portrait session, we create priceless images that will capture your heart, such as this Generations Portrait above with Grandma Tiba and all her grandchildren.  What a great and beautiful moment this was! Thank you very much for choosing us Tiba!

Our Home for the Holidays sessions are available now through the end of November, but spots will be booking up quickly!  Book your session now, for the best flexibility on our calendar and get your portraits in time for holiday gift giving and wonderful Holiday Cards.

BONUS:  Book your Home for the Holidays portrait session before November 1, 2012 and get 50 Custom Photo Holiday Greeting Cards FREE with any portrait package order.

Call us at 508-216-5898 to find out more and reserve your Home for the Holidays portrait session today!

BELLY DANCE PHOTO SHOOT

Here are some images of Teresa Comtois, 2nd place winner in our recent Belly Dance-Off contest.
Teresa won a professional portfolio photo shoot and she did an excellent job during the shoot.

We had lots of fun creating many images that she will be able to use to showcase all the styles of dance that she does.

Teresa is also a Middle Eastern Dance instructor for anyone interested in learning Middle Eastern dance.

Classes are held at Mary Ann’s Studio of Dance, 1168 Boston Rd. Springfield, MA

For more information, you may contact the studio at: 413-782-4600 or contact Teresa at 413-575-9327

Thanks to Teresa for making this event fun!

Stay tuned…as we are already planning another belly dance off in the future months.

Digital Camera Tips – How to Hold a Digital Camera

Hello Blog fans.

This week I want to share with you an article I found on How to correctly hold a digital camera.
If you are having troubles with your images being blurry, you may not be holding your camera correctly.
Perhaps these tips will help you get better images.  Enjoy!

Digital Camera Tips – How to Hold a Digital Camera

By Joan Yankowitz

When taking photographs, one of the most common causes of ruined pictures is a shaky camera, which leads to blurred images. One of the reasons for camera shake is the propensity to hold a digital camera at arms length, which does not offer stability.
In addition, due to the lightweight nature of digital cameras, you may attempt to take a shot with just one hand. Of course, this gives you flexibility and may allow you to frame the shot better, but you will find that your hands are likely to shake or sway as you’re taking the picture.
If you want to ensure that your memories are not ruined by blurring, it is imperative that you are able to hold the camera still. Although this may seem like a fairly simple task, it is surprisingly difficult with some of the small modern cameras.
The following digital camera tips will teach you how to hold the camera and avoid unnecessary blurring.
First, grasp the right side of the camera in your right hand. Ensure that your forefinger is placed lightly along the top of the camera, while your other three fingers grasp the front and your thumb presses against the back. Some cameras will have grip indentations, so it is clear where to place your fingers. Make sure that you are holding the camera firmly, but not gripping too tightly.
Meanwhile, the position of your left hand will depend on the style of camera. In most cases, it is wise to use the left hand to steady the camera from underneath. If you have a DSLR, then the left hand may be used to hold the lens and support the weight of the camera in this way.
When using a viewfinder, it is easier to hold the camera steady, as it will be close to your body. However, if you prefer to use the LCD screen, try to ensure that you’re not holding the camera too far away from you. Holding it at arms length will not provide a steady grip. Instead, try bending your arms and keep your elbows tucked into your sides, then hold the camera out in front of you; 12 inches or so away from your face.
Ensure that you have a stable stance by standing with your feet shoulder width apart. If possible, it is helpful to steady yourself by leaning against a solid object, such as a wall or tree. Alternatively, you may prefer to kneel or sit down. Bear in mind, the stiller your body, the stiller the camera will be.
If you are still finding it difficult to get clear shots, you may want to invest in a tripod. These come in a variety of styles and vary dramatically in price. If you feel that carrying a tripod around would be too cumbersome, you may want to look at some of the more expensive, compact tripods, which can be folded to fit in a pocket. There are, of course, many other digital camera tips, but these basic hints on holding a camera are the first steps to taking better pictures.
You can easily grab our handy FREE Top Digital Photography Questions Guide, which will help you with many of your digital photography questions. Just Click Here.
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