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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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

We’re Serious About Your Wedding Photography!

MY PRECIOUS!

Although we love to photograph weddings and have so much fun doing so, we take our job very seriously!  As you can see from the photo above, some of our best experiences are with clients such as these, who like to have fun on their special day.  After all, your wedding day has many elements to it, but when you sum them all up, it’s a Celebration.  The best celebrations are the ones that are filled with fun moments throughout the day.

We are serious about your photography, because we know how important the day is to you, your family and everyone else who chose to join in your celebration.  That’s why we keep our equipment and our skills up to date.  There are no do-overs in weddings and so when it comes to photography, you get what you get.  So, make sure that you choose a professional that is serious about wedding photography, with a proven track record of success.  Just make sure they are not too serious to have fun with you and your guests!  Our easy-going and relaxed way will help you get through the day and after it’s all done, you will have lots and lots of great moments that you will cherish for a lifetime.

I get asked a lot of the time “what’s your style?”  Well, I don’t really have one.  Why not you may ask?  Because your wedding day should not be about what MY style is.  Your wedding day should be about what YOUR style is.  What do you like?  Do you prefer Traditional photography?  We do Traditional.  Do you like Artistic?  We do Artistic.  Are you all about Fashion?  We do Fashion.  Are you a joke-ster and always up to Antics?  We do Antics.  How about All of the Above?  Yes, we do that too.  If you just are not sure what you like, we’ll mix it up and do a little of everything, that way you’ll get the best of it all.  Whatever your style, we will match your wedding photography to fit you perfectly.

When choosing a wedding photographer, it’s important to choose someone that not only loves what they do, but also someone who will love whatever you want to do.  To find that perfect photographer for you…the one that’s going to produce those images of your dreams, first find someone who’s personality you like.  Then find someone who is excited to capture your wedding, whether it’s “Old School” or “New School”.  But most importantly, make sure that they are excited about photographing your wedding celebration and make sure they have the experience to be able to provide you with gorgeous, images of your wedding day that will make you smile, laugh and cry tears of joy, over and over again. We may not be the least expensive wedding photography, but we will make sure that we are worth every penny you invest in us!

Contact us and let’s talk about your wedding day wishes and dreams. 🙂

 

FREE ADMISSION, THE ORIGINAL WEDDING EXPO

Free Admission For Two at The Original Wedding Expo!

Calling all Brides and Grooms!

Planning the perfect wedding?  Then you may want to plan on attending The Original Wedding Expo – October 2, 2011.  The Original Wedding Expo is the most trusted Wedding Expo in New England and you are sure to connect with some of the best wedding vendors in the industry there. We will be there offering GREAT deals and discounts on both our Wedding Photography and Video services.  Save Big when you book BOTH services with us!

We can even get you and another guest in for FREE!

All you have to do is print this complimentary pass and bring it with you to the expo (dates listed on pass)
Then walk around, shop around, sample some cake and other deserts, watch a bridal fashion show, win great prizes and have some fun!  And don’t forget to book your Wedding Photography and Videography with us! 🙂

Don’t want to wait until the show?  No problem!
Give us a call at 508-216-5898 to make an appointment to meet with us and find out more about our wedding photography and video services.  Send us an email to: info@DiazDD.com for more information.

CONGRATULATIONS and we look forward to meeting you at the expo!

The Original Wedding Expo – Sturbridge, MA – Wedding Photography and Videography!

New England BRIDES – For us, your wedding day is a really BIG DEAL!
So, come visit our booth this Sunday in Sturbridge because for you, we have a REALLY BIG DEAL! You can save over $1,600. when you book with us at the expo!

We are pulling out all the stops this year! We love weddings, we love meeting new couples and helping them create images that they’ll cherish forever! We love offering incentives to clients who book with us!

This Sunday, September 19th, come to the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center in Sturbridge, MA and visit our booth at The Original Wedding Expo.

We have WEDDING EXPO ONLY pricing, plus we are throwing in a bunch of BOOK EARLY FREEBIES if you book your wedding photography with us during our limited time offer.
You can save over $1,600 in products and services! Special bundle pricing when you choose our photography and videography services combined.

It’s just our way of proving to you that, for us, your wedding day is a really BIG DEAL!

Discover why more and more New England Brides each year have been raving about our Professional, Personalized, Fun and Unique wedding photography and videography services!

Discover our client discount program which saves you money on all of your future professional photography services with us…Forever!

Book your wedding photography with us and…”Discover the beauty in your world.”

See you at the EXPO!

For more info, please visit: http://www.originalweddingexpo.com

Wedding Photography, Takes or Outtakes?

Was it something I said?  You better believe it was!

One of my favorite parts of photographing a wedding is making the images of the bride and groom alone.  I like getting the bride and groom some alone time after the ceremony and before the reception so they can relax a bit, calm their nerves and enjoy each other’s company, before it’s time to get going to the reception.  While, I love a good party as much as anyone else, the more time I have with the couple alone, the more great images I can create.

I love to interact with the couple during these formal photos and create some real time images that show the emotion and the fun they are both having.  Since the wedding day goes by so fast, my goal is to make images that will remind them of how much fun they had that day, every time they look at the images, again and again.

We create a mixture of images with all the different feelings of the day.  For instance…  This image series from a recent wedding has something for everyone.  Which one of these three images is the Outtake?  That depends on who you are.  Everyone has a different favorite and we are able to photograph your wedding the way you want to remember it.

If you are a ROMANTIC and want to show that in your images, then you may like this one:

If you are HAPPY-GO-LUCKY and you want your images to reflect that, then this one may be for you:

If you are all about having FUN and LAUGHING and that is how you want to remember it, then you may like this one:

Or, if you are like me, you love them all!  

So which one is the outtake?  For me, none of them.  You pick your own favorite.

No matter what you want your photographs to reflect about your wedding day, you can count on us!  We can do it all as you can see from these images.  Now, go tell your friends!!!

If you know someone who’s getting married and would love a wide range of images that show who they are, capture the essence of their day and show how much they enjoyed their wedding celebration, ask them to contact us. www.DiazDD.com

We love to photograph weddings…and it shows!

“Discover the beauty in your world.”