Why do our wedding clients and reception venues love us so much?

Diaz Digital Discoveries wedding photography and video services

Our wedding photography and video teams work together smoothly and efficiently.

Since 2005, we have been consistently offering our clients the very best in our wedding photography services.  A few short years afterwards, we began offering wedding video services as well.  Our combined photography & video wedding packages have become our most popular package, outselling any of our other wedding packages and services to date.  More and more clients are choosing us to capture both services, because it truly is the best of both, from one talented and experienced source.  If you are wondering what’s so great about these combined services and what’s so great about us, here are a few of the reasons why our wedding clients and reception venues love us so much.

Award-Winning Talent:  A wedding celebration is probably one of the most difficult events to capture (and get it right) due to the fast pace of the day, the many different milestones that happen and the most important factor that you must get it right the first time, because there are no do-overs.  If you missed the moment…it’s gone.  Try to recreate it and it won’t happen. It just won’t be the same.  It takes hard work and a keen creative eye to create so many images in one day, that will help our clients relive their wedding day.  It also takes skilled people behind the video cameras, to create a cinematic experience of your wedding celebration that cannot be compared to your uncle’s (insert mobile device) video.

We Go All Out:  Here at Diaz Digital Discoveries we create both of these works; professional wedding photography and cinematic wedding films for our clients and we do it filled with passion.  Yes, we love our job!  We love what we do for our clients and they also love us.  We go all out, every single time we do a wedding, because it’s so important to us and we know that it’s so important to you.  But we feel what makes us so special is that in addition to our wedding clients, their families and guests, the wedding venues that we work in, whether it be for the first time, or returning to one of the many wedding venues which have selected us as one of their recommended vendors, all love us so much.  Here are just a few of our goals: (in no certain order because they are all equally important to us)

You Didn’t See Anything:  Our primary goal is to get great moments, to capture emotions and to create stunning images of your wedding day, but we also work very hard to be unobtrusive. We want you to forget that we are even there.  We don’t practice “in your face” photography and video and we capture your celebration from a distance for the most part.  We operate in stealth mode and at times you may see us for just a moment…and then we disappear into the background (like Ninjas)…all while still capturing the milestones and the moments in between.

The Fun Factor:  Our secondary goal is to make it fun for you, your family and your guests. Our level of high energy cannot be compared. It’s something you need to experience for yourself.  We have heard many times from many people…our clients, their families and wedding guests… how they can’t believe how much fun we are and how fast we move around…(we are everywhere) and always add to that how many weddings they have attended before to compare with.  A wedding is a celebration and a celebration should be fun.  We keep the fun going throughout the day, which allows us to capture the best smiles, reactions and moments from everyone attending.

We Like Hot Meals:  Our third goal is not to make you late for dinner.  We realize that your reception venue has a dinner schedule and we do everything we can to make sure we don’t interfere with that schedule.  Being the primary chef at my own home, I know the feeling of frustration from not being able to serve your “masterpiece dinner” on time.  It’s a feeling I don’t wish upon anyone else, so we capture your wedding, your formals, your families and your other important moments, all within the time frame allotted by your wedding reception venue.  The venue loves us for that and they are very glad to have us return because of they know we won’t be the reason they serve dinner late. Plus, we also like our meals to be served hot. 😉

All For One – One For All:  Our fifth goal is to provide our clients with both wedding photography and video services in one seamless service.  Call us a one-stop-shop. By that we mean, that our amazing photography and  video team work very well together.  Both teams are working towards the same goal…to provide our clients with an unforgettable experience.  We are not competing with each other (like a sole photographer and sole videographer would) to get the best shots for themselves.  We are also very mindful of each other, so as not to get in the way of the important shots…something else you won’t experience when you hire a separate photographer and video crew.  Best part is, you have one less vendor to deal with when you book both services with us.  We have a long list of extremely happy clients, their families and their guests, who rave about our products and services.

If you have experienced us at a wedding celebration, then you are probably recalling that great time when…(fill in the blanks) happened and we caught it. 🙂  If you are getting married and you haven’t experienced our wedding photography and video services, then you don’t know what your missing!  Chances are you already know someone who selected us for their wedding.  Reach out to them and ask them what they thought of us.  Word of mouth is the best way to know for sure.  Read our rave reviews which can be found on our website, Weddingwire, The Knot and our Facebook fan page.  Finally, give us a call, schedule a time to meet with us, get to know us and share your wedding day plans and wishes with us.  Then you will know you have made the right choice.  We capture every single wedding like it is our own and that way, we can be proud to put our DDD name on it.

Find out what our extremely happy clients (and happy venues) already know.   When it comes to wedding photography & video…you’re going to want to choose us.

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.

Excuse me Miss, but your Pad is showing!

I absolutely LOVE being a full-time professional photographer and I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do than photograph people’s weddings  and their milestone moments.  But at the same time, I think one of the most difficult jobs out there nowadays is to be a professional wedding photographer. What with the onslaught of consumer point-and-shoot cameras, mobile phones, tablets, digital capture devices, personal video recording devices and more,  it’s an extremely difficult task to get a really great image of the bride and groom throughout the day.  Why is it so tough?  Because lately, more and more guests at a wedding are not being very considerate of the bride and groom.

how your guests ruin your wedding photos

Excuse me Miss, your pad is showing!

While I don’t usually mind the many guests at a wedding taking multiple photographs during the ceremony and reception,  it’s particularly stressful and also a pet peeve of mine when I’m trying to get a really awesome and memorable shot of the bride and her dad coming down the aisle, (such as this one posted here) only for it to be ruined by somebody’s digital device being stuck out into the aisle right in front of my camera view, ruining both the moment and the photograph.

A wedding is one of those milestone events that you only have one chance to get right.  There are no do overs!  When the moment is gone, it’s lost forever.  That’s why this is a source of great stress for the professional photographer (me) trying to capture that magical moment that my clients invested very good money for!  I’m in position, I’m ready, here comes the moment…and there goes someone ruining it.  I feel sad for the wedding couple, because they won’t get to enjoy and cherish these photos now.

how your guests can ruin your wedding photos

Groomsman suffering from facebook-interruptus during the ceremony

The shots shown here are by no means an isolated incident. A quick search online to news sites like the Huffington Post and CNN, will confirm that more and more wedding memories are being lost due to others interfering with the professional photographers shots.  There are hundreds more photographs, just like these here that end up in my computer’s recycling bin instead of as part of the bride and grooms most memorable and treasured collection.

With the myriad of digital devices getting bigger and bigger screens, this problem is getting even worse!  So, what can we do to put a stop to this?  I do understand that the guests of the wedding are anxious and excited to take photos of the bride and groom, but is it so important that they need to ruin the bride’s memories of her special day?  There’s got to be another way!  Do we return to the old ways and put it into our photography contracts that no one else is allowed to take photographs?

In the past, professional photographers such as myself had it written into our contracts that no other people were allowed to take photos during the Ceremony or the Formals.  Over the years,  this became frowned upon due to the fact that most of the guests carried with them point and shoot cameras, mobile phones with cameras and nowadays, tablets with cameras.  But these old-day rules were put into the contract for good reason.  We photographers work incredibly hard to try to capture every special moment and lots of those moments are ruined either by some other camera’s flash, or by someone jerking out their device in front, just to get a shot.  These bigger screen digital devices truly are disruptive to the wedding and ruin many photos throughout the day as you see from these shots.  It’s gotten to be so bad that even the wedding party is pulling out phones or devices, just to get a “live” shot to upload to social media.  Do you suffer from Facebook Interruptus?

I find it hard to believe that guests of a wedding cannot see how wrong this is.  Think of all the shots that we professionals have to throw away because of this.  There isn’t just one person at the wedding doing this either, there are many, many people doing this all at the same time.  You may even wonder sometimes how the professional gets any good shots at all.  There has to be a happy medium somewhere that will please both the guests and not ruin the professional’s images.  Personally, I feel it is up to the married couple to set the ground rules on this one.  Don’t let your guests ruin your wedding photos!  Tell them that you are having an “Unplugged Wedding”.  What’s an unplugged wedding?  Simply put, no digital capture devices.  Invite your guests to enjoy the wedding, hear the beautiful words that are being shared and feel the love in the room during the ceremony.  Most professional photographers will post the wedding images online and all of your guests will have the chance to see all the amazing photos taken throughout the day.  They are even available for purchase, if guests want to have a keepsake of your wedding day.

I chose to blog about this today, after having this happen to me at some recent weddings and after reading several online news stories about this happening at other weddings too.  My goal is only to bring some awareness to any of my future wedding clients who are reading this.  As the married couple,  you have every right to make special requests on your wedding day.  The simplest way to take control of the situation and avoid this happening during your wedding would be to include a note to your invited guests within your wedding invitation, stating the you do not wish your guests to use their digital cameras, tablets, or otherwise during the ceremony, formals, or otherwise interfere with the professional photographers photos.

You see, this information coming directly from your professional photographer to your guests, would be received in a very negative way, thereby making him or her out to be a bad/mean person.  But merely all we are trying to do is ensure that you get the very best value and amazing, memorable images throughout your day, which is what you paid me top dollar to do.  We work extremely hard and are 100% invested into your wedding, trying to make it the experience of your lifetime.  It is very, very sad when an amazing and heart-warming image that would take your breath away, is ruined by someone with a mobile device and long arms, or someone Photo-Bombing during a milestone occasion, such as the Cake Cutting.

cake-bombing

wedding guest cake-bombing

So, if you agree with me and if your wedding  photography is very important to you, you may consider sending a note to your guests, along with the invitation stating that your wedding be an “Unplugged” occasion.  This means asking them to refrain from using electronic devices and thereby placing them in the photographer’s way during the ceremony and formal photos.  They will have plenty of opportunities to photograph the bride and groom during the reception.  Unplugged weddings are gaining popularity and are the best way to get to most out of your wedding  images.

If you don’t agree with me and if photography is not that important, then please be forewarned that although we will do our very best to get all the great moments and images we can, some of your once-in-a-lifetime, heart-stopping, most memorable, unable to be done over, moments may be lost forever, because someone’s pad is showing, someone is photo-bombing or someone otherwise ruined the photos.

(Stepping off my soapbox)

Off I go to my next wedding, with fingers crossed and hoping no one photo bombs it!

Thanks for reading!

Photo Contest – We’re Engaged – Last few days to enter!

Photo Contest - Enter to Win!

 

 

Wow!  There is less than one week left in our photo contest and the competition is getting fierce!  Now things are getting interesting!

The contest is open to any and all engaged couples who submit a photo to us.  The winner will receive a FREE Engagement Session with us. ($150 Value)

Now it’s “crunch-time” as we get closer to the deadline for this contest so it’s extremely important to get all of your friends and family involved in the voting process.  Use your social media popularity and get your friends to vote for your photo!  Feel free to post a link on your facebook and twitter profiles and get people voting.  The winner of this contest will be the photo with the most votes.  Don’t delay, upload your photo and then get everyone you know involved in the voting process.  To vote, all they need to do is visit our Facebook fan page and LIKE the page if they haven’t already.  Then vote as many times as they would like to vote for your photo (once per day), until someone wins!

Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/DiazDigitalDiscoveries?sk=app_479313368760498

Will it be you?  That’s up to you and your friends.  Yes, you can vote for your own photo!  So, what are you waiting for?  Go upload your photo today and get voting!

Hurry!  The contest ends on Monday February 18, 2013!

Good luck to everyone who has entered and to all those new entries as well.

Here is the link again:  https://www.facebook.com/DiazDigitalDiscoveries?sk=app_479313368760498

 

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

New Wedding Photo Video Shows for 2010

Hello Blog fans!
I am really excited to tell you about a brand new service we are offering our clients.
We are now adding video highlights to our list of available wedding services to give you the best of both worlds… photo and video combined.
Here is a condensed sample of our new wedding photo/video shows. The full length shows are approx 30 minutes long, completely customized and include images, music & audio as well.
Book your wedding with us and ask about this brand new, really cool service!
More shows coming soon. Subscribe to this blog so you won’t miss one!
Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8foKRDMoOA