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)

Portrait Session Package Deal, Limited Time Only!

With the Holiday Season approaching fast, we want to give you a little incentive to book a portrait session with us.  Right now, for a limited time, you can save $50 off any portrait session package booked in 2012.  We have a limited number of available slots for portrait sessions, so call now to book yours.  If you are one of the early birds, you will have your portraits just in time for holiday parties and gift giving!   Don’t delay! Call us today!

Bridal Show – Today at Dexter’s Landscaping, Danielson, CT

Desired Weddings & Special Events
hosts their
Annual Bridal Show

Today from Noon – 4:00p
at
Dexter’s Landscaping
562 Westcott Rd.
Danielson, CT
Featuring: Bridal fashion show by Desired Weddings,
Florist, Photographers, Cakes, Caterers, and so much more…
Cash bar/soft drinks available.
There is no charge to attend.

Be sure to stop by, say hello and talk with us about your wedding photography and videography needs.  We will have some great show only specials that you will want to take advantage of!

Find out how you can save even more when you book both your photography and videography services with us combined!

Hope to see you at the show!

High School Senior Portrait Photographer Worcester. Class of 2011 Senior Portraits

Congratulations to the Class of 2010 High School Seniors!  Best wishes!
Now, to the Class of 2011 it’s that time of year to book your High School Senior Portraits before we get too busy.  We love this time of year and we get lots of new great seniors-to-be that come to us because they love our images, ideas and they love that we switch things up a bit each year.
This year is all about Fashion.  With the many T.V. shows on nowadays all heavily concentrating on fashion/models we have decided to add a new service to our existing senior portrait services. 

We are calling it the Senior Style Session.  What is it?  Well It’s when we take one of our regular senior portrait sessions and use fashion lighting setups and our creativity to glam-it-up!

So far we have had a great response to this new service and the word is spreading quickly about this special session we are offering.  Be one of the first seniors to have your Senior Style Session with us!

If you know of someone who is in the Class of 2011 that needs to have their Senior Pics done, tell them about our Senior Style Session.  They will be so glad you did.
Right now, we are booking sessions for the month of July and August.  We also have special bonuses and freebies for those seniors who book and pay for their session in June, even if they won’t have their sessions until July/August, they still qualify for the special bonus and freebies.
Seniors, this is your year to shine!  The year YOU make contact.
Make an impression!  A fashionable impression.
Book your Senior Style Session with us now and save!
Contact us at: 508-216-5898 or e-mail  info@DiazDD.com  for more information on our
senior portrait photography sessions and packages.
We also offer our Senior Style Sessions and regular sessions on location for those who enjoy the outdoors
and would rather not be in an indoor studio for their senior portraits.
Before your session, we will consult with you on picking a location, what the best outfits are for you to wear, what’s the best time of day to schedule a session, as well as what type of session you would like to have and how to prepare for that session.
Our outdoor and on location sessions really add to the beauty of your portraits.
 
Contact us to book you session today!
508-216-5898
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2011!

The Quinceanera Tradition – Sweet 15

Hello Blog fans.

This week I want to share some information with you all about the Quinceañera.  A Hispanic tradition which honors a daughter when she reaches the age of fifteen.  Although you may be familiar with the term, you may not be familiar with what exactly it is and why is it celebrated in (for the most part) such a grandios way.  So here is some information compiled from the web to help explain what it’s all about.

In just a couple of weeks, I will have the honor of photographing another one of these events and I will post some images, so stay tuned.  Subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss it!

What is a quinceañera?

The quinceañera is a traditional celebration of life and gratitude to God on the occasion of the fifteenth birthday of a young Hispanic woman. The ritual emphasizes her passage from childhood to adulthood. The family usually requests a Mass or a blessing to be held in the Church. The rite is frequently celebrated in several countries in the Americas, including Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is frequently requested by Hispanic Catholics in the dioceses of the United States of America.

What is the origin of the quinceañera?

The tribes of Meso-America, possibly the Mayas and Toltecs, celebrated elaborate rites of passage for their young men and women. Rites of passage are known to have existed in the Iberian Peninsula as well. It is believed that he Spanish conquistadores may have brought the practice to Meso-America. It is possible that the missionaries would have approved of this practice, since these rites closely paralleled Christian practices of initiation and marriage. The ancient Mozarabic Rite of the Iberian peninsula had elaborate rituals marking the passage of baptized adolescents, each of which included specific references to Christian initiation and each of which was celebrated following the reception of Holy Communion at Mass. With the suppression of the Mozarabic Rite, many of these rituals passed into popular religious practice.

How is a quinceañera celebrated?

In the presence of family and friends, the young woman (the quinceañera), often accompanied by fifteen young men and women of her choice, (damas y chambelanes), enters the Church in procession, together with her parents and godparents. If she has prepared a reading, she may serve as the lector for at least one of the readings. After the Liturgy of the Word, the quinceañera makes a commitment to God and the Blessed Virgin to live out the rest of her life according to the teachings of Christ and the Church by renewing her Baptismal promises. Then, signs of faith (medal, Bible, rosary, prayer book) which have been blessed  may be given to her. A special blessing of the quinceañera concludes the Liturgy of the Eucharist. After Mass, the young woman is presented to the community. The ritual continues with a dinner and sometimes a dance in her honor.

Who are the participants?

The quinceañera and fifteen young men and women of her choice are joined by members of her family and friends for the celebration. The priest or deacon has a key role as the one who represents the Church and who prays the blessing over the young woman. The local community is also encouraged to gather for the celebration.

May the quinceañera take place without a Mass?

The ritual may be celebrated simply, outside Mass with the young woman, accompanied by her parents and godparents, coming before the priest or deacon to receive a special blessing in the Church. Or, there may be a more elaborate celebration with elegant clothes, flowers, music and decorations and with more than one priest presiding.

Why do parents present their daughter for this celebration?

The parents, in coming to the parish Church seeking the blessing, acknowledge that their daughter has reached the age where she is capable of handling additional responsibility. They see the quince años Mass as a way to thank God for the blessing of their daughter’s life and to seek God’s blessing and guidance as she enters adulthood. The extended family, (grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles and cousins) is usually present, to celebrate with the quinceañera. Esponsores (sponsors), other couples acting as sponsors, may bring forward the blessed religious articles which are presented to the quinceañera.
 
 
 
 

 
Is the rite just for girls?

According to traditional usage, La Bendición de la Quinceañera has been a celebration only for young Hispanic women. This is the practice in the countries of origin of the young women requesting the blessing. Recently, in the Western and Southwestern parts of the United States a limited number of young Hispanic males have requested this blessing for themselves. There is no basis in the traditional usage, however, for the inclusion of young men in the rite.

The celebration also can be a strengthening of the identity of the quinceañera within her family, as well as an affirmation of the gift of women as a blessing to the Church. In the Hispanic community, traditionally it has been the women who hand on the faith. The abuelita (grandmother) holds a special place in the family for that reason. Women organize feast days, celebrate rituals and offer prayers.  Hispanic women are the evangelizers and teachers of values, yet their leadership has often gone unrecognized. The Quince Años Blessing publicly acknowledges this historic role.
 
So there you have it…a quick look at the Quinceanera tradition and its origin.
I will post more images pretty soon.
 
 
Beauty Discovered.

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

International Charity Model Search Contest


Hello Blog fans!

Only one more month of open voting for the International Charity Model Search! Is your family the cutest family in North America? Contact us today to enter this unique contest for a chance to win a new car and help raise funds for a great cause, the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation.

Hurry in and have your family photographed at the special price of only $49.
This offer is ending very soon!

508-216-5898 or e-mail us: info@DiazDD.com