Did you plan enough time for all your wedding photos?

Wedding Album Designs

Planning a wedding is a huge task and it can be difficult to estimate how much time things are going to take throughout the day.  Most couples will get advice from friends or relatives who recently had their own weddings on how to estimate times and create their wedding day timeline.

Many times I am so disappointed when I learn that the “Formal Photography” portion of the day is just about one hour long.  Typically this is the time between the end of the ceremony and the start of the reception and most often is only 60 minutes, especially when the ceremony and reception are in the same location.  Well, that may be 60 minutes on paper, but it never works out that way in real life.

See, in order to get that full hour that is allotted on the timeline, there can be no deviations whatsoever.  This means no receiving line. No distractions. No talking to anyone after the ceremony. No bathroom or smoke breaks. No eating or drinking anything and everyone must stay together until all the photos are done.  Any deviation from this will throw off the timeline and this time loss must be recovered somewhere.  Unfortunately, the time lost is often recovered from what was originally allotted for the formal photo hour.

It’s sad because couples spend lots and lots of money to plan this important day and in most cases, it’s that very couple who ends up with the least amount of formal photos.  Yes, of course the whole day is about you, the newly married couple and you are being photographed throughout the day, in order to tell the story, but when the formal photography part comes, you are missing out.  If we only have one hour to do all of the formal photos, we start with the entire wedding party (how many do you have?), then immediate families on both sides, extended families on both sides, then smaller groups, etc.  Once all of this is done, then it’s time to photograph just the two of you together…oh wait…we now have 10 minutes left before you have to go line up to be introduced for the reception party. 😦

In order to create a full series of beautiful, artistic and story-telling images of your wedding, we need time.  More than just 10 or 15 minutes.  Let’s not even factor in if we are creating a video as well.  Those wedding films that you see us create, take time to create. Just like in Hollywood, we need to film sequences and sometimes, filming those sequences will require a “Take Two” or “Take Three” if they didn’t come out just right.

Ideally, it would be amazing to have Two Hours to photograph all of the formals.  This may seem like a lot of time, but it really isn’t.  Those couples that do give us this time end up with lots more beautiful, creative and artistic photos and they are so happy they did.

You wouldn’t plan such an important day, invest so much money and pay so much attention to all the details, without allowing enough time for photography or video, would you?  Just remember… after your wedding is over, all you will have left is vague memories of the day, your wedding rings, photos/video and perhaps a wedding album.  We want to be able to capture you at your best and create beautiful wedding album designs like this one shown.  In order to do this, we need time.  The more time we have, the better.

When planning your wedding day, be sure to factor-in enough time for photography and/or video!


We have been blogging on here for several years now and I love to share my stories events and other thoughts and happenings with the world.  This blog has been my journal and holds the history and inception of our photography and video business.

However, sometimes in business you have to make changes, start over or shift things around in order to reach your goals or to make business better. So, that having been said… After much thought and research we have decided to move our blog column  to WordPress.

For all of you who have been following this blog, thank you for being there and we look forward to having you continue to follow us on our new blog site.

Our new blog address is: https://diazdigitaldiscoveries.wordpress.com

Our story continues there.  We hope you will continue to subscribe and follow us. Thank you for your support.

See you on the other side.

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.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Joan_Yankowitz

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!

Facebook Fridays Are Here!

Hello friends and fans.

I’m really excited to tell you about our new offers! 

Starting today and every Friday in May we are having Facebook Friday Deals.  What are they?  Well, they are specials that we will be offering on our Facebook Fan Page and here on this blog every Friday.
Because we know not everyone is on Facebook every single Friday (i sure am) we will be extending these deals on Saturday too.

We’re sure you’re gonna love these amazing deals. 

So, if you have not yet “Liked” us on Facebook, go to our page and do so now. 

Here’s our Facebook Page

Our first Facebook Friday deal has already been posted.  If Facebook is not your thing, just subscribe to this blog and you will be in on our Facebook Friday deals.

Our Facebook Friday deals end at 11:59pm on Saturdays.  You must contact us via e-mail with your callback number or call us to take advantage of these deals before they expire. 

Our number is: 508-216-5898

Don’t forget to check back every Friday for a new Deal!

Until then…  🙂

15 Years Old, Mis Quince Anos.

Four days ago I photographed one of the Quinceaneras (Sweet 15) celebrations that I had blogged about in a previous post. The quinceanera ceremony took place at The Basilica of the Holy Apostles in Springfield, MA. A very lovely chapel!

WOW! What a great time we all had! That’s one of the many reasons why I LOVE photographing quinceaneras and why I love being a photographer! It’s a party just about every weekend! There were lots and lots of guests in attendance. The birthday girl’s dress was beautiful!  Her entire court was all dressed beautifully and there were several great surprises during the evening for the guest of honor and also the parents. The beautiful decorations and centerpieces were made and arranged by Event Coordinator and Master of Ceremonies, Luz Oquendo-Mateo of Dreams Come True by Luz, who also sang throughout the evening and has a wonderful voice!

 There was a DJ, a Live Band and even a couple of dance routines, practiced & performed by the whole court, who had clearly worked hard on learning them for what must have been weeks!  Excellent job!

There was a very heart-warming ceremony where 14 people (close friends & family) were chosen to bear the candles (14 years of the girl’s life) and these candles would signify that these influential people helped bring her to where she is today. As each person was called up to light one of the fourteen candles, all in attendance were told the representation of the specific candle, whom had been chosen to light it and that person would carry the candle to the center of the floor. Once all 14 of the candles were lit, the birthday girl then lit the 15th candle and placed it on a nearby table, which had a photo of her grandmother who has since passed. After a moment of silence to honor grandma, she then approached each person individually, blew out their candle and thanked them personally and publicly for all they have done for her over the last 15 years.

It was a very tender, tearful moment and at times even I had a hard time holding them back.

After that the party was full-on and went late into the night. I’m still sorting through all the great images captured, but I couldn’t wait to share just a couple of them with you all.

Happy Birthday to you Yuliana! Best wishes to you in the future. Thank you for wanting us to be a part of your special day and letting us capture your future fond memories of it. You’ll be seeing all of your images soon. 

Beauty Discovered.

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!


January White Sale!

Happy New Year everyone!

May this year bring you all lots of joy, love, happiness and success in all that you endeavor!

Just wanted to let you all in on our January White Sale that’s going on throughout this whole month.

What is our White Sale you ask? We are currently booking mini sessions (30 minutes, White outifts, on White background.) for our White sale.

Put on your white clothing and come in for a unique perspective and some great images.

Our White sale sessions are only $49 in studio. But hurry…as usual, these sessions are limited and the sale ends on January 31st.

Call or contact us today to book your white sale session!

With plenty of snow on the ground now, you can even have your white on white session right outside our studio for a great winter outdoor image…at no extra charge.

What’s more…if we have already photographed you in a White on White image, you can save 15% off the purchase of those images (size 8×10 or larger). Just contact us to place your order for any of those images.

Call: 508-216-5898 or send an e-mail to Ed@DiazDD.com to book your White Sale session.

Also: keep a look out for our next post, where we have some New, New, New things to share with you about all the great changes for DDD in 2010! We can’t wait to share the details with you! It’s gonna be an exciting year!

Thanksgiving Day Special Offer!

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!!!!

Well, not right now…but thi$ Thur$day we are having a great $pecial offer for ALL (ye$ all) of our client$. I’d love to tell you what it i$ now, but I can’t!

Check back on Thur$day and make $ure you are near a phone! You’re gonna want to get in on thi$ very limited time offer! 🙂

$tay Tuned!