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

 

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)

Deja Vu SALE – BUY ONE PRINT – GET ONE FREE – 3 DAYS ONLY!

BOGO SALE – DEC 12 thru DEC 14 only.

BUY ONE PRINT - GET ONE FREE (same size)

BUY ONE PRINT – GET ONE FREE (same image)

Right now, buy one print of any size, get another print of that same image, same size, free! This offer is only valid on portrait or wedding work we have already completed. (Not valid on previous orders, specialty prints or future work.)

Hurry this sale ends this Friday!  Orders must be placed and paid for by this Friday December 14 in order to receive discount.  (Delivery not guaranteed in time for Christmas)

Visit your online portrait gallery, or refer to your wedding proofs to get information on your image numbers, sizes and prices.  In order to receive the BOGO sale all orders must be placed directly through us, not online using the galleries.

When placing your order, list your image number, size and quantity of each. (Your order will automatically be doubled, do not include duplicates in your order)  Order 1 8×10 print= receive 2 8×10 prints (same image, same size)

Hurry, don’t delay!  Your print order will be duplicated, but this offer will not be and will end on Friday!

Place all your print orders now, before prices go up in 2013.  Contact us today!

e-mail: info@diazdd.com

call: 508-216-5898

Cyber Monday Deal – Buy One Gift Card, Get One Free – Coming Soon.

Our Cyber Monday Deal is on our Gift Cards, which make an excellent gift idea for someone you know, who would love to have a professional portrait 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 (of the same denomination) Free, this Cyber Monday only!

Keep one for yourself and give one as a gift, or give both as gifts.  Heck, you can even keep them both for yourself.  You decide.

But hurry, because this deal will be over once Tuesday rolls around here.

Be on the lookout for our official Cyber Monday Deal and take advantage of it before it’s gone!

Give the gift of portraiture this year.

 

Maternity Moments Portraits

It might be getting cold outside, but there’s nothing more heartwarming than our Maternity Moments Portraits.

Timeless, Elegant, Artistic, Fun, whichever style you prefer, there’s no better way to celebrate your journey into motherhood and those moments before the promise of spring arrives!

Cherish your moment with beautiful portraits from our Maternity Moments Portrait sessions before the moment has passed.  Call now to find out more and to book your Maternity Portrait Session with us.

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

8X10 PRINT SALE THIS WEEK!

ONE WEEK 8X10 PRINT SALE! Today thru Saturday May 12th our 8×10 Prints are on sale! $10 OFF each 8×10 print! If you have a wedding, portrait or event with us, now is the time to get your prints from it. E-mail us: info@DiazDD.com to place your orders and SAVE! 🙂
(8×10 size prints only)

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

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.

Thanksgiving Day Special Offer!

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

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