I often hear “Photography is the most important thing to us!”

bride and bridesmaidsWhen I meet with couples about their wedding day, they often tell me that Professional Photography is the most important thing to them!  That is, until they find out what it costs.  So, then I wonder if what they said is really true.

Let’s examine this for a moment and do some comparisons to see what you (personally) feel would be the most important thing to you on your wedding day.

I feel that whatever the most important item on your wedding day checklist is, should go at the top of the list and whatever is the least important to you should go on the bottom.  You should pay for the most important item first and then you have the remainder of your wedding budget to spread out for everything else, right?  Makes sense to me.  (Every item and detail of your wedding is important, but some more than others.)

More often than not, when I meet with couples, they have already bought their Wedding Dress, booked their Location, DJ, Cake, Limo and sometimes even Flowers.  So, by the time they meet with me, more than half of their wedding budget has been spent, or promised…but photography is the most important thing to them. (Hmmm)

If you want to know how important professional photography REALLY is to you, ask yourself these questions:  (Would you pay / Did you pay)

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Wedding Dress than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Bridal Party Gifts than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Wedding Shoes than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Will you pay / Did you pay more for your DJ or Band than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Limo (or Limos) than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Flowers than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Wedding Cake than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Reception Venue location than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Dinner Selections than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

Would you pay / Did you pay more for your Wedding Rings than you’re willing to pay for your photography?

If you answered Yes to more than one of these, then really…how important is professional photography to you?

Using the above Ten examples, on a scale from 1 – 10 (1 being the highest importance), where do you have Photography on that list?

If it’s not in the top three, then perhaps photography is not really that important to you…or perhaps you may need to reevaluate your list, or your budget.

Every person is different and will have this list in a different order, which is perfectly fine and that’s what makes us all unique.  Where did you place professional photography on your list?

An experienced, talented, professional photographer that can capture all of the amazing images that will be your fondest memories forever…for some people is Priceless!

Are you one of these people?  If so, then invest more in your Professional Photography and have amazing and beautiful memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

After all, Professional Photography is the most important thing to you…right?  🙂

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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.

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

Elegant Wedding Dresses – Look As Special on Your Special Day As You Ever Dreamed To

Hello Blog fans.

This week I have an article to share with you about finding the perfect wedding dress.
This article comes from Mary R. Trotter and may give you some ideas on how to add a little elegance to your wedding dress.  Enjoy!

Elegant Wedding Dresses – Look As Special on Your Special Day As You Ever Dreamed To

By Mary R Trotter
 
It is a dream of every girl to look perfect on her wedding day. It is a special day in her life and she wishes to look no less than a princess or a fairy; this is why the largest part of the wedding budget is always reserved for the bridal dress. Wedding dresses are available in many different styles and designs but the bride always wishes to pick the one which is unique and beautiful, something that no other bride has ever worn before. Elegant wedding dresses can be difficult to pick if you do not have a proper guidance, but if there is someone to show you the right direction, then you can surely succeed in buying the kind of dress you have ever dreamed of.
On your special day, look as special as you have ever dreamed to by following the tips below at the time of your wedding dress purchase:
Material
Check the material of the wedding dress you have decided to buy. It is important to see the material because if your chosen dress is made of silk or satin, it has to be high quality satin or silk. Those dresses which are made of low quality satin or silk do not give shine, so they do not look new. In order to make sure that your wedding pictures are perfect, choose your wedding gown which is made of high quality materials.
Design
In order to look unique and different, you can choose the dress which has either been designed by a professional wedding designer, exclusively for you or if that does not fit your budget, go for a dress which is less expensive and add some alterations to it. The question which must have occurred to you now should be that what could be done to personalize the wedding dress. It is quite simple to personalize your wedding gown in order to make it stand out and different from anything anyone would have ever seen before. To personalize, you can add a touch of some other color with white. For instance, blue can be added as it stands for purity and sacredness.
Accessories
Do not forget to pick your matching accessories with the wedding dress. These accessories can include small pouches that can be hung down your wrists, veils, headbands and tiaras.
Floral Touch
The bouquet you hold on your special day is one way of adding something floral to your wedding dress; apart from this you can also decorate your dress by adorning an artificial flower somewhere on the front or side of the dress. Floral touch will make you look chic and unique.
You can read more reviews at elegantweddingdresses.org, If you want to buy short bridesmaid dresses, you can read reviews at my website.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Mary_R_Trotter

Wedding Dress Trends for 2008

Hello all.

I came across this article on Wedding Dress Trends for 2008 and I thought I would share it with you.

Enjoy!

Wedding Dress Trends for 2008
Something Old, Something Shiny, Something Short
By Emily Kopec

Let’s face it, it really IS all about the dress, and now there are more options than ever. I mean, you didn’t settle for just any fiancée, any venue, any honeymoon, right, so you’re not going to want to settle for a run-of-the-mill dress, either! Here are three blazin’ hot trends that you just might want to consider.

VINTAGE
Which do you love more: shopping for a jaw-dropping vintage dress or wearing it? Tough question, both rock! Vintage wedding dresses can be hiding anywhere from secondhand stores to upscale boutiques to… even flea markets. If you have the stamina and the time, taking this route can pay off big-time because if ~ or I should say WHEN ~ you find your dress you’ll feel like you just won the shopping lottery! (I’m not going to lie, finding the perfect vintage wedding dress can feel like finding a needle in a haystack…total triumph!) Look for details like antique lace overlay, gorgeous bustiers and fabric-covered buttons. Wear your hair and makeup in a style that compliments the dress’s particular style ~ soft and easy generally works well, or you can rock a Christina-style red lip if you want to be extra girly. A pearl necklace will look romantic, as will other antique pieces. Shoestically speaking, why not try a stiletto heel to mix it up a bit. Today’s vintage isn’t about staying in one exact look from head to toe; it’s about mixing and matching to create your own one-of-a-kind look. Fabulous! FYI: A vintage dress doesn’t have to necessarily be a wedding dress to be worn as one.

METALLIC
Metallics aren’t just for nightclubs anymore, no Siree. These days you can absolutely incorporate some shininess into your wedding dress regardless of whether your wedding is a daytime or nighttime affair. Possibilities include the entire dress being a pale metallic shade of platinum or bronze, or metallic embroidery creating a glimmering effect throughout an otherwise white dress. If your dress is relatively simple, you can wear a chunky, mirrored, shiny Egyptian-style necklace. But if your dress is glitzy, let the dress be the main focus and don’t choose overtly bold jewelry … The earrings or the necklace can be bold, but never both. Also, don’t overdo it by wearing a tiara (unless you’re Cinderella). Consider wearing your hair up in a big, soft bun, sans decorations. Your feet will be practically begging to teeter around in sizzling metallic heels, and smoky eyes and nude lips sound delish. Metallic rocks ~ it’s a personal fave of mine ~ you’ll look sophisticated while pumping up the glam factor.

TEA LENGTH
If you’re a spring or summer bride-to-be and you’re just not feeling the whole formal wedding thing (nothin’ wrong with that), consider checking out dresses that hit just below the knees. This style shows you’re carefree and not a wedding-obsessed freak (hey, nothin’ wrong with that either). This look works particularly well for a daytime outdoor wedding under the hot sun ~ You can be fully mobile without being preoccupied with continuously pulling up the bottom of a long dress to prevent grass stains, rips, etc, and you’re not sweating up a storm from a heavier dress. There’s something instantly cheerful and ladylike about a bride in a tea length wedding dress. Since your shoes will be on full display, don’t choose anything too bold or it will be distracting and draw the eye down. You can, on the other hand, do something more daring with your hair and makeup. And let’s not forget you’ll be showing a little leg due to the shorter length. Your femininity will shine through.

Scope out online listings on sites such as Craigslist and e-bay. You can score a once-worn, beautiful dress and save hundreds of dollars. Sure, you’ll likely need to get it altered, but you’re still saving dough you can put toward you are your sweetie’s tropical paradise honeymoon.
Wedding dress alterations can cost $100 or more. Not good news for the budget-conscious bride. Solution: instead of having the bridal store do the alterations, check with your local seamstress. She may be able to do the same alterations for a lot less.