Then & Now: A Look Back at 10 Years

MA Portrait Photographer

As some of you may know, this year we celebrate our 10th anniversary in business.  We have been extremely blessed over the last decade with lots of great clients, new found friendships and we have been doing a lot of reflecting on the past ten years.  I still can’t believe that it has been that long since I made the decision to create my photography business.  I can vividly remember how scared I was, putting myself (and my work) out there for the whole world to see and judge.  It has to be one of the scariest/bravest moments in my life.  Were it not for all the support I received from my wife, friends and family, I never would have done it.  I owe a great deal to all of them!

Throughout the years of creating portraits and photographing many, many weddings our growth came about slowly I think…sometimes even unnoticed, over the weeks, months and years.  In order to see how much I have grown and what I have learned, I decided to conduct my own experiment.  I decided to compare “apples to apples”, so to speak.

My very first client (victim) was Jennie, pictured above.  She was very instrumental in helping me from the very beginning.  She was extremely patient with me as I struggled with learning posing, lighting and all the technical aspects of photography, at the start of my career.  I am eternally grateful to her for this!  After serving her time as my victim, I then photographed Jennie’s boudoir session. I like to think that it was those boudoir photos, that were responsible for the future events in Jennie’s life…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Fast forward…over the past ten years, I have had the honor and pleasure to photograph Jennie’s engagement session, her wedding, her maternity session, her first baby, her maternity session (2nd child) and we are currently working on photographing the baby #2  stages. Over the years, she has been one of our most valued VIP clients and we have also grown to be good friends.

To celebrate our 10th year in business, I called upon Jennie once again and asked her if she would be willing to come in for a session.  I explained that I wanted to see if had learned anything in the last 10 years and that I was going to use the photos from her 2005 session to compare them with current ones.  Without hesitation she agreed to come in.  That’s why I think she’s so amazing.  She is always so willing to help…no matter what.

Well, I’m happy to say that after comparing the photos, I am very happy with the results and more importantly, so is Jennie.  I think to look at progress is an important step in the learning process.  Sometimes we move so fast in life that we forget to stop and take a look back.  It was a fun experiment and I’m glad I did it, because now I have new energy to move forward in my career and continue perfecting my craft.  Let’s see how much more I can learn in another ten years.

A million thank yous Jennie!  You look as beautiful as ever…10 years later!  🙂

1000 Facebook LIKES = $1,000 Giveaway!

$1,000 Giveaway

As of this posting, we are at 999 LIKES on our Facebook fan page and we are super excited, honored and grateful to all of you who have stuck with us and helped our company grow by spreading the word about our professional photography and video services!  So excited in fact that we have decided to give away one dollar for every like we have received, when we reach the 1,000 milestone!  This contest will take place only on Facebook, so if you have not yet liked our page, get to it!  You won’t want to miss your chance to win your share of our DDD $1,000 Giveaway.

When we hit 1000 likes on our page, we are going to start a $1,000 Giveaway.  Here are the details and how to enter!

10 Questions about us will be posted on our page.  One question each day.  In the comments, correctly answer the question for your chance to win the $100 Gift Card for that day.  Then we will contact you with details on how to claim your gift card.

10 – total winners from among all the entrants with the correct answers will be selected.

10 Gift Cards ($100 each) $1,000 will be awarded to the winners

10 Days only  (Correctly answer the $100 Question of the Day) each day.

10 AM each day (1 Question will be posted at 10 AM each day for 10 days)

10 lucky (and knowledgeable) people are going to win a $100 Gift Card from us for correctly answering the $100 Question of the day.

All existing clients, past clients and people who are not yet clients are all eligible to win the daily $100 Gift Cards.  In fairness to all persons entering the contest, only one gift card per person/family can be won during this contest.  You are unable to win more than one gift card in this 10 day period, although you may continue to participate in the contest if you wish to do so.

Gift cards can be used toward any of our photography or video services and have no expiration date.

Gift Cards cannot be used on previously purchased products or services.  Other restrictions may apply.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information, announcements and updates on this contest!

Thank you all again so very much for all your support and good luck in the contest!

 

 

What Comes Before Black Friday? – White Sunday!

Before the Black Friday Sales - Come in for our White Sunday Sale!

Before the Black Friday Sales – Come in for our White Sunday Sale!

Later this month, get a head start before all the craziness of shopping for the perfect gifts for your family this holiday season.

Take advantage of our White Sunday Sale and book a Mini Portrait Session (30 minutes) with us and get some great photos that are perfect for holiday cards and gift giving.

30 minutes, One outfit, White background and you’ll be all set for the holiday season.

We have a large selection of options and samples for holiday cards this year, so come on in and take a look all our great card samples.

We have something for everyone and we can customize your cards to say whatever you wish.  Best of all, we will have your cards ready fast, so you can send them out early (envelopes included with most of our card selections).

This is the perfect time to check out Diaz Digital Discoveries at a fraction of our regular portrait session cost and get some beautiful portraits of you and your family

that you can keep and also share with your loved ones this holiday.  Our White Sunday Mini Portrait Session is only $50.

Our White Sunday Sale is One Day Only, so call today to reserve your appointment time!

Sunday, November 24th with appointment times between 10AM and 7PM.

These won’t last long, so call today or contact us by e-mail to setup your appointment or for more info.

Looking forward to seeing you at our studio!

508-216-5898 or email: info@DiazDD.com

The Book is Always Better!

Don’t try this at home brides!

wedding albums

It really puzzles me when I think about how little importance is placed on a wedding album these days.  More and more married couples are requesting or opting for just a disc, with all of their wedding photos, instead of a wedding album.  For the most part, when asked why they chose the disc over the wedding album, the response is almost always – the price.  The package that includes the wedding album costs a bit more.  That is the part that I don’t understand.  Here’s why…

You are very particular in planning your wedding.  Not just some of the details.  All of them!  Your wedding gown is no ordinary dress!  It has to look beautiful on you, fit great and make you feel amazing.  You may have to search far and wide, or you may find it right away.  Either way…you know when you find the right one!  You choose your wedding party specifically because on this day you want to be surrounded by the people (friends or relatives) you love and who love you back.  You choose a hair and makeup artist, because this day is important and you have to look better than your best.  You choose a Limousine company that has the right size vehicle, that would compliment and enhance that “wow” moment you seek, as you step out of the vehicle moments before it starts.  You choose your ceremony church or location, perhaps your personal vows to each other and other important and meaningful details, so that everyone invited can share in that special moment with you both. You choose a Florist that can handle this most important project and who has the skill, creativity and selection of flowers you love.  You choose a reception hall that is just the right fit, both to accommodate your guest list and for the look it presents, which suits your specific taste.  You choose a DJ with a personality and music selection that you feel confident would really entertain your guests and “rock the house”. You choose a photographer whose work you absolutely love and you can’t wait to see the beautiful images they capture of you.   You choose a caterer or a wedding cake vendor that can bring to life the creation you dreamed about, with a flavor you will still dream about, long after it’s gone.  Every single detail…table cards…seating chart…favors…centerpieces…and more are chosen to bring together one of the best days of your life.  You invested all this time, money and hard work, planning this day so that it is as perfect as can be.

And now, you want to take all of those gorgeous, romantic, artistic, fashionable, memorable images that recorded your wedding celebration…and put them on a computer, a disc, a tablet, a phone, a website or some other piece of technology, instead of having a wedding album, simply to save a few dollars?  Why?

Even the couples with the very best intentions, to make their own album (because they are “artsy-crafty” people – you know) end up never doing anything with their photos.  That job simply goes at the very bottom of a To Do List that gets added to each and every day.  You keep saying your going to do it someday, but that day never comes.  And now fast-forward….it’s been 10 years and you still never got around to making that album.  It’s really sad when you think about it!

Don’t get me wrong, I am not against you having a disc with your photos to post on your social media pages and all of your mobile devices.  But, nothing compares to actually seeing and feeling your images and your wedding album in print.  They really do look so much better, feel much better in real life!  Nothing beats the feel and smell of that brand new, Premium Genuine Leather album cover. Run your fingers across the pages and feel the texture of them!  Sit and relax on your couch and see the true vivid colors as they were meant to be enjoyed, not just by the limited colors that your monitor can display (Red, Green, Blue).  Relive every single moment of that amazing day as you hold your wedding album in your arms.  Then pass it on to your generations and let them enjoy it more and more with each passing year.  Your wedding album becomes more and more valuable with the passing of time….and people.  It truly is a priceless work of art.

You trusted a professional photographer with capturing all of  the wedding day details you worked so hard to plan.  You invested in their skills and experience to create many beautiful images which capture every special moment throughout.  Don’t just stop there.  Invest in your wedding album and trust your photographer, who created the images, to create a beautiful, customized, heirloom album with The Story of your Wedding, that you and your children and your grandchildren will be able to view, hold and cherish forever.   Your wedding album will outlast any piece of technology out there and no matter what, it will always be a good read.  Invest in your family memories.  Because like everyone knows, “the book is always better.”

When To Plan Your Family Portrait Session

The best time to plan your family portrait session is now!

The best time to plan your family portrait session is right now!

 

I often get phone calls from people asking me when is the best time to have their family portraits done.  My answer is always the same for each family and is quite true.  The best time to have your family portraits done is right now. Yes, right now, while you are thinking of it.  That doesn’t mean that you have to book your family portrait session for this week.  It means that it’s always a good time to start the process.  Call to make your pre-session consultation with us and get the ball rolling.  There are lots of things to consider.  What season of the year would you like? Start thinking about location options.  Would you like your photo session to be in our studio, at your home, at a nice park, at the beach?  There are many options when it comes to this. What will you all wear?  Do you need haircuts, hairstyles or anything else to prepare before that day?  When you meet with us for your session consultation, we will go over all of these options, share ideas with you and make recommendations to you based on your needs and desires.  Then we will choose a date for your session.  The sooner you book this, the more availability we will have.  Our calendar books up fast and during our busy season, we will have very limited open dates for family portraits.  If you book early, you can choose a date and time that will be most convenient for you, then you can start getting ready for the big day.

Whatever your wishes are, we can help you in the planning process to ensure that your family portraits are a beautiful and timeless addition to your home, that you and your family will cherish forever.  Don’t wait until your kids get older, you loose weight,  dye your hair, the weather is just right, you have extra money (what’s EXTRA money anyway?), or any of the other excuses we all use to talk ourselves out of things.  With proper planning, you can finally take “Family Portraits” off your To Do List and put them on your walls!

With Tax Returns arriving (extra money?), our appointments are booking up now for the rest of the seasons in 2013.  So, don’t delay, make your appointment to meet with us and book your family portrait session now, for the best flexibility in choosing your month/date.  Our new portrait package options make it very easy for you to choose, because they all include the session, either indoors or outdoors at our studio or at a local location at no extra charge. Plus, all of our packages include a product credit, so you can build your own package and get exactly what you want, from our selection of options, including framed wall portraits, canvas artwork, gift prints, family albums, photo books, holiday ornaments, holiday cards and lots of other fun and unique products we offer.  Book and pay for your package now, and there’s no need to worry about having money to pay for your order later.  It’s included! 🙂

Call today to book your no-cost session consultation and get started on accomplishing this goal.  Your family portrait become more and more valuable as the years pass! You and your family will be so glad you did this!  When’s the best time to book your family portrait session?  Right now!  Don’t wait. Do it now!  Call 508-216-5898 or e-mail us: info@DiazDD.com for more information and to schedule your pre-session consultation.

We look forward to creating many beautiful and cherished memories that you and your family will treasure forever!  We hope to see you soon!

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

 

Photo Contest – Recently Engaged – Upload your photo for a chance to win!

Photo Contest

Our photo contest is underway and still going.  If you haven’t heard about it yet, here is the information.

If you are an engaged couple, upload a photo of you and your fiance’ to us on our Facebook fan page, then tell all your friends and family about it and have them vote for your photo.  There’s no obligation and it doesn’t cost anything to enter.  All you have to do is visit our Facebook page, LIKE our page if you haven’t already and follow the instructions to submit a photo of you and your sweetheart to be eligible to win.  You can use any camera, phone, tablet or other device to capture the photo. At the end of the contest, the photo with the most votes wins a FREE Engagement Session with us!

That’s all!  The only conditions are these:

1. The photo must be of you and your sweetheart.

2. You must be engaged to be married.

3. You must NOT use a copyrighted professional photograph.

Enter your photo today and tell all your friends and family to vote for you on our Facebook Fan Page:  www.facebook.com/diazdigitaldiscoveries

Good luck!  Contest Ends 2/18/2013 and winner will be notified shortly after that date.