Monday, July 30, 2007

Wedding Cake - $3000, Wedding Dress - $8,000, Wedding Reception - $25,000, Wedding Photos that last a lifetime - PRICELESS

Many brides will ask what to expect from me at the wedding and how the day will flow in terms of capturing the right images. I understand why they ask and how important their photos will be years from now. My clients don't only invest in beautiful wedding albums because they make gorgeous heirlooms, they invest in the preservation of a day in their family history that will endure through life and can be passed from generation to generation. After the cake is eaten, the flowers are long gone, and the Honeymoon is over, my job in documenting one of the most significant events in their lives is captured forever in my photographs. No pressure, right? :) Here are some tips I give out to my clients that ensure the best images are captured on their wedding day.
1 –
If you'd like formals, let me know about your required shots.
Typically I shoot the following formal portraits:

  • -Bride & Groom
  • -B & G w/Bride's extended family
  • -B & G w/Groom's extended family
  • -Bridal party
  • -Bride w/bridesmaids (group & individual)
  • -Groom w/groomsmen (group & individual)
If there are others you'd like, simply call or email them to me. I suggest not to get too carried away with the list. I shoot a wide variety of shots and as an artist it's important for me to stay in the creative zone and shoot moments as they occur. But I do want to accommodate your requirements so please let me know.

2 – Plan out the timing of your big day.
If you don't have your heart set on not seeing each other until the ceremony, I recommend shooting all of the formal portraits before the ceremony. I usually need about 60-90 minutes for portraits (20-30 min. for bride & groom alone; 30 min. for bridal party; and 30 min. for family). The time that I spend shooting you as a couple before the ceremony can be a special time for the two of you to interact before the hectic day ahead. After the ceremony it seems most brides and grooms are not very excited to do portraits but would rather spend time with their loved ones and guests. If you choose the traditional approach of shooting the portraits after the ceremony, I suggest timing your ceremony so there is sufficient light available. Natural light makes all the difference in the quality of your photos. I recommend at least 30 minutes after the ceremony to interact with your guests or family before even beginning the portraits.

3 – Prepare your family and friends for the photojournalistic experience.
As you know, my style is photojournalistic. I will follow you throughout the day and document all the details and special moments as they happen. It is important to share your excitement about your choice for photography with your family and friends. Send out an email with my website www.armindefiesta.com or my blog and ask them to take a look. When they see examples of my work, they'll understand what I am trying to accomplish on your wedding day. Also ask them to ignore me as much as possible. I try to be unobtrusive and invisible as much as possible to photograph reality as it unfolds. Preparation will help everyone enjoy the day, and allows me to capture the best images.

4 – It's all about Trust.
I believe I have one of the biggest responsibilities of any vendor at your wedding. As your photographer, you've put your trust in me to document one of the most important days of your life. Because once the cake is cut, the guests have been served, and your dress has been worn, all you have left are your photos. 10, 20, even 50 years from now, you'll have photos that documented a significant event in your life. Everything else was either forgotten or consumed, and the wedding day becomes part of your family history. And my photos preserved your memories of that day. That is why I highly recommend investing in a one-of-a-kind professional photo album to preserve and archive your photos. The quality of the albums offered by Graphi, Queensberry, and Kiss Wedding Books (just to name a few) are made to endure years and years of use. I understand how important your images are and will be for a lifetime. So, I want you to enjoy your wedding day. You're paying me very well to execute, and I promise to deliver. So just go ahead and enjoy your day and let me worry about photography, because the less you worry, the better your photos will be!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Oh, Snap!

Late afternoon light is so sweet on the lens. So I had to snap some shots!
(Click on the image to see them larger)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Havre de Grace Photo Op!

We had a great photo opportunity at Havre de Grace's Stepping Stone Museum... the girls are so photogenic and the location was ideal. Some of the photos were taken in town as well. Both Denise & I shot these images so Check out the slideshow!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Jordan Turns 5 months old!

Time flies.... and she's happy about it!

Alana & Brent Slideshow

I put together a nice little slideshow of the photos I took of Alana & Brent who are celebrating their 2nd wedding anniversary. Congratulations to them!


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Recent Assignment

This is a property I shot last week in Baltimore, MD for www.Apartments.com. It was pretty nice, they had a good amount of amenities, including a theater inside (it's listed as "other" in the photos list). I did several virtual 360 tours as well, so check these out when you have some time (I took a lot of photos here).

Monday, July 16, 2007

D.C. Weekend

The weather was nice so we drove into D.C. and played "tourists." Of course, Nathan brought his new indestructable Fisher Price camera and snapped these photos! And of course, I had some camera time too - that's Nathan taking some pics !(I used 1/4-1/8 of a second shutter at f/22 to get that smooth, soft watery look of the falls)(You can't really see him, but Nate is sitting on the bottom left corner of the fountain area)Jordan slept almost the entire time we were at the zoo, but I managed to get a photo in at home :)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Alana & Brent

Had a great shoot yesterday with Alana & Brent and their dog Boss. They've got this great stretch of beach a very short walk from their home. It made for some great shots! I'm working on a special video montage for them, so here's a taste of what's to come. Comments welcomed!






Sunday, July 8, 2007

Amy & Ryan's Engagement Session

I had a great time with Amy & Ryan this past weekend. Their big day is only a few months away in October and I'm looking forward to shooting their wedding! In the meantime we braved the heat and got some great Canon camera moments. Check out the full DVD slideshow! And take a look at the Photo Op version below!



They also sent a nice email about their experience. Their kind words really says to me what this business is really about.

"Thank you so much for the beautiful photos from Saturday!! Ryan & I had a great time with you & Denise. We really didn't know what to expect at first but it turned out to be a lot of fun!! I've already emailed the link to friends and family and they are so happy that we chose you to photograph our wedding! I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you to you and Denise for all of your hard work. I know that in the future we will continue to use your company for our special events...or maybe just for fun!"

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Sleeping Beauties

Had to take advantage of a "Canon" moment here, so I decided to work with some off-camera flash techniques. Check out the short slideshow :)

Monday, July 2, 2007

Slideshow for my Brother in Iraq

My sister-in-law in Hawaii has been keeping us updated on my brother's status in Iraq. We can't wait for him to come home - and HIS home is in Hawaii... lucky guy! Well Em and the boys, Dominic and Clark, are just as lucky. So I put together a short slideshow for them.