On this final day of Pride Month, we just wanted to share some recent reflections. We are all aware of the fact that there is a lot of hatred, bigotry, and divisiveness in the world right now. And quite frankly, it breaks our hearts.Read More
I love writing for our blog, and am having a lot of fun including more written pieces lately [as opposed to just blogging the photography we do]. But sometimes, someone has already said it as good as [or better than] I could. And why reinvent the wheel, right?
Today, I am thrilled to share an article by Luke Ellery from Auckland Weddings. We couldn't agree more with every piece of advice given here.
So without further ado. . .Read More
You DO NOT have to take an hour out of your wedding day for this. But give us 15 minutes, and we will give you something you will value for a lifetime.Read More
This is YOUR day, and YOU are the ones who will still be looking at your wedding pictures 50 years from now. So be the captain of your own ship. You do you. Plan the most kick-ass wedding ever and love every minute of it.Read More
The world of professional photography has become a very interesting one. Most of us can remember a time when hiring a professional photographer meant that he/she would take very classic, posed photos of you and your family, your children, your high school senior, or your wedding. That was what was normal, what was expected, and what was good.
Somewhere around 2004, this shift started to occur, where people started wanting and demanding more documentary/candid/real photos...and photographers [some of them, at least] jumped in with both feet...ready to embrace this change. To tackle this new frontier.
Documentary photography was nothing new. Photographic journalists have been covering events and life-in-general in this manner for decades. But when it came to families and weddings, it was definitely a new way of thinking. Well, we were right there with those two-feet jumpers, ready to take the world of professional photography by storm! To change with the times and take photos to the next level. And it has truly been a great ride.
Now, when we document families, or high school seniors, or weddings, we get to focus on telling the REAL story of what is happening. The meat of it. The little itty-bitty moments that most people never see. The good, the bad, and sometimes, the really really ugly.
"3-year-old tantrums" might be the definition you'll find when you open the dictionary and search for "really ugly photography". But....they are also the good. THE BEST. It is those real moments...not just the ones that are planned, and staged, and designed....that we all look back on, years and years down the road and say, "That. That was my life." And what an awesome life it was.
BUT....BIG HUGE BUT.... there is also a downside to this. [Playing devil's advocate is so much fun.]
Whenever something becomes the new "norm", everybody thinks that is also what they have to do. Right? Magazines, blogs, Pinterest....heck, even this blog right here.
You see all these sessions, and weddings, and stories, and you think to yourself, "I want that too. I NEED that. I want to make sure that my photos tell the story of my life, and it will be natural and beautiful and awesome." And you know what? Most of the time it is.
We work hard to educate our clients on how to not over-plan, to over-style, or to over-stress, so that we can just capture them...exactly as they are...right at that time. Tell their real stories. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
The problem, however, is that a lot of people look at sessions on those blogs, or on Pinterest, and they get caught in the trap of visualizing their session or their wedding as looking exactly the same. But what they fail to realize is that those photos they are looking at...those photos of OTHER people....are THEIR real lives. THEIR real stories. THEIR good, bad and ugly.
Even if we go to the exact same location, at the exact same time of year, each and every set of photos [while they will all fall within the same general style confines of what we do] will be unique to each and every client. And that's exactly how it should be.
Everybody's personalities are unique to them. The way one couple or family relates to each other is completely different than the way the next couple or family will. And even if we shoot the same people, at the same location, on two different days, each of those sessions will have a style and feel that is completely different and special.
So what is the point of this? The lesson to learn? Just stop. Stop comparing. To other people and other photos. Just be yourself, and keep your focus on YOU and the people you love in your photos. After all, telling your story and capturing the interactions and moments between people is what really matters when all is said and done.
All that other stuff...the fancy location, the carefully chosen outfits, the props and flowers and accessories...it's just fluff. Don't get us wrong...fluff can be fun, so don't worry about "fluffing it up" for the camera. Just don't let it overpower the REAL. And most definitely, stop trying to make your photos and your story like anyone else's. Your story is your own. And it's perfect.
Theodore Roosevelt said it best. "Comparison is the thief of joy." Don't let the joy from your story be stolen.”
All of our clients, at some point in their planning process, eventually have to make the decision of whether or not to include a wedding album in their photography collection. We believe very strongly in the importance of albums, so we do everything we can to make it as easy and as feasible as possible, for as many people as possible, to be able to have one. Pre-wedding discounts, split payment plans, complimentary spreads, etc. When all is said and done, one of the most important things to us is for each and every one of our clients [and their families] to have their wedding story printed, in a format that will never go out of style or be unusable.Andrew Funderburg said it best. "We are creating albums for the legacy of the family. There is no other photography format in the world that lasts longer than albums. Any photo that you hang on a wall – whether it be canvases, long-lasting fine art inkjet or traditional prints behind a frame – won’t last as long as prints inside a book. Print longevity is all about lightfast and prints in books are protected from light. We are preserving our clients’ legacies – for them, for their children and their grandchildren. With albums, we are preserving their legacy the safest way possible, in a way that will last hundreds of years."
We have had many clients over the years come back later to buy albums [at a cost much higher than it was at the time of their weddings] and say that they regretted not including one in their collection. But we have never had one...not one... regret getting an album.
You will receive hundreds of final images from your wedding day, and all of them are important. But there will be a smaller group of those photos that will really scream at you. Pull at your heartstrings. Make you laugh and cry. Those images deserve to be put into a story and printed. For you and now. And for your children and the future. It is one of the best gifts you could ever give yourself and your family. Read more here:
Whether you are planning a small intimate event with 50 of your closest friends and family members, or a massive 500 guest celebration, you have no doubt given some serious thought about what you want and need out of your venue. Some venues are all-inclusive, so you can sign the contract and get your space, tables and chairs, linens, lighting, sound system, food, and drinks all in one shot. And some provide you with the space, a blank canvas of sorts...but then allow you to bring in your own caterer, bar service, lighting, chair rentals, etc. Two very different models, both with pros and cons. And we are sure that depending on your personal likes and dislikes, your taste/style, and how "hands on" you want to be with your reception, one appeals to you much more than the other.
Whether you are in the process of planning your wedding now, or whether you have already gotten married...we want to know your thoughts! What type of space do you want to use/did you use, what do you like or dislike about what you selected, what advice would you give other people who are in the process of planning?
Share your thoughts and comments below! And share this post on your facebook wall to invite others to join in the conversation. We can't wait to hear what you have to say!
Greetings! Wedding booking season is upon us, and brides and grooms all over the country have begun their searches for all the vendors who will come together to make their days the very best they can be. After you have selected your date and chosen your venue[s], one of the next most important decisions you will make will be who is going to document the day for you. As you know [hopefully], after your wedding day is over, the cake will be eaten, the dress will be packed away, and the flowers will die. But your photographs will remain. Forever. They are the one thing that will help you remember all of the awesome moments and special touches from your big day. And they will help make sure your love story is passed down through all the future generations of your family. There are so many reasons that making sure you have the best possible photographer for your day is so important, so we thought we'd share a really good read we recently came across. I couldn't have said it better myself!
The Art of Choosing a Wedding Photographer
By Robert Evans/ Source
When selecting a wedding photographer, there are three important elements you should keep in mind: personality, the photographer’s style, and cost. The first two are related to character traits unique only to that person and cannot be copied. The third element fluctuates due to many different variables. Let’s talk about each in the order of importance.
First and most importantly are the character and personality of the individual who you will hire to capture your day, and invite as a guest to your wedding. These characteristics may not be the first thing you think about when choosing a photographer, however, it will definitely be the most important factor in the decision-making process.
The most obvious component is to determine whether or not you like the images and style that this particular photographer has to show you. Before you even schedule an in-person consultation, it may be helpful to browse through that photographer’s website. After you have scoured pages and pages of samples, your instincts will help you eliminate those photographers you don’t want to see and help you to figure out which ones you do. It is definitely important to be intrigued or excited by the images a photographer has to offer. If you have made an appointment or decided to visit the photographer, chances are you already are interested in their work but this is not always the most important factor.
Now that you are in this person’s studio or space, the questions you have to ask yourself are:
Do I like this person?
Do I trust them to handle such an important day in my life?
Do I feel comfortable with this person?
Will my friends and family like him?
Would I invite him or her to my wedding?
You could find the Ansel Adams of wedding photographers, but if he or she annoys you in any way and you are determined to politely overlook that fact, the only person who is going to suffer is you. The bottom line is, if you don’t like your photographer for any reason, your wedding images and your memories are going to be reflected upon as if looking into a tarnished mirror.
The second element and almost as equally important as personality is the photographer’s eye. That is, the way he or she sees and captures the wedding day. This unique trait separates one photographer from the next, and is considered “the photographer’s fingerprint.” In other words, a photographer can copy another’s style, but the fact is no two photographers see exactly the same way. Therefore, when looking at different photographer’s work, really take notice of how and what they see.
Do the images move you?
Are they emotional?
Do they tell a complete story?
Are they artistic and creative?
Are they real, and do the people look comfortable?
Finally, out of all the photographers you met with, whose images did you gravitate towards the most? Usually, the answer to these questions, and the definitive question “Who is the right photographer for me?” is only an inner voice away. Just listen and trust.
Finally, the last deciding factor is usually the cost. You have likely spent hours, if not days, of your time interviewing photographer after photographer and now you have found the perfect one for you. The images are amazing and he or she has a great personality, and it all feels right. However, your inner voice picked someone who is a little out of your budget. What do you do?
When it comes to budgeting, ask yourself an important question:
After the wedding is over, what am I going to have left?
Answer: Your pictures and your memories.
Everything else is going to be forgotten, eventually remembered only through your photographs. According to a survey run buy the largest online wedding website, the number one regret couples had is that they wished they would have spent more money on their wedding photography.
Shopping for a wedding photographer is like buying a house: you get what you pay for. In both cases, the purchase is based on emotion. Buying a little more than you can afford is always a wise investment that you won’t regret as long as you have put in the time to find the perfect one for you.
With that said, it doesn’t mean there are not ways to get the most for your dollar. One way is to buy all albums and portraits, anything you might want up front as part of a package instead of buying a la cart afterward. Another way is make sure you understand what it will cost before and after the wedding. Sometimes a photographer’s packages appear to be less expensive at first glance, then after the wedding you get hit with add-ons you did not expect. Then you end up spending more money than you would have with a photographer who appeared to have been more expensive.
Don’t make the mistake of weeding out photographers because you called or e-mailed them for prices and then crossed them off your list because they exceed a certain dollar amount that you determined photography should cost. Finding a great photographer is much like discovering a great restaurant. Let’s say you were to call around to ten different eateries and ask, “How much are your meals?” If you never take the opportunity to meet the owner, taste the food or experience the ambiance and charm of the restaurant you cannot make an educated decision. All of these things make dining a great experience, and simply calling on the telephone won’t give you the same education. So, go taste the food. Wouldn’t you feel better spending more afterward because you loved your photographer and your images were so great you want to buy them all, than to get less than you imagined and end up spending more than you dreamed?
In summary, there is no secret formula or one photographer who fits every couple. What separates the good from the bad is in the eye of the beholder; after all, art is subjective. Just make sure you feel great about the person you hire and see a distinction in the work. Give careful consideration to your photography budget and invest as much as you can into that part of your wedding. In the end, you can't afford to be disappointed when the curtains close on your wedding day.
What? You didn't know this was a national holiday? Well, truth be told...neither did we. Thank you to Kathie Lee and Hoda on theTODAY Show for letting us know! Here at Jason Domingues Photography, we are privy to lots of great proposal/engagement stories, and we are even honored to be able to document some of those proposals for lucky and unsuspecting brides.
If you'd like to read up on this very important national holiday [and even possibly consider taking the plunge yourself], here is all the information you need to make sure you do it right. And of course, make sure you contact us to see if we are available for your wedding date!
Oh, and if you're not wanting or needing to get engaged, have no fear. Today is also Extraterrestrial Abduction Day.