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The GrandFather session to celebrate GrandParents day – Sept 12-16th. 

As a way to give back to the community, and because I really want to show the importance of this style of portrait session for every grandparent, I am offering 20 Free Session giveaway to celebrate GrandParents day! The session fee for these 20 sessions will be waived! ($150 value)

Who is eligible? The first 20 people who book their session and are a GrandFather over the age of 65. All sessions will be held at my place in Clarks Summit, pa. The images will be photographed in a beautiful natural light environment with a white ‘backdrop’. The images will be set in the style of a powerful masters portrait like the great works of people like Richard Avedon, Platon, Annie Leboibovitz and others.

This is an EXTREMELY important session to have and one of the reasons I am promoting it with the free sessions. It is important to preserve those memories of your loved ones in a way that will hang on your wall for generations to come. You can also certainly book this session as a gift for your grandparent/father as well and encourage them to come out.

All prints will be in the artist’s gallery style featuring a inset matte look on artist paper ready to frame.

For more information on these sessions and to be one of the first 20 to sign up and get your session for free, go to:

http://grandfather.jeffdietzphotography.com

 

PLEASE do not miss this opportunity for your loved ones. 

Free session includes: Session time (approx 30 mins), all editing/retouching as needed, online proof/purchase site for 1 month. Any and all prints are purchased separate and are available from 11×14 to 50×100. Sessions are for Grandfathers only at this time. Please note that although shooting location only requires one step to enter house, there is no wheelchair access available. A complete FAQ can be found on the link above.

 

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Hi everyone

In preparation for a workshop I am teaching Wednesday in Philly, I decided to do something fun. I took a friend of mine, found a wedding dress, and went out and played. My goal was to try some new lighting ideas, use colored gels, and do photos at night.

So with that in mind, we started at my super duper top secret location in Dickson City and then made our way to down town Scranton.

Photography is a constant on going education. If you stop pushing yourself to recreate, you become boring, dull, and unsharp on your skills. I don’t understand how there are so many ‘wedding photographers’ out there who don’t do this. Who rest on the same things that they were doing 10-20-30 years ago. This is, of course, in the end a disservice to their wedding couples.

If you want something fun, innovative, one of a kind, then we are definitely something that you should look into. All of these images are one of a kind ideas developed right at the shoot, creating lighting and solving problems right on the shoot and IN CAMERA. What you are going to see are not ‘heavily photoshopped’ or manipulated. They are about as close out of camera you can get (minus some blemish removals, and some sharpening).

I was so excited about these images, with the shoot ending at 10:30pm, that I decided I had to edit these right away. I stayed awake until 5:30am working on the images and preparing them to post.

THAT is what you get when you hire a photographer that has passion and a drive for what they do, and absolutely loves photography.

This session is something that could be done on your wedding day, or for an after wedding session (the day after, months after, whenever)

I hope that you enjoy!

(look for updates with more images to come later)

 

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So I have decided that I want my blog to be more about just checking out new photos from recent events and portraits. I thought, how about we use this to tell you more about me as well and the things I like to do for fun.

When I purchased my new house one of my biggest goals for myself was to learn how to cook. If you know me personally, or are family, you know how this was kindof an on going joke. I was known as a professional microwave cooker! If it didn’t come frozen and ready to heat, it wasn’t for me.

Well after doing a lot of youtube searching of videos of great chef’s like Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, I was encouraged to give it a go. I mean after all, according to the way they make it look, it should be easy. Right? Ha!

The first thing I made (successfully I might add) was just a simple marinated chicken thigh pieces. I then progressed and made Sticky Lemon Chicken (Gordon Ramsay), which was…. ok. Next the biggest, most challenging to date, was chicken lo mein type of dish even including bok choy. (Jamie Oliver)

By the way, chopping things seems to be my favorite thing to do.

I then learned and almost perfected the most amazing scrambled egg I have ever had (Gordon Ramsay)

That brings us to yesterday. This was attempt two at making a flat bread style pizza using basically sandwich wraps as the dough. As you will see in the photos below it was a bit tricky. I had learned through the first attempt that the crust never got crunchy. So this time I put the wrap directly on the rack.

You will see in the first photo that I GREATLY misjudged the timing of it. When smoke starts coming out of the oven…. you know your off to a bad start. My house still has the smell of this one in it ha. Attempt 2 was MUCH closer, but I thought I could get it closer. Attempt three turned out great. I then took the wrap out and laid it on the cooking stone, adding tomato sauce, fresh shaved mozzarella, fresh chopped parsley, mushrooms, and pepperoni.

Yum delicious ! It definitely takes a lot longer to cook your own, and normally more expensive. However, I am starting to get how satisfying it is to try something and achieve it. Next up is probably a something to do with a baked pasta. Or possibly something in the snack realm with puff pastry sheets.

Leave comments about your favorite things to make!

 

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