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DAY 31 – BOOKING TIPS: After Wedding Session

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After Wedding / Trash the Dress session in Miami Beach Florida

Something to think about with your wedding photography booking is not just the wedding day and an engagement session, but do you want to schedule something for after the wedding?

We call our sessions After Wedding Sessions as they go beyond just the idea of the Trash the Dress idea. The sessions can be anything as casual as going to a park or a field or into the city and having more fun in your wedding dress to something completely crazy of being in the ocean, a themed photoshoot, paintball war or more.

The sky is really the limit with these sessions which is what really makes them a ton of fun. I would sit down with each couple and help them plan what they would like to do. You can see in the first above image, I flew to Miami Beach Florida to work with this couple on South beach. It involved everything from photos near their apartment building, photos on the boardwalk, and finally on the beach and ocean.

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After wedding session in Kennebunkport Maine

 

What if it rains of your wedding day?

An after wedding session can be a great alternative to get more photos taken if it happen to rain on your wedding day and you were not able to get outside for portrait time.

Want a pure photojournalism wedding day?

Another great example is maybe you would not like to worry about taking a lot of time for portraits on the actual wedding day, and instead you would like to take maybe 20-30 mins on the wedding day to get images that you can’t on another day, and then schedule an entire other day dedicated to just photos. This can be the day after the wedding or after you return from your honeymoon.

Winter Weddings

If you are having a winter wedding, you may find that it was too cold on the day of your wedding to do a lot of photos outside. You may also just want some photos where there is grass on the ground and leaves on the trees. This would be a great excuse to put that wedding dress back on and do something fun.

Destination Weddings – 3 day experience

For our destination photography we actually offer a 3 day option. The day before the wedding would be an engagement style session or family portrait time as well as the rehearsal dinner. Then you have the day of the wedding, followed by the next day dedicated to an after wedding or trash the dress session.

You are going all of that way to a great destination location like Hawaii, the Caribbean, Jamaica, Bahamas, or so many other places. Why not take advantage of it and spend the day after going through the city or the local beaches and community to do some amazing photos. A destination does not have to be out of the country by the way. It can just as easily be California, Key West, Boca Raton, Miami or wherever else you want to go.

The Re-do Wedding

I am going to be dedicating an enter blog post to this coming up. What if you did not hire us for your wedding and you didn’t like the photos that you got from your photographer. Maybe you didn’t invest enough at the time and now regret it. Now is your chance to have another chance at photos in your gown with your husband. Go where ever you want. This can be at your original location or somewhere anywhere in the world that is new and fun.

These sessions are a lot more affordable then you think and of course you get a discount if you are an already booked wedding couple. So don’t hesitate and contact me at 570-690-2019 or any of my contact forms to get more information.

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After wedding session in Kennebunkport, ME

Here are a few beautiful places for destination weddings in a few different countries:

Jamaica – The Ritz-carlton – St James Jamaica – website

Hawaii – The Four Seasons Resort Maui – www.fourseasons.com/maui

Fiji – Turtle Island - www.turtlefiji.com

West Indies, Anguilla – Cap Juluca - www.capjuluca.com

Dubai – Atlantis the Palm - www.atlantisthepalm.com

Miami, FL – Fontainebleau Miami Beach - www.fontainebleau.com

Palm Beach, FL – The Breakers - www.weddingsbythebreakers.com

Boca Raton, FL – Reunion Resort - www.grandgolfresorts.com

Hollywood, CA – Taglyan Cultural Complex - www.taglyancomplex.com

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DAY 30 – WEDDING TIPS: Jack of All trades or a Wedding Specialist? 

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Wedding Ceremony at the Skytop Lodge in Skytop, PA

Do you want to have a Wedding Photographer photograph your wedding? Or would you prefer someone that also photographers; pets, babies, families, seniors, sporting events, corporate events, advertising, and also on the side is a plumber, carpenter, accountant, fitness instructor, part time model, part time chef, etc etc?

There is a saying that says, “Jack of all Master of none”.

It is a big difference when you specialize in a field of photography like weddings. It allows you to be able to center in on the very unique aspects and skill sets of photographing a wedding. This is especially true being a photojournalism style wedding photographer. I have often seen very talented portrait photographers, try and fail at photographing a wedding. The timing and ability to see moments as they happen and before they happen is really a particular set of skills. You have to be able to sense the moment, situation yourself in proper lighting, know how to achieve your image in camera, and then capture the image all in a split second.

A full time photographers versus part time is also important. Would you want some one to do your heart surgery that only does it part time on the weekends for a few extra bucks? Of course not. When you are full time you are dedicating all of your time to learning your craft, and being available for your customers, both for photo shoots themselves and also in customer service. This can come into play with being available for engagement sessions, meetings, and especially in the amount of time it takes to finish editing your images and wedding album.

It becomes much more of a passion when it is what you do all the time instead of just another one of your many hats that you wear on occasion.

What type of wedding photographer do you want?

If you would like to hear more about working with me and getting to know what it is that I do, CLICK HERE or fill out any of our contact forms.

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DAY 29 – GEEK DAY: Jurassic Park Returns to the theater

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I don’t know about you, but Jurassic Park was one of my favorite movies growing up. It was about the time I was in 9th grade that it first came out. I remember this because I had just joined the Bangor Area High School marching band as a drummer and Jurassic Park was part of our theme music that year as well as great John Williams classic themes for JFK, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, 1941, and ET.

It is just one of those iconic soundtrack themes that when you hear it you are instantly transformed back to a period of time.

On April 5th they are re-releasing the movie in 3d and IMAX 3d and I can’t wait. Normally I am not a fan of releases coming back in 3d as it’s normally just a money grab and doesn’t add anything at all to the movie. However, I will take an excuse I can to see this movie in IMAX and to hear that soundtrack break over the speakers. Hearing the dinosaurs roar in that amazing IMAX sound will probably be enough to make your seat shake.

Are you going to go see this awesome movie when it comes out on April 5th?

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DAY 27 – FEATURE IMAGE: Taken in a Parking Lot

Fashion wedding photo in Dickson City, PA

 

All of my work has a flair for creating things out of nothing. I like to go to ordinary places and change them into something fantastic. This is another example of that idea. I do get a lot of people that like my sky shots and this spot always has great views.

This is taken in a random parking lot over looking Dickston City and Scranton near the shopping centers in Dickson City. Yes, I am a being a little secretive as to where as I love shooting in that area so much.

The neat thing about this photo is that the area no longer exists. There is now a store where these rocks once stood. It’s sad that it is gone, however it also the photo and the experience a lot more fun. There is something very cool about knowing no one else can take this type of photo in this area again.

If you are interested in having one of a kind images for your wedding photography, please contact us to scheduling a meeting or to book your wedding! Spots still available for 2013 and 2014.

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The Tear – Photographed at the Highlands at Newberry estates in Dallas PA

 

One of most popular images over the years, this image was photographed during the Ceremony at the Highlands at Newberry Estates in Shavertown PA.

If you are not familiar with the Highlands they have an outdoor area that is sunk down a bit and surrounded by wooded trees. I took this image while being pretty far in the bushes. I saw this image starting to happen as she was giving the vowels to her husband. I made sure to stay with her and I waited for this perfect moment to happen and snapped the photos.

There were very few images of the groom during the vowels, because THIS was the most important photo. You can also see my choice to turn this image to black and white. That was definitely a solid decision. Had I left this image in color all of the trees behind her would have been a distraction to your eye. Making it black and white, besides making it timeless, has a way of making you concentrate on the emotion of the image. The tear coming down her cheek as wella s the smile that she can’t hold back.

To see more of my photojournalism work from weddings check out the website at www.jeffdietzphotography.com and book your wedding today!

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DAY 25 – WEDDING ALBUM SHOWCASE: Tim and Amanda Huntsville Wedding

I thought this was perfect timing to showcase the wedding album of Tim and Amanda from the Huntsville Golf Club as I was just notified that their physical album will be arriving tomorrow! I will try to do another future post to show you the physical album as well, but of course the couple gets to see that first.

This was a great wedding. I hope you enjoy it and soon their wedding website will be updated as well. This is the online version of their album which every couple receives when they purchase their printed version.

You can see the online album by going to: www.jeffdietzphotography.com/faneckstorybook

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DAY 24 – BOOKING TIPS: Book early and save!

Emotional moment during the Reception Toasts

Not getting married until 2014 or later? Well it’s never too early to book your wedding photographer and you may find you can save a lot by doing so.

Of course I can only speak for myself and how I run my studio. When a couple books their wedding, they are immediately locked into the current prices. This means if they book in 2013 for their 2013, 2014 or 2015 wedding they are able to lock in the prices as they are now. Since prices do tend to go up year to year, if prices went up in 2014 and you booked in 2013, you can still take advantage of having those lower prices for your wedding.

 

“Let’s get serious. If you’re planning a wedding and Jeff Dietz is available, hire him. Do not hesitate, think it over, meet with other photographers, compare pricing packages, or discuss it with loved ones. Doing so would just be wasting your time, and Jeff will have signed with another, luckier, more decisive couple. And you will instead spend the next 50 years looking at the wedding pictures your Cousin Gertrude took with her iPhone.”

- Jimmy & Erin 2011 Wedding Couple

 

Of course the other concern is will the photographer that you really want still be available? The sooner you book you have a greater chance of securing the wedding professionals that you want. Once you have your date set and reception location booked, it is a great idea to have your wedding photographer be the next thing that you finish off your list.

Wouldn’t it also be nice to have one major decision off of your plate early? Wedding photography for the people that hire us is one of the most important things for their day as it is the thing they will have for the rest of your life. Having that chunk done early, you can set back and relax on a lot of the other points of your wedding for a few months.

We use an online booking site that allows you to book your wedding online and it will immediately book your date. You can sign your contract online and also pay your retainer payment.

If you want to book a meeting to come and talk in person or via skype video click here

P.S. blog posting is one of the greatest procrastination tools to take a break from cleaning your house :). So do the same and leave comments:)

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DAY 23 – WEDDING TIPS: Always leave more time then you think you need

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Wedding photo from a wedding at private estate with barn north of Scranton, PA

 

Time on a wedding day can go much faster then you might anticipate. Therefor planning your day with more built in wiggle room is a great idea. The worst case scenario if you plan for too much time is that you will be able to sit back and relax before the next stage of your wedding takes place. It is always better to have too much time then not enough and feel rushed.

Here are a few common areas we tend to see people “lose time” on their wedding day.

1. Hair & makeup prepartions

This is the number one area that we see people’s wedding day schedules get off track. It is important to communicate with your hair and makeup team that you do have a time table that you want to be able to stick to. For instance, having your photo taken in your gown once you have your hair and makeup finished is a great opportunity, but something you have to allow time for.

The size of your hair and makeup team as well as how many members of your wedding party will be served plays a big part in how on time things tend to run. We have seen the largest problems with teams that only bring 1-3 people on location to try and finish the bride plus 2-5 other people. It is important that the team you select has experience working with a wedding and not just hair for a regular day. Those that tend to stay most on time, are those that work primarily on weddings or have a large salon to be able to dedicate 1 stylist to handle no more then 2 people each.

This is a very important timing issue for your day. We have seen some couples run late for even their wedding ceremony when this is not planned for and extra time left in your planning. And your photography time will suffer greatly for it.

2. The ceremony and receiving line

Lets face it. We all know that some priests can be a bit long winded, and others not. If your officient tells you that the ceremony will be 1 hour, plan for 1 hour and 15 mins to be safer. Catholic ceremonies tend to run between 1 hour to 1.5 hours depending on if it is a full ceremony or not. Other church ceremonies and outdoor ceremonies tend to be closer to 30 mins.

After the ceremony comes the receiving line. Depending on how many guests yo have, you will want to leave more time for this to take place as well before you do family photos and take off for your portrait time. You will probably want to add 15-20 minutes of time for this to take place safely.

3. Photo time

After the ceremony and roughly 20-30 minutes for family photo time, it is time to head off for the fun and creative photos of the couple and the wedding party. This can be anywhere that you want to go. Again this is an area where you want to plan enough time to where you are not going to be rushed. Taking great photos definitely takes time, especially when they are being created as one of a kind artistic type of images and not your standard cookie cutters.

Definitely talk with me in our planning about your ideas for locations for photos and I can help plan out how much time I think we need. A general rule of thumb is if you are going to have all of the photos taken in one place or at the reception area, you want to leave about 2 hours. If you plan to travel to a few different places then 3 hours might be safer. Now, you might say that sounds like a lot of time. It really isn’t. Time goes very quickly. The size of your wedding party can also make it go slower or faster depending on how many people.

The less time you have, the photos will be rushed and you might not have as much time to get as creative as you would like. That is not to say that I can’t do a lot in an hour, but as I said before, planning more time is never a bad thing. You can always sit and relax before your cocktail hour if you have extra time.

And the last piece is travel time with your photos. Keep in mind extra travel time to take in account possible traffic if you are going from the church to a location for photos and then to the reception site.

4. Cocktail Hour

Do you want to make sure you are back for cocktail hour? If you do, then you definitely again want to plan on that when you look at the end time of your ceremony and the beginning time for your cocktail, leaving enough time in between to take your photos.

5. Do you want to see each other before the ceremony?

The other thing you can consider if you are having a later ceremony time and want to be able to go right to the ceremony to the reception, you could do all of your photos before the ceremony. If you are not superstitious about seeing other, we would set up before the ceremony what we call a “first look”. This is where the bride and groom will see each other for the first time. It allows you to still have that magical moment of seeing other but still allow you to get all of your photos done before the ceremony.

 

I hope you found these quick tips helpful. As always if you have anything to add, please leave a comment at the bottom. Also we still have some great spots for 2013 and 2014 if you would like to book your wedding for anywhere in the world! Go to our website at: www.jeffdietzphotography.com

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