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Throwback Thursday: Fashion shoot at Bar Louie 

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Today I thought I would do something fun, and maybe an on going post each week, to look back at some older photos that I did in a “throw back” type of post. These photos were done at Bar Louie at the Mohegan Sun in Wilkes Barre to celebrate the winners of the Man and Woman Model of the Year with the Weekender. These were photographed in 2009. How on earth was that 6 years ago! Phil, Christina, and Ashley are featured in these sets wearing amazing outfits that we had on loan for the day.  Check them out and tell me what you think in the comments!

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MODEL SEARCH – Dancers Wanted for video project

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Jaime in Dumbo Park NYC , who participated in AGT 2013

 

I am currently in search for someone that is trained in Ballet as well as a bit of modern dance (if you do both that is perfect). Someone that can be in the Scranton/Clarks Summit area is ideal, but other areas are possible as well, including Philadelphia and New York City. First preference will be to those that are over the age of 18, but will consider 16 or older with parental consent.

I am working on a video project and I would like to find 1-3 gals and/or guys that would like to participate in a fun collaborative project.

If you are interested, please send me a message so that we can talk further. Please let me know your dance experience and the different styles in which you are trained. I can talk more about the general idea of the project  at that time.

PLEASE: also feel free to send this out to people that you know that are dancers. I would love to start this project  before it starts getting too cold.

It’s going to be a really fun project, so if you love to dance, then this is perfect for you!!

To contact me for this project, please go to: http://www.jeffdietzphotography.com/dance-search-contact.html

Thanks!

 

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So did you know I have a beautiful 1,500 sq ft meeting area at the house to meet with couples and potential couples?

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The main area of the showroom

I am located in Clarks Summit, which is not too far above Scranton and Wilkes Barre, and even not far from locations like Binghamton, NY and Allentown and surrounding areas.

The showroom features a living room like environment that is very comfortable for us to sit and talk, in order to get to know each other a bit more. You have seen my work on the website, but this gives you an opportunity to talk face to face and also see some of the awesome sample albums we have here in person. Seeing them really does show the power that a beautiful finished storybook album can have.

The other part of the showroom is a viewing area. Here I can show you a slide show of images, point out specific images from the venue you will be at, or describe conceptual ideas. It can also be used for you to come back after your wedding to proof your album design and make finishing touches while viewing on the 60″ screen, as well as order prints. This can be helpful some times in person so that you can finish the design right away, which of course means your printed album will be back in your hands sooner.

The importance of getting to know your potential photographer beyond just looking at the images on their website and their pricing sheet is a big one. This is a person that will be with you in some of the most intimate of moments on one of the most important day in your life. Why would you want to select this person without meeting with them or talking with them first?

This is one of the main reasons I do not put my pricing sheet on my website. I want to talk to you! I want you to know more about what it is that I do that sets me apart. With a boutique service like I offer, we will not ‘win’ you over if all you are wanting to do is compare my package A with someone else’s package A and select the person that gives you the most amount of things for the least amount of money. After all, when else in life does that also equal the best quality? It’s about so much more then just the investment price. I could write an entire long post about this topic alone, but for now we will leave it at that.

Also, a large majority of the people that book me come from other areas all across the country and are either having me travel to them or they are coming into my area only for their wedding. I have couples from California, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, New York City, New Jersey, Florida and more. So do not worry, there is an option for us to talk as well! I offer both phone and skype video meetings as well. This gives us the opportunity to still have a connection and get to know each other a bit without having to be face to face in person. When you are ready to book, you can access my online booking system that will have you sign your contract online and make your retainer payment directly through the site.

This applies for after your wedding as well, as everything can be proofed online, from your print orders to your Wedding album. Below are some more images of the showroom for you to check out as well.

So don’t delay. Meet with your photographer and get to know them and what they are about. 2014 dates are flying off the shelves so it is never too early to start discussing and book your date. To contact me and fill out the inquiry form CLICK HERE.

Talk to you soon!

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The Viewing room, equipped with 60″ screen, seating area, surround sound, and apple tv.

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DAY 16 – WEDDING TIPS: Wedding Websites – Guests One stop shopping for wedding info

Above you can see the wedding website of the Richez wedding from the Glen Oak Country Club in Clarks Summit, PA

Did you know that every one of my wedding couples receive their own websites? I think you can see from above that it’s not the boring websites that some wedding industry sites like the Knot might provide. This is a custom flash based website that is highly dynamic and modern. Every site is a little bit different and can feature different parts about your wedding. The typical website will feature: engagement images, wedding images, wedding album online version, information about times and dates for your wedding, information about your wedding professionals hired for your wedding, directions, a message from the couple, the story of how they met and got engaged, and so much more.

Want to have an awesome website as well? Then come book your 2013 & 2014 wedding with us! You can do so by going to the website at: www.jeffdietzphotography.com and fill out the contact form or click HERE to go right to the contact page. You could also pick up the phone and give us a call at (570) 690 – 2019. Remember, you can book us for anywhere in the world!

Here are a few more samples of websites that we have done recently


This is the website for Justin and Elizabeth and features their New York City Engagement session. It will also after their wedding in June feature images from the wedding at the Scranton Cultural Center.


This is the site for Tim and Amanda who had their wedding reception at the Huntsville Country Club and their engagement session was at Francis Slocum Park. 

 

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DAY 14 – SALES AND PROMOTIONS: 35% off print coupon for any bookings made this week

Sorry for being behind a day or two on the posts but we have been doing some awesome things here in the last few days, which I can’t wait to share with you later.

Today’s sale is for any wedding booking made now until March 23rd for 2013 or 2014, you will receive a print credit for 35% off your wedding photos, for the first 2 weeks that your proof site goes live. To get information about booking your wedding, simply go to our website at www.jeffdietzphotography.com and fill out the contact form, or use the contact form above on the blog page.

We have some great spots still left for 2013 and we are well into booking for 2014, so it is never too early to book and secure your date.

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After Wedding Session at South Beach Miami Florida

Thanks again!

 

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Day 6 – Feature Image: Twilight Inspired Model Photoshoot – Francis Slocum

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A Twilight inspired photo session at Francis Slocum State Park – Shavertown, PA

 

This is an image taken of the lovely Angela a few years ago now at Francis Slocum State park in Shavertown, PA. It was photographed in a location there off of the beaten path which actually doesn’t exist anymore due to over growth.

The image was inspired by the really horrible movie called Twilight. There was one scene in that movie that grabbed my attention where they are laying in a field together and the lighting was really nice. So, trying to embrace that movie and it’s movement in some way, I decided to do a photo shoot with that idea of that shot in the field in my mind. You can see another image from the session below

Model Photo Shoot at Francis Slocum – Inspired by “Twilight

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Day 5 – Story of the Image: Guys at the Westomoreland Club Wilkes Barre, PA

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Photographed at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes Barre, PA

This image was a lot of fun to make. Now, normally I am what I call a naturalist when it comes to my photography and I like to get most of what I create in camera. This image was taken at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes Barre, PA as the guys were waiting to leave for the ceremony. I loved the look of the bar at the club and wanted to do something with the guys, but I only had with me one small video light (flash light) style light. So I decided to do something fun and create this multi image photo.

I grabbed my tripod and putting to a timer to continually take photos, I went around the room and individually lit every person in the scene in their own photo, as well as the smoke and several parts of the room itself with the small handheld light that I had.

Then using photoshop I combined the images into one to create what you see above. If you would like to see a fun video I put together while I was editing this, you can check that out by going HERE.

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Montdale Country Club – A bride dances with her father

The saying goes “you get what you pay for”, “if a deal sounds too good to be true, it is”, “Pick 2: fast, cheap, good, You can have fast and cheap but it won’t be good, You can have good and fast but it won’t be cheap”

All of these sayings are true in their own ways, and the time old lessons do not stop there. Today we are going to talk a little bit about when a deal is too good to be true, and a few things to look out for that I have been seeing as trends when it comes to wedding photography.

I would first like to say that some other photographers might find that they have a problem with this post, or my honesty in it, but it is what it is. I feel that it is important to be honest with a potential couple that is looking to book me, and I would rather have that any day then to use any of these ‘booking tactics’ that we might discuss below. I want to bring quality to each and every one of my couples. That does come at a higher price, but what you get will save you in the end.

I learned a lesson in this when I bought my house about a year and a half ago. The house needed new paint work so I went out to search for a painter. After getting bids from a few different places, I failed to take my own advice and I booked the deal that “seemed too good to be true”. Guess what? It was. With what I “saved” I actually ended up spending more in all of their mistakes. The job took twice as long as intended, cost me extra money in buying new paint because of a wrong paint swatch, they didn’t finish part of the job, and they even hooked up the connection for my fridge (a side job) to the hot water line instead of the cold. What a nightmare.

And that was just painting my house….. Imagine that being your wedding day!

The truth is we get calls and emails at least once or twice every few weeks of past brides who did not hire us for their wedding. They instead when with the ‘budget’ option and now they are contacting me to see if I can “fix” their wedding photos. Many of them are near to tears telling me their story about how their wedding photos are under exposed, blurry, missed shots, or some other very unprofessional thing the “photographer” did at their wedding. The worse stories come when they tell me it is a month before their wedding and their wedding photographer canceled their booking because they decided they couldn’t do it or got a better offer. Are you kidding? We hear stories about equipment failures, photographers deleting images, or believe it or not, “photographers” disappearing after the wedding never delivering on any of their photos.

They almost all tell me the same thing. “We should have known better”. Well the truth is, to an extent that is true, but this is also your first wedding. I hold more responsibility on the people calling themselves professionals to actually act like professionals. It is our job in part to educate you on what to expect for your wedding based on our experience and expertise, not just to tell you whatever you want to hear in order to get you to book with them as quick as possible.

So here are a few more of the “big ones” out there that are definitely misconceptions as well as some are straight out gimmicks used to try to get you to book with them and ignore their short comings as a photographer.

SECOND PHOTOGRAPHERS “INCLUDED”

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Photo taken of the groom during Groom prep in Dallas, PA

To be honest this is a newer trend over the past 1-2 years and it is one that personally really burns my buttons. If a photographers lists that they “include” a second photographer(s), ask them a quick simple question. “Who is your second photographer”? They should be able to answer this question for you, or at least give you their process of how they hire a second. The truth is, that many of the people including this second photographer, do not have that photographer on staff at the time that you hire them. They can wait as close to your wedding as a few weeks to finally book who will be your second photographer. This will many times be a student, or someone that is learning, or whomever they can find for $200-300 to cover the day. What quality is this bringing to your wedding? Why would you want the guys coverage of getting ready to be handed off to someone that is not at the skill level of the main photographer that you hired? There are literally groups on facebook dedicated to photographers posting to try and find last minute second photographers for their weddings. What other service based product are you ok buying before you know what you are actually buying?

Many companies are not telling their potential customers that this is what they are getting with their second photographer. It has just become another “check off box” for potential clients to say, this photographer includes one, and this one does not. Well the truth of the matter is, many photographers do not use second photographers for many good reasons. One of those reasons being that if you are a photojournalist style photographer, you may choose to tell one complete story through your eyes versus through multiple people. For most weddings a second photographer is not really needed if you hire a photographer that is skilled at what they do.

We do offer second photographers as an add on option with our packages, and then we hire a full time working photographer with a similar skill set to photograph with me well before your wedding date. I will still photograph the entire day as well, including both ladies and gents getting ready coverage. I feel it is important that you are hiring me, you should get me. 98% of my weddings do not choose to use a second photographer and it has never been an issue.

Other things to ask when they “include” a second is: can we see some of their work, will we get to meet them prior to booking or the wedding, is this person on staff with you, how do you select your second photographer, will you still photograph all of the parts of the day yourself, will you be the one photographing our wedding?

Remember also, when something is included in a package, their is a cost to that. If you start adding up all of the costs that are included even with rough pricing knowledge, you will quickly see that they must be skimping in other areas, like talent, experience, equipment, insurance, and much more.

“But they are giving us everything and the kitchen sink, and your package doesn’t include as much”?

You have to ask yourself what is more important; quality or quantity. You might find a photographer out there willing to give you all day coverage, 2 photographers, 4 albums, digital files, prints, and more for $2,000. Take a look and examine that list and you will quickly see after expenses, that photographers is working to clear about $200 from photographing your wedding. What level of quality will you receive for this?

Would you rather have 4 albums and files of images that make you cry when you look at them because of how bad they are? Would you rather have 1 album of images that make you cry when you look at them because they take your breath away?

Digital Files

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This is another area where there hasn’t been a lot of truth out there lately in the photography world. The digital files for your wedding are the most valuable in terms of cost benefit to you that can be offered on a wedding. I could go on for pages about this topic. But ask yourself one simple question when you see this included with all packages and offerings, “Why are they giving me something so valuable at no extra cost?”. If you went into a restaurant and ordered your meal, and after you ordered the chef came out and handed you a card that said “Since you purchased one meal you can now have that meal for the rest of your life for free as well as any of your friends”, you would think he had just done some illegal drugs in the back right? Then why is it so accepted or expected today from your wedding photographer? Again this comes down to quality versus quantity. Which would you prefer?

The misconception is that the files should be cheaper as their is no hard expense to the files as they are just digital. Digital means free right? Well…. no. Let’s examine this and their value. Let’s aim on the low side for our scenario and say that there are 800 finished images from your wedding and a typical 4×6 print might cost $14.50 (which is a low average). That means if you assume one 4×6 minimum of each image that is an inherent value of the files of $11,600. Wow! Add to that albums, wall portraits, prints to friends and family. Now I don’t know many photographers that are going to charge that for an add on for their digital negatives, but it is to say, do not be surprised or discount the worth of a photographer because they do charge a little extra for these files. The example above will show you how much of a bargain it really is even with the extra fee.

Now of course we all like to get things for free or for not paying anything more for them. I would LOVE an all access pass to the movies just for the cost of buying one movie ticket, but I am not holding my breath. You have to ask yourself, at what cost am I receiving this great thing? Is it worth it for lower quality photography, lower customer service, albums that aren’t meant to last, etc.

Many of the photographers that follow this practice will find that they either have to do 60 weddings a year to stay in business, or they simply don’t last more then 2-3 years. Which photographer do you want? The weekend warrior or the one that is here for the next 20 years? Do you want a photographer that takes the time to take limited bookings to make sure you are well taken care of, or one that has to book so many to keep in business that you just become a number?

We provide negatives for sale as an add on with any booking, or they are included in two of our 4 package options. Many couples wait until after their wedding, even years later, to purchase their negatives. When you purchase them with me after your wedding and after completing your wedding album, you will see that you will receive a pretty significant discount in the price of the negatives as a reward for investing in your wedding album.

Again this is a lengthy topic, but I will just leave it to those broad strokes of the topic. If something looks too good to be true, it is.

“But you are only working 12 hours on the wedding day, why is it so expensive”?

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Engagement session in Chelsea New York City area

There are a lot of things that go into price. It’s not just about comparing what comes in this package versus what comes in this package. For each 12 hour wedding that we might photograph there could be upwards of 60-100 hours of editing, album design, meetings and other preparations that go along with it. There are a lot of intangible items as well. Here are a few questions to ask either the photographer or yourself when making your decision.

- What type of equipment do you use?

- Do you have back up equipment?

- Is your backup camera the same quality as your main camera?

- Do you carry professional insurance?

- How long does it take for me to receive or see the images and album?

- Do you do your own retouching and editing work to finish your images?

- Is retouching and editing included? Do you fully edit the images or just to a “proofing stage”

- Can I see your wedding albums to judge their quality? Do you use photographic print process for your albums or press print.

- Can I see some of the work of the second photographer? Is your second photographer on staff or do you just find whomever for the day?

- How many weddings a year do you book?

Photography is the only part of the day that you will have forever, and you definitely get the quality in which you invest in. 

Quote from a recent Bride & Groom:

Jimmy & Erin – 06/02/2011 The Scranton Hilton, Scranton, PA:

“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. Photography is not some hobby for Jeff Dietz. It’s his profession, his passion, his life, and his love.”

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