DSP Gallery: Blog https://www.danstockfield.com/blog en-us (C) DSP Gallery 2021 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED dan@danstockfield.com (DSP Gallery) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:31:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:31:00 GMT https://www.danstockfield.com/img/s/v-12/u456741299-o319224071-50.jpg DSP Gallery: Blog https://www.danstockfield.com/blog 120 108 WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER SKIMP ON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY https://www.danstockfield.com/blog/2012/11/why-you-should-never-skimp-on-wedding-photography
Let’s face it. Weddings are crazy expensive. I’m all about finding ways to save money, and there are lots of ways you can do so. But if you only splurge on one thing for your wedding, LET IT BE PHOTOGRAPHY. Why? Because it’s true! If you live in the tri-state area, chances are you know someone who is a “photographer” and it’s tempting to hire them for cheap or even have them shoot your wedding as a wedding gift to you to save money, but hear me now and believe me later, DON’T DO IT!!!
Here’s why:
1. You will not get this chance again.
This is your wedding. Hopefully you will only be having one. Isn’t it worth the investment? The #1 regret I hear from brides (that didn’t hire us) about their wedding day is that they were not happy with their photos or photographer. Don’t be one of them! Besides, when else will all of your family and friends be gathered in one place? Probably never (except for at your funeral…but by then, you won’t care). The value of having poor photos now far exceeds the $1,000 or whatever money was saved on the ‘cheaper’ photographer.
2. It’s not just for you, it’s for everyone who loves you.
Your uncle couldn’t capture this with his camera.Of course your wedding day should be all about your fiance’s and your effort, but don’t forget how much time, energy, and money your family and wedding party have put into it as well. They deserve some nice photos to remember the occasion by. But even more than that, think about future generations. Won’t your children and grandchildren want to see these? What girl doesn’t love seeing old wedding photos of the generations before hers? This is the one aspect of your wedding (aside from your marriage itself) that will last forever.
3. A wedding photographer can anticipate what will happen next.
This is why you should not only get a great photographer, you should have a great WEDDING photographer. If you hire someone whose livelihood is shooting weddings, there is a pretty good chance they have done this enough times to not only know where they need to be in order to capture certain moments, but also random things like what kind of light will come through a stained glass window at 5:00 in May, etc. Hiring the Weekend Hobbyist Photographer who is still learning to become a great photographer won’t be good enough!
4. A great photographer can turn an ordinary wedding into an extraordinary wedding.
I have seen this first hand on multiple occasions. A couple is on a tight budget and doesn’t have a lot of money for decor or fancy extras at their wedding. But they choose to hire a great photographer, and lo and behold when you see the photos you would think the wedding cost twice what it really did. The photographer captures everything at its best, and everything that is wonderful about the day, and when you look at your photos you remember your wedding day fondly.
5. If it doesn’t turn out well, you don’t want to have hard feelings with a friend.
This is a big one. If you hire (or ask a favor from) a friend and the photos don’t turn out well, it can seriously damage your relationship. Every time you see that person for the rest of your life you will think of how s/he “ruined” your wedding photos. It may not be intentional, but you will. Its kind of like if they ran over your cat with their car tire. You know its not intentional, but you can’t help but associating them with this one unfortunate act. If you hire a real professional, there’s no worrying about how the photos will come out.
So how much does a great wedding photographer cost? This depends on what all is included. Some photographers quote their rates for shooting only, while others quote packages that include both shooting and prints, albums, digital images, etc. When you are researching photographers you should keep this in mind and make sure you are comparing apples to apples with regard to pricing. That being said, DSP Gallery’s coverage starts at only $2,500 and it includes an engagement session, all-day unlimited coverage, a show in our theater immediately following your honeymoon, a private online gallery, and a CD slideshow of all of your images. Everything else with our service is a la carte to assure you get exactly (and only) what you want! We also include photo retouching for all 8×10’s or larger, and we do our own graphic designing as well. We’re not the cheapest photographers, but what you get in return is priceless. How can you argue with that?

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dan@danstockfield.com (DSP Gallery) https://www.danstockfield.com/blog/2012/11/why-you-should-never-skimp-on-wedding-photography Mon, 26 Nov 2012 01:39:11 GMT
Family Portraits https://www.danstockfield.com/blog/2012/11/family-portraits family portrait

Life passes us by quickly, and the kids grow up even faster. Before we know it, they’re walking, going to school, hitting a home run in little league, asking for the keys to the car, and heading off to college. We go through life but one time, so why do we wait to get family portraits done? Getting beautiful family portraits does not have to be complicated. Here are a few easy tips to make for a successful family portrait:
1. Actually Making It Happen: Scheduling the session around yours and everyone else’s schedules can be a tall order at times. But if you put onto paper two choices of dates that work (one being a weekday, and one being on the weekend), usually one of these will work for everyone in the portrait. Our studio is open Tuesdays thru Saturdays, and we can usually accommodate special request times as well.

2. What Time of Day?: Usually there are “morning” people and then there’s everyone else. If small children are involved, they’re usually happiest after a nap and some food. Picking a time of day around how everyone is feeling is most important.
3. What Do We Wear?: We recommend “like” clothing to show family unity. Some clients choose to dress up in formal attire, but most commonly clients will go more casual as the kids are more comfortable. Either way, be sure that everyone likes what they’re wearing. If a little boy hates wearing a necktie, you’ll see it in his photo. We also recommend “solid colors” look best in photos, avoiding stripes, patterns, big logos and characters as these all distract the viewer from your faces. And keep in mind that we may include full-length, so you may want to avoid sneakers and tube socks. A fun idea is to have everyone dress up in costume (or a theme that’s of relative interest to everyone). It can add fun to the photo and be a great conversation piece when this photo is on your wall.
4. Accessories and Stuff: A cool hat, sports equipment, a nice necklace can all add charm to a photo and really tell the viewer more about everyone. Also, be sure to bring face powder to minimize shine. We include photo retouching but there’s nothing more natural looking than not “needing” to fix skin. We’ll save the retouching for things like blemishes, whitening teeth, fly-away hairs, etc.
5. Where To Shoot?: Smaller families of 3 or 4 people can come to the studio. However most of our clients prefer “on-location” either at their homes or a scenic location of their choice. Natural environments are always a winner in portraits.

The most important tip we can share is “don’t wait!” What we put off until tomorrow usually gets put off a few years, so contact the studio today for your appointment.

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dan@danstockfield.com (DSP Gallery) https://www.danstockfield.com/blog/2012/11/family-portraits Mon, 26 Nov 2012 01:29:36 GMT