Clothing Guideline for Outdoor Family and Engagement Photos

by Dan Dugan


A common error in family and engagement portrait photos is a poor choice in clothing. This is not fashion photography, we want to concentrate on the people in the photo and not the clothes. Many people make the mistake of wanting to wear their favorite outfit, which is usually brightly colored with stripes and patterns. When people look at your photo we want them to concentrate on you, not on what you are wearing. 

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Brides Cannot Afford A $500.00 Wedding Photographer

by Dan Dugan


Why do some wedding photographers charge $500 and some charge $2,500 to $5,000? The difference is amateur vs professional.

 

I have recently heard four different devastating stories from people who hired a photographer for their wedding for $500 or less with terrible results. In one case, I was approached at the reception of a recent wedding by one of the groomsmen. My two assistants and I had been with the wedding party since 11 a.m. that day. This is what he said to me: “You and your crew did a great job today; we all had so much fun. I can tell that the photos are going to be great because you knew what you are doing and had lighting equipment. My wife and I were married a year ago and we hired a friend of hers from high school who is now doing photography for $500, and the photos are terrible. We wasted our money, we don’t like any of our photos, and we are still upset.”

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Tips For Finding A DJ for Your Reception

by Dan Dugan


Understand what you are really hiring. Many couples rightfully assume that they are simply hiring someone to play music at their wedding for a few hours. In the wedding business the DJ is way more than the music. You are hiring someone to be on a live microphone in front of all of your friends and family. You are hiring a sound system that can enhance your event or ruin it. You are hiring someone to help manage the flow of your event and keep things moving. You are hiring ideas to personalize, customize and make your day unique and fun. Many times your DJ is even your lighting person as well.

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How to Find A Professional Photographer and Videographer

by Dan Dugan


Finding a good photographer and or a good videographer can be stressful for a bride and groom. The wedding photography market is flooded with amateurs claiming to be professional. They have one decent camera, no lighting equipment, and no formal training. By comparison there are not that many true professional wedding photographers out there. The same holds true for wedding video. The equipment necessary to be a true professional photographer or videographer is very expensive. A professional will arrive at your wedding with backup equipment. An amateur will not. Cameras and microphones do fail. Without backup equipment there will be no photos or video. All photos and video are recorded to SDHC cards in the camera. A professional will record to two separate cards simultaneously creating an automatic backup. All photos and videos are edited on a computer and hard drives do fail. A professional will backup their hard drives. Here are my tips to guide you through the process of finding a good reasonably priced photographer and videographer.

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