Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Project 365 - Appletini Drop

Photographers everywhere (and aspiring photographers alike) are starting up 365 photo blogs. Take and post one photo every single day. It sounded preposterous to me at first, given the (what seems like permanent) time constraint. But it recently occured to me that I almost never pick up my camera unless there's a job or event to shoot. If I want this to be a lasting and thriving career for me, then I MUST PRACTICE OFTEN. So I guess it's not a bad idea afterall. I doubt i'll be able to stick with it on a daily basis, but I will try. I will make it a mid-year resolution. A photo a day! Here is my first Project 365 photo:
In case you'd like to do the same:

Here are six tips on how to create your own Project 365:

Bring Your Camera Everywhere.

Yes, everywhere. Get in the habit. Grocery stores, restaurants, parties, work, and school. Going to a movie theatre? Snap a pic of the flick with your phone–there are photo-ops everywhere. If you have one of those tiny tiny cameras, you have no excuse not to have it in your pocket all the time. And if you don’t? Camera phones are a great substitute.

Make Posting Easy

You can install blog software like Movable Type or Wordpress on your own site and create an entry for each photo, but for true ease of use, try a photo sharing site. Flickr will let you post a week’s worth of photos in 2 minutes flat, and fotolog and Photoblog.com are geared toward a photo-a-day workflow. Making it fast and easy means you’re much more likely to do it.

Vary Your Themes

Try to capture the day’s events in a single photo. Perform photographic experiments. Take a photo of someone new you meet, something you ate for the first time, or something you just learned how to do. Take a photo of something that made you smile. And don’t forget to take a photo of yourself at least once a month so you can remember how you’ve changed, too.

Tell a Story

Use your blog entry, or your photo description, to explain what’s going on in each day’s photograph. How good did that dinner taste? What made you want to take a photo of that stranger? It’ll help you remember down the road, and it gives friends following along a better appreciation of why you took the photo you did. You don’t need to write a lot, just enough to add some color.

Don’t Stop, No Matter What

This is perhaps the most important tip of all. You will get tired of taking a photo every single day. Some days, you will consider giving up. Don’t. The end result is worth the effort. Remind yourself why you wanted to do it in first place.

There will be times you’ll think there’s nothing interesting left to take a photo of, and times you’ll think you didn’t do anything exciting enough to take a photo of. There’s always a great photo to be made.

Get out of the house and take a walk. Or stay inside and look around. Take a photo of something important to you. Take a photo of the inside of your house so you can see how your taste has changed over the years. Take a photo of anything, just don’t stop.
N.b. It helps if you’ve told your friends about the project and asked them to follow along. Their encouragement will keep you going!

Post early, post often

Plan on going through and posting your photos at least once a week so you don’t get backlogged and feel overwhelmed. Ideally, post every day or two. Again, spend the time up front to make sure it’s quick and easy to post. It’ll make all the difference.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

We've got... BIG PLANS!

I'd like to introduce BIG PLANS. They'll be performing at Plantation House Pizza (298 S 1st St., Saint Helens, OR 97051) from 7 to 10pm on April 11th and May 2nd.

They truly are fascinating! You'd think they've played together for years, it comes so easy and naturally for them. They play a variety, from blues to reggae, I believe I heard a Pink Floyd cover as well! :-)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

30% off wedding photography. [Passion. Inspired. Artistic. Different.]

(click on above image to view wedding portfolio)


Monday, March 16, 2009

Lieutenant Tyler Baker

My only cousin graduated over the weekend from Chemeketa Community College Fire Program. He's a firefighter! He was given the title 'Lietenant of the Year'. Everyone is very proud of him, it seems everything he does he excels in.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Cost of Photography

You might find this to be quite an informative and interesting article. I know I did, it's appropriate and precise, and I wanted to share it with you.

Why are Professional Photographers so expensive?

In this digital age where everyone has digital cameras, scanners and home "photo printers", when people upload their photos to a local drug store website and pick them up a few hours later, we hear this all the time - How in the world do Professional Photographers charge $55 for an 8x10 when they cost just $1.50 at the drug store?

Here's why.

Simply put, you're not just paying for the actual photograph, you're paying for time and expertise. First, let's look at the actual time involved. If you don't read this entire page, at least read this first part.

For a two hour portrait session:

- One hour of travel to and from the session- two hours of shooting
- 30 minutes of setup, preparation, talking to the client etc.
- 30 minutes to load the photos onto a computer (2 - 4 Gb of data)
- 30 minutes to back up the files on an external drive
- 3 - 4 hours of Photoshop time including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, saving a copy for print and a copy for the internet and backing up the edited photographs
- 2 - 3 hours to talk to the client, answer questions, receive their order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule shipment and drop package off at Fed Ex.
- For local customers, we also print a set of all of their photos, and meet them at our studio to review the photos and place their order. Meeting and travel time averages 2 hours.

You can see how one two hour session easily turns into more than ten hours of work from start to finish. So when you see a Photographer charging a $200 session fee for a two hour photo shoot, you are not paying them $100 / hour.

For an eight hour wedding:

- I won't bore you with the details, but an eight hour wedding typically amounts to at least two to three full 40 hour work weeks worth of time. Again, if they are charging you $4,000 for an eight hour wedding, you are not paying them $500 / hour.

Now for the expertise.

Shooting professional photography is a skill, acquired through years of experience. Even though a quality camera now costs under $2,000 taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.

Most Professional Photographers take years to go from buying their first decent camera to making money with their photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera itself, there is a mountain of other equipment involved, as well as numerous software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website etc.
And let's not forget that you actually have to have people skills, be able to communicate, make people comfortable in front of the camera - and posing people to make them look their best in a photograph is a skill all by itself.

Think of it this way - the next time you pay $X to get your hair done, a pair of scissors only costs $1.50. But you gladly pay a lot more to hire a Professional.

What about the cheap studios at the mall?

Please don't compare us to the chain store studios. But if you must, consider all of the time and work that we put into our photographs, compared to what they do. Good luck getting a two hour photo shoot at a chain store. Not to mention they won't come to the beach! And of course, look at our work compared to theirs. You get what you pay for.

The truth is, most of the mall and chain store studios lose money. In fact, in 2007 Wal-Mart closed 500 of their portrait studios because of the financial drain they were putting on the company. What the chain stores bet on is that you'll come in for some quick and cheap photos, and while you're there, you'll also spend $200 on other things. They don't have to make money, they are just there to get you in the door.


We hope that those who have taken the time to read this page will have a better understanding of why professional photographs cost so much more than the ones that you get from your local drug store.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Shawn, Pamela & Gavin Richter
Caught on Film Photography

Shasta & Stuart

Brant Lake, New York

September 2007

By Didi Danielle Photography

Playdate @ Washington Park




Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Picture Perfect Handbags - SPECIAL SALE & NEW PRODUCTS!

To celebrate 4 new additions to my Picture Perfect Handbags collection, i'm offering free shipping on ALL bags, and 30% off the following 4 new, fabulous products! But consider this an Early Bird Special for Mother's Day because these offers only last until April 1st, 2009!

The Traveler

This bag is a larger version of my versatile Beach Bag. This unstructured bag with a zipper closure provides plenty of room to carry all of your beach gear or your overnight essentials. The cheery striped liner will brighten up your day. The roomy interior and multiple pockets make it a great bag for stylishly hauling your stuff!
Regularly $105 Now, $73.50

Men's Leather Wallet

No more keeping track of their latest school photos – now you can show off your family in bold style. This 100% leather bi-fold wallet features six credit card slots, an ID pocket, as well as a place to hold bills. Your favorite image is displayed across the front.
Regularly $55 Now $35.00

The Mandy

A hobo with a twist! Mandy is the sassiest girl on the block. This stylish hobo shoulder bag has a supple single leather strap and 2 ½” leather collar. Personalize this fashion-statement with your favorite photo. This zipper closure bag with chrome hardware, interior 8" zipper pocket and 2 slip pockets is this season’s newest must-have bag.
Regularly $135 Now $94.50

The Hipster

For those who like to travel light! This cross shoulder bag features an adjustable strap and outer zipper pocket. Keep your money, ID, and phone close by without having to carry a cumbersome bag.
Regularly $65.00 Now $45.50

Remember, these are high-quality products and make great gifts for anyone. You don't have to use an image by Didi Danielle Photography, you can use any of your own images as well.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I am the butt of the joke.

If you knew the day I had (you probably heard; it was the day 4 different Comcast techs came to our house, stayed for a total of 8 hours, I had a homicidal crisis) in the end only to be told our computer was probably infected with a worm. We went out to Best Buy 5 minutes before they closed to buy Kaspersky (great anti-virus software) and a huge external hard drive. I hadn't backed up in a while, and I knew I would lose A LOT if our computer continued to deteriorate the way it was. When I opened the package and found the external hard drive wrapped this way, I knew for sure Life was playing a joke on me.

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