There have been a lot of small changes behind the scenes at DSWfoto.com. Please feel free to check out the website. I hope you like the changes!
The homepage now has a banner that rotates through some of the most popular areas of our site. It makes it much easier to jump to our blog or galleries.
We recently refreshed the photos in the galleries. There are more samples than ever before, and the photos are bigger and better.
The galleries also load faster than ever before and look amazing on a smart phone or tablet. I love how they look on an iPad/iPhone – where you can thumb through the photos.
We’ve been fortunate to have worked with some amazing clients over the years. I’ve collected the warm feedback that we’ve received and have shared it on our testimonials
This is more of a technical thing, but the blog is now fully integrated with the website so that it feels more seamless. It’s much easier to jump around the site. It’s just a click away to contact us. We’ve also retired some of the photos that appeared at the top of the blog and replaced them with new photos.
New Client Galleries
This is a very exciting change for our clients. We’ve changed how client galleries are displayed. The new galleries will be much easier to navigate and purchase prints. Of course, all of the previous functions will still be available (ordering large size images, print credits, selecting photos for albums, etc.)
DSWfoto has always been active on Social Media. Please feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. We just posted some new photos to Pinterest as well, so check that out as well.
New Blog Category – Wedding Tips
One of the most popular posts last year were the Top 10 Tips for Attending a Bridal Show and Tips for Planning a Florida Wedding. These two articles are part of our wedding tips category that we will be featuring more posts from.
We will have some guest blog posts from other wedding vendors offering their insight and sharing wedding tips.
More to Come…
These are just a few of the changes we have made to the website. There are more on the way!
There are several engagement sessions and weddings that we will be sharing on the blog in the next couple weeks. So, please keep an eye out for those posts!
This past month was a busy time for bridal shows. Early in the month we had a booth at the Florida Wedding Expo at the Rosen Centre in Orlando. We met so many amazing couples at the show, some of which we’ll be photographing their wedding. Several weeks later was the Tampa Wedding Show.
The Several weeks later was the Florida Wedding Expo at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. I always have a great time photographing these events for Your Wedding TV / Florida Wedding Expo. It gives me a chance to visit with some of the Tampa wedding vendors. It also allows for me to help out the amazing folks at Your Wedding TV. I’ve been doing shows with them for many years, and they put on the best bridal show in the state.
Photographing a bridal show also allows for me to get out and see what trends are happening in the wedding industry. The most popular event at the show was, as always, the runway show. This time it was hosted by Katie Summers from 93.3 WFLZ in Tampa. The grand prize in the raffle drawing was a 4 night honeymoon to St. Lucia.
I hope you enjoy some of the photos from the show. To see even more photos of the Tampa wedding show, please visit our Facebook page.
A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa
Congratulations on your engagement! Now you are searching for wedding photography only to find that wedding photographers often use a whole bunch of confusing phrases.
I am guilty of it myself — I catch myself discussing leather-bound, flush mount, seamless albums to someone who has only been engaged for a short time.
I figured it would be good to put together a list of terms that we wedding photographers frequently use. If you ever have any questions, please ask.
When you open your wedding album, you will see a series of two page spreads with your photos on them. Some photographers will describe an album as pages (or sides), others will describe the album in terms of spreads.
A canvas wrap is a gorgeous way to print your photos. Your image is printed on to canvas that is then mounted to wood and ready for framing.
An example of a Canvas Wrap.
As a bride, you spent countless hours picking out all of the special details of the day — your shoes, your rings, your flowers, your dress, the centerpieces etc.
We like to capture photos of these details as they help tell the story of the day and show how beautiful your wedding was.
Wedding rings are a frequently photographed detail
Digital Negatives are just another way of saying digital versions of your wedding photos. These photos are generally in a .JPG format and can be viewed on your computer, television, phone, etc. In addition, if you have a print release, you will be able print these photos.
A first look is when you see your fiancé before the ceremony. It allows for an intimate moment that makes for fabulous photos.
Traditionally, couples chose to see each other for the first time as the bride walks down the aisle. However, first looks have become popular recently as a special moment of your day.
Example of a First Look
Engagement sessions are generally a photo session with the recently engaged couple. The session takes anywhere from an hour to several days, based on the type of session you book.
Engagement sessions are a lot of fun and a great way to get to get some photos together as a couple. I find that couples that choose to do engagement sessions are much more comfortable in front of the camera come their wedding day.
You can do so many things with the photos. Traditionally, the photos were published as an announcement in the newspaper. Today, the photos are being used for so much more — engagement albums, save the date cards, sign in books, sharing on Facebook. Not to mention, it is great to have non-wedding photos of you as a couple.
Please feel free to browse our blog posts featuring engagement sessions.
These are the traditional portrait session with family and attendants. Formals are generally more posed and usually take place close to the ceremony location.
Formal Wedding Photos at Cypress Grove Park in Orlando
Flush Mount Album
This isn’t your parent’s wedding album. Traditionally, photos were printed and then slid in to the pages of the album.
Today, pages that have the photos printed on them. The pages are then bound together to assemble the album.
An online gallery is a collection of all of the photos from your wedding. It’s a great way to share the photos with all of your family and friends.
It also allows for you and your guests to purchase any prints of the photos. We also use the online gallery as a way for our clients to choose the photos that they want for their album.
Some photographers call their pricing, “Investment”. I call it Pricing.
Different photographers use different terminology. It’s a choice of different options, each bundled with various components. When you choose “option B”, you get all that is included with it.
I call it Packages. Please check out our package and pricing information.
Without permission from the studio, you are unable to print professional photos. The print release is a document that you need to take to the store, in order for them to be able to print the photos.
If you purchase a DVD of the Images as part of your package, it comes with a print release.
Proofs are the collection of photos from your event. Proofs can be either digital or in print form. Proofs may not be the “Final Edit” of your photo. If you order a print of a one of the photos from your proofs, additional tweaks and edits may occur.
Rock the Dress/Trash the Dress
Rock the Dress portrait sessions are a chance to put on your wedding dress again and take some fun photos that you could not have done on your wedding day.
These photos usually take place in locations a little “untraditional” for a bride and groom. I’ve done these sessions in a bunch of places including in the ocean, on a fire truck, and in a park.
Sometimes Trash the Dress can mean the dress is “destroyed” as part of the process, which is why I prefer Rock the Dress. Worst-case scenario with a Rock the Dress – the dress may need a trip to the cleaner when it’s done.
Read this write-up by one of our clients, Denise, about her Rock the Dress session.
An example of a photo from a Rock the Dress Session.
Save the Date Cards
Protocol for weddings is to send out the invitation a couple months prior to the wedding. However, that might not be enough notice, especially if guests are travelling from out of town. Couples will send Save the Date cards further in advance just letting people know to block this date on their calendar.
Quite often, guests will use photos from their engagement session for the save the date cards.
A seamless album means that the album has no “gap” in the center where it folds. Although there is a small crease where it folds, it doesn’t take away from the layout.
Seamless albums allow us to be more creative in our album layouts, placing photos covering two pages.
An example of a seamless layout spread in a wedding album.
A shot list is a list of all of the key photos that should try to be captured on your wedding day. Although the shot-list usually refers to the formal session, it can be a lot more than that.
I usually work with a couple to determine the shot-list in advance, keying on which photos are important to the couple.
I hope that this list helped with some of the confusion when it comes to wedding photography. Are there any expressions you’ve heard that aren’t in the list? Please let me know in the comments.