Product Spotlight: Fine Art Wedding Albums

If you haven’t had a chance to check out our fine art wedding album samples, you are missing out. They are absolutely beautiful! We wanted to tell you a bit about them, so that you can appreciate them as much as we do.

We custom design each album that we deliver to you. We spend a long time on the layout, design of the cover & box and the color scheme. We will customize your album and its box to match your colors and/or theme. Before we order it, we will sit down with you and go through every page, the design,etc to make sure that you love it. That way, we don’t order something you are unhappy with.

All of our albums (with the exception of small friendship session & photo booth albums) come from a castle in Italy. That’s right…I said a castle. Here’s a photo of it:

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Once the albums are put together, they are shipped back here to the states. We review every album to make sure that it is perfect before we deliver it to you. I will give you a warning, people tend to cry when they get their album for the first time. Don’t worry, we will provide you with tissues.

If you want more information about our albums or wedding photography, please contact us. You can call, email or use the form below.

 

Questions to ask when looking for a photographer

Whether you are getting married, having a baby, graduating high school or updating your family portrait, choosing the right photographer can be a daunting task. There are so many photographers and faux-tographers out there, its hard to know who to pick.

Many people don’t really know what questions to ask, so they go right to “how much is an 8×10”. That’s an important question, but by no means is it the only question and you certainly shouldn’t base your choice on that.

Before you email or call anyone, decide what your budget it. That will help you when they start talking about services. Here are some questions we feel are important to find out before you say yay or nay (These are numbered but are in no particular specific order):

  1. Do you belong to any professional photography organizations? (PPA is a well known one. There are also local state orgs)
  2. What kind of photography education/training do you have?
  3. How long have you been a professional photographer?
  4. What do your session/package/collection fees start at?
  5. Do you have a website?
  6. Do you have references from past clients?
  7. How long do your sessions last?
  8. What do you specialize in?
  9. What is your turn around time for viewing/ordering?
  10. How long will it take to get my prints/albums/canvases?
  11. How many weddings have you photographed?
  12. Is your business licensed in the state of ___________?
  13. Do you have business insurance?
  14. Approximately how many images will I see from the session?
  15. How long do I have to order prints after my session/wedding/event?
  16. What is included in the session/package/collection?
  17. Do you charge for travel?
  18. Are the images on your website of paying clients or models?
  19. Do you charge extra for weekday v.s weekend?
  20. Will I need to sign a contract? (this sounds very legal, but is very important to protect you and the photographer)

That is not an all-inclusive list, but should give you a head start on doing your research. Beware of photographers who won’t answer questions or who try to divert you away from your questions. Also, be willing to talk about what you are looking for and be open to ideas and suggestions. Hope this helps!

To contact us with any questions, feel free to call or use the form below:

 

 

Answers to some of your FAQ’s

We thought it would be a good idea to address some of the FAQ’s that we get regularly in an effort to make your photography experience as simple and easy to understand as possible. Here goes:

Q: How long have you 2 been together?

A: LOL. We aren’t together and have never been. We are best friends, roommates and business partners, but that’s the extent of it. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one to make that mistake.

Q: What are your prices?

A: Well, that depends. What kind of photography are you looking for? We do portraits, weddings, quinceanera’s, events and photo booths, so you will have to be a bit more specific. I can tell you for sure though that we would be happy to sit down with you and discuss everything in detail.

Q: Do you offer wedding or quinceanera packages?

A: We offer wedding collections, which are similar to packages but sound way fancier. They include different increments of time, different albums and other things. They ALL include 2 photographers, basic retouching and an online gallery of web-sized images.

Q: Can I get my images on a DVD, CD or flash drive?

A: We provide you with something WAY better then those…prints and albums! We can make you prints in any size  you would like and you will be happy to have them, rather then a DVD that gets scratched on the way home, then lost for 10 years in a kitchen junk drawer. We are print artists and we want you to have something you can treasure forever.  Also, we do have an online gallery available A La Carte if you really want images to share on social media.

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Q: How do I get on the list to receive an awesome Christmas card each year?

A: IKR? They are awesome and take months of planning to create. To get one, simply become a client, friend, family or collaborator.

Q: Do you give print or copy-rights to images?

A: We do not. This will probably be the only question you could ask that will be met with a straight up no. There is no sneak around this one, it is what it is.

I know that’s just a few basic questions, but we are more then happy to answer any others you can come up with. Just shoot us a message through the form below or send us an email, text message, phone call, IG message, SOS, or some smoke signals.

 

Win Some Photography!

It’s that time of year. The time of giving, the time of receiving oh and the time of giveaways and raffleboxes. Speaking of raffleboxes….we have two and are excited about them!

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We are so happy to have joined with the pediatric dental office of Sandra Makram, D.D.S. for our family portrait session rafflebox. The winner of this giveaway can win a portrait session that can last up to an hour and a half. To sign up for this please go to: 13027 W Linebaugh Ave Suite 102, Tampa, FL 33626. Don’t forget to call and set up your child’s dental appointment with them too. (813) 854-5800

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We are also happy to have joined with the Calla Lily Rose Boutique. This rafflebox is for 6 hours of photography for a Quinceañera. That’s right 6 HOURS! So if you or anybody you know is getting ready to turn 15 years old head on over to the Calla Lily Rose Boutique. They specialize in Quinceañera celebrations. They have dresses, tiaras and all other accessories for that special Quince in your life. To sign up for this giveaway head on over to: 2815 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33614. Don’t forget to call them if you are looking for something in particular. (813) 935-8282

The final day to sign up for our raffleboxes will be November 30, 2017. If you need any additional information on our raffleboxes, have any questions about our portrait sessions, quicneañera or wedding collections or if you’d like to schedule a free consultation call or email us or you can use the contact form below. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

So many choices and so little time…..

Choosing a photographer for your special event or portraits can be a daunting task. There are a lot of us out there, and we range from “just bought a camera last week” to “20+ years of experience”. We know that it can be super confusing and frustrating trying to narrow down your choices. Some people even get so frustrated they just give up and either don’t ever get portraits or they pick some random name. So, we decided to give you some pointers to help you make an informed decision.

Here are some things you should look for when checking out a website or social media page:

  1. Consistency. Do the photos look good throughout, or are only the 1st few nice while the rest are just OK?
  2. Do they look like real sessions or do they look like they were staged? (More on this in a later post)
  3. Is the site/page regularly updated or is everything on it old?
  4. Do the photos look like they have a ton of filters/photo shop work done on them? This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but can sometimes mean that the original photos aren’t that good, and the photographer has to rely on digital technology to make them passable. This can be a sign of someone who doesn’t really know a lot about the important aspects of photography.
  5. Do they have good reviews/comments from past clients?

Here are some things you should pay attention to when you are trying to get information:

  1. Is it easy to get a hold of the photographer? They may not answer the phone when you call, but do they call you back if you leave a message? Or answer in a timely manner if you email?
  2. What is their demeanor on the phone/email? Do they sound like they are rushing you or not listening to what you have to say?
  3. When you ask questions, are they truly answering them or are they moving past them without giving you a real answer?
  4. Are they giving you information about costs and charges that will be associated with your session or event?
  5. Do they have a contract for you to sign? (contracts, while sometimes a pain to go through are vital. They protect you and the photographer)

And lastly, here are a few questions to ask to get a feel for the photographer and their personality/style. It is important that you mesh well, especially in a wedding or quinceañera situation, as you will be together an extended period of time.

  1. Ask about pricing. It should never be a deciding factor, but you have to know if they are in your budget. If they are not,  you may need to re-evaluate your choices or your budget.
  2. Ask how long they have been doing photography. Everyone doesn’t need years and years of experience to be good, but if you are going to pay for it, you should get what you are looking for.
  3. Ask if you can do an in-person consultation. This is super important, so that you can make sure you are on the same page in relation to what you are looking for and how much you will spend.
  4. For portrait sessions, ask for clothing tips, location suggestions and time of day options. Trust me when I say that these are all important and will effect the overall look of your portraits.
  5. Ask about anything you are unsure of. The photographer should have no problem answering your questions, clarifying information or solving your objections.

If you have any questions or need more information about what to look for, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to help, even if you aren’t our client. You can always contact us at the form below:

Turn your home into an art gallery!

Imagine having company over and them being amazed at the beautiful canvas portraits of your family on your walls. Our canvas collection wall art pieces are sure to make any room in your house stunning and will be great conversation starters.

The color and clarity of these pieces are phenomenal. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to offer these vibrant, in your face, canvas portraits. With so many varieties in sizes and collections,  you won’t be disappointed. This is a great way to display your portraits in a way that nobody else does. You will definitely stand out among everyone by having portrait art that you can pass down to your children. Portraits printed on canvas are beautiful and will stand the test of time, all while turning your home into an art gallery of your family!mikebritcanvas

Want more info about who we are and what we do? Contact us below:

The DO OVER Wedding Portrait Contest

In case you haven’t visited our Facebook page in awhile we have a contest going on. We decided that since we moved to a new town and to get the Tampa area to get to know us we would offer something special. This is a chance for 3 couples to win a 1.5 hour session with us, Dark Light Portrait Studios, to redo their wedding portraits!

The rules are simple: Post a wedding portrait of you and your bride or groom that proves that you are not happy with your portraits, and explain why you are not happy with them. All entrants must be in by May 30th, 2017. Entries must be submitted on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/dlportraitstudios. If there are any questions please email us at dlphotostudios@darklightphotostudios.com or call us at 318-503-2147.

Good luck and may the best couple win!

 

2017: The Year of Change

Last year was all about our clients and we worked hard to provide an excellent experience and service. We hope to build on top of that in 2017 and keep improving! After all, we appreciate our clients greatly and wouldn’t be where we are without all of you.

With that being said, 2017 is The Year of Change for us. Some of these changes will be big (maybe even huge) and some of them so small you may not even notice at first.

One thing we will be doing differently is our packaging of products and we couldn’t be happier. We really liked what we did last year, but this year it’s going to be even better! At least we believe so.

Our portrait and wedding collections are changing as well. We added to our wedding collections by offering more for our bride and grooms. We have even added new session types and put a beautiful, handcrafted wedding album into all of our collections. As for our portrait collections let’s just say we believe it to be even BETTER! We believe in our service and product and your investment will be well worth it. We even have a new product or two.

Now we can’t give all of our changes away in one post! This is an exciting time for Dark Light Photo Studios. So be on the lookout for new things coming in the upcoming weeks & months of 2017. We hope you will not be disappointed! Stay tuned.

10 Things a Groom can do to Help His Bride

So we always hear or read about how the bride should have a timeline over and over again but we never hear anything about what the groom’s timeline should be. Sorry fellas but to tell you the truth you too have a timeline as well.

Sure we think or believe that it’s all about the bride but truly it’s about the both of you. We like to involve the groom in EVERYTHING. After all it is just as much about the guy as it is about the girl. Well, it’s slightly more about the girl but the guy is a big part of it. Ok I digress.

So guys here is a timeline for you. Feel free to write it down, copy it, or screenshot it. You will look AMAZING if you have a plan. Trust us!

  1. BE HER ROCK – The whole time while everything is being planned be her rock. Show your support and help her out. Planning a wedding can be stressful especially if only one person is doing it. Take some of the load off of her.
  2. Choose your Groomsmen – Do this 1 year before your wedding date. Once you got this down she can help pick her bridesmaids. Well, if you pick them both at the same time you can make a game of it. One thing that helps is to keep the number low. This will help you have a great bridal party and besides LESS is MORE!
  3. Start a Bridal Registry – 9 months before. This is a great way to get the items you need/want. Just remember not everybody tends to follow the registry but most will and that’s OK. Just price a great range of items from low cost to high cost.
  4. Start Exercising – 8+ months before. Trust us here. Your soon to be bride is going to great lengths to look AMAZING in her dress. Unless you were born with abs you should do the same to look great in your tux. We know not everybody will have abs when it’s all said and done but we can all do our best. Besides, the health benefits to being fit and healthy will also be great.
  5. What’s it Gonna Be: Tux or Suit? – 6-7 months before. This is the time to decide will you wear a Tux or a Suit or will you go with the rustic theme and do jeans, vest and boots. Remember you gotta match the style of her dress and your wedding theme. No matter what, you guys will look AMAZING.
  6. Plan that amazing Honeymoon! – 4 months before. Guys…let me tell you we had a great couple. The groom surprised his bride with an amazing honeymoon. She had no idea where they were going until she got to the airport. All he told her was to pack two bags for two different climates. One was for a colder climate and the other was for a warm climate. He just grabbed the bag that they were going to need. Needless to say we thought that was an amazing gesture.
  7.  It’s Vow Writing Time – 2 months before. Alright we know this can be difficult and a bit tedious, but really you wanted to marry your mate for a reason. Think deep down inside what made you fall in love with that person. How did you know you wanted to marry this person?
  8. Get your Groomsmen a Gift – 1 month before. We know that weddings are and can be a big expense. Your guys are also spending money on their tuxes, suits or outfits to be cohesive with your outfit of choice. They are taking time out of their schedule to support you and your future mate. Show them some gratitude and get them a gift. You don’t have to go all out it’s the gesture that counts.
  9. It’s Go Time! Get that Tux and Get Groomed – The week of. Pick up that tux and get ready to get married. Get your hair cut, get manicured and manscaped if need be. The time is coming up and you’re doing this!
  10. Thank you notes – After the wedding. Write out your thank you’s to all your gift givers and supporters. Without them you would have had way more stress.

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