What your wedding photographers should have to keep your memories safe!

 

Do you ever hear stories like the poor couple who’s photographer’s SD cards got corrupted on the day and they lost all their wedding photos?

 What about the story of the wedding photographer who’s car got stolen and the SD cards were inside…. or the photographer who had uploaded the photo’s to their computer and then it blew up during mid editing? 

In all these instances… the photos (your precious memories) could have been saved, not lost, not stolen and could have stuck around for years to come.

I thought I would write a bit of a blog post about what questions you should seriously ask your photographer before booking when it comes to the security of your photos and a checklist of 10 things every professional photographer should have in place to ensure the safe keeping of your precious memories.

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10 Questions you should ask your wedding photographer regarding the security of your images

 

What kind of cameras do you use?

How many camera’s do you operate with on the day?

What happens if your SD cards get corrupted?

How do you ensure the safety of my images before handover day?

What kind of backup system do you have?

What happens if your camera gets wet?

What happens if your camera/camera’s get stolen on the day?

When do you upload the photos to your computer?

What if your hard drive’s fail?

Does your second shooter keep the images on the day or do you?

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There are many more questions you could ask but these are the most important!

These are your once in a lifetime memories!

 

10 things your wedding photographer should have in place to secure your memories 

 

External cloud based storage or external hard drives. When I am talking about external, I mean not in their physical house or office and I say hard drives as they should have more than 1….

More than 1 camera handy on the day

A professional DSLR or mirrorless camera with dual SD card slots (this means it writes to 2 cards and not just 1)

A professional contract with their 2nd shooter where the main shooter and most importantly, the one who will be handing over the photos/editing them has access to all the photos to provide all the photos taken by them on the day.

Removal of the SD cards if they stop on the way home from your wedding for a coffee…

Insurance on their contents in their car.. so they can at least pay you back your money for the memories they lost + interest (if they refuse to follow the step above…)

A professional enough camera that it is at least semi water tight for those rainy days where the camera could blow up because it’s super soaked. That also means your SD cards and memories could be compromised. An umbrella usually does the trick or a professional wet weather cover that is suited to their camera. Don’t ask your photographer to stand out in the rain with no protection for them, you are risking your memories. Be smart and be sensible and remember that at the end of the day, it’s an electronic device that it holding photos of your day.

Have a system in place where the photos they take on that day, are on their computer the same day. SD cards can get lost, they are small, thin and easy to fall down behind cupboards, get trodden on and the chips can be damaged quite easily. If they are on the computer at least, it won’t matter if the SD card gets damaged.

Again, I stress that they should have the proper insurances…

They should be vigilant with their equipment on the day. I have heard a couple of stories where the photographer left their bag of cameras next to that building over there, while they were shooting the couple over here and the bag got stolen by a passerby and can you believe it… a wedding guest. There goes the memories of your day IF they had not secured the used SD cards onto their own self and left them sitting out there to be stolen.

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Most of the time… a client would not even be aware of most of these points and would just assume their photographer has it under control.

Don’t assume… EVER

Once your memories are lost… they are gone.

The moment you hugged your granny and she died a week later…. gone

The moment your father walks you down the aisle… gone

 

ANY professional wedding photographer would not be offended being asked these questions either and if they are, then you would seriously need to question the integrity of the safety of your images on the day and after your special, once in a lifetime day….

 

Have any other questions, you want answered or me to write about?

Send me your questions and topics here at diana@dianamphotography.com.au

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Written by Diana Maddeford – any copying of this script, written sentence or republication must be at the approval of DianaM Photography or Diana Maddeford ©

 

 

 

Alyce and Freddy – November 2019

Alyce met Freddie whilst on a working holiday over in England. She fell in love with Freddie’s strong English accent and let’s just say the rest is a wonderful, loved up history!

We were honoured to be witnesses for Alyce and Freddie in their intimate and beautiful elopement ceremony within the stunning grounds of Chapel Hill Winery. Showing Freddie around the traps, we decided to show them a few different spots and made use of the beautiful backdrops of the Onkaparinga National Park and the unique river inlet at Port Noarlunga.

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Just want to elope and have no-one else there?

We can act as witnesses and we promise we won’t let the secret out!

Book your special day today! diana@dianamphotography.com.au

 

Rebecca and Cameron – 9th November – The Manor

The location for Rebecca and Cameron’s wedding was fit for a King and Queen and what better king and queen to get married than Rebecca and Cameron.

After 8 years of life together they thought it might be time to announce the royal news they were to be wed.

The sun shone brightly for them as they shared an intimate but very funny ceremony with their nearest and dearest, with some travelling from many legions away.

After some very “slap happy” photos, they arrived at their reception to be ushered in with great applause as the fairy lights twinkled through the exposed beams and lit up the stained glass windows. It was time to drink and be merry and merry they were!

Congratulations Rebecca and Cameron. We wish you the most enchanted life together and hope it’s everything you wish for! – Russ and Diana

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Book us today for your special date! 

diana@dianamphotography.com.au

 

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Sally and Chris’s Surprise Wedding! 1st November 2019

Well what a party!

Sally was turning 40 and Sally’s partner Chris decided to throw Sally a “Party”…so they invited all their friends and family to help celebrate at the gorgeous boutique venue Ten22 but to the surprise of mostly everyone…

they got hitched!

Sally and Chris surprised their children together and everything came together perfectly!

Congratulations Sally and Chris!

Love The Venue? So Do We!

Emma and Sam – 26th October 2019

Saturday 26 October saw two beautiful people come together to get married in front of family and friends, on the beautiful Glenelg foreshore in front of the Stamford Grand.

High school sweethearts Emma & Sam have been together for over 10 years, with Sam’s proposal to Emma happening at their home south of Adelaide.

Emma was making a cup of tea one day, and turned to find Sam down on one knee, and the rest as they say is history!

We have worked with this beautiful couple once before, doing a family shoot with them, and their beautiful daughter Sophie early in 2018, and it was an honour to have them come back to us and ask us to capture their wedding.

 

Grace and Cameron! 25th October 2019

All I can say is WOW from Grace and Cameron’s wedding!

I still can not wipe the smile from my face!

As soon as Grace heard Cameron talk on a night out with friends she knew she was destined to be with him after being caught hook, line and sinker on his strong scottish accent…. and the rest is history… (well, not really.. it’s all captured in this Blog!)

Take a journey through their love story here… 

Pampas Grass – A Beautiful Evil

Pampas Grass….

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Let’s have a chat about this.

I have been asked by a few of my brides where they can find Pampas grass and they usually don’t like my answer because it’s actually a really big threat to our native flora.

Pampas Grass may look lovely BUT it’s an extremely noxious weed and it’s illegal for any florist in most states of Australia to sell it because it’s so dangerous.
Pampas grass is native to South America and is considered a weed in most Australian states and territories as it competes with native vegetation and is a fire hazard.

It is a highly invasive plant, with each flower head producing up to 100,000 seeds that can spread to a 25-kilometre radius. It would take farmers and local council years and years to eradicate this weed if it ever too hold as it’s so evasive.

There are so many other native grasses that look just as good. Here are 6 that would look beautiful in any bouquet:

Weeping rice-grass (Microlaena stipoides) …


Kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra) …


Brush wiregrass (Aristida behriana) …


Windmill grass (Chloris truncata) …


Bottlebrush grass (Enneapogon nigricans) …


White top or wallaby grass (Rytidosperma species)

 

Please please think about how damaging pampas grass can be and respect our local flora and sub species of plants. It truly is a dangerous plant for our country.

You can get some good quality fake pampas from florists who deal in fake plants.

 

A bit of a break…

 

We thought we would explain why we have not been very active lately on our website and that’s because DianaM Photography has had a baby!

We welcomed our beautiful little baby boy Xavier on the 15th May 2019 and he has kept our hands a tad full!

We did work up until we couldn’t anymore and here are some of our latest weddings that kept us busy until our little boy arrived.

 

Emily and Matt – 16th Feb 2019

 

 

Richard and Catherine – 7th March 2019

 

 

David and Suong – 16th March 2019

 

 

Bec and Toby – 23rd March 2019

 

 

We have had a busy couple of months and we are booked out until the end of 2019 so are only taking 2020 bookings and beyond. If you would like to book your special day with us, then please contact us at diana@dianamphotography.com.au to secure your date!

 

– Russ and Diana

 

Caitlin and Sam – 22nd September 2018

Yesterday was filled with love (and Ice-cream) for Caitlin and Sam’s gorgeous wedding!

It was held at the amazing Kuitpo Hall and decorated by MASE – Event Hire + Design with the catering by Adelaide Wood Fired Pizza, St. Louis Ice Cream Cart, Daisy Burger and Little Vintage Bar & Van.

The sun shone bright and Caitlin and her girls were cool cucumbers while Sam and the boys were all fired up and very nervous….

The effort that Caitlin and Sam put into the fine little details really shone throughout the day and it all came together to create a magical and wonderful wedding!

We wish you all the best Caitlin and Sam and thankyou for having us as your photographers!

Celebrant: Deborah Lilley CMC Marriage Celebrant

Cars: Classic Jags Wedding Cars Adelaide

Pre Ceremony BnB: Bed and Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Cake: Frangipani’s Cakes

 

 

NEED YOUR SPECIAL DAY CAPTURED? CONTACT US TODAY TO SECURE YOUR DATE!

diana@dianamphotography.com.au

 

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Hayley and Maddison – 23rd June 2018

Another wedding back to back Partridge House and the weather was very different for these high school sweethearts!

Hayley and Maddison met in high school and they have been inseparable ever since!

Their high school teacher said to them before they let high school that whenever they got married she would love to marry them and guess what!…..she did get to marry them!!!

What a beautiful story and they had the best bridal party in tow who were up for a few laughs, were easy going and they were all high school mates!

*insert sigh*

Thankyou for choosing us as your photographers Hayley and Maddison and it was truly beautiful to see the love you had for each other shine through in your vows and funny moments together! We also thought all of Maddison’s jokes were extra funny!

 

 

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Secure your special date today! Limited spots available for 2019 and 2020 

Kasey and Tim – 16th June 2018

The weather really put on a show for us on Kasey and Tim’s special day.

The wind was a howling and the rain made sure that we had to have the ceremony inside the beautiful interior of Partridge House.

The ceremony was small and intimate with only immediate family present and we were honoured to be able to witness the heartfelt and emotional vows these 2 beautiful people shared with each other.

It was simple but elegant, classy yet full of laughter and we shared the celebrations of love back at Kasey and Tim’s house where they were able to relax with their bigger group of friends and family.

Kasey had the most gorgeous grazing table and bespoke bar and they really put so much effort into turning their backyard into a cute and vintage place where they could hold their reception. 

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Secure your special date today! Limited dates available for 2019

New boutique frames!

Introducing our range of handmade boutique wooden frames!

We can now show our clients what their boutique frames will look like! They can touch, feel and visually see just how gorgeous these frames are that will be accompanying their signature prints.

The boutique range consists of the five following timbers

  Satin White

Ash

Walnut

Satin Black

Tasmanian Oak

All our frames are sourced from sustainable timber and have a very low environmental footprint as they are all sourced from Australian plantation timber. We take great pride in making sure all our packaging is either recycled, sustainable or upcycled.

You can still order any prints from us that you need, even if your wedding with us was from 5 years ago! We believe strongly in having a visual representation of your photos in your home and we make sure we sit down with you and go through all the options, from papers to glass, to timber and then right through to the hanging and placement within your home of your signature prints.

We also do other signature prints on a range of different materials and can offer acrylic, stainless steel, canvas, wooden and ripped paper prints! We love creating new ideas and so if you have an idea of something you want and have no idea if you can print on it, then contact us and we can source it for you!

Keep the prints alive and have lasting memories for future generations to come!

 

Ema and Steven 14th April 2018

Well the weather really put on a show for Ema and Steven’s big day with the wild winds and patchy rain sticking around for most of the day.

This did not stop Ema and Steven from having having the most gorgeous wedding at the ever stunning Paxton Wines. Ema was a picture of calm on the day and really just rolled with everything that came her way and Russ and I want to wish you the best future together!

The rain could not stop the love you have for each other (nor could it stop us taking photos!)

Location: Paxton Wines

Cars: Baileys Limousines

Videographer: Tab Media

Decorations: Family friend and Ema herself! (so talented)

Celebrant: Emma Broomell Civil Celebrant

DJ: Just Music Entertainment – Adrian Zac

Makeup: Jessica Bailey – Professional Makeup & Hair Artist

Dress: Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal Centre

Flowers: Made by the bride and her aunties

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Bookings are filling up fast for 2019 and we only have limited spots available now. Secure your big day or your event by emailing us directly!

diana@dianamphotography.com.au

 

 

Mad March

It’s been a while since I last did a blog post and for good reason! I have been really busy with Mad March truly in full swing!

Here is a summary of what’s been happening in March!

Kate + Jayden 3rd March 2018

Venue: St Francis Winery – Old Reynella

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Shaun’s 21st – 10th March 2018

Venue: Joiners Arms Hotel – Hindmarsh

 

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Shannon and Phillip – 17th March 2018

Venue: Central Districts Football Club

 

 

Laila and Thomas – 24th March 2018

Venue: Private Backyard + Surprise Wedding!

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So as you can see it truly was Mad March! Plus…we were able to still do our regular Sat nights at the Hwy as the Social photographer!

Do you need your special date captured? Contact us today at diana@dianamphotography.com.au and secure your booking!

 

Alana + Simon 17th Feb 2018

The day started off perfectly for these 2 lovebirds Alana and Simon with the day shining brightly and a cool breeze blowing. Alana was picture perfect and was such a calm bride! Alana had a beautiful fleet of luxury sport cars to travel in to the ever stunning Serafino winery where Alana and Simon exchanged beautiful vows under the tall gum trees to the sound of ducks and black cockatoos.

We ambled on down to the historic courthouse in Willunga where there were a few surprises and Simon got thrown in jail…where his ball and chain were securely attached!

Alana and Simon celebrated with family and Friends and maybe a pirate or 2…. in the beautiful barrel room at Serafino’s Winery in the stunning Mclaren Vale. 

*Venue: Serafino Wines

*Flowers: Clare’s Bloomers

*Celebrant: Martess Dowling Marriage Celebrant 

 

Need your special day captured? Secure your date today and CONTACT US to secure your booking!

Live FB Q & A Sessions coming up in 2018!

 

So an idea was put forward to me by a couple of clients. 

The idea was that I do some live FB videos explaining who I am as an artist, what my business is all about and answering FAQ’s and questions as a lot of the time, good proper answers to how a photographers works or how I work can not be transparently understood via email or what was on my website.

I agreed and to help educate my clients and have them gain a better understanding of who I am and what I can provide for them, I decided to do a test run on FB and did a live video of me editing a client’s photo.

The response was huge and I had over 25 people logged on and watching (well I thought that was huge for my little fb page) – including other photographers and after the live video finished, I had some great comments from people saying how much they learnt and could see how much effort I put into editing their photos and also had comments from other photographers saying that they had learnt little tips and tricks.

I am not a closed off person or business operator and will always help other photographers and believe truly in the power of networking so I have no problems sharing ideas with other photographers unless they try to blatantly copy my ideas or business model to a T, so again my series of videos that I am going to do is also going to be about creating some self worth for my fellow photographers aswell. 

Live video session dates

I will be doing a series of live videos where I will be answering questions that my clients have asked or would like to know every wednesday night. The first live video date will be on the 31st January at 7.30pm and then every consecutive wednesday after that and I will be answering 3 questions per night to get the ball rolling.

The first 3 questions will be:

1. Why photography and what do you love about it.
2. What made you start up your own photography business and do you think it’s been successful so far.
3. Where would you like to see your photography business in 5 and 10 years time.

If you did have a question you would like me to answer, then please pm me on my photography facebook page or email me at diana@dianamphotography.com.au

See you wednesday!

Wedding Expos

Well a successful day was had at the Adelaide Weddings Group Kuitpo Hall Wedding Fair!

The sun shone bright and the temp soared as soon to be brides and their partners braved the heat to meet some fabulous wedding vendors ready to make their day great!

It was our first wedding expo so we were thrilled with the turn out of people and we chatted to quite a few lovely couples!

It was a great oppurtunity to test my setup of my stall aswell and from the feedback I got about it, it suited kuitpo hall perfectly!

With Kuitpo Hall expo now over, we turn our attention to our next wedding expo at the Beach Hotel at Seaford on the 25th February from 12pm till 3 pm.

There will be lots of wedding vendors to come down and speak to and see their lovely work so looking forward to seeing you there!

Come down and say hi at the Seaford Beach Hotel Wedding Open day!