Friday, 17 May 2013
Which reminds me to say, "There is never a right time for your engagement photos to happen. It can happen 2 months before your wedding or a whole year. The largest beauty of weddings is that each is unique to it's owners. You can make your wedding how you want it, regardless of what has been done in the past. Tradition is what we make it. And the same is true for how far out ahead you book your vendors." - This couple is having a pig roast-outdoor-park wedding. I, for one, am over the top excited. I love seeing weddings that match the couple perfectly. This one will. When George (that's her awesome name for short) emailed me about what she would like to see in her engagement photos, she said, "Country chic is our style, i guess, lol. We love the outdoors." I like the lol. It's hard to know what style is which sometimes and it is funny to try to fit inside of one. To brand yourself. In the next email she said, "I may bring a deer shed or two along for a prop somehow. Micah and I are both avid hunters and i think a photo somehow integrating a rack would be cool. I know Micah would like that...." O yeah! And me, too! I was so excited. I'm not a hunter. Not me. Hate the thought. Wouldn't have the guts to kill, BUT i admire people who are, especially women. I have a deep respect for them. :) Sadly, the dog ate the deer sheds so we couldn't use those but we did have other props that were more than perfect. Here they are. The beautiful couple that is Michah & Georgeanna. They are a perfect match for each other!
"This world is not my home" bumper sticker love.
These boots will go great with her wedding dress as well!
My kind of bride.
Micah picked out her vintage/antique engagement ring. This guy has great taste!
You are going to be an over the top beautiful bride.
Inside & Out.
Love this above shot - by Silla.
Glorious sunshine-an easy couple- beautiful trees.
And here's an ode to hunting couples everywhere. You are so cool.
And there is something about that mounted deer's nose that just has to be touched.
... and photographed :)
Thanks to Silla for the awesome assistants. I always love your style and your just too fun for words. :)
Silla will also be assisting at George & Micah's wedding so it was nice that she could meet them-
I love when life works out like that.
This is her shot of me at work. She's good isn't she?
That's it for today!
I do have other things to do :)
So- hope your weekend is full of happiness and sunshine.
Love, Diane for Di Images
Friday, 03 May 2013
In photography there is this very interesting and important concept called Focal Point.
My camera has about 15 of them.
That is not many.
And only the center one can be really dependable.
The 5D Mark III has over 30.
And they are very accurate.
That is why i would like to have that camera :)
What is focal point?
Here are two definitions i found:
1.The point at which rays or waves meet after reflection or refraction, or the point from which diverging rays or waves appear to proceed.
2. the center of interest of activity.
In real life i like to call it : Perspective.
I have read a few articles recently.
One was about the girl (mother?) in the park with the iPhone.
The discussion was about mom's being on their phones too much.
Paying too little attention to their children.
The other article was about balance
and how we really need to find it.
i skim read. um. almost always.
i disliked both articles.
i then read rebuttal articles about both issues.
just came across them.
i really liked those articles.
Life is about perspective.
Where are you coming from?
Where am i coming from?
What is our focus in life?
Yours will not be the same as mine.
And the point at which our hopes and dreams come together
And where we appear to be proceeding to is all just that.
It's mine and it's yours.
My focal point is different than yours
And that is why my perspective is also not the same.
I love that!
Have a great weekend!
Friday, 26 April 2013
Where did this week go?
No matter. It's a beautiful day today.
And more importantly i have another beautiful couple to introduce to you.
Kasey & Jordan.
I met this couple at a wedding we did last summer (on the hottest day of the year).
Although i thought Jordan's name was Justin (there was no Justins)
And i didn't realize that day that they were a couple. :)
I love meeting new people!
Are something else.
She adores him. It's easy to see.
And he has a great sense of humor and would do anything for her.
Well, almost anything.
It was so great to officially meet the two of you.
I'm excited to be a part of your wedding this summer.
They fit so perfectly and i love Kasey's style.
Check out the boy boots!
Love this above shot by the wonderful Angie.
Another by Angie (above)
And two more by her - I love my second shooters
and wouldn't dream of doing this without them around.
Just that tiny difference in angle and you get a whole look to your photos that is
unique and sun-positioned just right. love that sunshine.
Kasey-beautiful Kasey. gorgeous eyes.
Bike - by Angie.
Aren't they a great fit?
Thank you for stopping by- enjoy your weekend.
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Is almost as dear to me as his mommy was when she was tiny.
He has her big blue eyes
Her bald head
And her fair skin complexion.
She was a lot more petite-
His daddy is really tall
and i'm sure one day he will favor him a lot more
but for right now i mostly see his mom.
We started in the attic studio-
What a little man.
Mommy made his hats and his tie
(She makes customized items -ask me how to contact her)
Daddy made his truck.
They sure are loving their little guy.
It is so fun to watch my sister mother her child.
I never knew a sister's child could be so fun
to kiss and cuddle and smother with love.
And then we headed out to my favorite grassy spot-
Where the sunlight was more than perfect.
Have a great weekend- Looks like we are going to have
Monday, 15 April 2013
.....and the angel baby.
This baby girl was so good.
On a chilly spring morning-
she decided that taking pictures with mommy & daddy
was gonna be a fun time for everyone!
It was as if she knew it was up to her to make it good.
And she did. :)
She was the cutest.
And she is adorable.
Love these 2 shots by Angie.
And then she was done.
Time was up- :)
Thank you - Harvey Emily & Nicole.
And to my assistant, Angie, babies always go better with two.
And to the rest of you-
There is never a wrong time to take family photos.
And you don't have to wait till the month before Christmas :)
Have a great week!
Monday, 08 April 2013
Hello to a beautiful Monday!
And to a beautiful wedding-
The first wedding of the year for us is so exciting.
It always feels great to be getting back into the groove of things.
And getting that chance to have front row seats.
Watching 2 people, surrounded by everyone they love,
promise to one another- each others lives.
"Till death to us part"- is a promise i never tire of hearing.
Here is Ryan & Tonya's wedding day!
Tonya getting ready with help from her girls.
Pre-wedding day jitters are most obvious -
The girls are laughing and crying at the same time-
Everyone is ready to get this day started!
Tonya you were a beautiful bride.
You were incredibly happy to be getting married
and it was so obvious that the two of you are meant to be.
You have such an exuberance about you-
A fun energy that will bring stability and happiness
even when times are not so good.
I will never forget when we sat down to go over your wedding day
and i asked you a little about your relationship with Ryan,
you related to me how you had broken up once- just to be sure.
To be sure you both really wanted this.
To be sure it was meant to be.
And then you said, "I think every couple should go through a break up."
How can you deny honesty like that?
I totally agree. Of course, not everyone has to go through that to know.
But i got it. If you really want to know you love someone,
try spending time apart. See what it does to your heart.
You also said it was the hardest time for you, and i love that.
I love that you could tell me that with a huge smile on your face.
You are going to be a strong couple.
Isn't she beautiful?
She has the most pretty eyelashes.
And - her details.
Beautiful flowers- by Bonita Beachy.
And then there is Ryan.
There was no first look for these two.
They wanted to keep things simple.
So Ryan showed up- right on time- just as Tonya was finished getting ready.
He had the biggest grin on his face.
He could not wait to see her!
He came bounding into the room-desperate to see his bride for the first time that day.
I love the energy this couple has together.
The Bride & Groom!
We had so much fun despite the freezing freezing freezing cold weather :)
The funnest bridal party ever.
A few family photos.
And then it was time.
All the guests had signed the guest book
and taken a program-
The vocalists were beginning to sing.
Everybody was lined up ready to go-
At 5:45 of March 8, 2013
Tonya & Ryan became Mr. & Mrs.
Their lives would never be the same.
And then it was reception time at Shady Maple.
The children had a special table all to themselves with games like coloring and i spy.
Super creative. The cake was cut and served by Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Martin
and their sons : DeAndre, Avery, & Mikole, who did a fantastic job-
Beautiful texture with fondant ribbon.
"Hold it with two hands and don't spill the cake", says Dad Martin while little guy takes this opportunity to dig in!
Serving cake is tiring!
Sara & Kristen handing out Thank You cards.
Host & Hostess to the reception:
Mr. & Mrs. Isaiah Fox (left)
Mr. Kent Martin & Miss Kendra Weaver (right)
What a great day!
Thank you, Ryan & Tonya, & your families, for having us.
We loved being a part of your wedding day.
And to my Cannon girls:
Judy & Miriam- You did good. Thanks for sticking by my side.
You took good photos and you made it funner for me!
"I was praying that you and I might end up together. It's like wishing for rain as i stand
in the desert, but I'm holding you closer than most, 'cause you are my heaven."
Friday, 05 April 2013
Meet Miles and his mommy, Angie.
It's a beautiful day outside! I have (we all) have been waiting on this weather for a long time.
And it's here! The sun. The warm breeze. Going for long walks with my face towards the sun.
That is my center. Long walks in the sun with the dog, of course :)
(It's more difficult to be in the office when it's warm and sunny-)
Editing. Processing. Emailing. Quickbooking.
There is always something that needs to be done.
It's all part of this job we call photography-
And i have learned to love every part of it!
The best thing about the office these days is the 2 happy faces that show up-
and help out - and brighten the place with big smiles and baby drool.
Here is Angie, and a snapshot of who she is.
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I've always loved being surrounded with photos of family, friends and special moments. I remember as a teenager having my closet doors plastered with photos. Little did I know that someday I would be a photographer, capturing not only my own special moments but also those same special moments for other people.
Fast forward a few years... I am now a wife, mother and photographer. My journey with photography really blossomed on the day of my wedding when my husband, Todd, surprised me with a special gift. He had always known I would love to have a DSLR camera and saved very hard to give one to me as a wedding gift. On our honeymoon we even took a photography tour of Charleston, SC just so I could play around with my new toy.
I started as an assistant photographer at Di Images in 2010. I have learned so many great skills both with my camera and with people. I have trekked through brush, braved cold winds and the hot summer heat with Diane all because of a love for photography. The hands-on experience in photography has been so invaluable to me. I have found I learn best this way.
This past fall I started a new chapter of my life as I welcomed my first child into my arms. My son, Miles, is a bright spot in my day! I absolutely love being his momma! He has given me more opportunities to practice my skills on a more daily basis as a photographer. I love to capture his smiles, his blue eyes that sparkle, his chubby little legs and the memorable moments, like when he rolled over for the first time.
In between being a busy wife and mother, I still pursue my passion for photography both with Di Images and in my own business, Angelique Photography. (You can find her on Facebook) There have been so many tools and lessons I learned while working for Di Images that I use in my business. Angelique Photography is all about capturing the passions and vibrancy of life. I love to capture the love between a family, the beautiful new features of a baby, the energy of a toddler or young child, the excitement of seniors as they are about to begin a new chapter of life and the passion between a couple in love.
Recently I have been helping a lot more in the office at Di Images. Being a mother has limited how many shoots I go out on with Diane. When she said she needed help in the office and I could bring Miles along with me, I jumped on the chance to learn more things from her. I have been helping with editing, processing print orders, and bookkeeping. Sometimes you will catch us playing with Miles for a minute or two when we feel we need a break from the computer screen. :) Once again the hands-on experience has been invaluable. I will never be able to thank Diane enough for all she has taught me.
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Hope you have a great weekend!
Monday, 25 March 2013
What makes a couple a really great couple?
That's a crazy question.
It's like asking why do bananas have peals?
I think that the great thing about people is their differences.
How different they are from each other -
And how people overlook their differences to unite in a common cause.
To make something beautiful happen.
This is what i like about couples.
Justin & Rebekah do not seem that different-
From first appearances. But i'm sure they know exactly in which areas they are.
And that is the beauty of love.
This couple- is no exception.
The love they have for each other is obvious.
It is a sweet, sweet love and it is beautiful.
And it is easy.
And i love the props.
And her ring was perfectly delicate to fit her.
Are they just not very adorable?
Justin- So handsome.
The most beautiful forest ever.
The wedding photos will also be taken here.
I am so excited.
We entered the forest and headed
right for the thickets. So pretty.
Perfect for each other.
My favorite-below. SO cute.
i really love this ring shot by Judy.
I keep hearing how being a couple is all about forgiveness (don't kid yourself, It's completely true)
- and i like this quote from Indecent Proposal
(a line from a movie)
"The things two people do to each other they remember. If they stay together,
It's not because they forget; it's because they forgive."
Love is so beautiful.
i think so anyway :)
Thanks to Judy for helping me capture this beautiful couple.
You are a very talented individual.
Rebekah-You are going to be an adorable bride. I'm very excited for your wedding day.
Diane for Di Images
Friday, 15 March 2013
Truly a darling couple-
He would do anything just for her
Starting with taking pictures in the freezing cold :)
I love Amber's style-
Mint green- chunky boots.
She's got those gorgeous eyes-and beautiful smile.
I love his boots, too! They actually are my favorite for boy boots :)
His smile is harder to find (when the camera is around)
But it's just as good- He is a gentleman through and through.
Let's talk about props a little.
I asked Amber if they have any favorite desserts.
She told me that he likes raspberry ice cream and she likes chocolate cupcakes.
I remembered this thing we would use when scooping out ice cream cones years ago-
And i made a stop at my parent's bake shop to see if it was still there.
My mom was more determined than i was-
She hunted and hunted until she found it.
I also rounded up the cupcake pan and
The raspberry ice cream there, too.
The old school chairs are from a friend's new old house-
The cupcakes are from Sublime Cupcakes in Lititz!
Silla caught Duane's smile perfectly here!
i love it.
Darling darling darling.
It was so fun to meet you both.
I'm looking forward to your wedding this summer.
Thank you Silla for helping me out- you did such a great job.
Thank you Mom for helping me dig up some old treasures.
Happy weekend everyone! Diane for Di Images
Friday, 08 February 2013
CHECK OUT THESE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!
And read on about how much i love them... wink wink
This is our business Thank you cards this year.
Aren't they sweet?
I think it's important to introduce people.
When you arrive to a party and your standing beside someone you have
never met before- you want to be introduced.
And when you are doing business, it's important to know
who you are working with.
I love getting to know people -
So allow me to introduce to you some of my people!
I'm gonna use the below image:
Far left: Valeria Stoltzfus
She's a senior in high school this year, she plays baseball, and she's funny! She is also very sweet
and just plain fun to be around. I love having her on my team- she is steady and calm.
Say hello to Judy Martin- She became Mrs. Martin last summer, she laughs big, and she's so stinkin' cute!
She is also so fun to be around. She's a new team member and i'm so excited to know her better.
Skipping over me for now.
Next up is Priscilla Caliz- She is a long time friend of mine, she has a dog that she loves,
(we like to talk about our dogs) She plays a lot of volleyball and laughs just as well
as Judy. :)
And then Angie- Angie gave birth to a beautiful son, Miles, this past fall. He was born with a birth defect that
has caused them to be in the hospital multiple times for multiple surgeries-
She has been a great mom through it all- she has also been my rock these first couple
years of business. She is moving her talents into my office which is a much needed thing!
Angie is also a most beautiful person- i love her sense of humor and how easily she smiles.
She has a great laugh, too!
I realized that the most similar thing about these girls
that i love is their laughter, their calmness, and their sense of humor.
I believe it's because this is what i most need to be surrounded by in times
of much concentration and work work work.
Regardless of their talents and why i love them, the most basic matter is that
without them i could not have this photography business.
Besides doing things with other people is all of the fun!
We wanted to have a shoot while it was snowing but despite the forecast- there was none.
We settled for pictures with snow on it :)
Thank you girls. I love working with you.
And now me-
Well, currently, as we speak, i am getting all set for the first stint of my vacation.
I haven't been on a 2 week vacation EVER!
I am taking a week vacation in Florida with my sister and her husband
(and baby desi) and meeting cousins and aunts and uncles
And then (i am still working on this) i am planning to fly to Hawaii
with one of my best friends,Gina (we have always wanted to vacation together)
for another 10 days.
Did you know my boyfriend is in Hawaii? For a month?
Did you even know i was dating? :)
The biggest thing that happened to me in 2012 besides all of this stuff:
shooting 12 weddings
(one in NY state)
being rear ended in my blue jetta on my way to a photo shoot
having my car declared totaled
buying a red nissan crew cab pickup truck
purchasing my first smart phone
5d markII !!! woo woo!
My sister having a beautiful bouncing baby boy
etc. etc. etc.
Yes- we have a story. It's pretty huge. It is still in the making and one day, hopefully, you will get to read it.
For now you can know that he is everything i never knew i needed.
He really is the best thing that ever happened to me.
Being with someone makes life a lot busier. But fuller.
Crazier. but funner. Being in love is really all that it is cracked up to be!
I keep thinking, "I can't believe it's him i get to be with!"
I am so lucky.
;) And that was just for you Miss Fisher-
Thank you Thank you Thank you
and Happy Valentines!
( No pressure- just a small valentines card is all anybody ever wanted :)
Diane for Di Images