I’ve now posted Daiana’s pictures on her own blog. You can view her images at http://daianaadams.wordpress.com.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep the high number of images posted here for an unlimited time because I am close to running out of storage space for my own photographs. I have two big shoots this weekend in Lakeland, and would have to buy more space to post those images. Virtual space isn’t cheap! Beside’s, Daiana’s work should be viewable on her own site. Let me say, that Daiana is the only photographer I would shoot with.
I met with Diana to review with her how to upload and manage her images on her blog, which I had created for her about a year ago. The photo of Daiana I used for her header is one I took of her at picnic island a few years ago. and one of my favorites. Daiana is one of my favorite subjects to shoot, because I always capture terrific images of her.
Other than the mentoring Tom gave to me, no one has helped Daiana or me, as we moved along in our photography. When I started taking pictures, it was just for fun and all I wanted to do was take pictures. I was fascinated with uploading and viewing the images on my computer screen. I really was not interested in printing. I had no idea that there was a difference in printing qualities, or the importance of color management. I assumed everyone would be satisfied with taking the images I gave them on a disc to Walgreens or CVS to have printed. As I began to explore applying effects, and doing other alterations to my original images, I realized that controlling the quality of the final printed image is imperative. At least for the type of work I strive for. I like to shoot files that can be blown up to 30X40 sizes and these can’t be handled at a Walgreens. I just don’t want my work associated with a Walgreens type of product.
I also refuse to hand a client discs containing 1000s of images. This just overwhelms the client, and truly is not professional. I find it a better experience for the client to give them a pre-selected collection of 200 – 300 images, and perhaps an already laid out photo album or book.
Image by Marylia (Mo) Garcia, Pixlexia.com
Image by Marylia (Mo) Garcia, Pixlexia.com
As much as I didn’t want to mess with printing, my clients wanted prints. They demanded prints, I had to provide a way for my clients to obtain prints that would be of the caliber and quality I want my work associated with. I spent a lot of time and money, working on this and found a few excellent sources for prints. I shared one of my sources with Daiana, but she is sworn to secrecy and if she is smart, she will remember that no one helped us and won’t divulge the sources. If she does, I won’t share anything else with her 🙂 And I have other sources 🙂
Daiana is a very good photographer and should do very well with her work. She has a spontaneous and artistic eye, and her images are well composed. Daiana and I both are passionate about our work, and really became focused after taking a digital photography class at the museum of photography in downtown Tampa.
Of course, my mentor Tom Feazel has taught me so very much about photography, and through his influence I have developed a special interest in architectural photography, which influences the compositions of my portraiture work as well as other shoots. Although I want to work with other photographers, I understand the importance of maintaining a particular style that I am trying to achieve. Shooting with others sometimes waters down a photographers style, and that is something to be cautious of. I don’t want to be influenced by someone else’s ideas of how I should capture or where I should position my subjects, and likewise I don’t want to push my views on anyone else. All in all, this was a great experience.
When Sara approached me to shoot Melissa’s wedding I immediately thought of inviting Daiana Adams to come along as the second shooter. I’ve shot with Daiana before and it’s always an enjoyable experience, with us both coming away with contrasting images. To be honest, I was a bit uncomfortable taking on this out-of-town-wedding-shoot by myself. I mean, what if I missed important shots, and setting up a second or third camera on a tripod would be very hard to manage alone. I’d be distracted worrying about my equipment, etc. I felt that bringing Daiana along, would ensure we didn’t miss anything. And I was very happy when she immediately came on board. Between the two of us, we managed to cover all the angles. It was a great shoot. We have quite different photographic eyes. I took a photo-journalistic approach documenting the wedding as it unfolded from preparation to end, and capturing the architectural features and flavors of the day. Daiana’s shots captured special moments between the couple, great group shots, and spontaneous shots with the kids and guest.
I am grateful to both, Sara Primeau for giving me the opportunity to do this, and to Melissa and Tom for trusting their special event to my hands. I hope I did not let them down.