Cassiano Oliveira: Blog https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog en-us (C) Cassiano Oliveira mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:27:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:27:00 GMT https://www.cassianooliveira.com/img/s/v-12/u149613143-o721605197-50.jpg Cassiano Oliveira: Blog https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog 80 120 Jason & Danielle's wedding at The Olde Homestead Country Club https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2019/6/jason-danielle-olde-homestead

 

Gorgeous Bride, amazing locations and extremely well planned wedding and timeline.  Thank you Jason and Danielle for being so warm and engaging!

 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) homestead lehigh valley photographer olde Homestead wedding picture https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2019/6/jason-danielle-olde-homestead Sun, 02 Jun 2019 14:55:42 GMT
wedding photography prices https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2019/2/wedding-photography-prices

My most asked question asked by my prospects is about wedding photography prices.  I would too since we are all under budget and money is a limited resource, especially when planning a wedding.  This is what I can tell you from my journey as a well established pro wedding photographer:

 

Photographers charge what they are worth.  I charged $200 to shoot my first wedding!  I had no experience and very little equipment.  Pretty  much a camera and a flash, much like the one your uncle has.  It took me a month to edit it and it was atrocious.  As I gained more experience, studied more and got better equipment I raised my prices in order to further develop my skills as well as my education and training, as well as more and more equipment.

 

Why is wedding photography cost so high for just one day's work?  The wedding day is only one day out of many days of work:  Wedding photography involves several days of editing, album design, meetings and engagement shoots.  I typically spend 40 hours altogether on each wedding.  Wedding photography prices also include the fact that most weddings are in the fall and spring, so we only have so many weekends available for so many couples that want the same few dates available.  Winter and summer weddings are not as common.

 

How much should I spend on my wedding photography?   It depends on how important it is to you.  If you are not a photo person, and just need coverage, any less than $1000 wedding photographer would do, as long as you don't need indoor coverage.  Good equipment is required for dark situations.  $2500 photographers are up and coming semi pros who are still trying to buy more equipment and get more training in order to charge more and quit their day job.  This group is hit or miss due to their limited experience and might be inexperienced in difficult and unusual circumstances.  $3500 and up photographers are veterans who have seen it all and are very comfortable with the test of photographing weddings.  They have the right equipment, assistants and or second shooter photographers and at least 100 weddings under their belt.  

 

Let me know if there's any other questions you might have!

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) fotografo brasileiro casamento lehigh valley photographer Lehigh Valley wedding photography NJ weddings elite https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2019/1/wedding-photography-in-the-lehigh-valley-2019 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:57:33 GMT
weddings at Park Chateau, NJ https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2018/6/weddings-at-park-chateau-nj

 

Winter wedding at the beautifully elegant Park Chateau in NJ

 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) park chateau weddings park chateau https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2018/6/weddings-at-park-chateau-nj Tue, 26 Jun 2018 01:49:06 GMT
Amazing wedding photos in Philadelphia at the Curtis Center https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2017/3/benezra-pinelli-wedding-at-the-atrium-at-curtis-center The wedding of Liz & Steven Benezra was one for the times.  Probably The New York Times.

Incredible work by Details Made Simple, who coordinated the entire event, Cindy and Ray Pinelli, Hotel Monaco, The Bellevue Hotel, Old St. Joseph's Church and the spectacular Curtis Center, who were nothing but gracious to us.

Bridal Gown by Augusta Jones Bridal, Castle Couture Manalapan NJ

Bridesmaid Dresses Bella Bridal NYC 

Tux: Generations Tux

Flora: Beautiful Blooms Philadelphia 

VENUE  Curtis Center Cescaphe Event Group Philadelphia 

WEDDING CAKE Jen Roach Cakes Philadelphia 

BAND Don Eaton Band Philadelphia 

WEDDING STATIONARY Cupcake Graphics Newtown PA 

 

Here's to you Liz and Steven;

 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) amazing wedding photography philadelphia wedding wedding photographer https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2017/3/benezra-pinelli-wedding-at-the-atrium-at-curtis-center Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:13:45 GMT
my guys always bring it. https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2016/9/my-guys-always-bring-it

fellas.

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) great groomsmen shots https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2016/9/my-guys-always-bring-it Tue, 06 Sep 2016 06:47:49 GMT
The Definition of True Love https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2016/8/the-definition-of-true-love This couple, Jorge and Lizette, met in Middle School!  They were both 13 years old and have managed to stay madly in love ever since.  To think that they would marry and have children would be a fairytale love story that only they could believe in, and they did.  These two have the most incredible, most rarest form of love there is:  Pure, baggage-free, carry-on-only love.  I can only applaud these two in accomplishing something we all tried and failed.  To have a One and Only Love.  Congratulations Licy and Baby.  Here's your Same-Day Slideshow.  

Love, Cassiano.

 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) Ghionis e-session engagement lehigh valley photographer wedding wedding photographer https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2016/8/the-definition-of-true-love Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:03:56 GMT
Kristina & Billy's Same-Day slideshow. https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2016/8/kristine-billys-same-day-slideshlow This is a challenge I have created for myself.  During the ceremony, while guests are having dinner, I have to create a slideshow and present it to all the wedding guests, before they finish their entrees.  this is what i created within 35 minutes.

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2016/8/kristine-billys-same-day-slideshlow Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:39:36 GMT
Dirk & Melanie Same Day slideshow https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2016/6/dirk-melanie-same-day-slideshow

Beautiful wedding held @ the gorgeous Harvest View Barn at Hershey Farms.  All activities held on location, in beautiful Berks County.  Thank you Chrystal Hershey for your wonderful hospitality!

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) barn melanie dirk berks https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2016/6/dirk-melanie-same-day-slideshow Sun, 05 Jun 2016 14:43:22 GMT
Wedding in Easton, PA held at The Bank St. Annex https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2015/2/wedding-in-easton-pa-held-at-the-bank-st-annex This is a slide show I produce during dinner at all my weddings.  It consists of images taken throughout the wedding and are shown as I took them straight out of camera in jpeg format.  No retouching is done.  Simply photography at its purest form.  Traditional vietnamese ceremony was held at the bride's mother's home.  Ceremony and reception were held at the gorgeous Bank St. Annex in Easton PA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) Bank St. Annex Easton Wedding Ghionis engagement lehigh valley photographer wedding wedding photographer https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2015/2/wedding-in-easton-pa-held-at-the-bank-st-annex Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:34:19 GMT
Pre-Wedding rehearsal photoshoot in Easton PA With Thuy and Brian https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2015/2/pre-wedding-rehearsal-photoshoot-in-easton-pa-with-thuy-and-brian Brian and Thuy are a lovely, down to earth couple who are getting married in two weeks at the Bank st. Annex in Easton PA.  It's an american asian fusion of cultures represented here by their attire.  Thuy is wearing a traditional vietnamese down and Brian is wearing an early 1900's ensemble to represent their cultures.   Easton pre-wedding shoot. Easton pre-wedding shoot. Easton pre-wedding shoot. Easton pre-wedding shoot. Easton pre-wedding shoot. Easton pre-wedding shoot. Easton pre-wedding shoot. Easton pre-wedding shoot. Easton pre-wedding shoot. Easton pre-wedding shoot. Easton pre-wedding shoot.

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) Ghionis e-session engagement lehigh valley photographer wedding wedding photographer https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2015/2/pre-wedding-rehearsal-photoshoot-in-easton-pa-with-thuy-and-brian Sun, 08 Feb 2015 16:48:22 GMT
Timing https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/timing

Timing is crucial to a timeless image.  This was taken at the NYC subway at grand central.  Some people are at the right place at the right time.  I'm never that lucky, so I create everything from the posing to the lighting, to the timing and emotion and this is the result.

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/timing Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:13:52 GMT
while the train comes https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/while-the-train-comes

Learn about off camera lighting at my posing and lighting masterclass December 13th, 2014!  for more info check out www.cassianoOliveira.com/workshop

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/while-the-train-comes Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:08:03 GMT
wedding photography prices https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/wedding-photography-prices

 

You can now hire a would class wedding photographer for less than you think.

Our wedding photography packages start at $3500.  It includes a designer custom album, an engagement session, and all digital images in a beautiful custom box.  Please check us out at www.cassianoOliveira.com

 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/wedding-photography-prices Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:48:57 GMT
philadelphia wedding photographers https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/philadelphia-wedding-photographers

CassianoOliveira.com offers world class wedding photography in the Philadelphia and Delaware region starting at $3500.

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/philadelphia-wedding-photographers Tue, 11 Nov 2014 02:03:09 GMT
Post wedding trash the dress session https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/post-wedding-trash-the-dress-session

Omg I froze that day!  See Jorge & Lo at my Posing & Lighting workshop!  click on the link below for more details.

 

www.cassianoOliveira.com/workshop

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/post-wedding-trash-the-dress-session Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:20:00 GMT
are you afraid of shooting in broad daylight? https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/are-you-afraid-of-shooting-in-broad-daylight

come to my posing and lighting masterclass on dec 13th and conquer your lighting fears!

sign up at www.cassianoOliveira.com/workshop today!

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/are-you-afraid-of-shooting-in-broad-daylight Fri, 07 Nov 2014 18:19:27 GMT
Making a princess feel like a princess. https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/making-a-princess-feel-like-a-princess

I've never seen a bride so loved by so many people.  Everyone called Dana baby, and pampered and catered to her on her entire day.  It's wonderful to see a bridal party be there to simply make the bride happy on her wedding day.  It made her feel like the princess that she is and it shows on every image. 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) dana & Brian marylin shot. https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/making-a-princess-feel-like-a-princess Wed, 05 Nov 2014 02:27:04 GMT
Yervant https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/yervant

This image was inspired by the great Yervant (google him!).  He is famous for his high fashion painterly images.  I like it in this case because it shows the beautiful detail of Lo's dress.  Love that dress!  Jorge is a natural, doing his thing too!

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/11/yervant Sun, 02 Nov 2014 19:15:40 GMT
Beautiful light, beautiful bride, and a reflection! #WINNING! https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/10/beautiful-light-beautiful-bride-and-a-reflection-winning

Five steps for creating the perfect picture:  Come to my workshop "How to amaze your clients" on December 6 and learn how!

 

cassianooliveira.com/workshop

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) lo reflection wedding bride https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/10/beautiful-light-beautiful-bride-and-a-reflection-winning Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:07:42 GMT
50's themed engagement shoot https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/10/50s-themed-engagement-shoot

Polka dot dress, bowtie & suspenders, Tim and Melinda rocked the retro look for their e-session.  This is just one look out of three!  

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) 50's engagement shoot lehigh University https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/10/50s-themed-engagement-shoot Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:33:27 GMT
Mark & Britt's E-session https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/10/mark-britts-e-session

I love going ALL OUT for my engagement sessions.  Suit & Tie, Long Gown get your fancy on.  They are not to be taken lightly, lol. Might as well take some killer pictures instead of cute ones, don't you think?

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) killer engagement pictures https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/10/mark-britts-e-session Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:14:57 GMT
This "Little Mermaid" themed Fantasy Engagement shoot is a Disney Lover's dream. https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/10/this-little-mermaid-themed-fantasy-engagement-shoot-is-a-disney-lovers-dream ajvb0047ajvb0047

My daughter is a disney princess, so therefore I know everything about all the disney princesses.  This shoot was a ton of fun, and I tried to have a more mature, sexy feel into this shoot cause they are a beautiful sexy couple!  

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) Disney fantasy photo shoot the little mermaid wedding https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/10/this-little-mermaid-themed-fantasy-engagement-shoot-is-a-disney-lovers-dream Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:57:22 GMT
lehigh valley wedding photographer https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/10/lehigh-valley-wedding-photographer

Lehigh Valley wedding photographer Cassiano Oliveira offers Lehigh Valley brides the highest standard in wedding photography in Easton, Allentown, Bethlehem and the greater Lehigh Valley.

Are you getting married in the Lehigh Valley? Who will be your Lehigh Valley wedding photographer?

Here is a list of some of the things you should consider when looking for a wedding photographer in Easton, Allentown, Bethlehem, and throughout the Lehigh Valley

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) lehigh valley wedding photograhers https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/10/lehigh-valley-wedding-photographer Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:28:11 GMT
Pam's Album draft https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/6/pams-album-draft

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/6/pams-album-draft Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:50:10 GMT
Winter Wedding at The Bernards Inn https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/1/winter-wedding-at-the-bernards-inn This is a same day slideshow, done during dinner at the reception.  Images are shown just as they come out of the camera, with a one second per image editing to no editing for most images.  I do this at most weddings depending on time restrictions.

It was a bitter cold, 9 degree day at the Bernards Inn, located in Bernardsville, New Jersey.  But the cold had no chance against the overwhelmingly warm and cozy LOVE these two families poured into this building.  Lisa and John were a private and serene couple that wanted nothing more than candid shots and not much attention to themselves.  I tried listening, but I decided to push them to their limit instead!   

 

Enjoy!

Lisa & John Same day slideshow at The Bernards Inn.New Year Wedding

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) bernards Inn weddings lehigh valley photographer same day slideshow wedding wedding photographer https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2014/1/winter-wedding-at-the-bernards-inn Sun, 05 Jan 2014 18:27:42 GMT
Jorge & Lo's Slideshow https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/10/jorge-los-slideshow

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) engagement wedding wedding photographer https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/10/jorge-los-slideshow Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:27:43 GMT
Lo & Jorge E-session https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/10/lo Meet Lo & Jorge. What a charming and loving couple!  I've never done a country themed shoot before and I absolutely loved it!  I'm used to Fashion style photography so I thought it would take the challenge!  Let me know what you think...

 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) Ghionis Jerry engagement lehigh valley photographer wedding photographer https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/10/lo Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:58:00 GMT
Mariana & Glayton https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/10/mariana-glayton

 

Had the grandest time with old friends at Sands Casino and arts quest.  Her dress reminded me of what Tango dancers wear, hence the soundtrack.  Warning:  These images may blow you away.

 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) E-session Ghionis Jerry Lehigh Session. Valley engagement https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/10/mariana-glayton Thu, 24 Oct 2013 01:20:16 GMT
Jackie & George Same day Slideshow https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/9/jackie-george-same-day-slideshow as always, this is a slideshow done on the venue while guests are being served dinner.  Images are nor retouched, and straight out of camera. Jackie & George

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) Ghionis Jerry day same show slide wedding photographer https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/9/jackie-george-same-day-slideshow Wed, 25 Sep 2013 00:39:27 GMT
Melissa & Andrew Slideshow https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/9/melissa-andrew-slideshow Melissa & AndrewThis is a same day slide show, which is put together within 40 minutes while guests are having dinner during the reception part of your wedding and projected onto a screen or wall so your guests can see your pictures on the same day as they are taken. All images are as they come out of the camera and are RAW and unfinished. It is a complimentary service included in all my collections. Tonight's wedding' slideshow.  What a good looking couple!  Enjoy and Please comment!

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) day same show slide https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/9/melissa-andrew-slideshow Sun, 15 Sep 2013 03:15:00 GMT
wescott Icelight by jerry ghionis review https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/9/wescott-icelight-by-jerry-ghionis-review I am mesmerized by this new lighting system.  It's called the Icelight, made by wescott and designed by my idol, Jerry Ghionis.  It's better than I expected and I expected a lot!

review of Wescott Icelight designed by Jerry Ghionis

I used two ice lights for this shot.  Clamshell style:  One above the lens and one below the lens for a fashion look.  I borrowed this shot from my other idol Roberto Valenzuela.

review of Wescott Icelight designed by Jerry Ghionis  This shot was created by lighting the model from a 45 degree angle while being as close to a glass as i could.  

 

review of Wescott Icelight designed by Jerry Ghionis

same here, 

 

review of Wescott Icelight designed by Jerry Ghionis  It's a very soft light that is designed to dim down to a very gentle glow.  sometimes usedful as just a kiss of light on your subject's face.

 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) Ghionis Icelight Jerry Wescott by designed of review https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/9/wescott-icelight-by-jerry-ghionis-review Fri, 13 Sep 2013 00:22:32 GMT
9 Beautiful landscape Photos from around the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/8/beautiful-landscape-photos-from-around-the-lehigh-valley-pennsylvania sunset photo from Palmer Township, PA Sunset in Palmer Township. I love this tree.

 

Lehigh Valley beautiful photos

William Penn Why in Palmer Twp.

 

beautiful photos from around lehigh Valley Train tracks in Phillipsburg, NJ

13th st in Easton !3th st in Easton, PA

 

Bushkill Park

Abandoned bushkill ParkAbandoned Silk Mill in Easton, PA

 

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Old Door at silk mill in Eastonbeautiful photos from around the Lehigh Valley

I have no Idea where this pond is!  I was lost and when I pulled over to see where I was on google maps, this gorgeous view was waving hi to me, lol.

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) beautiful view lehigh Valley https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/8/beautiful-landscape-photos-from-around-the-lehigh-valley-pennsylvania Sat, 03 Aug 2013 21:58:46 GMT
how to work with an assistant https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/7/how-to-work-with-an-assistant

Working with an assistant is both a blessing and a curse.  It is great because you have someone in charge of your gear, holding lighting, and most valuably, someone who is there for you.  It also makes things more difficult because you end up directing two people instead of just your subject.

My assistant, John Bartholomew, is a fantastic assistant because he is passionate about photography, and is a big NFL type of guy who is a gentleman with good manners.  This means that he can carry 60lbs of gear, hold lighting at a great hight, and can create small talk while I'm setting up and creating shots in my head.   Most importantly , he's like a caddie.  We've worked together long enough that he can tell what I'm going to do next and if I'm overlooking or forgetting a small detail.

 

In the beginning, you have to give your assistant direction BEFORE giving your subject direction to avoid your subject falling apart while you're telling your assistant what you want.

 

Posing and lighting:

In this image I had my assistant hold a flash on TTL at 90 degrees from me, and the subject's faces and shoulders towards the light.   I then exposed for the SKY and the Flash automatically lights them perfectly.   I also had them lean toward the camera to correct the lens perspective because I was laying on the ground!

 

 

 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) off camera flash engagement shoot working with an assistant https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/7/how-to-work-with-an-assistant Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:13:58 GMT
How to pose a bride https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/7/how-to-pose-a-bride I've been receiving more questions from beginner photographer about posing and lighting than general questions from brides.  Here's some free advice:

use window lighting:

how to pose a bride Window light, with INDIRECT sunlight will give you the most dramatic and beautiful quality of light.  This creates a natural high contrast called chiaroscuro.  It means bright and dark.  This is the secret of creating my style of photography.

 

Posing:  

Since there's a single direction of light, the light has to face your bride at a 45 degree angle.  Place your subject at two to three feet away from the light, expose for the highlight, and not the overall area, and make sure her face and one shoulder is toward the light.

This technique gives texture, depth and dimension, flattering your beautiful bride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rembrandt lighting

Rembrandt used this technique.  

He had one room with one small window.  most his portraits looked like this because that's where he always painted.

if it worked for him, that's good enough for me...

 

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) wedding lighting and posing techniques https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/7/how-to-pose-a-bride Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:22:36 GMT
Vintage style brides, vintage weddings https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/7/vintage-style-brides-vintage-weddings Photo taken at Hotel Bethlehem I love vintage style weddings.  They capture all the Glamour of the olden days.  Back then, EVERYONE dressed up...  The dresses, the hairstyles, the lipstick and blush, even smoking was stylish!  Hotel Bethlehem, in Penssylvania, is from that era.   Marble floors, real wood all over the place and even the furniture matches the style.  

 

Turn of the century Vintage Hairstyle

Stephanie was a fantastic bride.  Knowing how to use the available light in the hotel room, I was able to capture the detail of her hair and makeup while making the image dramatic and full of texture, depth and dimension.

 

Lehigh Valley Weddings

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mritel@me.com (Cassiano Oliveira) hotel Bethlehem lehigh valley photographer romantic wedding wedding photographer https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/7/vintage-style-brides-vintage-weddings Tue, 23 Jul 2013 02:55:28 GMT
How to choose a wedding photographer https://www.cassianooliveira.com/blog/2013/5/things-to-consider-when-selecting-a-wedding-photographer  

Big or small, your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life. Planning your wedding is an exciting, yet potentially stressful affair. There are many details to work out and a lot of vendors to meet with as everything comes together.

The following are some of the most common things to consider when selecting a wedding photographer. Each of these items have been shared with me by brides (during our initial consultation) as happening to their own friends or relatives. So, they were naturally interested in not making the same mistakes when hiring me for their own wedding.

Of course, everyone’s tastes are different, and what one person thinks is an acceptable product or service may not come close to meeting the wants and needs of another. However, the items listed below are the most common issues that tend to affect the widest percentage of engaged couples when selecting their wedding photographer.

 

 

DON’T SELECT BY PRICE ALONE

The most common mistake is most definitely in selecting a photographer solely based on the price paid. The phrase “you get what you pay for” is very true when it comes to artistic professions such as photography and videography. When you simply go with the lowest bidder in photography, you are generally selecting someone who is either (A) inexperienced, (B) not confident enough in their own work to put a higher value on it, (C) not in high demand, or (D) cuts corners on quality of products or amount of time they will devote to you.

Additionally, some of the lowest bids may come from studios known in the industry as ‘wedding mills’. These are the kinds of studios that focus on quantity over quality. Instead of having one primary photographer or even just a few prominent photographers on staff, they have a large pool of on-call photographers with varying skills and experience levels to fill in at events as needed. In most cases, you don’t get to pick your photographer. In many cases, you won’t even know who your photographer will be until they show up the day of the wedding. It should also be mentioned that the larger, national chain wedding mills generally have a reputation for giving great customer service pre-contract, but once the contract has been signed, the client is treated like a number (check the BBB for reviews/complaints). Trusting a wedding mill to handle your wedding photography can be a real gamble, not only with your photography quality, but with your overall customer experience.

If your budget just simply will not allow you to hire the level of photographer that you would prefer, you may have no choice but to go with a less experienced photographer or a low budget studio. As the old saying goes, “The bitterness of poor quality lasts much longer than the sweetness of low price.” Try to remember that after the food has been eaten, the cake has been cut, the dress has been put in storage, your honeymoon is a distant memory, and the kids are growing up and going off to college, the one thing you will have to look back on to remember your wedding day will be your photographs. So, if your wedding photographs are of utmost value to you but budget is a concern, perhaps saving a dollar here and there in other areas of the wedding (the food, the cake, your dress, the limo, etc) will allow you to allocate more funds towards getting the quality of photography you dream of.

The caterers, cake bakers, dress makers and such will not like me saying that, just as I wouldn’t like to hear them say the opposite (ex: “hire a cheap photographer so you can spend more on your wedding dress”), so let me clarify. If budget is a concern, you need to decide what is most important to you. Everyone has different tastes. One bride may want the most expensive dress money can buy, at the expense of having nice flowers, a fancy venue, a big cake, and a high-end photographer. Others may value the photography more and may trust that the professional photographer they hire will be able to make any venue/dress/cake look great! So, the bottom line is that when deciding what percentage of your wedding budget to spend on photography, you must first determine how much you value good photography.

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DON’T WAIT TOO LONG TO BOOK THE PHOTOGRAPHER YOU WANT

In all her excitement, a new bride-to-be immediately starts planning all of the details of her dream wedding, right down to her dress, shoes, venue, number of bridesmaids, her flowers, the cake, and even the color of the luxurious stretch limo that will whisk her and Prince Charming off into the sunset! She’s thought of everything a girl could possibly dream of to make her wedding day the most glorious, romantic day of her life. And yet, she hasn’t even contemplated the importance of preserving all of these momentous (and expensive) details with the all important wedding photographs!

Waiting until the last minute to book your photographer can result in:

  • Your preferred photographer is not available because they are already booked with someone else
  • You no longer have enough money left in your budget to be able to hire the photographer you want, or to get the package you want, because you’re already over budget after spending in excess for more trivial elements—like too many wedding favors, extra hot hors-d’oeuvres for your cocktail hour, or even an overly expensive DJ to play music at the reception.

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BEWARE OF CHEAP PRINTS MADE AT DISCOUNT STORES

Some couples looking to cut costs may look for photographers who are willing to do a “shoot and burn”. This is where the photographer photographs the wedding and then turns over the high-resolution images on DVD to the couple. The bride plans to take these images to the in-store labs at Wal*Mart, Costco or a similar discount store where she thinks she can save some money.

What the bride doesn’t realize is that the main reason prints from discount in-store photo labs are so cheap is that the photo paper used there is not archival quality paper. Additionally their color correction process is made for quantity, not quality, so prints come out looking a lot different from the original image shot by the photographer. Remember grandma’s old pictures that are now faded and yellowed? Well, that is what those cheap prints of your own wedding will look like in as little as 10 years.

Discount labs are great for casual snapshots, like vacation or camping trip photos. But for an event as important as your wedding day, you should ONLY get your images printed by a professional lab using archival quality paper such as Kodak Endura paper. Kodak Endura paper is guaranteed not to fade or yellow for up to 100 years on display, or for up to 200 years in dark storage (such as a box or in the pages of an album).

Top-level professional wedding photographers offer only archival quality prints to their clients, and most top-tier wedding photographers do not offer “shoot and burn” wedding packages in order to maintain consistent quality end products for their clients. They are looking out for the client’s best interest by ensuring that the art created from the client’s memories will last a lifetime.

 

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