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I Was Voted the Best Photographer for QSaltLake’s Fabby Awards

For the 3rd year in a row I was voted as the Best Photographer/Studio by the readers of QSalt Lake Magazine. Hooray!

To be honest, contests like this mean little. There are great photographers who never win awards and there are photographers who aren’t that great – yet win contests. And I really don’t want to be judged as good or bad by popular vote.

dav.d photography was voted as Best Photographer by readers of QSalt Lake Magazine

dav.d photography was voted as Best Photographer by readers of QSalt Lake Magazine

My guess on why the voters did select me? I am out in the community constantly creating photographs. I have been the official photographer for Utah Pride for the past several year. I have photographed numerous fundraisers, political events, rallies, weddings and commitment ceremonies. I get a lot of exposure with the LGBT community. In my view it is a way to give back to the community.

dav.d

Dang Shipping Is Expensive – Film Photography Can Be As Well :(

I stopped by UPS yesterday to drop off a roll of film in the mail. I am sending a “test roll” of film to a film lab out in California. I am sure I could send the film via the Postal Service, it would be cheaper, however, I want to try out the system I would use if I start to shoot more film. For a wedding or portrait session would I send film via the post office? I don’t think so.

To send one roll of film cost me almost $11. The roll of film itself cost about $3. The processing and prints will set me back about $28. That is about $42 for one roll of film. Will it be worth it? That is the big question. If the photographs look amazing – then I might consider using this particular service.

Here is a photograph for comparison. This is a portrait I created of my friend Samantha. This was part of a boudoir photo shoot. This was created with one of my film cameras and the film was processed locally for about $3.50. I scanned the film myself and then color corrected the film in Photoshop and removed dust and scratches. In all it cost about $6.50 for the film and processing – and then the amount of time I spend editing the photograph in Photoshop.

Samantha was photographed with one of my film cameras

Samantha was photographed with one of my film cameras

So check back later to learn about the results. I am excited and curious for the results. It could be one step closer to being a true hybrid photographer – shooting both film and digital. Ultimately it is one more step to becoming an artist who creates cool and amazing art no matter the medium.

dav.d

Making It Easier for People to Give Me Money

Part of the fun of running a small business is when people give me money – that is rather cool. And it would seem that would be easy to do these days – well, people like options and the options can get complicated. Fortunately there is Square to make things a bit easier.

All you need is an iPhone or an iPad and we can swipe your credit card for a certain amount and it is easy as pie. I finally picked up a few more of these card readers so I can have one in each camera bag that I use. Nothing is worse than showing up for an assignment and the credit card reader is sitting on the desk at the office.

Square Credit Card Reader

Square Credit Card Reader

This work with iPads and iPhones – so if you are also a small business owner – check it out. It saves on some of the merchant fees, black box fees and other things. And I hope that brides will like it a lot.

And of course I still accept PayPal, cash, and check. Contact me for details!

dav.d

Getting Organized One Car Trunk at a Time

It is the little accomplishments in life… for me it was cleaning and organizing the trunk of my car yesterday. And I’ll confess – it wasn’t by choice either.

Yesterday I spent the day with a friend who was having a horrible day. She has had some bad luck in the last year and I do my best to be there to help out and be a person she can hang out with and talk. We went to go see American Reunion – the sequel to American Pie. We had a great time. Afterwards I helped her out at the Apple store while she needed a computer fixed. Anyway, at the end – she lost her keys in the trunk of my car! And we couldn’t find them anywhere.

So I spent about an hour cleaning out the trunk – everything came out and all the little things that accumulate were tossed out.

What is left? Just the essentials. I have my tripods, light stands, zip-loc bags, and even my gym bag – in case I make it to the gym. So instead of chaos it is now organized chaos. And I am prepared for any emergency that will arise.

Trunk of my Car is Organized - can you tell?

Trunk of my Car is Organized - can you tell?

Not to get too excited – but maybe next I organized the office space. I might even find that there is carpet in the office.

And after the office, maybe I will organize my life – at least a little bit more. Is it possible for artists to be organized? We will find out.

dav.d

Great Locations for Engagement Photos – Provo’s Apple Orchard

One of the first questions people ask when scheduling an engagement session – or even a bridal session is where should we photograph? In theory, you could photograph almost anywhere and with the right lighting, composition, and creativity you can photograph almost anywhere. However, some areas are going to be better than others.

I just wrapped up a children photo shoot at the Provo Apple Orchard that is located in front of the Utah State Hospital. The shoot was a lot of fun and the photos turned out great. Before leaving the location I took a few photographs of just the orchard itself and some of the apple blossoms. I don’t know how much longer the blossoms will stay around. However, now is the perfect time to hit the orchard.

The location will often have deer roaming the orchard as well. Occasionally you can spot them – although I doubt they’d hang around for a photo shoot.

Apple blossoms are covering the orchard in Provo

Apple blossoms are covering the orchard in Provo

If I haven’t mentioned it before, Spring is my favorite season. It signals the end of winter and the beginning of warm weather, flowers, green grass and all the fun of summer. And things do get busier now a days. I am hoping that I can stop by Thanksgiving Point and photograph their tulip festival. That goes through April 28th.

So maybe I should wrap up this blog post – and you folks can put the computer down and go outside! It is beautiful out. And I will be scouting some more locations for photography.

dav.d