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Don Pope
Professional Wedding Photographer
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Our sister company, MidAtlantic Photo Booths provided a photo booth rental this week in Arlington, Virginia. Arlington is located just outside of the Washington DC Area and very close to Maryland. We keep a booth in Bowie, MD to service this area. The event was held at the Double Tree Hotel. It was an very large and exciting venue. Our couple was named Angela and Prince. They were celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary and rented the photo booth to entertain their guests. It was a diverse group of guests from the Metropolitan DC area, Raleigh & Wilson, North Carolina and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Donald Pope Photography
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Wedding photo booths are the hottest trend in wedding, event and corporate photography. Before you jump to conclusions and start to think that the booths are akin to the photo booth that you see in the mall, let me say that the new booths are far from that. New booths contains state of the art technology. The booths have a touch screen, prints black/white and color in less than 10 seconds and can have any logo embossed on the images. The booths can also superimpose any background that the bride or groom selects via green screen technology. The booths are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Donald Pope Photography
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Located in St. Michaels, MD, Harbourtowne Golf Resort is a true delight. It is one of the best wedding venues that we have shot at. The resort has a golf course, restaurant, bar, hotel and wedding venue. The entire facility sits on the Chesapeake Bay with a water view. It was perfect for a wedding. I would highly recommend this location for a wedding. Timing of the sunset means everything. We intentionally waited until the sun was low in the background. This allowed a very short window of an almost perfect sunset. You have to work fast because the sun... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at Donald Pope Photography
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On 04/17/10, I had the pleasure to photograph the engagement party of Barrie Gray and Courtney Marshall. Several months ago, the couple contracted the wedding photography with Donald Pope Photography with the engagement party included. The engagement party was held in Frederica, DE at the home of the brides parents. Everything about this party screamed class. The home was beautiful, the guests were warm and the entire event went as smoothly as one could imagine. My team got the best feeling that you can have about a couple. Friends and family arrived at around 4pm for a 4 hour dinner... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at Donald Pope Photography
Scouting the locations of your wedding ceremony and reception venues is an important part of a photographer’s job. The scouting and examination of the venues should start many weeks before the wedding. Upon securing the deposit from your client, a wedding photographer should immediately start to plan to visit the wedding venues. If you are a Delaware wedding photographer and your event is being held near Philadelphia, Washington DC, New Jersey or Baltimore, then there is no excuse not to scout your venues many weeks before the wedding. On 03/21/10, I scouted the church and the reception for a wedding... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at Donald Pope Photography
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Mar 15, 2010
Bridal DVD Slideshows have come a long way. Many years ago, DVD Slideshows were a cheap attempt at making up for not being able to afford to hire a professional videographer. As we fast forward to modern times, DVD Slideshows are a excellent compromise to video. When a wedding photographer is deciding how to implement DVD Slideshows into his/her wedding packages, the first decision is to decide if you want to do it with your own software or to use a creation service. Donald Pope Photography uses a creation service. Emotion Media provides custom DVD Slideshows in various formats, including... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2010 at Donald Pope Photography
Meeting your bride for the first time came be the most important part of the the relationship that you will build with the bride or the couple. Some thought should go into the meeting. Professionalism is the word to remember for all photographers. Wedding Photographers are not just creative artists, but also salesmen. With your salesman hat on, you must remember that the bride is purchasing a product and the product must have value. She must feel good when she makes the purchase. One of the first things that a photographer should try to do is create a meeting environment... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2010 at Donald Pope Photography
Now is the time that most wedding photographers have to start to set pricing for the 2010 wedding season. The inquires will come at an increased pace over the next few months. Most photographers make amendments to pricing, but few make amendments to the way that packages are presented. For 2010, Donald Pope Photography will be using a alternate approach to pricing. Rather than offer just packages of predetermined sizes and products, we will offer $200 - $600 in prints or products of the couples choice. Smaller packages will include a $200 credit while larger packages will include a $600... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2010 at Donald Pope Photography
Donald Pope Photography continues to book steady for the 2010 wedding season. While planning the upcoming season, I thought it important to share with other wedding photographers and couples some tips to help to create wonderful wedding photographs. Share with your wedding couple that it is more important to maintain eye contact with each other rather than the person officiating the wedding. Many couples experience sensory overload and don’t really know where to look. Share with them before the wedding that a more photojournalistic look can be obtained if they simply relax and look at each other as much as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
Managing workflow can be one of the most difficult things for a wedding photographer to stay on top of. Previously, I ran my wedding photography business in a traditional way by using lots of paper and notes. I always had issues and problems that I could not solve. Below is some of the problems that I was able to solve using a studio management tool called Shootq. 1. Organizing Leads. It can be very difficult to keep all the potential brides in order. Maintaining contact with the potential lead is the key to being able to book later. Leads can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
When heading off to a wedding, it is important to carry a great deal of items. One of the most important things that you need plenty of is batteries. Not just any batteries will do. Both quality and quantity is important. I shoot weddings with a Canon 580EXII flash head along with a Canon battery belt. That is a total of 12 batteries going at one time. I make sure to bring at least 36 batteries to every wedding. Rechargeables are the economical preference. Personally, I use PowerEX 2700mAh rechargeables. They are a bit expensive but they work very well.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
There are several ways that you can market and promote your wedding photography business. One of those ways is to form alliances with wedding vendors. It is important to establish relationships with the other vendors that work the wedding along with you. Many local DJ's are networked together better than one might think. There are several organizations of DJ's that regularly have social mixers. As a wedding photographer, you should make every effort to get involved in that social networking. By social networking, I don't mean Facebook, I mean actually attending and joining these organizations. Examples of organizations of DJ's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
As a continuation of Part 1 of the series, Donald Pope Photography discusses the key points to remember when selecting a wedding photographer. 6. Understand the wedding photographers packages. Many wedding photographers will offer the wedding photography bundled in a package or a collection. Make sure your understand what is included in the package. All of the options that you select should be included in the contract. If you opt for a print credit, make sure that the value of the credit is spelled out in the contract. Additionally, make sure that price of the reorders are spelled out in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
Selecting a wedding photographer can be a stressful process for the bride and groom. Regardless of if the wedding is in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia or any other part of the county, the process and considerations are the same. Donald Pope Photography will share with you some tips to help make your selection easier. 1. Decide what type of photographic style that you want for your wedding. Many wedding photographers use a photo-journalistic while many use a more traditional approach. When interviewing you potential photographer, ask him/her what style they use. Ask for portfolio samples of his wedding work. 2. What... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
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One of the great things about being a wedding photographer is that you get to travel and meet wonderful people. On my last assignment few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to shoot wedding for a beautiful military couple. The couple are in the Navy and are stationed in the Suffolk, Va area. Since I am the name, face and primary photographer Donald Pope Photography, it is important that I get a good feeling about the entire event. This one really felt right. When I arrived at the venue, I was pleased to see a very beautiful historic home that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
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Every now and then, all photographers, including Donald Pope Photography, has a weekend day that is completely free. But the camera is always working. On Saturday, 08/01/09, I drove from Delaware to a small town called Eagle Harbor, MD. Eagle Harbor, MD is one of the smallest incorporated towns in the United States with a population of only 55, it still manages to throw an outstanding community party once per year. The party is called "Eagle Harbor Day" The music was provided by Stone Pleasure Band. They are an outstanding R&B Band. Of course my mind was thinking about weddings.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
There are many pieces of equipment that are optional for a wedding photographer and there are some equipment that is mandatory. Let's start with the obvious..the camera. To really be able to be versatile and create superb photographs, a Digital SLR should be one of your first purchases. If you are new and your budget is small, I personally recommend the Canon XSI Rebel. It is a very good camera at a reasonable pricing point. You can normally purchase a Rebel with two kit lenses for under $800. And what makes it better, is that the kit lenses have built... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
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Delaware is a very small area for a wedding photographer to work in. As a result, we try to travel in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey to do engagement sessions and wedding photography. We expanded our services to include portrait sessions with model clients in those areas. This photo shoot was shot in Temple, Hills, Maryland on July 25th, 2009 Say hello to the beautiful MiTia Neblett. We could not have asked for a better example of a model that was a pleasure to work with. Take a look at the results. She wants to be a model... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
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Amy and Brandon were a fabulous couple who were married on May 30th, 2009 at the Newark Family Parish, Newark, Delaware. Both families, the church and the guests really made me feel like I was one of the family. Donald Pope Photography utilized a 2nd Shooter on this wedding. For wedding photographers, 2nd Shooter refers to an additional photographer that captures additional shots at varied angles. This was really a success because it produced photographs at various angles. The wedding prints and books are all being published by a partnership with Pictage. Check back in a few days for clips... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
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I was recently speaking with another wedding photographer from the Atlanta area. We were discussing the importance of engagement photographs. Some wedding photographers place a high value on engagment photographs while others don't seem to think that it is important. Donald Pope Photography is committed to always trying to produce engagement photographs for our couples. I think that they are very important. They do a couple of things. First they give the couple a sample of the fine work that you are able to create with a camera. Secondly, it helps to get the couple excited about the photography aspect... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
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Before Editing After Editing Ahhhh. The wonders of photo editing. It is amazing what a wedding or portrait photographer can do with a little time and photo editing software. These photographs were from a family portrait session that I shot in Delaware. The photographs were shot under studio lights in the clients home. This is the same type of lighting that would be used in a engagement photo shoot. The shoot went great. When the shoot was over, we made some edits and converted a few to black and white. The client contacted me and asked if there was anyway... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
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I recently shot a wedding in Newark, Delaware. I made some edits and created some black and white photographs. The black and whites were fabulous. While looking at them, I started to remember that it was not very long ago that black and white photographs were not the in thing. Very few people appreciated how they look. Frankly, I think that the editing process has improved so dramatically in recent years that a black and white from years ago is nothing like a black and white created today. Brides and groom now ask for a couple of buzz words. Photojournalism... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
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Where do your ideas come from as a wedding photographer? For some of us, creative ideas come naturally. For others, it is a laboring process requiring a great deal of our creative thoughts. Often, my ideas come from other photographs and concepts. Although the wedding photographs may be very much like other photographs, they are never really the same. The people are always different, the mood is always different, and the venue is normally different. This almost assures a unique photograph. For photojournalism, it is important to capture photographs that actually have a message. If you were to photograph the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2009 at Donald Pope Photography
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