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There can be a huge difference between professional wedding photographers and amateurs. The true professionals will be a legitimate business. They require contracts and have the highest grade of equipment with a whole range of back-up cameras, lenses, strobes, memory cards and light modifiers. They will also have proper indemnity and public liability insurance. Professional photographers are prepared for anything and you won’t run the risk of disaster on such an important day.
Nowadays anyone can pick up a digital camera for $700.00 and possibly take nice photos. This misleads couples into thinking that Uncle Bob, their friend Sue, or the cheaper priced photographer with their nice camera could take the wedding photos. The problem with that is those cameras only have popup flashes or none at all. Those types of cameras do not and cannot take a good images in a low lit church or venue. In addition, most churches do not allow flash during the ceremony. Most amateurs would be lost if they had to use their camera in manual mode, use a flash or off camera lighting and/or remotes. One of our cameras alone are 5 times that cost, and we have backups in case of failures.
Fortunately, DA Visions has everything that is needed to capture your event, day or night, with natural light or flash. We plan our whole day with you so nothing is missed. On top of that, you get the finest in image retouching and enhancement all done personally by us. You’re definitely not going to get this done by Uncle Bob, Sue or the amateur. So yes, there are good valid reasons why professional photographers cost more money. The common wisdom used all the time in life pretty much sums it up “you generally get what you pay for.”
With that being said, we also don’t “beat around the bush.” You will notice some photographers don’t list their pricing. There could be a number of reasons as to why this is the case. Maybe they change their prices often and don’t want to pay a webmaster to update their web site. Maybe they don’t want to list them for competition reasons. Maybe they fear the potential customer might get sticker shock and move on to the next one and never return. There are two sides on this issue: Some say list the pricing and some say don’t list your pricing.
I can remember many times going to a car dealership spending hours buying a car after I picked it out already. I believe for the same reason some photographers don’t list their pricing – they want to keep you there and will do anything to make that sale. Anyway, we have nothing to hide and are not ashamed to list our pricing for services. We truly believe you are getting our best work at a fair price for whichever particular service. Sure, we have ala carte items and can add them. Such as creating wedding albums and guest books. We feel that bundling our services in a “package” that you may or may not like is needless. If you spend the time to read about our services, looked around on our business website and/or other various websites that feature our work, and view our pricing, you will contact us. Since you have already spent time doing research, we do not want to waste your time further by having to make you call for our pricing.
While some businesses will waffle back and forth with pricing, making you wait and waste precious time, DA Visions is not willing to be the company to “leave a bad taste in your mouth“.

Lumen’s turn

Yes, it’s been a year since we saw little Lumen and we had her hanging in the cocoon and wearing monkey sock hats =)  Mom reached out for us to do one year old photos. This time she brought Lumen to the studio for her images.

Here are a few from that day.



It’s hard to believe a year has passed since little Dane was born. I was again privileged to capture images of Dane, this time during his first birthday party with his friends and family at home. I kinda feel like family. Jacki and Nick first hired us to do their wedding,  and have kept hiring since.  I get to witness and capture the growing of their great family. I also get treated well =) after the work is done, I feel comfortable enough to say to nick  ” I’ll take that beer now ” =)

Here is a small sample from the party


Quiet side

With the girls here, I did single light with quick falloff and shot through a sprayed down glass using glycerin and water.


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The Girls Football style

I figured I better get my act together and finish the girls football session images before the SuperBowl =) Of course the day I finished them the last team remaining, the Green Bay Packers, were eliminated. =(