Happy Thanksgiving from Dylan Todd Photography


It’s the time of year when we usually all gather around a table with our family and friends to celebrate what we’re most thankful. While a lot of us will still be spending time with the immediate family, some of us may have to sacrifice in terms of the number of people we have around the dinner table.

It’s not all doom and gloom. With social media and technology in our everyday lives, it’s easier than ever to include the whole family and family friends that usually joins us around the turkey. With video calls like FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, and Zoom, it is possible to see Grandma and the grandkids as we enjoy our holiday meal and give thanks.

Here are some helpful tips on how to stay safe during a funky year’s Turkey Day:

Sanitize!

With the kitchen being the chef-of-the-day’s safe zone, squeezing into the sink may be quite the task. Consider scattering bottles of hand sanitizer around the house for your immediate family members.

Designated tablet/computer person

While meeting with family virtually, there’s potential for many different hands all over the same device. Let’s be smart about how we bring virtual dinner guests to the table by designating one person to operate video calls. This practice should also be considered when sharing a bottle of wine or pitcher of iced tea.

Fewer guests

This is the one we’re all dreading, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Sure, we want all the usual guests over for the holiday, but is the family’s health really worth it? Consider reducing the number of people around the table to keep some wiggle room between each other. Maybe put the kids’ table in an adjoining room.

It’s a strange year with sacrifices to be made by all of us. But with vaccines on the horizon, hopefully we’re on our way to Thanksgiving as we remember it. And the efforts we make this year could help ensure that everyone we love is healthy enough to join us for the next one.

We wish all of our loyal customers, family, and friends a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!


Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer With Five Simple Tips

Choosing the right wedding photographer is probably one of the most important vendors you’ll choose for your wedding. Wedding photos are one of those keepsakes that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Having those perfect pictures of one of the most important days of your life to look back on is priceless. These are some tips on choosing the right wedding photographer for your special day. 

Do your research 

Whether you are asking in your social circle, looking at reviews on social media, or looking through wedding vendor websites such as The Knot, it’s important to look at many different photographers. Do your homework ahead of time. Check out their website, their credentials, and all of their social media accounts to get a sense of their style. 

Style 

Speaking of style, when you’re doing your interviews, take notice of their style. You want someone whose style matches what you’re looking for in your pictures. Do they take candids as well as portraits? Are they creative? What makes their pictures unique? Are they flexible? See that what they’re offering matches what you’re looking for. 

Interviews 

I mentioned interviews above. Interview more than one wedding photographer. Make sure that they’re available for your wedding date, and that they don’t have more than one wedding on your day. Look at their portfolios, discuss the venue, and talk about the styles of photos you’re looking for. Having this prepared can help you narrow down the photographer you ultimately decide to go with. 

Fees 

Be sure that all fees are discussed up front. Will you have images on a disc or a thumb drive? When will you get the images? Some photographers take a few months, others go up to a year. Are your photos part of a package? What exactly is included in that package? How long will the photographer spend with you? If you are traveling from one location for the ceremony to another for the reception, does the photographer charge extra for travel These are all important questions to ask and have written down in a contract. 

Experience 

What type of experience does your potential photographer have? Are they just starting out? Is the photographer you are interviewing with the one who will be taking your photos, or will there be an apprentice there? Be sure the photographer you are hiring is the one who will be taking your photos. Are you ready to start talking to wedding photographers for your big day? Reach out to me online and let’s set up an interview.   



5 Reasons to Book a Professional Headshot Right Now

5 Reasons to Book a Professional Headshot Right Now

We live in a visual world like no other generation has
before us. Everywhere we look we see images, of ourselves, of other people.
What better way to invest in yourself than with a professional headshot? We’re
taught not to judge a book by its cover, but first impressions go a long way,
especially in this visual world. Here are five reasons to book a professional
headshot right now.

1.      Having a professional headshot is even more important at this very moment due to coronavirus, and the absence of in-person meetings. Don’t use a selfie stick for your LinkedIn profile picture. A professional can get a much better picture, find the right angle, and catch you in your best light.

2.      Having an up-to-date headshot let’s people know what you look like right now, not ten years ago. Surprising people when you meet them in person by having an old picture isn’t a good look.

3.      Impress potential employers or other important contacts with a professional headshot by standing out from the rest of your competitors. By using a visually appealing high resolution photo as opposed to a poor quality cell phone shot, you’ll be sure to stand out from the competition!

4.      Looking professional is a natural confidence boost. If you look and feel your best, your confidence will pour over into your attitude.

5.      A headshot just screams professionalism. If you look the part, people who don’t know you are more likely to give you a shot.

A photographer can do more than just take your photo, they can help give you advice on clothing choice, as well as the style you’re trying to portray. This is an investment in your future, it’s a lot more than just another photo. Whether you’re an individual, small business owner, realtor, actor, or writer, I’ll help you put your best face forward with fresh photography. Reach out to schedule your appointment


Getting the Best Shots for Beach Weddings

Beaches are beautiful. The sway of the tide
hitting the sand, seagulls in flight, the smell of salt in the air. It is truly
a breathtaking and romantic location for a wedding.

Beaches are beautiful, but they are also harsh
environments. Here are a few tips to make your beach wedding the best it can be.

1)  Be sure to use the bathroom before arrival. This might not top everyone’s idea for a first topic, but – it’s important nonetheless.
Beaches often don’t have bathrooms accessible and if they do, I don’t imagine
you’d want to be walking in your glorious wedding dress in there. Now, to topic 2.

2)  Drink Water! Keeping hydrated is very important
on the beach. Regardless of breeze, the heat and sun can dehydrate you more quickly than you’d expect. To guarantee you’ll be up for the night of partying, be sure
to keep hydrated.

3)  Wear Sunscreen! The sun’s rays are much
stronger then people think. Make sure to wear a sunscreen formulated for the
face. These are often less shiny and sticky. Use a loose powder to cover the
shine after application.

4)  Shoes or no shoes, that is the question. The
decision is really up to you, but those cute white pumps with the fringe – they
will not work on the beach. Opt for nice sandals or a beautiful ankle bracelet.
Consider setting up a shoe station for guests, with a mat, baby powder, and
brushes so they can clean off their feet before getting back into their shoes.

5)  Consider buying or renting a sound system so
that your guests can hear you recite your vows over the loud roar of the ocean. It’s
often not thought of, but it will make a huge difference.

We’ve gone through how to prepare for your beach wedding before, and
during the ceremony. Now onto preparing for the best beach wedding PHOTOS!

1)  Use waterproof makeup and setting spray for
your face. You’ll be crying and sweating, and all of that is not good for
makeup. Powder can help in a pinch, but once that bead of sweat rolls down your
cheek – you’ll be able to see it. Setting spray is a great type of product to
help keep your makeup in place for hours. If no spray or powder are handy, in a
last ditch effort – lightly, while holding your breath, use hairspray. Be
careful. Eyes closed. All that jazz. It helps; but it’s an assault on your
senses when applying.

2)  Your cheeks will hurt after smiling so much. If
you need a moment – just tell your photographer. Relax your face and back at
it. (This is especially important if you have a large family, with a lot of
different group shots).

3)  Consider having an updo versus long and wavy
hair. The direction of the wind and how it relates to the sunset is out of our
control. Having an updo can help avoid parts of your hair flying in front of
your face during photos.

4)  Your photographer, hopefully me, but your
photographer will have ideas as they’re working. They’ll see something, and work
towards ‘trying it out’. This is a process; an exploration of light or posing.
Those unique, one of a kind shots come from those moments of inspiration. Go
with the flow.

5)  We are here for you! It is your big day. As a photographer,
I aim to not only capture your beautiful day, but I am here to be an asset to
your Big Day! I want these images to make you cry in joy. I care just as you
care. I respect you, and am so happy for you. 


Preparing a Home for Real Estate Photography!

Making the decision to sell your home is almost
as big of a decision as buying a home in the first place. I’m sure you remember
scouring the internet or news listings with stunning images of homes in the
neighborhood when you were looking to buy. My goal is to produce stunning
images for your home, just like the ones you see when searching for real estate listings
online. Simple enough?

Granted, each home is different, but there are
a few things you can do before the photographer (hopefully myself) arrives to
help show your home in its best light!!! 

Real Estate Photography

Real Estate Photography

1)  Clear the Driveway! Make sure there are no cars blocking the front of the home.

2)  Clean up the front yard. Now’s a good time to refresh that mulch, or trim the hedges. It’s hard work, but it pays off in the long run.

3)  While we’re outside, consider making sure that the back yard is also clean and organized. Get out the rake.

4)  Inside, the first thing to consider is that we want this home to look appealing to the greatest amount of potential buyers. This mindset is a common theme for all aspects of preparing a home for real estate photography, and will help answer a lot of the questions you may have.

5)  De-Clutter!!! At this point, you’ll want to remove all ‘personal’ belongings. This includes family photos, and knick-knacks. You are welcome to leave non-distracting décor and wall art out and on the walls. You’ve seen the showrooms at Ikea, a little less cluttered than those spaces is best.

6)  Clean and make all the beds. Don’t just make the beds for sleeping it, make them like hotel rooms are – pristine. And that dust on the end table, the camera can see that.

7)  Turn all the lights on, even the lamps. Turn ALL Fans off. Real estate photography uses slower shutter speeds and a moving fan will likely just not show it at all. It’s a small detail, but if you ever look at real estate photography online, the fans are NOT, moving.

8)  Open all the window treatments and blinds. We want to show off how bright and airy a room is, and to do that, we need those windows free from coverings. If the neighbor’s backyard is showing through a window, and it’s not the prettiest of sites – bring it up with your realtor and your photographer ahead of time.

9)  Remove small area rugs. It sounds silly, but small rugs can affect the appearance of the size of the room, they also hide the flooring – both factors a potential buyer is interested in checking out.

10)  Last but not least, hire a professional real estate photographer. Cellphone cameras are great, but a professional real estate photographer will know how to show your home in its best light.


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