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Visalia’s Race Against Hunger

I was up at 4;45 on Thanksgiving day, not to put the turkey in the oven, but to have a little breakfast, a cup of coffee and get to Visalia (I Live in Fresno) by 6:30 to photograph the Race Against Hunger for the Visalia Emergency Aid Council.  I thought I would post a few photos of the event here on the blog. It was my first year for the event and I was amazed at how many people showed up to run, and to walk and to show their support for Visalia Emergency Aid. Over 5000 people took part. There is a great need in the community to feed the hungry and this event helped many...
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New Celebration of Life Videos

After getting several requests to videotape a celebration of life, we decided to add that service, along with slideshows,  to our ever growing list of offerings In this article, we are going to talking about funeral, or celebration of life as they are more often refired to now, videotaping. We talk about the slideshow in another blog post. It’s an old saying, families gather for weddings and funerals, and we photograph the marriages, but not the funerals. But that is changing. Now, people are celebrating a life well lived instead of doing the somber funeral that was...
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Selecting The Perfect Wedding Photograph...

You’re engaged, and you just set the wedding date. Now you need to make some decisions as to what type and how big of a wedding you’re going to have. Will you have a small backyard wedding or are you just going to the courthouse and get married. Do you want just close family or are you going to have a wedding with all your friends and extended family? Weddings run the gambit from the formal to the simple, from just a few people to hundreds. I have photographed weddings or over 600 and as small as just six people (including myself) and the type and size of...
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The Four Photographic Must Haves When Yo...

I am writing this as Christmas is approaching and many of you will be going on a trip to visit family. No matter if your driving or flying, and no matter what time of the year it is, if you’re you’re on vacation, here are the four must-have photography items to take with you A camera case or bag is vital. No matter where I go, I always want a case for the camera. Vacations can be hectic and packing stuff can lead to broken camera bodies and cracked lenses. Always keep the camera in a case while traveling. If you’re flying, take it with you, in the case...
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Bridal Party Surprise Gifts

Surprise your bridal party with a photo gift at the reception. Have a picture of them with you taken before the ceremony and have it at the table when they sit down to eat. Imagine their surprise when they are announced into the reception, and there is a photo, taken just an hour before, at the table for them to have as a memento of your special day. Here’s how it works; We will need to take the photographs before the ceremony. This can be done even if you don’t want to see each other beforehand. We can photograph the groom and his groomsmen and then the bride...
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Wedding Photography Layaway Program

Layaway programs are coming back. Years ago, they were a popular way to buy things, especially for Christmas. Have an item that you want to buy; then put it on Layaway. The store would put the item back in a backroom; you would pay a little bit a month and then pick it up just before Christmas. That way, your not having to come up with all the money at one time, and with Christmas Gifts, they are in hiding at the store. Sneaky kids could not find the gifts if there were not in the home. They went out of favor for many years, but with their comeback, it gave us an idea to...
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The Wedding Photography Process Part 1: ...

Here is what you can expect from us, from the time you sign the wedding photography contract until we deliver your finished album. Part One: What you can expect when you book your wedding photography with us.   I thought I would start a series on how the wedding photography process works here at Roy Dressel Photography. Most people don’t have a lot of experience with wedding photographers and even if they have had that experience each photographer organizing his or her business differently. Our goal is to make the experience as easy as possible. After all,...
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The Wedding Photography Process Part 2, ...

Here is what you can expect from us, from the time you sign the contract until we deliver your finished album. Part two: After your book your wedding with us, show us the photos that move you. You get engaged and begin the first phase of the planning process. There is a seemingly endless list of things you need to decide on, from selecting your wedding date, the photographer (that’s the part we like) to the wedding colors, to the guest list, to the caterer, to the location and on and on. Those first few weeks after becoming engaged seem to be filled with one...

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