The July edition of the Darkroom Chronicles is published.
The July edition of the Darkroom Chronicles is published.
Posh at the Palace Hotel in Port Townsend, WA
We had the opportunity to photograph a Perfectly Posh weekend at the Palace Hotel. The ladies were a blast -good times.
Our May contest was a big success. We have decided to have another this month.
Like and share this ad on your Facebook
page, you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a complimentary photo session. Winner will be announced July 2nd.
May Contest Winner for Portrait Session is Announced – RJ Nelson of Acme, WA
May Contest Update
Our May contest is over. Thanks to all who participated and shared.
We pulled a name out of the hat – drumroll – and we have a winner for the free photo session…
* RJ Nelson * Congratulations and thanks, RJ!
We had about 100 people share our promotion for May. There is a lot of interest in what we are doing. So, we are looking forward to doing a shoot with RJ. Probably no suits an ties for this shoot -expect the unexpected.
We’ll be posting some photos in a few weeks. Stay tuned for our June contest.
Ciao for now – A+R #photography #contest #skagit #portraits
The Shot – Printing and the Art of the Print
Assunta + Russell Photographers are ambassadors for the Print -The Movement. With the quantity of photos taken on phones and digital cameras – how many get printed and many are lost forever when a hard drive crashes or the phone dies. We are photographers after all and the end goal is a photographic print. This can be in many forms from a paper print to metal or canvas wall art, magazine/newsprint or album, book. Being a professional means that the standards need to be overall high. There is a lot that goes into the photograph and we use professional labs to print. These are much more expensive than the consumer labs and the only alternative is to print in-house using a professional inkjet printer.
Often we discuss printing with our clients. It’s an educational process. Too often the focus is on the digital files, when really the client just needs prints and an album. So here lies the dilemma. The client wants digital files. Why? To share on social media and to print. Sharing on social media is important and the images will enjoy a life of their own online. Will they print? Rarely. Where will they print? Probably Costco, Walmart or Shutterfly because they are convenient or because they are cheap. The main problem is this – all these consumer printers have poor quality prints. So, why did you hire us in the first place? Because you want great photos. We have decades of experience, lighting gear and professional lenses and cameras. We develop the raw digital files to its fullest potential and turn it into enduring art using – again – years of experience and professional software.
So now you want to save money. The final and most important part of the whole process and it’s not the time to get cheap. Everyone has a budget and everyone wants a deal. At Assunta + Russell Photographers, we understand that you may not have endless meant to spend on photographs.
· Payment plans.
· Accept major credit cards.
· Offer Print Credits with all our packages.
· Monthly Special.
· Referral Program.
We do mark-up the price of our prints and we are a business that has bills and pays taxes like everyone else. We get most of our work from recommendations and word of mouth. When a potential client sees our photos printed from a consumer lab and they look bad, they will most likely assume that we are horrible photographers.
The internet is full of comparison tests between all the popular labs. You get what you pay for. If you are going to print anywhere – we can only recommend Mpix. This is the consumer lab of Miller’s – a professional lab.
As photographers in a very disposable world, it’s increasingly important that we return to the art of the print. What will be passed on for generations will not be on you Facebook wall.
June 2017 Special
Father’s day is near. In appreciation for all the dads, men or mothers who are both – Say I love you Daddy with photos. Get the family together and have a fun day while making long lasting, meaningful memories. We at Assunta + Russell Photographers can make such day even more special. For the month of June we are offering two new packages to celebrate the special dad in your life.
|Quick & Easy||Easy Breezy|
|30 Minutes||1 Hour|
2 – 5×7
2 – 5×7
|15% Discount on print or album purchases||20% Discount on print or album purchases|
|5 Digital Files for Social Media||15 Digital Files for Social Media|
This newsletter will be a little different. We will deviate from the usual photography subjects and focus on things like our trip to Italy. Spring being finally here. As for our trip, we have decided to talk about the wines we will be tasting and enjoying while having some delicious meal and overlooking a gorgeous breathtaking vista or in the company of some of the colorful, full of passion, locals. First let us tell you what to look for when purchasing Italian wines here in the US or abroad.
Make sure the seal with the letters DOC or DOCG is on the bottle you want to purchase. What is DOC and DOCG and why they are important? The letters DOC or DOCG mean Denominazione di Origine Controllata and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, the latter superior to the first. They refer to government guarantees of the wines origin. If those letters are not on your bottle, you will not know who, and where the wine was made.
Tuscany has been taking all the credit for amazing wines in Italy, the south regions have been overlooked, when in reality, the sunny south is the perfect place for some amazingly delicious wines. Let’s look at some from the area we will be visiting…Grapes have been grown in the fertile soil of Campania since ancient times, and one of the pleasures of traveling through this region in southern Italy is the chance to discover the unique varieties of wine produced in this area. From the rolling hillsides in the provinces of Benevento and Avellino to the steeply terraced vineyards of the Amalfi Coast and the islands of Capri and Ischia to the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, the wines of Campania are as varied as the landscape…so let’s look at some.
A white wine, delicate and with very low alcohol, with a fruity, flowery aroma has a straw-yellow color with green tints. Ideal to be sipped all day by itself or to accompany fish and seafood dishes.
Forastera Another white wine with a straw-yellow color. The aroma is viny and slightly floral. It has a soft, dry taste. Ideal to accompany fish-based dishes and fresh cheeses and again, like the Biancolella, ideal for an all day sipping.
Per’ e Palumm
Has an intense ruby red color. The aroma is viny and delicate, medium bodied with a dry taste. Wonderfully paired up with the traditional rabbit dish, grilled or roast meats and mature cheeses.
The variety of red grapes called Aglianico is one of the most widespread in southern Italy, and it reaches perfection in the climate and terrain of Campania. Aglianico grapes are grown throughout the region, and are made into rich and full-bodied wines. They are also the base for the superb Taurasi DOCG wines made in the province of Avellino, the Falerno del Massico DOC wines produced in the province of Caserta and the Aglianico del Taburno DOC wines from the province of Benevento.
Two varieties of grapes are grown throughout the region of Campania, and both make excellent, crisp white wines. One of Italy’s oldest grape varieties, and cultivated in Campania since ancient Roman times, Falanghina is the white wine of the region. Its slightly sweet and fruity features make it the perfect white wine to serve with fish, pasta or even as a summer aperitivo.
Lacrima Christi del Vesuvio Local stories of heaven, hell and Lucifer’s fall are often told to explain the origin of the evocative name Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio, which means Christ’s Tears at Vesuvius. This name is used to describe the red, white and rosé wines made with grapes grown on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius just outside of Naples. The red wine is a blend of Piedirosso, Sciascinoso and Aglianico grapes, while the whites are made with Verdeca, Coda di Volpe and Falanghina grapes.
One of Campania’s most distinct wines grown throughout the region. Also called Per’e Palummo in Neapolitan dialect, these deep purple grapes received their unusual name, which means “red feet,” since the skin color of the grapes is reminiscent of the color of pigeon feet. While that idea might not sound so appetizing, the wines made with this grape are a Campania specialty.
Bottom line…Our photography tour of Italy will be indeed dotted with some magnificent adventures, one of them is tasting the wonderful wines from this amazing rich area of Italy, rich in culture, foods, wines, scenery and lets not forget the world renounced southerners Italian hospitality…Wine is a way of life in Italy so when in Roma….. Hope to have a sip or two with you!
Thoughts of Spring
Spring is here….Yeeeehhhh! For us, Yeeeeehhh for the little birds and plants and Creation!! So call it going within, call it being intoxicated by the amazing smells in Nature, but I’ve had a desire to write something about spring and one thing that keeps on coming back to mind over and over is the peskiest of weeds, the dandelion in my garden, and see it as a life lesson, I saw it’s tenacity over and over again and thought “Wait a minute, there is a lesson here” So here it is, a bit off path for my usual newsletter subject, but what the heck…maybe you will get something out of it as I ramble with my thoughts…
To most people, a dandelion is nothing more than a weed… an unwanted nuisance contaminating your garden. A dandelion is actually much, much more. We can learn from the dandelion if we just listen. For instance, it grows and spreads its seeds everywhere. Maybe a lesson to us to bloom where you are planted? A dandelion is hearty and grounded with strong roots that deeply connect it to the earth – it does not give up very easily when its roots are ripped from the ground, in fact it will fight and if pulled out, grow back even stronger. A lesson to us to stand for what we believe, to not give up if, indeed, it is your right to be where you are
How often in life have we just laid down in utter defeat after being run over by that lawnmower of a boss or by being violently ripped from our comfort zone by someone whose intent was to destroy us? How about being destroyed by a bad relationship? It is here again, that we can learn from the dandelion. Despite its bad experiences, despite being mowed to the ground, the dandelion reaches its happy, sunny face to the world all over again as if it never experienced a painful past. It recreates itself anew each time. It finds a reason to try again and stronger and prouder, peaks its head out to reach for the sun. It isn’t destroyed emotionally or is bitter but extends its trust yet again and again.
With its authenticity, strength and optimism, this beautiful “weed” is an inspiration to us all. It inspires us to be the best we can be, to stand up tall and face those who would like to destroy us, to get back up again after we have been run over and to never be defeated but to start again anew with an air of sunny excitement and hope.
I hope that in the midst of adversity we can only say “Yes I can”!
Italy on the Beach 2017