Ebook is published.
Ebook is published.
2017 Skagit Valley Scottish Highland Games
Mount Vernon, WA
Here are some casual shots from the 2017 Skagit Valley Scottish Highland Games in Mount Vernon, WA. A beautiful summer afternoon with friends from Oregon. Drinking beers, eating meat pies and listening to some outstanding music. Events included pipe band competition, caber toss, sheaf toss, dancing, and sheepdog competition. This is the first time that I attended but will definitely be there all weekend next year. It might not be as large of an event as Enumclaw – Seattle Games, but it’s far more relaxed.
My new kilt arrived in time, however; I might have gained a few pounds since I quit smoking. Next year – a kilt that fits, both days, take tons of photos and represent Clan Morrison in the parade of clans.
#Bagpipes #caber toss #Clans #Events #Highland Games #Scotland #Scottish #Sheaf toss #Skagit #WA #Washington
Summer, Beach, Sunset. What could be better? Whatcom, Skagit, Island, are all areas we work here at Assunta + Russell Photographers.
Summer, Beach, Sunset. What could be better? Whatcom, Skagit, Island, are all areas we work here at Assunta + Russell Photographers. We live in an amazing place here in the Pacific Northwest. Summer on Whidbey Island is a special time and we quickly forget about winter. The storms and mists of the last six-months have given way to a glowing orb in the sky. Deception Pass is paradise with it’s warm days, late sunsets and cool sea breezes throughout the day. For July 2017, we are moving the studio outdoors and onto the beach. Treat yourself to a personal beach portrait session. Simple, dramatic, sexy, complicated – we can put it together for you. Think about our Secret Door series – anything is possible. Clothes on or off, we know of some great secluded areas that are fun. Getting married – have your engagement or couples photos on a relaxed evening. Use the photos for a custom guestbook or a custom entry print. Gather the family for the family portrait. If you are actually reading this – we are including two prints and 5 files for social media – non watermarked. The special password for the special is – Summer Breeze. We are offering some amazing handcrafted products from Italy, printed on archival Canon HD paper (up to 300 years!!!!). Graphistudio is producing brilliant albums and folio boxes that not only showcase the images – but will remain timeless for generations. A match made in heaven and when we deliver the printed photographs, you’ll be blown away. So, Assunta and I are pretty excited to work with you in our corner of the world.
Summer, Beach, Sunset, Session, Photography, Seattle, Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Assunta + Russell Photographers
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.