Thursday, November 30, 2006

Roads of IRE -- November 30, 2006


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The mist covered mountains and green, rolling hills of Ireland open up before us. The Ford Focus (TDI, 75mpg!) I rented rocks -- we cruise up and down the hilly mountain roads without problems. A few stops along the way capture us sandwiches and a few other foodstuffs -- after that we plunge headlong into the wilderness of south-western Ireland!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

November 28, Arrival In Ireland


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Arrival in Ireland! Finally, we make landfall after a diversion to Paris, France and Cincinnati, Ohio. Many hours later than scheduled, we arrive. It has been a long day, grab the rental car, avoid hitting the sign and off into the mists of Ireland we go!

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Congratulations Amy & Adam

Special congratulations to Amy & Adam on their wedding day!

Best wishes & may God grant you many years of happiness. I was very happy to be involved on your special day!

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Monday, November 20, 2006

No More Smoking!

I have quit smoking my beloved Camel Lights once again. I'm serious about it so I will be smoke-free for at least a few months. The hard part for me is not getting past the first few weeks (I go "cold turkey" and just stop) but it is keeping it going past the six or nine month marks. That is where I have always, in the past, faltered and fallen back to my old habits.

I've been smoking since I met Jessica and that's a long ass time now -- maybe 10 years or more. I am 25 now and I do not think I have much time left on my "free to do bad things to your body" card. I figured now would be a good time to quit smoking since it is getting really cold outside and I had to stay up all night Friday and I smoked so much it made me ill.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wedding Photography Tips for Brides, Part 3

Brides should keep their photography in mind when applying makeup. Match your foundation to your neck color and stay away from foundations that have too much pink or orange coloring. Choose a matte finish in a soft and neutral color.

Avoid using eye and cheek colors that are too bright. The light will make them look even brighter in photos. Matte lip colors photograph best. Shiny makeup reflects in photographs.

Avoid jewelry that is reflective. Small pieces without large polished surfaces photography very well, however, metallic items (especially polished or machines) metallic items can ruin an entire series of photographs if they catch the light wrong and flare.

Most important is that if you are relaxed, being yourself, and enjoying the wedding, it will reflect in your photos.

See my complete set of Wedding Photography Tips for Brides at http://www.corytrese.com/

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Useful Site for Europe Trip

Booking a trip across Europe? Check this site out http://www.venere.com/site/index.php?lg=en for great lists of hotels, hostels and B&B in EU!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Re: Feature List (Ideas?)

Dear Smugmug,

Here is a shot at my feature list

  1. Coupons for Professional Users
    1. Coupons Codes ("Coupons") are created by a Professional Level Smugmug User ("Coupon Owner")
      1. At time of creation, Coupons are assigned a USDollars ("Perceived Value") by Coupon Owner
      2. Coupons are only redeemable at SmugMug
      3. Coupons are only redeemable at gallery's owned by Coupon Owner
      4. Coupon are one use only and a running total of remaining credits
      5. Coupon Creation Optimized for Commercial Users by allowing
        1. Simple one-off coupon creation
        2. Bulk Coupon Creation (spreadsheet download)
        3. Free/Cheap Printed Coupons
          1. Ordered from Smugmug
          2. Printed Marketing Collateral
          3. Coupon Code & Custom Image
          4. Link to Coupon Owner's smugmug
          5. Perceived Value in USD
        4. E-Mail Option
          1. Sent by Smugmug
          1. Sends Personalized E-Mail
          2. Coupon Code & Custom Image
          3. Link to Coupon Owner's smugmug
          4. Perceived Value in USD
    2. Coupons are redeemable by any public e-commerce user deemed acceptable by Coupon Owner
      1. Coupons are redeemed against Smugmug Professional Gallery Pricing using Perceived Value
      2. Coupon Owner is invoiced only for SmugMug printing prices irrespective of gallery pricing set by owner
        1. For example, a 8x10 print is priced at $5 and costs $2 from smugmug at default prices.  Users would exhaust a $5 Coupon and the Coupon Owner would be invoiced for $2
      3. Coupons can be used to partially fund order using Perceived Value against Professional Gallery Pricing and combining another SmugMug funding method
        1. For example, a 8x10 print is priced at $10 and costs $5 from smugmug at default prices.  Users would exhaust a $5 Coupon and be required to fund the remaining $5 from another funding option.  In this example the Coupon Owner would be invoiced for $0
      4. Coupons may or may not be used to fund Shipping/Handling costs at the option of the Coupon Owner
    3. Basic Coupon administration features are available to Coupon Owner
      1. List of All Active Coupons
      2. Feature to Deactivate 1 or More Coupon(s)
      3. Tag Coupons with Metadata (Event, Name, ect)
      4. Adjust Perceived Value on 1 or More Coupon(s)
      5. Adjust Payment Method on 1 or More Coupon(s)
      6. See Purchase / Invoice for 1 or More Coupon(s)
    4. Coupon Billing is integrated with Professional Account Sales Tool
      1. Coupon billing is offset by account sales
      2. Coupons can be funded using different credit cards
        1. Different than main account credit card
        2. Different than other coupons
That's my five minute take on Coupons.  Maybe only useful for event / social photographers.  I would really love to have this feature.  I would even be willing to write some of the code *wink*

More on smugmug books later!

- Cory

Monday, November 13, 2006

Digital Wedding Photography

Soon-to-be-Brides,

Great to hear about you and congratulations on your engagement!
I have available bookings in 2007!

Regarding my wedding portfolio, please look at my website:
http://www.corytrese.com/wedding.html

My pricing starts at $400 and I would be happy to provide a quote, if you are interested a custom package.

I ask you to take a look at
http://www.corytrese.com/wedding_packages.html to get an idea of how I price my services, as well http://www.corytrese.com/wedding_faq.html with answers to important questions you should ask any professional photographer.


Just so you know all of my wedding packages include all of the negatives, originals and digital files at no extra charge. In most cases I have the DVD of originals shipped to you within a few days of the event. Feel free to give me a call if you'd like at 937-609-9644 or drop me another e-mail

Again, Congratulations and Best Wishes,
Cory Trese Photography
http://www.corytrese.com/wedding.html
http://www.corytrese.com/

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Wedding Photography Tips for Brides, Part 2

Be sure to get a good night's sleep the night before so you look bright and well rested. That may seem like a silly tip but it bears repeating -- photographs capture the day and if you spend your day exhausted because you were up all night finishing the last 10 hand-crafted centerpieces, it will show. Get some rest! You've got a big day ahead of you.

Drink lots of water. You are going to be on your feet and on the move most of the day. You may get dehydrated so make sure in the days proceeding the ceremony you get lots of water (and if possible, lots of food, too!)

Spend some time talking to your photographer about how you envision the day. If your photographer is serious about your wedding and capturing your photographs -- not the one his magazine editor wants -- they will want to spend a few hours (maybe over multiple meetings) talking about your style, plans, itinerary and venue. Communicating with your photographer (and finding one who listens) is one of the most critical pre-event steps you can make to ensure that your photographs are what you hope them to be.

Most important is that if you are comfortable, happy, and enjoying the wedding -- it will reflect in your photos.

See my complete set of Wedding Photography Tips for Brides at http://www.corytrese.com/

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Yahoo! Search Marketing is Terrible

Yahoo! Search Marketing seems really really bad to me. Almost humorous by comparison to Google's Adwords. After a few days I have very happily made up my mind to cancel my Overture account and simply ignore Yahoo! Search Marketing until quality improves. Yahoo! Search Marketing is just bad.

Maybe I was spoiled by the slick cross-browser interface and no hassle account setup with Google. Maybe it was the intuitive keyword generation application (Yahoo's times out about 25% of the times I click a button!) Maybe the easy-to-understand money management component in Adwords (Budget Optimizer is GOOD) is responsible for my disillusionment with Yahoo!.

I think the basic story here is that Google is good and Yahoo!/Overture is bad.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Today's Ramble Bamble

Dear Cory,

Although you might not feel like a rock of stability, there is peace in knowing that you are free enough from tradition to embrace your idea of the future. It may seem like you are walking a tightrope between the new and the old, but today you make it look so easy that others will respect the path you choose to travel. Take a few deep breaths, don't look down and just keep moving forward.

Photography Prints from Adorama/AdoramaPix.com

I got my set of 75 Adorama prints and I am fairly impressed with the quality.  The paper and finish are especially nice.

I have an earlier post about a free set of prints.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Tuesday's Site Traffic (or "Where have all the brides gone?")

Yesterday, Tuesday November 4th, 2006 was one of the slowest days on my Ohio wedding photography site and phone on record.  My brother suggested that this might be from the election, election news and bad weather.  I hope so, I went through an entire day with less than 100 visitors to my site and no phone calls (for an entire day!!!)

I kept looking at my phone and e-mail wondering: "What is going on today?"  I hope things pick up today because I still have a few digital wedding photography dates available in 2007!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

SmugMug is Great, Sign Up Now!

Hey you should sign up for Smugmug using this coupon code: FPcg4u979e2EU

Check it out

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Wedding Photography Tips for Brides, Part 1

Help the photographer by assigning a helper during the formal portraits if possible. This family photographer's assistant should know your family (and the grooms) so that they can help quickly and efficiently keep the photographer from wasting time looking for "Uncle Sal". This person is taking some of the stress off of both you and your professional and is a great low-stress job for a family member who may be feeling left out of the day.

The photography contract can seem complex. Be certain that you have a complete understanding of the quantity and size of prints you will be purchasing, when the prints will be available, whether you get any of the proofs and when they will be ready to be viewed, and how long after the wedding you receive your photos. I have some answers to these questions in my frequently asked professional wedding photography questions.

No matter where you purchase your album, be certain that your wedding album is acid free. Acid eats away at the paper over the years and you want your photos to last for generations to come.

Most important is that if you are relaxed, being yourself, and enjoying the wedding, it will reflect in your photos.

See my complete set of Wedding Photography Tips for Brides at http://www.corytrese.com/


Saturday, November 04, 2006

Congratulations Lindsey & Matt

Special congratulations go out to Lindsey and Matt who are to be married today at Yankee Trace in Centerville, Ohio.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

New Public Smugmug Gallery & Nikon Digital Studio

Hey everyone I have a new SmugMug site that anyone can access. I have been really pleased with the service and am considering replacing my use of Flickr with SmugMug.

I also saw this Blog about the Nikon digital studio and it is very similar to what I use, minus those silly non-CLS strobes this guy is using. Time for him to buy some more SB-800s!

Whooot Nikon rules!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Odd Comment from Nikon

"The Nikon Speedlight SB-600 also delivers plenty of style, both in its compact dimensions and a triangular motif consistent with the Nikon D-SLR theme."

I did not know Nikon had a D-SLR theme. Neato. I should make a tee shirt.

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