Texas Dorian: Blog https://www.texasdorian.com/blog en-us TexasDorian Photo texasdorianphoto@gmail.com (Texas Dorian) Sun, 09 Nov 2014 01:14:00 GMT Sun, 09 Nov 2014 01:14:00 GMT https://www.texasdorian.com/img/s/v-5/u153104581-o1000741631-50.jpg Texas Dorian: Blog https://www.texasdorian.com/blog 97 120 Photo Mats and Cropping https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2014/10/photo-mats-and-cropping Photo Mats and Cropping

When the time comes to purchase photos, you will find that a 4 x 6 photo has a different ratio than a 5” x 7”, which is different than an 8” x 10” photo. In order to make photos print properly, we add the mat around each image so that when you select your prints, none of the image will be "cut off". This cutting off is completely avoidable as the image to the left will show.

This image shows where the same image would be cropped when choosing different size prints. If standard print sizes were 4” x 6”, 5” x 7 ½” and 8” x 12”, they would be the exact ratio side-to-side vs. top-to-bottom and there would be no cropping of any image. Because the ratios are different for each standard size, images must either be cropped or squished together to fit. Since none of us want the squishing, and most photos, that are framed correctly, will lose composition through cropping, we have chosen to address this in production.

As you can see with the crop marks on the image to the right, printing this image at 8" x 10" will cause either the cap or the diploma to be cropped. If you enlarge the crop to the full size of the image, you will not lose any of the important features of the image, but will instead have a black mat around the outside.

So, what does this mean to you and your final prints? It means you can print with the mat, or border on your image and not lose any of the composition of the image, or you can choose to move the crop lines in to the point where you crop out the mat around the outside of the image. By doing so, you are making the decision to crop the image in a manner that is acceptable to you. Cropping is completely acceptable by us giving you this option, it is one more way that Gone To Texas Photo goes above and beyond to provide you with the best possible experience with your photos session from first contact, right through the last contact.

I believe this is the best way to address the "cropping" problem that is typical when selecting the same print at different print sizes. I you would prefer to not have the mat finish, please let us know and we will make sure we post your images without this mat on your images.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at info@GTTPhoto.com and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

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Senior Portraits https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2014/10/senior-portraits Senior Portraits

Are you tired of your school photos looking the same, year after year after year? Why not make your Senior Year photos the best photos ever? After all, next year you're either heading off to college, leaving for the military or joining the workforce. Your senior year is one you will remember always and hopefully one you will look back on fondly. For years to come, your senior photos will be used for graduation announcements, family reunion photos and for years to come, this will be the photo your future spouse pulls out to use in birthday celebrations, etc.

Don't let that photo be like the bad drivers photo that shows up on Facebook or Instagram. Do you want your photo to look just like everyone else, or do you want it to reflect who you are now. Gone To Texas Photo will help you create photos that represent who you are. Are you in the FFA, Band, Football, Soccer or maybe it's ROTC? GTT Photo will work with you to capture memories of your greatest year, your senior year. Make your Senior year a year to remember, not a year to forget.

Brooke LeCompteBrooke LeCompte 2015 Senior Rep Meet Brooke (pictured here), she is one of our Senior Representatives and will help you understand the process of a photo session with GTT Photo. She will answer any questions you may have. Take a moment to view her Senior Portrait photos. As you will see, Brooke is in the FAA and is very fond of her pig, Addie. Brooke requested that part of the session include the pig she raised and of course we worked with her to capture them both.

Brooke doesn't feel like she is very photogenic, but loved the results of the photo session. You should not only be happy with who you are, but should embrace who you are. Contact us today using our Inquiry Form, or email at dorian@gttphoto.com for a consultation so we can discuss your special interests and make a decision on photo shoot location(s) and a theme, or any special requests. If you have specific requests, ask. If we're able to accommodate what you want, we'll definitely work with you to complete your vision.

So what do you get for your, two-hour, $165 Senior Session?

  • 10-12 Edited Images

  • 20 Wallet Prints (up to 5 different poses)

  • 1 – 8” x 10” Print

  • Online Gallery for Purchasing Additional Prints and Items

  • Smaller resolution digital images for Social Media sites

Why not make your special day, just that, special? If you want a make-up artist session before your photo session, we have that. We work closely with a local Make-Up Artist and we'll put you in touch with her. The next step? Contact us today.

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High School Senior Reps Needed https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2014/9/senior-reps High School Senior Reps Needed

Do you have style, personality and love being in front of the camera? Are you outgoing? Gone To Texas Photo is now accepting applicants for 2015 High School Senior Reps.

How would you like to get 75% off your Senior Photo Session, and earn CASH for each referral? With a typical session running $165, 75% off equals a savings of $123.75; meaning the cost of your Complete Photo Session is just $41.25. That’s right, a complete Professional Photo Session for only $41.25.

For your fee, you receive all the benefits of our normal senior photo session, including up to a two-hour session at the location of your choosing (within GTT Photo’s coverage area). During this time, there are opportunities for outfit and location changes. If additional photo locations are desired, and are within close proximity to the first, additional sites can be used. Travel time is included in the two-hour limit. Additional time can be added at a rate of $50.00 per hour, if needed.

In addition to the 75% discount on your session, you will receive a 20% discount on all prints ordered through the Gone to Texas Photo Website.

All that we ask in return is that you become the voice of Gone to Texas Photo in your school as our Senior Rep. Just what is a Senior Rep? Being a Senior Rep means you are a spokesperson for GTT Photo senior sessions. All you have to do is show off your awesome pictures to your friends. Any time one of your friends completes a session with GTT Photo, you receive a Referral Reward of $20.00. In addition to that, because they are being referred by you, they will receive twenty (20) Wallets (up to five poses) and one (1) 8 x 10 prints.

How do you qualify? You must be a graduating 2015 Senior. You must have an active, well established, online Social media presence. A sense of style and an outgoing personality is a must, and you have to be comfortable in front of the camera. If you’re under the age of 18, you must have your Parent/Guardian’s approval.

If you are interested in being a Senior Rep for your high school, please complete this short form and someone will contact you in the next few days.

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Twelve Weeks of Giving Back https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2014/9/twelve-weeks Twelve Weeks of Giving Back Event

Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® in Pearland is giving back to their community, which includes Alvin as well. I am honored to be able to provide a Complete Family Photo Session & Prints to a deserving family or individual, as voted on by the community.

Twelve Weeks of Giving Beginning on Monday, September 29, 2014, they will be accepting submissions from the public on deserving people in the community. This can be anything from someone who goes above and beyond, someone who gives and gives and never asks for anything in return, or it could be a family who hasn’t had a personal photo shoot for a very long time and maybe can’t afford to do so. Please visit the Twelve Weeks of Giving Page on the Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® Website for more information. There are several local businesses who have stepped up to provide gifts for this great event.

This is your opportunity to nominate someone you feel is deserving of a special gift, just to say thank you. And, the only cost to you is your time in writing a short, 500 word submission. If you are interested in submitting someone for this Complete Family Photo Session & Prints, you can do so the week of November 24th. This will allow enough time to schedule a photo session and order prints to arrive in time for Christmas.

Please share this information on your own Facebook page so we can reach as much of the community as possible. We appreciate you sharing this information, and look forward to a great photo session in early December.

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Back to School https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2014/8/back-to-school

With the summer months coming to an end, and we take our children for the annual ritual of buying new school clothes and school supplies, we forget that many of them often struggle with their emotions during this time. On one hand they are sad to see the summer end and school begin; on the other, they are excited to get new clothes and see their friends from school years past.

When I was a child (of the 70's), I often had these mixed feelings myself. I was not the most studious child and I often dreaded the daily ride to school; however, I so enjoyed “hanging out with my friends” and “playing at recess” that I generally went to school without so much as a grumble.

Me - ca. 1980 - 4th GradeMe - ca. 1980 - 4th Grade

Each year in elementary school, there were certain events I looked forward to; birthday parties, long weekends, organized team events at recess (I particularly liked dodge ball) and picture day. Each Fall, my mother would send with me, in my best school clothes, to school a check made out to the photographer for whatever nominal fee was associated with the one 8x10, two 5x7 and eight wallet sized photos. Several weeks later I would receive my package of photos and take them promptly to my mom, who would of course, replace the 8x10 photo of me in the living room frame by placing it in front of the previous year. She would send one 5x7 to my grandmother and the wallet size prints would be distributed to mostly family, but a few friends of my choosing.

Over the past few years, the start of each school means that picture day will roll around before we know it. Each picture day, our daughter gets up with a little extra energy and gusto to look especially nice for that year's photo. A few weeks later, we receive a photo packet order form which asks us to go through the decision making process of choosing the best photo of the four taken, each one looking almost identical to the last.

Once we narrow our selection to one, we look at the online package options, only to see the minimum option includes no 8x10 images, but rather one 5x7 and four wallet size images for distribution among close family, all for the “low, low price of $25 - $30."

Tori "School is Cool"

Since I am a photographer, you can imagine that my daughter does fairly well in front of the camera. She is better in front of the camera when my wife or I are with her, but we usually have a couple of good photos to choose from with her school sessions. After all of this, we repeat the process in the Spring, usually with similar results

Why not pay for a photo session with a local photographer who shoots on location? This way, you can schedule your child's “Back to School” photos when it is convenient for you and your child. You can choose the location or background, and even include elements that make the photos more personal. Is the photo session more than the minimum $25-$30 for school photos? Yes. But, you can make the photos personal to what your child is doing that year. Don't just capture “photo day”, rather capture your child's moments in time. This is what photographers do.

Does your son play baseball or football? Shoot at a local ball field with a bat, ball and glove or helmet, jersey and football. Does your daughter play soccer or dance? Choose a local soccer field with a soccer ball or capture her in her tutu on stage at a local theater. My daughter plays the ukulele and this year, we will choose a local venue in which to shoot her “personalized” photo session with her ukulele and her favorite dog, Carl.

If you'd like to schedule your child's “Back to School” session, please contact us at info@gttphoto.com so we can get them on the schedule. Think about what can make your child's session personal to him or her. A photo session with Gone To Texas consists of a full photo session, with props (soccer ball, football, guitar, or even pets) and at a time convenient for your family. After the session, you can take your time in choosing your top ten photos, and after doing so, all of your chosen ones will be available for download or you can purchase prints directly from our website.

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Social Media https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2014/5/social-media What are Social Media Sites and How Do I Use Them?

Here, at Gone To Texas Marketing, we understand that the reason there are so many different Social Media sites, is because people are different. People like to get information in different ways. This is why you'll find us, not only on the World Wide Web, but on a Mobile Friendly version of our site as well. Please look below and follow us on the Social Media site of your choice. If you follow a different social site that you would like for us to be included on, please email us at dorian@gttphoto.com so we can see about getting started on that site.

We have included the design of each Social Media site, or a how-to guide as a "did you know" segment.

Facebook - This is basically a public conversation with everyone who is friends (or likes) the poster or the person (or business) whose wall has been written on.

Twitter - Limited to 140 characters. This is the place where hash-tags (#), or keywords are used. A Twitter user can see anyone who posts a comments, without being friends or following a specific individual by "discovering" topics of conversations, using hash-tags.

Google+ - Basically the same as Facebook, except you can specify exactly who you share things with, called "circles". You can create circles for co-workers, friends, acquaintances, etc. If you have an Android phone or a gmail account, you're on Google+. (Android is owned by Google).

LinkedIn - This is essentially an online Resume' with references. Connections can endorse you and you can post completed projects, such as designs, blueprints, public speaking accomplishments, etc.

Social Media is Everywhere!

FourSquare - Designed for people to "check-in" and let others know where they are, or have been. If you have the app on your phone, it will prompt you to rate the location where you are, and you will sometimes get recommendations or rewards for checking in and using the app.

YouTube - A video-sharing website where visitors can upload, view and share videos (owned by Google). Videos can be shared for public or private viewing and all videos are automatically converted to .SWF (Flash Video) files, meaning the viewer must have Adobe Flash installed on the viewing device.

Flickr! - An online community for photo and video sharing (owned by Yahoo!). You can post images so others can download different quality of images or lock images down completely to not allow any downloading. We have all images on this site, completely unlocked so you can download any image you like.

Pinterest - A pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows us to create and manage theme-based image collections such as event, interests, and hobbies. From this site, you can "re-pin" images to your own pinboard, or "like" photos. Here we have information we have created or found else on the World Wide Web that we feel is informative and/or fun.

Instagram - This is another photo-sharing, video-sharing and social media service that is primarily a mobile site. With this site, you can apply digital filters and share them on other social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. Unlike our Mobile App Photo-sharing feature, Instagram allows viewers to share photos or videos instantly to these social media sites.

 

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Thinking Outside the Box https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2014/5/funeral A little over two years ago my wife lost her grandfather, Bob White, and we of course, were set to travel across the country to attend the funeral services. It was sure to have a very large attendance, considering there are seven surviving children, many many grandchildren and countless great-grandchildren.

Because Bob "D-Dad" White was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was eligible for military honors and was laid to rest in North Carolina. Even before we arrived in North Carolina I was asked by a family member to record the memorial service and to take photos of the funeral. I immediately said yes to both requests, and then thought about what was being requested. Recording the memorial service was going to be easy enough to do. After all, I've video taped funerals in the past. Basically, you find a location that has a clear, unobstructed view, set up the camera and record. There are of course some specific techniques one wants to use when recording video, but for the most part, you want to start recording and not stop until the service is over.

Anyone can record a video, but it does take a trained eye to capture the essence of what ever it is that is being recorded. I originally worked towards earning Radio/Television/Film degree in college and gained a valuable education, including techniques, and other rules of thumb. These skills have come in very handy in my work as a professional photographer over the years.

One can't really just sit in the corner and take photos of a funeral. In order to capture the moments of an event, funeral or otherwise; those moments that are very heartfelt and somewhat emotion, the photographer must move around the event. Those moments don't come to you, rather you have to look for those opportunities.

Precious Moments

The tricky part is to move around and capture these moments without getting in the way of those who are grieving. You really don't want to be noticed at all; it's nice to just fade into the background. Because I was able to think these issues out prior to the service, I was able to look for opportunities to move around (un-noticed) and capture “those” moments.

I would encourage you to click on the image above, or to follow this link to view the album of this funeral. And, while I would not have thought to have a professional photographer at a funeral prior to this one, after doing so at this event, I think by not hiring a photographer one could “miss” a great opportunity.

We generally don't “plan” for the loss of a loved one, but when it happens, we must act quickly. Having gone through this process in the past, I am confident I can provide the same professional experience to you that I did for my wife's family. When planning for a wedding, one of the first things we look for is a photographer, so why not for a funeral?

If you find you unexpectedly need these services and/or would like to explore the possibility, please contact me at dorian@gttphoto.comcall 281.748.8611 or comment directly in this post using the link above. I am more than happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. Please also share this article or this entire blog on you own social media site using the links on the top right side of this page.

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Beginners Marketing for Small Business https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2014/5/marketing For those that don’t know, I went back to college late in life and in 2007, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing. I decided to go back to school because, as most of us would agree, we want our kids to have it better than us and we want to help them succeed. I know this was the same for my mother and her mother for her and so on and so on.

Anyway, in 2002, Christina and I had a beautiful baby girl, Morgan. I really wanted an athletic young boy, but as we all know, God has a sense of humor and we got Morgan. This is a story for another time, so I digress. I wanted to be able to tell Morgan she really should go to college, but I didn’t think I could tell her this, if I didn’t do it myself, so off to college I went. I was (and am) very lucky to have such a supporting wife, who worked hard while I did just that, enrolled in college.

Now, to decide a major! This was actually a fairly easy decision to make. I had, at the time, been in veterinary practice management for about six years and I was able to market the businesses for which I worked fairly successfully. Problem was, I knew WHAT was working I just didn’t know WHY it was working. I figured I could probably improve what I was doing if I could figure out the specifics of marketing techniques; so in 2003, off to college I went.

In 2007 I graduated the University of Houston – Clear Lake with my Bachelor’s Degree and was very excited to walk across the stage and receive my diploma in front of my wife, my mother and my four (almost five) year-old daughter. At the time I was in college, MySpace was starting out and was making ground, but by the time I graduated, Facebook was making a move that eventually would thrust them way beyond what MySpace was. Since then, we have seen Social Media sites explode on the scene; some of which, in addition to Facebook, include Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flickr, FourSquare, YouTube, Pinterest, Vine and SnapChat.

Because of the position I am in with Veterinary Practice Management, and the amount of marketing involved, I have become very familiar with the different Social Media Sites. I have tried to learn why they were originally created, how they are designed to be used and the best way to generate “buzz” about what we are doing in business. Beginning this month (May, 2014), I will be teaching a continuing education class at Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas. If you are interested in attending this class, please visit the ACC Continuing Education/Workforce Training website and search for Beginners Marketing for Small Business. In this three hour class we’ll cover the major Social Media players, most listed above, and how to properly use them, as well as, website SEO basics, mobile website necessity, text messaging, mobile apps, guerrilla-style and more.

I’d love to see you there, and look forward to learning while I teach. I always find that I learn more when teaching than when I just study on my one. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at dorian@gttphoto.com. I’d love to hear from you.

Dorian

dorian@gttphoto.com

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National Pet Week https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2014/5/national-pet-week National Pet Week

We are proud to announce that we are once again teaming up with the staff at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital to help them celebrate National Pet Week.

We will be out at their facility (2556 E. Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581) the week of May 4-10, 2014, Mon-Thu 8:30am - 5:00pm. We will be taking photos of clients and their pets and providing them with free digital images of their photos. The photos will be posted to the Claws & Paws Facebook Page for their followers to vote on the cutest photo. The winner will be announced on Friday May 16th about noon, and they will receive a National Pet Week gift basket.

CarlBeautiful, Majestic boy

We're looking forward to working with Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital once again. We hope to see you out there.

Gone To Texas Photography

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Sight & Scent Magazine https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2014/4/sight-scent-magazine Sight & Scent Publication

We’re very excited to announce that one of our photos has been selected as the cover of an upcoming issue of Sight & Sound Hound Magazine. This is the second cover for which Gone To Texas Photo has been selected. The first was a February, 2014 issue of The Working/Hearding Dog Digest.

AllyCover of Sight & Sound May 2014

To dog who was photographed (seen above) is known as “Ally”, although her full name is Appalachia's Allamyrra Hajji.

Gone To Texas Photo only had one day to make the shoot and submit the photo for selection. We are proud to say that we got it done. Please remember, if you are in need of a photo shoot on short notice, we may be able to get it done. Contact us at info@gttphoto.com so we can get you scheduled.

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Picnic on the Parkway https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2013/8/picnic-on-the-parkway We're excited to announce that we will be at the Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital booth at the City of Pearland's Picnic on the Parkway this Monday (Labor Day).

We'll be taking photos of your pet that will be available to download for free on our website. The event runs from 10:00a - 2:00p.

Stop by our booth and get a free bookmark of your choice.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

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Help! Someone Stole My Images https://www.texasdorian.com/blog/2013/1/help-someone-stole-my-images James Beltz is a photographer out of Moore, Oklahoma, who also runs a very informative Photo Tip website. Recently, he took on an issue that is near and dear to his (and all photographer's) hearts...theft of copywright images.

He has put together an informative webiste to help you defend yourself against this type of crime. His site walks you through exactly what to do to protect yourself; and what to do if you're a victim of photo theft.

Good luck and protect yourself!

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