LAdigitalPhoto - Life Event Photography by Tom Keene ©
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Full Resolution Files
Back in the day of film the most important question was "how many roles of film do you want me to shoot?" Yep, roles of 24 or 36 images were all you would have to bring to an event. Now, we have 128-512GB cards that allow us to shoot thousands of images. So with that in mind, why do photographers still cull their photos down?
The most common reason is pride. Photographers feel only their best of the best are worth showing. We get it. But what we realized is that these are not our memories. A lot happens that may never be printed or included in an album. In this day and age of digital photos and social media, many of these photos end up getting shared there or simply looked over, to see moments a couple would not normally even know that happened on their wedding day. So we always provide ever shot. On average it works out to approximately 200+ images an hour. Imagine if we only gave out the best 300 or 400 when 2500 images were captured. You would miss a lot. Not with us!
Turn Around Time
The industry expectation is that your photos are provided to you within a 2-3 months or as much as 6 months or more, maybe the best 20 as a sneak peeking in a few days. We go above and beyond this and get you back every image within 10-14 days and more commonly by mid week following your event. Not months, not weeks, but days. Those images are available for download via our client gallery at full resolution. This means you can print huge photos and are not limited to online only viewing or small 4x6 prints. Yes, there are still photographers who may have low pricing upfront and then hold your photos hostage and make you pay for each image they give you at a medium resolution, maybe 8x10 or 4-6mb file size each file. We use professional cameras that capture from 18-50mb files sizes each! So if you get an offer from a photographer and they are providing your files on a usb drive or worse a DVD or CD rom, run! USB drives are fine but have an additional cost that you will pay for and if you lose it, well let's not go there. I mention this because we used to provided USB drives and our clients would lose them all the time. If another photographer is offering an 8 or 16 mb thumb drive it's a sign your images were severely culled or you are not getting them at full print resolution. For most weddings, if we gave a USB thumb drive to you, it would have to be at least 128 mb in size.
Our process allows you to save the files to your own computer or as many computers as you have or even have your parents get a copy too. That is up to you. We keep the files online in your gallery for a minimum of a year and as of late we are averaging 4 years long Yes, you can also order prints in a lot of sizes and versions from framed to acrylic and canvas as well, or do them yourselves. Digital download is the standard for us now for the last 6 years.
Instant Photo Sharing
In today's world, being able to share photos as soon as they are captured is a big deal. If I had to guess, I would say that 90+% of all photographers would not dare try to share their photos without editing and corrections. Well, I am here to tell you we can capture the vast majority correctly in camera and we have tech that allows us to edit in the cloud. What does this all mean? It means from the time we shoot an image to it appearing on any smartphone either near us or ones you select or invite not near the event, it only takes seconds to send that image to those guest or those who could not attend. It also allows your guests to be present. There is nothing worse than someone getting in the way of a shot. With the announcement of us sharing our work as it happens, the vast majority of your guests will be present and put their phones away. So our photos will include their faces and not their iPhone 6. We do this at no extra costs to you.
Our team all have a minimum of 8 years of photography experience and a high as of the time of this of 20 years. We see a lot of our clients saying they got offers including 2 photographers. When we press, we find the vast majority of them are a friend or wife or husband who know the basics, so you are paying for someone to walk around with a camera whose photos you will likely never see. There are only a few reasons that you will need or want a second photographer. On average an 8 hour shoot day from a single photographer will give you 1500-2500 photos. Even some of our recent engagement and proposal sessions are producing upwards of 300-500 photos in an hour. And of course, yes you get them all unless you want us to help keep that more manageable for those shorter shoots. With our current team, we always have someone available, which leads us to the next topic.
When we book you we know, especially now, that your date may need to be flexible. So what do we do? We move your deposit to you new date, period. If you don't keep us in the loop we may have to schedule another photographer for you from our team but we ask that when you go out to set your dates, you message us and ask for a few dates for us to check and confirm we are available and if we are not, we will help make sure you get one of us you love. Because we second shoot with each other at events, our work has to be the same, so you will be happy no matter who is chosen. Online photographer groups we read are all over the place on this topic. Legally you likely don't have much of a fight if your photographer refuses to help you. We think that is pretty petty. Since we keep our retainer deposits so low and most of you do engagement sessions with us, if push came to shove and we'd probably not even owe you that much to begin with. Our goal is to make sure you are happy, not create a situation that you will regret. Most of our clients are referrals so we know how important it is that our clients love us and not just our work.
In the end, you have a huge decision to make. Since we can do photo, video and photo booth services, we remain one of the very top rated companies in the business and we can't wait to share your memories with you and your loved ones.
959 E. Colorado Blvd Suite #244
Pasadena, CA 91106
LAdigitalPhoto is also the only photographer recommended at The Bonaventure Hotel Downtown Los Angeles and La Cañada Thursday Club and a preferred photographer at the La Cañada Country Club, Callaway Winery in Temecula and at the Loews Regency Hotel in San Francisco among others see our website for most updated list.
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Absolute pleasure to work with!
Amazing photographers. Tom and his wife were there on time and had the photo link back to the bride and groom by the very next day. All the pictures were beautiful and candid. Highly recommend them
First off, Tom is an amazing photographer. He captures the moments with an eye that is so creative. He is not a get in there, talk, pose, drive you nuts photographer. He watches and truly captures the day. When he does give instruction, the results are amazing. He is a true artistic professional at a terrific price. He is my #1 preferred vendor. I love working with him and we have a great time bringing our couples special day to fruition. I recommend him to all my couples, even if I am day of only. He brings his iPad and does a live streaming of ALL pictures as he shoots via wireless hookup that day, for all your guest to see. This is a big hit and there is always a line waiting to peek at your day. I love hearing the commenting on the slideshow. Tom handles all events that I have worked with him, in a responsive and positive way. My couples have only glowing things to say about him! I hope for a very long relationship with Tom and LA Digital Photo!
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