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GraphiStudio, The Original Wedding Book | Products & Reviews | Richmond VA Wedding Photographer

I thought it was appropriate, since this is WPPI   (Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference & Expo) week, to write a post about one (of many) vendors/products that are there, GraphiStudio.  I have not yet been to WPPI but I’ve wanted to for many years now, so I’m definitely going to make it happen next year!  This was my first time ordering with GraphiStudio, so my first time using their software, communicating with customer service, etc.  I can say now, in the end was it worth it? Yes.  My only complaints were that I had to play phone tag with costumer service a lot, especially since the albums are made in Italy, you never get to directly talk to production, your customer service agent has to relay the messages to them.   I was ‘guaranteed’ a date of delivery, which I ended up getting it nearly a week later, which I understand, things happen, but  frustrating none the less.

Once I got the albums, I was extremely happy with the quality, seeing it on the screen and then having it in your hands, its quite impressive, these photos do not even do them justice.

GraphiStudio has SO many options: The Original Wedding Book, The Digital Matted Album, Image Boxes, and Smaller Copies.  Then you get into what kind of paper: Smooth & Textured, Photographic Paper, Metallic & Pearl Paper, not to mention what kind of thickness.  There are cover options: Metal, Transparent, Silk, Leather, Cowhide, Crystal Glance, just to name a few.  Then there are extras  you can offer, such as debossing and laser engraving.  Lastly, you get to choose how you’d like to keep stored/showcased, in an Art Box, Suitcase, Stylish Sleeve, Leatherette Sleeve, Cowhide Sleeve, etc.

DSC_3570This Bride and Groom ordered 3 identical 14×18 Landscape Original Wedding Books, 78 Thick Metallic Pages, with Crystal Glance Cover, and Leatherette Sleeves.  They are huge and heavy, they certainly make a statement!

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How adorable are these 4×5 Pocket books and these mini (GraphiStudio calls them Mignons) books?  Clients love them and they make such great little keepsakes to hand out to some of their friends or guests at the Wedding. 
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The metallic pages really make these colors pop! It really was a great choice for this Indian Wedding.  
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 Will I use GraphiStudio again? Absolutely.  The quality of their product really is top notch, and I will give them another try.  I am looking forward to trying some others I have my eye on as well, my top two being KISS Books and Leather Craftsmen.  As a Photographer, it is so easy to go with what you know, what you’re comfortable with, but it is important to explore all your options and decide what works best for you, your business, and your clients!

© Desjar Photography 2014 | Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide

The Carta Family Portraits | Nashua NH

I was fortunate enough to travel home to NH for the holidays and started off 2014 with a fun Portrait Session with one of my favorite families! It was very cold (and I mean cold by NH standards, not here in VA haha) but the boys got bundled up and we headed out into their backyard for some adventures in the snow! There were lots of runny noses, some tears, and failed attempts at snow angels due to the iced over snow, but we still had a blast.  Griffin is the older one in the lion hat that I have had the pleasure of photographing a few times now since he was born, but this was my first time meeting his little brother Bishop who is equally as adorable!

We then took some more Portraits inside in the living room, but then got the ok from Mom and Dad for permission to jump on their bed! This turned out being a fight for the covers, lots of laughter and it was perfect!  Such a fun, creative way to showcase a family’s genuine love for one another.

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© Desjar Photography 2014 | Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide

The Gupta Family Portraits | Richmond VA

 It was such a pleasure photographing the Gupta Family, getting to know them, and seeing their son Arjun come out of his shell once in front of the camera.  It was a beautiful day here in Richmond and we took some shots in their gorgeous home, then went outside where the super hero came to life! I am so blessed to work with such genuine people who share so much love.  They welcomed me into their home, we chatted over coffee, and I even got some great advice on life, relationships, and marriage (I’ll get there someday!) that I will cherish.  They were so happy with their images, as was I, my goal is always to capture the moment, their true expressions and happiness.  It is always a good day when that is achieved and they will have these memories to treasure forever.  I will most definitely keep in touch with the Gupta family, I joked that I will shoot Arjun’s Wedding someday, it will be fun for him to look back at when he was a super hero!
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© Desjar Photography 2013 | Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide

And the countdown begins | Anthem Richmond Half Marathon | Personal

In 5 days I will be running my first ever half marathon and to me, its a BIG deal!

I was never a runner, never thought I could be, never wanted to be.  The longest I had ever run in my entire life was 3 miles and that was in High School.  Upon moving to Richmond (a year and a half ago) I quickly noticed how active the community was and in an attempt to meet people, I joined the Sports Backers to train for my first 8k.   Now exactly a year later, I will be running the same exact race on November 16th, but only now I will be running the Half Marathon.  I NEVER thought this would be possible and now, only a few days out, I still can’t believe it, probably won’t until I pass the finish line and have photo documentation.  The Sports Backers is an amazing program run solely on volunteers, their mission is for us to become the most physically active region in the country.   Well, they have me sold and I have no doubt I would not be where I am, doing what I’m doing with running, had it not been for the program, I highly recommend it!

Running races and training for them has been part of my bucket list, but it wasn’t until I turned 30 that my desire to finally cross some items off, kicked into high gear.  I had run the 8k, 10k, and naturally the next step was the half marathon, but really it was more than that for me.  Running became a stress reliever, time alone to myself to think and reflect, and it really helped me through some hard times.  It’s ironic how things just happen sometimes, the love/hate I had for running seamlessly turned into a therapeutic tool, not to mention a great workout.

 I am very proud of myself and can honestly say I feel stronger, mentally and physically than when I did when I was in my 20’s.  Don’t get me wrong, its hard to commit to the training and find time to do it, I could always think of so many excuses not to run.  But then I remember that everyone gets the same 24 hours a day, we make time for what we truly want.

 People always ask if I would ever run a Marathon, I always reply with, “probably not, never really thought about it,” but now my response is “never say never.”

 It’s amazing what you can achieve when you really want something, all you gotta do is commit! If I can do it, YOU can do it! I’m not going to lie, of course its discouraging in the beginning,  I couldn’t even run a mile without feeling like I was going to die.  During training you will have good days and you’ll have bad days (isn’t that just life though?) but you just power through and its amazing to look back at what you’ve achieved and how far you’ve come.

 I’ll see you at the finish line!

Did I mention with the training teams, they even have volunteer Photographers to document your team runs every weekend, how amazing is that?!

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http://www.richmondmarathon.com

© Desjar Photography 2013 | Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide

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