Tuesday, June 19, 2018

D'Elia Photographic Discounting 30% for Independents Week!

The 2018 Golden ticket is here!

Anyone want to save 30% on a Small Business brand-ready photo shoot?

Read on for details.
Light a fire under your visual branding.
Chef Gio Osso

Local First Arizona is an organization of local business to encourage investing your purchasing dollars with local companies and stores and less at big box and out of state companies. The idea is that by shifting even 10 percent of spending to your local businesses has a real impact on your neighbors and on our local economy.

For my part, as a sustaining member of LFA, I am also offering a deal with the Golden Ticket.

I recently began offering a Business Photography Package for smaller businesses to get to work with more of our wonderful local outfits.

If this package addresses your needs, if you've been putting off using professional photography to improve the presentation of your brand, this just might grab ya.

Here's the deal, take 30% (not 20!) off of my Small Business Package.

The Small Business Package:
Companies up to 50 employees, FIVE hours of photography, which includes 10 final, print and web-ready images to use as you like. Shoots like this, for large companies usually cost about $1600.
The D'Elia Photographic Business Package, on the other hand is only $1,000.

WITH THE LOCAL FIRST, GOLDEN TICKET DISCOUNT, this price drops to $700! That's $900 below average market pricing.

How do we get this rolling?
First, go to the Local First Arizona website and get your Golden Ticket. (actually, if you wanted to, you could probably just drag and drop the coupon above!

Then, during Indie Week, June 30-July 8, call me at 480-452-5723 or email at rickdelia@deliaphotographic.com and set an appointment to do your shoot. We don't have to complete the shoot that week, we just have to get it on the books.

Don't forget to go have a look at my website at deliaphotographic.com to see what kind of work I love to do for my clients. Also, feel free to dig deeper into my blog here to see more find things as well.

I am soooo very lucky to do what I do for a living. Creating photographs as a profession is the BEST! the thing that makes it even better, incredibly cool is getting to work with some really incredible local business owners who have taken advantage of my passion and vision to show of their company and tell their story in a way that excites their customers.  These are the best days at work.

Lets get together and talk about how we can have another great day at work that also takes your business's public face up a few notches!

You may also go to the LFA site to find other locals who are participating in the campaign at http://www.localfirstaz.com/independents-week/golden-coupon.php.


Friday, March 30, 2018

What Huzzah! Looks like

          I'd taken a break.

          It had been a very long time since I'd last passed through the gates of the Arizona Renaissance Festival. I think it was 2010.  Is that possible?
          I worked for the fest in 2008. After that, I'd shot for fun with a specific goal or two, that, besides securing a turkey leg or a glimpse of Ded Bob antics, or catching a strain of Tartanic playing Black Sabbath on bagpipes.

          But, I think my eye was worn out. Lots coming at me, much that I'd seen, it was starting to be difficult to see things new and fresh. The Fest for me had always been a trip. It's a far away place, a culture, just the thing I needed, especially when I hadn't traveled far away for a while. But over time, the differentness became common, I was just not inspired anymore

          And so I returned this year with friends, who hadn't been to a fest in many years and never to the Az fest. Just to explore,  to laugh, have fun, no pictures required. No assignments. Yet I made a handful of images anyway, not when I felt a professional requirement, only when I happily felt it.

          Photography is a job and a passion. Usually they go hand in glove, but sometimes you get burned out on something and it becomes just a job. The little break of something like eight years, let me see a few moments with a clarity and a humanity that moved me, without sense of obligation, to make a few images that make all of us happy.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Glorious Food!

Shaun Breese, of Urban Cookies with her sons Charlie, 4, and Oliver, 8, making pumpkin-flavored specialties in some re-imaginings of recipes with the favorite gourd of Thanksgiving.
Urban Cookie's Pumpkin Mousse
  I'm not known as a food photographer.

          Sometimes I discover that I'm only known as that guy that goes to Africa all the time. I'm not known as a food photographer.

          For the record, I have photographed  projects on two trips to Africa in the last 36 months, that, after having not traveled there in seven years. Of course I wish it was more, but those projects just don't come up every month.

          My portfolio actually includes far more domestic, lifestyle, healthcare, active living, and other interesting subjects for many clients around the Valley of the Sun.

          And food. 

         Creations that set the mouth to watering at the site of the photograph, even without benefit of taste or smell.

          A little highlight there, a little shadow over there, give the plate a cozy comfortable and natural feel to the edibles that I'm asked to bring to the clients' viewers.

Author Jenn Barre's Raspberry Tea
          Most who know me, know that, coming from the newspaper world of my early career and sometimes still, you have to be able to handle many different types of subjects. Breaking news, sports, portraits, and food. You have to be able to draw at least one good, telling image from each assignment, regardless of time and light restrictions.

          Food is something I didn't set out to work on, it worked on me.

          No studio, no white seamless background, sometimes no room to place gear, but rather a tiny restaurant kitchen, dining room, or a home space complete with reflective stainless steel, all kinds of distracting backgrounds and surfaces, sometimes with business being conducted all around.

          Cramming the lighting gear into the corners, finding outlets that won't show a cord in the photo... yeah we can Photoshop it out, but it's much easier for the cord not to be there in the first place! or finding a way to make camera-sized strobes look like studio-sized light. No fake tricks, no white glue for milk, or casting resin ice cubes, just highlights, shadow and food.

           Glorious food!

Derrick Widmark uses all local ingredients including local, grass-fed, open range,
hormone and antibiotic-free beef of Diablo Trust for his creations at Diablo Burger

Jennifer Caraway creates a Birchir Muesli in the Joy Bus Diner.

Chef Jennifer Russo's Thanksgiving stuffing muffins.

Four Eight Wineworks Tasting Room, Clarkdale, Az.

Making magic at Virtu Honest Craft Restaurant,
Scottsdale, Az, Chef Gio Osso

Mile High Restaurant and Bar in Jerome, Az.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Adding some tools

My first concerted attempt a a video production with my Nikon D500s. My intention is to create a value-added service to my photographic activities, while seeing just how my still-photography sensibilities translate into motion.Have a look at a bike ride across some beautiful landscape right here in the Valley of the Sun.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

They Day the Earth Shook, Sprinter Wins Sr. Olympic Gold at 74

          A damaged knee and he was out.

          Blasting out of the starting blocks and thundering down the track Ray Beaufait, 74, rocketed his way to many spring victories that would have left men half is age gasping for air and choking on his dust.

          More than a year ago, Ray emerged from an illness that left him weak but determined that it was time to get in shape. At Arrowhead Health Centers he underwent further treatment to enable his knees to cooperate as he developed his softball skills and sprinting speed. A year later he scored Arizona Senior Olympics sprinting gold.

           The story for which I was assigned to make these images can be viewed at this link. Defying the Odds

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Goodmans' Goodguys and Goodphotos

Good Threads guiding children through the selection f books at the Good Threads clothing distribution in Tucson.
The crew at First Place, where this night, the downs residents cook dinner for the senior residents. First place is a community where people with downs syndrome live an autonomous life in their own apartments in a complex with retirees who have their back when they need a little help or guidance. First Place is constructing a new complex right on light rail on Central Avenue.

           So the Goodmans folks had an interesting idea they wanted to bring to life, and at the recommendation of a friend, they had a look at my work, and decided my style and approach fit seamlessly.

           The project, to photograph some of the organizations that the office structures company supports in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. Document what they do, for the creation of huge black and white prints to hang in the newly remodeled Goodmans office space to serve as a regular inspiration to Goodmans employees who work often split their work days between office structures sales and installation with their ongoing support of selected non-profits.

           It was a fun and amazing project and I wanted to thank Julia Zolondz, Allison Van Dyke and the crew at Goodmans Office Structures for the opportunity to create this work.

In the Read Better Be Better program a "Big," reads for his two "Little" charges in the RBBB after school reading program designed to raise the reading level of third graders when it is most critical.
Goodmans own AIM to Make a Difference program re-purposes used and refurbished office furniture to give to 501(c)3 organizations who need the help.

Free Arts gives access to the arts to at risk children to harness the healing power of the arts. We spent a wonderful day documenting Free Arts' good works at the Children's Museum in Phoenix.

Local First Arizona reaches out to local businesses and teaches them about sustaining local markets by switching at least ten percent of their spending power to local businesses, keeping income local, and circulating in the community, and supporting the many small businesses as a result.
Sense of scale: I had no idea until later in the project just how big these would be!
With Helene from Local First on of the organizations that is supported in part by Goodmans.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Photographic Decathalon

          Just over 21 years after winning the decathlon  gold medal in the Atlanta Olympics, Dan still takes flight with explosive power. Now, 1996's World's Greatest Athlete, is a track and field broadcaster, a coach, an event emcee, as well as continuing to be involved with the US Olympic Committee, can still bring it.

          One steamy Scottsdale morning he works out. He blasts through the air demonstrating for my camera and me, this return aloft after being grounded by a bulging disk. As we shoot images for  a Living Well article about pain management, Dan is eager to show how a pain center's treatment enabled his return to training.

          He volunteered to do some strength drills for the image, and was incredibly patient as I sketched with my camera, trying to find the image that had vaguely formed in my head just two days earlier when the assignment landed in my inbox.

          We tried different things, arms up, arms down, jumping while in stride, jumping from standstill. As we did this in a sand volleyball court, to minimize impact, I got lower in the sand with each attempt.

          Discovering the composition I wanted, we spent more time with more jumps, fine tuning until his extended hands didn't cover his face, and the sun didn't throw shadow of his hands onto his face. I got low enough to separate him from the landscape and place him against the puffy clouds that were nice enough to show up for us that day.

          That done, we explored some other ideas giving my editors plenty to chose from, whether the layout called for one image or many.

          Over delivering in a case like this is actually delivering just what the client needs to have options if space allows to pursue a collection of layout possibilities.