Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hibernating Trends: Double Exposure Art

Double Exposures are right up my alley. I've been experimenting with them since I started photography with film cameras back in my teenage years into college. Then there are all the collages I've created which have similar designs but the ones in Photoshop are much more honed and polished. The trick is finding the right photo combinations to make it work.
Which one do you like the most? Color or black and white?





MY CURRENT PROJECT: Little things I never had time for before
SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD: Duck Dynasty Original Intro Song not ZZ Top
CRAVING: no bake cookies
NEEDED A MOMENT: ugh can't say
BEST MOMENT: It's snowing!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Saratoga Springs' Own Out of the Ordinary Wins a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award® 2015



                 SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – January 8, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, named Out of the Ordinary Photography & Design as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015 for creative wedding photography and design in Saratoga Springs!

               
                The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.
               
                While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Out of the Ordinary. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.
               
                "It's always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. "Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud Out of the Ordinary for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry."
               
                As a Couples' Choice Awards® winner, Out of the Ordinary Photography & Design is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.
               
              Out of the Ordinary Photography & Design is proud to be one of the top Wedding Photographer in Saratoga Springs in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015.
               
                For more information about Out of the Ordinary Photography & Design, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/out-of-the-ordinary-saratoga-springs/265fcd7fd73c9865.html
               
                To learn more about the Couple's Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.
               
                About WeddingWire
                WeddingWire, the leading technology company serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, is the largest online vertical marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals. With more than two million consumer reviews, it is the industry leader in consumer reviews. The site enables engaged couples to search, compare and book from an extensive database of more than 200,000 recently reviewed event professionals, from venues to photographers. WeddingWire provides event professionals with the technology they need to serve their clients, including a SaaS platform, which powers advertising, marketing, and CRM needs of local wedding and events businesses nationwide.
            

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Photographer's passion: Snowflakes" in The Chronicle Newspaper

Something so cool made the hottest press in town: My Snowflakes & The Glens Falls Chronicle! 



MY CURRENT PROJECT: Watching for snowfall and Battle Pets!
SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD: Something So Strong by Crowded House
CRAVING: bagel and cream cheese, eating it now
NEEDED A MOMENT: Catching a breath after...
BEST MOMENT: Seeing my Snowflakes on the front page of The Chronicle

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Winter Special



*Winter Special Only* Runs December thru March but you may book this for any time of the year. For inquires, available dates or questions please contact Holly or Jim Greene at 518-307-2747 or info@outoftheordinary.biz



MY CURRENT PROJECT: Albums
SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD: She's Got A Way by Billy Joel
CRAVING: Teeccino
NEEDED A MOMENT: Politics
BEST MOMENT: Breakfast with my hubby

Friday, December 5, 2014

All Over Albany Article - The snowflake photographer: Holly Greene

Not every artist is lucky enough to have their work published (let alone before death) Ha! So I am so very excited to share the article from All Over Albany. http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2014/12/04/the-snowflake-photographer-holly-greene

 
MY CURRENT PROJECT: Christmas Spiders
SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD: Bruno Mars  - all his songs
CRAVING: hot n spicy something and minty treats
NEEDED A MOMENT: 99Designs confusion: real deal or no?
BEST MOMENT: Snowflake Article

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

1999 Wedding Special




Only $1999.00 for both Photo and DJ coverage of your wedding! This special includes 6 hours of photography coverage by Out of the Ordinary Photography and 5 hours of DJ coverage by Party Productions USA. To keep the cost under $2000.00 this is a limited photo coverage package with 6 hours of coverage and you only receive 300 edited photos out of what is captured during the coverage period. This is a limited time offer. Based on availability. Some restrictions apply. SHARE WITH FRIENDS! This is a great deal and dates are limited, so act now! You may upgrade for more photos and longer DJ service at an additional cost.  
 
MY CURRENT PROJECT: Davenport Wedding
SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD: 1999 by Prince
CRAVING: focus
NEEDED A MOMENT: multi-tasking
BEST MOMENT: mmm chicken parm

Friday, September 5, 2014

Photo displaying and common courtesy

Without naming names, I had a vendor contact me regarding posting a photo of their product and listing their business info on my website. This was years ago and apparently the product was so nicely captured and nicely done, that people were calling them at all hours, even after the vendor had ended their business. The person was understandably not happy. Yes, good publicity can sometimes be a bad thing. This brought up other questions about how I use the photos I take for advertisement and display. I feel I owe it to all my past and current customers to explain this because every photographer is different. There is some legal issues that express how to handle certain situations but ultimately most is common courtesy. So I will begin... 

I, myself, often fill in or help other photographers that are just starting out or have health issues that make it so they cannot cover a scheduled event. I do this because I hate to see couples on their wedding day without quality coverage that they thought they would have. Plus I also enjoy taking photos. When I do photos under another persons business/name, I do not use them or display them as mine. Now this is not an easy thing because I enjoy displaying nice photos but it is not only the legal way to handle it but a professional way to do business. I also will on occasion allow job shadowing through Out of the Ordinary. They do not get paid and don't have any legal right to display the photos for profit including advertisement unless agreed by me or the customers that hired me. I do try to tag the person job shadowing as the taker of the photo when possible out of common courtesy. I have plenty of my own photos to display so if you see one taken by another person displayed, it is not only because it's a nice photo, it is because I try to give them the ability to have some sort of public recognition and portfolio. I have to do this without losing control of the privacy needs of my customers. A second photographer works in the same as a job shadower except they are paid depending on the agreement. With the photos I own, meaning all the photos taken under my business/name, or those working/job shadowing with me, I have a written contract with all wedding parties to use their photos. I have a verbal contract with all other events. The photos displayed throughout the Out of the Ordinary website, facebook and any advertising is selected personally by me. If you ever see a photo/s you don't want displayed please let me know and I will take it down. Your happiness and comfort is more important than my right to use them. 

Sometimes other companies and people have been given the right to use my photos. These photos should display in some way a credit to me/Out of the Ordinary. This is also needed so I don't lose control of the privacy needs of my customers. If you see a photo credited to me that you don't want displayed please let me know and I will do my best to correct this ASAP. With the age we live in, people have the ability to take photos from other web pages, facebook pages and other means. If you see one of your photos displayed without crediting me then this is without my permission and should be addressed with the person using them. To my surprise, I have seen my photos used in magazines, ads, newspapers, at wedding shows, business websites, business facebook pages and even on other photographers' pages identified as their own without permission or tagging me in anyway. Although I am flattered and enjoy the display of my work, it goes against the privacy policy that my customers deserve and will do my best to correct it. Hope this was informative and sorry about the length.