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Agility and Mobility with Spider Holster

As a wedding and event photographer you're on your feet and on the ground for hours on end. No studio chair, no teathered shooting while your camera rest on a tripod. You're a man or woman of action. Traversing the terrane, up hill, down hill, climbing the rockbed on a beach shore, in the rain, in the hot sun, and everything else mother nature will throw at you.

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Of course I'm not complaining I love what I do. It brings me a sense of accomplishment when my clients look at their photos and get excited. At the end of an engagement session or wedding day both the clients and I are exhausted and we want to make sure our efforts are worth the price. 

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Strap vs Holster

The most common need photo journalist and event photographers have is how to carry our gear. Studio photographers can put their gear down when not in use. Sport, landscape, and nature photographers usually will have their rig on top of a tripod and stored away in a bag when not in use. But photo journalist and event photographers need to have access to their gear at all times to make sure they dont miss a moment. 

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I have owned just about every strap money can buy and for the longest time I was on the hunt for the perfect one. I found the perfect strap doesn't exist and here's the issues i've found:

  • Strain on the shoulder and back
  • Camera touches the ground when you kneel
  • Wear and tear causing you to replace straps
  • Limited range of motion
  • The need to keep a hand on your camera to keep it from swinging around

Now it's not all bad news. I have loved several of my straps but I still alway's seemed to have kept looking for the next best thing.

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Let me introduce you to Spider Holster, this device changed the way I shoot forever. It's a belt system that allows you to mount your camera at your hip. At first the idea of holstering my camera like a gun slinger seemed silly to me, there is no way it could compare to my money maker dual camera strap. Long story short I was blown away!

The best thing since sliced bread

Ever since I had my team and I switch to Spider Holster we never looked back and heres why!

  • No strain all GAIN! Our shoulders and backs never felt better
  • No need to worry about our gear swinging around
  • We can jump, run, kneel, be as agile as possible without ever worrying about our gear
  • Quick access. Your camera is where it should be at all times.

I could go on and on however at the end of the day it all comes down to the job. I have a couple minor complaints about the belt itself when worn with another belt, but that is something I feel is more than a fair trade off especially considering they are always improving the product.

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John and Erika Wedding Day

A true Cinderella story unfolds with John and Erika. An eccentric couple who enjoy lavishing one another, who not only are an explosive bride and groom but also best of friends. A stunning wedding held at the luxurious Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club (http://malarayat.com) this is one wedding that truly rolled out the red carpet. Thank you again John and Erika for choosing Vincent Duke Photogrpahy

Ronel and Roxanne Wedding Day

The first complete Lipa Wedding Professionals team collaboration. Fork & Bottle, Charms an Vows, Vincent Duke Photography, Haircology by Lovely, and of course our very own Mikaelah Fashion and Design. Lipa Wedding Professionals can be found at www.lipawedding.com. Ronel and Roxanne are a dynamic duo, I cannot describe a better partners in crime than these two. Congratulations again from Vincent Duke Photography!

John and Jessa Wedding Day

This vibrant wedding brought us out to San Antonio, Quezon province. John and Jessa were huge fans of our work for GMA-7 when we covered the wedding scene of I Heart Davao's season finale. This wedding was provincial but far from ordinary! It truly was a joyous occasion and we congratulate and thank John and Jessa for choosing Vincent Duke Photography

Ricky and Leslie Wedding Day

Bring on the HEAT! Our couple comes all the way from Manila to the beautiful Shercon Resort & Spa here in Batangas. And if I may say so this couple is absolutely CRAZY for one another. It was truly an honor to be chosen as their photographers. Thank you again Ricky and Leslie! Best wishes from Vincent Duke Photography

Kenneth and Grace Wedding Day

Smiles and sunshine is the best way I can sum up this wedding. A provincial wedding in Calaca Batangas with a metro feel. A special day for us all with playful antics, anticipation, and filled with love. Congratulations again from us here at Vincent Duke Photography

Adrianne and Jackie Wedding Day

A truly inspiring couple. A wedding full of joy surrounded by loved ones, and a touch of humor made this wedding truly special. Congratulations again from Vincent Duke Photography.

Love is in the air!

Cristelle Mae Diarios

Happy Valentines Day!

Well it's that time again where hearts, chocolates, and flowers are in abundance. We here at Vincent Duke Photography would like to extend our best wishes to all the love birds out there, Happy Valentines Day!

We're the #1 Recommended!

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We must be doing something right! Another unexpected blessing and turn of events for us here at Vincent Duke Photography.

When it comes to venues here in Lipa City Batangas, Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club is 2nd to none, and our most favorited/recommended venue for Engagement Sessions, Weddings, Receptions, and Events. A feel of luxury on these well maintained grounds will take your breath away. There is a calm and classy ambiance about Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club that will not only inspire you, but also make you never want to leave.

The Big News

Our clients who have used Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club have been screaming from the rooftops about how much they love our service and for that we are deeply honored. Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club has decided to officially make us their #1 Recommended Wedding and Event Photographer! This is huge news for us as one of the most prestigious venues in our area they do not make this decision lightly. 

We want to thank firstly our wonderful clients and of course Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club for making this possible.

Contact Info

MOUNT MALARAYAT Golf & Country Club
Barangay Dagatan, Lipa City, 4217, Batangas, Philippines

www.malarayat.com

Batangas Lines:
+63 43 756 7000
+63 43 757 0044

Manila Line:
+63 2 994 8541

Email:
sales@malarayat.com
marketing@malarayat.com

 Photo Credit: http://malarayat.com/about/

Photo Credit: http://malarayat.com/about/

What to look for in a wedding photographer

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So you're getting married! Congratulations on the momentous occasion! Now it's time to make your dream wedding come true. You have the venue, wedding coordinator, caterer, and everything else but now you need to find your photographer. Their are so many options, recommendations from friends and family, and what makes it even harder is their is no consistency in pricing. You have budgets ranging from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of pesos, how do you choose one? Well, hopefully I can help you with that decision.

I know as a wedding photographer myself it may sound like I am trying to sell my service but I assure you I just want you to be happy with your choice regardless if it is with me or not. Picking a wedding photographer is almost like choosing who is your best friend, wedding photographers are perhaps the most involved suppliers in your wedding. We're with you from the beginning of the process to the end of the process with the job of telling your whole wedding story! So let's begin on how to find your wedding photographer.

Studios made up of freelancers (Photography Brokers)

This is a tough one, there are a lot of "studios" made up of freelancers who would love to cover your wedding at a very affordable rate. This can be a great option for those who are on an extremely tight budget but there are some things to look out for. I typically don't suggest this option if you're looking for quality output. I'm not saying you can't get good results this way, I'm just saying it is a risk and here's why.

  1. The team is typically made up of a casting call of whoever is available which leads to a team of people who may have or have not worked together in the past.
  2. Lack of consistency, organization, backup/redundancy, and process.
  3. Gear used may be less than desired due to budget constraints of the photographer.
  4. Difference in skill level across the team. You may have a veteran or a newbie photographer.
  5. Higher risk of low quality output and delays.

Now, there are some very valid reasons for choosing this option mainly being available budget. Just keep in mind these brands are not actual studios, or even well trained teams. They are literally Photography Brokers with no central point of responsibility/accountability.

Powerhouse/Big Name Photographers

You know them, the world knows them, even we are on the edge of falling into this category. These are the famous, in high demand photographers who usually charge accordingly. Be ready to dig deep into your pocket for these photographers, but usually they deserve it. Here are some reason why.

  1. Consistent style.
  2. They need to protect their reputation thus will usually provide the best service possible.
  3. You know what you're going to receive before you buy.
  4. Gear used is usually top shelf in the photography industry, tried and true professional tools with the skillset on how to use them.

Now it's not all sunshine and roses there are some potential downfalls which usually pertain to how they run business. These highly sought after big name photographers tend to be busy and while some are hands on, there is a good portion that have assembled their own teams to handle the wedding day. Which is fine since they tend to be well trained to meet his demands but it is still something to be aware of.

Another potential downfall may be the "celebrity mentality" aka diva complex. An unfortunate side effect to fame and success tends to be a big ego. This big ego can make someone inflexible, unwilling to go out of their comfort zone to please you the client, or even refuse to provide service if their conditions are not met (situation isn't what they like). 

Studios (Business minded wedding photographers)

For me this is where I feel we fit in and in my biased opinion is the best fit for most weddings. Studio's specializing in wedding photography tend to be competitive in pricing and offer all the benefits of the Big Name Photographers. They have consistent style, tend to have the proper gear and skill set to accomplish the job, operate in professionalism, offer guarantees, and also tend to make customer service their top priority. Here are some things to look for when choosing a studio or any photography service for that matter.

  1. Check their online galleries/portfolio.
  2. Look for reviews and what others are saying about them.
  3. Meet with them, see if they are a fit for you.

Budget

And the hardship of it all boils down to budget. I urge everyone to prioritize coverage as one of your main expenses of your wedding. I don't say that because I am a wedding photographer I say this because I have heard too many stories of couples wishing they would have chosen a higher level photography service because they were unhappy with their coverage, output, the headaches they have had to deal with. I alway's suggest to couples choose the best provider your budget affords and in some cases you may have to increase your budget to get the service you desire.