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Jeff Dietz Photography

Clarks Summit , PA
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I am the owner and photographer of Jeff Dietz Photography. Based in the Scranton / Wilkes Barre, PA area I am available for travel for any wedding nationally or... Read more
Hello everyone!
I am the owner and photographer of Jeff Dietz Photography. Based in the Scranton / Wilkes Barre, PA area I am available for travel for any wedding nationally or internationally. I bring a strong passion into the photographs that I create. Every wedding that I photograph, I create one of a kind images like I have never made before. I photograph a wedding about 70% photojournalism and 30% of what I call creative fashion. I specialize in creating beautiful fashion style portraits in an location using alternative lighting, and thinking outside of the box to create truely one of a kind images.

My photographs go hand in hand with the beautiful story book album that I create for you. It retells the story of your day every time that you pick it up. It is so important to hire a photographer that will finish the job! And that means presenting for you a beautifully designed and crafted wedding album and prints that will be passed to family members for generations.

Please feel free to review my website, or to give me a call to find out more about my photography and how I truely present something different then the rest of the crowd. I look forward to speaking with you!

You can contact me by phone at: 570-690-2019 or email at: jeff@jeffdietzphotography.com

Visit the website: http://www.jeffdietzphotography.com

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Flush Mount
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
I believe in a very natural photo. 'Special effects' fade over time in popularity, and I want to insure that your images look as amazing today as they do in 20 years. I believe a photographer should first and foremost always be concerned with getting your photos right at the time that they snap the shutter, not trying to 'fix them later in photoshop'. 
 I do use black and white often to help emphasis the mood of a photo that I am trying to tell.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Absolutely. To me it doesn't matter if I have photographed at a particular place 100 times or photographing it for the first time. It is all about the light. As I enter a scene on a wedding day, I first evaluate the light being presented that day. That could be artificial light or natural light. I then create my photos based on that light. If the light doesn't exist, I do have a lot of tools and techniques that will allow me to add light where I feel would be appropriate.
Is your media preference film or digital?
I photograph in all digital. In my personal opinion, digital has surpassed the capability of film. Not only in it's safety, but it's latitude in quickly being able to adapt to different lighting conditions, large capture capacity when needed, exposure accuracy, and the ease and ability to finish the product after the wedding with your albums and prints.
How many photographers do you work with?
I actually photograph the wedding by myself. I feel that allows me to be seen as little as possible, and allows me to be unobtrusive. I also feel it is not appropriate to have just any 'second photographer'. The reason for this is, that second photographer needs to be photographing at the same level as what I am presenting, other wise there is no point of them being there. 
 There is the ability to add a second photographer if you would like, and I hire a full time professional photographer for that purpose. I can tell you that in the past 95% of weddings I photograph by myself.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes! Of course! I only accept 20 weddings per year, so it allows me to stay fresh and excited for every wedding. I do not have any other photographers on staff, so when you hire me, you get me!
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Never. I only accept one event per day, and except for very rare occasions I only accept one event per weekend.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I have a close network association with 7 other very talented photographers as well as an extended network of over 1,000 photographers. If the rare case would ever occur with extreme illness or injury, there are people available.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
You will not see me with light stands and big umbrellas and boxes. I feel it is a wedding, and I work to be as unobtrusive as possible. What I typically bring is:
 - 2 camera bodies (1 main, 1 back up)
 - An assortment of lenses, normally I have my 4 favorite lenses with me
 - On camera flash, that is also used off camera easily
 - and a video light. This is normally only pulled out for small parts of the day and fits in the palm of my hand.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes. Back up equipment is always packed and ready to go.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
With me, I want you to be as relaxed as possible. You have me for all day coverage.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Again, you receive all day coverage with me. That normally includes from the time you get back from hair and makeup, until pretty much the end of the reception. The only time you would need to think about extra hours is if you want things covered like the rehearsal dinner or something like an after party.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Yes. It is a very long day and I do require a dinner break. This is normally taken at the beginning of dinner service. I normally tell the couple I should be served at the same time or immediately after the main table to insure that I am not eating during any important moments (i.e. dancing, cake cutting, etc). I do request the couple provide the meal, which in almost all cases is the same menu being served to the wedding guests.
Do you charge for travel?
It depends on where. I do not charge anything for travel for anything within about 30-40 miles of Luzerne, PA 18709. Beyond that depends on where and I normally charge something based on the miles. If it is past a 2hr drive I may also require hotel accommodations. These are never excessive charges and are mostly in place to insure that I am able to be at the desired locations on time and not stuck in traffic situations. 
 I also offer destination packages that can include travel, as well as 3 days of shooting (the day before, day of, and next day).
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
I actually don't like the word 'proof'. The word 'proof' in my mind refers to 'unfinished'. From the date of your wedding it is normally about 2-3 weeks that you will see all of your finished and fully edited photos on your purchase/review site as well as your personally designed wedding album to review. This review can be done in person or online.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
You will be able to review the finished images on an online website or in person at my showroom.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
The finished images are online for 2 months past the date they are released. The images are always kept however forever and can be reposted for future purchases at the couples request. The couple also receives with their finished album a catalog album with all of the images printed 20 to a page in a thumbnail version for review for additional prints.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Any photograph taken by any photographer, makes the photographer the copyright owner of the image. I take a lot of pride in the images that I create and at all times retain copyright ownership of my images. 
 A photographer who is willing to give these rights away, is a photographer that I would personally run away from as far and as fast as you can. 
 
 That being said, copyright usage rights (for reprints, etc) can be purchased 1 year after the wedding.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
We do not 'provide' them. Again, in my honest opinion, a photographer that is willing to do this and walk away, is a photographer I would avoid at all costs. 
 How hard will that photographer work to photograph your wedding when their only goal is to give you a disc of your images (edited or not) and walk away. I believe this is very poor customer service and is doing you a disservice by not completing their work and presenting a beautiful album and prints. 
 Again however, I do make the negatives available for purchase 1 year after the wedding. 
 I do also have one before wedding 'option' where they may be purchased called our I-pad Option. However this also still includes a beautiful wedding album in addition to the I-pad.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes. They will be online for two months from the date they launch. They will also be available on your own personal wedding website, and other various online items that I use such as slideshows.
What kind of albums do you offer?
My albums are one of a kind designed storybook albums. They are flush mount, creased page albums. I do all of the initial design work for you, after which you can fine tune to create your final album. My albums are designed by me, and are designed to emphasis the story and images of your day. See my website for tons of examples of couples actual wedding albums.
When will the client get the final album?
Again, since I only accept 20 weddings per year, I am able to spend a lot of time with each couple. You will see your initialize album design about 2 weeks after the wedding. From the time that you first see it, the goal is to have any design changes finished within one month. This can put your album back in your hands within about 2 and a half months from your wedding date!

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Tamar
Wedding:
6/21/2014
4.9/5.0
Initially the process of finding a photographer for our wedding was not easy. My husband and I were discouraged to find that many wedding photographers out there just aren't that good -- the lighting would be harsh, or the couple would be standing in awkward poses. We wanted none of it. Then we came across Jeff Dietz's website. Here was a photographer who brought artistry to his photographs. My fiance at the time and I were particularly drawn to the way Dietz strikes a special balance between the couple and their surroundings. And on a more selfish note, he made his subjects look stunning. And for the day of our wedding, that was important to both of us -- that we look good.

Aside from Jeff's natural talent, he is an absolute pleasure to work with. Yes, he is on the expensive side of the "wedding photography spectrum," but at the end of the day, there's only one thing left after the wedding, and it's the photographs. My husband and I decided that the photography was very important to us, so spending more than average on it would be worthwhile. Jeff not only takes beautiful pictures and creates a beautiful end-product, but throughout the whole process, from beginning to end, he is stellar -- responsive, flexible, low-maintenance, and really nice.

If you have the funds, stop thinking about it, just hire Jeff Dietz. Like right now.
Initially the process of finding a photographer for our wedding was not easy. My husband and I were discouraged to find Read more...
Initially the process of finding a photographer for our wedding was not easy. My husband and I were discouraged to find that many wedding photographers out there just aren't that good -- the lighting would be harsh, or the couple would be standing in awkward poses. We wanted none of it. Then we came across Jeff Dietz's website. Here was a photographer who brought artistry to his photographs. My fiance at the time and I were particularly drawn to the way Dietz strikes a special balance between the couple and their surroundings. And on a more selfish note, he made his subjects look stunning. And for the day of our wedding, that was important to both of us -- that we look good.

Aside from Jeff's natural talent, he is an absolute pleasure to work with. Yes, he is on the expensive side of the "wedding photography spectrum," but at the end of the day, there's only one thing left after the wedding, and it's the photographs. My husband and I decided that the photography was very important to us, so spending more than average on it would be worthwhile. Jeff not only takes beautiful pictures and creates a beautiful end-product, but throughout the whole process, from beginning to end, he is stellar -- responsive, flexible, low-maintenance, and really nice.

If you have the funds, stop thinking about it, just hire Jeff Dietz. Like right now. Read less
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Hilary
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Jeff did a wonderful job capturing our day! Our pictures turned out amazing! Jeff is definitely a pro, I didn't even notice him at the reception!!
Jeff did a wonderful job capturing our day! Our pictures turned out amazing! Jeff is definitely a pro, I didn't even Read more...
Jeff did a wonderful job capturing our day! Our pictures turned out amazing! Jeff is definitely a pro, I didn't even notice him at the reception!! Read less
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Ashleigh
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I hired Jeff to take both our engagement and wedding photos. He went above and beyond for both shoots, spending a whole afternoon/evening with us for our engagement shoot in NYC and then an entire day in Long Island for our wedding. We were extremely happy with the way our photos came out and would recommend him to couples looking for unique photography, not just your typical run-of-the-mill posed wedding shots. Any questions or special requests were answered quickly, and despite how busy he is, Jeff always made time to chat. If Jeff is available, you definitely want to book him to photograph an important life event!
My husband and I hired Jeff to take both our engagement and wedding photos. He went above and beyond for both shoots, Read more...
My husband and I hired Jeff to take both our engagement and wedding photos. He went above and beyond for both shoots, spending a whole afternoon/evening with us for our engagement shoot in NYC and then an entire day in Long Island for our wedding. We were extremely happy with the way our photos came out and would recommend him to couples looking for unique photography, not just your typical run-of-the-mill posed wedding shots. Any questions or special requests were answered quickly, and despite how busy he is, Jeff always made time to chat. If Jeff is available, you definitely want to book him to photograph an important life event! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Jeff gave us a fantastic experience with our wedding. He was flexible, paid attention to details and fulfilled our shot list. The lighting in our photos is perfect and Jeff was creative during our event. I highly recommend Jeff to any Bride looking for a well educated, experienced and creative photographer.
Jeff gave us a fantastic experience with our wedding. He was flexible, paid attention to details and fulfilled our shot Read more...
Jeff gave us a fantastic experience with our wedding. He was flexible, paid attention to details and fulfilled our shot list. The lighting in our photos is perfect and Jeff was creative during our event. I highly recommend Jeff to any Bride looking for a well educated, experienced and creative photographer. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
6/22/2013
4.8/5.0
Jeff Dietz is terrific! If you're looking for a photographer who does not want to check off the traditional wedding photo list, he is your guy. My husband and I made a small list of photos we absolutely wanted, but for the most part, Jeff documented the day as it played out. He has a real vision to take photos with unique architecture and lighting. He also met with us to check out our reception site beforehand to get sense of the lighting and layout. We've seen some proofs already and there is literally not a photo that we do not like. We can't wait to see the rest! Thank you, Jeff!
Jeff Dietz is terrific! If you're looking for a photographer who does not want to check off the traditional wedding photo Read more...
Jeff Dietz is terrific! If you're looking for a photographer who does not want to check off the traditional wedding photo list, he is your guy. My husband and I made a small list of photos we absolutely wanted, but for the most part, Jeff documented the day as it played out. He has a real vision to take photos with unique architecture and lighting. He also met with us to check out our reception site beforehand to get sense of the lighting and layout. We've seen some proofs already and there is literally not a photo that we do not like. We can't wait to see the rest! Thank you, Jeff! Read less
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Roza & Michael
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Jeff Dietz is not simply a photographer, he is an artist. His artistic style is natural, not forced. He captures fleeting real emotions and moments, without trying to force and create artificial poses all the time. He has an incredible imagination, and is always trying to find the best places to use. While he knows how to capture those quick blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments, he also knows when to capture a stunning pose as well, and offers help and suggestions during those moments when you do want more of a styled look.

In terms of his professional skills, he was a pleasure to work with. He makes every session about you. He listens to your suggestions, he is never pushy but gives you his ideas also. He is incredibly flexible and patient! We dragged him to so many locations, and his energy level, work ethic, positive attitude, and friendliness never waned. Once the events are done he is very responsive and helpful at the end of the process as well.

Photographs to us were the most important, as they would last long past our wedding date, and would help us relive our memories. We wanted to make sure they would be natural and of highest quality. If you place that same value on photos, you would not be disappointed with Jeff. We love our pictures, and we very strongly recommend him to anyone.
Jeff Dietz is not simply a photographer, he is an artist. His artistic style is natural, not forced. He captures fleeting Read more...
Jeff Dietz is not simply a photographer, he is an artist. His artistic style is natural, not forced. He captures fleeting real emotions and moments, without trying to force and create artificial poses all the time. He has an incredible imagination, and is always trying to find the best places to use. While he knows how to capture those quick blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments, he also knows when to capture a stunning pose as well, and offers help and suggestions during those moments when you do want more of a styled look.

In terms of his professional skills, he was a pleasure to work with. He makes every session about you. He listens to your suggestions, he is never pushy but gives you his ideas also. He is incredibly flexible and patient! We dragged him to so many locations, and his energy level, work ethic, positive attitude, and friendliness never waned. Once the events are done he is very responsive and helpful at the end of the process as well.

Photographs to us were the most important, as they would last long past our wedding date, and would help us relive our memories. We wanted to make sure they would be natural and of highest quality. If you place that same value on photos, you would not be disappointed with Jeff. We love our pictures, and we very strongly recommend him to anyone. Read less
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James
Wedding:
10/27/2012
4.8/5.0
I would recommend Jeff Dietz to anyone looking for a high-quality photographer. My wife and I went into the search process not knowing what to expect. Jeff was professional from day 1 and he instilled a level of confidence in us that he would be able to capture the most important moments of our wedding - so much so that we did not hire a videographer.

The finished project of our wedding album was the icing on the cake. It was by far and away superior to anything we could have imagined and we are extremely proud to show it to everyone. We have many friends who paid a lot of money for a photographer and still do not have an album after 2-3 years. Jeff's process is important as he takes the time to make your "story" in the album and makes you accountable to approve the final album so that you can show off your pictures.

Again, I recommend him highly - you will not be disappointed.

-James
I would recommend Jeff Dietz to anyone looking for a high-quality photographer. My wife and I went into the search process Read more...
I would recommend Jeff Dietz to anyone looking for a high-quality photographer. My wife and I went into the search process not knowing what to expect. Jeff was professional from day 1 and he instilled a level of confidence in us that he would be able to capture the most important moments of our wedding - so much so that we did not hire a videographer.

The finished project of our wedding album was the icing on the cake. It was by far and away superior to anything we could have imagined and we are extremely proud to show it to everyone. We have many friends who paid a lot of money for a photographer and still do not have an album after 2-3 years. Jeff's process is important as he takes the time to make your "story" in the album and makes you accountable to approve the final album so that you can show off your pictures.

Again, I recommend him highly - you will not be disappointed.

-James Read less
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Regina
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot think of too many occasions, aside from your wedding, where you would hire a photographer. So, when it came time to select the person I wanted to document one of the most cherished days of my life, the choice was easy.
Jeff’s obvious artistic abilities set him apart from any other photographer’s work I viewed. These days anyone can pick up a digital camera, focus on a subject and release the shutter (And think they’re a photographer); however it takes a true gift to make the outcome of those actions unique and stunning. Call it what you want, Jeff has a given gift, talent, artistic eye, touch, and ability. He captures more than mere images; he captures moments.
My husband and I met with Jeff 2 days before our wedding for our engagement photo shoot in Central Park, NYC. We spent several hours with Jeff walking throughout the park, talking and taking photos. Jeff was kind, courteous and an absolute pleasure to work with from the start. He has a very fun and personable nature, which made our conversations with him memorable and being the subject of his photographs easy and relaxed. Luke, my husband, and I felt honored to have Jeff as our photographer and were already looking forward to seeing him again on Saturday.
All day Saturday Jeff was behind his lens ready to capture every moment in time. Aside from some fun pictures and family portraits, he never asked anyone to pose. He was always in the background capturing everyone in their own natural way. He was the epitome of photojournalism, chronicling our special day and capturing each special moment before it passed by.
As for the cost, as for many things in life, you get what you pay for. In Jeff’s case I would go as far as saying we got even more than we paid for. There aren’t too many occasions where one would hire a professional photographer yet, I find myself already racking my brain for an occasion for which to hire Jeff again.
I cannot think of too many occasions, aside from your wedding, where you would hire a photographer. So, when it came time Read more...
I cannot think of too many occasions, aside from your wedding, where you would hire a photographer. So, when it came time to select the person I wanted to document one of the most cherished days of my life, the choice was easy.
Jeff’s obvious artistic abilities set him apart from any other photographer’s work I viewed. These days anyone can pick up a digital camera, focus on a subject and release the shutter (And think they’re a photographer); however it takes a true gift to make the outcome of those actions unique and stunning. Call it what you want, Jeff has a given gift, talent, artistic eye, touch, and ability. He captures more than mere images; he captures moments.
My husband and I met with Jeff 2 days before our wedding for our engagement photo shoot in Central Park, NYC. We spent several hours with Jeff walking throughout the park, talking and taking photos. Jeff was kind, courteous and an absolute pleasure to work with from the start. He has a very fun and personable nature, which made our conversations with him memorable and being the subject of his photographs easy and relaxed. Luke, my husband, and I felt honored to have Jeff as our photographer and were already looking forward to seeing him again on Saturday.
All day Saturday Jeff was behind his lens ready to capture every moment in time. Aside from some fun pictures and family portraits, he never asked anyone to pose. He was always in the background capturing everyone in their own natural way. He was the epitome of photojournalism, chronicling our special day and capturing each special moment before it passed by.
As for the cost, as for many things in life, you get what you pay for. In Jeff’s case I would go as far as saying we got even more than we paid for. There aren’t too many occasions where one would hire a professional photographer yet, I find myself already racking my brain for an occasion for which to hire Jeff again. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Jeff was a wonderful photographer very professional. He was very open and receptive to any ideas that the groom and I had for pictures. I can't wait to get our final prints!
Jeff was a wonderful photographer very professional. He was very open and receptive to any ideas that the groom and I had Read more...
Jeff was a wonderful photographer very professional. He was very open and receptive to any ideas that the groom and I had for pictures. I can't wait to get our final prints! Read less
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becca1387
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Very professioal photographer, and very efficient. Would highly recommend! The photographs are beautiful, and will last a lifetime.
Very professioal photographer, and very efficient. Would highly recommend! The photographs are beautiful, and will last a Read more...
Very professioal photographer, and very efficient. Would highly recommend! The photographs are beautiful, and will last a lifetime. Read less
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