Waterproof Phone Case

waterproof phone case

Here is a small sample video shot with my Galaxy S20 in one of these waterproof phone cases.

Before my wife and I set out to visit the incredible city of Savannah GA for a late summer vacation I bought this two pack of waterproof phone case for $10 on Amazon. Before we go any further I want to make it clear that I'm not being paid to write this. These very inexpensive cases worked amazingly! I've posted a video below of myself playing in the Atlantic Ocean waves on Tybee Island.

The most important thing is obviously that they don't leak. They passed that test with flying colors which is great because so much of what we do these days is phone dependent and while I could have found my way back to the apartment we are renting it would have been really upsetting if I needed to get a new phone and to have had to explain it to the sales person why.

One other measure that I think is important if you're looking for a waterproof phone case is it's ability to function. While I did have some issues double-clicking my power button (how I typically turn on my camera app) the screen worked very well. In fact it worked a bit too well as the salt water in the ocean managed to close a the camera once.

The downside to these bags was that holding the phone in a way that allowed me to shoot video or take photos in the water or even underwater meant that my finger was very close to the camera lens and several times ended up in the shot. Holding the bag is otherwise easy and despite some really sizable waves smacking right into the phone I managed to hold onto it. But they also provide some straps which I didn't bother using so I can't say how effective they are.

The final note I'll leave about these is that they managed to capture sound really well too so when you're shooting video on your phone you'll hear everything which is really great. I have a large waterproof case for my professional cameras that muffles the sound but since I don't shoot a lot of video underwater with them it's not that big of a deal.

I hope you find this review of these inexpensive waterproof phone cases helpful. If you'd like other fun little tips like this consider signing up for my mailing list and get regular updates about cool products like these and tips to improve your photography.

The Geometry of Photography

Level Your Camera

geometry of photography - camera level

A built-in level on the Nikon D850 shows you if you're level from side to side as well as if you're tilting the camera forward or backwards. In this examples you can see the camera is tilted forward and the right side is much higher than the left.

If your photos are not level it will throw your viewers off and make your photos look less professional. What do I mean when I say to level your camera? Perspective in our images can often be distorted by the angle we’re aiming at our subject from. For example if our subject is sitting on a wall and we’re not facing the wall straight on it will naturally slope down as it gets farther from the camera and the ground will seemingly to rise to meet it.

That sort of perspective doesn’t tend to disturb our viewer but if we are facing the wall straight on and the line at the top of the wall slopes from one side of our frame to the other viewers will be bothered by that lack of balance. You can use that to your advantage but if you’re not intending to do it then it’s most likely going to just look sloppy.

Built-in Levels

Many advanced cameras and even some third-party-app for our phones offer built-in levels. These built-in levels help us to ensure that our camera is level.

Depending on your camera and how the level works you might be able to see it with your image or just independently. On more advanced DSLRs you can see it on the screen but not during live-view. This makes it great for setting your camera up on stable support, like a tripod, but is fairly useless for handholding your camera.

If your camera has a built-in level that allows you to see your framing and the level all at once you can use it when hand-holding your camera which is a huge advantage.

Some built-in levels only help you level your camera from side to side where others allow you to see if you're tilting the camera forward or back like in the photo above.

Spirit Levels

Spirit levels are tools used by those in trades going back millennia. Modern spirit levels have some liquid in them and an air bubble that you can line up between a set of lines or in a circle. Many tripods come with built-in spirit levels but you can also buy levels that attach to your camera.

Seeing Shapes and Lines

Seeing shapes and lines in your composition helps you to break down your composition and to understand the light. Sometimes squinting can help you see shapes and lines especially if they're implied and not explicit (like lines on a road).

Why is seeing shapes and lines important? Shapes and lines help viewers move in and around or through a photo. Lines and shapes that take viewers eyes out of the photo mean they're going to spend less time looking at the image. We don't want that.

Certain shapes keep viewers more engaged than others. Lines that disappear around a corner make a viewer want to know what is going on around that corner. Circles, keep viewers eyes moving around because they lack any corners. Triangles can help a viewer to bounce between three different areas of our composition.

Shapes and lines do not need to be explicit. We can imply them by using different methods such as contrast or focus. We can also use both positive or negative space to suggest shapes.

Learn to see shapes in your compositions and your to level your shots and the look of your photos will improve. For more tips about improving your photos check out my upcoming classes and sign up for my mailing list where I send out lots of great information like this on a (somewhat) regular basis.

Teen Photography Class

teen photography classDoes your teen have an interest in photography? Do they want to know how to take better photos and to understand the art and science of photography?

I'm professional photographer Don Orkoskey, and I'm teaching an in-person teen photography class called the: Future Photographer's Bootcamp at the amazingly beautiful Pittsburgh Botanic Garden on Tuesday Aug. 17th from 9:30 to 12:30 am.

Event Details

Don Orkoskey Photography Teacher

If your teen is interested in photography and wants to understand how to take better photos, sign up for this one-day workshop lead by professional photographer and teacher, Don Orkoskey. Students will receive a thorough description of how to create incredible photos of any subject through examining exposure, framing and composition, all the rules and when to break them, and much more. This is a practical class where we’ll explore the grounds of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and apply what we’ve learned with Don’s guidance. Your teen will need a small, pocket-sized notebook, pens, and their own camera. Smartphone cameras will work fine and there will be a few DSLR and mirrorless cameras for students to try out during class.

Equipment

Participants in this Teen photography class are encouraged to bring their own cameras, if possible. Nearly any cameras, ranging from smartphone cameras or compact point-and-shoot to mirrorless or DSLR, will work for this program. Don will also have a few DSLR and one mirrorless camera that your teen will have the chance to use on a tripod, allowing them access and experience with these more advanced cameras. Students will receive a certificate for completing this course.

Program Fee

$45 Member | $60 Nonmember

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Members: To receive your discount, make sure that you have registered for our website. Then Sign In (located in the upper right-hand corner) so that you receive your Membership discount when you check out.

For your safety and the safety of our instructors, class sizes are limited and physical distancing and other precautions will be taken during all education programs.

PA Clearances

As this is a class for teens I have renewed my PA clearances to work with children and teens as of July 10th 2021. A copy of these will be provided by request to any parent wishing to verify them before signing their children up. It's of the upmost importance for me and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden that you and your children feel and are safe. Both of my clear child abuse history and criminal background check clearances are available for your review.

Register Nowat the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Website

About Don Orkoskey

Don-Orkoskey-PhotographerThank you for visiting, I hope you will sign up and take my class. You can read more about the classes I offer on the Classes page.

I'm a full time professional photographer. I've owned my own business for nearly 15 years and have worked as a professional photographer for more than 20. I have taught photography for nearly 15 years and teach classes in partnership with a number of amazing organizations including Phipps Conservatory and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. I teach classes for both adults and children and lead a free nature photography walk each week.

When I'm not working I spend a lot of time with my wonderful and amazing wife Zhanna and our adventurous shelter cat Glasha who loves to travel with us and watches birds from our windows when we're not traveling.

I'm also an advocate for a number of causes that are near and dear to me. To learn more about my advocacy and the things I care about visit the About page.

I can't wait to meet you and share my knowledge about photography with you!

Children’s Photo Class

Kid's Photo ClassDo your kids love to take photos? I'm professional photographer Don Orkoskey, and I'm teaching an in-person children's photo class: Photo Explorer's Club at the amazingly beautiful Pittsburgh Botanic Garden on Tuesday Aug. 10th from 9:30 to 12:30 am.

Event Details

Don Orkoskey Photography TeacherEncourage your child’s love of exploring nature and taking photos! This one-day workshop with professional photographer and teacher, Don Orkoskey, will examine how to use everything from a cell phone camera to a mirrorless and DSLR camera in order to document the world around them. Don will cover how to solve problems with exposure, blur & focus, and competition while exploring parts of the Pittsburg Botanic Garden to look for and photograph everything from bugs and flowers to landscapes and scenery. All you need is a sense of adventure, a love for exploring and learning, a pocket-sized notebook and pens, and a digital camera.

Equipment

Participants in this Children's photo class are encouraged to bring their own cameras, if possible. Nearly any cameras, ranging from smartphone cameras or compact point-and-shoot to mirrorless or DSLR, will work for this program. Don will also have a few DSLR and one mirrorless camera that your child will have the chance to use on a tripod, allowing them access and experience with these fun, advanced cameras. Students will receive a certificate for completing this course.

Program Fee

$45 Member | $60 Nonmember

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Members: To receive your discount, make sure that you have registered for our website. Then Sign In (located in the upper right-hand corner) so that you receive your Membership discount when you check out.

For your safety and the safety of our instructors, class sizes are limited and physical distancing and other precautions will be taken during all education programs.

PA Clearances

As this is a class for kids ages 7 to 12 I have renewed my PA clearances to work with children as of July 10th 2021. A copy of these will be provided per the request of any parent wishing to verify them before signing their kids up. It's of the upmost importance for me and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden that you and your children feel and are safe. Both of my clear child abuse history and criminal background check clearances are available for your review.

Register Nowat the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Website

About Don Orkoskey

Don-Orkoskey-PhotographerThank you for visiting, I hope you will sign up and take my class. You can read more about the classes I offer on the Classes page.

I'm a full time professional photographer. I've owned my own business for nearly 15 years and have worked as a professional photographer for more than 20. I have taught photography for nearly 15 years and teach classes in partnership with a number of amazing organizations including Phipps Conservatory and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. I teach classes for both adults and children and lead a free nature photography walk each week.

When I'm not working I spend a lot of time with my wonderful and amazing wife Zhanna and our adventurous shelter cat Glasha who loves to travel with us and watches birds from our windows when we're not traveling.

I'm also an advocate for a number of causes that are near and dear to me. To learn more about my advocacy and the things I care about visit the About page.

I can't wait to meet you and share my knowledge about photography with you!

Smarter Phone Photography Class

Join me, professional photographer Don Orkoskey, for my in-person Phone Photography Class: Smarter Phone Photography at the amazing Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Sunday July 18th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

You'll learn everything you need to know to improve your skills as a photographer. Learn how your phone's camera works, how to control exposure, how to compose photos, edit pictures, and tell incredible stories with your new photography skills.

If you want to take better photos with your phone this is the perfect class for you. Read more about the class and click the link below to register.

Event Details

Don Orkoskey Photography Teacher

Smarter Phone Photography:

If you love taking pictures with your phone but want to learn how to take even better photos, join professional photographer and teacher Don Orkoskey as he details the fundamentals. Learn to apply traditional photography principles to your phone photography in order to create awe-inspiring images of people, nature and more that your friends and family won’t believe you were able to create! Explore the limitations and advantages of your phone’s camera, and how to exploit both of those to make pictures you and everyone who sees them will adore.

Program fee:

$50 Member | $75 Nonmember

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Members: To receive your discount, make sure that you have registered for our website. Then Sign In (located in the upper right-hand corner) so that you receive your Membership discount when you check out.

Register Nowat the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Website

About Don Orkoskey

Don-Orkoskey-PhotographerThank you for visiting, I hope you will sign up and take my class. You can read more about the classes I offer on the Classes page.

I'm a full time professional photographer. I've owned my own business for nearly 15 years and have worked as a professional photographer for more than 20. I have taught photography for nearly 15 years and teach classes in partnership with a number of amazing organizations including Phipps Conservatory and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. I teach classes for both adults and children and lead a free nature photography walk each week.

When I'm not working I spend a lot of time with my wonderful and amazing wife Zhanna and our adventurous shelter cat Glasha who loves to travel with us and watches birds from our windows when we're not traveling.

I'm also an advocate for a number of causes that are near and dear to me. To learn more about my advocacy and the things I care about visit the About page.

I can't wait to meet you and share my knowledge about photography with you!

Beginner’s Photography Course

Nature photographers in Frick Park Join me, Don Orkoskey, for an in-person Beginner's Photography Course titled: Picture Perfect: A Beginner's Photography Course at the amazingly beautiful Pittsburgh Botanic Garden starting at 3:30 pm  on Wednesday July 28th.

I will teach you everything you need to know to improve your skills as a photographer. Learn how your camera works, how to control exposure, how to compose photos, edit pictures, and tell incredible stories with your new photography skills.

If you are frustrated with your camera and want to take better photos this is the perfect class for you. Read more about the class and click the link below to register.

Event Details

Don Orkoskey Photography TeacherThis 4-week beginner’s photography class is the perfect opportunity to learn how to use your camera to create incredible images that you will love showing off! Join professional photographer and teacher, Don Orkoskey, as he covers technical aspects of photography including exposure, camera settings and focus, as well as how to compose more interesting photos of your favorite subjects by understanding framing, composition, and design. You will spend time in the classroom as well as practical time taking photos in the beautiful gardens and stunning woodlands of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Course Dates & Times:

Wednesdays | July 28, August 11, 18 & 25

3:30 – 6:30 pm

(No class August 4)

Program Fee:

$150 Member | $200 Nonmember

Program fee includes all 4 classes, sessions not sold individually.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Members: To receive your discount, make sure that you have registered for our website. Then Sign In (located in the upper right-hand corner) so that you receive your Membership discount when you check out.

Register Nowat the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Website

About Don Orkoskey

Don-Orkoskey-PhotographerThank you for visiting, I hope you will sign up and take my class. You can read more about the classes I offer on the Classes page.

I'm a full time professional photographer. I've owned my own business for nearly 15 years and have worked as a professional photographer for more than 20. I have taught photography for nearly 15 years and teach classes in partnership with a number of amazing organizations including Phipps Conservatory and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. I teach classes for both adults and children and lead a free nature photography walk each week.

When I'm not working I spend a lot of time with my wonderful and amazing wife Zhanna and our adventurous shelter cat Glasha who loves to travel with us and watches birds from our windows when we're not traveling.

I'm also an advocate for a number of causes that are near and dear to me. To learn more about my advocacy and the things I care about visit the About page.

I can't wait to meet you and share my knowledge about photography with you!

Pittsburgh’s Best Photo Locations

Pittsburgh Photography LocationsYou're looking for Pittsburgh's best photo locations for family portraits, senior pictures, engagement photos, or any other type of outdoor photography from nature photography to people photography. You came to the right place because this list has got you covered!

No matter where you're located or what you want for your background this guide will tell you the best place to create your perfect Pittsburgh photographs. I've broken down Pittsburgh's best photography locations by type and location below. If you're looking for an urban background in the North Hills we've got you covered. If you're looking for a nature background in the East End you're all set.

Best Photography Locations

The following are the best photography locations in and around Pittsburgh by location from natural to urban. If you're looking for natural areas check out the first list. If you're looking for urban backgrounds check the second list.

Pittsburgh's Best All-around Nature Photo Backgrounds

If you're looking for Pittsburgh's best all-around nature photo backgrounds no matter where in or around the city you are then this list is for you.

  1. Phipps Conservatory - Phipps is one of the most beautiful places in Pittsburgh for photography. The only catch is that if you're paying for photos you need to get a permit. Still, Phipps is incredible and getting a permit means a private photo session without anyone else disturbing you so it's well worth it if you're getting professional photos.
  2. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden - Another really incredible spot that has gorgeous landscapes and photo backgrounds no matter what time of year you go is Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Just make sure you follow their rules. The great news is that they don't charge for professional photo sessions but they do ask you to be courteous to other visitors. We've never had any issues photographing there. PBG is located near Robinson and Settler's Cabin Park.
  3. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve - Audubon Society of Pennsylvania has three great locations around Pittsburgh full of great natural scenes including Beechwood Farms.
  4. Frick Park - Frick is an incredible park that I've listed next to last because you can find a combination of urban and natural photography settings in Frick Park. While most of Frick doesn't have manicured gardens, if that's your thing, the area around the entrance by the Frick Environmental Center.  That said Frick also has a really wide variety of settings from creek and wetlands to meadows and deep forests.
  5. Mellon Park - If you're really looking for more manicured photo backgrounds Mellon is a great spot right in the east end off of 5th Ave in Shadyside. Parts of the park are also falling apart which provides it's own aesthetic.
  6. Allegheny Cemetery - While it may seem really strange to do family photos in a cemetery there are a lot of beautiful spots in Allegheny Cemetery where you won't have graves in the background unless that's what you're looking for. There are ponds and wooded areas as well as the beautiful gates. Just be sure to call or reach out to them to get permission.
  7. North Park - With it's lakes, creeks, and walking trails North Park is a really great and diverse place to find great areas to take photos. It's a favorite spot of mine to create nature photos and portraits.
  8. Hartwood Acres - Though the Mansion is closed most of 2021 (and maybe beyond) the grounds at Hartwood Acres are great for photography. Just be aware that a lot of other people take photos there - so much so that the county has talked about implementing a photography permit which would have fees attached. If you're just out taking photos for non-commercial purposes it shouldn't affect you but if you're looking to do any commercial photos check the permit situation.
  9. Winnie Palmer Nature Preserve - This one is last on the list because it's way out in Latrobe PA but if you're in the Greensburg area it's a great option. In fact there are a few spots out that way which are wonderful for nature photography as well as portraits of all sorts but Winnie Palmer NP is by far my favorite.

Pittsburgh's Best All-around Urban Photo Backgrounds

  1. Mellon Park - I know, I already mentioned Mellon but because of the recent building boom around Bakery Square it's in a really great place to get a nice mix of nature and modern urban backgrounds. It's proximity to Shadyside which has a lot of private houses that have lush street-facing gardens also gives you a fun mix.
  2. The Strip District - Nowhere beats the Strip District in my opinion. From the Terminal to the newest urban buildings, the riverfront trail and the 16th Street Bridge, the Strip has loads of interesting walls, murals, streetscapes, parking garages, and everything else you could ever want for an urban backdrop. The city's skyline is (still mostly) visible from a lot of places in the Strip so no matter the look you're going for the Strip is the place to find it.
  3. The Northshore - The Northshore gives you some distance between you and downtown. There are also a lot of buildings set back from the river and the entire place is set up for lots of people to walk around and take photos. Views of the city and especially the Point's fountain are great from near the Carnegie Science Center and Heinz Field. There are also sculptures and lots of bridges to take photos on or around.
  4. Southside - The Southside from Station Square to the Hot Metal Bridge has a really wide verity of photography locations. The Highline, one of the newest, is a great spot as is the river trail and parts of Southside Works. If more gritty urban stuff is your cup of tea then hit the area between Station Square and 10th Street.
  5. Downtown Pittsburgh - from Market Square to the Convention Center downtown is full of great photo locations. When there isn't a global pandemic happening the Cultural District is bustling and full of people and bright lights. There are darker and dirty spots in and around some alleys still but the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has done a lot of very cool public art projects and turned a lot of formerly dank passages into vibrant art-filled spots that are great for photographers.

Other Pittsburgh Photography Locations

Pittsburgh, like everywhere else is brimming with great places to take amazing photos and there are a lot of other Pittsburgh photography locations that I didn't mention. This list is really full of my favorites but I've asked a lot of other photographers and many agree with these choices. What is your favorite location? Shoot me a message and let me know!

How to Prepare for Your Family Photo Session

Understanding how to prepare for your family photo session can be stressful. Knowing what to wear, what to bring with you, how to deal with the kids not cooperating, and what to expect from the photographer can all seem a bit overwhelming and that's no good because your family photos should be a joyous, fun, exciting time where the memories that are captured will remind you of this special time in your family's life for years to come.
How to Prepare for Your Family Photo Session

How To Prepare Before Your Family Photo Session

There are a few things that will help you to prepare for your family photo session. If you follow our guide you will love your photos! The following 5 simple tips will help you prepare before your family photo session:

  1. Clothing Consultation - At WDO Photography we know your clothing choices can make or break your family photos. Clothing Choice depends on time of year, where your session is, and how comfortable they are. At WDO Photography we always schedule a clothing consultation to make sure your clothing choices look and feel great.
  2. Look Great, Feel Great - Get a trim, have your roots touched up, and your nails looking great. This can make a big difference in terms of your confidence. We always recommend trying to schedule a hair appointment the morning of your photo session. Love the way you look and come to your session feeling great. It will show in the photos.
  3. Keep Calm & Carry On - tell the kids that you're having a family day in the park or wherever the session is scheduled. If you're relaxed they will be too but if you're stressed the kids will be as well. Calm and happy families have calm and happy photo sessions. I understand this is not always possible. Still, it's the goal even if things get in the way. That being said, try to keep the pressure low by not setting expectations too high. Kids are kids. I know how to work with them even if they're shy or stressed to produce amazing photos that you all will love.
  4. Photo Props - if there are specific props that you want make sure that we've talked about these beforehand. This will ensure that we know how to handle including them in the photos. Props can be anything that you're bringing including stuffed animals, blankets, or other items that one of the kiddos can't go without. They can be something that you specially requested we bring. Either way let's make sure that we all understand expectations for what must be in the photos.
  5. Sleep Tight - get a good nights rest the night before. Make sure everyone drinks lots of water. Being rested and ready for the shoot the day of makes it go much smoother. In the morning before review our pre-shoot instructions. Then you can show up to your appointment ready to pose for the greatest family photos ever!

Photo Session Day

The following tips will help you understand how to prepare for a stress free photo session day.

  1. Dress for Success - We've gone over what to wear which will include options for uncooperative weather. Your clothes help you feel confident. They're comfortable, and will look great in the photos. We have reviewed what to wear and had a Zoom session to look at everyone's outfits. If you're forced to change to something we've not talked about send us a picture via text or DM. We want to know what the new outfits look like.
  2. Accessorize - No outfit is complete without accessories. That applies to parents and kids. Scarves, hats, earrings and other jewelry, ties (bowties are cool), suspenders, handbags, and other accessories are interactive props. They add visual flair that helps make your photos unique and personal. They also give the kids something to do between and sometimes during photos.
  3. Declutter - Big diaper bags are a must if you've got little ones. They are also a great place to store phones, keys, wallets, action figures, video games, and whatever else the family has brought. Everything that doesn't need to be in the photos should be collected somewhere. If you don't have a diaper bag bring a tote that can hold everything you don't want in the pictures without things getting left behind.
  4. Snack Time - kids inevitably need a snack at the beginning or middle of the session. Be prepared with a non-messy snack. We can take a few minutes to get them feeling happy without creating messy hands and faces. Surprise snacks also help motivate kids that are not feeling cooperative.
  5. Backup - it's a good idea to bring extra clothes, hair brushes, makeup, and comfy shoes. Wind will happen, a big wet kiss smearing mom's makeup will happen, a mud-puddle will happen. These always happen when you're not ready for them. Be ready for them. A quick stress free change or touch up and then before the kids get tired makes a big difference. Another form of backup that is always welcome is a grandparent or other helper. Someone who can wrangle the kids and make a surprise appearance in the photos is great! If you can arrange this support to show up in the middle of the session as a surprise for the kiddos that's even better. It will help them perk up and give them another reason to smile.

Family Session Poses

A lot of people are nervous about having their photos taken because they don't know how to pose. We always talk beforehand about poses but the following tips will help you relax and get the most out of your session.

  1. Trouble Areas - Photographer client privilege is sacred. If there are body parts you are uncomfortable about let us know and we will create photos that minimize or hide those areas. You will look and feel amazing, I promise. After over 20 years photographing people I understand how to pose people to show off the features they love and hide areas they don't. Let us know what bothers you. Then relax during your session and we will take photos you will love.
  2. Act Natural - cheesing is great for family snapshots but these sessions are designed to create lasting memories. We capture real moments, natural interactions, and photos that you just can't get from the local big box store photo studio. During your session you may be asked to pose to help you look your best. However most of the time we'll look to capture your family being authentic.
  3. Ignore the camera - most of our client's favorite photos are candids. You don't need to look at the camera for each photo. Often looking at each other, laughing, and having fun results in photos that look authentic and that you will absolutely love.
  4. Relax - the more relaxed and happy you all are the better the photos will turn out. We make our photo sessions fun. A full session will go by very quickly. Please don't watch the clock. The results are what matter to us, not the time that you've booked. Don't feel pressured and rushed. Take a breath, relax, and don't try to force yourself or your family to hurry. We make lots of great photos and the more relaxed everyone is the better.
  5. Let Go - during the session I'll move around a lot. I will ask you to pose a little. I may ask you to snuggle close or tell a funny joke. Your job is to go with the flow. I am photographing everything we've talked about. Relax and spend quality time together with your family. Let me worry about making sure the session goes as planned. Your job is to enjoy yourself and spend time with your amazing family.

Post Session Expectations

After we wrap up your session you may have some post session expectations. The following list should answer most of your questions. If you have any more please call or message us at any time to ask or get clarification.

  1. Time - Most sessions take a lot more time than what we spend together. Editing, processing, and getting your photos ready to view takes a few weeks. I promise a three-week turn-around to finish your photos. Depending on schedules it may take longer to schedule your viewing appointment. If possible schedule this post session appointment beforehand. Then you can see your photos as soon as they are done.
  2. Viewing Appointment - with Covid-19 and so many people not yet vaccinated in person viewing appointments are still not a great idea. We are conducting viewing appointments via Zoom. Even after everyone is vaccinated we may stick with Zoom as it's easier for almost everyone. Getting to view your photos and to order what prints and other products you initially want is very exciting. With Zoom you can allow the whole family to see the photos. Then if the kids are restless they can go play while the adults figure out what to order.
  3. Print Orders - you'll likely have prints coming to you. Assuming that you picked out all the prints for your package during the viewing appointment you can expect to receive your prints in a few weeks. If you ordered digital copies those are available immediately. We have all of our clients photos on file going back to 2007. You can always order prints or products. We keep our client galleries online unless you tell us to remove them so you can visit the link and order prints right from the website.

Thank you!

Thank you for choosing WDO Photography for your family portrait photography. We hope this helped you understand how to prepare for your family photo session. We are so happy to have you as a client. If you're ready to book or have more questions as to how to prepare for your family photo session please use the contact form below to ask and to reach us to schedule your session. We can't wait to hear from you!

 

Independence Day Family Portrait Sales

Independence Day Family Portrait Sale

Great news! We’re offering a limited number of family portrait sessions around the July 4th holiday as part of an incredible Independence Day Family Portrait Sale!

Schedule today! 

A limited number of family portrait sessions are available for July 3rd, 4th, and 5th so schedule today! Each half hour session, regularly priced at $150 are on sale for an incredible $49 (tax included). You can’t beat these prices for custom photos of this quality from a reliable, experienced, professional photographer. Our sessions book quickly so schedule yours today. Our once a year Independence Day Family Portrait Sale is filling quickly which is why we’re offer 3 full days to give you options that fit your schedule.

Your family has grown over the past year and now is your chance to get those family photos you’ve been unable to schedule. Join WDO Photography for this once a year opportunity and save big on family portraits which you’ll treasure for years to come.

Sessions Include

All sessions include the following:

  1. A pre-session consultation on clothing, makeup, and hair
  2. Exclusive package deals available only for this sale
  3. Deep Discounts on all prints, digitals, and keep-sakes
  4. One 30 minute session one-on-one with our owner Don Orkoskey
  5. A post session meeting to help you choose the best package and add-on items
  6. A discount on future sessions with WDO Photography

All sessions take place in Frick Park near the Frick Environmental Center. We’re offering you 3 days with sessions running between 9 am and 7 pm. These times were available at the time this was posted but may already be requested by a previous customer. We make every effort to keep this updated but as it’s not updated in real time so we ask that you give us between 3 and 5 alternative dates/times to your preferred session time so that we can book one that works for you. We will respond within 24 hours to confirm which time is guaranteed to be yours or to work with you on getting as close to your preferred time as possible.

Schedule Today!

Available Sessions

July 3rd

  • 9:30 am
  • 10:00 am
  • 1030 am
  • 11:00 am
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Schedule Today!
Don’t miss your chance for big savings on family portraits. Get new family photos which your family will love and cherish for years to come. Book your Independence Day Family Portrait session today! To see more examples of WDO Photography’s portrait work click here.

Digital Photography for Everyone

Phipps Digital Photography Class

WDO Photography and Phipps Conservatory present Digital Photography for Everyone. This four week long online digital photography class is open to everyone regardless of camera equipment and skill level. Do you want to learn the basics of photography? Now is the time to sign up.

Visit the Photography Classes page. Click on the listing here or visit Phipps class page where you can directly sign up. The class is every Thursday night starting on Jan. 21st running through Feb. 28th from 6:30 until 9 pm.

Learn how to use your camera. Learn the basics of exposure, how to compose compelling photos, and how to tell stories with your images. This class is for everyone, who is passionate about photography but may still be struggling with the technical or aesthetic aspects of photography.

Sign up today through Phipps and join Don for this informative and fun photography class which former students have recommended to their family and friends. If you’re tired of keeping your camera on automatic and being frustrated when your pictures don’t turn out like you want this is the photography class for you.