A unique and contemporary, custom designed coffee table book. Each magazine style page is designed to create an ultra-unique book that reflects the story of your day. Anything but your everyday wedding album. Each design is created from scratch and artistically displays a collage of the best images of your event. Imagine your wedding images set in a coffee table book that you'd leave out! This hardback book comes with a matching dust jacket and contemporary case, and is available in matching purse sizes and soft cover options.
A very elegant and sophisticated leather handcrafted album that never goes out of style. Your wedding photographs are individually printed and matted on thick double-sided pages. Each page is custom designed to compliment your images, and can hold anywhere from 1 to 9 images. A masterpiece that will truly be treasured for generations, this square 12x12 format is available in a variety of high quality leather choices, as well as black, brown or ivory matte options.
A hard bound album that has the look and feel of a coffee table book, mixed with the sturdiness and durability of a traditional album. Designed specifically to reflect the style and story of your day, each page holds anywhere from 1 to 20 images printed directly onto an entire page of heavy weighted photographic paper. Choose from luscious silk covers to old world leathers, to contemporary brushed aluminum. Available in a variety of colors and sizes to fit any taste. Each original creation comes with a keepsake box.
All of our packages include online proofing for easy ordering and sharing. You will be notified as soon as they are posted, and will be able to access them anywhere there's an internet connection.
Collections of proof prints are available upon request and can be purchased with the print credit included in most packages. Special sets of 200, 400 and 600 proofs can be added to any package for $, $, and $ respectively. We also offer additional proofing options such as magazine style proof books.
Your images come in these beautiful keepsake DVD cases. Each package comes with high resolution digital negatives; that way you can order prints from us, your local lab, or even print them out on your own home printer.
Each package includes a print credit which can be used towards the purchase of any photographic display item, from thank you cards, to proof prints, to 8x10 or 11x14 framed prints. It's up to you! And the best part is you can just order it directly from our online viewing site.
Our fine art thank you cards are printed on the highest quality matte photographic paper, and come with a matching envelope.
Dia Rao is an experienced wedding and portrait photographer. Who's passion for wedding photography shows through her work. Her style is a perfect blend between photojournalistic and traditional, contemporary yet vintage. She creatively captures the moments of the day artistically, and carefully orchestrates the elegant and posed traditional portraits.!N!N"There's nothing more joyful than being able to capture the beauty and essence of a couple's wedding day. It is always my goal to photograph each couple's unique personality in a blend of traditional portraits, and contemporary poses that reflect the style of the couple."!N!N A native of upstate New York, Dia found herself studying at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, where she gained a thorough grasp of both the technical and creative elements of photography. During this time, she also interned with Katie Moos Photography, and had the wonderful experience of working as a photographer's assistant at weddings. !N!N Dia is currently the Treasurer of the Professional Photographers of Santa Barbara County. And enjoys bringing a sense of camaraderie and photographic knowledge to the Santa Barbara community. She has photographed more than 50 weddings. And has worked at many of the local wedding venues in Santa Barbara and the Central Coast. She is extremely grateful that her work has taken her to such wonderful locations as Chile and Hawaii. And continues to be appreciative for some of the most amazing couples and weddings that she has had the pleasure of photographing.
Katie & Zack
"I just saw the pictures and they look great! Thank you so much for sending these to me, I can't wait to show these to Zack. Your blog is really cute too. For as un-photogenic as we both are, I am surprised at how well they turned out. You did a great job, thank you!"
Cata & Franco
"Thank you Dia so much for coming down to our wedding and taking these amazing photographs. We were so glad that you were a part of our day. We love the photos you took and will truly cherish them. We are thankful beyond words."
Christina & Michael
Little Caesar's, Las Vegas, NV
"Unbelievable pictures! Each time I look at them I feel like I'm back at my wedding. Dia is very unobtrusive, I didn't even know she took all these wonderful pictures. If you want fabulous pictures that truly bring you back to your wedding day, without a big flash in your face the whole day... you need to hire her... artistic, creative, real."
Nicole & Anthony
Pozzato Estate, Santa Barbara, CA
"The photos were amazing. Better than we could have ever expected. Dia was extremely professional and helpful during our exciting yet stressful day. She captured the feel and emotion of our day in such an artsy yet elegant way."
Siobhan & Jez
Riviera Estate, Santa Barbara, CA
"Dia was a most pleasant lady. Extremely professional. We asked for informal shots as well as group shots and all were unique. Dia was very discrete and you hardly knew she was there. We would recommend her to anyone for any occasion. Thank you Dia. "
For more information about our photography coverage we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions. Of course if you have any other questions or to inquire about your wedding date, send us an e-mail!
Where are you located?
My studio is based out of Santa Barbara. However I photograph weddings throughout Southern California.
How do I find out your rates and packages?
We offer a variety of packages and services. For detailed package information or for custom packages use the contact form of our website, or call 805-895-2012 to check your date availability.
Do you charge extra for photography out of Santa Barbara?
There is no extra charge for weddings located in the Los Angeles, Orange County area. For questions about your location contact us directly.
Do you have an assistant?
I always photograph every wedding with a second photographer.
Are the negatives included or can I buy them?
The digital negatives are included in every package. That way you have the option of ordering prints directly from me, taking them to your local lab, or even printing them out on your own computer.
How long before I see my images?
After your wedding, your images will be available in 4-6 weeks.
Do you shoot film or digital?
I shoot digital. There is just so much more freedom with digital. In the past if I photographed an image in black and white, it would only be available in black and white. With digital that's all changed. I can now shoot an image in color, and give you the photograph in color, black and white, or even sepia.
Do you shoot posed portraits as well as your documentary coverage?
I photograph a blend of traditional posed portraits as well as candid documentary coverage. The number of posed portraits is really up to you, and the amount of time you would like to set aside on your day to take family portraits.
How much time should we allocate for our family portraits?
On average it takes about 2 minutes per posed portrait, so if you have 30 portraits you would like to take, be sure to set aside about an hour for photographs.
Do you offer custom packages?
I do offer custom packages, and I'd be happy to create a package that works for you as a couple.
Can we order online?
All of my packages include online viewing and ordering. You and your family and friends can easily order reprints online from the convenience of your home.
What is a Print Credit?
A print credit is basically like a gift certificate good for a certain amount of photography related products. Print credits are great because they allow you to use the credits towards any number of things. You can order 4x6 proof prints, enlargements for you wall, small coffee table books or even photo thank you cards. The options are varied, and it's all up to what you want. That's what makes it easy.
What is an Album Credit?
An album credit is included in your package, and is redeemable towards the purchase of any album. If you decide to upgrade your package by adding an album, the credit is discounted from the total. If you do not decide to order an album, don't worry there are no additional fees.
Do you do Engagement Sessions?
Yes, an Engagement Session is included in some packages, and can be added onto any package for a $ upgrade. The session usually lasts about an hour and can include multiple locations and wardrobe changes, and comes with a DVD set of digital negatives, and online viewing.
Do you do Portrait Sessions/Packages?
Portrait session packages start at $ and include various items. Feel free to contact the studio for more information.
More Questions. !NFeel free to e-mail anything unanswered.
To view images from an event, follow these 3 easy steps:
1. Click on the link of your event.
2. Register your name, email and create your own password.
3. When prompted, enter the Event key. The default event key is the groom's last name all lowercase.
If you have any questions, problems, or for events prior to January 2006 free to contact us at info [at]_ diarao (dot] com or call us.pictage.com