ChapterNEXT Photography: Blog en-us Copyright (C) 2022 ChapterNEXT Photography (ChapterNEXT Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:53:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:53:00 GMT ChapterNEXT Photography: Blog 55 120 ChapterNEXT commercial photography gets the inside look at LOCAL Bistro and Salon 1219 ChapterNEXT Photography wraped up the month of October with commercial photography shoots at two of the Valley's hotspots.  In the midst of a marathon Volleyball schedule ChapterNEXT managed to capture cutting edge local food and beauty services at LOCAL Bistro Scottsdale and Salon 1219.

As a member of the Osio Culinary Group, LOCAL Bistro is guided by Corporate Chef, Chris Mayo's, philosophy of simplicity. ChapterNEXT soaked up the exquisite sights and smells LOCAL Bistro has to offer while shooting  commercial photography  of culinary specialties like the Double Cut Pork Chop and Saffron Linguine and Clams.   LOCAL Bistro sets itself apart with seasonal menus, reverse social hour and hand-made pastas that take Phoenix Italian cuisine to a whole new level.  If you're looking for either a new casual dining experience or a place to celebrate one of life's special occasions, LOCAL Bistro is the place to be.

If you're looking for a specialist to handle all your hair styling needs before heading out on the town, look no further than Salon 1219. The vision of Dominique Del Prete, Salon 1219 was born when she set out to create what  "she felt was missing in her own neighborhood." ChapterNEXT had the pleasure of seeing their art come to life with a commercial photography shoot of model Carly Gillette.  Whether your look is conservative or avant-garde, Salon 1219 offers experience and artistry at reasonable pricing.

Make sure to check out all ChapterNEXT's commercial photography and selected work from their impressive Corporate Client list at

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ChapterNEXT sports photography captures all the action at Hoophall West  

ChapterNEXT Photography got the holiday season started right going hard in the paint at the Hoophall West 2015 high school invitational. Fifteen schools from across the country gathered in the Valley for two days of nonstop action.  Chaparral High School hosted competitors from Arizona, California and Washington all the way to New Jersey.  The action was so intense that CBS Sports Network and The Cube were there with network coverage while ChapterNEXT caught all the still shots with their sports photography expertise.

ChapterNEXT has been following the local basketball talent since the season started catching all the highlights with sports photography of the next great wave of Arizona players.  After all the hustle and jaw-dropping dunks seen on the court, it is no surprise that players are already on their way to schools like Arizona State and Gonzaga this Fall.  From the talent seen at this week's invitational it looks like these stars will be shining for some time to come.  The last game was a special source of pride for Arizona with our own Hillcrest Prep's victory over #4 ranked API hailing from Dallas.

Hoophall West celebrated its third year of the tournament which has become one of the more elite national events in high school hoops. ChapterNEXT was there to capture all the sports photography for the nation's top high school talent under one roof. Make sure to check out all the shots at

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2015 Holiday Special PLUS Dates & Locations


2015 Holiday Portrait Special

Only $175!

30 Minute, Outdoor, Mini Session

20 High Resolution Images

25 Flat Cards (choose 4x8" or 5X7") with Envelopes

Private Online Viewing Gallery

20% Print Discount Using Code: HOLIDAY



Wednesday 9/16/15 Sedona, AZ *$5.00 Red Rock Parking Pass Required*

Sat 9/19/15 Papago Park, Phoenix, AZ

Sat 9/26 Sedona, AZ *Fee Free Day- No Red Rock Parking Pass Required*

Sun 9/27 Pioneer Living History Museum, Pioneer, AZ

Sat 10/3 Scottsdale, AZ

Sun 10/4 Papago Park, Phoenix, AZ

Sat 10/10 Sahuaro Ranch Park, Glendale, AZ

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Why We Love Unplugged Weddings Maybe I'm aging myself, but when I hear "unplugged" I think of the days when MTV actually had videos and shows about music.  They would air "Unplugged" specials with musicians from all genres playing acoustic versions of their songs.  The most memorable for me was of course Nirvana, but they featured everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Page & Plant to Mariah Carey and beyond. The idea was fantastic.  Fans could hear stripped down versions of their favorite songs in an intimate setting.  I can't imagine being one of maybe 100 people sitting feet away from Paul McCartney or Springsteen or Annie Lennox giving a once in a lifetime performance.  By the time they were on Unplugged, they had long since stopped doing shows for less that thousands of people at a time.  Imagine being in that audience.  Then imagine what it would be like if every person there had a cell phone, iPad or camera recording every second of it and only watching through the tiny screen facing them.  There are professional camera operators there filming the entire concert, but everyone wants to be the first to upload, share or post before anyone else can see or hear the magic.  Would it be the same experience if those devices were allowed?  

If you haven't yet figured out where I'm going with this then let me explain.  An "unplugged" wedding ceremony is when a couple asks guest to turn off their electronic devices and put their cameras away.  This allows guest to be present and take in the ceremony as it unfolds. There used to be a saying "be here now" (also a book title written by a spiritual pioneer of the 60's) that really applies to an unplugged wedding.  Be here now is the idea of living in the present, this moment, today, now.  The digital age is here and with that people document every moment of their lives on some sort of device and broadcast it to the world instantly.  I've seen people at concerts filming on their mobile phones so that they could go home and watch the concert.  *crickets*  This happens all the time!  People are so caught up with social media, instant gratification, capturing these tiny segments of their lives and they're forgetting to LIVE them.  Be here now, be mindful, be aware, be present and see the big picture.  Not just what is on a tiny screen.  Your wedding day will be one of the most significant days of your life. By the time you're standing in front of your guests you've invested hundreds of hours, thousands of dollars, millions of tears and you're about to make the biggest commitment of your life thus far.  As a bride or groom I would want the people that I've invited to truly experience the moment.  After all, that's the whole reason that they're there to begin with.  I'd rather have them focusing on us than on something else, namely a camera or a phone.   

Ok ok, I'll stop pounding my hippy dippy, mindfulness approach to unplugged weddings and get into the whys from a professional photographers standpoint. We've had our initial meeting, most likely an engagement session and discussed our coverage of the wedding.  You've paid for our services in full and expect us to capture the true essence of the moment for you to re-live for years to come.  Here comes the bride or groom!  As you make your way down the aisle, gazing into the eyes of the love of your life, your uncle pops into the aisle and blocks our view of you. Not only that, but he blocks your view of your fiance while he's snapping pictures on high speed like a mad man.  Now, I'm sure we can move around and get some pretty good pictures of you with the back of Uncle Jim's head in the shot, but the moment to capture that look on your face when you first lay eyes your soon-to-be spouse is gone.  Hopefully Jim has top of the line equipment and knows how to use it because he would be the only one that would have had the chance to get that shot.  Now, don't get mad at Jim. He was just excited, but that enthusiasm took one of the most treasured photos you could have out of your wedding album.  Another reason to unplug: social media.  Again you're paying professional photographers to give you the highest quality of photos money can buy, but the first picture shared on social media of your big day is taken by a guest with a phone from the worst angle possible.  Most brides and grooms prefer to see the ceremony images first and then choose the ones that stand out the most to share with their family and friends.  

These are just a few of the many reasons why we only shoot unplugged weddings.  We're artists.  We do this for love of the game.  This is our calling, our passion and anything worth doing is worth doing right.  We've had potential clients say "I'm not going to tell my family they can't take pictures."  That's cool, it's your wedding.  We're just not your photographers.  Most importantly we're only talking about the ceremony.  During the reception is a great time for people to whip out their cameras and go nuts!  We even recommend getting a Polaroid 300 and creating a photo booth area for your guests to take their own pics.  The Polaroid 300 is a small, stylish camera and it costs less than 100 bucks!  It's a fun way to get a couple of images instantly; one that guests can have as a keepsake and one that they can write a message on for you.  There are a million ideas on Pinterest as to how to present to your guests that you'd prefer to have an electronics-free ceremony.  Some couples choose to have the wedding officiant welcome guests and make a short announcement that you prefer they unplug and be here now.  Others put it in the program or both.  No matter what you choose for your wedding or who you choose as your photographer just remember to have fun and be true to yourself.  We wish you the best & to those of you getting married, congratulations on your engagement!


Written by: Dia L. Martori


Note:  We have photographed some absolutely gorgeous weddings before going unplugged.   The ceremonies were so beautiful and we are truly grateful to have been part of the occasions.  We want to make sure everyone understands that over the years we made a choice as artists to only shoot weddings unplugged.  This is just our style.  We do not want to give the impression that your wedding would otherwise be ruined or terrible if you allow cameras to be used during the ceremony.   We are perfectionists and prefer to have every opportunity to capture the moments ourselves.  

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Senior Portrait Giveaway 2015

Enter to win a free Senior portrait session!  Here's the 411 on the Senior Session Giveaway:

*Must be graduating 2015

*Entries must be in by April 30th

*3 Lucky Winners will be drawn at random & announced on May 15th.


What does the session include?

The session is 1 1/2 hour photo shoot with both Dia & Joe, for free!  A private, online viewing gallery to see your proofs. That's a $375 Value!!!

Where do we do the shoot?

Pioneer Living History Museum in Pioneer, AZ just north of Carefree Hwy. off I-17

Why there?

Pioneer is a hidden gem in Phoenix.  We love the property.  There's 90 acres with a Spanish style Livery, a Victorian home, the Opera House and even a wild western town onsite!  From one location, we can find the perfect setting to capture the true essence of who our Seniors are.    

What do I bring?

Up to 3 outfit changes, comfortable shoes and make-up (if needed) for touch ups.

Are hair & makeup included?

No.  We work with Janine Jacobs of Cherry Salon in Phoenix and she offers discounts for hair & make-up for ChapterNEXT Photography clients.  Contact us for more info about Janine.

Can I buy prints?

Sure.  We offer professional printing through our website at an additional cost.  You can choose to print images a la carte or take advantage of one of our Senior Session packages available exclusively to our Giveaway winners.  

So, the session if free, but I pay for my pictures?

Yep.  The regular rate for our sessions, for 2 photographers is $250/hour.  The session fees are not just for us showing up and taking amazing pictures.  There is a ton of time that goes into each photo after the session.  From uploads to edits to creating the galleries and placing orders, there's far more included in the hourly rate than just the *click*click*click* of the camera. Each image we take averages about a half an hour at least of processing when fully edited.  The rate includes our post production time.  The packages we put together for our giveaway winners are affordable and offered exclusively to the winners.  Regular package rates apply for all other clients.  The winner packages range from $89-$425.

How do I enter to win?!

Send us an e-mail to: with your name, guardian's phone number, school name, graduation date.  Parents/guardians can enter for students.  We will require a signed consent form from guardian(s) for all students under 18 years old.  

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