DeVa Photography: Blog en-us (C) DeVa Photography (DeVa Photography) Sun, 14 Mar 2021 20:59:00 GMT Sun, 14 Mar 2021 20:59:00 GMT DeVa Photography: Blog 120 120 Deva Photography Engagement Giveaway! Female Wedding Photographer Deva Akman, Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Here is the link to fill out the contest form. ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SESSION GIVEAWAY

Hello! Nearly Newly Weds,

This year I am going to be GIVING AWAY Full 90 Min Engagement Sessions! I would love for you to enter the contest!

I'm not sure how many winners I will choose but will let all winners know by November 1th 2020, please hurry up!

I wish you the best of luck!


  • Only one entry per couple
  • You should also follow us on Instagram @DevaAkmannyc
  • Winners will be chosen by Deva Photography 
  • No purchase necessary in order to win
  • Engagement Session must be scheduled within 2 weeks of winner announcement
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Why are the elopements getting more and more popular?

Elopement Weddings  are simple, they can be beautiful, meaningful, expressive and tailored to bride & groom’s style.

Deva's Elopement Wedding with 10 guests in NYC costs between $2500- $3000.  This does not include taking out your guests to a local restaurant (if desired) after the ceremony.

Package includes the ceremony, champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres and 3 hours of photography session.

Here are the simple steps to this hassle free, simple and beautiful elopement wedding in NYC:

  1. Book Deva's Elopement Wedding , save the date (Ceremony and cocktail total 3 hours)
  2. Apply for the marriage license at New York City Hall at least 24 hours prior to the ceremony (It will be valid for 60 days).
  3. Make dinner reservations at a local NYC restaurant for the same night. 
  4. After the Wedding send out announcements/thank you cards with your wedding photo.






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What are the advantages of elopements?

Think about it with regular weddings couples go to great lengths to make sure their loved ones have a blast. The average couple hosts 131 guests, and their top priority is ensuring their guests are taken care of and have a good time. Besides the expected food, drink and music, nearly half of all couples hire or provide above-and-beyond guest entertainment, not to mention large venue rentals, and lots of vendors. Sometimes during the planning process, they realize that they need a planner…. expenses then go up and up.

Sometimes at the end of the day couples forget about themselves and even what the celebration about.


With Deva's Champagne Elopement the bride and groom can have their special day stress free and a true reflection of themselves and their relationship.

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Why Couples Prefer Elopement?  

The Knot’s 2019 ,Wedding Study shows that the average U.S. wedding costs about $34,000 (that’s including the cost of the engagement ring, but excluding honeymoon expenses), while the average employee under 35 makes less than $40,000 a year. Keep in mind that this is the U.S. average. Throwing a wedding in a densely populated, expensive location in a big city like New York for example costs more. So cutting costs is one obvious appeal for elopements.

Modern brides and grooms want their wedding to be a true reflection of their relationship. A second reason may be the most important one which is the flexibility and reduced stress. As you can imagine, having an elopement wedding tailored to your needs and likes is a lot easier.

We offer Elopement Package called Deva's Champagne Elopement hassle free, simple and beautiful elopement wedding in NYC.

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What is Elopement ? Central Park Bride & GroomLove in Central Park

Elopement has historically meant running away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent.

But it has also meant—and still means—"to escape."

In modern day, the meaning of elopement has shifted towards "a small destination wedding".Elopement wedding destinations are generally

not far from home but often are chosen to be at landmarks, historic spots or famous parks. 

Elopement weddings offer the advantage of having a beautiful and meaningful ceremony at a reasonable price point.

We offer Elopement Package called  Deva's Champagne Elopement, hassle free, simple and beautiful elopement wedding in NYC.


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5 Reasons Why You Should Hire me as your Photographer  

When you contact me, I’ll assume you reviewed my portfolio and liked my style. 

Next step is to connect with me and see me as your good friend at your wedding so that your smiles will be genuine.  Joyful people always look wonderful in the photos. I believe the best photographs are taken to reflect who you really are, when the photographer and the client personalities are a good match. 

When married couples are asked “If you could redo one thing from your wedding day, what would it be?”  Sadly, the answer is very often the photography.

Think about it! When the cake is gone and the dress is packed away, your wedding photography will be the one lasting symbol of your perfect moments. So, the photographer needs to be chosen wisely. I recommend that you have a portrait or engagement session done before the wedding. 

Different photographers not only have different personalities, but also have unique shooting and editing styles. No one feels creative, happy or themselves when they are forced to hold poses for a photo shoot. That is why I provide direction during sessions to create candid shots, and achieve excellent results.

Also I’ve listed 5 reasons why you should hire me as your wedding photographer.

Everything listed below primarily applies to portrait photography, but weddings are once in a life time event. I hope it will make your evaluation process easy.

1-Passion -Photography is not just a job for me. I don’t do it because I need to. I’m a photographer because I love the art of it, and I love the challenge of composing and creating beautiful photographs. Each wedding marks the start of a family. I have the privilege of creating timeless images for my clients that will be treasured for generations. I get to meet with fantastic people, tear up during ceremonies, and fall in love with their loved ones throughout the event. I get to express my creativity while running my own business and turning amazing clients into even better friends.

2-Skill- I have spent many years learning the craft of photography. The business I run isn’t something I just started on a whim after getting a nice camera and being lucky with getting a few good pictures. I have studied. (I continuously do ) I have experimented. (I still have different projects) I have attended seminars and classes.  I believe photographers should always make time to invest in seminars and classes. I know how to handle the camera in different lighting situations .

3-Planning -I take the time to listen to my clients, their needs, desires, and concerns, focusing on the details the bride wants to share (such as the wedding dress and accessories) so that I may take photographs that my clients will cherish for generations.

4-Approach- I approach each assignment much like a magazine shoot which requires planning, researching, and scouting the venue. This process is applied from start to finish ensuring a high level of professionalism to your images.

5-Simple Pricing- I also don’t believe in unwanted post-wedding sales pitches. I create all-inclusive packages so there are no surprises later. I offer packages which include an engagement session, USB stick, album & prints. I want to make sure that clients’ images don’t sit on a shelf or a disc and never get viewed. They can sometimes get lost in a home move or scratched or damaged beyond repair.

You’ve imagined a perfect day, with memories to last a lifetime. Please hire if I share your vision. You can always email me for pricing. ( call us leave a msg if you like, we would love to hear from you!)

I wish you happy planning!

Deva Akman

(DeVa Photography) 5 reasons to hire me as your photographer Hoboken Engagement Shoot Hoboken Photographer How to choose a photographer NYC Photographer Wedding Photography Pricing Your Dream Wedding Sun, 24 Mar 2019 18:24:58 GMT
Beautiful Wedding Albums  

As you evaluate the best way to make wedding albums and print your photos, you will discover that the most premium photo labs are either only available to wedding photography businesses or have a professional team to service photography professionals.

If you want the best quality albums with archival materials that will last decades, it’s best to have your album, guest book, thank you cards, etc., crafted professionally by your wedding photographer. We also often hear from many clients how they always intending to “get around to” making a wedding album, but never find the time to do the work involved. It takes a lot of effort and time to select the final images, to edit each image accordingly, and then design the layout while working with the album manufacturer to select the many options.

Keep in mind that your wedding photographer shoots weddings with the album in mind. So the best method for ordering a wedding album and printed materials will be choosing packages directly from the photographer.

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Gladys & Jamie Vow Renewal "With my whole heart, for my whole life!"


When you make a commitment, falling in love is the easy part but staying in love is the difficult part.


Saying " I see you, all of you, exactly how you are.

And I still choose you! "  is wonderful!

But only possible through diligence.

It is a common search for the good and the beautiful, equal independence and mutual dependence.

It is not only finding the right partner, it is being the right partner.


This lovely vow renewal took place in Connecticut.

The wonderful couple Gladys & Jamie were together 35 years and married for 25 years.

They renewed their vows to say "I still choose you! "

Scott & I were honored to be part of their faithful and heartfelt ceremony.

It was a small, classy and super fun reception with amazing friends and family members.


Gladys & Jamie again congratulations! 

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9 Things to do before your wedding day   

1- Think about assigning a coordinator on your big day.  Make someone your point person in other words:

Remember, there will be always unexpected occurrences at the wedding. If you have children or there are elderly family members, make sure there is a person to take help out with them so you have time to participate in the important events and pose for your photos.

2- Smiling is very important

Not looking happy and smiling due to small irritations can ruin not only your wedding day but your photos as well.  This is the best day of your life and you most likely have been dreaming about it since you were a little girl. Your pictures will look much better if you forget about all the little things that may and will go wrong on your wedding day and just enjoy the moment with your future husband, family and friends. I have observed that brides who are giggly and smiley and actively trying to be pleasant have more genuine and exciting pictures than brides who try to pose perfectly but who have a gloom & doom attitude, and also try to micro manage her wedding day.

3- Make Your Getting Ready Room Comfortable:

Bringing too many people in your getting ready room might sounds like a great idea and lots of fun. but it actually makes the room overcrowded and hard to work in. The photographer needs to be able to move around and capture the moments from different angles and points of view. If the room is overcrowded, this is almost impossible with all the bridesmaids and other people in the room shielding the bride from all vantage points. If you have to invite everyone, then consider booking an over sized room so there is a space for everyone, and room for the photographer to move around and take artistic images. Overcrowding and artistic, free-flowing  pictures don’t go hand to hand. Finally, the bride and groom NEED TO EAT AND DRINK SOMETHING BEFORE THE CEREMONY  

 4- Tame The LED and DJ Lights Urge:

LED and DJ lights are cool and fun but they also color everyone’s faces and clothing. Photography is about capturing the light so all these lights over your dress and face will be captured and in your reception photos. There is no magic wand to take them away in post-processing. If you plan to get your reception completely dark and have lots of LED and DJ lights, be prepared to have these all over your face and dress on your wedding pictures.

5- You, combined with Adequate Time with the Photographer Results in Great Pictures:

Allocate time to your photographer as you do for your guests, fun and party. When a photographer asks you: “There is beautiful light right now. Can I borrow you and your groom for 15 minutes? It will be well worth it!”, trust him or her and find time away from your party.  Photographers world rather have multiple 15-20 minute blocks of time spread out throughout the day (especially some time around dusk when the light is soft and pleasing) than a one large block of 2 hours at 12PM or 2PM for example in one location.‬

6- Necessary Wedding Portrait Time Periods

Without First Look: After ceremony

  • 15-20 minutes for formal family photos
  • 15-20 minutes for wedding party photos
  • 45-60 minutes for the bride and groom photos

With First Look: Doing a “first look” can help you feel more calm.

You see each other before the ceremony and spend some intimate time together while you have your portraits taken.

This is the desirable option when the bride and groom have seen each other already before the wedding ceremony because the time allocation is much more flexible and relaxing. During the First Look, I photograph the bride and groom pictures when the groom sees the bride for the very first time in her wedding dress, his and her first reaction and subsequent interactions. During the First Look, I also take bride and groom portraits when they are still fill with energy at the beginning of the wedding day. The period before the ceremony is also the best time to capture images of the wedding party before the ceremony. The period during the cocktail hour then is spent on family group photos and wedding party photos during the cocktail hour. 

When groups are involved, and many people are being directed to be in one place or the other at the simultaneously for an extended time period, this is often frustrating for everyone. I will be focusing on posing everyone, directing and capturing the best images from the group, and don’t have the ability and time to search for family members and bring them to the family photo locations. 

Therefore, it is extremely important for the couple to appoint a dedicated wedding coordinator or family member to bring and organize everyone for the formal family group photos.

Assigning some one with this responsibility will save everyone time and effort, and make the entire photo shoot far less stressful by keeping the wedding day on schedule. I have a set of formal pictures I usually plan to take for each wedding, but if the bride expects to have other photos, a written list is the best way to ensure that no pose is being missed.

I always take multiple photos of the same group to ensure we have everyone looking at the camera, not blinking, and show a nice, radiant smile. 

7-  Connecting with your photographer:

Tell your photographer what you want in advance.  I cannot stress enough how important good communication between the bride and groom and the wedding photographer is prior to and during the wedding day.  Let your photographer know about your favorite photographs or if you have a certain pose in mind. You can call me anytime with this information.

8- During the important moments : 

Remember, I am documenting everything. When you are doing something important you should try to look for me and give me a smile.  This will look great in your album.
There are things to keep in mind such as slowing down when kissing so I have time to capture multiple images of this moment. Also, remember that when the bride, bridesmaids and groomsmen are are walking down the aisle, it looks much better in the photographs if they smile and look forward instead of at their feet or away from the camera.  When in doubt, always try to look at me and give me a smile.  

 9 -  Practice :  

Most of the bride & grooms have never had their photos taken by a professional photographer. Posing needs practice before the wedding day so look at your old photos to see which poses of yours  are your favorites and practice posing in the mirror. On your wedding day remember to relax  and smile! 

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4 Reasons to invest in Engagement Photography Session It is important to take engagement photos once you make it official.


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1-As a couple, you perhaps have never been photographed professionally before. Observing how your photographer works, and receiving your images before the wedding will allow you to learn about posing and what angle and light makes you look in your best. You can also let your photographer know ahead of time if there are shots or angles you don't care for.

 Remember, communication is key.

Tip: Have your hair and makeup test done on the same day as your engagement session. This way, you get to see how it looks in photos and let your stylists know if there's anything you'd like to change.


2- It gives you opportunity to interview different photographers and try a different one if it is necessary.

 It is always better to set a date to get your engagement pictures taken right away so that you're not stressing to get them done when you're well into wedding planning mode. Preferably use the photographer who will also be photographing your wedding for the engagement session.

Establishing a relationship with your photographer long before your wedding will make a difference in the outcome of your wedding images.

Spend about an hour or two getting to know your pro by listening to them, having fun with them and getting photographed all at the same time.

They'll take note of how you interact with each other, your individual personalities and preferences. These mental notes will help capture moments on the wedding day that are unique to just the two of you.

3- Once you see your engagement images and get excited about them, you'll have more confidence in yourselves and in your photographer.

When the time comes to tie the knot, you'll look forward to having your pictures taken instead of dreading the thought of having a camera pointed at you all day. Knowing and liking your photographer is significant in the success of your wedding, and takes the stress away.

4- Once you have your engagement images, there are many things you can do with them. They can be given as gifts to family; parents especially always appreciate photographs of their children. You can also order a small album or a coffee table book, or order a wall collage or portrait to hang in your home.  The shots may also be used in your wedding program, invitation save-the-date card or wedding guest book.

You can get even more creative and use your engagement pictures for something like save-the-date magnets or favors.


Whatever you choose to do, go out with your photographer, get creative and have some fun. In the end you're the ones who will benefit the most.

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Thanks for reading!

Deva Akman

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Why Don't Professional Photographers Give Customers All the Files?

Another good article for my clients.  

I am very often asked to give all the photo files from a day of shooting... Even Raw files.

It explains why professional photographers will say "no" to this request.

Trust your photographer!

Have a great weekend !




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7 Reasons To Have A Glamour Portrait Photo Session Glamour Portraits


We admire other women and celebrities. We see their beautiful traits (both inner and outer), but we rarely see our own.

Perhaps in “growing up”,  we learned to hide our beautiful spirits because it wasn't not appropriate to stand out.
We were not encouraged to be different, individualistic, or independent. 
By doubting our worth, we become determined to conceal that which makes us beautiful for fear of becoming vulnerable.


If we ever felt beautiful or heard someone describe us as such, we may feel as Candace Bergen once said:
“It’s rather frightening and threatening to have others ascribe such importance to something you know you’re just renting for a while.”


Is beauty something temporary? I don't think so! 
Yes, our bodies age, our hair grays, our bellies expand, wrinkles eventually set in, and we become old…but not un-beautiful


Beauty is like a gift package to me. This package includes our intelligence, know how, taste,  behavior, choices in life.
It really comes mostly from a life well-lived and a well-nourished soul.  Our beauty, then stands to grow rather than diminish as we age and become more in tune with our inner spirit.



Having glamour portraits taken is a great way to capture one's true beauty and preserve it for decades, and for future generations.

Of course, in this internet age, your images are your digital identity and personal brand.


So Lets Sum It Up, Why You Should Have Your Professional Portraits Taken?

 1. You’ll Look Amazing

Professionally done hair and makeup, a skilled photographer, and necessary photo retouching equals some of the best portraits of yourself that you will ever see. 
If you are waiting to lose those perpetual last 5, 10, or 15 pounds, DON’T! Professional photographers know how to pose you in a manner that highlights the positive attributes of your individual body type.

2. It Makes a Great Gift for Your Groom, Husband, Boyfriend, or Significant Other!

Imagine the look on his face when you surprise him with glamours pictures of yourself  (with a sexy twist).
He thinks you’re beautiful on your worst hair days and in your yoga pants, so show him your best photo with a little sexy and playful pose and maybe with professional makeup!
It may be a side of you he has never seen!

3. It Makes a Great Gift for YOU!

Show off your beauty and give yourself an esteem boost with photographs that you can treasure. Do it for yourself. Be pampered. Indulge. Love every minute!

4. You get to go shopping!

Women tend to put others first in their lives much of the time. Take some time out and go shopping for yourself!


5. Make it a Girl’s Day Out!

Need a little confidence boost to come in for a session? Make it a girl’s day out! Choose a few of your BFF’s and do a session together! 
We have portrait party specials including a day of pampering, food, wine, and each lady gets her time in front of the camera!

6. It Will Empower You

Getting treated like a celebrity for a few hours is great therapy for anyone! But wait until you get to see the photographs for the first time. 
You will be blown away. You will see how gorgeous you really are and it will put a little pep in your step!

7. It’s a Great Way to Celebrate a Milestone

Have an anniversary coming up or just scored a well-deserved promotion? Why not get this time in your life documented in a gratifying way?
Not only will you have gorgeous portraits of yourself, but when you look at them you’ll remember how amazing this time in your life was! 
Celebrate it!


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Professional Women Need A Professional Portrait Happy Monday! to Everyone,

I find a good article to share with my female clients.


Deva Akman

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4 Steps to Prepare For Your Photo Session
So you booked your photo shoot.  If you think that all you need to do is show up, then think again.  One can only go so far with post processing. The rest is on you.

It’s your responsibility to do what you can to look your best. So I’m going to make it easy for you and provide some of my favorite tips that will help you look your best on Shoot Day: 

  1. Talk to your photographer before the shoot:  Meet with your photographer either in person or via Skype ahead of time.  Discuss your photo shoot expectations and find out if this is a person with whom you would feel comfortable working with.  Photo sessions can be very personally revealing process which may make you feel vulnerable.  Being relax in front of the camera is an important factor for a successful shoot. If you aren’t comfortable chatting with a prospective photographer, keep looking for someone you are comfortable with.
      2.  Make sure your beauty shows:
  • Start taking supplements at least 4 weeks before your shoot. My faves are Vitamin C, Silica, MSM and a good food based B-Multivitamin.
  • Don’t just drink gallons of water by itself. Drink water with lemon.  It’s super alkaline which is just a fancy way of saying cleansing and tastes delicious.
  • Get some cardio in. Getting the blood flowing to the face is one of the best ways to get that glow. Thirty minutes a day is optimum!
  • Exfoliate 3 times a week.  One of my faves is Apple Cider Vinegar.  You will smell like a salad but if you do it before bedtime you will wakeup with soft, dewy, glowing skin. I promise you.
  • Moisturize your skin with a quality moisturizer.
  • If you have a skin break out, whatever you do don’t squeeze the pimples.  We will deal with these blemishes during post processing.
  • If you start to get a cold sore, then apply Blistex at the first and will likely stop it from developing.  If it does occur, purchase some Lemon Balm and apply every couple of hours, as well as increase your Vitamin C intake.
  • If you have grey roots, take care of them before the shoot.
  • Do not drink alcohol or caffeine the day before your shoot.
  • Get your beauty rest. Seriously! A good night’s sleep makes all the difference on all fronts of the process.
     3. Choose your outfit carefully: Your portraits should be a more polished reflection of you.
  • Choose outfits that you love. Think of those special pieces you might not wear often because they’re impractical for day-to-day use, or the go-to blouse you always wear when you’re travelling some place nice.
  • For family shoots, think of color coordination. By this I mean choose colors that go good with each other.
  • Patterns and prints are distracting. We want people to look at you when they see your portrait, and even the most beautiful print will distract from that attention.
      4. Practice makes perfect:  Give a lot of thought to what image you want your picture(s) to convey.
          Then practice posing in front of a mirror. You might feel silly, but trust me, it definitely helps.


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