The Dos and Don’ts of Preserving & Organizing Your Printed Photos

While most of us possess hundreds if not thousands of digital photos, most people still have countless printed photographs lying around the house.

In order to preserve these precious memories, it helps to know how best to organize and store them so that you and your family can keep them safe and easily accessible. It would be such a shame to lose family photos that have been passed down through the generations, which is why proper storage is so important.

Below are some dos and don’ts for organizing and storing your printed photos.

60056 2019.05.10_NEW_MeadowsDo keep climate in mind when choosing a storage space.Spaces such as basements and attics that experience major fluctuations in temperature are not the right places to store photos. Instead choose closets or cabinets that are in climate-controlled areas of your home.

Don’t store photos on the ground.Elements such as water become a concern when you store your photos on the ground. Plus, there is a much higher chance of them getting damaged by falling objects, people, pets or pests.

Do keep your photos properly enclosed. Dust, sunlight, and pests can all damage your photos if they are not properly enclosed in a box, frames or plastic folders.

52779_2018.09.22_WED_HaugheyDon’t forget to use dividers.Once photos start aging, they can start sticking together, which leads to permanent damage once you need to pull them apart. While it might seem like extra work, place non-acidic dividers in-between your photos to prevent this from happening.

Do get rid of adhesives.If you have any photos that are stored in albums that require adhesives, it’s best to remove them and place them in an album that contains acid-free sleeves or protectors to prevent damage in the long run.

Do organize photos according to dates and events.In the same way that you file your digital photos according to year, month, and event, do the same with your printed photos so that you can easily find what you’re looking for. Stick an inventory list on the front of each photo box for ease of reference.

Spending time organizing and storing your photos may not seem like the ideal way to spend a weekend but you will certainly thank yourself for it later.

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8 Fun Photo Session Themes to Inspire You

Themed photo sessions are the perfect way way to update your photo collections and capture new memories with your friends and family while having fun at the same time.

If you have a photo session of your own coming up but you want to try and do something different, here are a few fun ideas for themed sessions to inspire you.

41057_2018.07.03_POR_BakerRoll out the picnic blanket:Picnics are always a whole lot of fun and the ideas for props are endless. There’s also the bonus of having a beautiful outdoor backdrop to complete session. A picnic-themed session works in so many scenarios too, from family photos to engagement sessions; it’s a romantic and playful option.

Vintage campout:Think thick, quilted throws and blankets, cushions, and mason jars. Find a quiet spot in the woods or under a tree in the park and you’ll have the perfect setting for a makeshift vintage campout mini session.

Tea party:This one is especially great if you have young girls in your home. Set out a table with some chairs, get the girls all dressed up in something pretty and capture them enjoying some milk and cookies.

Back to school:Books, desks, chalk boards, suitcases, these are all great props that you can use for a fun back-to-school themed photo session.

600072019.05.05_DAN_LodovicoUnderwaterA day at the pool:This is one theme that the entire family can get in on. All you need are a few towels, sun loungers, sunglasses and bottles of soda and you can capture some fun, summertime shots of you and your family.

Storytime:If you would prefer to stay indoors, why not put your family in some comfy clothing that will look good on camera and have a story session with your kids. These intimate, candid shots are perfect for the family photo wall.

41271_2018.07.05_POR_GilchristSpringtime:Now that the weather is warmer, a simple session in a beautiful park or garden that’s bursting with color makes for some lovely shots and is a theme that works well for a variety of occasions too.

Get cooking:A themed photo shoot is the perfect excuse to get in the kitchen and cook or bake with your kids, especially because it makes for some fun family photos.

There are countless themes that you can use for your photo sessions but there’s no reason to overcomplicate it either. You know your friends and family best so pick a theme and location that speaks to your unique personalities.

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7 Ways to Look Better in Photos

Everyone has a handful of unflattering photos that they don’t particularly like looking at, and what’s worse is that most of our photos end up online for everyone to see.

Unless you’re a model, it’s not always easy to know exactly what to do in front of a camera in order to look your best. but with a few helpful tips, you can start taking better photos starting today.

Here are some tips that will come in handy the next time you find yourself in front of a camera.52437_ 2018.09.23_SEN_Potoker

  1. Eyes wide open.Close your eyes and open them just before the photo is taken. This will ensure that you don’t end up with half-closed eyes ever again.
  2. Goodbye double chin.Want to prevent a double chin? Simply press your tongue against the roof of your mouth when smiling for a photo. Celebrities such as Heidi Klum are big fans of this simple technique.46501_2018.08.18_WED_Hutchinson
  3. Angles are always better.Facing the camera head on almost always leads to an unflattering photo. It’s best to angle your body and tilt your chin slightly upwards for a more flattering pose. Placing one hand on your hip will also ensure that your arm doesn’t look flat.
  4. Up high.If someone who’s shorter than you is taking your photo, sit down if possible as shots taken from above are more flattering.55615_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter-2
  5. Keep it different.Taking a group shot? Make sure that you don’t all pose the same way. Different poses ensure everyone stands out and makes for an interesting shot.
  6. Relax that face.Want to achieve a more natural smile? Relax your face and then smile just before your photo is taken.38772_2018.04.26_DAN_Wynes
  7. Perfect your posture.Having good posture makes all the difference in a photo so be mindful of whether you’re standing up straight with relaxed shoulders before the photo is taken.

The key to taking better photos is to implement small changes and to practice them often. Don’t overthink it though, as this will show up in your face. Relax and have fun!

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A Guide to Choosing and Printing Photos for Your Home

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There’s nothing quite like photos to really turn a house into a home. From family portraits to photos from your favorite vacations, printing out your best memories turns your home into an extra special place.

Decided which photos to print for your home and where to place them can be quite a process though, especially when you have a couple hundred to choose from and you’re not an interior designer or a photographer. Here are a few tips to help make choosing photos for your home much more enjoyable and a lot easier.

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  • Consider your décor.Whether you’re deciding which photos to print or even where to hang them, take your décor into consideration. A good tip is to look for photos that contain colors that match the décor in specific areas of your house.
  • Get organized.Use folders to help you with the selection process. Place your favorite images into specific folders that are categorized according to prominent colors in the photos, particular themes or even various sections of your home. Place your favorite images into each folder.59541_2019.04.07_POR_Meadows
  • Size and location matter.If you’re going to be placing your prints in an area where they will be visible from the opposite side of the room, opt for bigger prints to help them stand out.
  • Careful of the clutter.To stop a photo wall from looking too cluttered when you’re using frames of different colors and textures, trying printing your photos in black and white.59579_2019.04.07_POR_Meadows
  • Plan before you hang. Before you start knocking nails into your walls, cut out exact replicas of the frames you’re planning to hang or arrange your printed photos on a wall to see what the display will look like before you make the commitment.

If you still feel like you need some help with choosing photos from a specific shoot to print for your home, talk with your photographer.

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Best Natural Backdrops for a Photo Shoot

There are plenty of reasons to shoot outdoors for any portrait shoot. You have the natural lighting, the weather that can enhance the mood, and the simply picturesque scenery. It doesn’t matter if you live in the city or the suburbs there are plenty of natural backdrops you can use during your photo session if you know where or what to look for. Consider these top natural backdrops when scouting out a location for your next shoot.

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  1. Wooded areas

Shooting in the woods can be a little more challenging than with other natural backdrops but it is well worth the challenge. If your shoot is on a cloudy day than you have the perfect lighting to take some amazing portraits. If it’s a sunny day than you can creatively capture the rays of light coming through the treetops. In either case, you will have stunning images that will be a little mysterious yet beautiful

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  1. Sea, Beach or Lakes

If you are lucky enough to live near the water than you have an amazing backdrop for your photo shoot just waiting for you. These locations are some of the best because they tend to look different with each session. Since the tides are always changing, the weather may be different and the light is cast in various colors you can have a unique location every time you shoot.

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  1. Fields

In the spring and summer time, you can’t go wrong shooting in a field of flowers. They can add pops of color to your shoot and can capture a whimsical or fairytale mode perfectly. While fields of flowers can be colorful, cotton fields can also add a whimsical touch to your photo shoot. Shooting as the sun is going down will allow you to capture the light and buds of the field.

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  1. Sunset

No matter where you end up shooting capturing the sunset is always a perfect backdrop. From the orange and pink colors reflecting off the water to the golden rays dancing on flowers petals or through treetops, sunset is one of the most picture-perfect settings to capture.

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How to Make Your Family Shoot More Fun

It can be a headache to get everyone in the family excited about another family photo shoot. Whether it is the traditional holiday shoot or a shoot to update the family photo album planning a family shoot can be a bit stressful. You want your family shoot to go smoothly and be enjoyable for everyone. Consider these tips to get everyone more involved and excited about your next family shoot.

4 Ways to Make Your Family Shoot More Fun.

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  1. Choose the right clothes.

Many families choose matching outfits that not all the kids or even their spouse are excited to wear. Instead of choosing matching outfits choose a color palette. This will allow each family member to choose something they are more comfortable in and gives you more options to add layers and fun textures. You will still get a unified look without everyone wearing the same thing.  Not only will this be more fun for everyone in the photo but the finished product look better as well.

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  1. Location, location, location.

Not only does the right location make for stunning photos it also helps everyone feel more comfortable and relaxed. Choosing a familiar location, especially with younger kids, can keep things light and natural. A location that allows you kids to explore a little and run around freely can be the perfect setting for some precious moments.

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  1. Bring some props.

Props are always a good idea to bring along for your family shoot and can be just about anything. From bubbles to chalkboards to blankets and kites, the right prop can get everyone in the family more involved in the shoot.

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  1. Don’t forget your pets!

Pets are part of the family too, so why not bring them along for your family shoot? Dogs can be very photogenic and your kids will love including their furry family member in their photo shoot. No matter what type of pet you have, animals add a ton of fun not just during the shoot but to the overall images themselves.

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Top 3 Tips for Choosing a Frame

Chances are you have flash drives scattered around filled with images and your computer and phones are full of memories from birthdays, vacations and other special events in your life. While many of these images can stay safely stored away there is a handful that you might love to have to hang on the walls in your home so you can look at them regularly and reminisce. Most people tend to put off hanging their favorite photos simply because they aren’t sure of what frame is best to show off these memories. Consider these tips when selecting your frame.

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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Frame:

  1. Consider the image you are framing.

From the colors in the image to the sentiment behind the image, you want to choose a frame that will complete the smaller details of the image. Images that are vibrant and colorful can be best paired with a neutral frame to balance it out. Other color prints can be paired with a colored frame that brings out one of the colors in the image. Black and white images can also draw in more attention with a colored frame. Images that are black and white from a special event might, however, be best in a black or white frame to enhance the elegance.

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  1. Consider where you are hanging the photo.

The room where you are hanging your photo should also be considered. You want to make sure the frame you choose coordinates with the rest of the color scheme and style of the room. You want the photos to accent the room décor and not just stand out as a distraction.

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  1. Quality of the frame matters.

Frames are not just meant to decorate a room, a frame is also meant to keep the image well protected. Going with a high quality frame will protect the image from a number of outside elements like moisture, light, and dirt. For images that you want to truly preserve and enjoy for a lifetime, you should place in a frame that is of the highest quality.

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