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Treasure That Special Day With Professional Photos

Kids at Birthday Party

Whether you are having a birthday party for yourself, a child, a parent, or anyone else, making sure the memory lasts forever is important. The best way to capture the happiness of such a special day is with professional photos by an event photographer. Unlike trying to take snapshots by yourself, an event photographer takes all the stress away so you can focus on having a good time.  Here are a few things to think about before you hire a professional birthday photographer:


Choose The Right Photographer

Just like having the right food and venue for a birthday party is important, so is the photographer. You want to make sure you choose a photographer whose style you are comfortable with and has event experience.  Event photographers are used to working with different levels of light, and have a different skillset than someone who only does portrait photography.


Share the Photos Online

Friends Using SmartPhone

Even though professional event images are perfect for printing and creating albums or scrap books, they are great to share online as well. This is something you should discuss with your photographer ahead of time and see if you can get digital copies of images that you can share on social media.  Most photographers will give you a scaled down image perfect for quick uploading to the web that you can add to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.


Don’t Forget The Prints

While it’s great to look back and reflect on moments by yourself, one of the best things about having a professional photographer is you can have high quality prints made. Whether you are simply sending out various prints with Thank You cards or making albums for special guests with personalized photos, images from a birthday party are great ways of letting everyone relive the experience.


Consider A Mix of Formal Poses And Candid Shots

Friends Having Fun

When you have a professional photographer at a birthday party, you will most likely want formal and posed images of the guests. But having informal shots can also capture great moments. Consider hiring a photographer who will also mix in candid shots throughout the party.


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Family Portraits – Still Relevant In An iPhone World

Young Couple Taking Selfie

With iPhones and other camera phones, more pictures are being taken now than ever before. If you look at your Facebook news feed, Instagram account, or Twitter stream you will see hundreds of new pictures being added every single day. With photography so accessible today, does that mean traditional family portraits are finished? Absolutely not.

No matter how advanced smartphone cameras become, family portraits will always be relevant. Here are a few reasons traditional photography will stick around as long as people want pictures.


Professional Portraits Are Better Suited For Print

Family Portrait

Photographs taken on a mobile device are made to be displayed digitally. While they can look good on the phone, when they are blown up as a print, the difference in an iPhone picture and a professional photograph really comes through.

If you are considering having a large family portrait printed for your home, especially large enough to fit over a mantle, the depth and sharpness that you will get from a professional portrait photographer will be almost incomparable to what limited resolution the iPhone has.


A Professional Portrait Photographer Captures The Best Views

Family Huddle

No matter how good the lens develops in the iPhone or what filters are created by app developers, there is one thing that it simply cannot produce out of the box: professional photography experience. For a family portrait, a portrait photographer is going to know how to pose everyone and how to bring out the most in each photograph taken. This kind of experience is going to give your family photos the emotion they need to truly capture your family.


No One Is Going To Be Missing

Big family

Perhaps the biggest downside to having someone use an iPhone for a family portrait is the most obvious one: someone has to be behind the phone taking the picture. With a dedicated photographer using his or her own equipment, everyone will be able to get in the picture at the same time.

One common argument for this is that you could let someone else borrow your phone to take the image, but no matter where you are no one is going to want to sit around using your iPhone to take 50 different shots of your family. But a portrait photographer will do exactly that.


Finding The Right Photographer Is Essential

Happy Photographer

Family portraits will always be important, no matter how advanced iPhones become. There’s something special about having a high quality print of you and your family to frame and place in your home. The key to great photographs is having a portrait photographer that fits with your family and style. Are you looking for a very formal pose? Prefer a more candid approach to a family portrait? Discussing everything with potential photographers and studying their portfolio will allow you to find someone that fits perfectly with your family’s personality.


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Ideas For Pictures Collected During The Holidays

Woman thinking

With the holidays being here and friends and family gathering to celebrate, it’s often a time of year that results in a lot of pictures. From having your own photos taken by a portrait photographer to send out with Christmas cards to receiving photos from loved ones and taking pictures throughout the holiday season, you are going to end up collecting a lot of pictures.

Instead of simply packing away your photos in a box or tucking them in a standard photo album, there are a lot of ways you can use your holiday photos in more creative ways. Here are a few ideas for pictures collected during the holidays that you may find useful:

Scrapbooking Is The Ultimate Holiday Hobby

Scrapbooks are wonderful ways to transform ordinary photo albums into something extraordinary. With kits available or pieces to explore your creativity, you can create a wonderful scrapbook with all of your holiday photos to look at throughout the year. Scrapbooks also make great gifts to give away to family members or friends that have spent time with you during this special time of year.

 Mother and daughter scrapbooking

Get Creative With Photo Displays

Photos are extremely versatile and displaying them around your home does not mean you have to use a traditional frame. With just a little creativity and craft supplies you can transform photos—whether they are from your event photographer or your own camera—into custom and unique displays for your home.

Man showing picture on tablet

A few ideas to display your holiday photos include:

  • Photo Jars – Simply slip in a photo into a glass jar for a unique way to display your pictures. Even with the picture inside the jars can still be used for dry storage.
  • Wooded Photos – A simply method to make stunning displays is to print off your images on a sheet of wax paper that has been cut to fit your printer. Once you have the image printed on the wax paper, simply lay it on a piece of untreated wood and use a flat surface (such as a library card) to rub the ink from the wax paper onto the wood.
  • Hanging Displays – Another great way to use your photos is to create hanging displays. Punch a small hole in the top of your images and tie a string through it. This string can then be tied to a shelf or on the ceiling to create a unique picture display in your home.
  • Boxes – Another excellent way to use pictures you have collected during the holidays is to create collage boxes out of them. This can add a lot of personality to storage drawers, jewelry boxes, and more.

Use Them To Make Ornaments

What better way to commemorate the holiday season this year than by creating a custom ornament from one of your photos that can be displayed next year. These types of ornaments are excellent if you have a baby and small children so you can cherish their youth every year at the holidays and make a great way to use images printed by a baby photographer.

Using the same wax paper transfer method as above or simply gluing images onto everyday objects such as craft sticks, or even old ornaments, works perfectly. Remember that you want to use something that can be displayed so make sure it is lightweight and able to have a small string attached to it.

Picture ornaments

Create Holiday Gifts To Give Away During The Holidays

No matter how you use your photos, remember that the holiday season is about giving and sharing with others. Using photos—such as a photo of your child by a baby photographer—to create unique gifts is something your family and friends will cherish for a long time. Nothing says you care like personalization, so this year don’t simply mail out plain event photographer photos or tuck them away; get creative and make something unique.

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