When TJ got into a rhythm of taking a photo a day, he noticed that he became more aware of the world around him. He said, “The 365 project challenged me pay closer attention to the world around me and pay attention to the light and subject to photograph. Over the year, I began to look at light and events during the day to be photo op. I am now looking for things to take photos of all the time. I think it will make me a better photographer to continue this project for 2014.”
Each week we like to focus on one small area of our PixPublisher Online Software. The tips are designed to enhance your photo books and unleash your creativity.
Today we want to show you how to change the color of your background to suit your lay out in your photo book. This short one minute YouTube gives you the step by step process to changing up the background color.
We’re so excited to announce that all our custom cover photo books are now available in even numbered page counts. This is the first time we have ever offered this service since we first started producing photo books back in December of 2008. You can now choose between 14 and 76 pages. You have the freedom to build the book you want, without compromising on the beauty and durability you’ve come to expect from AdoramaPix.
Adding extra pages in PixPublisher is easy. All books now start with the minimum 14 pages. Click on the +/- icon at the bottom right corner of the editor screen to add any number of additional spreads to your book. There is a fixed cost for each spread, and the new total cost for your book is reflected in the upper right of the editor on the order button. Once you’ve added pages beyond the minimum of 14, you can remove pages in the same way and just as easily.
We believe this small change will make a big difference when it comes to designing photo books with Adoramapix.
Well, it’s official 2013 is no more, hello to 2014. What better way to remember 2013 than to make a family year photo book? Sound daunting going through all of those images? It doesn’t have to be at all when you have a plan. We asked Adoramapix member Jennie Canzoneri on how to make the Family Yearbook.
The Perfect Family Yearbook
When you hear “yearbook,” you likely think of the book you passed around to all your high school friends, watching it get filled with promises to “stay in touch” and “be friends forever.”
Thanks to AdoramaPix (and all those ridiculous high school memories), I’m reclaiming the word “yearbook” to mean a photo book filled with memories from any given year. Something to proudly display now instead of something to gather dust in my attic forever.
A few years ago, I set out to make a photo book to remember the previous year, and I wanted to pick the perfect photo website. I wanted ease of use but, more importantly, I wanted a quality book I could look at with fondness for years to come. A book I could pass along to my son one day, too, since we started this family yearbook tradition when he was barely two years old. These would become the books of his life.
I found AdoramaPix through a Pinterest search, and I spent the next few days (okay, maybe weeks, I’m a bit of a perfectionist!) putting my first book together. Now that I have three of these books under my belt, I have some tips to help you put together a yearbook you’ll love, as well.
Organize your photos as you upload them to your computer! Thankfully, iPhoto does this for me, but I take it a step further and flag (and try to edit in real time) every photo that I think may end up in the yearbook, so that when it’s time to upload to AdoramaPix, I’m uploading from one folder and not a dozen different places.
I make a list of the events I want to highlight. I usually include birthdays, vacations, holidays, and special occasions, but I also try to fill in a few extra “general” pages: a page dedicated to the friends that made our year special, my son’s first few soccer seasons, etc. Writing this list before I start my yearbook helps ensure I don’t forget any important events and that my book’s in the order I want it.
This is probably the most important one, but pick up your camera throughout the year! Because of these yearbooks, I leave the house with my camera more often. Not just my phone’s camera, which we’re all a little too dependent on these days, am I right? But my other, fancier cameras too. Camera photos work just fine in the AdraoamaPix books, I should say, but I like to add more “professional” photos, as well.
Once you have all your photos uploaded to AdromaPix, and you begin laying out your yearbook, I suggest you make it as unique as possible. Change the spreads around, add fun graphics, adjust photo sizes, and make the fonts what you want them to be. The default yearbook is awesome, and if you’re stretched thin, it’ll make a fabulous book. But when I get my book in my hands, it feels that much more special because of how unique I’ve made it.
I’ve introduced a ton of family traditions over the years (breakfast for dinner on Christmas Eve, a huge brunch on Easter morning, lighting Chinese lanterns on birthdays) but our family yearbook through AdroamaPix is easily one of my favorites.
Thanks to member Jennie Canzoneri for her help on how to create the family yearbook.
Valentine’s Day is one of my all time favorite events to photograph little ones. I love to include the hearts, the kisses and the hugs. But let’s face it, not a lot of people will book a full session just around Valentine’s Day. So you might want to consider doing mini-sessions, but before you do there are a few things you need to get lined up before pressing the shutter. Here are 5 tips :
1. Do Your Math
Mini-Sessions are all about the numbers from the pricing to the session timing.. You want to do a lot of mini sessions but at what price point do you make a profit ? Each market is different, do your research and start with a price point for the session that includes your time and a takeaway for your client. I like to include a 5×7 print, something tangible from the session. My hope is they will buy more but just in case they don’t, I know I still had a session at my price point. Because these are mini-sessions, I usually collect my session fee prior to the session.
Next on math, figure out how long your mini- sessions will last. Stick to this number for each client and make sure they are aware of the session time and schedule. I’ll get everyone involved and have the kids sometimes push my stop watch to start the session time. Not each mini-session will go well under a tight schedule. You’ll also need to figure out scenarios before your mini sessions. If a child does not co-operate, what will you do? Offer a reshoot? Bank it for Later? Are they out of the session fee? These are all things to consider before conducting your sessions.
Since these are mini-sessions you’ll want to market them in a way that let’s the clients know this is special and fun and LIMITED. This way you are setting the tone, that you are only taking a certain number of sessions and that this is maybe a once a year type of offer. If you offer mini-sessions constantly, they start to lose their appeal and are no longer special.
3. Do Your Homework
Education is key to mini sessions from yourself to your clients, everyone should know what to expect. I like to email helpful information to the clients before the session. It includes a map to the location, their time slot, and some links to clothing ideas and of course my cell phone number. On the day of the sessions, I print out a sheet of paper with family names, names of children and ages.
4. Make it Easy
Don’t try to do it all, having a helper on the day of the mini-sessions can make the difference between a great day and a bad day. I did mini sessions before on my own, but towards the end of the day found myself more worn out and scattered after running back and forth from client to camera. With your assistant, give them all of the information and have them help set the family /child up for the poses. They can help primp and pose your subjects and of course they are the spotter in case you miss something you didn’t see as well as the child wrangler. They can also greet the family when they come and then help them pick up and leave after the session.
Make sure they understand this is not like your regular sessions, that they will not be able to change clothes or take time for snacks or feedings. I typically, will persuade parents of newborns to schedule a full session. It is nearly impossible to do a newborn for a mini-session and you don’t want to set their expectations to a standard that you just can’t keep.
Pick a great location. I have done both outside and studio sessions. Studio is obviously more controlled but I enjoyed being outside just for some different looks. If you choose an outdoor location, include a map and make sure it’s easy to get to. Just because you found an amazing spot in the middle of the woods, doesn’t mean it’s right for mini-sessions if no one can find it.
5. Post Session
The back-end of the session is just as important as the first. You’ll want to streamline this as much as possible. Since it was a mini session, the number of images your clients should receive should be about 1/3 of what you normally offer. Make it as easy as possible as far as viewing and ordering. Give them expectations on the back-end as well, let them know they only have 2 weeks to order images after their gallery is released to them. Again, we are going back to the tip number one, it’s important to know your numbers when running mini-sessions.
I hope some of these tips well help you along your way in conducting successful mini-sessions.
[Blog Post and Photography by Libby for Adoramapix]