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Dec 2013 09

From time to time, I like to write up personal posts. This is one of them. The title on this blog post may be a bit misleading, but you’ll see what I mean when I start talking about personal photos.  Some of these tips are just  a good old fashioned, snap out of it and document your life! We have birth  certificates that show we were born, death certificates to show that we died, our photos and photo books are the only memories to show .. that we lived!

1. Stop Editing Yourself out of Your Kids’ Memories

I just need need to lose ten more pounds before I get snapped with my family. My hair is a mess, I think I’ll just take a picture of the kids. Well these types of excuses are just that, excuses. Your family and children love you as you are – they loved you at your best and your worst.  Your kids look up to you and love you. It’s all in your head how you think you should look for a picture. My daughter took a picture of me helping my son up at a holiday store to see what color sparkles he wanted. My hair was in a pony tail, I was wrestling with an 8-year-old and the photo made me laugh so much, that it’s definitely being printed. These are the kind of moments I cherish, fleeting and funny. If I would have worried about how I looked, this moment would have been gone for good. It’s wonderful to see myself through my children’s eyes.

 

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2. Stop Micro-Managing your Memories

Every year we get ready to make our coveted ginger bread houses. I wanted to  intervene and help the 8 year old with his house, but again, it was so funny because he kind of had a difficult time, but rolled with it. He said his clone troopers destroyed it and  set up some of his men to prove it. Meanwhile, the 12 year old looked like she built a french chateau. The image of these two ginger bread houses side by side just shows me how different my kids are and how funny and talented they truly are. I’m glad I let my son do as he wished and let his imagination run wild. He did the ol’ plan “b” — and made it work for him and he was so proud of it.

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3. They Make Faces and Act Up, It’s OK

I asked my children to just go over by the tree for one quick picture. Well, it turned into a 3 ring circus. We had to get the dog in the picture, she is after all part of the family. We had to fake cry that I was putting them through a lot of torture for this one picture. Plus we had a child who could not sit still or stop making faces. I did not get that one perfect looking at me and smiling at the camera shot. I am ok with this, as this is my life and it is a more true reflection of the shenanigans that go on at our house.  It’s silly, it’s happy it’s not perfect.

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4. Include Other’s Photos

My children are at an age now where they like to take pictures with their ipods and my iphone. They might take a picture of the presents or their favorite ornament. Give them challenges of things to take pictures of around the house. For instance, take a picture of your favorite ornament. These are a reflection of how they see the holidays and what gets them excited.

 

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5. Put it ALL Together in a Photo Book

This is the most important step. Your photo books never crash or defragment. Those jpegs need to live and breathe in a photo book. For little ones especially, they like the feel and touch of going through the photo books and pointing to different people and items.  Now some of my images are a lower quality from my iphone, but I know this going in, so I’ll keep those smaller, no bigger than a 6×6 but the rest I can go larger. Organize your images loosely from decorating, to baking to the final days of present opening.  In the end, the photo book will be a true, personal reflection of your lives and the holidays. This is not for your clients or for your business, this is for you and your family. Make it real and make it memorable. Life’s too short to be perfect. If you are looking for some inspiration on photo books check out our holiday gallery HERE. 

 

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Written by Libby for Adoramapix.

 

Jan 2014 09

 

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 make your photos appear as a background on your photo book. This short one minute YouTube gives you the step by step process to adding your photos as background.

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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.

 

 

Jan 2014 27

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.

 

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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.

 

Jan 2014 30

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Thanks to member Jennie Canzoneri for her help on how to create the family yearbook.

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