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Feb 2014 06

Each week we like to give you tips and ideas on photo books and our PixPublisher software. We thought we’d start with the basics. If you’ve never used our PixPublisher to design a photo book before, it’s easy.  Here is part one to introduce you to the basics.

Feb 2014 12

The Wedding and Portrait Photography International Conference (AKA WPPI) is just a few weeks away.  We will be exhibiting at the show and featuring our amazing lay-flat photo books, metal and canvas prints . We are looking forward to meeting you and we will have a lot of swag to Spin and Win.

We are also honored to have with us Erin Gilmore of Erin Gilmore Photography . She hails from British Columbia and was voted one of the most inspiring wedding photographers in Canada. She will be at our booth spending one on one time with our members . She has an impressive resume’ and will answer all of your questions from marketing to shooting to post production. You have 15 minutes to get the direct answers you need from an award winning wedding photographer. If you want her to review your portfolio, no problem bring it along.  So reserve your spot today by emailing libby@adoramapix.com: see dates and times below. We look forward to seeing you in Vegas.

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Feb 2014 13

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This is the time of year when typically there are a lot of marriage proposals. With the excitement of being engaged, comes many milestones in your relationship. Today’s post focuses on some clever ideas on making an engagement photo book with our PixPublisher.

Instead of just putting together a guest book of your engagement pictures, why not think outside the box a bit. For instance, I’m sure you have a story as to how you and your fiance’ first met.  In most cases, the stories are quite different between the two perspectives. So why not put a page in your photo book that includes the story of how you met? It will be great to get both sides of the story and your guests will love to read it.

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Along these same lines, you can also include:

* Your Proposal Story

*Your First Trip Together

*Your First Date

When I photograph couples, I often ask them to take me somewhere that is special to them a cafe’ , a park, a movie theater. Anything that will reflect this great period in your life.

Not only are the words images important to your engagement book, but so are the outfits you have chosen. With our PixPublisher,  it’s easy to customize the photo book to your colors. I took our guest book template and changed it from a black bar to a brown bar. If you take a look at the red arrow, you’ll see where I did a color pick from her boot. I picked the darkest color to anchor the photo book and have it coordinate.

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These are just a few ideas to jazz up your engagement photo book. I hope these small tips will help you on your way to making a photo book that is a true reflection of your engagement.

- Written by Libby for Adoramapix

Feb 2014 20

The guests are gone, the dancing is over and the flowers have been dried . Your wedding was beautiful and amazing but you still have one job left, that’s preserving your wedding day images. So what do you do now with all those photos? For some of our DIY brides, they may have hundred of beautiful images sitting on a media storage device such as a cd, usb stick or even on a website.   When making a wedding photo book with hundreds sometimes thousands of photos to choose from, it may be a daunting task to make a photo book.

Thanks to our fabulous DIY bride and groom, Adam and Lindsay, and their amazing photographer, Wendy McElmon of Wendy McElmon Photography, they have made a wedding photo book that can be cherished for generations.

Lindsay was kind enough to give us a sneak peek into the making of her photo book.

1. Name and Date of Marriage
Adam and Lindsay Bird; We got married on Friday, August 9th, 2013
2. Photographer
Wendy McElmon of Wendy McElmon Photography
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3. How many images did you end up with?
Around 800-900
 4.. How did you organize your images?
I organized them into categories according to what layouts I wanted to do – getting ready, ceremony, posed shots, golf shots (husband LOVES golf), family, dinner, dance, silly booth, etc.
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5. Tell us a little about your experience building your photo book
I made 3 books for our parents and one book for ourselves.  The parent books are 10×10 and 26 pages.  Our book is 12×12 and 50 pages.
It was a wonderful experience!  The program itself online was very easy to use once I played around with it a little bit.  I had built yearbooks in the past for my schools (I’m a teacher) using programs with similar tools so I was familiar with the basics of using a program like this I guess.  I loved having the option of using a pre made template or making my own.  I had the freedom to make it exactly how I wanted.  Some other features I liked were the “use last style” for borders, unlimited undo, fill or fit to spread, and the fact that you could rearrange the pages by dragging and dropping.  I liked the reminders and explanations about the edge of the pages too.  That way, I kept making sure nothing too important was too close to the egde!  Another great thing about Adoramapix is the amazing customer service.  I had one tiny issue one afternoon and I couldn’t save what I had just done, so I emailed them and also wrote a little message on instagram.  Both my email and my instagram message were responded to within a few hours with apologies and an explanation that there was a server issue and all should be good to go now.  I appreciated the quick response and I also was glad that they had already found and dealt with the issue! When I ordered the first three books on a Saturday evening, it had given me a delivery date that was maybe 3 weeks away(I live in Eastern Canada).  To my surprise, all three books arrived within 5 days!  I was so happy to see them!  The quality is amazing – just what I wanted.  They look very professional! The packaging was also impressive – bubble wrapped, cardboard wrapped, and packed neatly in a nice big box.  Great experience!
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(Note: We do not include Cats with our Photo Books…… at this time ) 
6. What made you choose Adoramapix to make your photo books?
I am someone who likes to do a bit of research before doing most things, so of course I read a lot of reviews of different online DIY photo book programs.  I loved the fact that you guys had lay flat pages that looked nice and sturdy.  All of the reviews that I read had great things to say about Adoramapix!
7. Any advice for other DIY  brides?
Definitely sit down and organize your photos before diving in – know which ones you want to use.  Try not to choose too too many photos because I find the less crowded the better it looks.  Try and look online at many sample spreads and layouts for each category to see how you want to set your own up (if you’re starting from scratch).  Once you start having dreams about the layouts and spreads, it’s probably time to finish up and order the damned thing! haha And most impoartant – Enjoy the process!  Design therapy for sure :)  Thanks Adoramapix!
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And they lived happily ever after. Thanks to Lindsay and Adam for sharing their experience with us and their beautiful  wedding photo book.

 

Feb 2014 27

This week we want to turn the spotlight on our mini photo books.  We offer 6 x 4.5 and our most popular size is 6×6.  Recently, I talked to Paul and Sylvia of Paul and Sylvia Photgoraphy and Design about the mini books.  Paul and Sylvia are amazing wedding photographers out of Toronto, Canada.

Sylvia dropped us a note saying, “I just wanted to let you know that we just delivered some albums to our clients and created a perfect 6×6 parent book through you. We absolutely loved it and so did they. ”

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The 6×6 wedding photo books are the perfect keepsake for parents after the wedding day is over. The parents’ wedding photo books are typically smaller versions of the original wedding photo book. They can be exact replicas of the bride and groom’s album or they can be customized to include any collection of favorite wedding photos and memories. Also, when you log into your account on your photo books landing page you can click the links to copy the book to different sizes.

The books may be small but they feature the same quality elements of our big photo books including lay flat pages and rich vibrant colors printed on archival photo paper.

These mini wedding photo books make the perfect thank you gift after the wedding and can easily be stowed and carried along when your parents want to show off their amazing kids on their wedding day.

 

 

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