Adoramapix

Jul 2013 29

Your passion is photography. Our passion is preserving it. However, we need your help once it leaves our doors.

If you’ve made an Adoramapix Photo Book of a big event in your life, I’m sure you put a lot of work and energy into its creation. In order to save your precious memories for future generations, you’ll need to do a little more work  to take care of those photo books. Here are some great tips and reminders to keep your treasured memories safe and sound.

1. Handle your Photo Books Carefully 

We pride ourselves on using true archival photo paper. Photo paper must be handled carefully. You basically have a large print in your hand that is heat pressed into a photo book. So with any photo paper that is not protected by glass or a frame, handle it carefully. Although our books are very durable, human hands contain oils and salt which over time can take its toll on a print. We suggest to turn the pages with your fingertips and make sure you, or anyone else looking at your photo books has clean hands before sitting down and admiring the memories. Also, if you notice a fingerprint on your photo paper, take a soft, dry cloth to buff it out lightly.

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2. Humidity and Sunlight

Humidity and sunlight can have damaging affects on your photo books. Try to store your photo books at room temperature. Humidity can cause moisture to get locked between your photo pages and cause the photo pages to “stick” together. Once they stick together, unsticking them may mean the paper will rip. Direct sunlight will fade the colors of your photo book. This also means, not storing it in a basement where mold and mildew may accumulate or worse flooding. Also, same goes for your attic. Heat rises, it gets very hot in the attic and fluctuating humidity can permanently destroy your photo books. You want to be able to control the natural elements in order to preserve your photo book for future generations.

 

3. High Traffic Areas

I recently was contacted by photo book member Allison of Everyday Adventures. She loved her Adoramapix Photo Book of her wedding, so much so, she had it displayed lovingly on her coffee table for all to see. She was kind enough to send me pictures  of the aftermath. Unfortunately, a number of combinations may  have led to its damage. One being humidity (see tip #2). Secondly, it was in a high traffic area.  A sneeze, a spilled drink, water from someone’s overcoat all could have contributed to her pages sticking together.  The pages in your photo books have a surface coating (an emulsion) which, upon getting wet and then drying, will more than likely adhere  itself to the print next to it. Which in this case, was the next page. You want to be able to control the human elements in order to preserve our photo book. This means, keeping it out of high traffic areas, instead store it and bring it out on special occasions for viewing.

 

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4. Lay Flat

Your Adoramapix Photo Book should be stored flat. In other words, do not rest it vertically on a book shelf. Instead it should lay flat or horizontally. This helps minimize any warping to the pages. Photos standing by themselves upright will warp over time.

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5. Archival Boxes

These are your photo book’s best friends. The archival boxes we sell are the best guarantee for long lasting beautiful photo books to stand the test of time. By using the archival photo book boxes, you can create a smaller, controlled environment that offers protection from dust, UV light and  the human factor.

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Nov 2013 05

Everyone says it’s good luck when it rains on your wedding day.  However, if you’re the wedding photographer, you might be sweating bullets to make sure your couple gets as many fantastic images as if it were a sunny day.  What your couple wants is to have spectacular shots and more specifically fantastic shots outside. So as the photographer, how do you accomplish what you may think is the unattainable. It’s not as hard as you may think — here are some tips from our wedding photographer friends in the rainy upper North and NorthWest.

 

1. Be Prepared

That means, don’t place 100-percent confidence in the weather forecast. If you see rain is in the forecast, even for the day before or day after, do your research. Find locations where you can take your bride and groom where they will be undercover. Think about  opportunities like doorways, under bridges, under big trees.  These  locations will provide for a beautiful backdrop and keeps your couple dry.

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2. Use Umbrellas

You don’t have to hide the fact that it’s raining on your couple’s wedding day. Talk to your couple about the possibility about getting some matching umbrellas. Play with the umbrellas. Change your perspective with umbrella shots. Photograph down at the umbrellas or have them take up a small portion of the frame.

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3. Protect your Gear

Most camera gear is water resistant, this does not mean it is waterproof. There is a  huge difference. There are a lot of  gadgets and products out there to help you protect your body and lenses.  Here are some other ideas, when photographing your couple or have your assistant or even someone from the wedding party hold an umbrella over your head. You can’t handle an umbrella as well as a camera. If you are in a pinch, use a ziplock bag to protect your gear. I typically tear a small hole in it and I am able to fit my camera through it. It’s not ideal but it’s saved me a few times.

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4. Close Ups

Now is the time to focus on close ups. Make sure your couple gets in tight for shots. You can usually squeeze under a awning  if it’s raining. It may be tight on space, but you can go in tight – play with the veil or focus on the bride’s eyes. It’s always fun to get in for tight shots.

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5. Reflections

This is the perfect time to take advantage of puddles! Yes, puddles. The reflection you get is something that is artistic and different than you would get on a rainy day. Instead of fighting the rain, embrace it.

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We hope these tips help you get inspired when the rain falls on your couple’s wedding day.

Jan 2014 28

She lives in one of the most scenic areas in the world and photographs weddings in adverse weather conditions – most notably, the snow. Anastasia Chomlack is from Whistler, British Columbia and she believes whole heartedly in capturing weddings and love with the natural environment that is Whistler. This includes beautiful green pine trees in the summer and breathtaking, snow capped mountains in the winter. Anastasia gives us a few tips on photographing in the snow and cold.

1. STAY WARM.

This goes for the photographer and the client.

I used to apologize to the bride when I was dressed in boots, and layered in jackets and sweaters and she was in a dress… but honestly the warmer I am- the more patient I can be, the more time and care I can take to get the right photo. When photographing a wedding outside my best friends are my fingerless gloves and I have stopped apologizing for that!

Even though the dress may be strapless or lightweight I always encourage my brides who want snow photos to bring warm accessories that make sense in the snow; warm yet cute boots- a shawl, wrap or small jacket- even mittens… I want to take photos that are authentic and real- not just set up and styled. A bride freezing and underdressed in the snow just does not make sense:)

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2. Know your snow, and communicate it to your couple.

Small flakes will fall for longer and often that means its colder… large flakes will soon turn to rain and will not last for long. Communicate all of this to your client. The bride in this photo wanted to have the large snowflakes- they started to fall literally minutes before the ceremony- I immediately went to the couple and told them this was the window for large snowflakes and also told them that if we took the photos now they would be wet for the ceremony- They went for it- we spent five minutes outside, the guests loved the opportunity to watch the couple run outside in the snow and these photos were the brides favorites even if her hair was wet for the vows.

I make sure to share all of the different weather possibilities with my couples- and never promise a clean or dry dress after photos. There are so many unknowns when photographing in the winter- it is best to be prepared for anything!

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3. EXPOSURE.

The white dress on the white background can be tricky with the light reflecting off the snow creating highly reflective surfaces. When photographing in the snow I am watching my histogram more then the image itself- knowing that to to get white snow your graph should be roughly in the middle, and to the right.

Especially in the snow you need to remember that you are smarter than your camera- your camera will want to expose to the bright snow and end up creating underexposed photos.

Another tip is to be aware of the time of day- I do everything I can to not shoot in harsh sunlight during these sessions- always location scouting to make sure I can find open shade.

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4. PROTECTING YOUR EQUIPMENT.

Moving inside and outside for ceremony, reception and outdoor photos can create condensation and fogging which could limit your readiness to capture an important moment. Knowing my schedule is important- and I try to keep a second camera for indoors ready to go- so that my outdoor camera can warm up gradually to avoid condensation.

Another trick is to invest in some silica bags to put in your camera bag to quicken the drying up.

The cold will also make your batteries drain more quickly so pack extra batteries on cold days!

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5. Go with it.5. 

If it is super windy, super snowy, super cold… I like to use that in the images and not try to work against it. Snow photos are for the adventurous bride- and if that means a little snow in the face, wind in the hair…. arms wrapped around each other to keep things warm- then all the better! I am not afraid of flushed cheeks or red noses- it is all an authentic part of being photographed outside and I think it all adds so much to the image- it tells a story!
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Thanks to Anastasia for her amazing imagery and helpful tips. If you would like to see more of Anastasia’s work you can visit her webpage HERE. You can also follow her on Pinterest Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.   
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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.

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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.

 

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