Sep 2014 04

We love to get feedback on our products. It’s especially helpful to get feedback from people just starting out with our company and making photo books.  We recently met a mom of 6 children who made a photo book. That’s right we said a mom of 6. Meet Joy everyone.

I’m Joy and I live in Coquitlam.I am married and have 6 kids under the age of 10. Been married for 10 years to my hubby Peter who I met in highschool, but we were not highschool sweethearts, just friends. We ended up dating a few years after HS and the rest is history. I love taking pictures, it’s a hobby of mine! I would love to be a photographer but time and money keep me from it So I just do it for fun at the moment and learn along the way.



I love capturing moments of the kids lives, they grow up so fast and just saving all their sweet and crazy moments in pictures is a treasure. They love looking at old pictures of themselves, and that’s why is started doing photo books. I started doing old school scrapbooking, but that took forever and ended costing more too. So I started doing photos books.


So this photo book I made of our trip to Mexico. It was our 10 year anniversary trip and a friends wedding. It was at the same resort that we happen to get married in too so we thought that was pretty cool.  I chose all the photos from my picture file and dropped it into the Adoramapix site. There was a  learning curve but it was intuitive. I chose templates but also moved things around a bit. I loved the final product!! The quality of the book is amazing and nothing like any other book I’ve made from other sites. The thickness of the pages and the finish of the paper is great!! Love it!!



Thank you Joy.  If a mom of 6 kids under the age of 10 has time to make a photo book, then so do you! We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line at and we’ll feature your photo book story.


Sep 2014 03

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. ~Rudy Giuliani

Grandparents Day is just around the corner. No matter how you say it, Na Na, Pa Pa, Nonna, Nonno, Lola, Lolo, Savta, Saba, it all means unconditional love.

If you are wondering what to get the grandparents to show them your gratitude, you can bet some prints of their grandchildren ranks as number one. Of course they would love images of their grandchildren smiling and laughing. However, it’s just as important to document the grandchildren with the grandparents.

There are lots of ways you can photograph grandchildren and grandparents together.

1. Posed

Have everyone face the camera. Grandchildren and Grandparents should get comfortable with each other and have it less posed. Grandchildren hanging on their grandparents or sitting on their laps is the perfect way to capture everyone’s smiles and laughter.



2. Activities

I played a lot of  Wahoo with my grandma back in the day. I wish someone would have snapped a picture of me playing this game with her. Lots of conversations were had over this game and I learned a lot about my grandmother. Take pictures of  your children doing those favorite activities with their grandparents.You may want to switch to a telephoto lens for this and give them space to play.  This type of photograph is sure to bring back nostalgic memories for both grandparents and grandchildren.

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3. Artistic and Close Up

Not all of the images need to be of faces. One of my favorite images to see is the hand of a child in that of an elder. It shows the contrast between the young and the experienced.



 4. Individual Shots

If there is more than one grandchild, make sure to get individual shots of each grandchild with each grandparent. This way, each grandchild will have at least one photograph of their special bond with their grandparent.


5. Frequently Photograph

Children change daily, it’s important to capture them with their grandparents as much as possible. As children change, so does their relationship with their grandparents. It’s important to document these important stages in everyone’s life.

Of course none of this make a difference, if you don’t have the images printed. Take the time to print them out or put them in an Adoramapix photo book. We have plenty of themes to choose from.  To get inspired, feel free to look through our template gallery. You can find it HERE. 

-Written by Libby for Adoramapix

-Images via Shutterstock for editorial purposes

Sep 2014 02

This week marks fashion week in New York City. Have you ever wondered what it takes to get some of those amazing shots of models strutting down the cat walk? After talking to some  of our members who do this regularly, here are 5 tips on how not to commit a faux pas during fashion week.

1. Location, Location, Location

Get there early and get your position. There are lots of photographers who are vying for the same shot as you will be so it’s best to get everything in order and arrive early. Make sure you have cleared all the hurdles and have gained permission from the organizers.


2. White Balance

You’ll be dealing with a lot of different lighting situations. White balance is crucial when you are photographing fashion shows. You want to make sure you get the colors correct. Do some tests before hand and make sure to check your histogram. Try pre-setting your white balance for the most accurate color. Not sure how to set your white balance? Check out THIS ARTICLE we did a few months ago on getting the best white balance for your image.


3. Portrait vs. Landscape

It’s about the fashion. Let’s not forget that. Shoot a majority of your images vertical and allow for plenty of space above the model’s head and below the model’s feet. When you do shoot horizontal or square, make sure it’s appropriate. For example, when all of the  models come out at the end showcasing the entire fashion line, that is a perfect time to capture them horizontally or square. Another great time to photograph landscape, is when the designer has their name displayed on the back wall.  It’s important for designers to have their name linked to their fashion. Make sure to snap a few with the models to the side of the name. Make sure you can read the whole name.



4. Don’t Forget the Back

Designers put a lot of work into their designs. It’s important to not only get the front, but the back as well. Designers like to see how a creation will flow both from the front and back. Don’t hinder yourself by only photographing the front.


5. Fast Lens

Since you have no control over the light level you may want to consider using a fast lens. A fast lens with a wide aperture, F2.8 or lower, would be the best way to capture the action of the models walking down the runway. Also, remember when shooting at this low of an aperture you can keep the model in sharp focus while softening the background.

-Written by Libby for Adoramapix with the help of members

-Photographs are by Shutterstock and are used for editorial purposes




Aug 2014 27

Every month, we ask questions to our members about what and who inspires them the most. This month we focus on the top photography YouTube channels out there  that have helped our members along their creative path. According to  our AdoramaPix Members, here are the top 5 YouTube channels for photographers.

1. Adorama 

Without a question, Adorama’s channel is rich in information for the new and experienced photographer.  It is more than a just a camera store, it is an educational resource like no other. It has several different channels, each focused on a different aspect of photography. Mark Wallace does an amazing job of hosting most of  the informational videos. His friendly demeanor and ability to break things down into the simplest of terms makes it easy for photographers to understand and implement.



2. Jared Polin (aka Fro Knows Photo)

With his amazing hair and sincere love for the photography industry, it’s hard not to get caught up in his enthusiasm. Jared Polin, aka FroKnows Photo, offers critiques, tips and great humor. He is determined to help those just starting out by having them get off Auto Mode and switch to Manual Mode. He is a true digital pioneer in the 21st century. Plus, his grandma, Lil,  gives him advice about life on his channel and it is endearing.


3.DigitalRev TV

I can not stop laughing when I watch this channel. The main presenter Kai is so fun. Even the about section has me laughing , “The most subscribed and viewed photography show on the interweb, presented by an asian dude with a British Accent.” With its bright pink graphics and Kai’s dry sense of humor this just makes this channel a delight to watch. Not all instructional videos need to be so serious. You can view new episodes every Monday and Thursday.


4. FStoppers

This is a conglomeration of great photographers coming together to educate the photography community. The channel offers behind-the-scnes videos, gear reviews and so much more. What’s great about this community is that it’s a group of full-time photographers, videographers, retouchers, and editors.  Because of this, it means the group’s  content is always fresh and up to date. Check out the taser portrait series – it’s shocking.



5. Phlearn

You can’t be a photographer in today’s day and age without knowing about PhotoShop and Lightroom. Aaron always has a smile on his face and  puts the “Phun”  in PhotoShop and Photography. It’s important to know the ins and outs of PhotoShop and this channel is dedicated to getting you on the right track.



-Written by Libby for Adoramapix based on feedback from members

Aug 2014 24
Once a month, we like to take you behind the scenes of someone’s photo book. Photo books are so much more than just paper and board. They can can inspire, call for action, help the hurting heal and preserve memories.
Today, we take a peek at Evan Epper’s photo book and her mission.  I started to chat with Evan and was amazed at her story. She told me she just  finished a mission in Peru where her team finished 50 operations in 5 days. We hope her story will inspire you.
Real People. Real Stories. Real Inspiration
I am a Registered nurse for 30 something years – and loved being one just like the first time I became an RN. I started doing surgical missions in 2004 when I joined Cross Cultural Solutions and went to China by myself and met with other people from different parts of the world that wanted to do something different to help out and make some sort of a difference. It was not a medical mission at that time , just plain and pure helping out. It was good but, not great because I did not feel fulfilled with what I intended to do.
Anyway , I was working with a surgeon that knew I wanted to do medical surgical missions so he introduced me to his world where you go far and away, no equipment like we have here, with constant blackouts during surgeries, patients walk 2-3 days on foot to get to you and sleep on hallways etc. It was what I had always dreamed of doing !!!!
From 2006 till present time, I have been doing medical/surgical missions at least twice or three times a year using my vacation time from my full time job as a nurse here at Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ and have to pay out of pocket for my airfare, room and board, food and all supplies I need to bring with me on these journey; although I have to say – I have been blessed to have met so many wonderful people when I started doing the missions. I have patients and their helped fund my trips,I have doctors helped me out and friends and people i reached out to on the web that have supported me tremendously too.
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Actually , I have this wonderful story that I kept repeating because it had touched my life and have warmed my heart so much that I loved sharing the story every time to people. When I first went to Africa, i know i will need a good light source for my surgeon to do a fantastic job since the lighting there is awful,anyway I googled the light source i want and found the company and emailed them to see if i can maybe get a discount etc.well and behold they emailed me back and asked me to come to their warehouse – which I did and there person who I thought was a salesman started putting the headlight on my head asking me while I try them what I think and if I like them ( mind you, that headlight that I wanted was $ 30,000.00 and for sure I can’t afford) so I tried the one I wanted and I said to the guy that ‘ this is the one” , All of a sudden he told his crew to pack them all up and put it in my car and that it’s Evan’s since she needs it- no questions asked , no commitment just plain gift for us to use and yes, he is the owner of the company and donated the headlight that I brought with me to Africa. Mr. Keith Lambie is the President CEO of SOTA Medical who donated my headlights. From that time on – I knew there’s always somebody out there willing to help if they know. I just need to be the voice and help people to open up their hearts to helping others, and helping us also to be able to help others..
The inspiration to my photo books are the people I capture with my lens and the good heart that I see in my travels- the kindness of people despite the difference in color, religion and language. I know I take more than what I give whenever I travel because I become I better person each time and I become more sensitive to peoples feelings and needs as a nurse and get to understand the true meaning of compassion. The photo book gives me a chance to put all this beautiful memories together and tell my story about the people i met that time and the things we did, I loved putting blurbs on my pages as you see because it brings out the thoughts I have for those images.
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 My struggles with what I do is usually financial for the airfare and supplies we bring for the surgeries and also I love to bring some little gifts for the people of that country especially the children ( I usually bring beanie babies because I can use them to be stuffing for the supplies then the kids get a toy after which is fantastic- That SMILE I get from the children when I do that is so Rewarding !!!.)
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If you noticed on my photos we wear surgical hats which looks so pretty during surgeries, I get to know a company that makes them through the web and now she donates those hats every time I go on my trips. Kim Larson owns KimKaps and she is fabulous and helps us every time we go.
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I have done a lot of missions all over: Niger , Vietnam ,Philippines, Nigeria , Eritrea Africa, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Peru, Rwanda  etc. I love all of them. Volunteering is such a humbling and rewarding experience and I wish everyone gets the chance to feel what I feel even just for once in your life .
I have been blessed and I want to pay it forward – so I do what I do and I hope that I can touch peoples lives and maybe if even just one person reads my story and start doing volunteer work after – then I guess I have made a difference.
Thank you Evan for sharing your inspiring story and photo book. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, just click on these links:


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