Nov 2014 26

Each week through the holidays we focus on gallery walls and ideas for the home. This week we focus on the dining room and a great inspiration for the wine aficionado in the home.  We placed one 16×16 print directly in between two 16×24 landscape prints. The look is modern and sleek. This can work for any room really and for any subject matter. adoramapixgallerywall


Nov 2014 24

Back in the day, you’d be happy just receiving your free calendar from the local grocery store. My  how times have changed. Now, you can be just as crafty and passionate about the design, color and images as a photo book.

We have a few ideas to help you think outside the hum drum.


1. Children Through the Seasons

Now that the year is wrapping up – capturing your children in each month as a portrait can not only be rewarding but will keep you on track to do it  every year. There are some things as parents that we do, take the kids on vacation, take the kids to the  pumpkin patch etc. Why not take 5 minutes out of  each these adventures to set up a quick portrait? It doesn’t have to be perfect but it should be representative of the month. Once you make a practice of it, you’ll find it easy to make a calendar each year.

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2. Dress Them Up

Ok so the jury is still out on whether your pets like to be dressed up or not, but this would be a fun activity to try with your pet for an afternoon. Have your family help out. Do a little pre planning and get props for the different months. You can choose a simple back drop like a white wall, and simply put the props around Fido or Fluffy and before you know it, you’ll have 12 months worth of great imagery.

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3. Make it Your Destiny

They say if you write down your goals, you’ll achieve them. Why not take this one step further and “pin” the places you’d like to visit? It can even be in your own state. Grab a map, some push pins and take 12 pictures of places you’d like to go. Your macro lens is best suited for this type of photography.  This will keep you on track and will be a daily reminder to explore  your world and create wunderlust. Life’s too short to stay still.

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4. Challenge your Culinary Skills

We often get in a rut when it comes to cooking. Why not find 12 recipes you’d like to try, get a picture of it and include the recipe? You can even hi-light the day you plan to make the meal.  If you can’t find pictures of what you would like to make, then take a picture of a few ingredients and challenge yourself to find a recipe with the items that were hi-lighted for that month.

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5. The Collector

Most of us have them in some sort of capacity. This would be easy to showcase your 12 favorite items from your personal collection. Whether you are lego fanatic, vinyl collector or an antique camera lover, one thing is for sure, you’ll be able to showcase your prizes year around.

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These are just a few ideas to get you inspired to make a great calendar. We offer a number of different ways to make calendars.


1. Collages – You can have one print for the whole year. We have many templates to choose from and sizes ranging from 8×10 to 20×24.

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2. Desk Top - Compact and colorful, these calendars have a sturdy built in easel so they stand on their own. They are available in two sizes – regular (8.27 x 3.74) and large (12×5.43)


3. Centerfold Calendar-  These are ring bound in the middle and you can just flip open to hang! Flip the lower page up to reveal the next month. They come in three sizes – small (6×6), regular (8×8) and large (10×10)


4. Top Hanging Calendar - These calendars offer beautiful, unbroken photo spreads. These are ring bound at the top and come in one large size 12×18



-Written by Libby for AdoramaPix

Images via Shutterstock for editorial purposes

Nov 2014 20

The Holidays are just around the corner and it’s during this time of year we often become nostalgic. As we begin to make new memories, it’s important to keep the old memories alive with print. You shouldn’t need a fully charged phone or electricity to view memories of yesteryear. With this in mind, we have a few suggestions for holiday photo books for you to make for yourself, your loved ones and your friends.

• Winter Fun

Take photos of the family having fun in the snow – ice skating or sledding. We have a great selection of winter assets that can be used as backdrops and hundreds of winter themed stickers to add to your design.


(Template: Happy Holidays)


• Holiday Recipes

Remember Grandma’s pumpkin pie? No? Well start to collect recipes from the family and friends and publish in a holiday recipe book. This is definitely something you will want to gift to others.  We have a food template that is easily customizable. I switched the colors to red and added snowflakes for a more holiday feel.


(Template: Recipe Book with colors altered to match food and snowflakes added from stickers library)


• Holiday Traditions

Take photos of the holiday traditions that are unique to your family and commemorate them in your own book.  From decorating the holiday tree to making gingerbread houses, all of these little things are what make memories. Pass those memories and traditions on to the next generation by taking pictures of them and printing them in a photo book.


(Template: Holiday Magic)

• Holiday Toys

One year they want toy cars, the next year it’s all lego. As the years pass, your children will grow away from toys. However, why not give their toys their own special photo book? Your kids will love it when they get older and see what they played with on the holidays. Get creative and take close ups of the toys as well as your child playing with the toys.  You can also incorporate their Christmas wish list. It will be fun to view their handwriting through the years and the toys that sparked their imaginations.


(Template: Custom Built with Snow Flake Background)

Holiday Thank You Book

If you’ve received gifts from out of town family, make a photo book with holiday photos, including some in which their gifts are being enjoyed as a personalized thank you.


(Template: Silent Night)


We hope that a few of these suggestions will give you some ideas on the many different holiday photo books you can make. When it comes down to it, preserving your past for the next generation is easy when you print your pictures in an AdoramaPix photo book.


-Written by Libby for AdoramaPix

Nov 2014 19

Each week through the holiday season, we will share with you some great ideas on sizes and gallery wall ideas. Sometimes, it’s difficult to see how they may fit into a space.

For this week’s installment we wanted to show you a trio. A simple 24×36 with (2) 11x14s, all are landscape.



If you have any ideas, let us know! We’d love to know how you put your gallery walls together. Email


Nov 2014 17

It’s  the time of year when we dream about the perfect holiday family portrait.  However, what we wish for and what we get are two different things sometimes. I have photographed a lot of amazing families over the years and one of the questions they always ask is, “What should we wear?”  Thanks to the birth of Pinterest, it’s now easy to point people to a specific board and blog posts.  However,  there are a few items that you won’t see discussed a lot but they are just as important as what to wear.


1. Black Shoes and Black Socks

This tip is specifically for the men and boys in your life. Although, they may have dark pants and dark shoes on, as soon as they sit down the pants raise by the ankle showing off their socks. . Unfortunately, the white socks then become one of the brightest objects in the portraits.  This is where the eye will go first if it’s the brightest.  You don’t want the eye drawn to someone’s socks in a portrait, so keep it classic and clean and match the dark shoes and the dark pants with the dark socks.


2. Hair to Dye for

This typically pertains to women.  Moms are often so overwhelmed with making sure everyone is set for the holiday pictures, that they often neglect themselves. Moms need to take the time to



3. Tennis Shoes are for Running not Pictures

There are a few items that can date your family photo quickly. One is wearing white tennis shoes in your image. Tennis shoes change drastically year to year and you can typically pinpoint the year an image was taken just by the runners. Keep it simple and ban the white tennis shoes. Plain and dark will always be in style for shoes. If all else fails, you can always have everyone take their shoes off. This keeps it uniform and fun.


4. Chapped Lips No More

About a week before pictures, make sure everyone is using their chapstick. It’s the time of year when everyone’s skin gets a little dry. So to make sure everyone puts their best face forward  just remind everyone to use it daily before the pictures and you’ll save your photographer time on the back end.


5. Iron it Out

Iron your clothing the night before you portrait. Photoshopping wrinkles out of clothing can be time consuming and  expensive if it’s done to all of the images. Yes, you’ll need to iron even the jeans as well. Nothing looks more put together than great fitting clothing with no wrinkles. You want the attention on your faces, not what you are wearing.


-Written by Libby for Adoramapix with tips from our members

- Images by Shutterstock for editorial purposes





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