I feel your panic.
The holidays are barely two weeks away and you’re scrambling for meaningful gifts for your loved ones. And I’m not talking gifts for the kids. They’re probably letting you know exactly what they’re hoping for, right?
I’m talking about the grandparents, godparents, special aunts and uncles — maybe even your spouse? The people you adore dearly but who are tough to buy for and, all too often, you ultimately give them a random bottle of wine or new slippers, right?
I’m here to help.
Photo gifts may seem trite. If you agree, chances are the photo gifts you’ve given or received haven’t been printed with quality printing, framed professionally or presented as part of a gorgeous album.
Lifelong images – the kind you give to family and hope they’ll display and treasure for a lifetime – are more than just photos snapped, printed at CVS, and tossed in a cheap frame. In fact, the worst thing you can do is invest your time and hundreds of dollars in a professional photographer and then print your photos at the local drugstore. Stop right there, if that’s your plan. Read on for better ideas.
Maybe giving photo gifts is already one of your go-to ideas. Fantastic! If so, or if you’re reading this with heightened anticipation that I am thisclose to solving all your holiday woes and worries, here are some tips on the ways I turn digital images into a gift that sparkles with joy.
- Blurb.com: If you’re looking for a do-it-yourself photo book or album, please look at Blurb. I use them for my own family snapshot album every year. They have a fantastic array of options and the quality is superb. You won’t be disappointed.
- mpix: The highest quality image prints are at mpix.com. Take a few seconds and check them out if you’re looking to print images for framing or on a canvas.
- Me! I’ll do the work for you. If you’re tight on time and want to make sure your images are printed with love and quality, I share your goal. Here are the details:
… Orders for Canvas and Framed Prints need to be placed by 12/10 for regular shipping and 12/12 with expedited shipping ($25).
… Orders for Prints need to be placed by 12/12 for regular shipping and 12/14 with expedited shipping ($25).
… Orders for Coffee Table Albums, my most popular product after digitals, order by Dec 15th. Gifting someone a photo album is so special, because it can be personalized. I do all the design, including a custom layout. Clients can include text and quotes, as well as a letter to the recipient. Sizes available are: 8×8, 10×10, and 12×12. Each starts at 10 spreads/20 pages and includes about 30-40 images. I offer a variety of covers to choose from.
Send me an email or give me a call ASAP to inquire about ordering any products in time for the holidays!!
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in capturing real and beautiful moments in a unique and artistic way. Get in touch to inquire about ordering your holiday gift!!
How gorgeous is this photo?
And, no, I’m not saying that to toot my own horn! I’m reacting to the facets of this image that are hopefully speaking to you, too. The joy on the children’s faces, their genuine smiles, their loving bond (evidenced in their holding hands), and the gorgeous scenery that we’re lucky to experience every October in the Boston area.
But it’s actually more than that, and anyone who has been disappointed in a family photo probably (now) knows the most crucial element in capturing the perfect moment: color. And more importantly, colors that coordinate – with each other and the photo setting itself.
See below for more examples of what I mean, then read on for some of my personal tips on How to Dress for Your October Boston Photo Session.
How to Dress for Your October Boston Photo Session
While the essence of an amazing photo is rooted in the expressions and connections of each family member and their interactions, it’s also nice to look great. Here are some tips on how to make that happen:
The most important thing is to be comfortable in what you are wearing. You don’t have to dress fancy to look fantastic. Nothing ruins well, anything, more than an uncomfortable pair of shoes or an itchy sweater. Go casual if you’d like, but feel free to put your boys in jackets to spruce up the look. Don’t worry, they’ll likely still act like boys (see these guys flossing during their session!).
OK, Here are some real tips:
- Think about your photo in terms of colors and contrasts. The location is going to offer both. For an October Boston Photo Session, you’re going to see green, orange, reds and yellows in the landscape. In my experience, the clothing colors that work well in Fall foliage include navy, maroon, cream, brown, pink/fuschia, and red. Choose 2-3 complimentary colors maximum and have everyone wear something in that color scheme.
- Patterns can be wonderful, but consider them for one member of the family vs. everyone. It’s nice to have one person stand out. One of my clients always put her young daughter in floral dresses for our photo sessions, as it was a great way to add beauty to the image while also getting her child out of her typical play clothes. Alas, this year I photographed the family and her daughter is now 14 (!). She finally put her foot down: No more floral dresses. Moms, get them while you can!
- If you celebrate Christmas and send out a Christmas card, red plaids work really well in October and look festive when them season changes to winter.
- An October Boston Photo Session can be chilly, so think ahead about ways to incorporate layers and textures into your outfits. Bring accessories, like hats and scarves, if you’d like. If the items blend and fit nicely, they can bring a lot of personality to your images.
- Definitely consider how quickly the leaves evolve during the Fall season. Late October/early November is usually the best time to schedule a Boston October Photo Session if you really want bright Fall colors.
- But never fear, if you miss the Fall foliage, evergreen photos are also really beautiful. Check out this adorable guy and the family below.
Cara Soulia is a family photographer who offers an October Boston Photo Session for families of all ages.
See more of Cara’s work on the blog or get in touch to find out more about scheduling a session this Fall. Limited dates still available.
Do you ever notice photographic prints around your house wrinkling a little bit? Want to know if there is something you can to do to prevent it?
Love the photo, don’t love the print. I ordered this one unmounted by accident and in less than a year it’s already wrinkling 🙁
Boston Family Photographer Tips & Tricks
The most likely reason your prints wrinkle is because they aren’t mounted. I recommend mounting any image that is printed at 8×10″ or larger to significantly increase it’s longevity, especially if it’s going to be in a place where the temperature and humidity levels fluctuate.
There are lots of options when it comes to mounting: mat board, styrene, foam board all with different levels of sturdiness and thickness. If you’re planning to frame your print, go for something thin like mat board. If you’re planning to hang the print unframed, go for thick ( 3/4″ foam board ).
Styrene is thin and durable, great for framing.
I love the unique, modern look of unframed photos, mounted withe 3/4″ foam backing.
Include mounting to your print and you will increase the cost a bit, but your prints will have a much longer life, I promise!!
(Psst: All prints ordered through me are printed on Kodak Professional Endura Premier Paper. Images 8×10 and larger are mounted on styrene for durability and longevity! They are also lustre coated and UV sprayed. These are not CVS 19cent prints!! )
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in capturing real, honest moments in a beautiful and natural way. Click here to see more of Cara’s work, or get in touch to schedule a session!