In my last blog post, I shared some fun birthday photo ideas and today I’ve got a spring photo checklist. I am so excited that the weather is getting warmer and the sun is staying out longer. There are tons of picture taking opportunities on the horizon!! This is the perfect time of year to get some updated shots of your kiddos especially since Easter is right around the corner! You can download this list and check things off as you capture them. I’d love to see them too! Upload your pics to Instagram and tag them #clickandcapturespring. Have fun!!

 

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My baby is turning 9 this month. I can’t believe it! Her last year of single digits! I feel like she changed so much last year. She’s gotten taller. Her smile has changed. She just looks more grown up. That’s why I love doing birthday photos for my kids every year. It’s so fun to see how much they’ve grown and changed over the years.

Do you take birthday photos? I’m not talking about photos at a birthday party or family get together. I’m talking about special pictures of your child to celebrate their age? If not, you should totally start! Even if it’s just with your smartphone. But, honestly, your digital camera is a better choice for this because you’ll probably want to print or frame these pictures. Here are a few birthday photo ideas and inspiration to get you started.

Before you begin, make sure you plan out your shoot first. Trying to pull something off last minute is only going to leave you feeling rushed and frustrated. Think about how you want your pictures to look? Are you going to shoot indoors or out? Do you have a location in mind? Do you have a special outfit for them to wear? Once you’ve got all the details down, pick a date and go for it! Now, on to the fun stuff …

Include a prop. This could be a small cake or cupcake, a fun party hat, balloons, garland, wooden letters or numbers, confetti. Whatever you choose, keep it hidden until the day of the shoot. Having something new and exciting for your kids to hold, touch, play with will keep them engaged for a little longer. A chair, vintage highchair, or wagon works really well to help keep your little one contained for a minute or two while you snap a picture. Just make sure you keep safety in mind. Have an extra pair of hands to help with tiny escape artists or to avoid any falls.

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Birthday Photo Ideas and Inspiration. www.stacymaephotography.com.

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Remember the details. These are some of my favorite shots. Tiny hands and feet. Cake and crumbs all over the place. Colorful sprinkles. A goofy grin. Details help to tell a more complete story when you’re taking pictures. Don’t be afraid to get in nice and close to capture those details.

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Include siblings. At your own risk. Lol! This might make things a little more chaotic so I’d recommend getting all of the shots you want of the birthday boy or girl first and then adding big bro or sis. It’s fun to document the relationship between siblings. Try to capture the in between moments though. Don’t get them all lined up for a happy-everybody-looking-at-the-camera shot. Instead, watch for moments that shows off their dynamic.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these birthday photo ideas. I’d love to hear your ideas too. How do you document your child’s birthday? Do you have a favorite photo that you’ve taken? I’d love to see! Post it on Instagram and tag me @stacymaephotography.

 

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  • March 12, 2016 - 9:21 pm

    Natasha Solae - These photos are super cute. The kiddo with the balloons is super adorable!

  • March 13, 2016 - 6:53 pm

    admin - Thanks so much Natasha!

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Did you catch my post at the beginning of the week about how to decorate with pictures? I shared a sneak peek inside my home and how I display my own images. It’s so so important to me in this digital age to encourage my friends and clients to print their pictures, cell phone included! Otherwise, why bother taking them? What’s the point of leaving them trapped on your computer. Today I’m sharing with you some of the best places to print pictures online. No more excuses!

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Wall Portraits and Canvases:

When my clients purchase digital images, I always recommend Mpix. They have good quality prints at an affordable price and offer a fun variety of products as well. Artifact Uprising is another company that offers great quality. I have not ordered from this company yet, but have heard rave reviews about them!

Facebook or Instagram Images:

Chatbooks is a great resource for printing pictures you share on social media. I just started a subscription that will print all of my Facebook images and deliver them in volumes every month. I am soooo excited! I’ve been on Facebook since 2008 so you can imagine how many images I’ve posted over the years. I want to cry when I think about the possibility of all that disappearing if FB ever went out of business. So, once a month, I get a new book filled with images I haven’t seen in a long time and my kids love looking through them.

Origrami is another great company for printing your camera phone images. What’s so cool is that there are a variety of designs to choose from, border options, and you can include the date and captions for each photo. I have a bunch of loose prints all over my home!

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Artifact Uprising has Instagram friendly books that are square to match the style of your photos. I love smaller items because I can put them up on a bookshelf or on the coffee table and they don’t take up a ton of room.

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Photo Gifts: 

I love Minted for their beautiful cards, but they also offer beautifully designed collage prints. I have the circle shaped one, but I also love the moon shaped one for a child’s room.

Best Places to Print Pictures Online - the second in a series of blog posts encouraging you to print your pictures. www.stacymaephotography.com

Best Places to Print Pictures Online - the second in a series of blog posts encouraging you to print your pictures. www.stacymaephotography.com

Pinhole Press is another great place for unique gifts. You can make a memory game of your images that you children can play or create a custom board book of images for your baby.

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Best Places to Print Pictures Online - the second in a series of blog posts encouraging you to print your pictures. www.stacymaephotography.com

These are some of my favorite places to print pictures and now I want to hear about yours? Leave a comment and tell me where you like to print and what some of your favorite products are.

 

 

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This week on the blog we’re going to focus on ways that you can get your images OFF your computer and on to your walls. All week long, I’ll be sharing creative ways to display your images. I’d love to see how you display YOUR pictures so use the hashtag #projectprint and share on social media. Today I’m giving you a sneak peek inside my home and how I decorate with pictures.

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When we moved in to this house, after renting for several years, one of the first things I wanted to do was hang pictures. I knew right away I wanted to create a gallery wall going up the stairs to the girl’s bedrooms. I also knew that I wanted to use an assortment of frames so I started collecting from places like Home Goods and Michaels. I think a lot of what holds people back from hanging pictures is choosing which images to display and how to make them look good. I created a Pinterest board with tons of ideas, but I honestly think that contributed to my feeling over overwhelm. Finally, one day last year, about an hour or so before family was coming over for a birthday party, I decided it was time. Nothing like a little pressure to get you going! I picked up a hammer and some nails and got to work. I don’t necessarily recommend going about it this way, but sometimes the best thing to do it just start! I did learn a few things along the way so here are a few tips.

Stick with a color palette. I wanted to keep things light and airy so I chose mostly white frames and added in my favorite blue and some natural, wood elements. I’m actually thinking of switching out that bottom image of my daughter in her bright pink coat because I don’t think it blends well with the softer colors. That’s the great thing about a gallery wall though. It’s designed to grow and change with you. I’ll be adding to this as I find items that are complimentary.

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The images and accessories you choose for your gallery wall should be a reflection of you. Include quirky, fun elements that add texture and interest. I love the brass heart and the marquee star. Both items I found at Michaels. It’s also a good idea to include natural elements whenever you can. This is another spot that I’ve been working on over the couch in my living room. I found the shelf at Target and added 2 5×7 frames as well as an 8×10. The little wooden sign was purchased at Francesca’s and I added a lavender plant to bring it to life. Underneath the shelf I added two 10×10 frames and a wooden letter I found at Michaels. I’ve since added another frame to that grouping and continue to look for accessories to add.

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Don’t be afraid to experiment. I purchased this window frame at Michaels (are you noticing a theme here?!) and added in a few of my favorite images, but something is still not quite right. The pictures don’t really flow. The one of my daughter in the pool with the bright pink flamingo sticks out like a sore thumb. And the sizes are different as well. The top two are 4×6 and the rest are 5×7. BUT, this is the fun part about decorating with pictures. I love playing around and switching things up until I find a style that works.

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Display your cell phone pics too. Just because they came from your phone doesn’t mean they aren’t worthy of going up on the wall. Those everyday moments are just as important as your big camera shots. I purchased this shutter from Kohl’s a while back and for the longest time it sat empty leaning up against a wall. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do it it, until I got back a few iPhone prints from Origrami. They are the perfect size to slip in the shutter! Plus, on the bottom half, you’ll notice I stuck in some holiday cards. I love walking past this during the day and see all those smiling faces!

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I’d love to hear how you display pictures in your own home. Upload a picture to Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #projectprint or #stacymaephotography so I can sneak a peek!

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Today I’m sharing a few fun ideas that you can use for Valentine’s Day props. Some of them are things you might already have in your home!

5 Simple Valentine1. Confetti. This one gets messy, but can be so worth it! I chose confetti that was specifically for Valentine’s Day. We found it at Michael’s. I sprinkled some in my daughter’s hands and told her to hold them close together.

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I also asked her to bring her hands up close to her mouth and blow the confetti towards the camera. I counted to 3 and made sure that I was ready to click the shutter when she started blowing and I kept snapping until she was done. It took a bunch of tries because my focus would grab the confetti, but I wanted her eyes to be sharp. Don’t get frustrated. Just keep trying! A few things to consider – make sure your background is plain and clutter free. I should have raised my aperture so the confetti wasn’t so blurred, but I kind of like the sparkle it gives. Also, make sure your shutter speed is high enough to freeze the confetti. My settings are below the image.

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2. Construction Paper / Felt Hearts. There are a ton things you can do with hearts. Use them as a backdrop, have your kids hold them, or write fun messages on them. In this shot, I asked my daughter what she wanted to do and this is what I got. Lol! Need some more backdrop ideas? Try these – balloons, ribbon, colorful rug or blanket, garland, chalk, or wood letters.

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3. Fun or Colorful Pillows. I picked up this adorable pillow in the dollar bin at Target! Pillows are great if you have a little one who might not be sitting up quite yet.

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4. Silly Accessories. We’ve had this headband for years tucked away in the basement. Before you head out to the party store, check your house. See what you can come up with. I bet you’ve got some stuff stored away. Think of things like glasses or lollipops. Check out free photo booth printables online or you can get creative with a marker!

5 Simple Valentine

5 Simple Valentine

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5. Chalkboards. You probably already have these in your house so use them! Have your child write a sweet message to their classmates or grandparents. Or simply ask them to draw a few hearts:)

5 Simple Valentine

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You don’t need a lot to make these shots happen. Just some pretty, natural light and your creativity. I moved my kitchen table to take advantage of the light and added in a piece of white foam core board as a make shift reflector for a few shots. You can see in this pullback shot that I don’t have a lot of space. I used a 50 mm lens and got in nice and close to get rid of anything distracting in the background. When I used the reflector, I held it in my left hand close to her face without it being in the frame. Of you scroll back up and take a closer look at the shot of my daughter blowing confetti, you can see the reflector in the left side of her eyes.

5 Simple Valentine

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