Selfies have taken the world by storm and love it or hate it – they seem to be here to stay. So if you’re not already a selfie pro, it’s time to get out your smartphone (or camera if you want to go old school) and master your self-portrait. Take a look at our five simple tips below to learn the subtle art of the selfie.
Good luck and happy selfie-ing!
1. Do a background check
Make sure there’s not a dirty bathroom behind your smiling face! Check out your background before you snap your selfie for an overall perfect pic.
2. Don’t take yourself too seriously
The best selfies show off your fun side. So make some crazy faces, laugh and get a bit silly. We guarantee your pic will get some serious ‘likes’!
3. Edit it
Unless you want in on the #nofilter trend, feel free to use some photo effects! Easily add filters to your pics with apps like Instagram or Pixlr-o-matic.
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4. Get together
Turn your selfie into a groupfie and show off your social side! Recruit a few friends to be in your photo to make a fun and memorable group pic.
5. Snap, snap and snap some more
Don’t expect to get a flawless selfie on the first try (unless you’re just photogenic). To get the perfect selfie, try out different faces, poses and angles to see what works best for you.
Mastered your selfie? Create one of our new portrait M photo books with all your awesome pics and turn your snapshots into a memento you can hold onto!
Don’t get us wrong, we love Facebook and Instagram as much as anyone, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to share your everyday snapshots that’s a bit more… real?
We’ve created the new Portrait M photo book just for that. Now you can easily showcase your pics in a good (not so) old fashioned photo book!
The portrait M book is the perfect size to make your daily shots look great in print. It takes just 24 photos, so it’s super fast to create. Plus, you won’t need Wi-Fi to enjoy it!
If you like the way your photos look on screen, you’ll love seeing them in the Portrait M book. And guess what? You can still share your pics online with our free photo book widget! Take a look at the example photo book below for a first look at the new portrait M book.
Photo books are perfect for documenting your kids’ lives and someday your kids will love looking back through those books, but what about creating a photo book that your kids can enjoy right now?
We’ve put together a few fun book ideas that are a piece of cake to make and your kids will absolutely love. Take a look below and create a photo book that’s guaranteed make your kids smile!
Become the author of your own story
Get some inspiration from your kids’ toys and their make-believe worlds to create your own storybook! Snap photos of your ‘characters’ around the house to use as pictures in your book or if you’re feeling really artistic, try your hand at your own illustrations. Have some fun and in no time you’ll have an original story that your kids won’t want to put down!
Make learning fun!
There are lots of educational books out there for kids, but why buy one of those when you can make one yourself? You can help your kiddos learn to read with an alphabet book or teach them to count with a book of numbers. Find everyday objects to represent letters or numbers and snap a photo of them for your book. Then bring it all together using the fun designs and fonts available in the photo book creator tool.
Nurture childhood creativity
Get inspired by your children’s imagination and make a photo book of your kids’ creations! You can even get them involved in the process and help develop their creativity further. Scan your children’s school work, drawings, poems and anything else they’ve made. Your book will preserve all their precious childhood creations and most importantly, you’ll have fun making it!
Tip: Need help getting your kids’ work in a digital format? Check out our scanning guide.
Recently we came across some baby photography that’s so creative, we couldn’t help but share it with you!
Photographers Anna Eftimie, Emil Nyström, and duo Leon and Lilly Mackie have been attracting quite a bit of attention on social media lately and there’s no mystery why.
Each of these photographers have their own unique way of creating awe-inspiring baby photos. From Anna’s whimsical blackboard drawings, to Leon and Lilly’s amazing cardboard movie sets, and Emil’s hilarious photoshopped images – these photographers add a dash imagination to their photos and the results are incredible!
Take a look at some of their images below. We hope they’ll inspire you to tell your own unique story with your photos!
We know how hard it is to find Valentine’s Day gifts that truly show how much you care. This year, express your love with a gift that fits together as perfectly as you and your valentine!
Split a photo of the two of you holding hands, dancing, sitting in the park or even a photo of a romantic word or shape; then upload your photos to two matching products (like canvas prints or phone cases) and create a perfect pair of gifts!
Take a look below for some inspiration and help creating your gifts.
From special events to everyday moments, a yearbook helps you remember your year with all your favourite photos. It’s one beautiful book filled with all the best parts of your year!
Not sure if you should make a 2013 yearbook? Take a look below at our top five reasons why you should!
#5 – It’s time to start a creative project
Maybe you made a New Year’s resolution to develop your creativity or perhaps you’re just looking for a different way to fill your spare time. Whatever your reason, it’s time for a creative project. So round up last year’s photos and get started on your 2013 yearbook!
#4 – Last year’s memories are already starting to blend into previous years
As time goes by it becomes harder and harder to recall when our favourite photos were taken. Remember what made last year special and different? Put those memories in your yearbook and don’t forget all the great things that happened in 2013!
#3 – You’ll be able to rewrite history
It’s up to you what you include in your yearbook. You can leave out the bad hair days, colds & flus, awkward moments and anything else you choose. In years to come, your memory of 2013 will be what’s in your book – only your favourite parts!
#2 – In this digital day and age, it’s nice to have a real book to hold on to
You can look back at last year’s photos on your computer or smartphone, but there’s nothing quite like flipping through real photos. Trust us – when you crack open your photo book and see all your pics printed on top quality photo paper, your eyes (and hands) will thank you!
(Plus, you’ll also get a digital version of your photo book to view online!)
#1 – You can try out one of our brand new pre-designed yearbooks!
They’re stylish and make creating your yearbook seriously easy. Plus they’re also available in portrait format! Use the Modern Timelinedesign for a sleek and simple photo book or try out the Seasonal Colours design for something fun and funky!
It’s Christmas and that means it’s the perfect time to take cute holiday pics of your cats, dogs, bunnies, hamsters or any other animals you may have in your life! Whether your pet is incredibly photogenic or a bit camera shy, we have a few ideas to help you capture some great Christmas photos of your furry friend. Take a look at these cute pics below for a dose of Christmas cheer and a bit of inspiration for your photos.
Santa’s Best Friend If your dog loves the camera, just give him a Santa hat and snap away!
Think Inside the Box As any cat owner knows, all you have to do is provide the box. The cat will do the rest!
Tinsel Pup Give your doggie a bit of tinsel to play with and you’ll have a festive photo shoot in no time!
Santa’s Sleepy Kitty You might not get your cat to wear a Santa hat, but we bet you’ll have no trouble getting your little kitty to curl up and sleep in one!
Christmas Tree Kitty Take advantage of your cat’s fascination with your Christmas ornaments and get a photo of your kitten next to the tree (or scaling your tree if your cat’s one to climb)!
Candid Christmas Shot Have a pet that won’t last one second in a Santa hat, let along pose for you? Just wait until he’s in front of your tree and snap a quick candid shot!
Top tip:Take these photos now and use them on your Christmas cards next year!
We know limited time and a tight Christmas budget can make finding thoughtful and unique gifts a challenge. So we asked our gift giving specialists (aka: members of our team) to let us in on their top three budget friendly favourites. Read their picks below for personalised gifts that won’t break the bank and are finished in no time!
1.) Photo Phone Cases
Our new photo phone cases are a great pick for siblings and tech savvy parents. Creating one of these premium phone cases takes less than 10 minutes and they’re only £12.95, so you can get one for every smartphone enthusiast you know! Available for iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S and Samsung Galaxy S3/S4
“Photo phone cases are great gifts for young people. I made one for myself and one for my friend!” -Miguel from Albelli
2.) Photo Calendars
Photo calendars tick every box: they’re easy to create, perfect for anyone and with several formats to choose from, they’re a gift that fits every budget! Simply gather together 12 favourite photos and give a gift that will be enjoyed every day for the next year. Choose from portrait, landscape, premium or birthday calendars.
“Everyone’s happy to get a calendar at Christmas. I’m giving multiple copies of this one to everyone in my family!” -Kate from Albelli
3.) Pocket Photo Books
If you’re looking for a small gift for your grandma, sister, aunt or friend, this is it! At just £6.95, pocket photo books are Albelli’s most affordable gifts and they couldn’t be easier to create. Fill one with 22 snapshots and give someone a pocket-sized photo book they can carry with them always!
“Pocket photo books are perfect for photos that people like to have on hand (think kids or pets). This year my sister is getting one filled with pictures of my nieces and nephews.” –Kelly from Albelli
Be sure to order these gifts before 16th December for delivery before Christmas!