Firstly, I must confess: I’ve been hit by the vintage virus. That’s why I decided to redecorate my living room with my own two hands. After searching the internet, I managed to find some authentic 60-year-old wallpaper: discoloured on all sides and ripped in a few places. However, as you can see, the results speak for themselves! I really love my new vintage wall, but the biggest surprise came afterwards… (more…)
Once the school year starts, it’s as though someone has hit the fast forward button. You’re so busy policing homework, calming tantrums and rolling out the go-to-beds that it’s summer break before you know it and you’ll be scratching your head, wondering where all the time went.
The good news is that it’s possible to stop time from speeding by so quickly and you won’t need a time machine to do it. All you need is a camera and some great school year photos ideas. Below you’ll find 4 ways of using everyday moments to capture your child’s school year in a meaningful way.
Idea 1: Photograph a day in your little one’s school life
Take photos of things as commonplace as their school lunch box!
Once your little one becomes an adult, these everyday items will turn into symbols of happy, carefree days. Capture them on camera and give your child a way to remember their childhood. For ideas of what to photograph, head to our ‘A day in the school life of’ pinboard.
Idea 2: Take photos that capture their childhood dreams
Remind your kids how enthusiastic and eager they were as children.
A child aspires to be a Fireman one day then a Vet the next. Use creative ways to take photos that will remind your little one of what they aspired to be. Who knows? It may become a source of inspiration in the future. For ideas, head to our ‘When I grow up I want to be’ pinboard.
Idea 3: Photograph the friends they had before Facebook
Caption: No two friends are the same. Take photos that capture what made each friend unique.
Sadly, as the years go by, we tend to fall out of touch with the friends we made during our childhood. Give your child a way to hold on to them through pictures. When you spot a good moment, just grab the camera and take photos of all of them: from the friends they made at summer camp to the elderly neighbour who told scary stories. To inspire you, we’ve pinned some lovely examples on our ‘Friends I had before Facebook’ pinboard.
Idea 4: Take photos of your child’s favourite toys and games
This will arguably be the photo that will make them smile the most.
Just think of Pac Man, Lego or any old toy or game you loved as a child and you’ll be smiling in no time. Give your kids a reason to look back and smile as well. Take photos of the toys and games they love in fun ways. Be inspired by the photos on our ‘Games and toys’ pinboard.
Here’s a tip! Once you have a great collection of photos, use them to create a fun photo book dedicated to capturing their childhood and school year. You can add the photos to one of a pre-design photo book, we recommend one of the books under the Children theme, or start from scratch.
Which ever way you chose to go, it’ll surely be a book they’ll love to have as a keepsake.
In the middle of a busy week at Albelli, with everyone buzzing about and glued to their screens, Joline (one of our talented designers) sits quietly at her desk, paint brush in hand, calmly dipping it into different watercolour paints to create summery flip flops, star fish and straw umbrellas.
Joline’s lovely watercolour paintings
Turning paintings into clip art
Sure, it seems a little curious to see watercolour paintings in an office so dominated by all things computer-related. But take a closer look and you’ll see the beginnings of what eventually became the Beach holiday pre-designed photo book.
In order to get started, Joline carefully compiled an inspiration board to get her creative juices flowing.
After creating several beautifully detailed paintings, she then selected her favourites to digitally convert into the clip art design elements that frame your photos. The result is breath taking!
“So much work goes into creating each pre-designed photo book, more than you’d expect,’ explains Joline, “Each one requires us [designers] to take a more artistic approach rather than a deliberate one.”
That’s why you’re coming away with actual works of art when you opt for one of our pre-designed photo books!
You may have noticed that we have been adding lots of new pre-designed themes to our website recently. We set one of our colleagues, Kelly, a challenge to see how quickly she could put a pre-designed photo book together. Kelly decided to use the ‘Modern magazine’ theme (one of our classics) and it took her no time at all! She simply had to upload her photographs, add them across 24 pages and place her order.
So take a trip down memory lane with Kelly, and check out what she got up to when she was in the America earlier this year!
We are thrilled to be able to share with you a 5 chapter series of how-to videos, so you can really see how simple it is to create and order your photo book with Albelli. If you’ve never made a photo book before, then this is a great place to get started!
The sun is shining, the kids are off school and the beer gardens are in full swing! There are still a few weeks left before the end of the summer holidays, so here are some top tips for capturing great photos during your time off. Tip: use these photos to create your holiday photo book!
Things to think about before you go on holiday
1. Give your camera a quick test. If you’ve just treated yourself to a new camera, it may be handy to take it for a test drive before you set off on your holidays. Scope out the most important features and make sure you know the basics of how it works.
2. Have a think about which format you want to save your photos in. If you’re looking to use your photos for a photo book, select a higher-resolution to get that extra-sharp finish when printed. Check your camera’s manual; you might be surprised to find some useful tips and tricks.
3. Make sure you have enough memory cards and batteries when you’re out and about. There’s nothing worse than the ‘memory full’ or ‘battery low’ signs flashing on your screen and having no back up with you.
Albelli Top Tip: Stuck abroad with no battery left on your camera and you’ve forgotten your charger? Some camera stores will charge your camera for you if you find yourself in this situation.
How do you take the best photos for your holiday photo book?
Last Monday Albelli Photo books were awarded a fantastic 4 out 5 G’s by The Gadget Show, a result that we are extremely pleased about!
Jon Bentley, the host of the show, compared Albelli’s creator tool and photo book print quality to 10 other entries. While we’re confident about the quality of our products, we couldn’t help holding our breath watching Jon zap through the testing process on TV!
The hosts commented that “The variety of pre-designed templates make this an easy to use package and the print quality was really great”.
And we are super happy that they found our new pre-designed books as simple to use as we do!
The wedding! You’ve planned for it and thought about every single detail (including how to get uncle Tom there on time) but when it comes to photography, the wedding photographer takes over.
Of course, having your wedding photos taken in a professional way is very important, but you are the only one who can decide how your wedding day should be captured.
So take the time to list down moments you want to see captured in your collection of wedding photos. Here are some wedding photo-worthy moments to consider.
Must-have wedding photos
Of course, getting a photo of the actual proposal is tricky but well worth the effort! Get a friend to tag along or follow you paparazzi-style. The proposal is where everything starts and all you need is one shot!
The couple at home
Everything is, after all, about the couple. So take some casual and fun photos that show who you are as a couple. Add some to your wedding photo book to add an unexpected twist to your story.
The seamstress understands the bride like no other. She’s the one who makes the bride’s vision a reality and definitely deserves to be included in your wedding album. Capture the story behind your dress by taking a photo while being fitted.
The pastry chef
When it comes to the wedding cake, don’t just photograph the end result. Take photos of how it was created at the bakery and the talented pastry chef who did all the hard work.
The hanging wedding dress
Your beautiful wedding dress deserves to be photographed on its own. Make sure it’s hanging in an ideal spot and that you get a pretty hanger for it.
Waiting for the bride
Oh the anticipation, excitement, and drama just before the bride makes her first entrance! It’s definitely worth capturing on camera!
These are just some ideas to get you going. Start thinking early! Take time to make a list of all the moments you definitely want to see in your wedding photo book That way, you’ll be sure your photographer delivers exactly what you’re looking for!
It’s a familiar scene. The sun light dancing on the water’s surface captivates you so much, you just have to take a picture! You need to get a bit closer to take a perfect shot and even though it’s risky, you inch forward… and whoops, a slip-up! There goes your digital camera splashing into the water! Don’t panic… if you act quickly, there’s a good chance you can rescue it.
The first impulse is to see if your digital camera still works by turning it on (or turning it off then on). This is never a good idea as it tends to cause the camera to short circuit. Once you’ve fished the camera out, remove the battery as quickly as possible. Then remove the memory card (and lens if that’s possible).
Once you have everything apart, dry each one using a hair dryer blowing cold air. Better yet, close the battery and memory card compartments and place your camera in a bag of uncooked rice for a day. Using a separate bag, do the same for the battery and lens. Rice is a natural moisture absorbent and will make everything dry.
It is said that for every second a camera was in the water, you need a day to let it dry. We’re not sure if this is exactly true, but it’s a good indicator of how long you the drying process needs to be.
After a day, remove your camera from the bag of rice and open the chambers to allow the interior to dry. Do this for a day before assembling your camera again. Should it still not work, then repeat the whole process again.
Good luck and remember, next time… mind the feet as much as the scenery!
“Writer’s block is much like photo selection block, only with photos instead of words.”
- F. Deckers, our very own Photo book specialist
If you’ve ever created a photo book before then you’ve probably asked yourself: how on earth do I go about deciding which photos to include? Does this sound familiar? We’re not surprised.
One way to overcome this conundrum is to select your photos in stages.
Photo selection – round 1
Begin by deciding what your photo book will be about. If you want to make a book about your wonderful summer memories then gather all your summer and holiday pics and select the ones that show the best highlights.
Photo selection – round 2
If you still end up with too many photos on your plate then worry not, it just means you’ve reached the second stage of ruthless elimination. At this point, only photos that mean a lot to you and are visually pleasing will prevail.
Let’s take a look at the photos below. They made it through selection rounds 1 & 2 because of the stories and memories behind each photo and because of their matching, vivid, summery colours.
Now observe how these photos come together below. See how photos with blue and red colours are correspondingly placed on each page. Also note how the right page is based on a ‘water’ theme while the left is based on a ‘beach’ theme. Arranging photos by theme of colour is an easy way to get great results.
So the next time you set about selecting photos for your book, first start by deciding what the book will be about, then select the most meaningful and beautiful photographs that complement each other and together, tell the stories you never wish to forget.
If you’re ready, why not start creating your book of summer memories now