So the “big” day has come and gone. You’ve been waiting and waited and they have finally arrived. What’s that you ask? Your wedding photos.... Read More
So the “big” day has come and gone. You’ve been waiting and waited and they have finally arrived. What’s that you ask? Your wedding photos. So now what? Yes you can certainly store them in your traditional photo album for the occasional viewing. But now you can do much, much more.
The modern bride has a multitude of multi media options for not only viewing but for sharing all those beautiful photographs. I have found that a photo is one of the most intimate, special, cherished gifts that one can receive. In most cases I send people pictures of themselves, but there is nothing moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas love more than photos of the kids and grandkids, especially around Christmas time!
Here is a list of my favorite ways to share photos!
Check out Blurb Books http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/category/Wedding. There you will be able to customize wedding books with text and photos of your special day. The prices aren’t bad and they make a spectacular present. The other thing I like about them is they are much more display friendly, I know I pick mine up much more often than standard albums, as they usually live on our coffee table. Get ready to hand out tissues to mom and grandma!
If your a MAC addict you can also make photo books using their software that comes standard on most Mac Books. I find it to be pretty user friendly but I must say I prefer Blurb above all else.
Another cool idea is making wedding photo calendars. Not only useful, but your family will get to re-live the precious moments from your wedding all year round. I found my favorite designs for photo calendars at Minted:
The other neat thing about the site is if you dabble in print design, they offer contests with a chance to feature your winning design and an additional $500 to boot! Not too shabby if you ask me.
Christmas and wedding thank you cards offer yet another option for sharing those photographs with loved ones. I personally love Pear Tree:
They have a great selection of designs and colors sure to suit a variety of tastes!
Lastly, instead of traditional framed portraits, I love the new canvas photos prints that have become more and more popular over the past few years! There are a ton of online options, however, when it comes to photo printing, nothing beats working with the local photo shop. There you will get a comparable price and assurance that your photos will not be cropped in a strange way.
Certainly this is only a small list of the hundred options available online. Hopefully this peaks your creative interest and gives you some fun new ideas for both gifting and personal viewing!
Good luck and happy photo sharing!