5 Printing Options for Your Family Photos

So I got my family photos taken….NOW WHAT?
Nowadays digital photography has really changed the way we take and receive images. Before, you had to develop film and get the prints, or have photos taken and get your choice of print packages. Now, you can get even more photos delivered digitally and share them on various social media sites for all your friends and family to see. You can share your own photos of a school play, a field trip, vacations, or a family holiday instantaneously. How wonderful that you have more digital images than you ever did before! Except….let’s face it. Most of these photos don’t make it past your desktop. All these adorable images you took for your child’s first birthday are not making your hard drive look any prettier (*cough cough…totally guilty*) . Or worse-those gorgeous family photos you just had professionally taken and delivered digitally….are merely floating as your screen saver. You know what they say… photos look better on your wall than on your computer.
So what DO you do with all those photos?
Printing Services
Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 11.17.41 AMThe typical print your 4×6, 5×7, or 8×10 is still a wonderful option for your photos! I personally am a fan of the collage frames because you can include a variety of photos and the arrangement is already done for you! You can fill a large amount of space without spending too much on larger sized prints and professional framing. Additionally, the standard album with 4×6 inserts is a great way to house them if you don’t have room on your walls. I tend to go for the albums that have room for comments. I LOVE going through my parent’s old photos and reading the comments or special notes for each photo taken.
  Wall Size Photo Prints
 Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 8.22.55 AMWhile I love having larger prints on beautiful wood frames, I tend to get overwhelmed
with the amount of framing choices available. It’s hard enough I finally chose the photos I want to enlarge…now I have to find a frame that perfectly matches the photo and my house! Kudos to all those who can make this decision easily. For me, I much prefer frameless options. Canvas prints are my absolute favorite because you have the option of a wrapped canvas, which stretches the image around the edges of the canvas. This creates a more streamline effect. There are newer options available now, including metal prints. I had photo I took at a winery printed on metal and I loved how the texture added to the gritty nature of the photo. All these options are available in a variety of sizes depending on the type of photo you have and the space in your home.
                                                         Photo Books
 Photo Books are becoming quite popular, especially now that you can design and print your own! For me, I love this option because I can create a design that perfectly fits my style, and create a layout that I love. Shutterfly and Tiny Prints are very user friendly and have many template optionsScreen Shot 2015-05-18 at 8.32.44 AM. Adorama has even more options for those who want to have full control of their design. If you don’t have time or don’t wan to deal with the hassle of designing your own, or want to ensure the highest quality, many professional photographers have album options and can create beautiful albums for you.
Customize
If you want something out of the ordinary, try personalizing items you frequently use. I createScreen Shot 2015-05-18 at 8.16.37 AMd coasters using some of my favorite landscape photos and I absolutely love them! If you want something more portable, try customizing your own phone case with family  photos. Or go back to an oldie but a goodie-design a coffee mug so you can enjoy your morning brew while putting those beautiful photos you had taken to good use! Vistaprint & Shutterfly are both great sites that are user friendly and relatively inexpensive.
Stationary
One of my other hobbies for a long while was creating personalized, hand-stamped cards, so I’m definitely a fan of card design. With email and texting so readily available, some people forget about good old snail mail! I have use photos as main images on thank you Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 8.15.21 AMcards, get well cards, or congratulatory cards. Usually I use my landscape photos or something of that sort because, well, it would be weird if I sent a “congrats grad” card and slapped my face on the front…Luckily there are other cards that ARE fitting to include your photo on them. Holiday cards are a wonderful tradition. They allow people  to catch up with what one another is doing, how life is going, and how your family is growing. If you prefer not to send mail, consider using your photos for general stationary. Notepads, post-its, or journals are easy and fun items to customize. Any of the above mentioned sites will have a variety of stationary options.
See? Now you have an abundance of ideas for your images instead of having them hibernate on your computer! Now get out there and do something with your beautiful photos!

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