Monday, December 15, 2014

Creating Time Capsules with Xanthe Berkeley

By Kristina Rust Photography

I adore Xanthe Berkeley.  If you have not checked out her amazing Time Capsule videos, you should!   Her films are so fantastic and she will inspire you to want to make these types of videos too.   Videos that capture the magical moments of your everyday life.

I've taken several of her classes before and can't wait to join her again in her newest e-course offering,  A Year of Creating Time Capsules.  It is a year long course that will provide participants with tips and inspiration to create films throughout 2015.  If you have not taken one of her courses, I really encourage you to do so.  Xanthe is a fabulous teacher and her work will really motivate you to go out and shoot more films.

Below is a film she created from the Gather retreat that she co-hosted with Kim Klassen.  I was fortunate enough to attend this magical event and love that I have this memory to hold on to.

Hope to see you in class!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Clients

by Kristina Rust Photography

I love giving my clients a little something extra during the holidays...something unexpected to thank them for choosing me to photograph their families.   This year my go to items have been metal ornaments, personalized notebooks and mini-canvas photos.  With all the great holiday promotions going on right now, most of these gifts can be purchased for under $20.

I realize now as I write this post, that I should have taken photos before I packed up all my goodies and delivered them to clients.  But I was too excited to go out and spread my photo cheer and forgot....oh well.

But here are the sites I ordered from (note some of these are affiliate links) and if you hurry you can still get these great gifts in time for Christmas too

Tiny Prints:  I ordered personalized notebooks and metal ornaments from Tiny Prints.  I was very happy with the quality of both products and so were my excited clients.  

I actually ordered the metal ornaments from Shutterfly (Tiny Prints, parent company) and instead of putting the family name I added the year.  It's the perfect keepsake! And right now you can save 40% using the code OURFAVS (offer expires 12/11/2014 so act fast). 

Photobucket: Their 5x7 mini-canvases were the perfect way to share a favorite photo with my clients.  I used the code CANVAS70 and purchased these well made gifts for under $10.  

Friday, December 5, 2014

Time to Order Your Holiday Cards With 40% Off &Free Shipping at Tiny Prints

Did you know that this Sunday is the busiest holiday card shopping day of the year?
It is...but you don't have to wait until Sunday to take advantage of an amazing offer from Tiny Prints.
For 24 hours only, you can get 40% off your order of ANY size plus get free shipping!
Here's how to take advantage of this offer:
1. Go to Tiny Prints and select from hundreds of holiday cards.
2. Personalize your card with your pictures, your text, etc.
3. When you checkout, use the promo code TPCARDS40FS to save 40% and get free shipping.
This promotion is only valid from 12:00pm PT on Saturday 12/6 to 12:00pm PT on Sunday 12/7, so act fast!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Shopping Round-Up!

It seems like the holiday shopping extravaganza starts earlier and earlier every year. This year the Black Friday sales started on Thursday (if not earlier) and the Cyber Monday were more like Cyber Friday sales.  If you have not done any shopping yet you still have time to snap up some great deals.

Here are a few of my favorites.....

Photobucket:  Yes, I've been writing about them a lot lately but have you checked out all the great products they now carry? They have been running some fabulous deals which I have personally scooped up including:
  • Get 70% off your canvas order using the code CANVAS70
  • Get 75% off holiday cards with the code FBCARDS75  (their cards are great....nice, thick card stock and rich colors with a satin finish).

Minted:  Minted is another great card company.  All of their designs are from independent artists, illustrators and painters from all over the world.  I wrote about them last week and gave a sneak peek of my family Christmas card.   For Cyber Monday they have a 15% off + Free Shipping on holiday cards using the code 15CM or 25% off everything else using the code 25CM.   

Tiny Prints:  I love Tiny Prints too.  They have a fantastic selection of cards and photo gifts.  I'm a big fan of their very cute notebooks.  As a Tiny Prints affiliate, I have a 40% off coupon that I can email you (sorry I can't publish it).  If interested, leave a comment below with your email address and I will send it to you.  

Bay Photo:  Bay Photo is my go to lab for printing.  The quality of their prints is top notch and their customer service is outstanding.  I am fortunate to be on their pro-delivery route and have all my goodies delivered right to my door.    Here are the specials they are running through Cyber Monday:
  • 30% Off Fine Art Canvas Prints
  • 30% Off Prints on Photo Paper 16x16 & Larger
  • 35% Off NEW Mid-Gloss Surface MetalPrints in 8x12 & 12x18 Sizes

Here are the additional details:
Artifact Uprising:  If you are looking for beautifully designed products with a simple, modern aesthetic you should definitely check out Artifact Uprising.  I am a big fan of their 5x5 books...perfect for all those gorgeous Instagram photos you've been snapping.  Save 10% through Cyber Monday with the code MERRY.

Moo:  We love Moo's awesome business cards.  They really allow you to show off your work in a beautiful way.  Their thick card stock and unique sized cards are sure to make you stand out.  Today they are offering 25% off no code necessary!

Do you have any other deals that shouldn't be missed?  If so, please let us know in the comments below!