Monday, January 26, 2015

Instantly Framed Review: Framed Photos From Your Smartphone

by Kristina Rust Photography

If you are like me you probably have hundreds thousands of photos on your smartphone.  While it's nice to scroll through them to relive the moments, it's even better to have your favorite images printed and hanging on your wall.

But the fact is it takes some effort to get them off your phone and on your walls. This is why I am a new fan of the app Instantly Framed.  Instantly Framed is a smartphone app that provides a simple process for printing, framing, and shipping your photos from your camera.  Whether you are using Instagram photos, Facebook photos, or photos from your camera roll, all you have to do is upload the image and in 3 days you will have a beautiful print delivered to your door.

Instantly Framed uses archival printing materials and a beautiful walnut framing in a soft black finish.   You can choose from 3 different print sizes that are in an acid-free archival mat which fit a 12" x 12" frame.  And they've made displaying your framed print easy by providing an option for hanging or using the easel backing.

I had the opportunity to try out Instantly Framed and was thrilled with the beautiful framed photo I received.  Ordering was very easy.  All I had to do was download the app, select a photo (which ended up being the hardest part), choose a photo size and hit send.   The print arrived carefully packed in 3 days.   No more waiting for prints to arrive from the printer (or printing it myself only to realize I'm running low on ink), running around hunting for frames and assembling everything once I finally get it all together.  Now I can just Print. Frame and Ship.

The video below shows you just how simple the process is.

Instantly Framed's flat rate is $65 which includes shipping in the United States.  You can receive $10 off your order (through February 15, 2015) by using the code CIMOMSCLICK10.

Disclosure: I received a framed photo from Instantly Framed for the purposes of this post. This does not influence my opinions of the company or the product. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

A New Year-- New Photo Projects

by: Kristina Rust Photography

Happy New Year!  Can you believe we are embarking on another year!  2015!  Wow!

This is the time of year when I think about the various photo projects I'd like to do.  Last year I completed my fourth Project 365.  Although I must admit, I did an "easier" version which was to capture an image a day using my iPhone.  As they say, "the best camera is the one that's with you."  And for a project 365, I found that to be true.

This year, I'm not sure that I am going to commit to another project 365.  So far I have taken a photo every day...because it's a habit and I love taking pictures.  But I'm not going to put a stake in the ground and say "I'm doing a Project 365."  We'll see, maybe it will be the case but for now no pressure.

I am participating in Xanthe Berkeley's a Year of Creating Time Capsules and I'm also enrolled in Kim Klassen's The Studio and I'm very excited to be a part of both of these projects.  I adore Xanthe and Kim and know that I will be super inspired by not only their work but the other participants.  Registration is still open if you are interested. 

I'm also starting my third year of a 10 on 10 project. A 10 on 10 project is where you take 10 photos on the 10th of each month.  I am in a blog circle (on my business and we each link to one another's posts.  It's a great way to capture every day moments of my family and also connect with a group of amazing photographers.   Click here to see my last post from 2014.

What photo projects are you up to this year?  I'd love to hear about them.

In case you are curious, here is's a recap of my Project 365.  I used the Project 365 app to organize my photos and make these should check it out!

In addition to writing about photography tips, tricks and a good craft project here at Moms Who Click, you can also find me musing about my latest photography projects and client work on my website Kristina Rust PhotographyFacebook Page and Google+.

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.