Thursday, August 2, 2012

Guest Post: Brooke Samsonite, How to Make the Most of Your Photos

Today we have a guest post from Brook Samsonite.  Brooke Samsonite (@brookesamsonite) is a twenty-something residing in Indianapolis who is inspired by Lifestyle & Entertainment, Home Décor /Home Improvement, Travel, and writing. Having only recently spread her always-fashionable wings and started freelance writing, Brooke loves to blog (over @ Belts & Bangles and Cooks & Travel Books) about her extensive experiences and offer valuable resources to inspire others.

Thank you Brooke, for your post today!  We greatly appreciate your ideas and agree, it is time to do something with those photos!  

With today’s advanced digital cameras and impressive smartphones, nearly anyone can find the resources to take gorgeous pictures. So why tuck away your photos on hard drives or in shoeboxes? Instead, let your creativity shine by learning to make photos a bolder part of your life.


Collection of prints always looks great on your walls!

Your Home
Personalizing your belongings and decor makes your house feel like a home. So instead of stuffing a wallet-sized photo into a frame on your mantle, create custom decor using the photos you've taken. For example, stretched canvas photos come in all sizes, including large ones that are several feet tall and long. Order one or more stretched canvas pictures of the photos you've taken and hang them on your walls.

Turn a favorite photo into a special mug at Shutterfly!

Gifts
Gifts are an excellent way to make good use of your best photos. Friends and relatives -- especially those who don’t use social media websites -- appreciate pictures of friends and family members as gifts. And if you have other pictures you’re proud of, like nature compositions or cityscapes, you can frame these and give them to who you think will most appreciate them.

Even the most common household items can be customized, like mouse pads, coffee mugs and calendars, so take consider personalizing someone’s morning cup of coffee. It’s even possible for you to create a customized CD cover. Whether you create a special mix CD, picture slideshow or buy a CD and replace the album cover with your own photo, the person you give it to will never listen to or watch the CD without first thinking of you.

Photobooks will become treasured keepsakes!

Albums
Despite the wide range of ways you can fashionably display your photography, sometimes you want nothing more than to place your pictures in a traditional photo album to look at while sipping a morning cup of coffee. Before you start framing your prints on boring plastic pages, consider creating a custom photo album or scrapbook that reflects a central theme. Visit the local craft store to find all kinds of scrapbooking materials, or you can order digital photo books online.

Color Effects
If you want to have a little fun with your photos, try editing them and adding special effects. Whether you want your photo to look like a watercolor painting or a cartoon, you can apply many different effects to your photos.

If you’re taking beautiful photos, why not proudly show them around your house and to friends and family? Photos are meant to be shared.

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