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We’ve Taken Portraits, Now What Can We Do With Them?

We’ve Taken Portraits, Now What Can We Do With Them?

Congratulations on taking amazing and memorable Surprise Engagement Proposal, Destination Wedding, or Family Portraits in Hawaii! The biggest and best recommendation that I have is to display your beautiful works of art! Whether it’s a giant portrait above your fireplace or in your living room, these are definitely photos that you want to have seen, especially when you have guests over! It also prompts conversations such as: “Wow! Where did you get your photos taken?” or “Remember that time in Hawaii?”

Since it tis the season, here in Hawaii, and the Holidays are quickly approaching, here are a few of my favorite ideas and pro tips from me to you on fun and creative ways to make the most out of your wonderful portraits during the holidays.

  • Obligatory Christmas greeting cards. Although it might sound cliche and everyone does it, I think it’s definitely a Holiday necessity. This is a great way to catch everyone up to speed on what you and your fiancee, spouse, or family have been up to this year!

Pro Tip: Include a little note about highlights from this year. There is a lot that happens in a year and it’s hard to keep an eye on everyone. It’s also a great way to add other new and exciting announcements such as: save the date cards for an upcoming wedding, birth announcement, 1st birthday party, or family reunion gatherings (in Hawaii! *wink*). It’s so much fun to get greeting cards in the mail! It makes me super excited and I always appreciate getting holiday cards and notes from friends, family, and clients (hint hint*). Thank you! It really means a lot to me!

  • Photo Frames for the Christmas tree – I’m a bit crafty and after the initial craziness of the holiday season I find that there are pockets of down time. What I like to do is to send a bunch of my favorite photos to the printer. Then spend some time with family and friends to craft handmade Christmas tree ornaments and listen to festive cheerful Christmas music. It really adds something to the holiday spirit, a more personal touch.

Pro tip. Make photo frames out of popsicle sticks, mini photo frames, scrap booking accessories, a glue gun, and spray glue adhesive. Also, this is the perfect time to debut your new experimental holiday cake recipe and spice things up a bit by passing around the eggnog!

Earlier, we discussed a few tips to display your fabulous Surprise Engagement Proposal, Destination Wedding, or Family portraits. Here are a few more ideas and pro tips to help you survive the holiday season!

  • Swag – Through various websites such as vistaprint, cafepress, shutterfly, and zazzle, it’s a super easy, enjoyable, and a creative way to get everything your heart desires printed into a tangible product! Think t-shirts, cups, mouse pads, oh my! The list goes on and on, in fact…is endless! If you can think it and dream it, you can bet your lucky socks that its on the internet!

Pro Tip: Always make sure to set a budget. I always tend to get sucked in and carried away! I want it! I want it all! I found a helpful app on my phone called “Smart Receipts” to keep track of all my holiday spending.

  • Turn your instagram or facebook feed into a photobook! If you are into mass producing gifts like I am, look no further! One year I made calendars and another year I made photo books for everyone! It was such a huge hit! Now a days you can use your Facebook or instagram feed to generate an album for you!

Pro Tip: Plan ahead. Plan your personalized Christmas swag ahead of time so that you can order it on black friday or cyber monday for the best deals on the internet! The best thing to do is have everything pre-designed and ready to go in your cart. When that sale rolls around, and it will! You will be ready and waiting to press the magic “go,” button on it! However, if you can’t wait around for sales and you need it “NOW!” don’t stress. While I do enjoy ordering from professional print shops it’s not always an available option. For something fast and stress-free, submit photos online to a nearby grocery store such as Walgreens, Longs, or Costco. Most of these places offer a 1 hour photo service or same day pick. *whew!* I know this has saved me many times in the past!

Christmas might seem overwhelming and hopefully with these tips you will feel a bit more prepared on how to tackle the holidays! If all else fails, think WWSCD? Aka “What would Santa Clause do?” Make a list, check it twice, remember the milk and cookies, put a silly Christmas hat on, and add your spin on it by getting those holiday cards printed. It really is a inexpensive way to bring holiday cheer and make someone smile.

If you have any questions or need help planning your surprise engagement proposal, destination wedding, or family portrait session.  Send us a message! We would love to hear from you!

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