Great Photos, it’s Possible!

I often get asked how do I take great product photos of my layouts and cards that I create. I struggled with this for some time and I was doing OK.

I would take my photos and they would be good photos but they weren’t great photos. Then a light bulb went off for me the great Lain Ehmann who I talk about all the time because she has these great classes that are always life changing in some way,  had this wonderful class available by Nichol Magouirk and it changed my life!

Now I am able to take amazing photos of my cards and layouts to share with you and surprisingly the majority of the time I take these photos with my iPhone as well.

So all those lovely photos that you see of my cards and layouts that look so awesome are because of Nichol Magouirk’s class. If you ever struggled with taking photos of your products then I highly suggest you take this class, you won’t regret it and you will be posting awesome photos of your products.

Her class has wonderful tips regardless of what type of product you are trying to sell or showcase and the tips make you go ahhhhh why didn’t I think of that.

So go on ahead and take this amazing class by Nichol Magouirk, all you have to do is click right here.

Here are some examples of photos that I have taken since I took this class with my iPhone.

These photos were taken a little later in the day and I liked the shadow effect so I left them alone and didn’t do any editing. I am very pleased with the skills that I learned from the class and I think you would be too.

How do you take your product photos for your site or forums?


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iSnap n Scrap

Have you ever wondered how to get those photos off of your iPhone? There are different ways to accomplish this task and depending on your needs you can choose to follow all the methods that I am going to teach you or you can pick and choose the one that is best for you.

The first method that I am going to teach you is very straightforward and only entails a few steps. Go to the app store on your iPhone or iPad and download the Shutterfly for iPhone app.

If you do not already have a shutterfly account you can create one by clicking Shutterfly.com. Once you have an account all you have to do is open the app on your phone and log in. Create a folder and label it your iPhone pictures. Remember to let Shutterfly access your folders and the location information from your phone.

When you allow Shutterfly this access the location information will be printed on the back of your photo. I do this because I scrap chronologically and this helps me with the project life project that I am working on with my cell phone pictures.

Shutterfly gives you the ability to look through your photos and choose which ones you would like to upload. Once you select all the photos that you would like to upload all you have to do is click upload and your photos will be uploaded directly to Shutterfly.

Now that your photos are at Shutterfly you can log in and review your photos, edit them if you would like to and get them printed.

It really is just that easy by using this method! Before you know it you will have your photos from your phone printed and ready for an album!

Techy Stuff about the App

Now a few things about the settings for the Shutterfly app for the iPhone, the thumbnail cache should be set to unlimited. I have my notifications set up to tell me when an upload has completed and when new photos are on my phone since my last upload. I especially like this feature because I don’t have to review pictures that I have previously uploaded to Shutterfly. I have not logged in with my Facebook account but that is an option if you would like to use that and I do not have the shake viewer on but these are just my personal preferences.


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Importance of Pictures

Earlier this month an article written by Allison Tate went viral. The article was about how mom’s need to stay in the picture and not be afraid to get in the picture with their children.

I read the article and realized how important it is for me to take pictures with my children. My body may not be perfect and I am definitely not the skinniest mom on the planet. I am a tomboy at heart which is why more often than not you can find me in a pair of jeans and sneakers. At home I’m always in a pair of sweat pants and a t-shirt, but this is me, this is who my kids see on a daily basis and they love me. This is why I should always remember to be in the picture!

Yesterday my little one was sick and of course that meant I had to stay home with her. I haven’t slept in about two days and I just crashed with her on the couch. My boyfriend took a picture of us and normally I would be so upset because here I am passed out after not sleeping and taking care of sick child and I look horrible and on and on. The fact is that, this is our life, this is how we look after not sleeping and taking care of a sick child and these moments should be documented as well.

This is what happens when you havent slept in days and you have been taking care of a sick child

The Mom Stays In The Picture is the article that inspired me to realize the importance of staying in the picture. It’s a great article and it’s not meant just for mom’s all people that are the main picture takers in the family need to realize how important it is to stay in the picture!


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