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Top 5 Tips For Taking Festive Family Photos

December 22, 2014
Blogger Snowing Indoors, tells us her top tips for taking photos of kids at this magical time of year! More and more families are sending personalised photo Christmas cards each year, and, each year more and more families are finding out just how tricky it can be getting ‘that perfect picture’ when you’ve got children who just don’t want to cooperate! The easiest way to get family photos is to pay a professional to take them. They will be used to wrangling unwilling spouses and getting the best out of over tired children, but not everyone has the time or money to do this so let me share with you with my top 5 tips for taking your own Family Photos… 1 – Use a tripod or get a friend to take them It’s so much easier than trying to balance your camera on a wall and it’s far less likely to slip or fall off and break. If asking someone else to take them, set the camera up, explain exactly what you want, maybe even take a photo to show them an example and then let them shoot away. 2 – Remember, you don’t have to be looking at the camera. Being asked to stare at a camera and smile is stressful, you worry that your smile isn’t natural, what should you do with your hands? Have you got lipstick on your teeth? Have they taken it yet? The more you worry, the more forced your smile becomes. The way to counter this is to opt for a more natural pose, if you’re a couple, lean in and give your partner a kiss on the cheek, if the kids are there, turn them upside down or get everyone to look at the person nearest and smile at them instead of the camera. These ideas result in far more natural smiles and make the photo session more fun. If all else fails go with humour, wrap the kids up in fairy lights, photograph your reflection in a bauble or get everyone a santa hat to wear, the more fun people are having, the better the photos. 3 – Use natural light When taking photos outdoors it’s best to look for light shade, trees are perfect for this, you end up with beautiful, filtered light and it’s not too dark. Try and avoid standing out in the glaring sun as you’ll end up with harsh shadows in your pictures and increase the likelihood of your family squinting down the camera lens. If you’re taking your photos indoors, try to ensure you’re in front of a large window so you get the best light. The golden hour, the final 90 minutes or so before sunset, is a perfect time to take photos as the light is soft and golden (hence the name). 4 – Location, location, location Find a lovely old brick wall or painted fence to stand in front of. Maybe go to your favourite spot in the woods or go

Decorate your mantelpiece this Christmas with Love Chic Living

December 16, 2014
Interior Design blogger, Jen Stanbrook of Love Chic Living, shows how you can decorate your Christmas home using PhotoBox products. Jen has used: Snow Globes  Christmas Cards Collage Canvas

The Three Kings

December 16, 2014
The Three Kings follow the PhotoBox star with a very special gift… Create your own personalised phone case here

A Clear Case of Christmas Cheer

December 16, 2014
If you haven’t met yet, then let us introduce you to our fantastic new clear cases for iPhone 5/5s – the ideal Christmas gift for the loved one in your life who is constantly chopping and changing their mind or style. You can design a range of different stickers to use with the case, and chop and change them as you please. The clear case gives you the opportunity to change your case with the seasons, the weather, or even your mood. We’ve chosen a few festive photos and picked our favourite ways to make this case even more unique, by getting crafty and adding a little bit of sparkle…imagination required! Idea #1 – Make it sparkle You won’t find anything that says ‘festive’ like gold glitter does – we’ve added rather more than a sprinkling along the edge of one of our stickers. The best part? The clear case will protect you from getting glitter everywhere whenever you take a call! One of our PhotoBox team members also came up with the great idea of adding sparkle using star & number stickers..easy peasy, and perhaps not quite so messy. Idea #2 – A little Washi tape can go a long way   Never heard of washi tape? Well it’s about time you did. Available in tons of different patterns – from stripes to polka dots, and even floral print – this tiny roll of tape packs a crafty punch. We’ve picked a few of our favourite summer pics so far to match with the pale blue background. Add in some blue chevron tape to match and you’ve got a case that will see you through till Valentines day (when it’s time to change again!) Idea #3 – Diamantes, darling We’ve had customised cases with diamantes before, and have always found they fall off within seconds of us using our phone. Not anymore – add a sprinkling of diamantes underneath, above or on your favourite snap & the clear case will protect them from falling off. Brilliant! Idea #4 – Pom Poms Take what you think about pom poms & forget it – they aren’t just for clowns and wooly hats your Grandma has knitted you. Believe us when we say, they work rather well on a phone case. Don’t believe us…take a look for yourself.   Would you think about doing some crafty DIY on your clear case? Let us know what you’d add in the comments below…    

Make your own Instagram Advent Calendar

December 12, 2014
  Hands up if you’re an Instagram-a-holic? Us too. We’ve lost count of the amount of pictures we’ve snapped and filtered this year. It’s now the beginning of December, so we have decided to combine our favourite photos with one of our favourite Christmas traditions – the advent calendar. In true crafty-style, this can be created at home and doesn’t require too much work – we recommend a Sunday afternoon with some mulled wine and a festive film on in the background. What you’ll need: 1 x Empty A2 Frame 1 x ball of string or twine 25 x small envelopes (coloured or plain, your choice) 25 x small wooden pegs 25 x your favourite Instagram shots to use on our 5 x 5 prints Pins Box of your favourite chocolates / sweets…you’ll need to save at least 25! Number stencils Paint – any colour Glitter – any colour Step 1: Using the stencils and envelopes, paint numbers 1 – 25 on your envelopes. Leave to one side to dry. Step 2: Using the string or twine, measure from one side of the frame to the other, cut and secure tightly with pins. Step 3: Fill each envelope with a treat of your choice (make sure you’ve got something extra special for the 25th!). Pair each envelope up with a print – we’ve chosen prints from throughout the year, but you could go with a particular theme, like all Christmas photos, or photos of your child’s favourite toys. Step 4: Decide whether you want your advent calendar to go in a random or numerical order. We’ve gone for a mixed up look but it’s completely up to you. Clip each envelope, with a print behind it, onto the string using the small wooden pegs. Ta-da! You’re all done As you countdown the days, turn the prints around and clip in front of the envelopes. You’ll be able to remind yourself of all the fun you had in 2014 every time you turn a print around and countdown the days till Christmas. Finally… Display your Instagram Advent Calendar where the whole family can admire it and get involved. We’ve added a string of fairy lights around the outside of ours – you could try tinsel, or even holly branches. Order your prints here, and get started on your very own photo advent calendar.