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Countdown to Mother’s Day – 3 Days to go

March 24, 2013
  So the countdown is on… 3 days until Mother’s Day, where breakfast in bed and a thoughtful gift are going to be expected up and down the country. But at PhotoBox we thought we would start enjoying Mother’s Day early, by honouring all the wonderful mothers for everything they do. On Facebook we have been honouring a Mother a Day since Monday, by finding inspirational mothers from science, television and film (so far) and sharing with you their parenting stories both joyful and some upsetting. Life sometimes really isn’t easy for mothers. For example Michelle Heaton (British Pop Singer) who gave birth to her first daughter Faith Michelle, in January 2012. She has since had a double mastectomy and reconstructive breast surgery, whilst staying strong for her daughter and husband when knowing she also has a 30% chance of developing ovarian cancer. Unfortunately her daughter has been given a 50% chance of inheriting her mother’s mutated BRCA2 gene.     But for the likes of Angelina Jolie who may not be going through such hard times, it must still be extremely tough looking after her biological children plus her adopted children. Although some may see her as controversial – it is clear that Jolie and her partner (Brad Pitt) do all they can to give underprivileged children and second lease of life, which cannot be questioned.     So if you’re interested in reading some more inspirational parenting stories then check out our Facebook page – http://on.fb.me/WuWpLH. We also have a Mother’s Day Pinterest board that includes loads of great ideas to get you inspired for Mother’s Day, so check out our Pinterest to be inspired: http://bit.ly/Z2wBBF At last, but definitely not least we are getting involved with Mother’s Day on Twitter. Follow us at @PhotoBox and check out the Mother’s day hash tag #PBXMothersDay to get involved.    

Hello, or should I say, G’Day!

October 20, 2012
  So at PhotoBox we want to share our great products with as many ‘Neighbours’ as possible. That’s why we’re excited to announce we’ve yet again met the needs of our customers, branched out to somewhat sunnier shores and launched in a new country. So we’re very pleased to say ‘G’day’ to new our new customers and we’re ‘Skippy’ with excitement, but can you tell where it is yet? Yes, we’ve expanded to Australia! We’re so proud to say that our friends down under can now enjoy the same brilliant PhotoBox experience as our UK & Ireland customers. So they’ll be able to feel at home with the same great PhotoBox feel but all of our prices are now in Australian Dollars. Even better than that, we even have exclusive offers just for our Australian customers, plus so much more! Head on over to www.photobox.com.au to upload your photos and start your journey. Have a browse of our brilliant range of products, and I promise we’ve done more than just turn the page upside down! With 30% off your first order when you’ve registered, we’d love to see your photos from down under, and hopefully with a little more sun than we’re having in the UK! Watch this space for our next adventure, it’s exciting times at PhotoBox 🙂
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Framed Canvas Prints: Like eyeliner for your photos

October 4, 2012
  Hello there PhotoBoxers! So as the long nights draw in, and those days spent sipping drinks in the sun get washed away, you can always trust Photobox to be the bearer of great news! We’re always really excited to launch a new product, and this one is a corker! We care about your photos as much as you do, so we know that sometimes there are those really awesome photos that deserve something a little special… cue our new Framed Canvas Prints to take your photos to a whole new level of wow! Framed Canvas Prints use the same high quality canvas as our Canvas Prints, but with a 5.4cm deep and 1.9cm wide wooden frame, think of it as eyeliner for your photographs! All the wood we use in our frames is responsibly sourced and FCS certified, which will help you feel not so bad about those thoughts you had about Christian Grey. The range comes in 3 different finishes & 8 different sizes from a not too small 30.5cm x 20.3cm, but we think a framed canvas looks better the bigger it is, and our 76.2cm x 50.8cm frame wouldn’t look out of place on the wall of the Tate. A frame of this quality should really be reserved for your most special memories, but we won’t tell anyone if you use a snap of your cat with a cheese single on its head. We guarantee that all of your friends’ jaws will drop when they see how stunning your photos will look framed!  
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PhotoBox Launches New School Cards Venture

September 26, 2012
At PhotoBox, we’re putting the fun back into Christmas fundraising Yes, I can hear the groans already. Fundraising- fun? Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? Not when it comes to PhotoBox-powered fundraising! We’re launching this great new programme called PhotoBox School Cards. (No, don’t start groaning again, these aren’t those painfully-posed school photos glued onto cards – not by a long way). Remember, these are PhotoBox cards. So they’re all about celebrating creativity – in this case, the creative powers of the school art lesson. Here’s how it works: Teachers (and PTA members) organise a workshop or class project to design Christmas cards (or any other kind of card for that matter – you might as well create the Thank You cards at the same time, so there’s no excuse for not sending them after the holidays). Each teacher can then scan and upload the kids’ final designs to a secure microsite we provide at no cost to the school. The kids take the weblink home and show off their –and their classmates’ – creative masterpieces to the family at home on the computer. The final card design process becomes a family affair – everyone can chip in, and no-one has to clean up the leftover glue and glitter afterwards. Ordering the cards – a bargain at just £7.99 for a pack of ten 5”x7” folded cards printed on high-gloss paper, with envelopes – is simplicity itself, connecting directly into the PhotoBox shopping cart. Because it’s all online, it’s easy for anyone to order the cards – all parents and teachers (and kids) need to do is let everyone have the URL. And here’s all there is to the fundraising part – for every pack of ten cards sold, PhotoBox will return £2 to the school. It’s so easy, and all your friends and relatives will be so bowled over by the kids’ creative efforts, that no-one will even notice the fundraising part! You could even say it’s child’s play (OK, we’ll let you groan at that one).  

5 Top Tips For Taking Great Holiday Photos From Annabel Williams

July 18, 2012
Now that the summer holidays are here, you’ll want to be out and about with your cameras! Annabel gives you some ideas to turn your holiday snaps into something really special. 1.   When you’re taking shots of your kids on a beach, try and compose your pictures so you can’t see the people in the background.  If it’s really busy, either zoom in close, or try shooting upright shots to help tighten the picture and shoot through the gap in between people!  Often, just by moving your own position, you can avoid things in the background. 2.  Try giving the children something to do – let them build a sandcastle, or pick up some sticks and get them to write their names in the sand.  This will provide lots of opportunities for you to zoom in and get some really natural shots, while they play – and shoot them with the sun behind them so they don’t squint when they look up at you. 3.  Try shooting a sequence of shots, rather than just one – often you can produce a set of 3 shots to go together on your wall, as with these shots of reflections in a swimming pool, below. And if you really concentrate on what is in front of you, you often start to see more detail, rather than accepting the first shot you take. 4.  For a really dynamic effect, try tilting your camera at an angle to produce a more interesting effect. 5.  Think about your compostion – there is no right and wrong – it’s a matter of personal taste!  Try moving your camera so your subject is in different areas   of the picture – left, right, centre etc – and shoot them all!   Then decide which one you like best later. If you really love shooting pictures on holiday – give yourself a project!  Think about shooting your own photo book – this will help you concentrate on what you are shooting. So, instead of just taking one shot of something, you can spend more time thinking about how 3 shots would work together on the page of a photobook – it really makes you more creative when you have already decided your pictures are going to be on display! Photobox are now giving you a choice of matt or gloss finish for some of your Wall Decor – images of water, sea and swimming pools for example, look amazing on glossy paper, because the colours look much brighter.  Whilst pictures of old doors & windows look great on matt paper, because it really enhances the textures. Have a great holiday! Annabel x