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A Moment in Time in England & Wales

August 20, 2015
It has never been so easy to take images of momentous occasions in our lives as it is today. Thanks to digital cameras and smartphones, we can now see every picture we take before we print/share them. Long gone are the days where we would take a camera film into a shop to be processed and then wait expectantly for our pictures to be developed, only to find many of them are no good because they are blurry or the subject’s head has been chopped off. At Photobox we see a vast array of images capturing important moments in the lives of our customers. This infographic reveals the number of life defining events which have taken place in the UK in recent years and highlights the different ways we share pictures with others.  

Pantone photo books: Show off your summer

August 17, 2015
You may have seen that we recently teamed up with a very cool brand, famous for their love of colour – any guesses?  It is, of course, Pantone! Working alongside their team, we’ve created 8 photo books that perfectly match up to their Pantone counterparts. From Tomato Red, to Kiwi Green and Jaffa Orange, there are 8 shades to choose from – 5 of these colours will be available all year round, and 3 are seasonal colours (currently pastel for Spring / Summer).   If you’re a perfectionist when it comes to showing off your photos – especially holiday or travel photos, then the Pantone photo books are perfect for you. Whether you’ve been visiting the spice markets in Morocco, pounding the streets of New York or relaxing by the pool in Spain, we’ve got a colour of photo book to match your photos.   One lucky PhotoBox-er recently spent a glorious week in Santorini, and we thought that our Directoire Blue Pantone photo book would be the perfect accompaniment to show off the white and blue hues of their photos from the beautiful town.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford another trip to Santorini to photograph the book, so we went to the next best place…Brighton! With 7 other Pantone photo book colours to choose from, the chance to show off your your holiday photos are never-ending – how about a trip to Seville featured in our Jaffa Orange photo book? Or your snaps from the streets of New York in our bright Sulphur Yellow? Let us know what colour you’d choose to show off your snaps for a chance to win a Pantone photo book of your own!

Inspiration: Your summer photos on cushions

August 17, 2015
We may be biased, but one of the best things about using your own photos to create a gift or product, is that it gives us a chance to dive back into photos we may have taken weeks, months or years ago. There’s nothing we like more than taking the time to scroll through our (sometimes…) carefully organised digital photo albums, and discover hidden gems that we’d completely forgotten about. Most recently, we scrolled all the way back to our time in Nevada, Utah, the Grand Canyon…and then on to Amsterdam, Portugal, Scotland and finally, New York, to find our perfect shots for this ‘traveller photo cushion’ project. These photo cushions are a great way to add a splash of colour and interest to an otherwise plain, boring sofa. They are also a great way to show off your travel photos to any visitors you have! Top tip: Use text boxes (or circles) to add where you visited and the date. We chose varying sizes of photo cushions, from small to large, and chose bright and dark colours that worked well together. The best thing about the photo cushions is that you can change them with the seasons – we’re already thinking of which photos we want to use next!  Where have you travelled to that you’d like to include on a photo cushion? Let us know in the comments below…  

Weddings: Looking beautiful on your big day

August 14, 2015
Wedding season is well and truly in full swing, and we asked one of our favourite wedding photographers, Elysia, to share some of her insider knowledge with us. So if you’re a bride (or groom!) getting married soon, or just a guest who wants to make sure they look good in all of the photos, read on to find out how… ”Every wedding I’ve been to has been vastly different – from extravagant themed weddings to intimate civil ceremonies; and every bride has been totally unique too. But one thing every bride that ever was has in common is wanting to look beautiful on their wedding day… I’ve come up with my top tips that I tell the brides I work with – have a read, and I assure you will look beautiful on your wedding day (and everyday)! Let Your Guard Down Most of us might think we do a pretty good job of hiding our emotions. We put on a front most of the time, we’re conscious of how we appear to others and what we want to portray – It’s normal. But no matter how good at faking it we are, our faces and bodies can’t help but show how we truly feel, even if just for a split second. Fortunately, my camera is capable of capturing those split second moments! When our guard is down, we show our real emotion. Real joy, fear, laughter, TRUE love, happiness. Capturing that, seeing those moments in front of my eyes, evokes emotion in me – even though I don’t really have a relationship with the people I’m photographing. Because it’s beautiful. It’s real and it’s raw and it’s honest and there is nothing more beautiful than that. If you let your guard down and don’t worry about how you look in front of the camera, and embrace the moment you are in right there and then, then you will look beautiful. Be You (And Happy With You) We’ve already established that real moments are beautiful, and the same rules apply that real is beautiful. I’m not trying to put hair and makeup artists out of business, I think it’s nice to take pride in your appearance and I’d certainly want to make an extra effort to feel beautiful on my wedding day. But don’t try to be something you’re not, be comfortable in your own skin and accept what you look like when you’re not posing for a selfie. We can all make ourselves look however we desire with decent make up and hairdressing skills (I’ve seen Youtube videos of a man who made himself look exactly like Beyonce, seriously you’d never know the difference!) good lighting, good angles, styling, and of course Photoshop.   We can change ourselves into whatever we want to be. We live in a day and age where we have more choice than ever, and we can spend lots of money modifying our appearance, striving to reach the unattainable perfection that we believe is

Holiday photos – top tips from Wild Coy Photography

August 13, 2015
You may remember nature photographer and Instagram-extrodinaire, ‘Wild Coy Photography‘ (also known as Danny Coy), who we’ve previously featured on the blog. Well, we liked his last post so much, that we invited him back to share his thoughts on prepping yourself to take great holiday photos… Top tips for taking great holiday photos ”There’s nothing more exciting than going on holiday and getting some well deserved rest and relaxation. If you are anything like me then having a holiday to look forward to is what makes the rest of the year bearable. Every holiday is different and exciting in so many ways, but the thing that remains consistent throughout are the memories that are created and shared. Nothing can take those memories away, but with time you may forget some of those beautiful moments. This is why your holiday photos are so important. Often by just looking at an image, a memory can be reinvigorated and you get to remember those good times all over again. If you are going to be taking pictures then why not make them as beautiful and as close to the real thing as possible? So many people pack all their luxuries into the case but only bring a tiny little camera. You can get your hands on a very good camera relatively cheaply nowadays and the way I see it is that it’s an investment for the future. Superb sunsets One of the most spectacular sights on your holiday is the sunset. No matter where you are in the world you can never get tired of a sunset. This is where your cheap point and shoot, or dare I say disposable, cameras will fail drastically. They will not do justice to the beautiful landscape before your eyes. The image will appear to light or too dark and the sun will look like a weird shape of bright light. By using a slightly better camera and attaching a neutral density (ND) filter you will almost perfectly capture exactly what you are seeing, and not what the camera is seeing! Family first Another common mishap in holiday photography is the lack of ‘real’ family photos. Its always nice to get someone to take a picture of the whole family together, posing nicely and these images always look great hung on your wall at home but those images that are taken when people are unaware can often be the most memorable. Candid shots are photos taken of people when they are not expecting it and so they are showing you their true selves. Whether its one of your children laughing hysterically at a joke you just made round the pool or your friend playing a volleyball game with some locals on the beach these are the things that will stick with you in time to come. For shots like these, it’s important to have a good zoom on your camera so you can really focus on the person/point of interest. Remember that they shouldn’t know you