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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

Around The World in 80 Photos – D.I.Y Photo World Map

August 10, 2015
With Summer practically over, we’ve been reminiscing on the fantastic photos that we took on our travels in 2014. We wanted a way to display our photos that was a little out of the ordinary – something special that reminded us of the fantastic times that we had and the wonderful places we visited. We wanted to go BIG with displaying our photos and make it a real centre piece for everyone to admire (and admire they did!). For our World map photo project, you’ll need: A world map Travel photos – whether these are your own or images from your ‘bucket list’ of places to travel to. These can be printed in a variety of sizes – it’s completely up to you! Coloured pins String or twine Blu-tac All in all, this project should take around 2-3 hours – but the beauty is you can keep adding and adding the more you travel. Let’s begin! Step 1: Pin or blu-tac your map to a wall – depending on the size of the map & amount of pictures you have, you’ll want to leave around 30cm of space (if possible) around each edge. Step 2: Arrange your photos at random on a table, a select one to begin with. We found that a ‘close your eyes and point’ method worked best for us. Now comes the tricky part…finding the country on the map! Just kidding – we’re sure you’re smart enough & didn’t have to use Google Maps like us. Position your photo around the edge of the map and secure with blu-tac. Where you place it is completely up to you, we’ve gone for quite a random variation, with some photos near the country they were taken in, and some on the opposite side of the map. Step 3: Using twine or string, measure the distance between your chosen photo and the country it was taken in, cut to length. Using a coloured pin, secure one end of the string to the map, placing it in the correct country. Secure the other end of the string with blu-tac behind the photo – this works best if the string is taut against the map. Repeat for all photos until you have an even spread around the edge of the map. Top tip: If you have currency left over from your trip, secure small amounts behind the relevant photos or on the map for extra impact. This could also be done with ticket stubs or any mementos you have leftover from your trip. Step 4: Stand back and admire! There are so many different variations that can be creating using this idea – we mostly used our standard 6’x4’ prints, with some cropped to fit, but when we add to the map we’ll be trying some different sizes and styles, like our retro prints. We also had the opportunity to use an A1 sized map, but this project could be done on a smaller scale using an A3 map as well.

Making the most of your photos with OrganiseMyPhotos.co.uk

July 10, 2015
If you’ve ever thought of making a photo book, but time has got the better of you – never fear! We’ve got some top tips from our friend Marie over at Organisemyphotos.co.uk, who has helped some of our customers create amazing photo books…over to you, Marie!  ”Taking photos in today’s modern world of many devices and gadgets couldn’t be easier and with everything being digital it’s easy to take 3-4 pictures of exactly the same pose or view just to be sure you get the best possible picture. Yet, how much time do we have to then spend managing those hundreds of pictures taken on a single trip or holiday – there’s the sorting out, deleting duplicates, storing them somewhere safe and then actually showcasing our favourite ones to friends and family…..this is where photo books become the perfect solution. The only issue for many of us is finding the time to actually create a great book! I love to take photos, in fact I take hundreds myself so I know how time consuming it can be to look after and treasure them. I also love to do all the organising and creating of photo books too, which is when I started creating books for family and then friends of family. I used to work for the Travel Industry, selecting hotels and destinations for holiday brochures so I have a good eye for detail and what looks good. I’m very conscious that photobooks are very personal – confidentiality and care of your photos are extremely important to me as well as the care taken in creating your photobook.   Examples of some of the photo books Marie has created for customers Every customer and photo book is individual but there are some general steps I follow when creating photo books, which are as follows: Firstly I establish whether my customer would like me to design the whole book i.e. I propose the type of book, the colours, the font etc etc. or does my customer know all this detail and advise me in advance. I find many customers have some ideas and prefer to discuss options with me. – Customers also indicate how they’d like their photos presented, e.g. roughly how many photos per page, any templates they do/don’t like and how many pages they want their total book size. Once this is established I can then provide a quote. – The customer then needs to send me the photos. If these are hard copy prints (often the case when customers decide they want to do something with all their older photos) these are simply posted to me via recorded delivery and I will return them in the same way once I have scanned them. If the photos are digital then customers can download them to me or can post them to me on a USB stick. I always discuss this with customers to see what works best. – Dependent on the type of book being created and any captions

The Football Photo Wall by Alex Emery

June 23, 2015
A few weeks ago, a tweet came through to the PhotoBox account that intrigued us… I covered my wall in 252 iconic football photos and made a video to document it. Thanks @PhotoBox. https://t.co/6uTXOyliWP — Alex Emery – YouTube (@AlexEmeryYT) May 29, 2015 Alex had decorated an entire wall of photos, using PhotoBox prints and wanted to share it with us – but these weren’t just any photos, these were the 250 most iconic moments in football. We asked Alex to explain more about the project, and we thought we’d share his video as well…over to you, Alex! ”Photography is often under appreciated; I believe there is so much power in the ability to capture a single moment forever. A few months ago I came up with the idea to design my own wallpaper made up of individual photographs, something that I knew would be 100% unique. I’m a Reading FC fan and have seen my club battle in the Championship and struggle in the Premier League, so having a constant reminder of Mikele Leigertwood surfing on a sea of supporters would make losing away to Sheffield Wednesday that little bit easier. In the history of the game there have been thousands of iconic moments, so I knew choosing my final 252 would be a tough process but luckily my Facebook friends were a great help. The wall is covered in a range of different moments, from Bobby Moore lifting the World Cup for England to Lionel Messi’s debut, but the beauty lies in the fact that every photograph tells its own individual story. ”  

Celebrating Dads at the National Portrait Gallery

June 21, 2015
Dad’s are unique – just like works of art. That’s what we think anyway, and we wanted to come up with a special way to show Dads just how much they mean to their loved ones. We came up with a plan – for one night only, we would host an exclusive exhibition at the prestigious National Portrait Gallery in London, where the Dads of the nation would be hung alongside the likes of David Beckham, Kate Middleton and the Queen. To find Dads worthy of the honour, we asked PhotoBox fans on social media to share photos of the Dad in their life with us. There were 3 categories – ‘Dad Loves…’, ‘Fun with Dad’ and ‘Favourite photo of Dad’. The first two categories were judged by journalists from the Guardian and the Telegraph, while the final category was judged by hundreds of PhotoBox employees and from our friends at our sister brands Moonpig & Sticky9, everyone had 3 votes each to use wisely. So we had our winners – what next? Oh not much…we just had to print and create an exhibition in 4 days, no big deal. On Wednesday 10th June, we arrived at the gallery just as the final tourists were leaving for the day, and we watched as it was turned into our very own Dad Gallery – read on to find out more from the winners and see how it turned out on the night… The entrance to the National Portrait Gallery, plus the view inside the gallery Our winning customers… Winners Elysia and Josh (who together, make up Ellie and Josh photography) travelled down from Buxton for the event, and were extremely excited to see their photo ‘Oscar and Josh’  in our Dad Gallery. The story behind the photo made our hearts melt as well… ‘’Hi I’m Oscar, and this is Josh (he’s the big one) and he has the biggest heart of anyone I know. Even though he’s not my biological Dad, he has always treated me like his own Son. He looks after me whilst my Mum goes to work (she’s a wedding photographer, something she started doing when I was born- she says I am her mini muse!) He met my Mum when they were both at school and she says that if I grow into half the man that Josh is that she’ll be real proud. Josh loves lots of things, he loves my mum and he loves climbing, star wars, cups of tea and loads of other stuff I think is boring… but he says the thing that he loves most in the entire world is ME! :D’’ Customer Kathryn Giornail with her Dad’s portrait – ‘1950s Italian in London’ Kathryn’s portrait just screamed ‘cool’ to all of the PhotoBox team, and was one of the most commented on photos during the voting process. Kathryn’s description of the photo made us love it even more… ”My fab dad – over from Italy and hanging out in the Italian