canvas prints

I recently discovered an online canvas print company. Royal Canvas has quality canvas prints at affordable prices. Canvas prints are a beautiful way to display your favorite family portraits, landscapes and personal photographs in a way that feels a modern form of artwork in your home. I recommend you check out the site now because they are offering an amazing buy one get one free deal. The website again is www.RoyalCanvas.com. Check it out today!

get your photos organized.

These days with digital photography, many people never do anything with their files. In the olden days (as in 10 years ago…) people would take their roles of film to a lab and would go back an hour later to printed photos. Those would be added to albums, put in frames or shared with friends. Now people put photos online but often fall behind in actually printing their images. Since I take thousands of photos every year, I have to stay organized so that having photos printed never feels like a daunting chore. Blurb.com is a company that makes the most beautiful photo coffee table books. For my family, I print one book a year and fill it with all the photos I have taken. The key to doing this is not saving all your photos to the end of the year. Blurb has a software called Booksmart that you download to your personal computer. You can design your book any way you like with many page layout options, background colors, fonts, etc. There are a variety of sizes and paper options to choose from. The last book I ordered was over 300 pages (books can be anywhere from 1-440 pages!) The print quality is incredible and the prices are affordable.

Just to make it even easier for you, here is my workflow:

* End of weekend/event/vacation/anything where photos have been taken (could be every Sunday evening): Create folder on my computer and import all photos taken

* Open Booksmart and import the photos from my computer into the software

* Create pages using different layouts. Add text to label events as needed. Save and close.

* This process if done regularly takes about 10 minutes. At the end of the year I order my book and it comes in the mail about a week later. Done, easy easy!

Whether you make photo books or have prints made for your home, don’t let your digital files just sit on your computer. The sooner you get started, the better it will feel to get those images organized in a way that you and your family will enjoy them for years to come!

Custom Photo Books!

A client and friend of mine recently started a company called GLB Designs, designing custom photo books for any occasion. I have had many clients who have wanted to order photo books but didn’t have the time or patience. Gina takes your images and creates a beautiful and unique album using your photographs to tell a story. Whether you are looking for a wedding album, a gift for a relative, or just a family album to display in your home, this company is a great resource! I know how overwhelming it can be when your photos pile up or you have a huge amount so sort through…give Gina a call so you can enjoy your photos for years to come!

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Inspire Me!

I was recently selected to participate in an interview by InspireMe. I was so flattered to be chosen as I was asked to speak about my journey into photography. InspireMe is a website that takes a look at people, places and things that are inspiring. “We all have the power to get what we want out of life, but sometimes life gets in the way….” I was selected for taking my dream of becoming a photographer and making it happen, despite the challenges and bumps in the road. This is a motivating and influential website that is definitely worth checking out. Thank you for choosing me and letting me share my story!!

To view additional work by Beauties & Babies Photography of Los Angeles, please visit: www.BeautiesAndBabies.com

Choosing a digital camera that is right for you…

I have been so busy working I haven’t had time to post new images. I thought I would write about selecting a digital camera sinceĀ  the most common question I get from parents is: “What digital camera do you recommend?” Well, let me start by saying I am no expert. Digital cameras are changing constantly and they continue to improve. Many people who are starting a family or have kids who are growing up before their very eyes want to capture every precious moment. A digital SLR or single lens reflex camera (the big black one with the removable lens) can offer many great advantages. Here are a list of what I feel are things to consider when choosing a camera:

1. Megapixels- This is how big your files will be. The bigger the file the more information you have for enlargements and cropability. But for the average person, you won’t need a 22 megapixel camera because that just means you have to store all those massive files. These days, cameras offer more and more resolution which can be great depending on your needs. Think about what your goals are with these pictures. Will you be making canvas prints or enlargements, 4×6 prints or simply posting to your facebook page? This is a good place to start when choosing a camera.

2. Image stabilization- This is a feature that is built into the lens of the camera or in the actual camera body to prevent camera shake or movement during the shot. This can be a very useful tool in ensuring that your images come out as sharp as you would like. This is something to be aware of when making your choice.

3. Sensor Size- I don’t want to get too advanced on you, but this is something to bear in mind when selecting a camera. Cameras come equipped with different sensor sizes which often effects the purchase price. A full frame sensor means that when you look through the lens, what you see is what you get. Your lens will be true to its range. As a sensor gets smaller, it captures a smaller area of the scene (known as the “crop factor.”) In essence, this means your lenses appear longer as the sensor gets smaller. This is by no means a setback, but for those of you who already have lenses, they will change if your camera has a smaller sensor size. This is just something to keep in mind and ask a camera salesperson about.

4. Speed- Another name for this is continuous shooting mode. Most basic cameras can offer a somewhat rapid fire speed (faster than your point-and-shoot camera). But if you are the person at your kids soccer games hoping to document the series of action shots as they score the winning goal, you may want something faster. Continuous shooting mode allows you to press and hold the camera’s shutter button to capture a series of shots in rapid succession. This is just another factor to consider in your purchase.

5. HD video- Nowadays most cameras come fully loaded with a video camera. Who wouldn’t want that? Well, just be sure that if this is an important feature to you that the video is in HD.

The final things to consider in my opinion are the way the camera feels in your hands and cost. You want to choose something that you are comfortable holding. Do you prefer a light weight camera that is easy to transport or do you prefer something that feels strong and durable? How much do you want to spend and are you getting all the features you are looking for? I recommend going to a Samy’s or Ritz camera store and just try out several cameras. Use the salespeople as resources. It is their job to stay up on the latest technology. Ask them questions and hold a variety of cameras in your hands to see what feels good to you. This is an investment and you probably wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive, right? As I said in the beginning, I am not an expert on what cameras are the best or which camera you should choose. But I do recommend taking the plunge and getting a camera that inspires you to take pictures of your little ones. These are moments in time you can’t get back and why not document them as they happen so you can look back and smile. I promise, you will be glad you did!!

To view additional work by Beauties & Babies Photography of Los Angeles, please visit: www.BeautiesAndBabies.com