June Weddings and Photo Projects

Like many other people I was married in June. Why is June a popular month for weddings? One website says it’s because according to the Celtic calendar, couples started courting on Cross-Quarter Day of Beltane and were supposed to get married on the next Cross-Quarter Day, August 1.  Turns out they couldn’t wait and would get married in June. Other website theories are 1- because it honors Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, 2 – because the soon-to-be pregnant wife could still help during harvest and a child would be born in the spring, 3 – due to the fact May was “bath month”.

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For whatever reason it was the tradition stuck and I have been seeing #ThrowbackThursday photos of friends’ weddings all month. This year was my tenth anniversary. I really wanted to post photos of my wedding to Facebook and Instagram but realized my pictures were all on film and I hadn’t had many of them scanned since then.

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I knew just what to do. I went to the Kodak Picture Kiosk in our office and used the Kodak Rapid Print Scanner to scan in prints that I took out of our wedding album.

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After I scanned in my photos I was able to save them to a CD using Kodak Picture Kiosk. Now I had them in a digital format so I could post them to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

While I had them on the Kiosk I could have also made extra prints, cards, calendars and more.

This is a great thing to be aware of if you like doing projects with photos. I have nearly fainted in the past when discovering someone has cut up an original 20 to 50 year old photo for scrapbooking, crafting or displaying. Especially if you do not have the negative DON’T CUT UP YOUR OLD PHOTOS! Visit a Kodak Picture Kiosk and make copies!

Here are some of my favorite photo projects for weddings, showers, honeymoons and anniversaries that you can use those special photos for!

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Carry people who mean a lot to you down the aisle in the form of photos attached to your bouquet or boutonnière. Mini-prints on the Kiosk work well for this!

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Display old family wedding photos on vintage plates at an anniversary party or wedding reception.

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You can craft these photo holders from corks. Display photos at each table or make them as favors.

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The corks also fit in candlesticks!

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Photos attached to tea bags make cute favors for showers or receptions.

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These photo match boxes are super cute too! “A perfect match!”

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A co-worker did this for her parent’s 60th anniversary party!

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Remember your honeymoon with photo projects too… like this “sand globe”.

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Or a scrap box to hold photos and other honeymoon mementos like tickets, shells, and other trinkets.

There are many more ideas at Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you to get started.

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Here are some great photo apps that are Kodak Alaris partners that can also help make your wedding unique.

Send 8mm film or VHS tapes to iMemories and get back a video to play at your party or reception.

Have wedding guests share with you the candid pics they shot during your special day using WedPics app.

Personalize your photos with elegant designs and make cards with Chappters iPhone app.

Don’t forget, when it comes to photography and weddings you always want to hire a professional photographer so you know that all those special moments will be captured. You won’t regret it years later.

 

 

Spring Break Memories

Did you get away this year for Spring Break? If so, let me start by saying, lucky you! We decided to wait until summertime for a big trip (what were we thinking?!). And the calendar may say Spring, but here in Rochester, NY a glance outside confirms we’re still in winter’s icy grips.

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Winter storm “Vulcan” just last week (when did the meteorologists start naming winter storms, anyway?!)

Fortunately, we were able to take a great beach vacation last summer and I’ve surrounded myself, in the office and at home, with pictures and projects from that trip to keep the memories alive.

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Check out the Sand Box, Glass Photo Block and a variation on the Photo Poster on our Tips & Project Center.

If you, too, are looking for ways to make your vacation last, here are some ideas to get you started.

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Vacation Photo Book: Alongside the photos from your trip, include other memorabilia. Simply scan some of the mementos at the KODAK Picture Kiosk and include with photos from your vacation to create a unique vacation Photo Book. Use ticket stubs, restaurant menus, drink coasters and more!

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For the Foodie:  Sampling the local cuisine can be a highlight of a great vacation. Remember your favorite meals when you create a collage to hang in your kitchen at home.

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Seashell Photo Holder: Don’t let all those seashells you collected during your beach vacation sit forgotten in storage—use them to display your favorite trip pictures.

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Map It: A map of your getaway spot makes an excellent background to showcase your vacation photos.

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Photo Jars: Collect seasonal items, along with a favorite vacation photo, and place them in a pretty glass container for a nice memento.

This is just a start.  Check out theseand other great vacation projects on our Tips & Projects Center.

Brighten up your home (and mood) with photos!

This time of year you might start to feel some twinges of spring fever. You might feel like doing some spring cleaning or changing up your home decor. Decorating with photos is an easy and beautiful way to refesh your home.

Turns out, some experts say that looking at photos can have a positive effect.

Woman’s Day recommends that you put photos on the fridge to improve your mood in five minutes. They point out that we look at our refigerator 27 times a day, so it’s a good opportunity to look at something that makes you happy. “Research shows that the happiest people have many joyful family photos displayed in their homes,” says Caroline Adams Miller, coauthor of Creating Your Best Life.

This Yahoo article “How to Cheer Up: 5 Proven Mood-Enhancing Things to Do Right Now” also recommends photos as a way to feel better. UK’s The Open University showed in a study that looking at your personal photos is a better mood enhancer than other traditional activities like eating chocolate, drinking wine or listening to music. They suggest keeping photos in plain sight and occasionally switching them up is a great way to improve your mood.

Considering that looking at photos can make you feel better, displaying more photos around your home seems like a good idea. There are lots of creative ways to use photos in our home decor projects featured in the Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Here are just a few.

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Photo window frame – Have you ever seen an old window frame sitting out by the curb? Grab it next time and make this cool photo window.

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Family tree mural with photos – show off your family with this life size family tree.

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Glowing photo frame – Warm up your home with this easy to make backlight frame.

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Photo wreath – striking compliment to your mantlescape!

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Photo dishware – perfect for your old family photos. Make copies at a Kodak Picture Kiosk so you don’t ruin the originals.

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Oh and for your fridge? Check out these photo magnets made from upcycled bottle caps!

The DIY steps for all these photo projects are available in the home decor section of the Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you to print all your photos for these ideas.

Sports Party

It’s winter school break in our part of the world and despite the cabin fever, we are stuck at home for the week. I thought a good way to end the kids’ vacation would be to let them have a few friends over on Saturday. Since there just happens to be some major international sporting events taking place, we decided on a sports-themed party.

The first staple of any good party—the food. I know we’ll need lots of it considering the pack of pre-teen and teen boys we expect as guests. In addition to the typical junk food, I plan on preparing the Sporty Party Food, using pictures of the boys’ friends and the US flags. I will probably make the sliders shown here, but these food picks work well for a variety of foods, especially desserts.

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I’m putting the boys in charge of decorations, and they have the rest of the week to work on that part. I wouldn’t be surprised if I see lots of USA flags and pictures of skiers, skaters and snowboarders when I get home from work.

For favors, we’re going to make these Photo Party Favors. Luckily, my nephew is just moving into his first apartment and was going to get rid of his old sports trophies. So I grabbed those up and we are going to spray paint them red, white and blue and add photos of the boys’ friends.

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Now I just have to come up with some ways for the kids to burn off some of the energy and excitement that’s sure to result from watching the televised sports.  I guess I could always send them out in the snow to play…

Lastly, I have to find a way to work the new buzzword of the season into the party. If you have any suggestions for a creative way to incorporate TWIZZLE, please comment below!

You can find more sports themed party and photo project ideas on the Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Chatting with Melissa Love for #KodakMoment

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Mother, graphic designer and photographer, Melissa Love was the very first person we featured in our #KodakMoment series in the UK, where we ask people to tell a story in three photographs. Melissa moved from Brighton to the beautiful fishing village of Fowey in Cornwall two years ago and finds that photography provides her with the perfect opportunity to be creative and relax. We caught up with her to ask her what makes her tick…

You can see Melissa’s three #KodakMoment photos below:

Probably the most photos I take are of my kids when they don’t know I’m there. I tuck myself out of the way. They don’t pose – they’re bored of me!

Q: What drives you to take photographs?
A: Once you start seeing something you get into the habit of good composition, and with my graphic design background you see everything with a good frame. I find it very relaxing.

Q: What cameras do you use? Film vs digital?
A: I use both film and digital. I have a digital SLR Canon 5D MK2, and sometimes my smartphone is easily enough for my needs – I have a lot of camera apps on my phone. I’m a big Instagrammer. I like the discipline of using film too, and I also have an old Polaroid camera.

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Melissa’s daughter Grace having fun with the sprinkles during a baking session

Q: What inspires you to get out there and shoot?
A: What doesn’t! I usually get inspired when I’m out somewhere with my kids, taking them to the beach. I also do a lot of street photography – any situation can inspire me. It can be mundane, or it could be a shot of dream weather. I have to consciously not take the camera with me sometimes.

Q: What are your favourite subjects to photograph?
A: Probably the most photos I take are of my kids when they don’t know I’m there. I tuck myself out of the way. They don’t pose – they’re bored of me! They’re used to it, as I’m not up in their faces. Grace is a complete show-off, and Lily doesn’t want to be left out.

Q: Which photographers do you admire and why?
A: Alain Laboile. He takes pictures of his kids – he lives on a muddy farm and his photos are stunning and very different. He has really inspired my work. My favourite photo of all time would be one of his.

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Grace larking about outdoors during stormy weather

Q: Do you like having your photo taken?
A: I’m trying not to mind it. There’s only one photo of me together with my children, and my new year’s resolution is to ask a photographer to take a photo of all of us together. I love looking back at old photos of my Mum and I want my children to know how I looked at various points in my life, too. You can’t wait forever – you just need to get on with it.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: I eat lunch at my desk – as I don’t have that much time due to working within school hours, I will be eating a bowl of noodles while working, while being on the phone to a client – sometimes they can hear me slurping.

Q: What would be the first thing you’d rescue in a house fire?
A: After my children, my Mac!

Q: Tell us a secret about yourself.
A: I can make balloon animals, including a sausage dog, a cat and a bird on a swing!

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Grace signalling to a family friend that changing nappies is a smelly business

To see more of Melissa Love’s photos visit: Website www.melissalove.co.uk Twitter @melissarachlove; Instagram @melissalove

Want to get involved with #KodakMoment? If you can tell a great story in three photos, get in touch with us on the UK Facebook page

New Year’s Resolution: Do more with your photos

Twitter and Facebook has been full of posts about New Year’s resolutions. I was reading a friend’s blog post about goals for 2014 and noticed that “Take more pictures and do something with them” was on the list.

It might seem like we are taking more photos than ever with our mobile phone cameras always on hand along with Instagram and Facebook making it super easy to share them. But what do we do with all those photos?

At the beginning of the New Year I looked back over a lot of pictures from 2013 to write a recap post on my blog, make slideshows to post to Facebook and see how I did on my New Year’s goals. I think everyone would agree it’s a lot of fun to look at pictures whether they are from the past year or twenty years ago.

Do you have lots of photos that are buried on your hard drive? Trapped on your mobile phone? Why not set them free where you can enjoy them every day?

Display Your Pictures

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What better way to enjoy your photos than to put them on display in your home where you can see them all the time? There are so many options. Perhaps a formal wall arrangement where you can match the frames and photos or maybe create an eclectic arrangement.

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You don’t have to go with typical frames in a wall presentation. Try something like placing photos in an old window frame, tying them to a tree branch in a vase or clipping them to a wire strung across two nails. Not only is it a fun way to display photos but it makes it super easy to swap the photos out and refresh them each season or holiday.

Check out some of the home photo display ideas and projects featured on the Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Tell a Story with Your Pictures

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Shoeboxes filled with photos have been replaced by computer folders full of jpegs. There really is no substitute for flipping through a real physical album of photos. You can tell a story with your photos and captions in a photo book and then it’s there on your book shelf or coffee table ready to relive at any moment.

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Your stories don’t have to be grand adventures either. It’s not just vacations and weddings that can be recorded in a photo book. Something as simple as the season for your garden or your child’s baseball team can make a great subject for a photo book.

Here are some tips for telling stories through photo books to help get you started.

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A really easy and quick way to tell a story with your photos is with a collage. There are so many ways you can enjoy a collage print of a collection of photos from a party, outing or just an afternoon outside. Hang it on your fridge or brighten a wall at the office.

Use Your Pictures

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Put your pictures to work and then you get to appreciate them every time you use them. Like with these photo bottle cap magnets. Bills and reminders are so much more pleasant when they are being held up by a smiling family member’s photo.

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Get creative with your photos. Use them for napkin rings, cupcake toppers, or gift tags.

Check out some of the fun ways you can be using your photos here.

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Do you stand in the card aisle looking for just the right card with just the right message? Why not make your own? Nothing is more personal than a photo card with your OWN picture and message. Not only for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day but consider using your photos for thank you cards, invitations and congratulations.

Don’t forget about giving photos as gifts. Whether it’s a photo book or a framed print, it’s a gift your friends and family will love and look at for years to come.

Hopefully these ideas get your mind going.

Kodak Picture Kiosk, the My Kodak Moments mobile app, and My Kodak Moments Facebook app are there to help you reach your photo resolutions for 2014!