Heartfelt thanks

After all the hard work of planning a wedding and then the hustle and bustle of the big day itself has died down, there is still one big task to accomplish.

Thank you cards.

When faced with expressing your gratitude to the friends and family who joined you and supported you on your very special day you may be left with lack of words. A photo card gives you more options for making a card unique. Here are some ideas for photos to use in your thank you card.


Make a plan with your wedding photographer to get a shot on your wedding day of the two of you holding a Thank You sign. It can even be handmade in your own writing – it still gets the message across.


Take a moment during your honeymoon to take a picture for your Thank You cards. Something as simple as your handprints and wedding bands in the sand make a charming card photo.


Getting married is a big news but moving to a new address after the wedding is big too! Share your new address with everyone in your thank you card and feature a photo of you in front of your new abode.

Photo thank you cards help you express how you feel beyond words. These creative ideas will help you design a card that will make the recipients want to hold onto it. And photo cards aren’t hard to create. You can even use a photo you snapped with your phone when you were on your honeymoon. With the My Kodak Moments app, you can make prints, collages and these Thank You cards right on your phone.

The app can be downloaded for iOS or Android here.

Kodak Moments for Any Type of Dad

Great dad’s deserve something special on Father’s Day. We have ideas for cards and DIY photo gifts that are perfect for lots of different kinds of dads.  card-FB-06-16

Is your dad an avid fisherman? Promise a day of fishing along with a picture from a recent fishing trip on his card.


Kids will have fun making this fishing pole that tells Dad what a great catch he is.


Let a Dad who travels a lot know he is the best in the world.


Upcycle old pocket watches with photos so he can take his favorite people with him on his travels.


If your dad is a handyman around the house, let him know how much you appreciate everything he does with your card. You can even use a throwback photo of him hard at work.

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A framed photo makes a great Father’s Day gift, especially if it is a customized frame for someone who likes to tinker around. Use duct tape, nuts or wrenches, just don’t take them out of Dad’s tool box!


Even if dad is more of a “new tie” for Father’s Day kinda guy, the right photo in a card can make him melt.


Keep with the tie theme and add his photo and a paper tie to a treat jar so everyone knows whose snacks are inside.

You can make these cards and print the photos for these projects at a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you or with the My Kodak Moments app.

Find more photo gift ideas and inspiration for Father’s Day in the Tips & Projects Center.

The most wonderful time of the year – last day of school

After Christmas and birthdays, the last day of school might be the most exciting day for a kid. It’s pretty good day for teachers too and for parents… well maybe it’s not their favorite day.

Whether you are a kid, a teacher or a parent, here are some project ideas that use photos that will make that last day a fun one.

For kids:


See your friends off on summer vacation with a sweet sendoff. You can add text to your photo with the Kodak Picture Kiosk before stapling it to the bag of candy treats.


Or you could add a powdered drink mix and a crazy straw to a photo for a summer treat. Both of these are quick and easy goodies to make for classmates.


You can’t forget about your teacher. Make a thank you gift that they will really enjoy. Add some garden tools and a photo with a message to a flower pot that your teacher can use over the summer.


Kids might need help with this project but what teacher wouldn’t love this colorful wreath personalized with their photo to hand in their classroom?

For teachers:


Let your students know how much you enjoyed having them in class with a sand pail and a photo to remember you by.


Take a picture of each student holding a sign stating what they want to be when they grow up. When combined into a collage, it makes an adorable print for parents to look back on.

For parents:

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Photo greeting cards are the perfect format for creating Keep in Touch cards. You can add text including contact information and a photo (so kids can tell Sally from Sarah), that will help friends stay in touch and have play dates over the summer.

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After a year of classes you might have a big pile of artwork, tests and report cards. Scan them in at a Kodak Picture Kiosk and make it into a photo book to cut down on clutter around the house.


Don’t forget to take a picture of your little student on that last day of school to pair with a photo from the first day of school. You will love seeing how they grew over a year. If you just took a quick picture with your phone, you can print these photos with the My Kodak Moments app.


Since there are long days stretching before you until school starts again, a photo to-do list will help the kids stay on task.

All of these projects and more can be found on our School Tips and Projects page.

Inspiration for Graduation


There are new designs to choose from for Graduation announcements and matching Thank You cards at Kodak Picture Kiosk and the My Kodak Moments app. These photo cards are super handy if you don’t have a lot of time to wait for announcements. You can visit a Kiosk near you or even use a picture on your phone to create cards fast.


While you are printing cards, why not print out a few pictures for these projects for graduation? Save a tassle with a photo inside a clear ornament for a graduation keepsake.


Create a “Break in Case of Emergency” bottle for a graduate that is heading off to college in the fall.


Don’t forget about the little graduates! There are card designs just for them available too.


Use a photo to create a diploma for the lil grads that they will be able to look back on in the years to come.

Find more graduation photo projects and ideas in the Tips & Projects Center.

Tips for Mother’s Day

Take it from the talking Kiosk in the video. Mom will love a card that is made just for her.


You can add your own photo and message when you make a card on The My Kodak Moments app.


And since you probably already have the perfect picture on your phone, using the app makes it easy to add it to a card.


You know Mom loves pictures of her favorite people, so why not make her a special gift using photos? A picture frame made from a book is a great gift for a mom who loves to read. Pick a book that is her favorite or has special meaning like Little Women.


Upcycle old silverware to make these charming photo holders. These are especially cute as place settings at a Mother’s Day brunch.


Show off an entire collection of pictures that will make mom smile with this DIY photo mobile made using wood embroidery hoops.

Find more Mother’s Day photo gift ideas and inspiration in the Tips and Projects Center.

How and Why I Shoot Kodak Professional Film at Hawaiian Weddings: Guest Post By Wendy Laurel

Wendy Laurel is a film photographer who shoots weddings, families, and lifestyle work on Maui, Hawaii.  She was selected as a PDN winner in the annual Top Knots wedding photography competition for 2015 and her work has appeared in many wedding publications and blogs, such as Pacific Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Snippet and Ink, 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, and many more.  She lives on Maui with her husband and four children.

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Why I shoot film at weddings here in Hawaii is something I get asked all the time.  All. The. Time.  The simple answer is easy — I shoot film at weddings because I love how it looks. I shoot Kodak Professional film and I find that it gives me the colors of Hawaii that I see with my eye here and does it in a super pretty way.

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I am not a super technical person. They way I can explain what I see with film that makes me want to shoot it exclusively is Kodak Professional films’ colors, the depth in the image, the way film handles light.  Film images always draw me in.

I also have fallen in love with the process of shooting film.  For me, the simpler my process is, the freer I am creatively.   With film, I am freed from looking at the camera back, from worrying about the camera settings beyond the basic aperture and shutter speeds.  That simplicity keeps me in the moment with the people in front of my camera and inspires me creatively.

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People sometimes wonder how I shoot film at weddings as if it was a harder process than digital. But I don’t think it really is.  Here are my go-to’s for shooting film at weddings.


For the majority of the wedding, I shoot with mainly my medium format camera – the Contax 645.  I also carry a 35mm camera – the Canon 1v with a wide-angle lens, which I use for photojournalistic type shots, movement, and some fun portraits.  I also pack 2 back up cameras just in case.  You never know at a wedding what will decide to break.

I have a ton of film cameras that I love to experiment with.  I love my Rollei sl66 and my toy cameras (Holga and Lomos) and fun and different lenses.  But I pick only one “extra” camera to bring with me to a wedding. And I preload that camera with the film it will need and I usually shoot only 1 or 2 rolls through it during the bride and groom portrait time.  I have found that in older cameras and lenses, using Kodak Ektar film works really well.  The strong colors and contrast from Ektar help work against older lenses loss of contrast.

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I use an old shoulder carry camera bag as my film bag. It has three compartments, which I use for the three different speeds of film I will use during the day.  In each compartment, I have a zip lock bag of unwrapped 120 rolls of film.  On top of each bag is a replacement insert for my camera (Contax 645) loaded with that sort of film.  For me, that’s one compartment of Portra 160 and Ektar 100 mixed (my daylight outside films).  The second compartment has Portra 800 (my favorite inside or nighttime color film). And the third compartment holds Kodak Tri-x 400 (for nighttime reception shots).  There is also an empty Ziploc bag that I use to put in all my shot film.  I also put a couple of spare batteries in my film bag.

On the outsides of my bag are two pockets. In one is Kodak Ektar 35mm film, in the other, Kodak BW400CN and Tri-x in 35mm.  Those are for my 35mm camera- Canon 1v.

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I love to shoot weddings with someone by my side. It makes the day go smoother and I love having someone to chat with and bounce ideas off.  My assistant carries my film bag and reloads the spare inserts for me. When I finish a roll of film, I just turn around and open my camera back, he hands me a new insert and I hand him the insert with the finished roll.  Then he reloads that for me while I’m shooting.  Easy. Peasy.  He also shoots here and there as inspiration hits him.

Of course he doesn’t always have to stand right there with me. In slower times of the day, like the getting ready, I might be with the bride and he will be with the guys and I reload the film myself.  But in the busiest times of the day, its especially handy to have his help reloading the film.

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I shoot film all day and all night. So the reception is shot on all film as well.  For nighttime shooting, I like to bring a variety of lighting tools — 2 video lights and 2 flashes.  The video lights work great for first dances and cake cutting.  I set them up on nearby tables, or one on top of my camera and one held by my assistant while I shoot black and white film.   I have flashes for both the Canon and the Contax and I use those also. Flashes work well for dancing shots and candids.

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For me film is all about both the look I can achieve in my images and the process itself. I find myself being much more creative and artistic with film in my camera.  I love experimenting with things done in camera — double or triple exposures, light leaks, super wide angles or older cameras and lenses.  Its really the fun I have with shooting film along with the images I get back that keeps me committed to film.

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Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard


On the go? Traveling? Need to make high quality photo prints, greeting cards, and photo gifts in your car? Mobile Photo Printing has finally come of age with the new “Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard” from Kodak Alaris.

The Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard can be easily installed in any late model car or truck equipped with a dashboard and an Internet Connection*. Optional “hands-free” voice control and an extra-long print delivery chute for your back seat photo enthusiasts are also available. In addition, a range of colors and trims are available to customize your Dashboard Photo Kiosk to match your car’s décor or to express your own unique style.

The many uses for the new Kodak Picture Kiosk Dashboard are only limited by your imagination and the amount of print media you have packed in your trunk.


  • Amuse the children on those long car trips by printing out photos of them arguing, fighting, and making faces at each other.
  • Tend to get lost and don’t like disembodied robotic voices telling you what to do? Take a picture at every intersection on the way to your destination, print them all out, and use them to find your way home.


  • Never lose your car in a parking lot again. Print out a picture of your car to document where it is parked and place the print in your pocket or purse. Problem solved!


  • For you new Parents and Grandparents never be without a true to life “Baby on Board” sign with a photo of your actual baby that will create an emotional connection to really encourage responsible driving.


  • Need to send another driver a subtle suggestion on how they can improve their driving skills and like to keep both hands on the wheel? Take a photo of your most helpful hand gesture, print it out, and keep it handy.


  • Feeling guilty about damaging someone’s parked car? Simply take a picture of an undamaged area of the car, print it out, and tape it over the damaged area. Good as new!


  • Make your own custom photo bumper stickers that will put those weird stick figure family decals and 3 letter oval stickers that no one understands to shame.
  • In a hurry? Want to use HOV lane and don’t have any friends? Print out a passenger** with our new poster printer upgrade or send the photo print order to one of our retail partners and pick it up at the drive thru.


  • Driving home and forgot your significant other’s Birthday, Anniversary, and Valentine’s Day? Simply take and print your best “Duckface Selfie” and add a written comment that conveys your true feelings and commitment to the relationship. This personal keepsake will be cherished remembered for years and it only took minutes to make.
  • Save money on stamps. Print your postcards in intended recipient’s driveway and deliver them yourself.


  • Print apology cards with a “sorry I parked so badly” message and your most sincere “Regret Selfie” to put on someone’s car that you totally blocked in an over filled parking lot.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have not yet specified a “prints per mile” standard for this device…

…and please be safe, don’t print and drive!

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*           Wireless internet connectivity recommended.

**        Not recommended for use in states and jurisdictions with “High Vehicle Occupancy” lanes.

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