Fizara DIY Wedding Albums & Canvas Prints http://fizara.com Design-It-Yourself Wedding Albums, Photo Books and Canvas Prints Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:09:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Improve Your Food Photography with Tips from a Pro http://fizara.com/improve-your-food-photography-with-tips-from-a-pro/ http://fizara.com/improve-your-food-photography-with-tips-from-a-pro/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:52:11 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=10571 Have you ever wondered why those beautiful desserts on your favorite food blogs and in your favorite cookbooks seem to just jump off the page at you? You know, the ones where every single poppy seed tells a story; each drip of glaze – perfection. A beautiful image can make all the difference in translating […]

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Have you ever wondered why those beautiful desserts on your favorite food blogs and in your favorite cookbooks seem to just jump off the page at you? You know, the ones where every single poppy seed tells a story; each drip of glaze – perfection. A beautiful image can make all the difference in translating those savory flavors off of the page or the screen and into your mouth. Food photography is an art. A true foodie knows the value of an image in making or breaking the best recipes. Improve your food photography with tips from a pro.

Izy Hossack is a multi-talented teen who runs the super successful blog, Top with Cinnamon. She blogs mouth-watering recipes and even more beautiful images. In this video by Food Channel, SORTED, Izy shares with viewers some of her tips for taking your own stunning food images. And these aren’t your typical Instagram meal photos. For instance, her Flourless Chocolate Pomegranate Mini Cake looks like a work of art, and the photo – fitting – as it looks like a painted portrait. Izy shares some tips with her viewers about styling, angles, and lighting. She teaches viewers about the exposure triangle: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture and describes in very easy-to-follow terms, how each one will affect the same image in different ways. For example, aperture controls how much of your subject is in focus. A low aperture number, Izy likes 3.2, gives that chocolate cake a very shallow depth of field; bringing those beautiful pink pomegranate seeds into sharp focus and blurring that yummy cake into a soft, blurry background.

Check out her blog, Top with Cinnamon, and take a peek at her newly-published, first cookbook by the same name. Beware of strong hunger pangs and the sudden urge to photograph the Cheetos next to you.

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Are you hungry yet?

See more mouth-watering recipes on the SORTED Food site.

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Meet Lauren Russo: DIY Bride Turned Designer http://fizara.com/meet-lauren-russo-diy-bride-turned-designer/ http://fizara.com/meet-lauren-russo-diy-bride-turned-designer/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:00:18 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=10555 Meet Lauren Russo: DIY Bride turned designer. Lauren, is more than a happy customer; she’s now a Fizara album design software expert, and friend. Lauren used the Fizara Album Design software to create her wedding album, and loved the process so much, she decided to offer her services to other brides! While our software was […]

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Meet Lauren Russo: DIY Bride turned designer. Lauren, is more than a happy customer; she’s now a Fizara album design software expert, and friend. Lauren used the Fizara Album Design software to create her wedding album, and loved the process so much, she decided to offer her services to other brides! While our software was created with the DIY customer in mind, we recognize that not everything has the time, patience, or gumption of a do-it-yourselfer. There are so many choices that it can be overwhelming. There are a ton of us out there who can be inspired to start a new project, and even motivated to get going, but we hit a creative roadblock, or life gets busy, and that fun afternoon project is suddenly a half-finished one from 2 years ago. If you’re interested in a beautiful custom album at a fraction of the cost, you can still get one – with a little help from Lauren. I spoke a little bit with her about her own wedding, her thoughts about album design, and her plans for a Fizara future.

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Meet-Lauren-Russo--DIY-Bride-Turned-Designer6Oh my, I love weddings! After planning my own, I definitely have much more of an affinity and appreciation for everything wedding related! My husband and I had a fall wedding in early October. We had the bridesmaids wear deep plum stain dresses with the groomsmen wearing dark gray tuxedos, with light gray ties and plum colored pocket squares to subtly tie the men to the ladies. Our reception was at the Jericho Terrace where they have the most beautiful room with a giant dome window that sits above the dance floor and is lined with LED lights that fill the room with color. My husband and I knew the minute we walked into that room that this was where we wanted to have our reception! It was so elegant!

Meet-Lauren-Russo--DIY-Bride-Turned-Designer5Planning our wedding was actually a lot of fun that I thoroughly enjoyed (I actually really do miss it!). The day of our wedding turned out to be beautiful, despite what the 10-day, 5-day, and even right up to the day before weather forecast said, which was rain, rain, rain and more rain! My initial reaction was panic, especially because our intentions for a majority of wedding photos were to be outside overlooking the harbor down in Port Jefferson. However, I remember being in denial about the weather up until the Monday right before the wedding, I was at work when I called my sister crying as I came to the realization that as much as I tried to will the Universe to change the forecast from rain to sun- it didn’t seem to be happening. And seriously, I am so grateful for my sister; she really was a great support throughout the whole wedding planning! She wound up talking me off the ledge and then immediately started searching the internet for cute umbrellas that we could have rush delivered for all TWENTY-THREE people in my bridal party (umm, yea…my husband and I kind of went all out Oprah- “You get to be in our bridal party! And YOU get to be in our bridal party! And YOU! And YOU!”)! Sure enough, on the day of the wedding the weather could not have been lovelier! The sun was out for most of the day, it really only drizzled briefly later in the evening when we were already in our limo on our way to the reception! Perfect, right?! Well, oddly enough, a part of me is a little disappointed that it didn’t rain and that we didn’t get to use our fun umbrellas. I think the pictures would have turned out really cute!

Meet-Lauren-Russo--DIY-Bride-Turned-Designer2The wedding day just flew by and before we knew it, it was over! I’m convinced that there is nothing any couple can do to prevent that from happening. I think it’s just the nature of the day. I was pretty bummed when it was over; I felt like the whole day was a dream, one of my most favorite dreams, but really, only a surreal-like out of body experience. Thank goodness for photographers and videographers because once I started getting some photos back, I started to feel better. Initially, when we got our pictures back from our photographer we had all intentions of going through him for our wedding album.

Meet-Lauren-Russo--DIY-Bride-Turned-Designer1Now, I loved our photographer, he really did the most amazing job, but when I found out how much more money it was going to cost, I started looking into other options. So I scoured the Internet looking into DIY wedding album designs. I looked into a couple and checked out their reviews as well as any YouTube videos showcasing different sites and their products. I actually even wound up downloading some software from a couple of different album designing sites, Fizara being one of them. Fizara’s software, out of the all others, was extremely user friendly with a lot of designing features that allowed me to be super creative. Pre Fizara, when I was planning to have my photographer do our wedding album, I remember him suggesting that as I was choosing pictures for the album, that I choose pictures that help tell to the story of the day. This advice was something I kept in mind while designing my own album- and something I will continue to carry on as I continue to design albums. I wound up choosing Fizara’s 11×14 Classic Flush Mount Photo Album in metallic pearl color. I was truly able to customize every detail of my album; the thickness of the pages, the amount of pages, as well as being able to alter every page to my liking. I ran into a minor glitch on my computer while designing my album, so I immediately contacted Fizara’s customer support via email, and that same day I received an email from support on how to trouble shoot my issue. I really could not have been more impressed with how helpful Fizara support was; their advice worked perfectly. When I finally ordered and received my album, it far exceeded my expectations! It came out more beautifully than I could have hoped! Thank you, Fizara!

Meet-Lauren-Russo--DIY-Bride-Turned-Designer4I loved creating my album so much! I loved how Fizara’s software easily allowed me to be as creative as I could be. I truly cannot be more excited to continue to put the same energy and compassion into creating albums for all the beautiful brides out there!

To work with Lauren, email her at mydesigns.Lauren@gmail.com

See her whole album, and other great albums, here.

To see more of Jeff Tisman’s photography work, visit his website.

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How About Using a Drone or a GoPro For Wedding Videography? http://fizara.com/wedding-videography/ http://fizara.com/wedding-videography/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:41:31 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=10510 Living in the age of technology, it’s not entirely surprising to see that brides and grooms now have more options than ever for capturing their special day. One of the newest and most rapidly growing trends in wedding videography is the use of GoPro cameras or drones (one photography company calls them “quad-copters” to avoid the […]

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Living in the age of technology, it’s not entirely surprising to see that brides and grooms now have more options than ever for capturing their special day. One of the newest and most rapidly growing trends in wedding videography is the use of GoPro cameras or drones (one photography company calls them “quad-copters” to avoid the connotation of war zones).
 

 
As the technology advances and becomes more readily available, more and more couples are opting to have an electronic, un-manned option for capturing some of the most unique wedding videography ever. This video is an excellent example. Editors can excellently pair the edited aerial shots from a drone with upbeat, adventurous music to give audiences a feel for the essence of the wedding.

This drone and GoPro video collaboration is obviously set out to represent the romantic day that was this couple’s wedding, but editing and beautiful shots of their beach venue and the positive vibe that soared throughout the wedding also show how happy these two are to be marrying each other and give the final product a party vibe. Can you think of a better reason to party?

Of course, like everything, there are pros and cons to this route, though the perks of using these methods for wedding videography seem to drastically outweigh the downsides. Results, as well as conditions, will be slightly different depending on whether you opt for a GoPro or a drone camera (or both), but in general, you can expect the same amazing advantages.

No matter which option you choose, rest assured your photographer will be able to capture images of your wedding day from angles and aspects that would never be possible with a hand-held camera. Getting married on a gorgeous beach with clear blue water? A drone can capture all of that, not just from eye-level.

In fact, drones and GoPro cameras can offer some of the most unique ways of saving the memory of your wedding forever. Some brides choose to host the cameras in their bouquets, giving viewers a rare look at what the big day was like through their eyes. Other photographers may carefully position these self-acting, extremely flexible cameras to catch the faces and expressions of the bride and groom in situations that would otherwise be intrusive. One wedding party even attached their GoPro to a whiskey bottle, then passed it around behind the scenes! Talk about a unique way to encapsulate your friends and family as their true personalities at your special event.
 

 
These photographers and their GoPro helpers even managed to make this beautiful wedding feel more like an entire vacation. Less a one-day event celebrating a marriage and more a chronicle of two people celebrating their lifetime of love with friends and family, easily accessible speed effects and time lapsing send this couple’s wedding video from the realm of touching home videos to high quality emotional film making. All with the help of an electronic plus one.

Even if you’re not keen on leaving the photography of the biggest day of your life in the hands of a machine, GoPro cameras and drones can be excellent side kicks for your professional photographer. Not only can they be in places your human photo talent can’t (think right behind the ceremony master during vows, without causing a big scene), since the cameras generally operate on their own, you’re sure to get footage of the wedding that even two pros working their hardest might not be able to catch, including commentary from your great aunt Catherine, or a few hilarious moments of your niece learning a two step.

Undoubtedly you’ve got plenty of questions about just how these drones and cameras work during the event, but the biggest and most important question is: Are you ready to embrace this revolutionary wedding video technology?

 

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A Little Romance for Your Wednesday http://fizara.com/a-little-romance-for-your-wednesday/ http://fizara.com/a-little-romance-for-your-wednesday/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:00:04 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=10519 Time seems to fly when you’re having fun. We know you probably love your job, but for all of us, Wednesdays can be tough. We’re lucky enough to get to look at beautiful images all day long as customers send in their beautiful album designs, but we know not everyone is as lucky as we […]

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Time seems to fly when you’re having fun. We know you probably love your job, but for all of us, Wednesdays can be tough. We’re lucky enough to get to look at beautiful images all day long as customers send in their beautiful album designs, but we know not everyone is as lucky as we are. We get it, and for that, we’ve found some pretty images to get your heart racing, and hopefully make your day a little more fun. The middle of the work week signals there is an end in sight, but it can be a slow climb getting over that hump. We’ve compiled some of our favorite romantic images to help you get to that weekend.  Here’s a little romance for your Wednesday.

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Here’s to a productive work week!

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8 Reasons to Love a Downton Abbey Wedding http://fizara.com/8-reasons-to-love-a-downton-abbey-wedding/ http://fizara.com/8-reasons-to-love-a-downton-abbey-wedding/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:27:56 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=10487 Downton Abbey has us all hooked, and it’s easy to see why. The upstairs – downstairs storylines, the characters deep, dark secrets, and of course, the fashion. Vintage fashion and, of course, those antique rings, never go out of style, and now that the show is such a hit, we’re seeing a resurgence of Downtown-inspired […]

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Downton Abbey has us all hooked, and it’s easy to see why. The upstairs – downstairs storylines, the characters deep, dark secrets, and of course, the fashion. Vintage fashion and, of course, those antique rings, never go out of style, and now that the show is such a hit, we’re seeing a resurgence of Downtown-inspired weddings, period fashion and jewelry, and details. If you love column dresses, crystal headpieces, and over-the-elbow globes, a Downton wedding might be for you. Here are 8 reason to love a Downton Abbey wedding.

The romance

This stunning shot is only a glimpse into the Lady Mary and Matthew romance. There were real gentlemen back it the day. We love Downton for the chivalry and old school romance. The passion and the secrets have us all hooked. We may not employ butlers and valets anymore (or most of us, anyway) but the men, themselves, could still be pretty darn gentlemanly. And let’s not overlook the 3-piece suits.

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The Family

All of the Downton events are lavish, beautiful, and family-filled. The Crawleys come together to celebrate life’s biggest moments together, like the daughters’ extravagant weddings.

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The headpieces

Headpieces are now coming way into style. They’re not just a boho trend, either. They have deep classic roots in the upper crusty British weddings of centuries past. Whether you like strands of seed pearls with flower bouquets, a’ la Princess Leia, or jewel-encrusted combs (see below), the 20’s style was detailed, elegant, and certainly trendy.

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Church wear

Imagine attending the wedding of your nearest and dearest and your Sunday best including a giant floral hat like these? Fashion was indulgent, ornate, and fun. A lady back then always looked her best, especially in public – dressed to impress with every single detail thoughtfully executed. We love to see what they’ll spend the whole morning dressing for, next.

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The details

These beautiful letterpress invitations by Oh So Beautiful Paper are a perfect compliment to the Downton aesthetic: classic and luxurious. They’re understated at first glance, but impeccably detailed up close.

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The jewelry

It’s only the best for Downton brides. Edwardian era jewels and art deco pieces were in style then and antique-inspired baubles are still the rage now. We love this beautiful diamond-encrusted hair piece and can completely picture it on a modern bride, today.

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The wedding dresses

Lady Mary’s dress was simple and elegant. Layers of tulle were nowhere to be found as 1920’s fashion was all about the demure silhouette. This was a silk dress with silk sleeves. The lace went into a ‘V’ at the back with tiny buttons, pearls and Swarovski crystals. Lady Edith’s dress was set off with an antique wedding train and hand stitched appliqué of intricate silver embroidery and crystals adoring the hip.

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And again, the fashion.

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Are you a Downton fan?

All images property of Downton Abbey, PBS

 

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10 Instagrammers You Should Be Following Now http://fizara.com/10-instagrammers-you-should-be-following-now/ http://fizara.com/10-instagrammers-you-should-be-following-now/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:00:57 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=10404 Instagram is the brilliant social media platform that allows users to express themselves and interact with one another through images. Up-to-the-minute snippets from respected and admired celebrities, businesses and photographers allow us to live vicariously. You’d be shocked to learn Instagram is so much more than selfies and photos of pad thai. Amateur and professional […]

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Instagram is the brilliant social media platform that allows users to express themselves and interact with one another through images. Up-to-the-minute snippets from respected and admired celebrities, businesses and photographers allow us to live vicariously. You’d be shocked to learn Instagram is so much more than selfies and photos of pad thai. Amateur and professional photographers have carved out a little corner of the social media platform to share some beautiful images with followers. Here are 10 Instagrammers You Should Be Following Now.

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Zak Shelhamer @zakshelhamer

Zak is a photographer and adventure filmmaker out of San Francisco. His photographs are bright and action-filled, documenting his excursions kayaking, snowboarding, and traveling the world – now as a newlywed. 164,ooo strong, his feed is sure to keep growing.

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Joshua Lott @joshualott

Joshua is a Chicago-based photographer who documents his travels with eye-catching, high contrast captures. His feed is filled with gritty urban shots, beautiful landscapes, and candids.

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Slinkachu @slinkachulittlepeople

Slinkachu is one of the most well-known miniatures artists. Remember those dioramas you had to make in middle school? These are so much cooler. Slinkachu takes teeny, tiny figurines and places them into nature and in urban environments. Slinkachu does not have a dedicated instagram account, this is a fanpage, but once you see these sweet works of art, you’ll be a fan, too.

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Dave Yoder @daveyoder

Yoder is a regular contributor to  National Geographic. That pretty much assures you his Instagram feed is going to be awesome. And it is. His feed is probably just as impressive as his passport. Regualr updates include snaps from all over the world, from stunning landscapes, to street photography, to beautiful portraits – from literally, all over the world.

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Theron Humphrey @thiswildidea

If Instagram had a mascot, Maddie would be her. Theron Humphrey is a Nashville-based photographer who travels the country with his coonhound and best girl, Maddie. What is the wild idea, you ask? Humphrey set out to photograph 30 new people in 30 days, on a whim, and it took off. What began as 30 people in 30 days, became a person, each day, for a whole year – and in all 50 states. Maddie, an incredibly photogenic rescue, Humphrey adopted right before the trip, became his copilot, and through social media, quickly became an Instagram star, herself. Together, the duo have raised awareness for pet adoption and shared their beautiful snaps with thousands.

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Max Wanger @maxwanger

Wanger is well-known in the photography community. He has an incredible eye for beautiful subjects and a really individual style with a penchant for negative space that has many a photographer attempting to emulate his style. Follow his feed for beautiful art portraits and snaps of his sweet family.

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Halno @halno

Halno is a Japanese photographer who travels the world on his broomstick. Literally. Check out the coolest of levitation-style photography in several snapshots of Halno floating over oceans, mountains, and cities all over the world.

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David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder

Guttenfelder is an award-winning National Geographic and Associated Press photojournalist. His Instagram feed is a front row seat to some of the most private places, like inside North Korea, and major global events, like Typhoon Haiyan, that us regular folks don’t have access to.

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Ellen von Unwerth @ellenvonunwerth

Like that gossip magazine you toss into your cart hoping no one will see, Instagram is also home to a ton of celebrity-loving photographers. Give in to your guilty pleasures by stalking celebrity photographer and director, Ellen von Unwerth. She’s a documentarian of all things pop culture.

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Biddy The Hedgehog @biddythehedgehog

Because.. I mean, come on.

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5 Friday DIYs for the Kids http://fizara.com/5-friday-diys-for-the-kids/ http://fizara.com/5-friday-diys-for-the-kids/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:02:46 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=10246 Life with littles is all about finding joy in the, well, little things in life! Kids are naturally curious about the way things work; you’ll see the little wheels spinning as they’re fascinated with putting things together and taking them a part again. Of course, we want to encourage their minds, but for even the […]

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Life with littles is all about finding joy in the, well, little things in life! Kids are naturally curious about the way things work; you’ll see the little wheels spinning as they’re fascinated with putting things together and taking them a part again. Of course, we want to encourage their minds, but for even the craftiest parents, having kids can make tackling your creative endeavors extremely challenging. Gone are the days of browsing the craft store, and alone time – what’s that? Luckily for you, we’ve assembled a few of the cutest do-it-yourself projects from some of the craftiest bloggers – who somehow have time to create, blog, and provide us with the how-to (with kiddos in tow!). For all your weekend warriors, here are 5 Friday DIYs for the kids.

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Leather pouf

One of the necessities of a nursery is a nice, comfortable rocking chair. You’ll probably be spending a lot of time during the day (and night) rocking your babe to sleep in it. A cool leather pouf is a great alternative for a matching ottoman. Brittany Makes has a great step-by-step tutorial for a large, modern, leather ottoman, perfect for propping aching legs up on.

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Bear rug

Animal hide rugs are chic, timeless, and kind of expensive. Add in the fact that a fuzzy friend was an integral part of making that rug and you might want to consider a faux hide, instead. There are some adorable options that have the novelty of a fur hide rug, without the cost or cruelty. Hannah, from We Lived Happily Ever After, shares an adorable bear rug from her toddler, June’s room. She even includes a pattern so you can easily recreate your own fuzzy friend.

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Pom pom rug

Speaking of rugs, this bedside pom pom rug is probably about as cozy as they come. All you need are some toilet paper tubes, yarn, and a nonstick rug mat in whatever size you choose. Get the tutorial, and some great photos, over at Say Yes.

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Animal wall hooks

Leave it to Martha to come up with some of the cutest craft projects around. She has a tutorial for these adorable animals on her her site, and no worries if you aren’t the most artistic; animal templates are included. With hooks this cute, you won’t have to worry about coats all over the floor.

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Crib craft table

What to do with that crib once your little has outgrown it? Repurpose it into a cool craft station, that’s what. This crib remodel is the perfect place to contain all those crayons, corral the kiddos, and create some masterpieces. This is also a great redo for an old, thrifted crib, or an old one that might not be up to code any longer (i.e. those ol drop-side cribs, if you still have one). See the whole craft on A Little Learning for Two.

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Here’s to a productive weekend!

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Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop Weddings http://fizara.com/photographs-that-will-make-you-fall-in-love-with-rooftop-weddings/ http://fizara.com/photographs-that-will-make-you-fall-in-love-with-rooftop-weddings/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:29:54 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=10223 Undoubtedly, one of the most important parts of the wedding planning process is choosing, and securing, the perfect venue for your big day. Chances are you’ve seen a huge variety of options, from traditional churches to beaches to backyards and old barns. Lately, it’s becoming more and more popular to take the high road for […]

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Undoubtedly, one of the most important parts of the wedding planning process is choosing, and securing, the perfect venue for your big day. Chances are you’ve seen a huge variety of options, from traditional churches to beaches to backyards and old barns. Lately, it’s becoming more and more popular to take the high road for venue selection, quite literally. Year after year, you’ll find more weddings hosted on rooftops, and this selection of photos is a testament to why rooftop weddings are the next big thing.

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Bayly & Moore

The most obvious reason to love rooftop weddings? It’s your wedding day, and you already feel like you’re on top of the world, so why not actually go there? No matter where you get married, the bottom line is that you’re starting a life with your best friend. You may be nervous, excited and any other array of feelings, but most importantly, you’re ecstatic. Shout it from the rooftops. Literally!

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Couple of Dudes

While you’re up there, take a look around at everything you have before you. That’s right, the whole city, the whole world. On this, the day of your wedding, you’re taking a step out into the universe as part of a brand new, awesome team, and you have all the options, all the possibilities in the world at your fingertips. There’s something to be said for looking out over the horizon as you take your vows to join this team.

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Emily Gualdoni Photography

Aside from adding a beautiful element of symbolism to an already wonderful event, hosting your nuptials on a rooftop offers a great choice for brides aiming for a more non-traditional ceremony. It’s 2015, and it’s time to admit that no two brides are the same. In fact, some brides, like this one, have too much personality and expression for any roof to hold, so the only logical venue is an airy, uncapped space for their love to roam free. Not only does a rooftop provide plenty of space and open air, structural elements, like these beams, can give your wedding photographer extra options for posing you, which almost always results in more stunning photographs for your D-I-Y photo album.

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Natalie Champa Jennings

While we’re on the topic of photographers, the perks of lighting on a rooftop are worth a post all their own. Photographers, film makers and camera operators the world over will wait patiently and rearrange their schedules to capture the light of what’s called “The Golden Hour,” just as the sun rises or sets. If you’ve never been on a rooftop, just imagine how much stronger that perfect lighting would be the closer you get to the source (that’s the sun). In other words, going for a rooftop wedding will make your photographer happier than you can imagine, not to mention it will give you the most gorgeous photos you’ve ever seen of the most important day of your life.

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Susan Stripling Photography

This idea goes for pictures you aren’t even in as well. Sure, a well-taken shot of your hand-picked dress will look amazing no matter what’s behind it, but it’s tough to deny that capturing it flowing above the city you’ll forever remember as your city of love has a certain something that takes the photograph to the next level. Obviously you won’t choose your venue based on photo backdrops, but know that it’s a perk, and a beautiful one at that.

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Karen D Photography

Want more perks of a rooftop love party? How about the fact that sunlight is proven to increase happiness, health and beauty? Naturally, your guests will likely already be thrilled and in high spirits to share in your big day, but saying “I do” on a sunny rooftop is sure to add a giddy sense of freedom and joy to your wedding’s atmosphere, not to mention it actually has health benefits like enhancing mood and boosting the immune system. Everlasting, free wedding favors, anyone?

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Aralani Photography

Harnessing the sunlight in all its glory isn’t just an aesthetic mood-setter. It can also save money and the environment all at the same time! Think about it. If you take your loving oath out in the beauty of the natural sunlight, there’s no need for the energy required to keep your venue well-lit. The sun takes care of that! So not only are rooftop weddings beautiful, they’re also a great option for eco-friendly brides, or ladies who just aren’t into artificial lighting!

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: John Newsome Photography

These two make it clear, though, that it’s not all about the sun. As amazing and happy as a rooftop wedding can be in the light of day, it’s equally as gorgeous and ambient after hours. With the lights of the city, your city, surrounding every side, it doesn’t take much more than a few well-placed lighting options to create the perfect atmosphere for your first dance as man and wife. Even if your guests aren’t the dancing type, can you really think of a time sitting on a softly lit rooftop in the summer air didn’t lead directly to happiness and smiles?

Photographs that Will Make You Fall in Love With Rooftop WeddingsPhoto credit: Julie Pepin Photography

One of the coolest things about taking your vows on a rooftop is that your city, the place where your love story officially began, is captured forever in photos, and eventually your wedding album or photo book. This is one of the most important events you’ll ever be part of, and you’ll likely want to remember every single detail, especially one as important as where it all took place!

Your wedding venue is one of the first decisions to make when planning the big day, and it can definitely be the source of a lot of stress. Get ready for internal questions like, “Where is big enough to hold all our guests?” and “What venue captures our love the best?” If your backyard is the perfect spot to describe your love, or if the church you were raised in is the only place you can imagine getting married, by all means, go for those venues. But if you’re looking for something with a fresh twist to entertain your guests and avoid feeling even the slightest bit claustrophobic, consider a rooftop. You won’t regret it!

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Two Sides to a Wedding Photography Conflict http://fizara.com/two-sides-to-a-wedding-photography-conflict/ http://fizara.com/two-sides-to-a-wedding-photography-conflict/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:45:27 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=10234 If you are working in the wedding industry, you’ve probably already seen, or heard about, this story as it was so highly publicized, it made national news. A newlywed couple believed they had been scammed by their wedding photographer, stating that the photographer was charging them an added cost of $150 on top of their, […]

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If you are working in the wedding industry, you’ve probably already seen, or heard about, this story as it was so highly publicized, it made national news. A newlywed couple believed they had been scammed by their wedding photographer, stating that the photographer was charging them an added cost of $150 on top of their, already, $6,000 photography package, for an album cover. The couple was also upset that the photographer would not release their high resolution, print files until the completion of the album  – which was included in their package. The clients felt their photographer was dishonest in her representation of services.

The photographer, Andrea Polito, is an established wedding photographer with years in the business. She claims she did everything in her power to personally rectify the situation. She wrote an open letter, from her side, published on her website. She cites her many years working professionally in the wedding photography business and claims her business policy of releasing lower resolution files for web viewing after the wedding and then releasing the higher resolution files for print on the completion of the wedding album, are not only well-established, but widely practiced by other photographers in the field.

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Photo credit: Andrea Polito

For more than 10 years, I have been serving brides in the photography industry. My company has photographed more than 600 weddings in a little over 10 years. I choose the word “serve” very intentionally because that is exactly what we have been doing. The photography industry is a business that revolves around the service of our amazing clients. […] The story you are not hearing is that it was only last week when the bride claimed to realize that, per our contract, welcome packet, and emails, she would not get her wedding images until her album was completed. This conflicts with the numerous emails in which we clearly reiterated what is stated in the contract: low-resolution watermarked proofs are sent to the couple several weeks after the wedding for them to choose their desired photos, while the non-watermarked, high-resolution images are released upon completion of the album. As any of our brides would tell you, we have a very strong policy regarding the high-resolution files, which are not released until the photo album is completed. As a photographer, I do not stand alone with this policy. Although every photographer has their own specific policy and procedure for their business, we do this to complete our contract in full with the bride, delivering the album with their files and having them sign a release form. Once the album and high resolution files have been delivered, we are no longer liable for these images, which is our way of closing the books on past weddings. To suggest that we would hold images “hostage” in retaliation is simply inaccurate. Our intention has never been to “hold hostage” a couple’s images. We have always been upfront and honest.

Read the rest of Polito’s open letter here.

Although this story was initially covered several months ago, photographer/client conflicts and their resolutions stay in the forefront of all photographers’ radars. They can be learned from when orgazinng business practices of your own, but they also start dialogue with other professionals. This post is not only for photographers, though. Engaged couples should take note as they make the necessary decisions for their upcoming wedding. You need to be aware of common business practices and familiar with legal language before signing on the dotted line. Polito’s policies are not unlike many other photographer’s in the industry. The couple may have been misinformed about the package they were purchasing and all costs it entailed. And the publicity from this conflict may have been damaging to Polito’s reputation as an experienced and respected professional in the industry. There are clearly two sides to a wedding photography conflict and by highlighting both party’s stances, we hope to shed some light and educate others.

Fizara works with many customers: professional photographers, and DIY couples. What are your thoughts about this?

 

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Take Better Pictures with a Little Help from YouTube http://fizara.com/take-better-pictures-with-a-little-help-from-youtube/ http://fizara.com/take-better-pictures-with-a-little-help-from-youtube/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:00:02 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=10202 Every so often we like to pepper in a fun video that we’ve found somewhere online. This one, by Photographer Overnight, is a great resource for new photographers. A nice DSLR camera is a perfect gift for a newlywed couple, or first time parents. The Photography Overnight YouTube channel is full of video tutorials on […]

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Every so often we like to pepper in a fun video that we’ve found somewhere online. This one, by Photographer Overnight, is a great resource for new photographers. A nice DSLR camera is a perfect gift for a newlywed couple, or first time parents. The Photography Overnight YouTube channel is full of video tutorials on everything from getting your kids to smile for the camera, to taking better images in harsh sunlight. This video, Mistakes to Avoid as a Beginner Photographer, has some great photography tips that are often overlooked but easy to avoid or correct. We love to see fellow photographers sharing their knowledge and helping others achieve their own goals. The internet has made it easier than ever to learn a skill, connect with others, and gain some much-needed inspiration, and perhaps, a little motivation. The team at Photographer Overnight does all of this and teaches us how to take better pictures with a little help from YouTube.

Photographer Overnight shares great tips like, to keep from collecting a ton of over or underexposed images, “Notice changes in lighting and adjust to them.” Get more great tips below.

Was this video helpful? See all of the tutorials on the Photographer Overnight YouTube channel and website.

 

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