Fizara http://fizara.com Design-It-Yourself Wedding Albums, Photo Books and Canvas Prints Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:16:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Consider a Drone Wedding Video http://fizara.com/consider-a-drone-wedding-video/ http://fizara.com/consider-a-drone-wedding-video/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:15:36 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=11317 You’ve probably heard a lot about drones lately. They are the flying video cameras that capture aerial footage and can be remotely controlled from the ground, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles. Go Pro has put these tiny helicopter cameras on the map. While they have been extremely popular with amateur photographers and enthusiasts, many […]

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You’ve probably heard a lot about drones lately. They are the flying video cameras that capture aerial footage and can be remotely controlled from the ground, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles. Go Pro has put these tiny helicopter cameras on the map. While they have been extremely popular with amateur photographers and enthusiasts, many worry about their personal privacy, as these tiny hovercrafts are capable of going unseen and unheard, all while capturing footage. Set into the wrong hands and the technology can be pretty misused.

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The upside to these flying gadgets is that they capture some amazing images that would be pretty impossible to get otherwise. Check out this beautiful wedding video created by Giannis Mitrovgenis using drones. The shots are absolutely stunning. Not only did the photographer use drones to get breathtaking aerial shots, he also used drones to get some seamless video near the ground as the wedding took place. The result: a beautiful, smooth video with very little photographer distraction.

There are clearly benefits to using drones as well as drawbacks. After seeing this video, though, would you consider a drone wedding video?

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6 Ways to Include Your Future Mother-in-Law http://fizara.com/6-ways-to-include-your-future-mother-in-law/ http://fizara.com/6-ways-to-include-your-future-mother-in-law/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:00:05 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=11303 The parents of the bride play such a significant role in the wedding. The mother of the bride is usually involved in everything from wedding dress shopping, to finding the photographer, to picking centerpieces and caterers. The parents of the groom traditionally play a more behind-the-scenes role but it’s up to you and your partner […]

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The parents of the bride play such a significant role in the wedding. The mother of the bride is usually involved in everything from wedding dress shopping, to finding the photographer, to picking centerpieces and caterers. The parents of the groom traditionally play a more behind-the-scenes role but it’s up to you and your partner to decide how involved you want any of the parents to be. Are you a micro manager, planning every aspect of your wedding down to the last detail? Or, perhaps, you’re more hands-off, letting mama take the reigns. While you and your mom may be bonding over all of your bridal moments, it can be helpful to include your partner’s mom, too. Remember, no matter how amazing she thinks you are, she is probably having a lot of mixed feelings about losing a child or gaining another. And whether or not your future in-laws are contributing to the wedding costs, inclusion can go a long way in blending 2 families into 1. Here are 6 ways to include your future mother-in-law.

1. Attend a bridal show together

Dress shopping is a major event, whether an intimate affair with only your mother, or a family one with your second cousins flying in. If you feel close enough to your future mother-in-law to invite her dress shopping, you should, but keep in mind that important events like this are meaningful to mothers, too. If you opt out of inviting your future mother-in-law, consider inviting her to a bridal show. Discovering vendors and overwhelming amounts of wedding information is way more fun with other people and it’s a great way to get everyone involved in raffles, business card collecting, and dessert sampling.

 

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2. Invite her to look at invitations with you

There’s a whole world to wedding invitations: pretty papers, fancy calligraphy, and swoon-worthy letterpress printing are enough to make a girl go crazy with the endless options. Mothers are especially good at helping narrow down choices, and define proper etiquette – both of which are imperative to sending out invitations.

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3. Invite her to a tasting

Everyone loves to eat. Tastings are such a fun part of wedding planning and they give everyone a great sneak peek at what’s in store for the big day.

4. Mother of the Groom dress shopping

Set aside girl time with just you and your fiance’s mother for some girly pampering. Brunch, mani/pedis, and dress shopping are a great way to get to know one another a little more, and bond before the big day. The two of you will hopefully have a loving, lifelong relationship and carving out time together from the get go can be a great tradition to start.

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5. Enlist her help in your DIY projects

So, your Pinterest board is exploding with 10,000 ceremony and reception decor projects and they’re piling up faster than you can crank them out. Ask your partner’s mom to lend a hand ironing the 400 vintage doilies you collected, or paint the “Here comes the bride” banner. She’ll be thrilled to get involved and be entrusted with your precious DIY projects.

6. Let her take the reigns planning the rehearsal dinner

Traditionally, the parents of the groom foot the bill for the rehearsal dinner. If this is the case for you, try taking a hands-off approach and letting them plan the whole evening. You may be worried that guests won’t like the quinoa your mother-in-law is obsessed with, but chances are, your future in-laws have been planning and hosting events longer than you and know how to entertain. Anyway, think of it as one less drink, dinner, and dessert menu you have to plan. Just show up and have fun!

What are some of the ways you included your in-laws in wedding planning?

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America Gives Us More to Celebrate Today http://fizara.com/america-gives-us-more-to-celebrate/ http://fizara.com/america-gives-us-more-to-celebrate/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:09:22 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=11293 America gives us more to celebrate today. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a historic decision, that the Constitution gives all people the right to get married. The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority: “No union is more profound than marriage, for […]

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America gives us more to celebrate today. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a historic decision, that the Constitution gives all people the right to get married. The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

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The landmark decision came after years of court cases arguing equal protection and equal treatment for same sex couples, under the law.

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President Obama stated the decision “affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. Today, we can say, in no uncertain terms, that we have made our union a little more perfect.” Across the country, proud Americans cheered, celebrated, laughed, and cried as they felt the sweet relief of justice knowing we are finally all protected under the law.

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At Fizara, we’re looking forward to seeing all of your beautiful wedding images and helping you create tangible memories, in the form of beautiful albums, to last a lifetime.

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We’re also looking forward to all the wedding cake to come.

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7 Reasons to Love Sequins http://fizara.com/7-reasons-to-love-sequins/ http://fizara.com/7-reasons-to-love-sequins/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:10 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=11274 The way we dress is a reflection of our personalities. Sequins are pretty much the international fashion symbol for “party!” Really, though, they’re glitzy, glamorous, and fun. You don’t have to look like a disco ball to wear them though; even full-sequined dresses can be classy, demure, and ultra modern. We’ve seen some gorgeous, fun-colored […]

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The way we dress is a reflection of our personalities. Sequins are pretty much the international fashion symbol for “party!” Really, though, they’re glitzy, glamorous, and fun. You don’t have to look like a disco ball to wear them though; even full-sequined dresses can be classy, demure, and ultra modern. We’ve seen some gorgeous, fun-colored wedding gowns dripping in sequins, as well as some amazing bridesmaid dresses. The best part of wearing one of these sparklers? You can definitely wear it again: bachelorette parties, flirty 30’s, and New Year’s Eve parties are all great destinations for these beauties. We’ve assembled some of our favorite sequined wedding looks in the hopes of giving you 7 reasons to love sequins – as if you needed any.

They make a statement. Imagine your giant wedding party with all your closest gals in these pretties.

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They can be soft and totally understated.

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There are so many embellished options, you can have all your bridesmaids in something a little different – without clashing.

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Embrace the trend in your own sequined wedding dress. *Swoon*

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How much would you love wearing this gorgeous navy number again? We can think of a million places to take it.

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How pretty is this dress? It’s so classic on top with a simple sweetheart neckline, and really fun on the bottom. Kind of like the mullet of sequined wedding gowns? But in such a good way.

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If you like a mismatched wedding party, sequined dresses are a great option. Pick a shade, and let each girl pick their own sparkly dress. The shade, even if not a total match, as well as the sequins, will tie them all together.

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How do you feel about the sequined dress trend?

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6 Bachelorette Party Ideas You’ll Actually Love http://fizara.com/6-bachelorette-party-ideas-youll-actually-love/ http://fizara.com/6-bachelorette-party-ideas-youll-actually-love/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:00:05 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=11260 Where would we be without our girls? You can only go so far before you’re tasked with one of the more exciting parts of wedding planning: the bachelorette party. We’ve all seen Bridesmaids, it isn’t just the guys who get a little wild. So what are you to do if you aren’t interested in starting […]

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Where would we be without our girls? You can only go so far before you’re tasked with one of the more exciting parts of wedding planning: the bachelorette party. We’ve all seen Bridesmaids, it isn’t just the guys who get a little wild. So what are you to do if you aren’t interested in starting the night on a party bus and ending it in a male strip club? Thankfully, there are a ton of creative (and fun!) alternatives to the standard booze and boys bachelorette. Here are 6 bachelorette party ideas you’ll actually love.

 

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When did we grow up and suddenly become too old for sleepovers? I can’t be the only one who misses sleeping bags, popcorn, and truth or dare with my best friends. Have your closest gals over for a night of homemade face masks, mani/pedis, and ice cream binge eating. If you want to give your sleepover a mature edge, rent a big hotel room, order tons of room service and, of course, jump on all the beds.

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Plan a road trip

You  may not all have the paid sick – err.. vacation time for this one, but if you do, it’s totally worth it. Pile into your car or start a caravan and head west.

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A day at the spa

Ladies love to be pampered and what better way to relieve some pre wedding stress than with a day at the spa? Hot stone massages, paraffin wax pedicures, and luxurious mud masks will rejuvenate you so you can tackle that seating chart!

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A class or workshop

You may have bridesmaids and friends from all areas of your life – work, high school, in laws-to-be, etc., get all the girls bonded by taking a fun class together. Always wanted to try aerial yoga? Or perhaps even pole dancing? Get everyone out of their comfort zone and into a studio sweating together and watch new friendships form.

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Go on a camping trip

You don’t have to be super crunchy to appreciate the outdoors. Gather your girlfriends for a fun weekend camping trip. Pitch tents, rent cabins, or heck, go glamping and camp in luxury without having to leave the creature comforts of home. Rent canoes, go on day hikes, and enjoy nature – together.

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Take a private cooking class

If pole dancing isn’t quite your thing, try a cooking class. You can book a private class and finally learn how to make that fancy French 4-course meal to impress your in-laws.

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What’s the most fun you’ve had at a bachelorette party?

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Start the Weekend with DIY Wine Charms http://fizara.com/start-the-weekend-with-diy-wine-charms/ http://fizara.com/start-the-weekend-with-diy-wine-charms/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:00:58 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=11233 Today, I have a cute and easy Friday DIY. Wine charms are a fun way to dress up your wine glasses and also tell them a part from one another when guests are over. I’ve seen a ton of cute sets in our travels and thought it would be fun to make my own. There […]

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Today, I have a cute and easy Friday DIY. Wine charms are a fun way to dress up your wine glasses and also tell them a part from one another when guests are over. I’ve seen a ton of cute sets in our travels and thought it would be fun to make my own. There are a lot of different ways to make them but I used some leftover bits and pieces for mine. The few things that were purchased were really inexpensive. Start the weekend with DIY wine charms and then pour a glass of your favorite vino, invite some friends over, and enjoy the warm summer nights!

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What you’ll need

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Adjustable metal rings: Ours were a package from the dollar store. They also came in a silver color.

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Charms: You can buy some you like, or use some leftover from an old or broken piece of jewelry like a charm bracelet. I liked these instrument charms because they all go together but they’re different enough that guests won’t get them mixed up.

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Small chain mail rings: These are to attach the charms to the main ring. You can get just about any size and metal finish at craft stores. Pick the size based on the size of the charms/beads you’re using.

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1. Start by taking one of the dollar store rings and bending the edges inward with your pliers to make a small circle. You can also use large chain mail rings for this but these are really easy to bend and will slide off the wineglass stems without tugging or scratching. The circles just make a finished edge.

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2. Take your small chain mail ring and open it with pliers

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3. Add your charms and beads

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4. Attach it to your main ring and then close. Larger rings are easier to handle – especially with beads and charms on them.

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5. Repeat the steps with your other charms and beads. We used different color beads with each charm. Guests can either remember they had a saxaphone or their color is green.

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6 . Slide the main ring onto your wineglass stem and voila! Wine charm!

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Cheers to the weekend!

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Special Guests for Your Ultimate Wedding Album http://fizara.com/special-guests-ultimate-wedding-album/ http://fizara.com/special-guests-ultimate-wedding-album/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:37:05 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=11214 On their wedding day, the bride and groom may be the most important people in the room, but they certainly aren’t the only ones. At any special event, most especially a marriage of two loving souls, there are a few key guests that make the occasion memorable. If you’re aiming for the ultimate wedding album (we’re […]

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On their wedding day, the bride and groom may be the most important people in the room, but they certainly aren’t the only ones. At any special event, most especially a marriage of two loving souls, there are a few key guests that make the occasion memorable. If you’re aiming for the ultimate wedding album (we’re guessing you are!), remember to include these honorable guests who likely played a huge role in making your special day one to remember.

It All Started With…

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There’s a reason you and your soon-to-be wife or husband met, and it all started with two sets of parents who loved each other, then loved you. This one may be a no-brainer, but no wedding album is complete without photographs of the bride and groom’s parents.

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Without these couples and their hard work raising two amazing children, your wedding day wouldn’t exist! Your photographer will likely request a few posed photos with the bride and her parents as well as the groom with his, but be sure to ask for candid mom and dad shots as well. You’ll want to remember the emotions, from proud to happy, that your parents felt on the biggest day of your life.

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Hand-Picked Family

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It’s said that friends are the family we choose for ourselves, and nowhere is this more apparent than your wedding day. You and your groom (or bride) have carefully selected your right-hand men and ladies of honor to stand by your side as you say “I do,” and you’ll want to remember the friends who played such important roles on this monumental day. Chances are, it just wouldn’t have been the same without their help!

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Best of the Best

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There are friends, and there are best friends, and for a life-changing event like marrying your true love, no guest is more important than the friend who keeps you grounded through it all. Of course, your new spouse is absolutely your best friend, but there’s something special about your maid of honor and best man.

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These two have been through thick and thin with you, likely even before you laid eyes on your better half, and they each have a rightful place next to you on this important day. Your photographer will be sure to snap a few shots of these crucial wedding party members! Your wedding album, and your wedding, would be incomplete without them.

Help From Below

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You may have to kneel down to chat face to face with these little helpers, but that doesn’t make your flower girl and ring bearer any less important. These tiny wedding party additions are just as essential to making your wedding beautiful and emotional as the friends you’ve chosen to stand by your side. This is especially the case if your little lady or gentleman is a daughter or son of the groom or bride. In either case, don’t forget to spend some quality time with your flower girl and ring bearer to remind them how special they are. Bring the photographer along too.

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Something New

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Weddings are celebrated events for all ages, young and old, and sometimes, the most important guests at your wedding are the youngest. As we mentioned, any children of the groom or bride are obviously key on the list for your photographer, but be sure to include quality time with any new family members you may see at your happy occasion. Not only are they sharing this special day with you, they’re learning from a young age how happy and wonderful love can be.

Family Heritage

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Conversely, be sure to capture some candid photos of the family members at your wedding who have seen their fair share of love. In most cultures, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and the like are considered esteemed, distinguished guests at any event, and their attendance at a wedding is certainly worth a few frames!

Have your photographer keep an eye out for your extended family. Photos of their celebration will serve as an excellent reminder of what is to come for you and your new spouse.

In the long run, anyone who chooses to attend and celebrate your special day is a distinguished guest. From long-time friends to family members of all ages, whether they play a part in your ceremony or not, a wedding isn’t a wedding without a plethora of friends and family to stand by your side and toast to the beginning of your new life.

Your wedding album will, of course, include numerous photos of you and your love, but don’t underestimate the power of including a few shots of how happy your marriage made others, even if you’re nowhere near the camera!

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Our 5 Favorite Photography Gifs http://fizara.com/our-5-favorite-photography-gifs/ http://fizara.com/our-5-favorite-photography-gifs/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:08:43 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=11199 You’ve seen them: animated memes, often of funny moments or events, forever playing on a loop, so that we never have to refresh our screens. Ever. Gifs are 2 or more static photos played on repeat so they become an animated movie. Think of them like tiny flipbooks. Sites like Giphy have collections of thousands […]

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You’ve seen them: animated memes, often of funny moments or events, forever playing on a loop, so that we never have to refresh our screens. Ever. Gifs are 2 or more static photos played on repeat so they become an animated movie. Think of them like tiny flipbooks. Sites like Giphy have collections of thousands of gifs of every topic you can imagine. We, of course, especially love the photography gifs.

To get over the hump today, we’ve collected, what are currently, our 5 favorite photography gifs, for your endless viewing pleasure.

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If you have a few photographs taken in rapid succession and know you’re way around Photoshop, here’s a quick tutorial from Digital Trends on how to create your own gif. There are also sites that give you shortcuts by generating your gifs for you with the images you upload, like this one, GigMaker.me.

Happy Wednesday!

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Ted Talks, Getty Images, and the Power of Photography http://fizara.com/ted-talks-getty-images-and-the-power-of-photography/ http://fizara.com/ted-talks-getty-images-and-the-power-of-photography/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:49:54 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=11185 If you think about any world war, natural disaster, world series win, or presidential election, you’re bound to conjure up an image in your mind. That famous image of the American flag being raised at Iwo Jima remains an image almost representative of World War II in it’s entirety. You may not remember the photographer, […]

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If you think about any world war, natural disaster, world series win, or presidential election, you’re bound to conjure up an image in your mind. That famous image of the American flag being raised at Iwo Jima remains an image almost representative of World War II in it’s entirety. You may not remember the photographer, Joe Rosenthal, or any of the facts surrounding the image itself – but somehow, the image stands alone. It remains so famous that other iconic images, such as the firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero have reminded us all of it. Ted Talks featured Jonathan Klein, of Getty Images to share with us some of the most famous photographs in the world.

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Klein explains to us that some images are so powerful that they have the ability to shape thoughts, form opinions, and create a call to action. The images he shares in his Ted Talk, below, educate us, haunt us, and definitely immortalize emotions associated with these iconic moments.

Klein talks about this series of images, specifically. The photos Princess Diana with children who had been orphaned by HIV/AIDS were so powerful because they were taken during a time when there was so much stigma surrounding those infected with and affected by the virus. These photos helped to humanize those living with the disease and change the overarching global attitudes towards HIV.

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Klein’s Ted Talk was brief, succinct, and convincing: the images really spoke for themselves (pun intended). We live in a world inundated with visual stimulus. Wherever we go, we are flooded with images. With digital photography at our fingertips, anyone can be in the right place at the right time, so to speak. So just how, exactly, can one image stand out above all the rest? How can one image change the views of millions? Watch the Ted Talk, below, and let us know your thoughts.

What iconic images came to mind for you when watching this?

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How to Create Pre-Party Excitement With Children’s Birthday Invitations http://fizara.com/childrens-birthday-invitations/ http://fizara.com/childrens-birthday-invitations/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:24:56 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=11155 Birthdays are exciting events, especially for children, who seem to enjoy birthdays with more eagerness each year. Whether you’re hosting a parade of princesses for your little lady or corralling miniature cowboys for a dapper young mister, rest assured that when it comes to birthday parties, little ones have the most fun. With this in mind, […]

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Birthdays are exciting events, especially for children, who seem to enjoy birthdays with more eagerness each year. Whether you’re hosting a parade of princesses for your little lady or corralling miniature cowboys for a dapper young mister, rest assured that when it comes to birthday parties, little ones have the most fun.

With this in mind, it stands to reason that as a child, receiving an invitation to a birthday party is an almost equally fabulous event. Getting that invite means picking out a toy and an outfit and waiting with bated breath for the day of the big event, which most likely features balloons, candy and cake. Of course, the fancier the invitation, the more excitement your little ones are likely to feel, but just what makes a birthday invitation awe-worthy?

We’ve collected our favorites to give you a taste of what it takes to hype your little party-goers up for the big day.

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When it comes to kids, there are two ways to go to create ideal birthday invitations. If you’re looking to create an optimum level of fun for kids over age three or so, consider a themed birthday party. Options here are almost endless and range from very specific to just a touch of fun, like the animal themed passport invitation here. Of course, passport invitations are a great way to introduce a safari or travel theme, but they can also be used as an interesting way to make party goers feel even more special. Check them at the door to lend a VIP air to your event!

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Themed birthdays are fun as a kid and even more so when they involve games! Whether you decide to go with indoor or outdoor games, providing themed games at a child’s party not only keeps the kids preoccupied, it also offers a much needed break and time for socializing between parents. Who ever said a child’s birthday party was just for kids? For younger children try a circus theme, with invitations that mimic big-top announcements, and feature animal-themed games and the like to keep the little ones having a blast throughout the event.

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If your littles are slightly older, bring the party inside and host a miniature video game convention in your special guy (or girl’s) honor. Even better, or if you’re not the type of mom to volunteer for housecleaning after the fact, invite friends to join you at a local arcade, and keep the mom-factor simple while also providing a wide variety of games for all interests! Chances are, you remember when video games were slightly more pixelated, especially those of the arcade variety, so go retro and model your invitations like old-school, simpler games. Think Pac-Man, Pong or Atari options!

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Finally, any mom who’s hosting a party since winter of 2013 knows the request for “Frozen” goodies is a possibility. A “Frozen” themed party may be one of the most fun to make invitations for, as the popular kids’ movie is laden with fun phrases like, “Do you want to build a snowman?” “Let it go,” and more, and opens up a wonderland of crafty options for letting kids know there’s a party! Check out these snowman invitations, perfect for a winter birthday, or even for an ambitious party-thrower dreaming of fake snow.

Classic

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If you’re aiming for a more simple affair, possibly for a first birthday, you may want to aim for a classic approach to sending invitations. One popular route for early birthday invitations is to include photos of the little guy or gal from a recent photo shoot, so that invitations not only serve as informational sheets, but also memorable party favors.

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You can include extra decorative touches (think wedding invitation style) or keep it simple with a single card for each guest, but either way, this option provides an easy way to appeal to the parents of your youngster’s friends and promise a party that ALL attendees can enjoy, while also reminding your invite list how adorable the guest of honor is!

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Of course, it’s still possible to create a memorable, extraordinary party, complete with matching invitations even if you choose not to use a playful children’s theme. Think soft pinks, glitter and bows for little ladies and light blues, puppies or trucks for tiny gentlemen, or shake it up and show your guests that your tot is completely unique! You have all the colors and patterns in the world at your fingertips!

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If you’re not the crafty type or are running short on time, fear not. There are any number of invitation companies like Minted and Simple Song Design, creators of Rooney’s golden invitations and Sophia’s polka dot invitations, respectively, who specialize in making sure that your invitations take the cake so that your guests will want to show up and do the same!

When it all comes down to it, children’s birthday parties are, above all, celebrations of your little ones and they deserve to be affairs to remember. You’ll need to let the prospective guests know the details anyway, so why not add a little imagination and get the party started before the big day?

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