Fizara DIY Photo Albums http://fizara.com Design-It-Yourself Photo Albums and Wedding Albums Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:55:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Our 5 Favorite Spring Wedding Invitations http://fizara.com/our-5-favorite-spring-wedding-invitations/ http://fizara.com/our-5-favorite-spring-wedding-invitations/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:00:14 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=8617 It’s getting to be that time of the year when your mailbox gets a little love in the form of wedding invitations from family and loved ones getting married this summer. I don’t know about you but I love getting wedding invitations. The lined envelopes, thick card stock, and those few that come with the […]

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It’s getting to be that time of the year when your mailbox gets a little love in the form of wedding invitations from family and loved ones getting married this summer. I don’t know about you but I love getting wedding invitations. The lined envelopes, thick card stock, and those few that come with the amazing letterpress printing! Wedding invitations are just as customizable as the wedding itself. Endless typefaces, inks, and as many detail cards as you want to stuff in that envelope. Invitations convey the mood, formality, and taste a couple has. They’re as unique and individual as the couple, themselves. To round out the week, we have a quick collection of swoon-worthy paper goods for you. If you, yourself are in the market for a little wedding invite inspiration, here are our 5 favorite spring wedding invitations.

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Flower power

I love these cheery, floral invitations. Perfect for a light and elegant outdoor ceremony and reception. These watercolor blossoms are the good kind of “granny.” They’re chic and modern, with just a touch of whimsy. And the asymmetrical calligraphy looks fresh and new – and not at all like an old lady sofa.

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Throwback

This invitation is so fresh and sweet, perfect for a summer wedding. The simple artwork and font give the whole invite a super retro feel. These make me think of a DIY wedding with cute touches like wooden arrows pointing to an outdoor ceremony location and a sweet homemade dessert table.

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Classing it up

With all of the graphic invitations around now, a good old-fashioned monogrammed one is a nice change. This elegant gold and cream color palette, as well as the simple leaf motif, is perfect all tied up in some curly, swirly calligraphy. These have a black tie optional feel to them.

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Bold and beautiful

Speaking of graphic invitations, this one is one of the most fun, bold sets I’ve seen. The geometric design, the bright colors, and the mix of fonts all work together to convey a lively, fun celebration. The set just screams “party!” It even comes with its very own bag of confetti. How convenient.

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Be on the lookout for a slightly fuller inbox this Spring. We can’t wait to see what kinds of invitations this wedding season brings!

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7 Fun Photo Dates for Valentine’s Day http://fizara.com/photo-dates-valentines-day/ http://fizara.com/photo-dates-valentines-day/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=8636 Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and more than a few of us are likely scrambling for creative ideas to entertain our favorite people on this, the day of love. Fun date options run the gambit from recreating your very first date to painting together to any number of interesting things for two people to do on […]

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and more than a few of us are likely scrambling for creative ideas to entertain our favorite people on this, the day of love. Fun date options run the gambit from recreating your very first date to painting together to any number of interesting things for two people to do on a Saturday night, but our top date ideas have one thing in common: photography. We’re huge fans of catching awesome moments on camera, so these seven date ideas for your Valentine’s Day pleasure are at the very top of our list.

Photo Booth Tour

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If you’re really into photography, chances are high you’ve got quite a collection of you and your significant other tucked away on a flash drive, but how often do you and your date explore photo booths? Photo booths create a little extra fun and a very different experience for fans of photos, as they allow for only a brief few seconds for posing and creating a great shot. One of our favorite ways to spend a day in love is to check out all the booths around town and try them all. Make it a day-long adventure!

Put the Pic in Picnic

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Picnics are romantic on any occasion, but for two lovers of photography or even camera newbies, lunches on a blanket can also provide a great chance for practice and mastering food photography. Put some thought into your food banquet, pick the perfect spot and spend some time in the woods with your lover, your camera and some yummy treats learning how to make your food look as delicious as it tastes!

Discover Your City…Again!

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Wherever you call home, it’s a safe bet you love it. How often do you really see it? This Valentine’s Day, instead of treading your usual paths and visiting your frequented haunts, spend the day with your beau and your camera, and pretend you’re a tourist in your own town! Visit the most popular attractions in your city and capture the essence of your homeland from a new perspective. Plus you get to spend a day with your honey. No one loses!

Spy Something…

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Challenge your significant other to a color photo contest. This could work in many ways, but one of our favorites is to make a list of specific colors and set out on an adventure to find each color in a natural occurrence.

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No sorting through your closet for those pink tights or setting up a bowl of green apples. Just take your camera along and snap colors you see throughout the day. At the end, compare shots. You may even end up with enough material for a homemade photo book all about Valentine’s Day 2015!

Hit the Sand

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Looking for something a little more romantic for this holiday? Pack a bag with a bikini and a few cute outfits, and hit the beach for a romantic photoshoot! Our hearts tend to flutter when we pair love with the natural beauty of sand and waves; think of the beach photos you’ve seen in magazines or family photo setups. What better way to inspire a sense of calm and love for each other than setting up perfect romantic scenes for each other and capturing the moment forever?

Go Big and GoPro

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If you’re aching to break out of the “dinner and a movie” pattern, there aren’t many better ways to mix it up than with some high-octane action dates. Figure out what you and your love both enjoy, whether water sports, skiing, skydiving, etc., and make plans to take some risks this Valentine’s Day. Take the fun up an extra notch and pick up a GoPro or similar camera to take along on your adventure. You two will see first hand how fun this date can be, but why not capture some mementos for your friends as well?

Wait Out the Golden Hour

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Most photographers know that the golden hour is the prime time for taking pics, but for a dreamy date, it pays to stick around a little longer. You can still pack a camera, but pick a spot and plan to watch the sunset with your partner. Not only will you get fantastic photographs, you’ll set the perfect scene for an idyllic Valentine’s evening. 

There are, no doubt, countless fantastic, creative ways to spend the upcoming passion-filled holiday. These are a few of our favorites, and we’re confident you’ll like any you try, but we’re not the only ones with “right-brained” ideas. What’s your favorite, unique way to spend Valentine’s Day? Does it involve photographs? 

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6 Sweet Spring Shower Ideas to DIY http://fizara.com/6-sweet-spring-shower-ideas-to-diy/ http://fizara.com/6-sweet-spring-shower-ideas-to-diy/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:00:29 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=8610 Groundhog’s Day is quickly approaching, and you know what that means – either way, we have some more Winter to endure.. However, Spring will eventually be here, signaling the beginning of wedding season! If you’ve said “yes!” to standing up in a wedding this year, you’ve likely been tasked with all things party and one […]

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Groundhog’s Day is quickly approaching, and you know what that means – either way, we have some more Winter to endure.. However, Spring will eventually be here, signaling the beginning of wedding season! If you’ve said “yes!” to standing up in a wedding this year, you’ve likely been tasked with all things party and one of those is the bridal shower. There’s really nothing quite like a bridal shower. You can officially indulge in your frilliest fantasies, because this party is all about the girls. If you’re getting ready to plan a party, we have 6 sweet spring shower ideas to DIY!

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1. Glamorous gold hardwear

These gold vases are so easy to DIY but scattered throughout a long table, or clumped together, they make a big impact. Simply collect an assortment of different sized wine and spirits bottles, small vases, or even different glasses, and spray paint them a bright color. I love the gold and pink combo, but do them to match your party’s color scheme. A bright milky white would look great with sprigs of lavender, or try a fun cheery matte yellow with sunflowers.

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2. Come clean

I love this DIY sugar scrub! We girls love to be pampered and what’s the next best thing to a day at the spa? An at-home spa day, that’s what. These little guys are made of coconut oil, sugar, and lemon essential oils. They’re adorable and cost-effective, plus all the guests will gush over how creative you are. Head over to New Leaf Wellness for the whole tutorial.

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3. Pack a pedi

Another fun DIY pamper project is a pedicure-in-a-jar! This is a sweet and fun takeaway – not to mention easy. Treat your guests to an assortment nail polish colors, or pick a color from your shower or wedding color scheme. Then add some fun nail accessories like a scrub brush, cute nail file, and some fun decals.

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4. Pom poms for days

I love giant fluffy things: pillows, dogs, and of course, pom poms! These are fast, easy, and can be made in any color and any size. They add some fun texture to an accent wall or can be hung from the ceiling over a dessert table. Plus, if guests get bored you can always start an impromptu volleyball game. All you need is tissue paper, scissors, and pipe cleaners. Get the quick and painless tutorial here.

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5. What’s a party without the glitter?

Its all in the details. People will remember the little extras from an occasion. How fun are these glitter champagne flutes? These are super quick and easy to make and you can do them really inexpensively. Get some dollar store champagne flutes and your favorite color of glitter and a bunch of your friends to help. Can’t you just hear guests saying, “And she even made her own glittery glasses!” You’ll be the DIY talk of the town. Just make sure you don’t rub your eyes. Take it from personal experience, glitter behind a contact lens.. ouch! Get the HGTV tutorial here. They’ll be ready for mimosas in no time.

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6. Join the clean plate club

You won’t even be needing plates with these cuties! With all the mimosas you’ll be drinking out of your cute glitter glasses, you’ll need to sober your guests up. Wind down the day with a sweet treat. I love these little milk and cookie pairs. Striped straws are showing up as a shower staple, find them in almost any color combo. Note to self: Try these out in advance. You may need to tweak your favorite cookie recipe to ensure a crumble-less finish.

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Here’s to all your Spring showers!

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Show Some Love in the Fearless Fans Photo Contest and Win Big http://fizara.com/show-some-love-in-the-fearless-fans-photo-contest-and-win-big/ http://fizara.com/show-some-love-in-the-fearless-fans-photo-contest-and-win-big/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:00:28 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=8587 Everyone loves a good competition and one of the best ones we know of right now is the Fearless Photographers Fearless Fans Photo Contest. The Fearless Photographers runs on the belief that, “Everyone should have amazing wedding photography! We are your trusted guide in helping you select your fearless wedding photographer.” The Fearless Awards are […]

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Everyone loves a good competition and one of the best ones we know of right now is the Fearless Photographers Fearless Fans Photo Contest. The Fearless Photographers runs on the belief that, “Everyone should have amazing wedding photography! We are your trusted guide in helping you select your fearless wedding photographer.” The Fearless Awards are wedding photos that are visually stunning and change the landscape of wedding photography. Read more here. Sounds pretty good to us! Do you have an index finger? If so, you’re in control of who wins big! If not.. you’ve probably adapted to using another finger to point, click, and do all things Facebook, so get ready to vote! Photographers submit their best work and Facebook fans do the rest. So show some love in the Fearless Fans Photo Contest and win big! The nice guys at Fundy are gifting a Leica D-Lux; this camera may look little but it packs a serious punch. The D-Lux has a super fast lens, something not normally found on a compact camera. According to Leica, “Its Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34 mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH. zoom lens is perfectly matched to its large sensor.” So ready, to get liking? Head to the Fearless Facebook page and get started.

Here are some of my personal favorites.

A super fast shutter speed can slow even the fastest of raindrops but it can’t slow down this happy couple.

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If you’ve ever tried SUP (stand up paddleboarding) you probably found it totally addictive. This couple is paddling together, against the current, in love. And props to that bride for getting up there in her dress!

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Weddings bring out so many different emotions. This one gives me all the feels. I love all the raw emotion this family is sharing.

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Does this image make anyone else think of The Princess Bride? It is epic. The mountains, the sunset, the embrace.. magic.

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This image is lighthearted and fun. Weddings are celebrations. The photos don’t all need to be dramatic. This couple is literally jumping for joy.

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Speaking of lighthearted, it doesn’t get much more fun than a monkey holding a bouquet! I want to know how this photo came about. Was the monkey in the wedding? Is he or she a family pet? I have so many questions. A great image keeps you thinking, talking, and sharing. This one does all three.

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If this woman isn’t already a model, then her photographer isn’t charging enough. She looks stunning. The lighting, that pose – so fierce. It looks straight out of a wedding gown magazine. If there’s ever a time to look and feel your best, its on your wedding day.

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Lastly, I had to include this one. That photographer is pretty fearless crawling under there! But seriously though, if you can’t trust fall onto your groomsmen, who then?

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We can’t wait to find out who the big winner is. The runners up get some pretty sweet prizes too though, so head over to the Fearless Fan Photo Contest page and get to liking!

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10 Nontraditional Engagement Rings You’ll Love http://fizara.com/10-nontraditional-engagement-rings-youll-love/ http://fizara.com/10-nontraditional-engagement-rings-youll-love/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:00:17 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=8541 Jana Williams Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Or are they? What does that mean for a ruby, sapphire, or emerald-loving gal? It seems engagement rings these days are made from the same mold. Not that I’d complain about a sparkly solitaire, but with so many gemstones, settings, and metals, I drool a little more […]

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Or are they? What does that mean for a ruby, sapphire, or emerald-loving gal? It seems engagement rings these days are made from the same mold. Not that I’d complain about a sparkly solitaire, but with so many gemstones, settings, and metals, I drool a little more over my sister’s emerald and diamond ring each time I see it. So what’s behind the wedding diamond, exactly? In the late 1800’s, diamonds were found in South Africa, and suddenly, diamonds were abundant, available, and affordable. In order to control the export of diamonds and, thus, create a demand for them, the jewelry company, De Beers, was born, and with some clever marketing and a bit of product placement, diamonds became a scarce and hot commodity. Whether you love diamonds or crave a more colorful palette, the options are endless. Lately, I’m seeing a ton of asymmetrical, open band, and tandem band rings. If a princess cut solitaire with a pave band isn’t quite your thing, have no fear, a smattering of 10 nontraditional engagement rings you’ll love – is here.

Zoë Chicco 14K Gold Horizontal Pave Bar. I love these little delicate bands with black or white diamonds. You might need both.

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This tiny set of rubies set with sparkly diamonds makes a subtle evil eye statement. Girly and sweet, with just a bit of drama, the Jacquie Aiche Ruby Double Eye ring will look great alone or alongside a few other colorful bands.

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This incredible one-of-a-kind ring from London has three vibrant emeralds nestled in a bed of 26 rose-cut diamonds, set in an 18-karat gold setting. With The One I Love Diamond & Emerald Navette Ring, Be prepared for questions and comments galore, and never have to worry about seeing its twin.

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Thanks to Kate Middleton, sapphires are having a moment and its about time. This Erica Weiner Late Victorian Diamond and Sapphire Twist Ring is nothing less than royal.

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Polly Wales Graduated Grey Diamond Halo Ring is a diamond ring that’s anything but ordinary. Soft yellow gold, and grey diamonds arranged by color and size make it fit for a medieval princess.

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This Melissa Joy Manning yellow gold bauble is a definite conversation starter. Its made of 18k recycled gold and 20 halo set diamonds all cradling a yellow rose cut, conflict-free diamond. It is truly one-of-a-kind.

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For those who don’t need or want a huge bauble, I love this sweet star Small Solitaire Disc Ring by Manon. Skip the band and go simple and classy.

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This setting is actually quite traditional but this black beauty in the center is offbeat, different, and surprisingly elegant. This beautiful black solitaire diamond will have us all joining the dark side. Jennie Kwon Black Diamond Equilibrium Point Ring.

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Jennie Kwon

I love this Mirlo Pear Duo Sapphire Ring because its modern, fun, and because one big diamond sometimes, just isn’t enough.

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We saved the best for last. This Edwardian era beauty has Indian influences. With diamonds, rubies, and a Gatsby-esque feel, the Trumpet and Horn Napa Valley ring may be worth its hefty price tag.

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5 Quick Tips for Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress http://fizara.com/5-quick-tips-finding-perfect-wedding-dress/ http://fizara.com/5-quick-tips-finding-perfect-wedding-dress/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:00:59 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=8527 One of the most exciting parts about wedding planning is, obviously, the dress. As a bride, you’re the center of attention. The groom could all but wear a paper bag and no one would really notice, right? There are some important things to keep in mind when plunging into the magical world that is wedding […]

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One of the most exciting parts about wedding planning is, obviously, the dress. As a bride, you’re the center of attention. The groom could all but wear a paper bag and no one would really notice, right? There are some important things to keep in mind when plunging into the magical world that is wedding dress shopping. Here’s how you can say “Yes!” with 5 quick tips for finding the perfect wedding dress.

 

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Know Your Budget

Be firm on this one. When you walk into that white princess shop – where all dreams are born – you are undoubtedly going to be so tempted to spend, oh, ten or twelve thousand more than you budgeted for your dress. Setting a budget well before the real big day (dress shopping day, of course) can help you stay on task, and within your limits, before you max out 4 credit cards on that Swarovski encrusted bodice with the 100 yards of tulle. Check out designer sample sales and trunk shows, where you can pick up designer duds at a fraction of the retail mark up. With sample sales, keep in mind your dress could be from last season’s line. If you’re not dead set on this Spring’s Monique Lhuillier, you can grab your dream dress for a bargain. If you’re have visions of being trampled by a stampede of bridezillas fighting over the last dress on the rack, fear not, there are other ways to stay on budget. Online shopping or a preowned wedding dress can be a sure way to stay on budget, and ensure your guests have nice amenities, like food, or a place to sit.

 

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“Does This Make My Butt Look Big?”

It is nice to hear that you look beautiful, isn’t it? We all love a good compliment. Dress shopping day, however, is not the day to bring along that friend who always seems to boost your self confidence. Dress shopping day is about so much more: Sharing special moments with your closest loved ones. You know, the ones who won’t hesitate to tell you you look ridiculous in that dress. Think about it. Would you want someone who will give you endless compliments and tell you how gorgeous you look and how you can really wear any style dress? It might feel good in the moment, but the reality is, we aren’t Gisele, and with so many people watching us walk down the aisle, not to mention the priceless photographs we’ll have – forever – I, at least, would want to know the cold, hard truth. That this dress gives me muffin top, back fat, and side boob.

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Eat and Drink Beforehand

No one wants to deal with bridezilla. Especially a hangry one {Hangry = Hungry + Angry}. Make sure to take your lovely (and brutally honest) friends out for brunch and mimosas before you embark on the hunt for your dream dress. Just be mindful of what you’re eating. No one likes a bloated bride.

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Bring Dress Ideas

This is a probably a no brainer but its good to come with some dress ideas in mind. Pick up any bridal magazine and you’ll be flooded with more wedding dresses than you’d ever want to be. And you thought you were indecisive before. Wedding dress shops are the Narnia of all dress shops – you could literally spend days perusing through endless racks of white, off-white, cream, egg shell, and the occasional blush wedding gowns and hardly make a dent. You may end up falling for a dress that’s completely different than any of the 15 photos you brought with you, but unless you and your crew want to camp out at Kleinfelds, it can help to have, at least, an idea of dress styles you’d like to try. It gives you a place to start.

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 Have An Open Mind

Lastly, you may have had your heart set on an exquisite off-white, chantilly lace gown since the first time you watched “Father of the Bride,” but for some reason that strapless, sweetheart, a’la Kim Kardashian dress just speaks to you. Go ahead and try it. For many of us, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Indulge your inner princess and try it on. Keep an open mind and you just might surprise yourself. Just keep in mind that whatever dress you try is going to look a little different once those giant chip clips all the dress stores use are removed and real alterations are done. So if that poufy princess gown screams at you, or you’ve just always wanted to try one, now’s your chance. Who knows, you just may have had enough free champagne that it actually looks pretty good.

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Here’s to a successful shopping trip!

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Take Your Photography 365 Project to the Next Level http://fizara.com/photography-365-project/ http://fizara.com/photography-365-project/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:00:49 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=8492 We’ve just started a new year, so it’s no surprise that many of us are embarking on new journeys, whether to be healthier, spend more time with family, be more financially responsible or any number of resolutions. As photographers, one of our favorite endeavors is the Photography 365 project, and we can’t think of a better […]

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We’ve just started a new year, so it’s no surprise that many of us are embarking on new journeys, whether to be healthier, spend more time with family, be more financially responsible or any number of resolutions. As photographers, one of our favorite endeavors is the Photography 365 project, and we can’t think of a better time to start one than now!

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Once you get the idea, Photography 365 seems simple enough, but the options are endless! Essentially, starting a 365 project is a dedication to capturing and sharing at least one picture per day for 365 days, a whole year! There are a variety of rules each person may set for himself, but as far as we’re concerned, the most important aspect is just getting that one photograph a day, regardless of what it is or how you took it (that’s right, smart phones are cameras too). In fact, some people even make a point of choosing a unique aspect for a 365 project.

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Your Photo-a-Day project, as it can also be called, is completely at the mercy of your creative whim. If you’re like some camera fans, you may choose to forego the idea of a theme and simply spend time with your camera each day. Some of us need a bit more direction, and subject matter guidelines can be very helpful in this case. Some great examples we’ve seen of Photo-a-Day projects include Food, Daily Inspiration, Loved Ones and so many more.

As “selfies” get more and more popular, maybe you want to take a different self-portrait every day. It can be really fun to watch your progress over a year. Or maybe you have a favorite time of day, like mornings. Try capturing the reason you love that time!

One list of possible ideas featured, “Good Morning, 2015!” If this project isn’t your only goal for the year, what are some others? Perhaps daily shots of your steps toward goals (daily yoga practice, trying something new every day) could be your theme. As we said before, the possibilities really are endless.

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Take Your 365 Photography to the Next LevelPhoto credit: My Two Monsters Photography

What’s the point of taking all these gorgeous photos (aside from self-reflection and photography practice) if you don’t share your work with others? Finishing a year of photos every day is a huge accomplishment! There are numerous ways of sharing these pictures with friends, family, loved ones and even strangers, but our favorite is the photo book.

Take Your Photography 365 Project to the Next LevelPhoto credit: Constantin Mashinskiy

If you’ve been into a bookstore in the past five years, you’ve most likely seen examples of the collections resulting from Photography 365 projects. Maybe you aren’t keen to publish yours and share with everyone who visits Barnes & Noble, but you can still create your very own, high-quality photo book to show off your year of shots and the improvement you’ve made. The best part is that Fizara makes it easy! You’ve done plenty of work over the past year just taking, and possibly editing, the photos and we’re here to lend a helping hand so that you can take a break.

Once you’ve finished up the year, which, by the way can begin at any time you choose, your first step is to download the Fizara Album Designer. With our one-of-a-kind software for photography albums and books, getting started with your final 365 portfolio takes less than one minute. Fizara can pull your photos from your computer, Facebook, Flickr or Picasa, ready to create a one-of-a-kind custom layout.

Take Your 365 Photography to the Next LevelPhoto credit: Citizen Erased Photography

Next step? Create your masterpiece. Fizara allows for full creative control while designing your photo book, but if you’re exhausted with being creative, we offer templates and pre-set themes as well. Yet again, this is all up to you!

If you take the creative route, try including text overlays in your book to share a little insight into your photos. While we don’t recommend adding text to every page, choosing a few favorite shots to briefly explain can add flavor and personality to a photo book already bursting at the seams with a taste of just who you are. If you think a picture is worth 1000 words, don’t mess with perfection! Just select an order for your work then let the photos do the talking.

Take Your Photography 365 Project to the Next LevelPhoto credit: Bottle Tree Photography

Though there’s a small chance you aren’t ready to share the work you’ve done over the past year, we’re betting you can’t wait to show everyone how dedicated you were to capturing beautiful photos, and after all the work you’ve put into taking, editing and arranging your photos into a stunning photo book, it’s finally time to share!

Take your personalized photo book into the world and brighten it page by page. And if you’re keeping to yourself, be sure to take a look from time to time and remember that YOU took all those shots. Congratulations!

 

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Wedding Planning and Footing the Bill http://fizara.com/wedding-planning-and-footing-the-bill/ http://fizara.com/wedding-planning-and-footing-the-bill/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:00:34 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=8465 So you’re engaged. Congrats! You’ve joined the club. You’ve got the ring, the parents’ permission, and are officially using any excuse to refer to your partner as “fiance,” in your best French accent. So what’s next? Now, lovebirds, begins the daunting (but amazing) journey that is wedding planning. Flowers, dresses, the whole nine yards. Before […]

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So you’re engaged. Congrats! You’ve joined the club. You’ve got the ring, the parents’ permission, and are officially using any excuse to refer to your partner as “fiance,” in your best French accent. So what’s next? Now, lovebirds, begins the daunting (but amazing) journey that is wedding planning. Flowers, dresses, the whole nine yards. Before you go running into Crate and Barrel with sku gun in hand, take a moment to revel in the reality of being betrothed. Here’s a quick breakdown when it comes to wedding planning and footing the bill.

Here’s a breakdown of the average wedding and who traditionally pays for what. “Traditionally,” being the key word.

The Ceremony

The bride and bride’s family pay for church or synagogue, and all costs associated with the ceremony venue. The groom and groom’s family pay for marriage license and officiant’s fee. With so many couples getting married in outdoor locales, and with their own elaborate ceremony decor, we can probably lump all that into the bride’s ceremony costs.

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The Get Ups

The bride and family pay for bride’s dress, veil, accessories, and wedding lingerie, the groom’s side pays for the groom’s attire, and the wedding party attendants all pay for their own clothing. This is still pretty much the standard.

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The Honeymoon

The groom and family pay for complete honeymoon. We’re also seeing a trend of people spending less on an elaborate wedding, and instead, putting the budget towards a lavish honeymoons. Whether its an all-inclusive cruise, or a backpacking trip across Europe, honeymoons can be just as pricey as the wedding itself.

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Photography

The bride’s side pays for all wedding photos and video.

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Festivities

Everyone knows, there are a few other festivities that come with a wedding. When you sign on to be in a wedding party, you are signing up for so much more. Showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, luncheons, and brunches. Here’s the breakdown of the parties around the party. All bets are off with an engagement party. Either side can plan and host an engagement party. The groom’s family plans and hosts the rehearsal dinner. The bride family and bridesmaids plan and host her shower. Loving coworkers will often throw little work showers too. Yay for the mid afternoon cake coma! Each side throws its respective bachelor or bachelorette shindig. Speaking of, how do we all feel about the joint bachelor and bachelorette?

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The Bling

Most of us are still pretty traditional when it comes to the rings. Most grooms still won’t pop a knee without splurging on a ring. And, let’s be honest, how many of us would say yes without one? I kid. But there’s still a lot of old school tradition when it comes to the bride’s baubles. The groom still usually pays for her engagement ring and wedding band. Likewise, the bride foots the bill for the groom’s band.

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The Party

Etiquette says the bride pays for all professional services, including food, drinks, decorations, and music. Here’s hoping Daddy saved for that chocolate fountain!

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Invites And Stationery

The bride and her family pay for invitations, announcements, wedding programs, thank you cards, menus, and all things paper. Yes, even those adorable cupcake flags.

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Transportation

And etiquette states its the bride’s side who pays for the transportation to and from the ceremony and reception. Nothing in the book about who’s picking up the tab on the Hummer stretch limo for the bachelor party. Who thought that was a good idea anyway?

We’re all 21st century kids here. Most brides and grooms these days have strayed from the old school ways of wedding planning where finances are concerned. Unless you’re super traditional, and depending on your individual cultural customs, you and your spouse-to-be are probably using some combination of funds from different sources to plan your big day. Weddings are so unique nowadays. Its not a morning ceremony and a tastefully elegant daytime meal anymore. Photo booths, cake pops, and monogrammed everything is the new mid afternoon brunch. The lines are blurred and there’s a lot more grey area in determining budget. What’s more is that many of us are foregoing marriage – at least a young marriage – and instead choosing school and / or a career first. Many couples pay for their own weddings, or various parts of them, themselves. You and your partner will have your own wedding priorities, be it the music, food, or fabulous photography, you will allocate your budget wherever you see fit. Whether you come from a traditional family, or wouldn’t know the meaning of tradition if it hit you in the eye, the rules are: there are no rules – tradition may play a part in your ceremony itself, but where the budget’s concerned, anything goes.

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5 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following http://fizara.com/5-twitter-accounts-you-should-be-following/ http://fizara.com/5-twitter-accounts-you-should-be-following/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:00:40 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=8436 Whether you’re a fan, or not, you can’t deny the power of Twitter. Who would have thought so much power could be packed into a short 140 characters? Twitter isn’t only for celebrity insta-updates, though, its also a major hub for photographers’ snaps and shares. News on Twitter travels fast – here are 5 Twitter […]

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Whether you’re a fan, or not, you can’t deny the power of Twitter. Who would have thought so much power could be packed into a short 140 characters? Twitter isn’t only for celebrity insta-updates, though, its also a major hub for photographers’ snaps and shares. News on Twitter travels fast – here are 5 Twitter accounts you should be following now.

Andy Adams

Adams is a Wisconsin-based photographer, doer, and thinker who uses digital media to promote visual arts. He runs Flakphoto, a website that showcases fellow photographers’ contemporary work from around the world. This archive, entitled, “The Collection,” is updated 5 times a week, free, and open to anyone for submissions. Adams says, “For the past ten years, my projects have explored the intersection of digital communication, online audience engagement, and web-based creative collaboration to foster photography culture on and offline.” Adams self-run website is a great, user-friendly platform to catapult your own work to an international audience. Now that’s some good karma.

5 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following4Photo credit: Andy Adams

Eric Kim

Street photography has taken the photography world by storm and one of the stand outs of this genre is Eric Kim. Kim is a Berkeley-based street photographer who blends an interest of sociology with his love of photography. His blog is a culmination of art, passion, and teaching others who share the same love of photography. Kim travels the world, taking street photos and teaching photography workshops. He is interactive through social media, asking questions of his readers and sharing recent work, and reviewing the latest gear.

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Eunique Jones Gibson

Jones Gibson is the beauty and brains behind the Because of Them We Can campaign. You’ve seen it: the adorable kids dressed up as prominent historic icons. Jones Gibson’s amazing project was born out of the desire to connect her own young children, and those of the newest generation, with those icons and famous figures who came before them. Jones Gibson says via her website, “[…] I have come to the conclusion that even 365 days aren’t enough. What began as a mother’s passion project quickly evolved into a movement. Today we are committed as ever before to encourage and empower people of all ages and hues to dream out loud and reimagine themselves as greater than they are, simply by connecting the dots between the past, the present and the future.” She is incredibly active via social media, sharing work, raising awareness to her project, and keeping up on current events.

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Corey Rich

Rich is the adventurer and photographer behind the, Story Behind the Image series that’s taken adventure photography to a whole new level. We all love a good behind-the-scenes photo and twitter followers are given a front row seat to whatever adventure Rich is on that day. Belay off the side of sheer rock face, or trail run across rough terrain with the best of them. Rich posts instant updates, and interacts directly with his almost 7,000 followers. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also a Nikon Ambassador, so you know the photos are good.

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Mosa’ab Elshamy

Elshamy is a Cairo-based, freelance journalist who has documented major events like the Egyptian revolution, the 2012 Gaza War in his young life. Elshamy uses Twitter to instantly connect with his 43.6 thousand followers. He risks his safety in order to share updates, news, and powerful photos, and therefore educate, raise awareness, and draw attention to developing stories around the globe. Not too shabby for a 23-year-old .

5 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following6Photo credit: Mosa’ab Elshamy

Twitter has rounded out the social media category with its truly unique idea – share your thoughts in 140 characters or less. It has forced creatives to rethink communication altogether. Photojournalists, and creatives are uniquely and instantly connected to each other in such a different way than that of any other form of communication. Are we, as a generation, becoming less patient in wanting to read a whole story, or are we becoming truly innovative in redefining the art of storytelling?

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8 Best Friend Photos to Take Right Now http://fizara.com/8-best-friend-photos-to-take-right-now/ http://fizara.com/8-best-friend-photos-to-take-right-now/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:00:43 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=8382 We, obviously, love printing and displaying photos. We’re photographers, and photography is our number 1 passion. So much of the joy that we find in photography, however, is in the sharing of our images.  We’re inspired by relationships, love, emotions, and movement. Much of our business began in response to those wanting affordable wedding albums. […]

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We, obviously, love printing and displaying photos. We’re photographers, and photography is our number 1 passion. So much of the joy that we find in photography, however, is in the sharing of our images.  We’re inspired by relationships, love, emotions, and movement. Much of our business began in response to those wanting affordable wedding albums. Lately, though, we’ve had more and more people contact us about photo albums and photo books to share with and give to friends. Needless to say, we’re pretty pumped. A beautiful album or book filled with images of the other loves of our lives is a perfect gift to ourselves and to those who inspire us the most. You may have an iPhone filled with selfies, but this post has a few more ideas for having fun in front of the camera with your besties. Here are our top 8 best friend photos to take right now!

1. Young and free

We love the running-in-front-of-the-camera-like-you-don’t-know-its-there photos. You know, the ones that all the models do and they just happen to have perfect hair, make up, and clothing? Grab a friend (not a #1 bestie, though, maybe a 3rd or 4th who’ll take pics of you) or a tripod, and have some fun. Get your dance on, jump on your bed, pull out the giant party sunglasses from that bar mitzvah (you know you still have them) and have some fun. Best friends are those people who we laugh the most with, cry the most to, and can be completely ourselves with. An album full of teethy selfies is great, but you want the authentic photos. The ones that make you guys – you.

10 Best Friend Photos to Take Right Now3Photo Credit: Hailey Cheyanne

2. Awwww!

If you’re lucky enough to still have a childhood best friend, count yourself among the luckiest. This person has been with you during temper tantrums, freak outs, and puberty – and has chosen to stick around. If anyone deserves an album.. Pull out those adorable childhood photos. They deserve to be displayed. And don’t worry if your photos together aren’t as cute as these littles; awkward high school hair and head gear will make for some full-bellied laughs together.

10-Best-Friend-Photos-to-Take-Right-Now5Photo Credit: Chelsea Homesley

3. Let the emotions run high

This one kind of piggybacks off of #1. Grab that friend or tripod, or pull one of the arms reach selfies with your camera and take some photos laughing together. I don’t know a single set of best friends who doesn’t count, “she/he makes me laugh harder than anyone,” as one of their favorite defining qualities. I love this photo. It also reminds me of the secrets I share with my best friend. The ones I’d have to kill her for telling someone. But photos that convey the depths of your friendship are powerful and telling. A hug, an arm around the shoulder, a kiss on the forehead. I bet you have a few photos like this already lying around. Share them.

10 best friend photos to take right now2Photo Credit: Elizabeth Messina

4. Milestones

Sometimes, our lives are so parallel its magical. Or kinda eery. Potato, potahtoh. Either way, getting married, having kids, going through life’s biggest events alongside your bff can be amazing. Make sure to document these. The older we get, the faster time seems to pass. Sharing these moments with someone we love is the best.

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5. Good times

Good times. Remember back when everyone said that? And who do you have the best times with? Did you go to camp together? Wear hideous matching bridesmaid dresses together? If yes, whip those photos out for the album. If not, start snapping some now.

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6. Adventures

You’ve undoubtedly had adventures – and misadventures – with your beloved(s). Those are some of the best memories! The next time you carpool to that wedding across the state, or try those matching burnt sienna highlights for the first time (yikes?) bring your camera. Sometimes the best memories are born from the most mundane adventures.

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7. Just the two of us

She’s the chocolate to your espresso bean; the Laverne to your Shirley. Why? What makes your coupling so unique? Include photos of the crazy things you do together, matching hair, and all the little things you cherish.

10-Best-Friend-Photos-to-Take-Right-Now10Photo Credit: Bethany Olson

8. Celebrate

Your bff has been there to celebrate so many of life’s major moments. If you should throw her an epic bachelorette party – make sure to get proof. Other than the glitter stuck to your scalp.

8-Best-Friend-Photos-to-Take-Right-Now11Photo Credit: Paige Winn Photo

Life is a celebration of moments. We, as photographers, focus on immortalizing each and every one. And what makes up this elaborate collection of life? Loved ones. Those we share each important moment with. Go ahead and be that person who takes way too many photos at every event (and non event). Print, display, and share them, and start creating new memories today.

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