Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Card Design HELP!

Happy December! A lot of my clients have been asking me how to create holiday cards with their images. I am always happy to offer design services for the time-pressed or not-so-tech-savvy clients out there, but thought I should offer this as well to all.

I've been using iPhoto services for cards for awhile now and love the ease of the software for my clients. The printing quality has been wonderful too, as well as the price! I used iPhoto to design thank you cards from pictures from my wedding!

One additional tip: To write on the iPhoto cards purchase some Ultra Fine Point Sharpie markers.

There are a lot of other really cool companies out there too for holiday cards. Below are a few of my favorites:
Tiny Prints -
Wedding Paper Divas -
Minted -
Forever Fiances -
Simple Card -
Paper Culture -

Instructions for Designing and Ordering iPhoto Cards

1) Open up iPhoto and import the picture(s) you would like to use in your card from the folder on your DVD or desktop. You need 300 dpi images (high res jpgs) for printed cards. You can import photos by clicking on them and dragging them into the main iPhoto screen or go to the iPhoto "File" menu > select "Import to library…" and select your images.

2) Once your photos are imported, click on the “Photos” icon on the list on the left of your screen under the “Events” icon. Scroll and find your newly imported photos. If they are not all in the same section or “album” please click and drag them all into the same album/section.

3) Hold down the shift key and click on all of the photos in your album. You will need to select all of the photos you would like to use. All of the photos in your album will now be highlighted with a border.

4) Now click on the icon labeled "Card" in the center of the bottom of your screen, next to the "Calendar" button. A new menu showing different card designs will pop up.

5) Choose a design from the list on the left and click on a card design too. Once you have made your selection, click on the blue “Choose” button in the lower right corner.

6) Your card will automatically load with images! Voila! You can make additional design changes now by selecting the front or inside of your card and then clicking on the "Design" button at the bottom of the screen. Make changes to the color, theme or orientation with the additional buttons at the bottom of your screen too.

7) You can adjust the image size and the placement of the images by clicking on each image. A slider pops up so you can zoom in or out of each selected image. If you want to move images around, just click and drag them into another image box.

8) Type any text you would like in the text areas. To change the color, size and font, click on the "Edit" menu at the top of your screen > select "Font". A font menu will pop up. Make sure you highlight the text before you make changes to the text.

9) Once you are happy with the design of your card click on the “Buy Card” button in the lower right corner of your screen. Don't forget to double check spelling!

10) Order cards and make yourself a cup of hot chocolate!

Happy card-making!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

FREE Engagement Photo Day! Join us on Saturday, May 22nd!

A few of the other wedding photographers I know also organize a FREE engagement photo day in NYC. I thought it was a great idea and I wanted to extend this offer to my clients this year too.

Please forward this link out to any newly engaged couples still looking for the right wedding photographer too!

This day is specially designed for newly engaged couples who still haven't found the photographer to match their personal style for their wedding. This 30 MINUTE FREE engagement photo session gives us a chance to know each other better, you can see how I work, and this day gives you a chance for you to begin to get comfortable in front of a camera (before your big day filled with lots and lots of pictures).

You will leave your private photo session with beautiful pictures for your friends and family, full usage rights to your images for photo prints, social networking, and your wedding website.
After the photo session a DVD of images will be available for you with both color and black-and-white images for you to choose from.

One couple will win a FREE PHOTO GUESTBOOK for their wedding!

During your photo session you will also have the additional assistance of a professional makeup artist, Sue Perez, who will be there for touch-ups and styling.

Please note: This day may fill up quickly and there is a chance that not everyone will get an appointment! If you are interested in joining us, please email us by MAY 15th, 10AM at with the following information:

-- Your full names
-- Email addresses & mobile phone numbers
-- Your wedding date and location
-- A few sentences about how you met and your wedding plans

Looking forward to meeting you and seeing your new sparkly bling!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hello Again Daniel

I've wanted to start a blog for the longest time, and here I finally am. Hello world! I hope to keep this blog updated with some personal images and a variety of photos and notes from my shoots and archiving projects each week. I hope you find it inspirational and helpful too.
I was delighted to get a call from one of my favorite event planners in NYC to shoot a private dinner at Daniel Restaurant on Friday. I had photographed a wedding there last year and it really is one of the finest restaurants in the world. Working behind the scenes there (and even getting to peek inside the kitchen) it is a place that runs like no other...the food, the service, the creativity. And the staff there pulls off every fine detail with elegance and ease. Both events I have been to there look like a ballet in progress when I watch from behind my lens.

Last Friday the event was an after-temple dinner for a young lady having her bat mitzvah the next day. What a gorgeous and warm celebration and wonderful family. The cake was just so amazing to me, so I wanted to share a few images with you too. It was completely handmade and truly unlike any other I have ever seen. Each blade of grass was a fine line of green icing...I could go on and on, but take a look. Yum.