When choosing Christmas presents for my parents the options are endless but for something extar special, there really is only one choice, picture gifts!
I generally make several pictures books for my parents throughout the year which feature Liv’s progress. As my parents live in France, they do not see Liv as often as they would like so they really appreciate receiving such personal keepsakes. At Christmas though I like to choose something that will be useful to them but that still incorporates personal images. What better Christmas gift idea than a Vistaprint picture calendar? Both practical and personal! Bingo!
The design process is actually a lot easier than you would imagine, with a step by step guide on the site. In the past I have found the hardest part to creating a long lasting picture gift is actually choosing which images to use. Liv has an infectious smile that the camera loves, making it impossible to limit my favourites!
To ensure your picture gift is of a high quality finish, it is imperative you capture fantastic images to start with. Vistaprint have teamed up with Loose Women’s Andrea Mclean and professional photographer to the stars Ian Derry in the ‘Making Magical Moments’ video below, to discuss top tips on how to capture amazing images this Christmas.
Ian Derry, who has been working as a photographer for more than thirty years has given his five golden rules for photographic success to ensure you get the most from your photo gifts.
· PREPARE – Plan in your head where and when the best shots are going to be and be ready. Make sure you have the camera set for the situation so you don’t miss the shot.
· SELECTION – Try to vary your shots and make sure you get a nice selection of images to choose from. This can help change the pace when flicking through a photo album or personalised photo book, which makes it more exciting than lots of the same type of pictures.
· TURN OFF THE FLASH – Switch off the flash on your camera, use a low light setting and be less intrusive. This way people will forget you are taking pictures and things will be more natural, making the photo more real.
· TAKE MORE THAN YOU NEED TO – Don’t just take one or two shots, take a whole load. When you look back at them you will see how different they all are and how sometimes your first shot can be improved upon. The beauty of modern cameras is that you can be ruthless and delete the photos you don’t want.
· SET SHOTS UP – As well as the happy moments and the candid off camera shots, take the time to set shots up too.
I constantly take images on my phone, generally action shots, obviously the quality is not as good as if using my own camera however for candid pictures it is quick and always to hand. Turning the flash off for a more natural image is a great idea and something that I shall bear in mind in the future.
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