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Fun Unique Photo Valentines!

February 3, 2016

NOTE: Be sure you’re following me on Instagram at @elishasnowphotography for tips and tricks on how to get great photos! CLICK HERE!

I’m so excited to share with you some fun new photo valentines I created this year! They were all so easy to make, and are really great personalized options for your kids to take to school and pass out to friends and teachers. Most of these are really easy to make yourself (I’ll give you instructions below), but I’m also offering a few of them as a FREE download!

And if you’d like to see the segment I did on Studio 5 (a local Utah lifestyle show), explaining each of these, plus showing how to set up a fun Valentine backdrop, CLICK HERE!

“GOTTA HAND IT TO YOU” VALENTINE

This is a great option for older kids who don’t want to use their face on the valentine. I had my son wear a black shirt (you can use any color shirt) and place his hands in different positions to make it look like he’s “holding” a piece of candy. After you take the picture, play around with the size in order to get the candy proportionate to the hands. You may need to zoom in or out, depending on how big the candy is. I printed out several drafts of each of these and then would go back to Photoshop and readjust if it was still not right. Lots of trial and error, but it’s not hard to do!

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HAND IT TO YOU 1 DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE

HAND IT TO YOU 2 DOWNLOAD: COMING SOON!

HAND IT TO YOU 3 DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE

STAR WARS JEDI VALENTINES

I created these valentines for my boys several years ago, and since then they have been pinned and re-pinned SO many times! I get emails all the time, asking how to make them! There isn’t a specific download for these because they really only have two elements to them: the photo itself and the text. Take a picture of your child on an all white background. Make sure that you place them at the bottom of the picture, making sure that you leave a lot of empty space in the picture for the light saber to stick up.

Open the photo in Photoshop, Word, or another program and crop it to the size you’d like (I used 4×6). Then add your text and that’s it! The font I used for this was Star Jedi Outline Regular. You can download it from dafont.com. After you print it, use a craft knife to cut a small slit across the handle of the light saber, then use Pixy Stix or glow bracelets to place in the slit. I usually secure it with a piece of tape on the back.

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“WANNA HANG OUT” VALENTINE

This was a fun valentine to make with my oldest son, and he loved how it turned out! This is the exact same concept as the Jedi valentines above, just using the monkey bars instead of a light saber. So it’s the same instructions: take a picture of your child hanging by their legs (or hands) from the money bars.

TIP: keep in mind how you’re going to weave the candy through. You can see in this picture that I didn’t think to have him put his knees close together, resulting in an empty space between his knees. I didn’t want to have to weave the candy more than twice, so I used Photoshop to fill in a red “bar” between his knees. To avoid having to do that, just have them keep their knees together. Then once you print it you just cut slits on the outsides of their knees and weave the candy through. Print it out and add text and you’re done!

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BAG TOPPER VALENTINE

Here’s a fun gift to give to a teacher or grandparent! It doesn’t have a specific theme like the valentines above do, so you can really put anything you’d like in the bag. The size of this bag topper is 7.25 x 3.75. That’s the size I chose because that’s the size of cellophane bags that I have. Yours are most likely smaller though, so after you download the file, add your own photo (make sure your photo is the layer below the text layer, and replace the “Love Myles” part, you can flatten the whole image in Photoshop (Layer > Flatten Image), and then resize it to the size you need (Go to Image > Image Size > Change width to the size of the width of your bag). Make sure that the little chain link symbol between the width and the height is selected so that the ratio remains the same and it doesn’t skew the image.

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BAG TOPPER VALENTINE DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE

CIRCLE TOPPER VALENTINES

One more super easy idea for valentines is to just use a 1.5″ or 2″ circle cutter to cut out these little toppers, and tape them to the tops of Play-doh cans (you can buy big packs of small ones), or to smaller cans of soda. After you’ve downloaded the file and changed the text to your own child’s name, then you can flatten the image and duplicate it several times onto a new 8 1/2 x 11 page. That way you’ll have a bunch of little circles all on one page and you don’t have to print them out one by one and waste paper! Easy and fun!

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PLAY DOH VALENTINE DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE

SODA VALENTINE DOWNLOAD: CLICK HERE

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Best Photo Gifts of 2015!

December 10, 2015

I had SUCH a great time doing a round-up of all the best photo gifts this year for your loved ones for Christmas! If you didn’t catch my segment on Studio 5, here is a link: Unique Photo Gifts

There were so many awesome products, that I didn’t get a chance to feature everything I wanted to on the segment, so here is a few more ideas for you!

1. One of the BIG trends this year is printing on metal! I was a little skeptical about what it would look like to print on metal, but it’s all so beautiful! I talked about a big metal print on air, but I also had a smaller 8×10 metal print done from Shutterfly ($59.99 for an 8×10). I really love the urban, eclectic feel of these metal prints and the metal naturally creates a cool grain in the photo. They’re a great conversation piece!

 

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2. Keeping with the METAL theme, check out this Christmas ornament ($24.99), also from Shutterfly, printed on metal! They have lots of different designs to choose from, and different shapes. It comes in a cute satin drawstring bag for safekeeping.

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3. One of very favorite companies that was featured on Studio 5 is Pinhole Press. For some reason I hadn’t heard of it before, but it is SUCH a cool company! It caters to more high-quality, kid-friendly items, but also has great options for parents. I am a HUGE list-maker, so I was ecstatic to find this custom magnetic notepad ($24.99). Now every time I carry my list with me on all my errands I get to bring along a picture of my cute kids!

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4. Speaking of list-making, how adorable are these spiral notebooks from Minted ($16-$23)??  They were very affordable and you can choose whether you want lined paper, planner paper, or graph paper on the inside. They come with a frosted plastic cover for protection.

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5. These mini accordion books ($19.99) from Mpix were featured on air, but I just had to show them again, because they’re so dang adorable! They’re printed on high-quality, thick paper, with a hard magnetic cover. They are the perfect little stocking stuffer idea! Or they also make awesome teacher or grandparent gifts!

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6. Another big trend I noticed this year was super easy ways to use your Instagram photos as gifts. For example, check out this cute little thumbprint photo box ($59.99) from Mpix. These are printed with a metallic finish, and look SO cool! They come all packaged in this cut little wooden box, with four wooden little easels. So you can swap out pictures for display.

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7. Another favorite item I featured on air were these Panoramic photo books (prices vary) from Mpix. You guys, these are SO cool! They’re called “panoramic” because they lay FLAT when you open them! No more bending back the spine to try and read what words in the gutter of the binding. I was so excited to print the photos I took of Wyatt every month during his first year of life.

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8. My last highlight, and probably my very favorite of all, is this amazing Heart Snapshot foil-pressed art print ($116.50 with frame) from Minted. Ahhh this is so beautiful!! It was so easy to just pop in a few of my Instagram prints and then the design was done. It’s hard to see in this picture, but the photos with the darker frames around them are actually a cool gold foil. It just adds such a pop of beauty to the piece! PLUS, you can order these prints already framed! This is framed in a Distressed Cottage White frame.

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I hope you all enjoyed this post and feature on Studio 5, and got some great ideas for photo gifts. I can’t wait to order more throughout the year for me and my friends and family!

A HUGE thanks to the following companies for their help with pulling this segment together! They all have great offers going on right now for Christmas, so be sure to take advantage of them!

1. Shutterfly: Shutterfly always has great discounts on different products, especially this time of year! Order deadline for Christmas is December 22nd at 4:00pm PST (choose Super Rush Shipping)

2. Minted: Order deadline for Christmas is December 14th for standard shipping, and December 18th for Priority shipping.

3. Mpix: SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR STUDIO5 VIEWERS! Use code KSL5 for $5 off a $50 purchase, and code KSL15 for $15 off a $100 purchase! Order deadline for Christmas is December 18-21, depending on the product (with Fed-Ex shipping)

4. Pro Digital Photos: You can order items right up until December 23rd if you live in Utah. Just contact them for details!

5. Pinhole Press: Pinhole Press is running FREE shipping today and tomorrow (December 10th and 11th)! Definitely a time to take advantage of free shipping! Yay! Deadline for Christmas is December 15th.

6. Chatbooks: SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR STUDIO5 VIEWERS! Use code KSL10 at checkout to get 10% off your order! This is such an awesome deal from Chatbooks, and remember that shipping is always included in your order! Order deadline for Christmas is December 13th.

WINNER!

September 24, 2015

I know this is so cliche to say, but I really truly do wish I could give each and every one of you a free family photo session. I love photographing families SO much! If I never needed sleep and didn’t have kids and a husband I really would consider giving away like 200 free photo shoots! Thank you to every single person who entered, and especially for your amazingly nice comments on my photography! They totally made my day. And now…the WINNER!

AMY DICKENS (amydickens@…)

CONGRATULATIONS! Email me at elisha@elishasnow.com to set up an appointment.

Thanks again to everyone who entered! I truly do appreciate all your support!

GIVEAWAY! Family Photo Session!

September 15, 2015

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I can’t even tell you how excited I am to do a giveaway! This will be my very first giveaway EVER since I started my photography business a few years ago. Some of you may be followers from a few years ago when I worked for Simple Scrapbooks and Creating Keepsakes and had the chance to give away things like scrapbook supplies and magazine issues (oh yeah, those were some awesome giveaways!), but this time I’m all on my own, with my own little business I built and worked so hard for! And for those of you joining me from Studio 5…a HUGE welcome to you!

Okay, the details:

  • This giveaway is for an immediate family only. That means families living in the same household.
  • You must be willing to travel to a location between Ogden and Salt Lake OR be willing to pay a travel fee to travel outside of those areas.
  • If you win you do NOT have to have your photos taken in the fall. But it does have to be used within 7 months (end of April 2016).
  • This giveaway is open to any and ALL friends, family, co-workers, etc. as well! I love to see people I love participate!
  • The giveaway goes for ONE week and closes on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

To Enter: Simply fill out the form below! The only mandatory entry is that you leave a comment on this post. But if you can earn additional entries by visiting my Facebook page, following me on Instagram, and tagging your friends!

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Thank you so much for visiting and helping me to celebrate my love and passion for photography! And if you’d like to schedule a photo session, please click HERE to see details and prices.

Here are the photos used during my Studio 5 segment today! It was all about using awesome backdrops for your photoshoots.

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And if you missed the segment, here’s the link! http://studio5.ksl.com/?nid=122&sid=36035499

Aaaaannnd….did you know that Pepper Lu (the company I featured with Ah-mazing backdrops) is offering Studio 5 viewers an exclusive discount? Seriously, you NEED to take advantage of this! Simply enter the code STUDIO5 at checkout for 30% off your order!

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I haven’t actually seen the new Cinderella yet, but I’ve heard plenty about the theme of the movie: Have courage and be kind. I, like everyone else in the world, LOVE this message! It’s simple and straightforward, and is perfect for my crazy boys. There are probably about a hundred different adorable downloads for this print, but everything I’ve seen is pretty girly–nothing my boys would allow me to frame and hang in their room. So I just decided to create my own, and offer it as a free download to whoever wants it!

FREE “HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND” PRINTABLE

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January 15, 2015

If you’re wanting to keep up with my latest photo shoots, LIKE my page on Facebook! Here is the link: Elisha Snow Photography

Also, welcome to all the new blog followers from Studio 5! I hope you enjoyed the segments on ways to get great photos of your kids. If you’re interested in setting up a session in my home studio, please email me at elisha@elishasnow.com. Right now for the winter season I’m offering awesome discounts on my photography! You can see my pricing information here:

My pricing is very simple and straightforward. I offer one basic fee for the session, which includes the following:

  • 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours of shooting time at one location (depending on type of session)
  • All the photos edited with color enhancement, skin smoothing, and basic blemish removal, if needed
  • All high-resolution photos on a DVD
  • Shared copyright for printing and using your photos at your discretion. (PLEASE NOTE: photos may NOT be altered or edited)
  • Additional precision editing of the photos, if needed.
  • Discounted rates for high-quality printing through Elisha Snow Photography (any size available, including canvases and other fine art prints)

PRICES:

  • Family photo session (immediate family only): $250 Price includes photos of family, photos of each individual person, and any other photos/combinations of your choice
  • Extended family photo session (up to 25 people): $300 (each additional person is $10 each) Price includes extended family photo, plus photos of each individual family, as well as other combinations (such as grandparents with grandkids, sibling shots, etc.). Price does NOT include individual photos of each person.
  • Newborn session: $250 Price includes photos of baby, plus photos of baby with parents and/or siblings. 3-4 poses and outfit changes. Photos session can be held at my in-home studio in Farmington or at your own home.
  • Senior session: $200 Price includes one location, and 2-3 outfit changes
  • Child session: $200 Price includes one child, one location, and 2-3 outfit changes. Each additional child is $25.
  • Weddings: Prices available upon request
  • Product and commercial photography is also available. Prices available upon request.

Please note that these are special discounted prices for the 2014/2015 winter season. Prices are subject to change at any time without notice.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

elisha@elishasnow.com

(801) 543-9016 (call or text)

ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS:

I love to offer my clients fun and unique locations to do photos. I’ve complied a list of many of those places at this link: http://www.elishasnow.com/blog/index.php/2012/09/photography-locations/

Once you’ve booked a session with me we will discuss more options for the type of look you’d like and what to wear to your photo shoot.

WHERE TO FIND ME:

There are a few different places to find me in cyberspace.

You can see my Facebook Page here (click “LIKE” if you’d like to!):

https://www.facebook.com/elishasnowphotography

You can find my personal Facebook page here (add me as a friend!):

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1463733791

My blog is here:

http://www.elishasnow.com/blog/

My website is here:

http://www.elishasnow.com

I teach a variety of photography classes, from beginner to advanced (and everything in between) here:

http://www.bigpictureclasses.com

I like to participate in photo challenges here:

http://www.iheartfaces.com

You can see my e-book on photography here:

http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/ebooks/picture-perfect.php

I’m on Pinterest here:

http://pinterest.com/elishasnow/

I’m on Instagram here:

http://instagram.com/elishasnowphotography

And finally, I tweet (ocassionally) here:

https://twitter.com/elishasnow

I have been so lucky to teach so many people through my online photography classes. Did you know that I have taught literally over 5,000 unique subscribers in my online classes? WOW!! It’s been so fun for me to associate with people from all parts of the world during each run of my classes.

In just ONE more day (starting Thursday, November 20th) my new online class, “Professional Children’s Photography” begins. It is a 6-week online class that tells you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about photographing children. I share all my tips and tricks that professional photographers use from getting great shots from birth to graduation.

Click the picture below if you’d like to learn more about the class.

Fall Photo Shoots

September 18, 2014

First of all, welcome to all of the new visitors to my blog and website, especially those coming from Studio 5. Hopefully the location segment I did offered some helpful ideas for great photography locations that will fit your family and style.

If you’re interested in getting some photos done, here is my pricing list for Fall. I have a few spots still available in October and November, but they literally fill up within days, so if you’re considering booking a session please contact me soon so I can get you on the list!:

My pricing is very simple and straightforward. I offer one basic fee for the session, which includes the following:

  • 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours of shooting time at one location (depending on type of session)
  • All the photos edited with color enhancement, skin smoothing, and basic blemish removal, if needed
  • All high-resolution photos on a DVD
  • Shared copyright for printing and using your photos at your discretion. (PLEASE NOTE: photos may NOT be altered or edited)
  • Additional precision editing of the photos, if needed.
  • Discounted rates for high-quality printing through Elisha Snow Photography (any size available, including canvases and other fine art prints)

PRICES:

  • Family photo session (immediate family only): $250 Price includes photos of family, photos of each individual person, and any other photos/combinations of your choice
  • Extended family photo session (up to 25 people): $300 (each additional person is $10 each) Price includes extended family photo, plus photos of each individual family, as well as other combinations (such as grandparents with grandkids, sibling shots, etc.). Price does NOT include individual photos of each person.
  • Newborn session: $250 Price includes photos of baby, plus photos of baby with parents and/or siblings. 3-4 poses and outfit changes. Photos session can be held at my in-home studio in Farmington or at your own home.
  • Senior session: $200 Price includes one location, and 2-3 outfit changes
  • Child session: $200 Price includes one child, one location, and 2-3 outfit changes. Each additional child is $25.
  • Weddings: Prices available upon request
  • Product and commercial photography is also available. Prices available upon request.

Prices are subject to change at any time without notice.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

elisha@elishasnow.com

(801) 543-9016 (call or text)

ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS:

I love to offer my clients fun and unique locations to do photos. I’ve complied a list of many of those places at this link: http://www.elishasnow.com/blog/index.php/2012/09/photography-locations/

Once you’ve booked a session with me we will discuss more options for the type of look you’d like and what to wear to your photo shoot.

WHERE TO FIND ME:

There are a few different places to find me in cyberspace.

You can see my Facebook Page here (click “LIKE” if you’d like to!):

https://www.facebook.com/elishasnowphotography

You can find my personal Facebook page here (add me as a friend!):

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1463733791

My blog is here:

http://www.elishasnow.com/blog/

My website is here:

http://www.elishasnow.com

I teach a variety of photography classes, from beginner to advanced (and everything in between) here:

http://www.bigpictureclasses.com

I like to participate in photo challenges here:

http://www.iheartfaces.com

You can see my e-book on photography here:

http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/ebooks/picture-perfect.php

I’m on Pinterest here:

http://pinterest.com/elishasnow/

I’m on Instagram here:

http://instagram.com/elishasnowphotography

And finally, I tweet (ocassionally) here:

https://twitter.com/elishasnow

I LOVE photography! I mean…truly LOVE it! It’s my passion to make every session as meaningful and the very best session possible. Before my segment on Studio 5 today, Brooke Walker said to me, “What a gift to be able to offer people photos of their families, and what a gift to be able to preserve memories of your own kids.” That comment nailed it on the head: it’s the reason I do photography. I don’t deny that it IS a true gift and blessing–and one I don’t take lightly. And speaking of my kids, I just had to share a couple recent favorite photos of them.