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The saddest part of my job as a photographer is when a client only orders a few small format prints from their session. In my head I hear the wha-wha sound. I feel like a failure as a photographer. Images are meant to be shared, large, or in a book or someway other than a few 4x6s in a tiny frame sitting on a shelf hiding amongst knick knacks and books and random other odds and ends. When I shoot, in the seconds before I click the shutter, amidst posing and directing the client I think, “is this an artistic composition that will look amazing huge, will it be striking, is it art, can it tell a story in a book of images”. My goal, with every image is not to take a photograph, but to create art. I’ve come to learn that most folks think “large format” is an 8×10. Try tossing one striking image, printed as an 8×10 on a standard 6′x9′ wall and you’ll see how ridiculous it looks. Print that same image as a 20×30 and you’ve got a piece of art that transforms your living room wall into an art gallery. It’s one of the reasons we do ordering sessions, to take measurements, to try to educate, to try to show people the difference and what the possibilities are.
Now let me step down off my soap box because this wasn’t even where I meant to head with this post. Because, well, I try my darnedest to follow my own advice with photos of my own family. And when it took me 3 years to print my wedding book I made a pact with myself that the images of our life, visual memories, will not sit lonely on a hard drive for years. The thing is we only have so much wall space, and I’m always on the hunt for creative ways to utilize our photos. So when I saw Andrea from The Organic Bloom (you know those cool frames we carry) share a book she created with instagram photos for her baby, and I got a free book coupon from Shutterfly, I had to totally rip off the idea and do it for Issa. So thank you Andrea for sharing, and let it be known that it was all her idea.
I’ve never used Shutteryfly before. I’ve always spent hours creating layouts in photoshop like I do for my clients, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. I was apprehensive at first, pretty convinced that I’d get frustrated by the lack of customization options and time it would take to upload photos. I’m happy to say I was pleasantly surprised. There were tons of themes to choose from, lots of pre-made layouts, I could customize pretty much anything and they imported my photos directly from my instagram account. I’ll still do custom layouts for clients of course, and custom layouts with our professional images, but for a book of instagram photos it works. Best of all I get printed photos that I get to share with my daughter and our family. I’ll probably post some photos of what it looks like when I get it in the mail, but in the mean time here’s a sweet online version for you to check out.
It’s a fact. I love it. There was a section of my life where I wasn’t recording the day to day in photographs because I didn’t want to lug around my giant DSLR. I have a small point and shoot but I just didn’t want to bring that along either. But with the iPhone 4s and its sweet camera I’m seriously loving that I can take pretty decent pictures with something I already carry around anyway.
What I love about instagram is that it records instant memories of my life. It reminds me of having a Polaroid camera. But there was still one problem, they were:
A. Stuck in Instagram
B. Stuck in a digital form.
So I found http://instaport.me/, which was a super easy way to download my entire instagram library.
After unpacking the zipped file and filtering through about 443 images, I ordered 125 5″x5″ prints. I utilized my wholesale printer but there are loads of really great printers that will print your instagram images and even turn them into books, magnets, and a plethora of other really great things.
I’m so excited! It’s the same excitement I felt when waiting for film to develop. My order is currently ready for shipping and I’m hoping to get it today. My plan is to do a photo album of all the pics from the holidays, using a little journaling and notes to enhance the images. The others I’m going to hang in odd places throughout the house like on our home command center, mirrors, night stands, office boards, etc. I’m also searching for a cute little box type holder, I’d love one of these from Anthropoligie to hold them.
I can’t wait to share all my prints!
(oh and if you’d like to follow me on instagram my username is dilibertophoto)
Have you ordered printed items from your instagram feed?
What has been the best thing you’ve ordered?
It’s been quite the happening place around here for the last two weeks. There was Bill’s birthday, being part of a hoard of Zombies, finishing up some great shoots and graphics, a high school play, car troubles, flying to Tulsa, a bridal shoot, a wedding, seeing old friends, a post wedding shoot, the most delicious cappuccino ever, asking if there is a doctor on the plane, EMS, emergency room, follow up doctors visits and catching up on back logged work. To put it lightly, it’s been busy. So until I can get all the posts together, here’s the last few days in instagrams…
This weekend went faster than the week, here it is in instagrams:
My windshield’s crack got bigger.
The man spent some quality time with his dog.
We continued a new tradition of Sam’s Club Sunday (I used my saaaweet new super sticky post-its for my grocery list). They don’t seem to carry Herdez salsa at my Sam’s any more. I had a mini hissy fit in isle 22.
Sam is obsessed with beer. Really we just let her lick the empty bottle but the smell makes her crazy. I thought she was going to attack my dad.
And that was our weekend, insta style.
I took an impromptu trip to Tulsa to visit and love on some very dear friends. Here’s the trip via instagram, more to come…