Wedding Photography: Social media and trends

Your wedding photos are an important aspect of the day.  Most people hire someone. Now, you know the professional will not be the only one taking photos…not in this social media day and age.  Personally, I’m encouraging people to take as many phone photos as they want during the reception and share them on Facebook and Twitter.  In fact, I’ve even made some props to help them out.

Yes, I’m succumbing to the photo booth prop rage.  And of course, I will include a printable (or four) at the end of this post.  But first, I’ll tell you how to create your own.  Yes, you can buy these on Etsy or somewhere else on the internets, but when you are a control freak like me, you make your own.

It’s not that difficult.

Back when my sister got married, twelve years ago, the instant cameras at the tables were the big thing.  Now, it’s holding up a piece of paper glued to a stick.

That sounded lamer than I meant.  It was kind of an interesting exercise for me creatively.

I used Picmonkey to make all of my images.  If you upgrade to the Royale (not with cheese) version, you can access some really cool comic bubbles.

  1. First choose the design option.  There’s an 8 x 10 canvas available which is perfect.
  2. Pick your comic bubble or label, add color to it if you want.  About two should fit on a canvas.  You want it to be rather big, about half of a page, so it will come out well and be easy to cut out.
  3. Now you can add text to the bubble. There are a variety of fonts available.  I say make it chunky & simple so it’s easy to read in photos.
  4. If you are super creative, you can add in images, create mustaches, bow ties, or sunglasses.  I’m not, but I encourage you to do so!
  5. When you are done, download it as a PNG file.  If it has text on it, the text will look fuzzy if you choose JPG.
  6. Print it out on a color printer.
  7. Get some craft sticks from a hobby store or possibly Target.  Also, get glue.
  8. Cut out your photo props and stick them to the sticks.

It’s that easy!  Oh yeah, here are the printables I promised.

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What is this feminist photo a day thing?

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I’ve written about photo a day memes on social media here before, but I recently decided to join another one.  Unlike other photo a day things, this one doesn’t have a daily theme…other than myself.

The hashtag is #365FeministSelfie. I saw a few people I follow on social media with the tag and read a blog post about it on Slightly Askew Woman by K.M. O’Sullivan.  It seemed interesting, so I decided to investigate further.

Now, I know selfie has some what of a negative connotation to it. It brings to mind images of self-absorbed people who constantly post photos of themselves on social media, sometimes in inappropriate places.

But, the #365FeministSelfie was started by Veronica I. Arreola  at Viva La Feminista.  I encourage you to go to her blog and read the post.

Basically, the reason I decided to join this meme is because I realized that there aren’t many photos of myself on my social media outlets, compared to photos of my surroundings and food/booze.  My friends and family in far away places would like to see my smiling (or sleepy) face since they don’t get to see it on a regular basis anymore.  Plus, it’s giving me another way to be creative.  And yes, it’s a little empowering.

I used to take selfies to post on my online dating profiles, but now that I’m done dating (thank you, Paul), it’s rare that I have a reason to put up a selfie on social media.  If there isn’t something to celebrate, it feels a little weird to put up a selfie, but it shouldn’t. I want to share life moments with my family and friends, isn’t that the point of social media?

Not all of my photos will be flattering because the body image in my mind is a little skewed…as it is for most women. Some of them will be set up, some of them will be boring. Either way, I want to see how my creativity stretches.

Wedding technology: websites, social media & more!

bridal, honeymoon, online, social mediaOh how times have changed…When I was out in the dating pool, most of my friends and family couldn’t comprehend the influence technology had on my love life.  Now that I’m preparing for my wedding, I am overwhelmed with the amount of technology available.

I remember when my sister got married about 10 years ago, she had a three ring binder to organize everything and cut out photos from magazines…Now, we have spreadsheets and pinterest. Did you know Google has a template you can use to organize your entire wedding? Seriously. It’s a little out of control, but then again, so are most weddings.

You can use WedKit to create an iPhone app just for your wedding.

I am using a spreadsheet to track things like who RSVP’d, what else needs to be done, how much stuff is costing…ok, I’m not really doing that last one, but I probably should.

To track ideas for the reception, dresses and hairstyles, I’m using Pinterest. I’ve even thought about hiring someone to live stream the wedding…It’s way too expensive. If we do broadcast the wedding, we will use Google Hangout because you know…it’s free.

We will be using Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to share various moments. I’m still trying to come up with a hashtag. At first, I thought I was being unique about having a hashtag for the wedding, but apparently, it’s getting a bit mainstream. That’s not going to stop us from having one though. It has to be reflective of ourselves…not just our names with the word wedding jammed at the end. How about #TwitterLoveWed? I mean since that’s how Paul and I met, it seems appropriate.

And yes, we do have a wedding website. I mean we aren’t going to send out actual invitations to people since we aren’t having that many. I did try out this thing called Capsule. It seems pretty interesting. It’s an easy way for your guests who use instagram to have their photos feed to your wedding website. Of course, it’s a way for them to get your photos and then sell them back to you in a book.

Then there is our registry…the honeymoon registry that you can only access online.

Can you imagine what will be available in the next 10 years?  Maybe people can hire robots to do everything for them…and all they would need is some medicine from old people for fuel.

Hershey’s Spreads review

food, snack, treatWhen the people at Crowdtap sent me a sample of the new Hershey’s Spreads to try, I couldn’t believe it was new.  It seemed like Hershey’s had made a product like this before, but I couldn’t remember when.  Apparently, it was nothing but a day dream, except now the Hershey’s Spreads are real.  YAY!

If you are looking for a quick, chocolaty treat, I highly recommend Hershey’s Spreads.  There are three flavors: Chocolate, Almond & Chocolate, and Hazelnut and Chocolate.  I tried the regular chocolate version.

What should you put this wonder stuff on?  Fruit would be an obvious choice, but since I didn’t have any fruit in the house, I chose toast.  Yep, toast…and a bagel…and a Ritz cracker…and a pita chip…and Wheat Thins.

Oddly enough, the Ritz cracker wasn’t too bad with the chocolate.  It had a nice salty finish.

Honestly, Hershey’s Spread was sort of like a cold fondue.  I kept trying to find different things to dip in it, which is why I tried different kinds of crackers…and because I have no fruit in the house.

I wish I could have tried it on graham crackers.  Back when I was a kid, my mom used to give me and my sister frosting on graham crackers as a snack. Not every day, but once in a while.  The Hershey’s Spread reminded me of those days.

Five Predictions for 2014

humor, funnyDid you know I have a crystal ball? Seriously. Mostly, it just looks pretty in our home, but today I put it to use. What does the future hold? What will happen in 2014? Yes, I made predictions!

1) A celebrity will do and/or say something stupid, ridiculous, and distracting. Come on, people haven’t you figured this crap out yet? It’s a public relations stunt. Someone somewhere is paying someone else somewhere else to talk about something. It doesn’t matter who it is or what they did. People of all types do and say dumb things all the time. It shouldn’t be newsworthy, but sadly it is. Stop paying attention to the shiny object.

2) Something will be at war that can’t actually be warring. Christmas is usually a good topic, but I think people are bored with that subject. I’ve seen cupcakes, Halloween, and storage lockers go to war on TV. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Apologies to Edwin Starr. Can we just stop having things battle that are not inherently at odds? Why can’t TV shows just teach us something? There are other plots aside from A vs B, even if they are manufactured through the editing process.

3) The government will do something you don’t like. Have you voted? If not, be quiet. If so, do something about it during the next election. Also, pick up a spy novel every now and then. These “revelations” about spying are not revelations to people who read that genre.

4) Some incredibly dumb woman will become famous and have no discernible talent. Unless of course you count the ability to create a sex tape a talent…maybe it is. I don’t know. Here’s a question, how come a man hasn’t become famous by releasing a sex tape?

5) A meme will appear on the internet (Facebook more likely than not) that was disproved 10 years ago by Snopes.com, but one or more of your friends and/or family members will think it’s true. Like this status if you love puppies and kitten, ignore if you’re a heartless asshole.

Bonus: I will assume a reputable news site has reprinted a story from theOnion.com (or other parody site) because truth is stranger than fiction. And in one case, I might be correct!

New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

NewYearsResolutionsWhat I really need are goals for 2014, but I’m going to phrase them as resolutions because that’s more marketing friendly, right?

Whatever.

2014 is the year I turn 40.  Yep. I cannot believe it.  I still feel about 30.  I loved my 30s, but my 40s will begin with the love of my life at my side, so I’m ready to set some goals to enrich and possibly en-wealth (I know that’s not a word), myself.

1) Create a business plan for my blog. It’s time to stop pussy footing around and approach my writing in a more business-like manner.  I’m determined to increase all kinds of stats and actually get some income from my efforts.  The day I spent at Bloggy Boot Camp inspired me to change my mind and get things done in the blog world. Creating a plan will be the first step.

2) Stop going out to lunch.  This goal will help me in two ways.  First, I’ll lose some weight because I won’t be overindulging in burgers and french fries on a regular basis and second, more importantly, I will save a ton of money. If I can get my daily lunch cost under $5 per meal and still feel satisfied, I totally win.

3) Watch one new movie each month.  I love watching movies and seem to keep watching the same crap all the time.  OK, it’s not crap because I like the movies, but I want to expand my horizons.  I want to see some classics I have yet to enjoy.  I want to see new releases BEFORE they hit the DVD rack.

4) Read one new book every two months.  It’s really tough for me to find new books to read.  I love fiction.  I want to read more non-fiction, but it’s kind of boring.  Books on my Nook can be really cheap, so there’s no excuse for me to avoid this from a monetary standpoint.  I welcome any and all suggestions.

5) Make one new dish each month.  I’ll try to make it fairly healthy, but Paul is kind of particular about what he eats.  He is however, willing to try just about anything.  My real cooking fear is not the process, but the time management.  When should I start what? How long will it take me to prepare the meal in toto?

I’m trying to make these goals or resolutions as specific as possible.  When they get general (I want to lose weight! I want to be rich!) they feel impossible to reach.