Photo booths have become a popular trend at weddings and adult birthday parties and events, but when you take the concept and apply it to a kiddie party, the level of fun and creativity is elevated to an entirely new level. Whether you're focusing on a specific theme, a wide range of props, or keeping it simple and letting the focus be on the lil ones, an interactive photo booth is a great party activity that will also provide priceless memories and laughs. Count to three and say "cheese!" with these photo booth ideas that are sure to inspire.
Just where is the line when it comes to sharing photos of your kids? Facebook has become the go-to place to share the cute images of our lil ones dressing up in a funny costume or scoring the winning goal, and with the social media giant's acquisition of Instagram, there are sure to be plenty more retro-looking photos in our news feeds soon. We all know that naked bath pictures and birth pictures that show either mom or tot's anatomy are off-limits, but what about something as common as potty training? While some proud parents are eager to post a picture of junior sitting on the toilet, other's eagerly share photos of the aftermath — toilets with presents in them that may seem worthy of a post on STFU, Parents. What do you think?
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Online art and print galleries allow you to browse hundreds of pieces of art in every imaginable medium, which is incredibly helpful for last-minute gift shopping. If you are looking to give the art lover or new home dweller in your life something special for their walls, check out these online shops that stock surprisingly affordable art. See something you like? Click on the layout below to shop these pieces!
Paperwork carries art starting as low as $20, and if you get the prints framed, they even throw in free shipping! Its sister website Ugallery also sells fairly priced pieces starting at $50. Choosing art for someone other than yourself can be tricky, but both websites offer tools like Art Assist and various themed collections to make it a little easier. If you’re still feeling indecisive, you can always purchase a gift card as well, which is redeemable at both sites and emailed to the recipient instantly.
20x200 is another website that merges limited edition art and budget-friendly prices. They introduce at least two new editions a week: one photo and one work on paper, so it's a good idea to check back frequently. Most pieces are available in three or four sizes, with the smallest size starting at $20.
To see more of our favorite online art shops
Since we currently have a costume challenge in our community, what better time to gather picture taking tips than before the big day? Photographer Jesse Freidin created the wildly popular Doggie Gaga project earlier this year — that's his cute Boston Terrier, Pancake — and he offered tips on both costumes choices and creation in addition to photography ideas to share with you.
PetSugar: Halloween costumes already have so much going on, how do I create a setting that limits visual distraction?
Jesse Freidin: If you’re going to put your dog in a costume and create a fun photograph showing off the costume and the dog, what you want is for the dog and the costume to really stand out. That’s the focus. You want to show off the costume and show off your dog being beautiful so there’s not always a need to make your background really busy. What you could do is work with a simple background whether it’s putting your dog outside near a wall that’s really simple. Then be really thoughtful and have a couple props, maybe there’s a pumpkin or maybe there’s some leaves. As long as your eyes are really drawn to the focus, which is the dog, that will make your hard work, stand out.
PS: What if I pass by someone else's cute dog on the street? How do I get a good shot?
JF: A good thing to do is get on their level and, before you stick a camera in their face because you’re a new person and it’s a camera and that can be weird, just let the dogs sniff you and get used to you for a second. Make sure you know their name and call it and hopefully they will look at you. It’s always an overstimulating environment to have lots of dogs, lots of people and costumes so keeping everything as calm and simple as possible is the way to get some really great photos.
While Pancake is posing as part of the Doggie Gaga project here, learn what Jesse's cute pup will be for Halloween this year, how to pick out a photo-worthy costume for your pet's coloring, and get an amazing base for any DIY costume when you read more
Perusing Pinterest the other day, I came across this vintage tablescape from Oh So Beautiful Paper that had an unusual, whimsical table runner made from old black and white photos. I love how the photos cascade onto the floor! Not only is this a practical and creative way to incorporate vintage pics, but it's also easy to re-create and can be adapted for different themes.
Flea markets, garage sales, and antique shops always have boxes of old postcards, photos, and other paper goods, so gathering the supplies is affordable and relatively simple. I'd take a narrow strip of butcher paper and start affixing the photos from the center out. Use double-sided tape and be sure to completely cover the paper so that it looks like the photos are just scattered on the tabletop. Depending on how dramatic you want to go (and how many pics you have), you may want to keep it on the table vs. piling the photos on the ground. For a bon voyage soiree you could use postcards from tropical locales, for a bridal shower old wedding pics, or for a game night it could even be crafted from playing cards (a little Alice in Wonderland, don't you think?).
The New York Times Releases Its Legendary Photo Archives and Celebrated Interior Designers Curate Their Favorites!
The New York Times is releasing its extensive archive of photographs from the last century, some never before seen by the public, on its microsite, The New York Times Store, making them available for purchase for your home. To celebrate, The NYT has asked five noted interior designers, including Vicente Wolf, Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Laura Kirar, and Thom Filicia, to each curate a collection of 10 of their favorite photographs. Ranging from scenes of contemporary life (swimmers on a lake in 1997) to historic images (a pair holding hands at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral in 1968), the designers' selections are a telling reflection of each of their aesthetics and are available for purchase online today.
The designers have chosen special mats and frames for each image to complement their collections. Each exhibition-quality photograph can be printed in a range of sizes, from 11 by 14 inches to 20 by two inches, framed or unframed. Prices begin at $199.
I chatted with Jonathan Adler about his curated photography collection — stay tuned for that interview later today!
Coloring books are fun, but it's hard to form a connection with a page full of generic characters. Give lil ones a stack of coloring pages they'll recognize by converting mama's digital photo files into black and white sketches that they can doodle on. The professional-looking conversion only requires Adobe Photoshop and five minutes of mom's time.
Speaking of Marilyn Monroe . . . I picked up a pair of black and white portraits of Marilyn Monroe for only $10 total at a new antiques fair in San Francisco yesterday. I'm not generally a pop icon buff, but I like the juxtaposition; there's something about seeing the same face in different settings (and outfits) that's intriguing. They also integrate well with my bedroom's black and white artwork theme!
So I hung the duo beside my DIY upholstered nailhead trim headboard, above my makeshift candleholder nightstand. It may not be original artwork, and I admit it's a bit gimmicky. But for now the pair of photos is a good placeholder until I find more artwork I want to invest in.
One of the most important tools in selling a home is how it looks in photographs online and in brochures. Along with price, pictures that capture your pad in the most appealing way are the first step in getting buyers in the door. If you're using a real estate agent, they're usually pretty adept at photography (or will have someone their broker uses). However, I've been known to use my own pics after being less than impressed with those that my agent took. No matter if you're using a broker or selling your place on your own, use these tips for getting shots that will help make your house a star.