Archive for August, 2011

August 30, 2011

Fraternity and Sorority Photo Book Themes are Here!

Sorority Photo BooksFraternity Photo Books

Sororities and fraternities play a very distinctive role in shaping your college experience. Although your undergraduate years will fly by quickly, brotherhood and sisterhood is a deep and everlasting bond. Our new sorority and fraternity photo books themes are a great way to commemorate and share your Greek Life experience. They also make excellent gifts for the entire house!

Fraternity photo book

Sorority photo book

Trying to decide what to include in your Greek life story? Read on for some inspiration:

Rush week

What made you choose your particular organization? What was your experience during the pledge period? Do you have a group picture of all the new pledges?

Greek Life

What was life like in your sorority or fraternity? Did your campus celebrate Greek Week? Did your house have any traditions or hold any formal events? Also, include fun facts about your organization. Decorate your photo book with your house colors, letters, and slogans. Don’t forget to include activities such as fundraisers, community service, ceremonies, banquets, formals, and any Greek counsel events.

Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Friends for Life

Dedicate a few pages to your Big Brother/Sister, your Little Brother/Sister, and the rest of your family tree. Better yet, you can invite them to collaborate with you and build a page of the fun times you shared together. You could also include a page of all the house officers or incoming and outgoing officers.

End of the year

Are there any ceremonies that your house holds? Get a picture of the graduating class.

Remember to take lots of pictures if you attend any reunions or other alumni activities! You can always create another photo book of your alumni experiences.

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August 23, 2011

Hot Color Trends For Fall and Winter Weddings

fall winter wedding palette collageLooking forward to saying “I do” in the fall but are unsure of what colors to go with? Although black, brown, or grey are staple colors for autumn runways, pairing an earth tone with a bright hue can really make your wedding palette pop.. Here’s the rundown on what’s hot for fall 2011.

Autumn colors tend to be more bold and jewel-toned, but if you prefer a classic look, simply choose a more subdued shade of the same hue. For example, replace a bright peacock blue with a sky blue or pick coral shades over red or burgundy. Add gold to your palette to really bring out the richness of your wedding colors.

Deep, saturated purples, ranging from plum to eggplant, are another fall bride favorite. The regal shade will look stunning for bridesmaid gowns or as a pretty sash for the bride.

Olive green has been gaining popularity in the wedding world recently. This twist on a warm neutral works well with many different colors, making it easy to give your decor an elegant, yet trendy vibe. Pair this color with light creamy shades to give your wedding a softer, timeless feel, or use it to accentuate darker hues such as chocolate or plum for a bolder, sophisticated look in the colder autumn months.

Burnt orange and rust are also hot colors for fall. Try complementing this color with a medium or deep blue to make these warm colors glow. This is a color combination that is bright and playful, while hinting at the changing seasons – perfect for a September or October wedding.

For a more daring color scheme, select a golden yellow as your main color. Coordinate this color with deep reds and oranges for a striking contrast that pays tribute to the beautiful fiery leaves of autumn. Bring in brown-toned accents to tie the look together.

Were you an autumn bride? We’d love to read about your wedding palettes and any tips you have for future autumn brides in the comments!

August 16, 2011

Tips for Great Back to School Photos

back to school photo

It’s that time of year again! Back to school season is here and we are once again reminded of how quickly kids grow up these days. It seemed like such a short time ago when they were first learning to walk and crawl. Good thing we can capture and preserve moments like these in photographs. Our suggestions below will help you take optimal pictures for your family to look back on.

Clothing:

  • Allow your child to have an input on what they would like to wear. They will be more comfortable and confident wearing something they like rather than what they are coerced into wearing.
  • Avoid donning hats. Most schools require students to remove their hat indoors and your child will now be stuck with flattened or lumpy “hat-hair” all day.
  • If your child will be taking portrait photos at school, try to avoid dressing them in black or white since those tend to be common back drop shades that are used.
  • A good classic look is a simple collared shirt in a color that compliments your child’s complexion.
  • Pass on graphic tees and trendy styles. Fashion will come and go but your photos and memories are here to stay. Remember when teased hair and big shoulder pads were cool?
  • Make sure to iron and press your child’s clothing to keep them looking crisp and clean.

Grooming:

  • Try to schedule all haircuts at least a week or two in advance. This will give you and your child time to get used to styling their new ‘do.
  • Keep nails clean and trimmed as they will show up in your images.

Shopping:

  • Take time to document back to school shopping trips. It is part of the experience after all.
  • Have your child show off their school purchases.

The Big Day:

  • Does your family have any back to school traditions? Snap a few shots to commemorate your annual routine.
  • Ask your child to hold up a sign or number of fingers indicating the grade level they are entering. You can repeat this for all their future school years.
  • Get a few photos of the back of your child as they are walking. You will catch them in a natural state and remember what their back packs look like.
  • School bus or car ride photos are another great addition to have for your back to school photo collection.
  • Once they arrive at school, take some posed and candid pictures of your child with their friends, teacher, and classmates.

We hope you found these tips to be helpful!