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Golf Tournament Giveaways

Hosting a golf tournament takes a lot of work, but with proper planning, it can be a rewarding fundraiser and promotional opportunity for your charity or organization.  It’s important to keep in mind that the success of this year’s golf outing can impact whether golfers and their guests return again for next year’s event. You’ll want to make sure they are engaged, leave with some great memories, and of course, some great prizes too. Studio Style is here to help make your golf event successful and memorable with these ideas for golf tournament giveaways.

Smile! Golf Tournament Photos Make it Memorable

What better way to help guests remember your event, than with a photo? Hire a local event photographer to take both candid and posed pictures at your golf outing. Print the photos on-site so that guests can take them home the same day. Include your branding and golf event info on photo holders for a personalized souvenir. Let guests know that you’ll also put the photos up online soon after the event, and how they can access the album. This creates a lasting connection between your guests and your organization, and allows for sharing of the images on social media, resulting in further engagement with your brand beyond the event day.

Pro Tip: Free photo hosting platforms like Facebook, Google Photos, Dropbox, Flickr, and SmugMug allow you to easily upload and share your event photos with others.

Golf Gifts
Studio Style has a a variety of photo folders that make perfect golf gifts for your outing. Golfers and tournament attendees will love to see photos from the event! Send them home with tournament photos framed our golf themed photo holders, and make a lasting impression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golf outing photo ops:

  • At check-in: Set up a photo station with a backdrop that matches theme of your outing, and ask guests to strike a pose as soon as they’re checked in. Include a few themed props for some extra fun photos. Taking your guests’ photos when they arrive is ideal, especially if you’re expecting hot weather. Golfers may be less inclined to pose for a photo op later in the day, after a they’ve spent several hours golfing in the sun. This also gives you time to get the photos printed before they leave.

Pro Tip: A branded photo backdrop can be a great opportunity to sell sponsors, with logo exposure in all event photos.

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  • Action shots: Guests will appreciate seeing some action shots from out on the green, too. Have your photographer (or volunteers) capture photos of foursomes and individual golfers during the tournament. Take a selection of candid and posed shots for good variety.
  • With a celebrity: If you’ll have a keynote speaker, or even a golf pro, ask them to pose with golfers. Even having the town mayor attend can add prestige to your event, and create a lasting impression for your guests. If a celebrity is out of your budget, try a cardboard cut-out! It will give event attendees something to laugh about.
  • Rent a photo booth: In between golfing and dinner, allow guests to entertain themselves with a photo booth! Many photo booth rental packages come with a selection props for guests to pose with. If you’re on a tight budget, a DIY photo booth may be a better fit.

Golf Goodie Bags

Custom golf photo holders and paper frames are affordable, personalized giveaways to send home with attendees. These golf themed photo folders and frames can be printed with your event name, date, and even sponsor info, and included in golf goodie bags. Snacks, golf balls, tees and discount coupons from sponsors can also go in your goodie bags. Include a flyer or postcard with info about your charity or organization, a list of your upcoming events, and a nice thank you note showing appreciation for your guests’ participation. Remember to order your photo holders and golf giveaway items at least 1 month ahead of your event date!

Pro tip: Event sponsors can help offset the cost of prizes and promotional materials. Ask sponsors if they’d like to provide branded giveaways like water bottles, imprinted golf balls, bag tags, towels, or ball markers that sport their logo.

Prizes & Awards for Golfers

Golf Award Folder
Golf certificate frames from Studio Style can be imprinted with your golf tournament details

Give out tournament prizes and awards during your lunch or dinner break, or near the end of the event. Trophies, printed award certificates and giveaways add prestige to your golf event or fundraiser. Golf prizes like a putter, cart bag, or gift card to the local pro shop are great for “closest to the hole” and “longest drive” contests, but also try to think beyond what the players and golf enthusiasts would enjoy. Plan some prizes that can be appreciated by their spouses and co-workers, too. For instance, offer a catered lunch for the office from a local eatery, or a gift certificate for an evening of entertainment at a comedy club or theater. This increases the chance that they’ll return next year, and that they’ll bring friends along to share the experience.

Don’t forget about your volunteers! Recognize your tournament planning committee with a special thank you gift. Certificate frames and award folders are a personalized touch for those who worked hard to help you organize a successful golf event.

Pro Tip: Hold a raffle at your tournament to boost your fundraising efforts, and send more guests home with winnings.

Great Prizes Generate Buzz

As you organize your tournament, start promoting your prizes well in advance (2-3 months is ideal). Stir up excitement and list any big ticket items on your website and social media channels, with photos. Ask your fans to share and comment on which prizes they like best. (This also helps you gauge interest for planning next year’s prizes). If you’ve secured a sponsor who’s contributing a buzz-worthy prize, talk it up in your pre-event advertising.  Submit a press release to local media outlets for some bonus coverage on your tournament. Get tournament sponsors to cross promote their contribution and involvement with the event for increased exposure.

Have a question about ordering golf gifts and award frames for your tournament or golf fundraiser? The Studio Style customer service team is here to help! We’ll make sure you receive exactly what you envision for your golf outing. Call us at 1-800-346-3063 or visit www.studiostyle.com to chat with us live!

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Make Your Own Graduation Announcements

DIY Graduation Announcements for 2016

You did it! Graduation marks the end of one chapter, and the start of another. Congrats on your accomplishments — now, let’s celebrate! StudioStyle.com has custom designs for you to create the perfect graduation announcements and grad party invites. The grad cards and and photo holders below can be customized for ALL types of graduations, from kindergarten, Montessori, junior high and middle school, to high school, community college, state university, nursing school, and graduate school.

Printed Graduation Announcements

From modern to classic, we have graduation party invite designs to suit every grad’s taste. To create your graduation photo announcement or party invite, just add your personalized info, and upload your favorite senior picture to one of our templates. Or, you can customize your own graduation announcement from scratch! Available in the most popular school colors, these 5″ x 7″ graduation cards are printed on lightweight, smooth finish card stock paper that is thicker and more durable than traditional photo paper, making them perfect for mailing. Standard white envelopes are included. Design your custom graduation announcements here!

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Graduation Announcement Photo Insert Cards

Just slide your favorite graduation picture into the pocket opening of our photo insert cards for an easy DIY grad party invite! No glue or tape required. Hand write a personalized message on the inside of the card, or have us imprint your name, graduation year, and party details for you. These photo insert cards come in 13 colors with openings for a 4″ x 6″ photo, so you can choose one that coordinates with your school colors.  Browse all photo insert cards here.

Custom graduation announcements

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Graduation Announcement Photo Folders

These black graduation photo folders feature a gold foil graduation cap imprint on the front cover, and can be personalized with your graduation details. Each folder holds one 4 x 6 photo, with your choice of a vertical or horizontal layout.  These paper photo holders make beautiful graduation cards. They’re also an elegant way to protect, store, display & present graduation photos and senior pictures.

Graduation Announcement Photo Folder Photo Graduation Announcements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Portrait Folders

If you prefer a blank photo folder with no front cover design, our classic portrait folders are the way to go. These portrait folders are available in black or white, with optional borders and custom imprinting available. We offer these photo folders in vertical and horizontal formats for six different print sizes, including 4 x 5, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 6 x 6, 8 x 10, and 8.5 x 11. They’re perfect for high school & college graduations, and for portrait photographers looking for a professional way to present prints to clients.

Senior Portrait FolderWhite Portrait Folder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need ideas on what to write in your graduation announcements and invitations? Check out our post on Graduation Announcement Wording. For help designing the perfection graduation announcements, call the Studio Style team at 1-800-346-3063.  Have your own ideas for custom graduation announcements? Share them with us in the comments below.

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Step It Up Events ® Revolutionizes the Photo Booth & Brings Life to Event Photography

We’re proud to announce Step It Up Events® as this month’s Studio Style Customer Spotlight! Step It Up Events® is a full service event branding company specializing in open photo booths, video photo booths & event photography for corporate and party engagement and entertainment. When you hire Step It Up Events®, you’ll get the benefit of a diverse and experienced team, including a top-rated photographer, creative artist, digital marketing strategist, social media guru, event planner, technology leader, and a customer service specialist. They’ll roll out the red carpet for you and your guests, with elegant custom photo station solutions plus an open, inviting and attractive presence that is branded to your event.

The Step It Up Events® team recognizes there is so much more to your event experience than just the pictures, and currently serves East coast customers in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

We had the pleasure of chatting with Howard Schram, Founder of Step It Up Events®, to learn more about what it takes to create a magnificent personalized event experience.

Step it Up EventsWhat sets you apart from your competition?

Step It Up Events® is NOT your everyday photo booth company. We are not a rental, we are a service.  I founded Step it Up Events® with one idea, “Every celebration is 100% personalized for each and every event!” Having 20 professional award winning years in digital/social/mobile technology & marketing and seeing the industry gaps, I took it upon myself to create something different and build the bridge. The traditional photo booth (that creepy black box in the corner) is not attractive, and film strip pictures are not conducive to creating true memories. On top of that, there is no sharing integrated with the pictures from a traditional photo booth. Most companies use an iPad with multiple apps for photo sharing, which creates a broken experience.

So, I developed a photo booth experience that allows your guests to instantly engage with their photos. They can share them immediately via email, MMS text message, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & get 4X6 prints in 5.9 seconds. We are instant memory makers.

When did you know that this was something you could make a living doing?

Initially,  didn’t know if it was going to take off or work at all. People usually think “Photo Booth” and they’d have a prefabricated thought in their mind. I created our brand, our software, bought $10k in quality equipment and then we finally had our first gig. It was pure chaos & it was a huge hit! We were a DJ killer. Now, we’ve been in business for over 3 years, and are seeing huge growth.

I love to quote the movie Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.” I knew that I was on to something, and after crafting a voice and attempting to build my brand, I landed Verizon Wireless within 6 months of business. That was when I saw the tides start to turn.

Where do you want to take your business?Step it Up Events Wedding Photo Booth

We are planning to double the business again in 2016 as we closed out the 2015 year with 77 successful events. We shared over 150,000 pictures though digital and social media, and printed over 56,000 4X6 pictures. We were awarded The Knot Best of Weddings for 2016, we have 2 ® registered trademarks and 2 waiting approval with the US Government. We launched a FREE app in iTunes for the iPhone, iPad & iTouch called THINK Photo Booth Fun. We are the only world-wide photo booth company that offers a completely free photo sharing app designed for pure fun and enjoyment. Read more about our THINK Photo Booth Fun app launch here.

The next BIG THING is franchising Step It Up Events®! We have begun the process, so be on the lookout!

Which Studio Style products are you currently using to for your event photos? 

We use an assortment of 4X6 & 8X10 frames and photo folders. We love the excellent quality, and the amazing pricing.  Using the photo folders and photos frames from Studio Style has helped our business by allowing us to offer upgrades that other vendors do not feature in their packages.  It has made us look extremely polished. Plus, the customer service team is second to none! Kevin helps me brainstorm ideas on how to incorporate and market different Studio Style products into my event services all of the time.

Step it Up Events Photo BoothWhat are some of your favorite things about working in the events and photography industry?

I personally love working with my clients and making them feel special. Planning for a special event can be very stressful. When my clients send me testimonials like:

“BEST VENDOR EVER!”, “If we were to describe the Step It Up Events® experience with one phrase, it would be “Game Changer,” and “Your services are top notch, from the planning to the big event! Planning a wedding and working with vendors can be stressful, but you made everything stress free and fun.” — it makes me feel validated, and makes me feel good when I go to sleep at night.

What’s your best advice for success in the events industry?

Be careful. There are a lot of dishonest people in the industry who just want to capitalize on your success, or spin off your ideas and dip their hands into your pocket. Stay right sized, do the right thing today for you, and everything will be OK.

What kind of hobbies keep you busy in your off hours?

I love to spend time with my wife, family & friends, ride my sport bike, mountain bike, kayak, play and hike with my rescue pit bull, and eat good food!

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How To Have A Successful Easter Bunny Event

Ideas and tips for your Easter Bunny Event from Studio Style

Thinking of having a picture with the Easter Bunny Event this year? Seasonal events are a great way to connect with the community and bring people into your business, raise awareness for a cause and create goodwill in the community. However, a great event comes from great planning. This article will help you plan and organize a successful event this Easter season.

The BunnyEaster Bunny Costume

This is a given! Make sure that the Easter Bunny can attend your event and pose for pictures with the kids. The Easter Bunny is very busy this time of year, so make sure to plan ahead! Many entertainment companies (think clown & magician businesses) have a bunny that can pose for pictures, walk around and work the crowd, pass out candy, entertain or even perform magic and other tricks. Don’t forget you could always buy or rent a bunny costume.

If the “real” bunny is unavailable, and a costume is out of your budget, try a jumbo inflatable bunny or giant plush rabbit. Cardboard cutouts can also work!

Easter BrunchThe Venue

Most malls host their own annual Easter Bunny events, but there are a lot of other great places to have an event. Have the Easter bunny visit your store, anywhere from small boutiques to large grocery store chains. How about a breakfast (or brunch) with the Easter Bunny at a restaurant or country club? A spring festival, parade or egg hunt? How about inviting the Easter Bunny to a local 5k race or other sporting event?  Try hosting a “Take your pet’s photo with the Easter Bunny” event at a pet store, animal shelter, grooming salon or dog rescue. Children’s hospitals are a great place to have the Easter Bunny stop in for photos and a visit. The zoo is also a great location and your guests will spend the whole day there. Your local Park District or Chamber of Commerce almost always have events planned around the Easter holiday. We’ve even seen Easter events on trains and cruise ships!

There are a lot of opportunities for Easter picture events that go beyond the mall.

The Right Props

The most basic prop you’ll need is a sturdy place for the Easter Bunny and visitors to sit. Wicker chairs or benches are the most popular type of seating for Easter Bunny photos. White is a classic choice, but natural wood or black are more modern choices that are becoming popular.

For an indoor event (such as a mall or restaurant) a backdrop is needed to block out any distractions like store fronts or people walking by.

Outdoor events (like a community event at the park) do not need artificial backdrops. Use the outdoors to your advantage and pick a photo location that has trees, shrubs or flowers in the background. In an urban area (or an area that does not have a lot of greenery this time of year) try setting the scene against the brick wall of a building or other element that will make an interesting background.

Easter Backdrop
Photo Credit: Vanessa Brown Photography
Backdrop created by OneStopBackdrop on Etsy

While a chair and background are the two primary elements of an Easter photo shoot, there are lots of other props you can use. Try one or several of the following:

  • Oversized Easter Basket Filled With Eggs
  • Gazebo or Garden Arch (you can find them at a local wedding rental company)
  • Artificial or Real Floral Garland
  • Easter Banners or Flags
  • Inflatable Easter Eggs or Carrots
  • Potted Tulips, Daffodils or Other Spring Bulbs
  • Forsythia or Pussywillow Branches
  • Chalkboard With The Words “Happy Easter!” or “Easter Greetings!”
  • White Picket Fence

 

Make a trip to your local craft and party stores and see what is available. Check out Etsy.com for creative handmade props like this white fence backdrop. Look to nature and visit a local garden center or florist, or even your own backyard for branches and flowers to use at your event. Party rental supply companies and even the home improvement store have options for larger props, tables, and seating. With a little creativity you can even make your own unique spring and Easter themed accessories.

The Photographer

Book a photographer in advance to ensure that you’ll have someone taking pictures on the day of your event. Take in consideration the photographer’s background. A photographer that specializes in event photography or kids and families is going to be more qualified than someone who shoots wildlife photography.

Easter CardsThe Giveaways

Give your guests something to remember their visit by. The most obvious giveaway would be a photo. Due to the nature of these events, the ability to print photos on site is necessary. If you do not have access to a on site printer, then using an instant camera is an old fashioned alternative that is still used quite often. Your budget and equipment will dictate this decision.

You’ll want to have a cheap paper picture frame to transport the photo home in. An Easter photo folder or cardboard photo frame will protect the photo from becoming bent or damaged.

Most paper frames can be custom printed with your logo, event name or other information specifically for you. This turns a simple photo souvenir frame into a promotional marketing piece! It’s a great way to have people remember your company or event.

Sometimes the event photographer will supply the frames at an additional cost. Other times the event coordinator or staff will order them. Communicate and see who will be ordering the photo holders and make sure you’ll have enough for your event, in the correct size you’ll need. Easter picture holders are most commonly available for Polaroid & 4″ x 6″ pictures, but custom ones can be made for other sizes.

free easter treat bag toppersSome other great souvenir ideas would be coloring pages with crayons, fuzzy bunny ears, candy, snacks or stickers. Including a coupon for your business, or a related business, is a great incentive for repeat business. If you’re handing out treat bags, you can use our Free Printable Easter Treat Bag Toppers!

 

The Promotion

Advertise! Make sure the public knows about your event. Flyers, blog posts, Facebook updates & Twitter are all great ways to get your message out about your event.

Try tying a promotion in with your event. If you are a restaurant, offer a special dining offer (like a unique Easter theme menu). If you are a store, offer a discount (try 20%) for that day only. Adding an extra incentive will get more people in your door and excited about the event. Take a look at these real-time Easter Bunny Event examples from Twitter:


Another option would be to donate all, or a portion of the proceeds from your event to a charity. Give people a REASON to participate in your event that they will feel good about. This also provides an option for cross-promotion with the charity, which can boost your event exposure and your audience, as well as opening other advertising channels and media coverage.

With the right planning, a Visit with the Easter Bunny event can become a fun yearly tradition that will build awareness, bring profit and be a positive spring activity for your community.

Products featured in this post: Garden Arch Portable Prop from B&C Mortensen, White Wicker Chair from Pier 1 Imports, Happy Easter Garland from handmade artists on Etsy, Happy Easter Photo Event Folder from Studio Style.

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Valentine’s Day Event Photo Ideas You’ll LOVE

Are you hosting a Valentine’s Day Event or sweetheart party this year?

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and Studio Style has a few ideas to help you put on a Valentine’s Day event everyone will love.  Whether you’re planning a fundraiser, a school party, a daddy daughter dance, or corporate event, our Valentine’s Day photo folders make perfectly lovable mementos to send home with your guests.

Send guests home with a souvenir photo folder for a sweet memory:

Heart photo folder

These foil stamped Valentine’s Photo Folders are versatile for any Valentine’s themed event, fundraiser, dance, or party. If you’re able to print your event photos on site, that’s a bonus, but it’s okay to mail these photo folders after the event too. These photo folders come in both 4×6 and 5×7 sizes, as well as vertical or horizontal format.

  • Overall size measures 6″ x 8 1/8″ (when closed)
  • Picture opening measures 3 5/8″ x 5 5/8″ (for 4″ x 6″ photos)
  • Lightweight smooth finish paper
  • Foil hot-stamped design on front cover
  • Holds one photo on the inside
  • Side-load construction, glued above and below window opening
  • Available for vertical or horizontal prints
  • Shipped flat, not folded
  • Envelopes available separately
  • Optional foil imprinting available

Heart Paper Photo Frame

 

These Happy Valentines Day photo folders are made from our standard white portrait folder and a bright red Valentine’s Day Heart design foil stamped in the middle. These make great Valentine’s Day cards, and are available in 4×6 or 5×7 for vertical or horizontal prints. Great for commemorating a Valentine’s Cruise or special outing with your loved one.

Your Valentine’s Day event wouldn’t be complete without some personalization your Valentine’s photo folders with the event date, location, names or even a line from your favorite love song or poem.

Envelopes: Are you mailing your folders/frames? Portrait folder envelopes are available here.

 

Valentines Photo CardThis red heart photo folder makes a beautiful themed frame for a sweetheart dance, Valentine’s fundraiser, or school party. Simply slide your 5×7 or 4×6 photo in the top and

This design is made to order. Low 50 piece minimum includes FREE personalization. Free digital proofs are available. Ships in 7-10 days from order date. Call us today for details: 1.800.346.3063

Our red and pink Valentine’s photo folder combines modern polka dots with hearts. Although perfect for Valentine’s Day parties and events, this design is also suitable for weddings, anniversaries, dances, cruises and other special occasions. The heart theme also works well for National Heart Health Month, and for hospital and healthcare promos.

 

Production Time: Please allow up to 10 business days for the design and imprinting of your custom order. Unimprinted Quick Ship folders ship in 1-3 business days (no order minimum). View our shipping map for shipping transit times.

Envelopes: Are you mailing your event photo folders? Use Envelope Style 0218, available separately.

Looking for another type of photo folder for your event? Visit www.StudioStyle.com and browse our collection of themed photo folders, paper photo frames, portrait folders, and photo gifts! Have a happy Valentine’s Day!

Heart Cello Bag

Valentine’s treat bags are great for classroom parties! These printed red and gold hearts cellophane treat bag are popular for DIY gift bags at all kinds of February events. Whether you give candy, nuts, cookies, or party favors, we offer plenty of sizes to fit any treat. Perfect for handing out at school or company Valentine’s Day parties, bake sales or any special occasion.

Food-safe polypropylene (sometimes called poly) bags have many uses. Cello bags make great candy bags, favor bags, party gift bags, treat goodie bags, bake sale & more. Unlike flat cello, our cello bags have gusseted sides for added room.

 

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Photographers

As 2016 approaches, you may find yourself contemplating the past year, reflecting on your accomplishments as a photographer, and thinking ahead to how you can boost your photography business in the New Year.  StudioStyle.com is here to offer up a few New Year’s resolutions for Photographers. Make 2016 the year you set goals to improve your photography, and distinguish yourself amongst your competition!

1. Define Your Strengths and Weaknesses. Take a step back and think about the past year. Where did you excel with your photography? Where did you feel you could have done better? Now make a written list of 5 strengths, and 5 weaknesses. Are you great at delivering beautiful photos to clients in a timely fashion, but not so great at pulling in consistent gigs? Maybe you’ve got a knack for marketing yourself, but are struggling with your digital file organization. Writing out a list of a few things you excel at and a few things you could improve upon will help you plan your 2016 goals.

2. Networking. Always think about where you can make connections! Do you volunteer for a local nonprofit? Let them know you are a photographer, offer to lend your skills to better the organization, and hand out business cards to other volunteers. Let them know what services you offer in a causal way. Many people prefer to hire someone they know for an engagement or family photo shoot. Ask other photographers you know for advice. Find local photography and freelance groups on social media to engage with. Offer your own advice, ask for feedback, or set up an online or in person critique among photography friends.

3. Show Your Photography Locally. Many schools and communities host local art fairs and shows throughout the year to showcase local artists. Consider renting a booth or some gallery space to display or even sell some of your work to the public. This will allow you to make more connections, and practice your pitch.

4. Attend a Photography Trade Show or Expo. Try to make it out to at least one convention or trade show in 2016. It’s beneficial to see what is hot in the industry, observe new gadgets and trends, and get new ideas for ways to market yourself and your work. Don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new, and get ideas from what other successful photographers are doing. Most expos have a handful of workshops and well know speakers in attendance, so there is always something to learn.

Top 2016 Photography Expos:

5. Branding Refresh – Have you developed a cohesive brand and marketing strategy for your photography? How does your logo reflect your style and image? What about a tagline? Can you put your brand essence into words – in two sentences or less? Once you have it written out, make sure you practice your elevator pitch. How would you market yourself to an audience of potential clients? What does your photography do? What feelings and emotions does it invoke? What elements do you focus on in the moments that you capture with your photography? Find more helpful photography branding tips here.

6. Update Your Website. If your photography website is outdated, or if you don’t have one yet, you’re missing out on a lot of potential business. A quality, professional looking portfolio website is a must have for any serious photographer in the market today. The web is the best place to showcase your talents, and get found by new customers. Use your website to highlight your work, and to tie in your branding elements that we mentioned above. Use your website to collect leads for customers, and to host a preview of your clients’ photos. Whether you’re a wedding photographer, portrait photographer, sports, nature, fine art, or abstract photographer, a clean, well optimized website will make all the difference in your business.

7. Take Charge of Your Social Media Presence. Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, and Flickr are the top social media outlets for photographers to engage with their fans and get their work seen. Another great platform for photographers is 500px.com, which allows photographers to “showcase their work, license amazing photos, and stay inspired.” These platforms are highly visual and allow for great content sharing. Don’t forget about Twitter and Pinterest, they are also great platforms to share your photography and get others to share it too. Make use of relevant hashtags on your posts to help users find your work, and use these platforms to connect with other like-minded photo professionals.

8. Brush up Your Editing Skills. You want to put your best photos out into the world, right? Even if you’ve mastered the craft of composing the best shots, you’ll have some that just won’t make the cut. You’ve got to narrow down the top photographs that showcase your talent for you clients and your portfolio. After the shoot, do an initial quick edit and sweep to determine which photos to put the final touches on. Then, take some time away from the photos and revisit them a day or two later for a fresh viewpoint. This will allow your brain to refresh and hone in on the details you may have missed the first time.

9. Plan a Passion Project. While getting booked for more paid shoots is great, it’s also important to keep your passion for the craft of photography alive. Plan a project for you—not for money. Is there a story you’ve been dying to tell with your photos? Maybe you usually do portrait photography, but have had an itch to start a nature photography blog for fun. Think about what first got you interested in photography, and why you chose to make it your profession, and make 2016 the year you revive your passion with a photo project that fulfills your creative aspiration.

10. Organize Your files + Backup Your Photos! This might not be the most fun photography resolution, but it is an important one that will make your new year feel less hectic, and more organized. Set a consistent file naming method that includes the date and name of the client or project, and keep photos organized in separate folders by month and by year. Most file import programs allow for bulk file renaming, so you don’t have to waste time doing this manually. Invest in a high quality external hard drive for backups and keeping archived photos to free up space on your main device. Be sure to do backups on a regular basis so your hard work is not lost. These storage drives have come down drastically in price, so it may be worthwhile to invest in a couple for multiple copies of your images.

Best wishes for you and your photography in 2016! Studio Style looks forward to helping you present your photographs with our full line of personalized photo folders, photo cards, photo framesphoto gifts, and party supplies in the New Year.

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How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards With Photos this Holiday Season

Printed photo cards have been on a perpetual rise in popularity over the last 10 years, especially for Holiday greeting cards. They are great for sending out as party invitations, thank you cards, and as Christmas cards. Yet photo insert cards also remain a popular choice, and many opt for this classic photo card option year after year. Why?

Because blank photo insert cards are so versatile.

At Studiostyle.com, our photo frame cards are available in a variety of colors and are full-color throughout. Suitable for DIY Christmas and holiday cards, thank you cards, engagement announcements, birth announcements, graduation photos and more, you can buy one color of card and use it for various occasions throughout the year.

Ready to make your own greeting cards? Here are some ideas to get you started:

Personalized Christmas Cards

What do you do when you want to send one photo to your grandma, another to your uncle, and yet another to a friend who lives half a world away? With printed photo cards, you’re stuck with the same photo for everyone- -so blank cards for photographs are the perfect solution. Just insert your photo of choice in the front for the chosen recipient, write a nice greeting inside, and voilà, instant photo greeting cards!

blank holiday cards with photo insert Shown: Red Photo Insert Card, Snow White Photo Insert Card, and Forest Green Photo Insert Card

Studio Style also offers a great selection of holiday themed photo cards if you’re looking for something more festive:

holiday photo cards

Shown: Let it Snow Photo Insert Card, Holly Corners Photo Insert Card, Black Holly Border Photo Insert CardCandy Cane Photo Insert Card,

Wedding Thank You Cards

A photo card is the perfect way to thank guests for attending your wedding and to thank them for gifts. Just slip your photo in the front, and include a personalized, hand-written message inside. A white photo insert card is a classic option for thank you cards, but you can also choose a card that coordinates with your wedding colors.

Shown: Snow White with hand-written note.
Shown: Snow White with hand-written note.

Engagement Announcements & Save the Dates

Most photographers include an engagement photo shoot in their package, or offer it as an add-on. Blank photo frame cards are perfect for engagement photos because the picture window showcases your photo without any distracting design elements. For wedding details, you can hand write the information inside, or we can foil stamp your text for you. Foil imprinted save the date photo cards are a classic, elegant option.

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Shown: Desert Storm, Snow White, Black

Photo Birth Announcements

Do yourself a favor and order your blank cards for photos before the baby is born. After your precious bundle of joy arrives, you’ll be spending so much time cooing to your babe and showing him/her off to visitors, that browsing for birth announcement designs might not cross your mind. By having blank birth announcement cards on hand ahead of time, you can just slip in your newborn photos and write out some quick notes to friends and family during nap time.

Birth Announcement Cards

Shown: Cranberry Ice, Natural Flax, Light Blue

Everyday Photo Cards

Whether you bring home a new puppy, want to send warm wishes from your tropical paradise, or just want to say hello, blank greeting cards for photos are the perfect solution. Just insert your photo in the front, and write a message on the inside. Want to cheer up the grandparents? Slide a recent picture of your kids in the front, and let them doodle on the inside or cover the card with stickers.

Here are some other ways people use photo window cards:

  • Pet Photography: Adoption centers give these with a photo of your new best friend, and a brief message stamped on the inside.
  • Art & Craft Fairs: Not just for pictures! Insert small 4″ x 6″ art prints, pressed flowers, paintings, or even slim needlework.
  • A Long-Distance Hello: Perfect for sending photos to friends and family across the country, overseas, or even just on the other side of town.
  • Event Favors: Smaller than our standard event photo folders, we see event planners using photo insert cards for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet Sixteens, retirement parties, and more.
  • Personalized Branded Photo Cards: Professional photographers will add their studio name and website with hot foil stamping on the back of the card. These are a nice add-on to any studio package.

Whatever the occasion, whenever the celebration, stock up on some blank photo greeting cards. You never know when you’ll want to share a memory!

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Shown: Navy Blue, Snow White, Red, Black, and Desert Storm

 

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8 Simple Halloween Photo Tips for Great Pictures of Your Kids in Costume

If 9 days until Halloween sounds scary to you, fear not! Studiostyle.com is here with some simple Halloween photo tips to help you capture creative shots of your kids in their Halloween costumes this year.

1. Don’t wait until October 31st!

Halloween day can be busy with last minute preparations, so think about taking some time this weekend or after school one day to let your kids try on their costumes a little early. This is also a good idea to make sure all parts of their costumes are in order before they head out for Trick-or-Treating. Photographing during the mid-late morning hours when the lighting is crisp is ideal, but late afternoon or early evening when the glowing sun starts to get low in the sky can also be a fun time to capture the essence of fall. Whenever you decide to snap your Halloween photos, be sure to take your most important shots first, like the portraits and group photos.

2. Explore different settings

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Set up a festive photo area in the back yard, or take some shots around the neighborhood if you’re pressed for time. Make use of the traditional Halloween décor you already own (cobwebs, pumpkins, hay bales, cornstalks, etc.) as background or props to accent your shoot. If you have a couple of hours to spare, head out to a local park or nature preserve to capture the colors of changing autumn foliage for a backdrop. If you’re willing to deal with the crowds, you can even take your kids to visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard in their costumes for some ready-made fall scenery.

3. Capture the little details, as well as the big picture

 This is especially rewarding if your child is sporting a home-made costume this year. Don’t forget to zoom in on the details of their costume garments, face makeup, and accessories. Ask your child what their favorite part of their costume is, too so you can highlight that in your photos.

4. Use pumpkins as props

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Lit or unlit, carved or whole, pumpkins can be used in countless ways to accent your Halloween photos. If your child is an infant, carve a larger pumpkin out completely and cut holes large enough for your baby’s legs to stick through. Place your child inside the pumpkin and capture the moment. For photos of your glowing Jack-o-lanterns, hit the lights, turn off the flash, and set your camera on a stable surface to avoid blur. Make use of the self timer on your camera for the most stable effect. Substitute a flashlight or LED for your light source inside the pumpkin to achieve a more even glow.

5. Try different angles

Elevate yourself and get a bird’s eye view of your kids acting out their characters in costume for a creative Halloween photo. Get down low and get on their level, too. Capture the world from their perspective by lying or squatting on the ground as they approach you in costume.

6. Get some action shots 

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Ask your child to get in character, and strike a pose that fits their costume. Take some photos of the kids interacting with one another if they are trick-or-treating with a group of friends. Make sure to get some shots of them going both up to and from the door. Capture their smiles and excitement as they reach into their candy buckets to measure their loot. If it comes naturally, take the opportunity to photograph your child as they hold hands with a sibling, or with mom and dad while walking down the sidewalk. For more ideas of great actions shots, visit our Halloween ideas board on Pinterest.

7. Set up a DIY photo studio in the garage

If the weather doesn’t cooperate for your outdoor Halloween photo shoot, you can always set up a simple makeshift photo studio in the garage. You’ll be able to make use of the soft, natural light that floods in from outside. Open your garage door on a sunny day, and find a spot in the garage toward the middle or back that is not too bright, but also not too dark. Hang your fabric backdrop of choice from your garage shelving (make sure to get all of the wrinkles out first) so that some of the fabric lays on the ground for your child to stand on. Use a sheet of black stretch velvet fabric, a heavy weight blanket, or fleece fabric for the ideal backdrop.

8. Frame your prints with Halloween themed photo cards

Halloween Photo Frames

When you’re all finished and have selected your favorite Halloween shots, you can use Halloween themed photo folders or photo insert cards from Studio Style to display and share your Halloween memories! Available in several spook-tacular stock designs, our photo cards and frames also come with optional personalization and custom imprinting.

 

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Studio Style Customer Spotlight: Edward C. Robison III

Studiostyle.com is excited to announce our new monthly customer spotlight! If you are a Studio Style customer and would like to apply for a feature on our blog and social media, please complete the form at the bottom of this post.

Edward C. Robison III

Edward C. Robison IIIThis month, we are excited to introduce Edward C. Robison III, a nature photographer based out of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Edward began his artistic quest as painter. When he found himself drawn towards photography, he brought a painterly vision for color, composition, and scope to his photographic palette. From stark boulder fields to lush waterfalls, Edward’s photographs reflect his deep love of nature and his keen eye, as well as an underlying theme of conservation of natural resources.

Edward C. Robison III PhotographyThe places he photographs are the quiet, the remote, the mystical, the majestic… the sacred places of earth. View his breathtaking landscape photography collection here. Edward’s work can be found in many corporate and private collections including Bass Pro Shops, BKD, Capital One, Prairie Fire – American Museum of Natural History, and the National Arbor Day Foundation, just to name a few. His work is also featured in the Sierra Club Calendars and ten books about the Midwest landscape.

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Pictured: Edward uses the 8 x 10 size Black Print Holders from Studio Style as eco-friendly display folios for his prints. He also uses the 11 x 14 folios for his limited edition Augmented Reality prints on rag paper.

Product description: these are durable, photo folio folders for professional photographers to display, present, store & protect their prints & proofs. An inexpensive and effective alternative to photo books & albums, these archival proof folders have a traditional linen weave textured finish and are available in 3 sizes to accommodate 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, or 11″ x 14″ photographs. An eco-friendly product, these print holders are made of 100% recycled material (80% post-consumer waste). Custom foil imprinting is available for your studio name and logo.

Edward C. Robison III photography

When Edward is not in the field focusing on his personal work, he contracts with Bass Pro Shops creating one of a kind photos for Johnny Morris’ Big Cedar Lodge, Dogwood Canyon, and Top of the Rock golf course. He also specializes in photographing world famous artworks for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  Edward lives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and owns the Sacred Earth Gallery, which exclusively features his large-format landscape photographs. You can view his entire photography collection at www.ECR3.com

Edward C. Robison III photography

Edward recently published a book of his Augmented Reality Photography, titled “Ozark Landscapes – An Augmented Reality Project” which is available for purchase on Amazon. Do you love Edward’s work as much as we do? Connect with him on social media:

About Studiostyle.com

Studiostyle.com is proud to have been a leading source for personalized photo products since 1994.  For celebrations big and small, our personalized photo products help protect and show off your printed event pictures.

We are a family-owned company, and we design and manufacture paper photo folders, cardboard picture frames, and custom photo cards for photographers and event planners as well as photo enthusiasts looking for photo packaging solutions. Our products are manufactured here in the United States, which allows us to guarantee the integrity and quality of our products to our customers.

Need personalized photo packaging or gifts? No problem. We can print or foil stamp your logo and event date to create a one-of-a-kind, branded marketing piece for your studio, party, or event. Choose from a variety of styles and sizes to find the perfect folio, frame, photo folder, or photo card for your giveaway or event. We offer low minimums for personalization, and also offer full-service custom work. By combining custom print runs with our own product runs, we control each step in the manufacturing process from design development through the printing and assembly process.

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Make Custom Birth Announcements with Photo Insert Cards from Studio Style

Looking for a creative yet simple way to share the news of your baby’s arrival with friends and family? We have the perfect solution for you! Make custom birth announcements with the blank photo insert cards available at Studiostyle.com. Made of sturdy card stock and full-color throughout, blank photo frame cards are a great option for birth announcements. You can order them blank and write a personal note, or we can foil stamp or print your custom message for you.

All you do is slide your 4″ x 6″ photo into the window frame, and you have an instant birth announcement! No glue or tape needed.

Read on for some tips on choosing the right birth announcement photo insert card for your precious bundle of joy.

Oh, and congrats!

Baby Boy Birth Announcement Card – Light Blue

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Color: Light Blue

Personalization: Foil stamped window frame (Navy Blue Foil); hand-written note inside (blank ink looks best)

Baby Girl Birth Announcement Card – Light Pink

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Color: Cranberry Ice

Personalization: Foil stamped (Metallic Purple Foil)

Gender Neutral Birth Announcement Card – Green

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Color: Willow Green

Personalization: Hand-written note (blank ink)

Gender Neutral Birth Announcement Card – Cream

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Color: Natural Flax

Personalization: Foil stamped (Metallic Gold Foil)

Best Photo Insert Cards for Black and White Baby Photos

If you opt to send black and white photos of your baby, and don’t want the color of the card to overwhelm your photo, you’ll want to look at our Snow White or Black photo window cards for your birth announcements.

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Color: Snow White

Personalization: Foil stamped (Black Foil) and hand-written

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Color: Black

Personalization: Foil stamped (Metallic Silver Foil)

Looking for printed photo birth announcements? We have those, too. Check out our selection of classic and modern birth announcement designs.

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