There have been so many great entries to our #snapfishloveschristmas competition over on Instagram, so we thought we should share a couple of our favourites! You still have until Sunday December 11th to enter, so if you haven’t entered yet pop over to Instagram and post your best Christmas photo. Full details on this post!

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This moment captured by @sharna86 is just too cute!

 

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We love this photo of Willow the Christmas dog by @riickydaisyandwillow.

 

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@my3ratbagz3614‘s photo is so lovely, we absolutely adore it!

 

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How incredible are these Snappy cookies by @lilone_and_me?!

 

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This Christmas baking snap by @bindeebel is so sweet!

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We’re dreaming of a handcrafted holiday! With a bit of prep and a lot of pep, our band of bloggers created beautiful photo decorations that we want to start making ASAP. Pin your favorites and save for when you’re in the decorating spirit.

1. Festive Holiday Wrapping Station
Organize your wrapping paper, tapes, and ribbons in a one-stop shop holiday command center. Hop over to East Coast Creative to see how Monica transformed a changing table into a convenient cart to wrangle all her wrapping supplies, complete with a framed canvas of her favorite holiday song.

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40×50 Framed Canvas

2. Favorite Places Photo Calendar
Snapfish calendars are the perfect gift for friends and family. We love how Polkadot Chair showcased her favorite travel spots in one calendar, highlighting the year’s adventures. She even added photos to the calendar grid to keep track of important dates! (See how.)

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20×28 Calendar

3. Happy Holiday Memories Mantel
Decorating the house for Christmas should always include a photo refresh. Incorporate photos that have colorful holiday tones – reds, whites, and greens really pop. Hello Splendid’s Jillian paired print with sweet sentiments that she made on Snapfish.

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20×25 Prints

4. Snowflake-Inspired Photo Wall
Crafty lady Julia from Cuckoo4Design wanted to create a cool backdrop for her canvases and prints. Using her Silhouette, she created a pattern that can easily be applied to the wall!

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Standard Prints and Canvas Prints

5. Personalized Holiday Cards
Lifestyle blogger The Daily Tay is a pro at holiday cards. She made her holiday card photo black and white – such a great contrast to the golden script on the bottom. Flip the card over, and you’ve got a paw-sitively adorable family huddle. Can’t wait to see what you create for 2016, Tay!

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12.5×17.5 Christmas Card

Snapfish Shopping Guide:
1. Framed Canvas 2. Calendars 3. Standard Prints 4. Canvas and Standard Prints 5. Christmas Cards

Originally published by Elysa Hill on Snapfish US

Photo books are a great way to collect your family’s 2016 memories in one place, and make amazing gifts for grandparents and other relatives. To really make your photo book stand out, we’ve got some tips for getting the most out of Snapfish’s design studio.

1. Draw attention with grid pages

Grids are great for making a big impact

Alternating colour and black and white images really makes a grid page of photos stand out! Another great idea is to arrange photos so your subjects are looking towards the middle of the page, to draw your reader’s eye into the centre.

2. Add embellishments to make your book unique

Match your embellishments to your photosLayer embellishments for an extra special design

Snapfish has some amazing default designs which highlight your family photos, but picking your own embellishments really makes your book one-of-a-kind. Think of embellishments like stickers in a scrapbook – they make your page designs fun and unique.

3. Themed spreads 

An themed spread is a great place to put seasonal photos!A beach day spread is great for summer photos

Doing themed spreads is a great way to show off your photos from special days and events. You can also do seasonal or monthly spreads, like these spreads collecting autumn and summer photos! Adding embellishments that fit your theme helps bring the images together and makes your book more exciting.

4. Feature the furry members of your family

Celebrate your pet with a special spread for them

If you have a dog, cat, or other pet, chances are you have a lot of photos of them! Pets are special members of the family and deserve a spot in your book. Snapfish has a lot of pet-themed embellishments that can make a spread of pet photos extra fun.

5. Find different angles to tell a story

Experiment with interesting composition!

Creating a spread with photos that have similar composition can be really visually interesting. Here, we’ve used photos from behind to show a different perspective. Instead of looking at the camera, these kids are looking out into the world and giving us a glimpse of what they’re seeing! 

Feature details for a more interesting grid

The right page of this spread features more traditional family photos as well as photos highlighting the kids splashing around in puddles and cosying up with a blanket. By using closely cropped shots of details like shoes and clothes, this grid becomes much more interesting than just nine headshots!

If there’s one thing that can make or break a photograph more than any other, it’s lighting. You might have the most incredible landscape, or be planning to take a family photo, but without the right quality of light you might be left with a flat and uninspiring photo.

We have created some top tips on how to take the perfect morning shot which look beautiful on canvas, as prints or even as a picturesque fridge magnet. Lighting during the morning golden hour is soft, diffused, and warm.

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The morning is a key time to photograph into the sun, creating a halo around your subject. The term is called ‘sun flare’, which helps to add an artistic feel to your photograph.

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Head to your local cafe or park to find an amazing variety of colours and textures. Capture the contrast of the walls, materials, colours and emotions of the atmosphere around you. Early mornings tend to be quiet and still, a great opportunity to photograph the ‘calm before the storm.’

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Silhouettes work beautifully for sunrises; when aiming your camera at a bright light, notice your subject become dark. This will create a striking effect.

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Give it a go and see how it transforms your photography. Try setting yourself a summer project to photograph your favourite places in the morning and create a photo book, we can’t wait to see your photos!

My name is Jayden, and I am a landscape photographer.

I was living on a dairy farm when I got my first camera. As there were no buildings, cars or people; I took pictures of my surroundings which happened to be beautiful landscapes of mountains, paddocks, and forests. My passion started here.

Landscape photography gives you a lot of time to appreciate nature, whilst looking for the ideal composition. I like shooting during sunrise and sunset the most, so photographing landscapes is great meditation in a bustling world.

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Landscape photography also has a lot of possibilities. You can shoot long exposures and explore astrophotography, you can shoot a time-lapse video and watch how nature moves, or you can get creative and combine photos.

I love to print my landscapes on canvas, and love the creativity of building a collage with square and rectangle canvas prints. With Christmas approaching, I will be designing a calendar with all of my favourite landscape photos from the year.

Professional tips when shooting:
Bring extra warmth such as a blanket
Bring along a water or a tea
Go high and shoot across
Find an ‘interest’
Bring plenty of snacks
Shoot with clouds

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If you’re passionate about nature, hiking, and landscapes then I recommend you give landscape photography a try!

Photography by Jayden Harrod.
Jayden’s favourite canvas print size is 75x150cm
To create your own calendar, click here.

Did you know you could save a project as you go? We have a ‘Save’ and a ‘Save As’ tool to make it easy to create different versions.

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Under “…” – Click on the dots and see SAVE PROJECT AS, and give it a new name.

save-as-3save-as-2 Then visit your ‘My Projects’ page, to find your saved versions.
Open one and re-save as to create a second back up version.

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Enjoy creating your projects and saving as many versions as you like!