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May 5, 2015

Keeping Your Walls Fresh and Storing Old Photos

You’ve been doing photography sessions over the years and now you’re running out of wall space. You’d like to swap some of your pictures out for new ones, but what is the best way to store those older prints so that you can access them regularly but also keep them safe?

There are many options for albums on the market, but since we are mainly interested in keeping prints safe, we have to look for archival-quality options. “Archival”, in this sense, means: “Suitable for storing documents or photographs for a long period of time with minimal destruction.” Cheap (non-archival) options will result in your pictures fading and staining. All of us have pictures from our grandparents that have yellowed over the years and that’s because they weren’t stored properly.

To solve this issue, I recommend the Itoya portfolio products. I’ve been using these portfolios since I was in college and I’ve never found anything I liked as much as these. They aren’t fancy, but they’ll do the job beautifully.

itoya portfolios for preserving your portraits

albums for storing photographs

They come in a large variety of sizes. I use the 8×10 portfolio for my 8×10 and 5×7 prints. The smaller prints will swim a bit, but it doesn’t bother me. If you prefer a snug fit, you can go for a smaller size. The links below will take you to for the product that will be good for print sizes:

Up to 5×7

Up to 8×10

Up to 11×14

Up to 16×20

Once you’ve got your portraits safely tucked away in some of these lovely portfolios, you’ll also want to keep a few other things in mind when storing your photographs:

  • Keep photographs in the coolest, driest spot in your home, such as an interior closet. Avoid damp basements and hot attics.
  • Try to avoid touching the surface of the prints with your hands. The oil and dirt from our fingers can hurt them over time.
  • Don’t stuff or over-fill any enclosure that you are putting your photographs in. The pressure and friction when pulling the pictures out can cause tiny scratches on the print.

And if you really want to geek-out on this and get it straight from the guys who archive things all day long, you can visit the National Archives website.

*The links above are affiliate links, but honestly, I’d be recommending these even if I didn’t get a (very) small commission.

January 12, 2015

Announcing… New Birth Announcements!

Just thought I’d share a little peek of a couple of the new announcements available to our Baby Club members. Pretty cute, huh?


The Baby Club is perfect for families who are interested in documenting the whole experience surrounding the arrival of their little one. We offer a savings for those clients who are interested in booking multiple sessions at once: your choice of several stages from maternity all the way through to one year.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Baby Club or reserving a spot, just give us a call or shoot us an email and we’ll get started with helping to advise on the perfect timing for capturing your baby’s story.

January 8, 2015

Our Family Photography Fine Art Album

Another stunning example of our Fine Art Album and one of the most wild and fun and beautiful sessions I’ve ever shot. I’ve been photographing this family at least once a year for seven years. Every year, I can’t wait to see what we’ll plan for the next.

For the sake of not including the longest post in history, I’ve subtracted a few spreads from the album, but this will give some of you a basic idea of what a family session in the mountains is like. Lots of fun. Lots of action. And lots of beautiful images.














July 18, 2014

The Fine Art Album

I haven’t featured any of our products in a while, so when this lovely Fine Art Album arrived at the studio this week, I thought you all may want to take a peek.

This 10″ x 10″ album is just stunning with its fine detail, vivid colors and creamy matte pages. I just love it.

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October 13, 2011

new holiday cards and birth announcements!

I’m a sucker for cards: holiday cards, birth announcements, birthday cards, thank you cards…really any excuse to send a card via “real mail” is a good enough one for me. And who doesn’t love a card with pictures of your kids’ sweet faces on it? It gives that personal touch and turns it into something more than just a card, but a keepsake that your friends and family will hold on to forever.

holiday_cardsOver the last few years, my customers have given me lots of helpful feedback. They have asked for more paper options, more designs to choose from and pre-addressed envelopes…

Soooo, new for this year, we have partnered with Tiny Prints to give you all of these things and more! Tiny Prints has designed an ingenious system which allows me to upload images to their site for you, so you can design your card just the way you like it, using the pictures from your session with me. How cool is that?

PLUS, they offer:

– more paper options
– more card shapes (including cards that double as ornaments!)
– rounded corners
– pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelopes
– a HUGE selection of beautiful designs
– customizable text and colors
– fast turnaround time
– great prices
– excellent customer service

Not only do they have beautiful holiday cards, but they also have an enormous selection of birth announcements:

birth_announcementsIf you’re interested in using the images from your (past, present or future) photography session with me to create your very own custom cards, just shoot me an email and let me know. I’ll walk to you through the process – it’s pretty easy. And, depending on the time of year, I may even have a coupon for you!

– Jill

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