Monthly Archives: May 2012

Golden Ranunculus

05 | 09 | 2012

Over the weekend, I found one more pack Polaroid 600 film in my film fridge.  I thought I’d used it up ages ago.  Now I have to figure out what to do with my (real) last pack!  Photos with my nephews at Disneyland is what I used the pack I thought was my last pack for.  It’s exciting, to be sure, to have one more go at it.

But I’m also extremely grateful to the folks at The Impossible Project for carrying on the instant print film torch.  One of their bewitching instant prints above.  I swear this film is like the dachshund of films, behaving only when it wants to, but charming you the whole while.  Now if they could just cook up some Polaroid 55 or 8×10 instant print film …

photo: Gia Canali

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Album Design Know-How: Get in The Folks You Love Without Posed Group Photos

05 | 01 | 2012

Most of us (brides, grooms, photographers) don’t exactly love posed group photos. I do think they are necessary, a few images in the larger body of wedding photographs, a part of family history, to be sure.  But as far as wanting to preserve the folks I love in a photo album, I like to take a different tack.

A couple of years ago, one of my clients asked if we could exclude group photos but include a photo that prominently featured each person who would’ve been in the immediate family and bridal party photos.  This design approach worked beautifully, giving the album such an authentic narrative perspective, and—best of all—each person was really flattered in the photos we chose.

If you have a really large family, as some of us do, then you’ll probably want to get a couple extended family photos in there, just to make sure you cover aunts, uncles, and cousins.  But I think the basic principle still applies to the rest of the album—just focus on the folks who are really in your inner circle (immediate family, best friends, etc.).

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all photos by: Gia Canali

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