Photo Tips

Lighting
Try to Use Natural or Soft Lighting. Flashes tend to flatten the image and create harsh shadows. Light your subjects gently from the side, using natural lighting such as windows. If you must use a flash, try to bounce it off the ceiling or a wall for a less harsh effect.

Backgrounds
Noisy Backgrounds Distract from the Subject. Whenever possible, try to keep your backgrounds visually simple. If you are shooting with a 35mm SLR camera, try to use an "f-stop" of 3.8 or smaller. This will cause your subject to be "in focus", while blurring the background and drawing greater attention to your subject. If you are using almost any kind of "digital" camera, set your "f-stop" as above, or set your camera to "portrait" mode to achieve the same effect.

Notes on Photos

Photo Permissions
We cannot create a card for you without the expressed permission of your photographer to use their images. Although you may have paid a Sitting Fee and purchased photographic prints from that “sitting”, your photographer owns the copyrights to those images. That right is their sole source of income. You will need to obtain permission from your professional photographer to reproduce their photos in your cards. You may need to pay your photographer an additional fee for the Usage Rights to create cards with their images.

Photo Orientation
Both your cover and interior images ideally should have the same orientation (ie: both vertical or both horizontal).

Digital Images
Digital cameras of 4 megapixals or higher, set to their highest resolution or quality, and saved as uncompressed JPG files work best. TIFF and camera RAW files will work and can be sent, but the files may be too large to send through some email accounts.

Paper Images
Glossy paper reprints or negatives work fine. Original photos and negatives will be returned with order. Scanning and image clean-up charges may apply.