Recently a client shared with me some projects she completed using images from our fall photo session. I LOVE THIS! Only to be topped with actually walking into a client’s home and seeing my images hanging on their walls, email’s of the next best thing.

Original images by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography

How beautiful is this calendar! I think I might need to have her make calendar’s with my pictures next year. The grandmother’s would LOVE that.Original images by Resa Troyer for Resa Design Photography

I haven’t yet figured out how she did it, but I think there was some glue involved. What a creative way to display family photos in just one frame. Perfect for those of you who don’t like to take last year’s photo off the wall, or are just short on space.

Thanks Beth for sharing these great final products with me. I’m so inspired to go do something with the zillion photos I have of my own family.

Have you done something fun with your photos? Or just got them out of the computer and on display? Share in the comments or on our Facebook Page.

(Photos courtesy of Beth L.) 

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Free Valentine Facebook Cover Preset for Lightroom ©2014 Resa Design Photography

I made this bright Lightroom print preset for Facebook for upcoming Valentines Day. ©2014 Resa Design Photography Facebook Cover layout

Please share with your clients, but you may not sell or take creative rights for the layout and image.

©2014 Resa Design Photography Facebook Cover Layout for Lightroom

Download this Lightroom Print Preset –  FB-Valentine-2image.lrtemplate

Download the Heart Love Background – facebook_background_valentineLOVE_byResaTroyer.jpg

Leave a comment if you download it and what you think.

Happy Editing- Resa


Working on your holiday cards for 2012? I love this design from Tiny Prints. Click on image to view on Tiny Prints site.


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Need helping choosing which photo(s) to use in your holiday card?

  1. Choose a card layout that fits your photos, not photos that fit your card. This can be challenging when there are so many great templates out there these days. But you really will be less frustrated and more satisfied with the results if you do it this way. Promise.
  2. Use photos that have a clear, single message. They shouldn’t have distracting backgrounds or too many things going on. I personally like one great shot that represents my family’s personality (and where everyone’s faces can be seen when possible.) The hardest thing to do is to separate yourself from a photo. If you were present when a photo was taken, you have an emotional attachment to the photo. It means more to you than what is actually shown in the photo. But your reader wants a clear, updated photo of your family (or family members) that they can understand simply by viewing it despite not being present when it was taken. Does that make sense?
  3. Be aware of how the people look, or end up cropped in your card. Can you see everyone’s face clearly? Have you chopped off any arms in awkward places. Are heads connected to necks? Don’t laugh, you’d be surprised what happens in group photos sometimes. Make sure the poses aren’t awkward and going to land you on that awkward family photo site. Oh, and make sure everyone has their arms, legs, zippers zippered, buttons buttoned. You get it :)
  4. Be sure your image is high-resolution. There is nothing worse than a blurry card.
  5. If you are going to use more than one photo I think you either need to have them all from the same setting or they all need be different. Half and half doesn’t work for me.
  6. If you are going to use a lot of images. Make sure they are close up and very clear. Most cards are smaller than 5×7, so once you get more than 2-3 photos on there, they start to get pretty small. You don’t want your reader to need a magnifying glass to see a photo. Well unless you are my great-grandma :)

Why I like the Tiny Print card above: The example above is one of all the photos being from the same setting (you can tell mostly b/c they are all in the same clothes). The consistency makes for a smart, clean-looking card. My eye knows what too look at to get the message of this card, and it’s not cluttered with background distractions. Your reader should be able to tell who the card is from right away by looking at the photos, second by reading the text. The graphics are simple and easy to read. Plus I love the rounded edge, and that you can customize the graphics area background color. Although I am partial to the grey because it doesn’t fight with the photos.

How I would do it: If I were ordering this card I would include one main close up family photos on the bottom, and then one photo of each of my kids (close up head shots, not full body because the space is so small) on the top.

So what are you waiting for? Go order your holiday cards before you forget.


Tiny Prints Cyber Monday

You know I love printing photos online. And getting cash back by starting here with Ebates, saves me even more. I got this coupon code in my inbox today for 50% off Photo Books. Wouldn’t this make a great Mother’s or Father’s Day gift? Start at Ebates, and shop Snapfish. Use code HALFOFFBOOKS by 4/15/12. Fine print says you can use it up to 5 times per customer!

Let me know how your book turns out. Did you choose to tell a story with your photos, or document an event? I think I might FINALLY make one for each of my kids with photos from the last year. I always intend to this for their birthday’s, and I haven’t gotten around to it.

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One of my/our favorite children’s musicians is Frances England. You may remember hearing her Pancake song on a commercial even. Anyway, this Holiday Family Creative Challenge came through my email the other day.

Her challenge to you is to download her new song (for free!) “Oh, how you’ve grown” and set your photos to it in a video. Then share it with your family, friends, neighbors… (and me!).  There is no real prize, but you can give yourself a satisfying pat on the back for having done something awesome with your photos (or videos). [You might score points with the grandparents too!]

If you participate, leave a comment with a link to your video. I’d LOVE to see it. I’m working on mine now. I’ll share it when I’m through. The hard part is deciding which photos to use.

I could kick myself! I just ordered all our holiday photo gifts, cards, etc and then discovered I could have saved a bunch of money using Ebates. I found Ebates through searching for coupons for something I was buying (snow boots if you must know). But once I landed on the screen I remembered I seen it before. Then it hit me. It was on ChristianPF. I love those people, so after re-reading I knew they would not be steering me in a direction they wouldn’t go themselves. Now I’m signed up and hooked on Ebates. As long was we are stream-of-conscience-ing it here… I was then like, “I have to tell my photo friends. They NEED to order prints and gifts too. WHO doesn’t want to know about saving 8%, 15%, 20%. So pardon the un-solicited advertisement here, but I love sharing good deals when I find them. Don’t you?

My favorite online printing is done on Shutterfly or Kodak Gallery. If I would have gone through my new Ebates account I could have gotten 8% (Shutterfly) or 15% (Kodak) cash back using these two printers. No joke! I’m so annoyed. The holiday order is my biggest of the year.

Other photo printers using Ebates (some of which I have used) are: Minted (5%), Snapfish (20%), and you could print your own cards using Vistaprint (5%).

Follow this link to Ebates. I think you’ll be glad you did. I’m just glad I figured it out before I started my online holiday shopping. The more I save, the more I can spend on well… printing more of my zillions of photos.

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One of my brother’s recently got married. Yipee! It was an amazing day. I am so glad he let me tote along my camera and capture some of their special moments. Like this one…

But here’s my life long dilemma.. What do I do with all these pictures? I have already sent him the photos, but I’d really like to make sure this one get’s the treatment it deserves. So I’m thinking about this…

Source: via Resa on Pinterest

Which reminds me that I have a first dance photo from our wedding way back when. Maybe I should do this for myself too!

Have any suggestions on what to do with wedding photos (besides look at them once a year in the big black book)?

If you are anything like me, you have thousands and thousands of photos in digital storage (or in shoe boxes). I’m not usually short on ideas of what to do with my favorite photos, but the cash to spend on the execution. This idea will cost you less than $10 and you’ll have wall art featuring your favorite photos.

Inexpensive Photo Wall Art
3 4×6 photos
2-3 sheets of colorful paper (scrapbook, old maps, magazine pages, etc.)
3 5″x7″ clip frames [like these]
Double sided tape or glue stick
3 Picture hanging nails

Choose your photos: Take or look for 3 photos that look great together and capture your attention. Typically these will be close-ups and photos with simple composition and background. The photos I choose were taken during the same session, so they are uniform in color and style. By doing this my final result has focus and is simple.

Choose your background paper: I found these fun geometric style scrapbook sheets at my local craft store. The colors matched the room I was decorating (in this case the bathroom), and pulled on the colors in my photos. Other options might be: old maps, kids artwork, magazine pages, etc. Use your imagination. I would advise using something sturdy and a paper less likely to fade quickly.

Layout: Practice your layout before you cut! Play with the position and arrangement of your photos and background papers.

Cut and Paste: Once you are settled on your layout, you are ready to cut your background paper. I like to use the paper insert that comes with the frame as my guide. I simply lay it against the back of my background paper and trace around the edge (be sure to use a sharp pencil so you don’t get too wide of a line). Then cut the rectangle out neatly. Try it in your frame to make sure it’s a nice and neat fit. If you are satisfied, center your photo in the middle by measuring down from the top 1″ and then the side 1″. Use a small piece of double-sided tape or glue to keep the photo from slipping around.

Clip: Place the glass back on top of your photo and clip. (Be gentle, I’ve broken these frames more than a few times when I rush.)

Hang: I am terribly inpatient when it comes to hanging things. My trick for this is to stay away from symmetry (because it never ends the way I want it to, symmetrical). In this case I laid the frames out close enough there wasn’t an awkward gap between them, but off each other’s center enough they didn’t look mistakenly hung wrong.

You are done!
Now that wasn’t too hard, was it? Can’t wait to see what you create.