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3 Birthday Party Inspirations

If you’re little one has a birthday that is coming up, it’s time to get planning on the perfect party for friends and family. Today we give you our top three birthday party inspirations. From invitations, to decor, to cakes, it’s never too early to start planning the best

3 Birthday Party Inspirations

Plan your perfect party with these three top tips. They will help you decorate, get ideas and make sure that your child has a magical birthday celebration!

Custom Invitations

If you’re planning a party the first thing you need to start with is the perfect party invitation. This will work especially well if you are planning a themed party for your child. We have so many wonderful designs that we know you’ll love!

Here are a few of our favorite custom birthday cards:

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Party Decor

The next step is getting the right decor. If you’re having a princess theme party, don’t for get the crowns, and if you’re having a pool party, don’t forget the balloons and pool toys! Add flare to your party so it can become a magical day that the kids will remember. A little decoration can go a long way!

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Birthday Cake

The biggest party of any birthday party is having a birthday cake! Create custom cupcakes or a cake that will match your party theme, and something that your daughter or son will love. Take a look at these adorable animal cakes below – we absolutely love these!

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Don’t forget to take photos!

The best way to make sure that you remember the party forever is by taking photos. Get your camera out, and capture your kids smiling, playing, and having a great time. Don’t forget that you can always print free 4×6 photos with our app, FreePrints!

 

Find the Right Light for Photos

Taking great photos is one our biggest passions at PhotoAffections, and if you know anything about photography, then you know that one of the most important aspects is light. Today we give you some easy tips to find the right light for your photos.

After all, lighting can change your photo from being good, to being great!

Find the Right Light for Photos

Having the right kind of photography lighting really is the key to taking great photos! Here are a few of our favorite tips that are so easy to do:

Open the doors and let the light pour in

Natural light is the best possible light for photographs, so use it to your advantage. If you’re taking photos indoors, open the doors. We love this natural light photo shoot for newborns. Pulling the shades back is such an easy trick for wonderful photos!

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Source: Erin Dahl

 

Put the sun behind your subjects

If you’re looking to create a dreamy haze in your photos, put the light behind your subjects.

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Source: Southern Mae Photography

 

Photograph during the Golden Hour!

The golden hour is the hour before sunset, and it also happens to be one of the best moments to take photos. The sky is changing, and it creates a magical background for photographs.

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Source: Margie Piell

Remember that great light is the difference between an amateur and professional-looking photo! Be sure to come back to the PhotoAffections blog for more photography tips!

Also, don’t forget to get your favorite photo prints for free with our app, FreePrints!

The Best Photo Editing Apps

We love taking photos just as much as our customers, and today we give you our favorite photo editing apps! Whether you love filters, adding text, or creating collages, we’ve picked out the best of the best so you can edit your photos like a pro.

 

The Best Photo Editing Apps

 

A Beautiful Mess

We love A Beautiful Mess app because it’s simply beautiful. You can add cute text with custom fonts, frames and designs to put your pictures in, plus hand-drawn doodles! This app is perfect if you want to add real personality to your photos. It’s got style and a completely fresh way to edit your photos. There are options to purchase in-app filters, fonts and doodles. We love ABM!

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Camera +

Camera + is great app for so many reasons. We love it because it’s so easy to use, and there are a ton of amazing features including effects, layers, editing the balance, enhancing and more. Plus, there are a number of different shooting modes for those of you who want to make your photos more interesting.

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VSO Cam

VSO Cam is a beautiful photo editing app. There is such clean and stunning aesthetic that covers every aspect of the app. This powerful editor has many different filters to try – even advanced filters. You can purchase the in-app filters.

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PicFrame

PicFrame is great for making collages, because if you love taking photos, then you’ll know that Instagramming just one photo sometimes isn’t enough! PicFrame allows you to choose different photos with zooming abilities, frame options, effects and more.

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The Essential Guide to Instagram Filters: FreePrints Edition

If you love snapping photos as much as we do, then you’re no stranger to the Instagram app. Like the 100 million active users who love sharing their photos, we love taking photos and then adding cool filters to highlight your best moments in life.

Today, we’re going to share our favorite Instagram filters, because adding a filter might just make your photo really pop!

 

The Essential Guide to Instagram Filters: FreePrints Edition

If Instagram has increased your love of photo taking, you’ve got to know more about the filters – rather than just slapping a random filter on your photo. This post will help you know which filter to use, and what effect it will have on your photo.

 

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We took a photo of a dozen roses, and here is the photo with no filter. We will show you what each filter does to photo of roses.

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Amaro

The Amaro filter adds more light to your photo, so this effect will be greater with a darker photo. This is a great filter to use if you want to bring a darker photo to life.

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Mayfair

Mayfair adds light to your photo. It has a warm pink tone with subtle vignetting that brightens the center of the photograph. This filter works works great with evenly and well-lit scenes.

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Rise

The Rise filter does exactly what it sounds like – it brings a nice warm glow to your photo. This is a great filter to use when you want to add a softer feeling to your photo.

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Hudson

Hudson gives your images an icy look. You’ll notice a slight blue tint that gives it a cooler look. This filter is great to use when you’re outdoors.

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Valencia

This filter gives your image a faded look, as if the photo was taken in the 1990′s. Use Valencia to give your image an older feeling.

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X-Pro II

This filter gives a very warm feeling to your photo. You’ll notice that the colors are much more vibrant with X-Pro II. This is good to use when you’ve got strong colors in your photo that you want to emphasize those colors.

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Sierra

Sierra makes your image look a bit softer with a nice fade. Rise is similar to this filter, but it doesn’t fade the image the same way. This is a great filter to use if you want to add a calmness to your image.

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Willow

Willow is one of the two black and white filters that Instagram offers.Willow is a monochrome filter with subtle purple tones and a translucent glowing white border. It looks exceptionally beautiful when used over portraits, still lifes, landscapes and architectural photographs.

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Lo Fi

We love the Lo Fi filter because it adds vibrant color and contrasting shadows to your image. Use this filter to really make your subject stand out.

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Earlybird

Earlybird puts a light brown fade on your image with softer colors from your original photo. It’s a perfect filter for making something look antique.

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Sutro

Sutro gives a dark smoked looked to photos with Sepia-like tones. You’ll notice that there is an emphasis on browns and purples. It’s best used with light photos since it adds such dark contrasts.

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Toaster

Toaster lightens the center of your photo and gives the image a burnt, aged look. It adds a slight texture, plus vignetting.

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Brannan

The Brannan filter adds a greyish hue that makes images a darker. You’ll notice it brings out more grey’s and green’s with this filter. This is a good filter to use when your photo has strong shadows.

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Inkwell

This is Instagram’s second black and white filter. What it does: Turns your image black and white, and it adds high contrast.

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Walden

The Walden filter will give your photo a washed-out look. You’ll notice more bluish colors with this filter, and a slight corner vignetting.

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Hefe

Hefe is similar to Lo Fi, but the colors aren’t as bright or contrasting as Lo Fi. This is a great filter to use when you want to enhance the colors in your photo.

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Nashville

Nashville gives your images a nice, warm feel. There is are light pink and purple tones. This filter is perfect to add a nice retro feel to your photo.

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1977

As the name suggests, 1977 gives your photo the feeling as if you took it in the 1970′s.  It adds a brighter, faded look. It’s best used with images that are a big darker.

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Kelvin

Kelvin adds a bright orange hint to your photo. This filter boosts the earth tones green, brown and orange and adds brightness.

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Print Your Instagram Photos

Looking for a way to print your favorite snaps? No problem! Be sure to use the FreePrints app from your iOS or Android device. All you need to do is download the app and you can get up to 85 free 4×6 prints per month.

Printing 5×5 Instagram prints start at $0.x plus shipping and handling.

 

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