Ever since I started taking pictures for people other than my immediate family, I’ve dreamed of handing them their precious photographs packaged to perfection. I admit: I’m a girly, frilly, excited by shiny things kinda girl. (Who also loves some serious football.) And I find beauty if gorgeous packaging. This all started in my early childhood with my mother. Who is the QUEEN (I bow to you, mother!) of gift wrapping. Every Christmas our basement is stocked with handmade bows that my mom has created. I even remember my first Christmas when I sat down there with her learning, tying and retying bows on the gifts of my friends (and maybe an old boyfriend or two.) The excitement that comes with giving a gift is a given….but what a bonus when they rave about the look of their package too!
Hence the marriage of my photographs to unique and personal packaging. Warning: This packaging is by no means on my mother’s level. This is simple, sweet, custom-made to fit the style of my clients and yes, hand made. I used to ship my photographs in an envelope. A part of me died every time I did this. It’s so PLAIN! It’s so BORING! Not anymore!!!
Not as exciting as you thought? Trust me…this brings me more joy than you could possibly imagine! I also place these little gifts of wonder in a sweet paper bag that has personal touches on it as well. Even though you’ve already seen the photos that you’ve ordered, I wrap them up like they are the greatest surprise you’ve ever had. It makes getting your pictures a whole new experience.
Now I’ve already shown you a custom CD case. But my latest one is one of my favorites that I’ve designed. I thought it fit this family so well and I hope they enjoyed it too! 🙂
So new ideas in packaging has been the name of my game lately. Not to mention watching my NCAA Men’s Basketball Bracket get completely destroyed by the Madness that is March. Oh well. It’s all a part of the fun. The best news is that the Mountaineers and the Dukies are strong contenders in the Sweet 16. Woot woot!!
I posted last week that Drew and I would be heading to Buffalo for Round 1 of the tournament. That was very exciting until I called the hotel that I had booked and tried to swap my credit card payment for a points payment. That was a big no-no since every hotel was sold out in Buffalo and you couldn’t use Hilton points that weekend. Our room would have been over $500 for two nights plus the tickets (that were starting at $250). We have a mortgage. So we stayed home. 🙂 We actually went to Gresso’s and had LOADS of fun!! The place was jammed with WVU fans cheering our Mounties on to a booty-whooping win over Morgan St. I started so many LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO Mountaineer chants that I was the official cheerleader of the day. My girlfriend Megan was the official karaoke leader of the day, so between the two of us….we ran that place. 😉