Taking Family Photos at Hotels

Our family stays at hotels fairly frequently. We are big proponents of investing in memories and so every few months we get away for the weekend. Sometimes we go far, sometimes we stay close to home. Either way, hotels are a great way to break from the routine and refocus and realign as a family.

When we are at hotels, one of my favorite things to do is to take pictures. Hotels make for great photo opportunities!

Here some of the reasons I love photographing at hotels:

1. They usually have big windows. Big windows = lots of beautiful light. Having great light is of utmost importance if you want beautiful photos. I love the way the big windows help capture gorgeous catchlights too!

2. Hotels often have big blank walls. This makes for great and easy backdrops.

3. There is often a lot of white — white bedding, white bathtubs, white everything. This creates many photo opportunities that I don’t have at home.

4. Hotels are clean! I don’t know about you, but sometimes my not-so-perfect house keeps me from wanting to take photos. But hotels are sparsely decorated and oh-so-clean. That makes for great photos!

5. Different spaces = different faces. Breaking away from home and into a new space that lacks all the distractions of home often allows for new attitudes to surface. I love capturing these feelings of love and togetherness.


So what about you? Do you ever head to a hotel just for fun? Do you take advantage of all the pretty light hotels have to offer?

It’s iNSD Baby!

Tomorrow is {inter}National Scrapbooking Day. That means lots of shopping, challenges, scrapping and fun! We’re kicking off the party with a very Funtastic Friday.

Getting us started… The Daily Digi’s Click and Create Classes are on sale for 20% off!

On May 3, Get it Scrapped is hosting a free all-day online crop for all
scrappers! We’ll be scrapbooking and sharing our work via webcams and
screen share and welcoming you to do the same. Melissa Shanhun will be
hosting an hour of the crop from 7pm EST and The Daily Digi will be
providing some awesome prizes (think classes and Digi Files membership!)
Register to receive the link to access the event. I hope to see you
there!

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Time to flatten your layers and start uploading now! Persnickety Prints’ Semi Annual Sale starts this Saturday.

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Come celebrate {inter}National Scrapbook Day with Scrap Orchard for a day full of fun challenges, chats and non-stop fun! Complete your iNSD Digiscrap Olympic Scorecard for a chance to win a $200 Gift Certificate to Scrap Orchard.

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Scrapbookgraphics is celebrating all month. Join the Sea Crews starting May 1st. And, don’t miss the 30% off sale on their Studio Mix and Impressions of Collaborations. Check out the blog for more sale information from individual Studio Girls.

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Join Mscraps for a HUGE storewide sale, free with purchases, challenges and more during their iNSD celebration from May 2nd through May 8th.

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Come check out the sales at Oscraps!! We have some amazing sales, new designers, and many Free With Purchase deals for you.

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Bella Gypsy has 20 new items in Farmer’s Market for $1 each! 10 brand new mini kits and coordinating journal cards, including the new Summer Adventures collection.

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Crazy Like a Fox by Erica Zane at SSD is a fabulously fun kit for everyone – perfectly versatile for all sorts of pages! Get this kit FREE with your $10 Purchase at Sweet Shoppe Designs through May 8th!!

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Join Connie Prince for National Scrapbooking Day 2014! Special Grab Bags will be available and a 50% off storewide sale! Visit my blog for full details of the festivities.

Join Connie Prince for National Scrapbooking Day 2014! Special Grab
Bags will be available and a 50% off storewide sale! Visit my blog for
full details of the festivities.

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Scrapping with Liz has over 25 products you can grab for $1 each this weekend, including 6 brand new products! Make sure you go on over to her store and stash up on some templates.

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Kickin’ and Screamin’ by Libby Pritchett is sure to be a score for any soccer fan! Grab it this weekend during the storewide 30% off sale for iNSD!

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River~Rose is back and exclusive to Pickelberrypop! Stop by April 29 – May 4, 2014 To save BIG on my shop, Free with Purchase deals, a HUGE Commercial Use Brush pack and MORE!

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Bohemian Bazaar is new from Kimeric Kreations.

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40% off Vicki Robinson Designs at Oscraps and Scrap Art Studio.Meagan’s Creations has a brand new collection in her store this weekend and it’s on sale in packs for $1!

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Backyard Fun is a bright kit with fun modern shapes for scrapping the great adventures right outside your back door. Ode to Floral Templates is also a new template set for clustering the gorgeous flowers you find in digital kits in fun and unique ways! On sale for $1 through May 5th! Build your own goodie bundle!

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T for Me Designs is having a Closing Sale. Thank you all for these incredible years with T for Me Designs. I will now close my store and please enjoy the store-wide 50% sale – all through May!iNSD

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2014 fun with Angelclaud ArtRoom! Special Grab Bag for $7 only, Coupon Cashback on total order, Chat at Gotta Pixel and get a free template! For the details please visit my blog.

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Come and enjoy fantastic savings on great quality Personal and Commercial Use goodies! Friday 2nd May till Monday 5th May 2014.

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Jenn Labre has so much going on for iNSD! Be sure to check out her website for all the info!

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A new month means a new Everyday Life collection from Juno Designs. Save 40% on separate products through May 5 or grab everything at once in one convenient bundle.

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Enjoy 40% off Erica Zwart Designs during the iNSD sale at Mscraps.

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Tracey Monette of Clever Monkey Graphics brings you A Dog’s Life and A Dog’s Life Add-on just in time for a 50% off sale in all 3 of her stores – Oscraps, GingerScraps, and MyMemories for NSD.

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Happy iNSD! We’re celebrating at aA Designs with a 30% storewide sale (some exclusions apply) with 2 new releases to satisfy all your artsy and weekly documentation needs. Check out our contest and special iNSD Free with Purchase Offer. I’ll also be chatting at Get It Scrapped at 9am EST if you’d like to stop by and say hi!

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Studio Flergs has been busy, with 4 brand new releases this weekend! And, save 30% storewide including new releases.

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INSD sale by Maya de Groot, 40% off, including the new releases of Bric a Brac.

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iNSD Sale at Studio Blagovesta – 40-45% off storewide starting on May 2nd!

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Save 25% off Studio Wendy @ Scrapbookgraphics (no coupon necessary).
Her newsletter subscribers can save even more with the exclusive coupon.

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Chelle has 40 items for just ONE DOLLAR in her store this weekend including 27 NEW items.

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iNSD is here with huge savings and 6 brand NEW products from Etc by Danyale! There are a total of 19 Etc products (PU & CU) included in the $1 Farmer’s Market Sale May 1st – 4th at Scrap Orchard!

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Wrap up the school year and dive into summer with two new kits from
Misty Cato Last Bell and Mermaid Dreams will be released this afternoon
at 6:00EST when Sweet Shoppe Designs kicks off its sale and iNSD
celebration.

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Stolen Moments has a guest spot at The Lilypad this month! Come check out BYOC today and then more releases tomorrow!

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See Ldrag’s blog for her iNSD freebies and 2 awesome grab bags.

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Come join us for iNSD at Weeds & Wildflowers Design! The shoppe will be 50% off (excluding $1 items), and we will be having a blog hop, freebies and other fun things happening (and some new stuff too!) around W&W so don’t miss it! Also, don’t forget to check out our ‘D.I.Y. for $1’ system as well! Happy scrapping!

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Lynne-Marie is having a birthday sale, on top of her iNSD sale!

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Katie The Scrapbook Lady has a special deal for her scrapbook friends this weekend – a brand new set of 4 layered templates for only $1.00! Price valid through May 5th and then it will be available at the regular price of $5.00. What a deal!

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What are you looking forward to most on {inter}National Scrapbooking Day?

Welcome the Designers of May TDF#65

Happy Daily Digi Day!! A brand new issue of The Digi Files is being
downloaded right now, all over the world! It’s so exciting! I’m SO EXCITED to share the lineup with you!

In The Digi Files this month, we have SEVEN full size products (never
released in digiland before) from fabulous designers for only $7.50
(less when you become an annual member)! It’s an UNBELIEVEABLE deal and
the BEST deal in digital scrapbooking! Sign up here, if you haven’t already! Here is a look at the designers
for this month:

Zoe Pearn

Tracy Martin

Studio Wendy

Two More Days

Queen Wild Scraps

Flergs

Jennifer Labre

Our members love “Daily Digi Day!” Many of the annual members have
already been downloading for a few hours because they get access when
the calendar changes to a new month. Here’s what our members said in the
comments yesterday:

I love everything about Daily Digi! It’s so much fun to see the new kits that are released…and the price just can’t be beat! – Alisha

This month featured a wonderful assortment of designers whose work I love. So much goodness! I look forward to the first of every month with excitement. – Patsy

It’s always such a treat on the first to see what the Digi Files has waiting for me. There are always old favorites and fabulous new designers new try. I’ve never been disappointed with what is included. – Melinda

PS: Congratulations to the FOURTEEN random winners selected from
yesterday’s comments, each person won $10 in product from one of last
month’s designers. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget in
yesterday’s post to see if you won! All winners will receive their prize
via the email listed in Rafflecopter within 48 hours.