We at Tell Us About It Cards & Design feel that your photo should be the focus of your announcement, not our designs. We feel the photo is so important that this topic deserves its own section on our website. we personally adjust each photo to make your image(s) look their best, but this is much easier to do when we start out with a great photo. The following are some tips to help you get outstanding photos of your design.



Digital Camera Settings
Image quality is highly important in order to achieve the best final print possible. If you are using a digital camera, first make sure you have it set on the highest resolution setting possible (300 dpi is ideal) and the least amount of compression. Remember to turn off the date stamp feature on your camera!


Lighting
In most cases, natural light will produce the best results. Try taking pictures near a bright window or in a room lit up by natural sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight. Avoid using the flash if possible. The soft light of a lamp is better than using flash.


Clothing/Background
Avoid busy backgrounds and clothes - they will only cause distraction from your baby/child. The focus should be your baby/child's face, and not the clothes. Use a simple blanket, sheet or towel to make a backdrop for your shot. Try outfits that are simple and in a solid color (or no outfit at all!). Plan a contrasting shot - if your baby/child is wearing a light outfit, put a darker background behind him/her.


Position
Get down to your baby's level and avoid the 'from above' shots. Photograph your baby in a sitting or lying position. Prop your baby up on a pillow, or against the arm of a sofa/chair. You could also cover pillow, sofa/chair with a blanket or sheet. Sleeping shots are also very nice. Allow some room in your shot for us to have some flexibility when designing your announcement.


Happy Baby
Taking pictures of newborns can be very frustrating! For a pleasant experience for both you and your baby, time your photo session for when your baby is fed, well rested, and alert. If your baby is not enjoying the photo session, it will definitely be apparent in the pictures! Take a break and try again at another time.



Clear Images
While we can correct brightness, contrast and color balance, we cannot correct a blurry or grainy image. Make sure your photo is clear.


Professional Photos
When using a professional photo, you must get permission from the studio. By ordering from Tell Us About It Cards
& Design, you certify that you have obtained permission from your photographer for us to use the image in your birth announcement. Should you be looking to use the services of a top quality photographer, we can highly recommend
Mojo Professional Photography.


Scanner Settings
When scanning a photo, please scan it at a resolution of 300 dpi. Save as a .jpg or .tif file.




SENDING PHOTOS


Digital Photo
E-mail the raw, unedited and uncropped photo as a .jpg or .tif file to rebekah@tellusaboutit.com.au. To ensure the highest quality, please do not compress the file to make it more e-mail friendly. Be sure you include your name, your baby's name and any particular details you wish to the card to display noted in the e-mail. We will make any adjustments necessary to achieve the best print possible.


Physical Photo
E-mail us at rebekah@tellusaboutit.com.au and we will provide you with our mailing address. Original photos will be returned with your order.


If you are unsure about the photo you want to use, send it to us and we will give you our professional opinion. If you would like, you can send us several photos - your favorite and a backup or two. We will let you know if we feel that your photo will not produce a good final print.