Friday, February 20, 2015

Things to know before applying for your Passport.

Planning a vacation? Spring Break is rapidly approaching, followed by wedding/honeymoon season. Are you prepared for travel outside the country? Here are a few helpful hints for applying for your passport.

·         APPLY EARLY - The process is not as difficult or confusing as it may appear at first but the added stress of an upcoming travel deadline isn’t helpful.

·         BE PREPARED -  Print out your paperwork at home, carefully read through the documents before filling out your information. Click here for the appropriate documents

·         BE CAMERA READY - Save time by having your photo taken ahead of time. Many places such as Walgreen’s and Walmart provide passport photo services that take only minutes and you won’t have to worry about meeting the special size requirements for your application. There are additional guidelines on what not to wear….do NOT wear white, try to avoid wearing clothing with logos or you’ll be sent back to take a new photo. (or worse, your application can be rejected and you’ll have to start again)

·         CALL AHEAD - You can apply at your local post office without making an appointment. I would suggest calling ahead of time to find out the hours that they will accept your application.  They may also be able to give you a heads up as to when the “slow” time of day is so you can save yourself additional time standing in line.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Engagement Photo Ideas and Tips

Engagement photos are a great way to celebrate and share your exciting news. Over the years they can become a beautiful reminder of how your lives began together. Here are a few ideas to help you make your engagement photos memorable.

CAPTURE YOUR PERSONALITY: Are you world travelers? campers? Are you the couple always hosting game night? Express your identity as a couple through the mood and location of your photos.
Photo by The Nichols
Photo by Gwendolyn Tundermann

SHARE THE MOMEMENT: With a little planning, you can share the surprise and joy of the exact moment of your engagement with your friends and family. Talk to your photographer for ideas and locations that would work well for such a candid moment.
Photos by Tanya Velazquez

INCLUDE THE WHOLE FAMILY: Maybe your blending families or perhaps your family wouldn't be complete without your four legged friend, why now add them to your photo shoot? They'll be a part of your lives together too.
Photo by More Than Just Pictures
Photo by Megphoto

DOUBLE DUTY: Use your favorite photos as your Save the Date to share your news and prepare everyone for your special day.
Save the Date Postcard by Serendipity Beyond Design