Gift Giving Made Easy: The Perfect Holiday Gifts | Arizona Photographer

Gift Giving Made Easy: The Perfect Holiday Gifts | Arizona Photographer

Gift Giving Made Easy: The Best Gifts for the Holidays

Making a List, Checking it Twice

The holidays are almost here. Like right around the corner, don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it…that kind of almost here. Do you have your shopping list made? Are you ready to stand in the lines, fight the crowds, scramble for the very last fuzzy bath robe? (Because what else are you going to get for Grandma?) Stick with me…I have ideas.

I’m just about the holly-jolliest person you’ll meet, but you won’t find me volunteering to stand in those holiday store lines that wrap twice around the building before snaking through the automotive department…and then finally, FINALLY ending up at the cash registers. Not only do I end up collecting about 20 things I don’t need on that slow, arduous trek through the aisles, but by the time I get to the finish line, I feel like every ounce of holiday spirit has slowly been jingle-jangled from my system, leaving more bah-humbug than ho-ho-ho.

Get the Jolly Back

Ever think to yourself, “There’s got to be a better way”? If you have, then you’re one smart cookie. There is a better way! You can skip the lines AND give holiday gifts that will be WAY more cherished and loved than fuzzy socks and Chia Pets. (For those of you who end up waiting until Christmas Eve to shop, the main aisle at your local drug store should still have plenty of novelties like Chia celebrities, so if that’s your jam, procrastinate away.) If you’re looking to level up, however, I’m here to help.

Make it Look Like You’re an Overachiever

See what I did there? You’ll look like an overachiever, but these are NOT difficult gifts to acquire or prepare. Have you had photos taken lately (or are you planning a photo shoot soon)? If so, you are sitting on a holiday gift-giving gold mine!

Nothing will make mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, Aunt Lisa and Uncle Bill (you get the idea) happier than getting a gift featuring professional photographs of you, the kids, or the family. Whether you just had senior pictures taken—or whether you did an entire shoot featuring everyone from Fido to Great Uncle Bubba—when you give gifts that feature the faces they adore, you’re sure to get a smile (and maybe even a few happy tears).

Do you have family that lives far away? Photos are the perfect gift to remind them that you’re thinking of them! We can even have them shipped directly to their doorstep! 

Custom Photo Gifts

Have kiddos hitting major milestones? Graduates? New drivers? Going to high school? Give a holiday gift of photo memories! Teenagers LOVE getting that one-on-one time with mom to go out and be treated like a celebrity! Our teen photo shoots will let them show off and we’ll create gorgeous images of them! Even though the internet would have you believe that this younger generation doesn’t care about prints, I have proof otherwise. Check out some of these storyboards that our teens helped design for themselves!

Alynna chose this quote along with some of her favorite senior pictures, and just look at the result! This is a gorgeous 16×20 signature silk print, perfect for framing or mounting directly to your wall with 3M Command Strips. Make sure you choose picture hanging strips, not poster strips. 

Photo Gifts Collage

And yes, even the guys have them in their rooms. We designed this gorgeous metal for Nicholas using his favorite wrestling photo, then added a quote from Dan Gable.

Photo Gifts 

Gifts for Dad

This stunning storyboard is the perfect gift for Dad, and it’s just the right size for his office. We combined these gorgeous images of Skylar with a quote that will bring tears to Dad’s eyes! How does it work? Just contact me and send few high resolution images, then leave the rest to me! 

Unique Photo Gifts Collage

Perfect Gift for Mom

“I have so many images from our last photo shoot that I just can’t decide what to display!” If this is your mom, wife, or other photo lover, then this is gift will be a favorite under the tree! Our Luxury Image Box holds double sided 5×7 prints and comes custom printed with your favorite image on the cover. It opens like a book and can have both the spine and back printed. Maybe you have photo shoots from various years that were never printed or maybe you took an amazing vacation this year. Let’s take those memories and create an image box that can be enjoyed all year!

Many of you have probably seen the photo keepsake items I offer. From high-quality photo boxes to collages that feature multiple images to artistic metal art, the medium is up to you. You can give great gifts by getting creative with the memories you’ve already made—and the best part is you can ditch the malls, watch some sappy holiday movies, and sip some cocoa while you wait for your gifts to arrive! Still stuck for ideas? We offer gift cards for portrait sessions as well as our entire product line!

Merry shopping to all! Contact me with any questions you have—I’m happy to help you get your gift orders ready to go! But don’t wait…deadlines are approaching quickly!

**Now Scheduling Senior Portraits for Spring 2020!**
www.magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com
(480) 779-7797

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

 

 

 

Phoenix Photographer Featured Product: Custom Heirloom Portrait Albums

Phoenix Photographer Featured Product: Custom Heirloom Portrait Albums

Phoenix Photographer: Luxury Portrait Albums

I’ve been a Phoenix photographer for over 10 years now and I’ve never offered albums. Why? Because I never really fell in love with any of them! I’ve been offering custom artwork since I opened Magical Memories by Michelle, and printed products are very important to me. If you’ve seen my products, you know that the majority of them are printed on high quality silk photographic paper. Since then, well, I guess I’m spoiled. I want everything printed in silk! While I did find some beautiful albums, none of them offered silk pages. Until now!

Photographic Silk Paper

Ok, so why the fuss over silk paper? One reason I love these prints is that they have very deep color tones and are just so vibrant! The texture is unlike anything other photographic papers available. In fact, many professional labs don’t even offer silk prints. One of the biggest reasons I love silk is that it is fingerprint resistant. Our product line is meant to be enjoyed for years to come so it’s extremely important to me that they hold up well. An album isn’t meant to just sit on a shelf. I want it displayed in your home and so will you! I want your family to sit around and look through the album together. I want you to have that quality downtime remembering your family at this age…without the worry of damaging your album. With silk pages, the fingerprints simply wipe off with a clean cloth. Notice I said clean, NOT wet! Just a dry cloth will remove those pesky fingerprints. That way, as your teenager leaves the nest and heads to college, you’ll have this gorgeous keepsake to look through when the reality hits. Just don’t get tears on it!

Photographic Cover

With so many designs and a beautiful black binding, these albums will match nearly any decor. Simply choose your favorite image for the cover and we’ll add any text, name, graduation year, or quote to personalize your luxury album. This will be a treasure for in your family for years.  The album will be custom designed with your favorite images and is easily displayed on a decorative easel instead of being packed away.

Your Favorite Portraits

How often do you pull the USB out and look through images from your photo shoots? How much have you really printed? For most of my clients, the USB’s sit in a drawer and go nearly untouched. After the first 100 likes on social media, the images are forgotten in a desk drawer. With an album, or any of our other unique products, your album will hold at least 20 of your favorite pictures. It makes it much easier to have a beautiful, simple way to showcase your entire session!  And here’s an added bonus. If you have digital images from any photo shoot, we can create an album with those too, as long as you have a print release.

High End Phoenix Photographer

High End, Heirloom Quality

With the layflat pages, you can spread a single image across both pages with no visible seam. Yes, these albums do have a lifetime guarantee. The pages are thick, similar to our mounted prints, and won’t easily bend or tear. I’ve heard of cheap albums falling apart after being opened only once or twice. All our products are guaranteed, including our albums. These are your memories and I want you to feel confident that your beloved portraits can be passed down for generations.

Now scheduling senior pictures for the Class of 2020!
www.magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com
(480) 779-7797

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

 

 

Mesa Professional Photographer  |  Fine Art Products For Your Home

Mesa Professional Photographer | Fine Art Products For Your Home

Fine Art Portraits: “Art is About Love…Not Likes.”

Recently I received a newsletter from one of my professional print labs and it said “Art is About Love…Not Likes.” The world we live in is so used to posting online that this generation will be by far the most photographed ever! Did you see that? EVER! But what do we really have? Images on your phone that could easily get lost or deleted. Images on a USB that is stored away in a drawer. Old CDs of images that you promised you’d print.  Some day.  However, professional photographers have always printed heirloom pieces of fine art for their clients and Magical Memories by Michelle does exactly that. Do we offer digital files? Yes, but the main purpose is to keep them for archival purposes and backups. The fine art we offer our clients are not products you’ll see elsewhere. Even our standard “Signature Silk Prints” aren’t something that all professional print labs offer. All of these beautiful keepsakes are combinations of products from our favorite vendors.

Signature Silk Prints

These gorgeous heirloom prints are printed on crystal silk paper. While many people choose to frame their prints, I offer a line of modern ready to display fine art. These mounted prints are thick so they aren’t easily damaged and offer multiple ways to display them. Yes, you can frame them! Because they are rigid, they are also beautifully displayed on your choice of easels. If you prefer a modern frameless look but still want to hang them on your walls, there is a secret. Are you ready? 3M Command Strips! Yes, if you’ve ever seen my office walls, all of the portraits are hung with Command Strips! It makes it much easier to correct if something is crooked or if the spacing isn’t quite right. I’ll be sharing my custom wall displays soon, so be sure to check back!

5×7 Signature Image Box

Since nobody can ever choose a favorite, our Signature Image Box was introduced in 2017. So now you can order all your favorites, choose a couple to display, then store the other prints safely in the image box. This 5×7 image box also comes printed with your favorite image and text of your choice, making these a truly one-of-a-kind keepsake! The false bottom fits perfectly inside and holds your USB safely so it doesn’t get lost.

The Signature Image Box comes complete with 10 double sided prints. Yes friends, that’s 20 images! Can’t decide on a favorite? Pick one side and simply turn it around the next day! If you want the entire collection we can do that too! Check out this huge display from one of our senior guys! It has a deeper box that fits up to 40 double sided prints, then we added 8×10 prints as well. Really can’t get much better…or so we thought!

5×7 Luxury Image Box

While I love our wooden Signature Image Box and it is definitely one of our biggest sellers, I always keep my eyes open for new items from our professional print labs. Sure enough, along came this beauty which is now our Luxury Image Box. This one is also sized to hold 5×7 prints and comes custom printed with your favorite image on the cover, but it opens like a book and can have both the spine and back printed.

11×14 Luxury Image Box

Now, let’s just say you want larger prints to display, or a variety of sizes. Check out this stunning 11×14 Luxury Image Box! So now you can choose any combination of double sided prints in 11×14, 8×10, 8×8, and 5×7. The possibilities are endless! These are perfect for larger wall shelves or entry tables. And of course the folio box itself is worthy of a prime spot in your home. While the sample shown is from one of our beautiful senior girls, these really become the perfect way to hold an entire family session! Grandparents, this is your dream! Fill it with prints of all your children and grandchildren so you can enjoy their sweet faces on display in your home!

Fine Art Photography Portrait Photographer

 

Senior Photos Michelle Robetson

 

 

 

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