Are you entertaining guests outside this summer? Here are some of our favorite summer entertaining tips – and a favorite cocktail recipe!
Outdoor pillows are perfect conversation starters. We’ve loved entertaining all summer with our new outdoor throw pillows. These water-resistant pillows are great to leave around your deck, porch, or pool area. You can easily customize each one to feature favorite photos or patterns. Use our outdoor pillows to easily create a theme for an outdoor summer party – you can even use them as party favors for guests to bring home!
Grilling? Don’t forget your custom photo apron! Are you grilling on the deck for friends and family? Don’t forget your Collage.com custom photo apron – and the charcoal and lighter fluid! Custom aprons are a great way to protect your clothes when cooking outside while making a statement, since you can customize them any way you’d like.
Don’t forget dessert. Everybody knows the best part of every meal is dessert. Summer lends itself to using fresh fruit like locally-grown strawberries and blueberries. (As a Michigan-based company, we’re especially partial to anything grown in the Great Lakes State!) Pictured above is a strawberry rhubarb crisp our photography director Thayer made for a summer party.
People love cocktails. This might come as a shock to you, but: party guests like cocktails. They’ll like them even more with our custom photo coasters. Whether you’re throwing an outdoor party to celebrate a summer wedding anniversary like the coasters above, or just gathering with family and friends for a relaxing Sunday, you can’t go wrong with our coasters.
Independence Day is just around the corner, and that means fireworks!
Fireworks can be tricky to photograph, but not if you plan ahead and keep a few things in mind while you’re shooting:
Steady! A tripod is the best way to make sure your fireworks photos turn out great, since your camera needs to be still for a longer period of time to take a nice picture in low light. If you don’t have a tripod or monopod, you can try setting your camera on a flat, steady surface and using its self-timer or remote function so you won’t need to touch your phone.
Turn HDR on your iPhone/Android camera: If you’re using a smartphone like an iPhone to take your fireworks photos, we suggest turning HDR (high dynamic range) on your phone. This takes a few photos with different exposures at once, then combines them into one photo. HDR can be a good way to capture vivid fireworks displays against the dark night sky.
Don’t wait for the grand finale: Everyone loves the grand finale of fireworks (“ooh! aah!”) – but they’re usually not the best time to take photos. Why? Your photos will show the smoke from the entire fireworks show, which will be more noticeable on camera than in real life. Don’t believe us? Check out the photo below!
Of course, you can get more advanced with your fireworks photos. Adjusting your shutter speed and aperture and ISO levels can really pay off, but for casual photographers, these tips will help out this Independence Day weekend. Don’t forget to take more photos than you think you might need, since it’s easier to review them once you’re home after the big show!
This week, we’re excited to announce new custom pet beds – perfect for your dog or cat! These oversized 40″ x 30″ pillows are perfect for dog beds and cat beds. Our pet beds feature your photos or designs printed in sharp detail on the plush fleece pillow top with a tan-colored natural weave backing.
All pet owners know their dog or cat sometimes means a little extra cleaning. That’s why our custom pet beds feature a removable, machine-washable cover. Whether you’re just trying to quickly clean up dog hair or – some other unspeakable mess – our pet bed’s cover will hold up in the wash!
Custom tapestries are the best way to add vibrant color to any wall. They print in vibrant, sharp detail and come in two sizes: a large 51″ x 60″ tapestry, and a humongous 60″ x 60″ size to add even more excitement to your walls.
Because our tapestries are made out of a lightweight polyester material, they’re easy to hang however you’d like. We like using push pins or clips, but feel free to get creative with hanging your tapestries!
You can easily customize each tapestry with images from your phone, computer, camera, Facebook, or Instagram. We also offer a historical photo archive, which is perfect for decorating your walls with vintage prints or illustrations.
We love pets at Collage.com, which is why we’re so excited to announce our two newest products: custom dog bowls and cat bowls.
Made out of durable, heavyweight ceramic, our dog bowls and cat bowls can be easily customized with your favorite photos, text, or backgrounds. Our tools make it so easy to import photos from your phone, computer, Facebook, or Instagram account to feature around the edge of your bowl.
Our custom dog bowl is available in two sizes – perfect for dogs from a chihuahua all the way up to a Great Dane! Our custom cat bowls are available in one size that should be perfect for nearly any cat. Both bowls feature a weighted bottom to ensure they won’t tip over.
Everybody knows a thoughtful, personal gift is WAY better than some last-minute item from the store. After all, your dad probably doesn’t need or want another tie – and drugstore gift cards are unfathomably bad gifts. (Sorry! We speak the truth!)
At Collage.com, which creates photo books, blankets, calendars and other items using people’s photos, many customers want to use online chat rather than the phone — and that helps the company serve more clients, says marketing director Graham Davis.
“We can do five or six chats at once,” Davis says, whereas staffers can talk to only one customer at a time on the phone and calls can last up to 30 minutes. Collage.com’s live chat volume rose 28 percent from 2014’s fourth quarter, the company’s busiest time of year, to the same period of 2015.
Try our live chat for yourself the next time you place an order and let us know what you think!