Posts with tag: "Christmas"
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
By Bucks County Pa Woman and Family Photographer BBrenda Jankowski of brenPhotography
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Nothing says Christmas quite like family and memories.  These DIY Instagram Christmas ornaments are the perfect way to do both! Get those Instagram photos off your phone and trim your tree! It’s so easy----

And what a great substitute for gift tags!

What you need

-       Glass Christmas ornaments with the removable metal tops

-       Ribbon

-       Ornament filler (tiny metal jingle balls, confetti, etc)

-       Printed Instagram photos

Step 1: Download your Instagram photos so you can get them printed. You can use the program Instaport. Then upload your photos onto your favorite 1-hour photo website.

After trimming the photos to size, remove the metal tops to the Christmas ornament.


To get your photo inside, roll your photo into a small scroll (I wrap it around a pencil) and push it through the opening in the top. Once through it will pop open and unroll. You might have to shake the ornament a bit or poke the pencil in the opening to help stubborn photos.

Next add some of your chosen ornament filler. It adds weight and makes your ornament pop.

Last, replace the metal top and tie a ribbon to the top. It’s easy to trim your tree with memories from each year!

It'a about shining from the inside

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
By brenPhotography Bucks County PA family photographer Brenda Jankowski
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This past Saturday I had the privilege of creating photographs for the children and their families at the annual Holiday Party at Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley.*  How excited they were to see the big guy!



Close to 100 children, whose lives have been affected by cancer (mostly through a parent’s diagnosis), visited with Santa and Hanukkah Harry, decorated gingerbread men and made holiday crafts.


Age and gender appropriate gifts were donated by StroehmannCancer Treatment Centers of America sent a team to cook breakfast.


Best of all the snow didn’t arrive until the party was over!

Check out what Gilda's is all about and volunteer!

*Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley provides a safe and supportive environment that is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer.  We have programs for men, women and children along with their families and friends and everything we offer is completely free.  Our program is an essential complement to medical care providing support and networking groups, social activities and educational workshops and lectures.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
By Bucks County PA Women and Family photographer Brenda Jankowski brenPhotography
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Photographing Christmas Trees & Lights

If your Christmas tree is up and decorated, then it’s time to take some pictures and share them with your friends and family! But before you do, follow these handy tips to make sure your photos have that classic holiday feel— you could even make them into postcards and send them out this year!


1. Be mindful of the all of the light in the room. If you would like to include details like tree ornaments in the photo, be sure to turn on only 1 lamp in the room. Also turn off your flash as it will typically wash out the warm and cozy color in the room.

2. Whether you own a point-and-shoot camera or a DSLR, use a tripod, use a tripod, use a tripod — yes, it’s that important! If you don’t have a tripod, balance the camera on a table or other stationary object – this low light will require a relatively long exposure and your photos will be blurry due to camera shake.

3. If you’re photographing the tree by itself, turn off your flash and use a longer exposure. Set your camera’s ISO to 400 or higher and then take some test shots on Manual or (M) mode instead of Program (P) or Automatic (A). Adjust the shutter speed and/or f-stop until the exposure looks right. As a place to start, try setting the ISO to 400, the f-stop to 8 and the exposure to 1/30th of a second. If the image appears too dark, increase your exposure to 1/15th or 1 second.

**If your camera does not have a Manual (M) mode try the candle light, sunset mode or night.

4. Use the camera’s self timer to avoid shaking the camera during exposure.

5. If your photo appears too orange for your taste, in the camera’s menu, adjust the white balance settings to tungsten (mode to indoor).

6. For capturing outdoor light displays, use the same exposure theory as you would for indoor shots, but switch the white balance settings to outdoor. Photograph outdoor displays around 30-40 minutes after sunset so that the camera can still record the environmental light and capture some color that remains in the sky. Set your camera to aperture priority (A) mode, set your f-stop to 5.6 or 8 and let the camera determine the proper exposure for you.


Want to get this Christmas light effect in your photo? Simply hold a piece of screen in front of your lens as you click the shutter.

You’re all set to snap some amazing pictures of your Christmas tree and all the wonderful outdoor displays.

Happy holidays!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
By Brenda Jankowski brenPhotography Bucks County PA Contemporary Women and Family Portrait Artist
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Ready or not it’s almost that time!

Christmas? Halloween? Now let’s not rush things---BACK TO SCHOOL!  Kind of like Christmas – the excitement of new things, the shopping, the crowds, the clutter….

New teacher, new friends, new projects…. “Wait! I don’t have room for any new projects to come through the door. But I wouldn’t dream of getting rid of anything!”

You don’t have to get rid of your kids’ old artwork and projects, just turn them into a memory book. That way you can always remember the amazing things they made, and you will have room for more.

It’s easy to do at Picaboo Photo Book, Snapfish, Walgreens to name a few.

Simple Tips for Creating a Terrific Art Book

Tip #1: Gather & Digitize Your Masterpieces

Gather all the artwork you’d like to include in your book. You have two options for turning your art into a digital format. You can scan or photograph your art.

If you decide to scan them, any desktop scanner will do. Just make sure your scanner is set at a minimum of 300 dpi. You can also have an office supply store such as Staples scan your art for you.




If you choose to photograph tt, use a tripod or set your camera on a steady surface. Make sure the room is well-lit. Natural light is always best. Choose a simple background. You don’t want anything taking away from the art. Your hardwood floors, concrete, asphalt and simple tiles work, too.

Tip  #2: Add Narration To Your Photo Book

After you’ve imported your images, describe the art with captions. You could include the date it was created, the teacher your child had, the school they went to and a fun anecdote about the project. You could even ask your child to write something about each piece. Simple probing questions like: “What were you thinking about when you drew me as witch?” Or: “Why is Daddy wearing a car?” make for great answers. 

Tip #3: Pick Vibrant Backgrounds

There are many fun backgrounds that can add to your book. create a custom background color that matches your child’s piece. Go simple or use an art supply theme. Or search Flickr for photos with a Creative Commons License (this allows you to use the photograph). There are some fantastic photos of crayons that would make for great backgrounds.

Tip #4: Make A Custom Cover

The cover is just as important as the contents.. Add your favorite masterpiece to the cover. Or have your little artist draw a self-portrait!


You can even make duplicate books for grandparents for Christmas.

Then you can brag that you started your Christmas shopping!  Only  132 days away---AAAKK!