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   Photo sharing after a wedding or big event Posted by Chica 
March 5, 2009 
Chica
 

Have you ever been to a wedding reception and seen a few disposable cameras scattered on all the tables? Brides and grooms will often provide these at a reception in the hopes that their guests will take candid photos for them during the event. It’s a great idea, but it is expensive to buy those cameras and develop the film. And nowadays, digital cameras are so affordable and prevalent that your guests are sure to each have one, and will likely use it heavily throughout the day.

With today’s available technology, you really don’t need to provide cameras anymore. Instead, you need to provide a way to get the pictures that your guests are already taking!

A friend of mine recently read about a great online alternative to disposable cameras, and is going to use it for her wedding. First, she found an online photo sharing site and created an account just for the wedding, so that her guests could upload all their pictures there. There are lots of photo sharing sites to choose from, and our favorite is Wedding Snap, which has iPhone and Android apps that make it so easy to upload and share photos instantly.

She then took some inkjet business cards and printed them with the a photo of the happy couple, the login info for the photo sharing account, and a nice message asking the guests to please upload their photos from the day for everyone to see. She plans to have a bunch of the cards on the tables at the reception, for the guests to take home. These cards will make a great reminder and the guests will have no excuse for not sharing their photos. Perfect!

But then there was the challenge of how to display the cards on the tables, and that’s where she needed my help. I got my creative juices flowing and designed a camera-shaped box to hold the cards. To make the box, I just printed my design onto card stock, cut it out, and folded it into shape. The result is a clever and unique little box that can be filled with cards and that looks adorable on the tables.

PicShare Boxes

This idea is useful for more than just weddings. You can create cards like this for any event you have where people will be taking pictures. Whether it’s a holiday celebration, cookout, birthday party, or family reunion, having customized cards to give out will make it super easy for people to share their pictures with you. Put them in a cute, little, camera-shaped box and your guests will think you’re really something else.

Having a single photo sharing account set up ahead of time will make it that much easier for folks who don’t want to create their own individual accounts. Instead, all the pictures go in one place. This isn’t just great for the party host, either… everyone who attends will love to see the shared pool of pictures from the other guests!

If you love this idea as much as Jo and I do, you may want to use it for your upcoming event. You can purchase our PicShare Boxes at our dedicated site, PicShareBoxes.com. Our kits include printed PicShare Box templates, written assembly instructions, a video showing full assembly, and a customizable Word document to use when printing your own reminder cards. Check ‘em out!

11 comments so far:

  1. dot said: (March 5th, 2009 at 8:49 am)

    This is truly a great idea! –Dot

  2. Roey said: (March 5th, 2009 at 11:51 am)

    Thanks for your great comment on my article – I love your photobox template idea. Its a great addition to the other suggestions:

    http://www.photographyspy.com/cameras/tips-digital-wedding-photography.html

    Ideas like yours are why we should always check back with articles we like, because clever people like you are always adding great ideas. Thanks.

  3. Chica said: (May 8th, 2009 at 9:30 am)

    One of our readers, Mark, recently used our camera box templates at his wedding and was kind enough to share a photo with us. Check it out in our Flickr pool!

  4. Christa Owens said: (October 8th, 2009 at 12:18 am)

    Thank goodness I got the chance to see your blogsite. my cousin is getting married by December, and i’m in-charge on the pictures and souvenirs stuff.. this would work great souvenirs! thanks!

  5. Chica said: (October 8th, 2009 at 7:18 am)

    We’re glad you found us, too, Christa!

  6. Tony said: (February 8th, 2010 at 2:36 pm)

    I didn’t think of that, what a great idea, having guests upload their photos to an online site. That’s brilliant.

  7. Chica said: (February 8th, 2010 at 3:06 pm)

    Thanks, Tony!

  8. VANIA said: (April 6th, 2010 at 3:17 pm)

    This is fricken the coolest idea ever!!! fantastic!

  9. Suzie said: (April 21st, 2011 at 3:00 pm)

    Have you guys run across any other photo-sharing site like the Wedding Lens that is as easy to upload/share that’s not wedding specific? I’m thinking this would be a great idea for our Labor Day family reunions, as there are about 4 of us that love to take photos, but we’ve had problems in the past sharing them.

  10. Chica said: (April 21st, 2011 at 6:18 pm)

    Hi Suzie! You might want to also check out ShareYourShots.net, a site that offers a similar service without the wedding theme. And remember that our PicShare Boxes are perfect for any occasion :)

  11. Shoestring Wedding said: (April 30th, 2013 at 2:06 pm)

    You truly save my friend’s wedding “memorabella” moment.

    I can’t thank you enough. I was asked to help design a barbecue wedding reception for such a small budget.

    I wanted to make it frugal but with taste. Pinterest totally helped me be brave. Ideas like yours are life savers from heaven. Thank-you so much! You made my day!

    xox

    rmj

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