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Instructions and tips for creating orders for Prints, Albums and Cards

This is the (2nd) best part: I am excited to print your photos! Together we will collaborate so that you make the right decisions for your prints, album and/or cards. Before proceeding, I do suggest working from a desktop or laptop computer. The larger your monitor, the easier it is to navigate. Also, if you haven’t already, please see my FAQ’s for lots of helpful information.

Take these instructions in stride - it’s all very simple and easy - and ENJOYABLE!

OPTIONS FOR SAVE THE DATE, THANK YOU & HOLIDAY CARDS

  1. LOOSE PRINT(S): If you are sending a traditional folded holiday card, you can simply order 4x6/5x5 prints to insert inside each card. Family & friends tend to love these because they are put on the fridge or popped into a frame, since they remain non-holiday-specific. We want to make sure the print size does not exceed your card size (yet also doesn’t wobble around too much), so we will collaborate so the print fits nicely inside the card for a nice presentation. In addition, if you have a vertical card, I usually suggest including a vertical photo; for a horizontal card, a horizontal photo. Size 4x6 prints at a quantity of 25 begin at $4 each. Rates are further decreased for larger quantities. This is usually the most economical option.

  2. MINTED.COM: These are very popular and look great. Depending on how many you need, it would likely be the 2nd most economical option (however if you need over 150 cards, the custom option is best). My design fee is $150 which will be added to the price of the cards from Minted.com (at a slightly discounted rate since I’m a Minted Pro Member). So if you are purchasing $200 of cards from Minted, your total would be about $350. Visit my Minted Storefront to view the designs I recommend (you can view more designs on the rest of their site). Copy and paste up to four links of card designs you'd like me to choose from (keep in mind: horizontal layout for horizontal photos or a vertical layout for vertical photos).

  3. CUSTOM CARDS: These cards are designed by myself, for you and professionally printed on quality card stock with beautiful photographic reproduction. Rates begin at $350 for flat cards and $425 for folded cards. Both include my design time, up to 200 cards and pre-printed return addresses on basic white envelopes.

SELECTING PHOTOS FOR YOUR CARDS

  1. From a Desktop or Laptop, visit your page on danasiles.com, then click the ALL PHOTOS Gallery link.

  2. Create a separate Favorites List for photos you'd like to consider for your Holiday Card. Simply click the heart icon in the photo and follow the prompts. Title this list “Cards.”

  3. Email me at dana@danasiles.com to let me know: 
    - You've created a Favorites Lists for me to review.
    - Which Holiday Card Option you'd like to go with (see #’s 1-3 above): loose prints, Minted or Custom.
    - Card frontside text, inside text and/or backside text. If you’d like return-address printed envelopes, please include your return address exactly as you’d like it printed.

  4. I will email you proofs for you to review of your cards before production begins and will provide your balance and details at that time.

SELECTING PHOTOS FOR YOURSELF AND/OR GIFTS

  1. From a Desktop or Laptop, visit your page on danasiles.com, then click the ALL PHOTOS Gallery link.

  2. A. You may place an order directly from here. If I have any questions or suggestions prior to production, I will email you. Otherwise, production will begin shortly.
    or
    B (Suggested). Create separate Favorites List for photos you'd like to consider for Gifts, for yourself, etc. Simply click the heart icon in the photo and follow the prompts. Title list(s) accordingly: “Gifts,” “For Me,” etc. In addition to prints, keep in mind presentation options for special photos: the Canetti Piece for tabletop use; or wall display options like matting and framing, panel box prints, etc. Presentation samples are here and custom wall design by myself is available for gallery walls in your home or office. Email me for more info.

  3. If you’ve opted for 2B, proceed by emailing me at dana@danasiles.com to let me know you've created a Favorites Lists for me to review. I will then create a suggested Print Order Plan based on your selections while considering the recipient(s), the occasion(s) and your budget. The Plan will include sizes, prices, etc. We will collaborate to make any necessary changes to your Plan before I begin production. In this case, we are utilizing your Gallery as a platform for collaboration rather than for placing your order.

SELECTING PHOTOS FOR YOUR WEDDING, EVENT OR FAMILY ALBUM

I typically suggest waiting 2-3 months after you've received your photos before selecting for your album. This will give you time to digest all of the photos (yes, there are a lot)! Trust me: you will see your photos much clearer after this time has passed, which will allow you to be more selective. That said, I wouldn't wait much longer than 2-3 months, specifically because you'll still feel very connected to the memories of your wedding, event or portrait session, which is important during the editing process. Also, please keep in mind: albums ordered between the months of January and April will have a faster turn-around time than albums ordered between the months of May through December. 

  1. From a Desktop or Laptop, visit your page on danasiles.com, then click the ALL PHOTOS Gallery link.

  2. Create a separate Favorites List for photos you'd like to consider for your Album(s). Simply click the heart icon in the photo and follow the prompts. Title this list “Album,” “Parents Album,” etc. Although you will want to be selective, don't worry about narrowing down too strongly. You can even make lists for “Album Yes” and “Album Maybe.” I consider your "maybe" selections as “tools for my toolbox,” allowing room for creativity and flexibility. Altogether, I suggest choosing between 50-150 photos for me to review depending on what type of album you are ordering.

  3. Email me at dana@danasiles.com to let me know you've created a Favorites Lists for me to review. We will take it from there! You may also schedule an editing session to review the photos in person with me. I'll provide the pizza! Either now or after we’ve reviewed your album options, I’ll also ask you to visit my Album Planning page to finalize the details.