Our “More Than Pictures” blog contributors love to share their ideas and experiences on how to express life in beautiful creative ways. If you have creative ideas you’d like to share, jump in and add your thoughts.
Our “More Than Pictures” blog contributors love to share their ideas and experiences on how to express life in beautiful creative ways. If you have creative ideas you’d like to share, jump in and add your thoughts.
My name is Ada and I am the ECommerce manager for Shutterfly. I am also a long time Shutterfly customer, even before I joined the company. I love taking pictures of the trips I take, my family, my niece & nephew, who are 6 & 4 this year. My dad is an avid photographer since he was young, therefore, pictures had always been an important part of family life growing up. With Shutterfly, I can do so much more with my pictures. Preserving the memories of my nephew & niece growing up, photo-journaling the trips that my husband & I took every year and sending heartfelt & unique gifts to friends & family are my favorite things to do with my pictures.
Hi there! My name is Adam. I’m originally from Michigan (Go Blue!) and now call the SF Bay Area my home. Most of my photography is done with assorted point-and-shoot cameras; a nice complement to my wife’s DSLR. I take quick, candid pictures but occasionally I’ll get a good shot of our beautiful Northern California scenery during a bike ride or a hike. I love making photo books to capture our adventures and give gifts to friends and family—I even used a photo book to propose to my wife! When I’m not in front of a computer you’ll find me playing ice hockey, skiing in Lake Tahoe, cooking, and traveling.
Alex Huff is a studio portrait photographer in San Francisco and a resident lighting specialist, product photographer, and copy writer at BorrowLenses.com. To read more of her tips and tutorials, visit the BorrowLenses.com blog.
Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. She is the craft expert for FamilyCorner.com and Kaboose.com. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda (http://craftsbyamanda.com/) and her delicious recipes on Amanda's Cookin' (http://amandascookin.com/)
Amanda L. Grossman is the creator and writer at Frugal Confessions. She covers how to live a frugal decadent life where saving and living in the present are both held in high regard. More specific topics include Amish Finances, budgeting, and this current genealogy project.
Amy Ott is the author of the blog a Latte’ with Ott, A where she writes about being a farm girl fashionista, baker, canner, gardner, home decorator, Boilermaker fan, wife, mother and while she once considered herself a scrapbooker once she got a digital camera became a huge Shutterfly photo book fan.
Hello! I am a freelance writer and photographer based out of Hershey, PA. I live with my husband, 3 boys, 7 chickens and a feisty bunny named nubbins on a couple acres in deer country. If you ever stop by, I'll have a iced sweet tea and sweet potato chips waitin' for you! You can find the bulk of my work at A Nest for All Seasons. I am also a design writer for the award-winning Houzz.com, a photographer for the Hobby Farms magazines, a blogger for Crafts Unleashed and a contributor to the newly launched magazine, Celebrating Everyday Life.
Hello! My name is Amy. I am recently married and now have so many great photos of my engagement, wedding and honeymoon – not to mention fun memories of planning along the way. I love finding creative ways to preserve and share the pictures with my friends and family. I have to admit that my husband is a much better photographer than I am, but once I found Shutterfly, I’ve learned so many cool things to do with my photos that together we make a good team. He takes the pictures and with the help of Shutterfly, I use them to tell the story of the beginning of our life together.
I am a stay at home Mom who loves photography! My kids are my subject and our lives my topics of the Shutterfly books I make! See the story in action at my Shutterfly share site http://theabbottfamilysite.shutterfly.com
I’m a dedicated Shutterfly fan and a member since 2006. I love all things Shutterfly and was ask to become a Shutterfly Guru in the Fall of 2009. I am retired and living on Lake Livingston, in East Texas. I love photography, travel and then creating photobooks! I am a walking ad for Shutterfly, and sharing what knowledge I have of Shutterfly with the community and also in my travels. It is an honor to be a part of a wonderful team of a dedicated Shutterfly family. I love digital scrapbooking, and also the new ANCP photo books from Shutterfly. If you have any questions or need any assistance feel free to contact me on the Shutterfly Forums. Also please visit my sharesite at http://barbarajsphotography.shutterfly.com
Bridgette is very grateful to be married to the best guy ever and to be mom to an incredible one year old daughter. She has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for ten amazing years, but at heart, still thinks of herself first as a good Midwestern girl from Chicago. She spends her days appreciating the magic of childhood, piecing together the mysteries/challenges of parenthood and writing about helpful resources for busy moms. Bridgette shoots with a Canon EOS 40D and is a huge fan of Shutterfly. Photo books and share sites have taken her photo-life to a whole new level of creativity (and earn her mega brownie points with the grandparents every day!).
Carol Eiseman is the creator of a fantastic resource to help families everywhere celebrate all occasions! Visit Celebration Ideas Online (www.celebrationideasonline.com), an album of family celebration ideas for tips, advice and ideas to create wonderful celebrations for all their special events in life.
My name is Cary and about a year and a half ago I decided it was time to follow one of my dreams. That dream was to attend culinary school. So to make a long story short, I quit my job and packed my bags for Chicago where I am currently attending Kendall College and working towards a certificate in Personal Chef and Catering.
Hi! My name is Charmaine. I am a long time Shutterfly fan and am also a member of the Creative team. I am a mother of three beautiful children and have been using Shutterfly since my daughter was born in 2001. I feel documenting everyday moments are just as important as the major milestones. I have pictures of Valentine’s Day cookie creations, days at the park, Lego projects as well as the birthdays and piano recitals. I usually have a camera with me (or at least my phone–which can capture pretty good images and video) all in preparation to create a photo book of the year or a project for a special occasion. I have so many photo projects and ideas going at the same time, it helps to have Shutterfly make it easy to be creative.
A picture paints a thousand words... photos inspire, teach, recreate memories, elicit emotions and allow us to daydream for just a moment... My husband and I love to take photos of life- great and small... and can think of no better way to preserve our memories than with Shutterfly's stunning photo books. We travel a lot through Africa, Europe and America and in between we have three beautiful sons that never fail to be wonderful photographic subjects. We are by no means professional photographers ... we just play around with photography (a lot!) and every now and again we get it right!
Although Clarissa was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2009, she still managed to embrace her life and capture everyday moments with her passion for photography and maintaining her role as family historian. After undergoing major surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, she is now in remission, and continues to strive with a positive attitude and appreciates the simpler things in life, mixed with the convenience of modern technology. When Clarissa is not busy creating photo books (her specialty), you’ll find her spending time with family, friends and her awesome husband who are huge fans of their local sports teams.
I am in love with life, my family and photography. In 2007 while working as a Detective on the Indpls Metro Police Dept., I injured my right shoulder and had to retire. I do believe this was God's way of letting me be a stay home Mommy. It was also at this time I began my passion for photography. I love creating memories and smiles with my photos. I love the challenge of making each photo beautiful. I am a big fan of a narrow depth of field in my photos. On a technical level this is called "Bokeh". I have been a member of Shutterfly since 2006 and a Shutterfly Gallery Guru since 2009. I am also ADDICTED to digital scrapbooking. (YOU MUST TRY) haha. Please stop by my shutterfly share site and take a look around! http://etterscreations1.shutterfly.com/
I'm a first-time mommy to my adorable 2-year-old son, Landon. He and I love to spend our days going to the park, painting, cooking, and just plain hanging out together. More often than not, our adventures turn into spontaneous photo sessions. He can melt my heart with a smile or a look, and I love capturing those moments with my camera. I also enjoy making Shutterfly photo books that highlight our special family moments. I feel like it’s such a gift to our children if we, as parents, can capture family experiences and preserve them in beautiful ways.
My degree in Physical Anthropology has taught me to look for the details that give meaning and context to peoples lives from the past, my degrees in art and design have helped me to take those same details and compose them for relevance today, and for the future. Everywhere I go, everyone I meet, everything I see is a creative opportunity for me. When I’m without my camera I feel like I’m missing valuable moments, and the artifacts in peoples lives that can add up to incredible compositions, and more importantly, amazing memories. I hope you find my posts helpful.
I am a Shutterfly fan who loves inspiring and helping people do more with their photos. I'm a mother of two young boys and teach first grade. I have incorporated Shutterfly products into my home and classroom. My students and class parents really enjoy our class share site filled with pictures and up to date information. It's so easy to update weekly and the parents are notified when changes are made. My husband has caught the Shutterfly bug also and has made several books of his own. We were recently certified in SCUBA diving and are ready to Explore Another World together and take lots of pictures!
I'm a long-time film photographer, starting with a darkroom in my parents' fruit-cellar when a teen-ager. I fought the change to digital at first, but no longer. I've become a convert and Shutterfly has been my on-line provider since 2002. Since then I've placed (as I write this) 135 orders for prints, enlargements, calendars for every year and 42 photo books in different sizes. I'm very pleased with the top quality of all Shutterfly products.
With over 12 years of experience in the vacation industry, I've been fortunate to travel the world--collecting hundreds of tips and photos along the way. It's wonderful to have a resource like Shutterfly to house and share all my experiences. Working at Delta Vacations, I'm surrounded by colleagues who also have a passion for travel. It's contagious and I encourage all of my friends and family to see the world. Remember, someday is not a day of the week!
I was born and raised on a dairy farm in New Zealand. I have been a passionate photographer since I was 12 when I had my first taste of working in a dark room, given the odd photo assignment at a local newspaper. From those beginning days, I combined my passions of motorsport and travel with photography and have been lucky enough to have lived and travelled in many countries throughout the world. I'm thankful to have documented once in a lifetime memories through photography. Meeting my American wife in the Wicked Wolf pub in Dublin, Ireland, we are now settled in the San Francisco Bay Area with my two favorite (albeit unpredictable) photo subjects, my young daughters.
My name is Gretchen and I am a “Shutterfly” Monday through Friday, but when I am not working with our fantastic team here, I am playing in the streets of San Francisco, traveling, or spending time with my friends and family. I am a novice photographer (or as I like to say “photographer in training”) and love taking pictures of everything from fun times with friends at home to beautiful locations across the world. I love Shutterfly because I can find easy ways to do creative things with my photos.
There's nothing better than a good story. And, so many of those can be told with a single photo! I am awed by the way images, particularly candids, capture (and give me a tangible way to hold on to) certain moments. I have three energetic kids (ages 7, 4, and 1) and am doing my best to document their lives in pictures. While I plan to invest in a fancy camera in the near future, a point and shoot and my iPhone 4 currently (and conveniently) help me chronicle my family's adventures.
I first became interested in photography in 1969 when I purchased my first 35 mm SLR. I switched to digital photography in 1999 and bought my first DSLR in 2003. I retired in 2004 which means I can spend more time doing what I like. I got involved with photo books because they allowed much more than merely organizing photos. Additionally, stories can be created or documented much more clearly with a combination of photos and text.
I'm a Cali girl living in Texas where I take pictures and write about books. I also have a thing for desserts, Del Taco, seeing the world, reading, laughs, adventures & Jesus. Love living this adventure known as life! "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
Hey there, I’m Janelle and I am part of the Shutterfly, Inc. recruiting team. I am a big Shutterfly fan-I love turning my special memories into Shutterfly projects! On the weekends you can find me exploring the California coastline, snapping photos with my Nikon D3100 and iPhone, decorating my new place, or attempting a DIY project I found on Pinterest.
Hi! I'm Jasmine, a self-confessed blog addict and DIY fanatic. As part of the Shutterfly Creative team, it's my job to come up with inspiring ideas for our cards & stationery, photo books, photo gifts and more. I love capturing memories and telling stories through photo books and can spend hours trying out different styles and embellishments. (It's such a great alternative to scrapbooking!) Other hobbies of mine include making crafts, traveling, writing and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area.
I’m not only a marketing person at Shutterfly in the marketing but I’m also an avid customer of our products. When I’m not making photo books for my family, I’m cooking, entertaining and creating events to get pictures for making more photo books.
I love being a mom! I adore my boys, and take too many pictures of them... this I know. While I flirted with photography for many years, the day my oldest son was born was the day my passion for photography was fully charged. I started taking pictures of my friends little ones and now run a small professional photography business called Everyday Studios. I love working with families to help preserve memories in the form of albums and artwork. Jessi Weithman jessi.weithman at gmail.com blog.everydaybabystudios.com PS. Many people ask about my equipment... I'm a Canon girl.
Find out more about Jessica from Petite Lemon... Jessica is a featured designer for Petite Lemon Prints. Petite Lemon was created by friends who share a love for fresh, modern design, family and fun. We specialize in creating unique, personalized stationery, décor and gifts. Our designs are clean, innovative and delightful — a blend of modern style and classic inspiration paired together in a fresh, striking way. Our designs grace products from fabulous cards and stationery to gorgeous growth charts and fresh photo posters.
Since 2004, Jessica Sprague has been using Photoshop to create digital and "hybrid" scrapbook pages. Jessica loves sharing her Photoshop expertise with scrapbookers looking for ways to edit and enhance photos, use digital brushes, and play with digital patterned paper, type, graphics, and design through her online education site, JessicaSprague.com. In addition to her web site, Jessica is a contributing editor to Creating Keepsakes magazine, and is the author of three special publications: Computer Tricks for Scrapbooking, Vols 1-3. She lives in North Carolina with her family.
As a make-up artist/stylist in the international fashion and beauty industry, I started “reading” and dissecting photographs in magazines such as Italian Vogue when I was 14 yrs old. It was love at first sight and I was immediately addicted to photography. I've since collaborated with photographers, clients and publications such as Parents, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and InStyle. My style is eclectic, going from super simple to over the top, because I’ve always been a chameleon myself. I love working with a variety of ages ranging from infants to adults, but the tween years are especially fun for me because they are so animated & freewheeling. I like to think on my toes too and I’m excited to share some insider secrets with Shutterfly. Check out my style at jo-anndilorenzo.com or my contributions to the blog fotoshui.com - make your photos flow.
I have been a long time Shutterfly fan since 2004. I got interested in photography after seeing the images that other Shutterfly members captured. It inspired me and made me want to try new things with my camera. I'm very much an amateur at photography. I really enjoy it, though. It's fun to see what I can capture when I look through my view finder. From photo books, to prints, enlargements, all kind of photo gifts; I have tried them all. I love how Shutterfly is growing in the products area. I have yet to be disappointed in something I ordered for myself or for a gift. Carry your camera with you every day, you never know what you may find that inspires you.
I’ve been with at Shutterfly for over 7 years now, so I guess I could be considered a wily old veteran. My day job is working with our Pro Photographers who use our Pro Gallery service, but my passion is spending time with my beautiful wife and awesome one year old son, whether it be traveling to jolly old England, jetting off to Disneyland, or hanging out at a San Jose Sharks game. Wherever we go, our camera is sure to follow. Since the birth of our son, he has been the focal point of our photography. When he sees a camera, he knows to smile. The Share Site and photo books that we created for him have been a great way for us to capture and treasure every moment of his life.
A South Dakota girl at heart, my husband’s career takes us all over the country. I’m not complaining, there’s just that much more to see and photograph. I made my first Shutterfly book for Mother’s Day 2007 and the moment I saw the emotion, appreciation and love in my Mom’s eyes, I was hooked. As a Speech Pathologist, my work is speaking and critiquing. I am very grateful that at the end of the day, “A picture truly is worth a thousand words”. I can open up the world thru my lens. That’s powerful stuff. And, I think I’m in love.
You can take the girl from Texas but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl. Yep that’s me. I moved to San Francisco a couple years ago from the Lone Star state to soak up the Bay area and all its glory. I have been enjoying all that the area has to offer with my significant other, who I also dragged with me. Biking, hiking and exploring all of the wonderful weekend trips in Northern Cali and taking as many pics as I possibly can along the way. What a great opportunity to work for an innovative photo company where I get to preserve all of my experiences! I run digital marketing for Shutterfly, so even though I am not yet a mom, I know how to talk to moms online. I love the reaction people have when I tell them where I work. Usually it is followed by a squeal or awwww of some sort. And I say, yeah, I know Shutterfly is awesome. Now go make more photo books!
I grew up in the Bay Area where I soaked up all of the advantages that places like Berkeley, San Francisco and Marin could offer. During the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s I taught grammar school here in California. Over the years I managed to teach all the grade levels and thus I have gained an arsenal of art projects and writing tips, which I would like to share with you. I work as an artist and metal smith now but my former students often visit me and, as you may imagine, some of them now have young children of their own. We often reminisce about a favorite art project that we did at school together. In some cases the original project has been preserved. I recently visited with a former student of mine who is now a college professor in the field of nanotechnology. I was amazed to see an art project that he had done in third grade on display in his parents’ home. Together, we admired his work all over again. With the arrival of Shutterfly’s photo storage capabilities parents can now photograph and preserve those memories and store them online. In addition, they can easily create beautiful memory books as future keepsakes for their children. With this in mind, it is my hope that together, you and I will create some new projects and family memories for your child’s scrapbook.
Katie is the owner and founder of www.DesignerDigitals.com. Her layouts have been published in Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Memory Makers, Legacy, and BHG Scrapbooks Etc. Katie also designs products for Autumn Leaves and Creativity, and licenses her designs in the home decor market.
My name is Kellie Brown and I am a 28 year old mother and wife. Before choosing to stay at home with my daughter, I was a third grade teacher and loved documenting everything that my students and I did in (and out) of our classroom. Now, I am blessed to be able to stay home and get to document my fourteen month old daughter, Hannah Grace's life. Shutterfly has always been my "go-to" for these projects and I hope I can inspire you to make lasting memories as well.
A picture is worth a thousand words. A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. These are all so true...photography is playing a very important role in my life. Since becoming a mother of two, I have discovered a whole new world of digital memory making. Hello! My name is Kelly and I am a content designer at Shuttterfly. I work with a group of wonderful designers that create cards & stationery, calendars, photo books, you name it. My husband Daniel loves to take photos of the kids & family, so I give him all the credit for capturing the inspiring moments of our lives. Shutterfly has given me the chance to build photo projects quick and easy, which is what I need with two little ones running around. As a designer I am always striving to create the best products that enhance peoples lives. I look forward to sharing my experience, projects and ideas with you and hearing about yours.
I live in the Pacific NW near Portland Oregon with my husband, son and adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. I'm just a typical helicopter mom who adores her teen son,a chubby fitness instructor, and a woman who loves to decorate with anything found hanging from a tree. I love painted furniture, red doors, playing in my craft studio and will take years to decorate a room just waiting for the perfect item. I didn't fall in love and marry until age 36 and almost didn't go out with him because he had an ugly black leather couch. He's the perfect man who does the laundry and stays out of all decorating decisions....... except he still won't let me paint a vanity that was his Grandmothers. You can find Kim blogging at Today's Creative Blog about DIY decorating, Crafts, Recipes and pretty much anything that's creative.
I started my first photo book when I was pregnant with my third child... the pictures were getting overwhelming and my disorganization would wake me up at night! My mother is a photographer and her pictures are outstanding... I needed to be able to display them appropriately but was not into scrapbooking. I worked my way back in time creating "yearly review" books, birthday books and holiday books all the way back to 2001 (the year my first was born!). I am up to date and the envy of all my friends... all thanks to shutterfly's 8X8 photo books (and mom's pictures of course!)... they were truly life changing and I believe I have saved myself a few wrinkly worry lines! :)
By way of introduction, I’m LaraH. I’m a long-time customer of Shutterfly (beginning in January 2000 with the birth of my first daughter) and now an employee (since mid-2004). I’ve been making photo books since we launched the product in June 2005, but in that time it has evolved from a work responsibility, to a hobby, and dare I say passion. Most of the books I make revolve around my children and our family journeys, so I thought it was a fitting way for you to get to know me better to see “ My First Photo Book.” http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDBgyYNGLdg5ZgLl7Adq. It’s the story of my daughters’ first few years, told mostly through pictures.
Hello! I’m Laura and a recent marketing hire to Shutterfly. I started here in May and have been loving every moment since (minus the spreadsheet analyses and commute). Most of my passions revolve around travel – beaches, safaris, photography, trying strange food and meeting strange people. Although, that last bit I do get a lot of just by stepping outside my apartment in San Francisco. My entire family resides back in Indiana, and there’s nothing I love more than heading home twice a year for 4th of July fireworks and our fantastic family Christmases. Between family holidays and vacations with my fabulous husband, my next photo book is always just around the corner!
Hello! My name is Leah Hefner and I’m a content designer and illustrator for Shutterfly. I’ve been a designer for over 5 years and can safely say that creating products for you with our team of wonderful Shutterfly designers is one of the best jobs I can think of. When I’m not creating characters for a greeting card or flowers for a photo book, I’m taking advantage of everything San Francisco has to offer. Being an Air Force brat taught me to love traveling and diversity, and I’ve found that living in a city like San Francisco helps curb my wanderlust and allows me to embrace all different types of people, art, music and food. I love my life and have you to thank for it.
Hey there! I'm Leah, a word- and photo-lover and copywriter on the Shutterfly Creative team. When I'm not writing about cool Shutterfly products and projects, I spend my time writing young adult novels, reading old books, exploring San Francisco and, of course, taking lots of pictures on my Pentax DSLR.
My name is Leila (l-eye-la) and I'm a NYC kids lifestyle photographer. I shoot kids and families for advertising and editorial clients, and everyday moms & dads from all over the world. I'm always aiming for that perfect balance of expression, action and environment to come together and tell a story. In my case, that story is most often honest and joyful. When I'm not out shooting with clients, you'll find me toting around my gear whenever I have the opportunity to travel or in my own neck of the woods at family parties. I just can't get enough. Parents, friends and family (even my own mom!) often ask me how I get them and their kids to look so amazing. Some of it is technical and some of it is just learning to notice the right details. I'm thrilled to be able share with my fellow Shutterfly enthusiasts my professional advice on how to "make your photos flow". And yes, I use Shutterfly too for my personal snapshots! I've made beautiful photo greeting cards and love their share sites for giving my friends & family insider access to the gazillion shots they're always seeing me take. Visit my website at leilasutton.com, follow me on facebook.com/leilasuttonphotography, or peruse my blog fotoshui.com - make your photos flow.
Linda Sattgast has been the historian in her family since she was quite young, starting with a daily diary in the 5th grade, so making photo books is a natural extension of that. Today Linda teaches other people how to create digital scrapbooks using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements in her online business, ScrappersGuide.com. She’s been given the title Adobe’s Scrapbooking Expert by Adobe, and she’s a member of Shutterfly’s Scrapbook Advisory Team. “Shutterfly is the perfect partner for digital scrapbookers,” says Linda. “We make our pages in the computer, but the goal for most of us is to get those pages printed and out where people can really enjoy them.” Linda was first drawn to Shutterfly because they were one of the early adopters of book sizes used by scrapbookers, but what has kept her coming back has been their obvious commitment to quality and their willingness to listen to the scrapbook community. Every month Linda’s company creates a new set of themed templates using Shutterfly’s specifications to make it easy to create a fast digital album and have it printed at Shutterfly. Linda has also created a series of short videos on how to use Shutterfly to print a digital scrapbook.
Howdy from Texas, my name is Lisa and I'm an avid fan of photography. I love pictures of old and new, bought my first digital camera in 2006 and have been addicted to Shutterfly ever since. I'm a mother to two grown sons and a Gigi to a beautiful grandbaby, Kyleigh. I adore taking pictures of her. I have met some wonderful people through this addiction of mine, and I can safely say that Photography has changed my life in the most wonderful way. Lastly I will tell you what I say to all my friends and family when asked about taking pictures ~any picture is better than no picture~ Now get out there and Say cheese!!
I am part of the Marketing team at Shutterfly, and a big fan of Shutterfly products. I am originally from Russia, and have lived in the beautiful Bay Area, California for over thirteen years. I enjoy spending time in nature, learning how to crochet, watercolor painting, trying out new recipes, and working with digital images in Photoshop. I am also highly interested in photography, and although I’m not a professional photographer, I want to become better and better at it. When I travel, I like to take lots of landscape and macro photos. I am happy to be a contributor to the Shutterfly blog, and hope you enjoy my posts!
My father once told me it's important to attend funerals to support the survivors and equally important to attend celebrations, because those are the times of joy we remember to mitigate the times of sorrow. Connecting is a big part of my DNA. Staying connected diminishes unpleasant feelings of saying good bye to summer camp friends or the grief in watching an Uncle die, the loss of a boyfriend, one’s family of origin, and so on. That's how my life experiences brought me to the epiphany that the antidote to loss is celebration. So I celebrate by connecting, expanding my posse along the way from childhood on up to the University of Michigan and onto LA to be a writer, studio executive, traveler, dot com revolutionary, founder of The Hollywood Literary Retreat, the tribute video and pre-need planning business Lights Out Enterprises, social media site The Tribute Network, and Focus Media, Inc. Under FMI I'm able to create connections through multi-media platforms and brand strategies for elite clients. I have also built a brand of properties inspired by my trilogy of comedy novels The Funeral Planner, The Funeral Planner Goes to Washington, and The Funeral Planner Goes Global. This includes a feature film/TV/digital series, grief guidebooks GRIEF TRIBUTES and GRIEF WELLNESS, and Celebrity Partner to the National Hospice Foundation … stay tuned… To Life, Lynn a.k.a. Maddy
As a long-time fan of Shutterfly, I’m really excited to now be a “Shutterfly”! I am by no means an expert photographer – point-and-click is more my realm – but I’ve always loved the power of photography to help relive and celebrate memories. I’m especially a fan of our photo books. I love to travel and spend time with my friends and family, and Shutterfly books are a great way for me to capture and share those times. I’m thrilled to be contributing to the Shutterfly blog, and can’t wait to make my next photo book!
Megan Bohnert, our in-house card stylist, is a key member of Shutterfly’s creative team, where she helps identify and incorporate the hottest trends, color palettes and styles into Shutterfly’s personalized stationery and card collections. Thanks to her guidance, Shutterfly and its contributing designers have created a diverse collection of holiday cards that are perfect for any style and occasion.
Hello! My name is Megan and while I love photography, my passion also exists in cards and stationery. Now that I am on Shutterfly's cards and stationery team, I find myself looking for any and every excuse to send a greeting card, thank you note or party invitation to friends and family! My boyfriend, Tommy, says this infatuation is similar to my handbag obsession but way less expensive so he can’t complain. To me, memories are meant to be shared and I live each day trying to catch a photo of a friend smiling, a beautiful sunset or random and unexpected surprise - those happen more than enough in San Francisco.
Megan Rosker is founder of Let Children Play, a collaborative site dedicated restoring free play and encouraging healthier lifestyle choices for families. She is a mother of three young children, writer and advocate for play and education. Her work can also be found on Huffington Post, The Good Men Project and Technorati.
I’m Melissa…also known as “Mommy” at home. I love working at Shutterfly part-time and love my days away from the office with my 3 year-old son! At Shutterfly, I’m the PR Manager…it’s in my DNA to talk, talk and talk about all the things I love – this is truly the perfect gig for me! And my 3 year-old, wow, does he teach me something new every day…it’s incredible learning to be a great mom. In addition to loving my family and Shutterfly, I love spending time with friends, running races around Bay Area, CA, skiing in Tahoe and appreciating what each day brings!
With experience in special event coordination, I understand the important role that presentation plays in creating a first impression. I have been in the wedding business for over eight years and have partnered with over 200 brides. I have addressed approximately 25,000 wedding invitations but my work goes beyond wedding invitations to include escort cards, table signs, holiday cards, genealogy trees, and menu boards. I strive to create a clean and elegant look that will impact your guests.
Hello. My name is Molly. I love wearing lots of color. I love listening to good music. And I love good design. I am the Creative Lead for Design Content at Shutterfly (leading a team of internal designers and design partners who create the cards & stationery and photo book products that you love). When I’m not working at Shutterfly, I love riding my bike through San Francisco with my husband, going to concerts, photographing friends and family and taking weekend trips to the coast. Oh ya, I also love food-so eating is also always on the agenda.
My name is Mona. I studied Art and Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology, where I learned about video, 3D animation, and graphic design. I've always loved video. I'm constantly capturing memories on video - whether it's on my cell phone, with my digital camera, or with my HD camcorder. I'd love to help you make the most of your personal video, so please comment on any of my posts if you have a specific question!
I am a native California girl, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I think I'll stay right where I'm at, I love California! One day I will make it out for a dream vacation to Italy...... I am a full time working mother of four and grandma of one. With three still at home, it's a busy life after work. I love photography and I'm the family historian. I think babies, animals and nature photo perfectly. I love to read and plan to be able to have time to do that again someday. I also have a secret passion for writing, mostly poetry. I wanted to write a book when I was younger. I love the thrill of a fast, flip-you-over roller coaster and I did go skydiving one time. Would do it again if given the chance.
After studying design in Chile for more than two years, I returned to the U.S. with the dream to mix culture with design. Combining a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design with five years of experience, I started my own design firm. When I got married in 2007 I discovered Digital Scrapbooking. It was a natural transition and I have been hooked ever since. I just can't get enough of working with my photos and documenting all of the stories and memories that I share with my friends and family. When I am not making digital scrapbooks... I am reading, cooking, swimming and baking!
I'm mom to my adorable and energetic twins, and I’m married to an amazing husband and father. I’m a lover of photography, vintage anything, driving with the windows down, and cake. I believe with all my heart in the gift of an ordinary day & try to live my life by inhabiting the moment whenever possible.
Hello! My name is Pinckney, pronounced like the color pink and your knee. As the design lead for photo books, i am constantly on the look out for new ways to create a photo book - whether that's through style, story telling or photography. In my free time you'll find me cooking, designing, traveling, running and wandering the streets of San Francisco... trying as much amazing food as I can in the process.
Hi! My name is Rachael and I've been an avid Shutterfly fan since I discovered the site in 2005. I am a digital scrapbooker and Shutterfly photobooks are the perfect way to display my work. I have 14 nieces and nephews and a husband who loves to travel, so I have plenty of stories to preserve! I love teaching other people about digital scrapbooking and I'm always happy to answer any questions. You can reach me at rachaelsheedy at gmail.com.
Thank you for visiting “Picture More”, Shutterfly's Community Blog. My name is Rachel, and I come from a long line of photo enthusiasts. My grandparents kept a large (and heavy!) collection of family photo albums in their living room, which my sister and I loved looking through. My mother continued the tradition by becoming a hobby photographer (phrases like “smile, “hold that pose” and “let me get my camera” were a constant part of our lives). Now my sister and I are avid camera fans. She takes beautiful pictures of her children, and I enjoy capturing the many far-away places my husband and I visit. What I love about Shutterfly is that it helps me turn my photos into meaningful keepsakes like photo books, calendars, and photo gifts (I love my coasters, posters, mug and mouse pad!). My memories are now a part of my everyday life, not living in a shoe box or hard drive. And what I love about "Picture More" is that it will help us get even more creative with our pictures. I'm excited to exchange ideas with all of you!
Rebecca Kaykas-Wolff resides near San Francisco, CA where she oversees Petit Couture design and business operations and spends time with her husband Jascha and children Simone, Sofie and Julien who are routinely seen in Petit Couture ads. She’s an active participant at her children’s schools and has a 15+ year background in digital marketing and online communications holding senior management roles with companies such as T-Mobile, HL2, Safeco/Liberty Mutual and Microsoft Corporation. Rebecca loves yoga, Mexico, TED Talks, soy lattes and Valentino.
My name is Sam and I have been using Shutterfly since 2005. Since my first Mickey Mouse camera in 1970, I have been obsessed with taking photos. Now with three kids of my own, I have even more reason. In my home, I am the chief photo taker, organizer and the guy who does stuff with them. I have made many Shutterfly share sites (family, soccer, school), photo books (for self and gifts), holiday cards, birth announcements and more. I have a million ideas of what I want to do next. I love Shutterfly. Ask anyone.
Bay Area Native. Live in Los Altos. Went to Cal Poly – studied Ag Business & Speech Communications. Volunteers for FOLPA, Special Olympics, Career Closet, Breast Cancer walks/fundraising. Worked for Google, EA, SFLY. Enjoys pop-culture, wine, cooking & dining, travel, and sports!
I'm a Mama, a blogger, a Razorback, and a bit of a photography nut. I've been blogging since 2005 and hooked on Shutterfly since my kiddo was born in 2008. My personal blog, Musings of Mother Hood (www.sarahmcow.com) has become a place for me to get all the live-and-learn parenting experiences and adorable toddler photos out of my system, while I'm also thrilled to contribute geeky tech advice for Moms in my bi-monthly column at NWAMotherlode.com. Shutterfly really scratches my itch for capturing memories in a beautiful, tangible way, and I never met a photo book I didn't like!
I think my favorite thing in the entire world is vacations…and maybe my Chicago Cubs too! I was lucky enough to find a company like Delta Vacations where my job is all about vacations. I have been able to do a lot of traveling over the past couple years and look forward to a lot more. I am very excited to be part of the Shutterfly travel community where I can talk with other people who love to travel and take pictures as much as I do. I can’t wait to start building different albums and actually keep my photos organized. I hope that you enjoy reading my different posts about pictures, destinations, travel tips and ideas, pretty much anything and everything vacations! I also, look forward to reading your posts, hearing your thoughts and seeing your photos. Happy travels!
Hello! I’m Shannon, Shutterfly’s Customer Service Community Manager, and a longtime Shutterfly fan. When I’m not working with the Shutterfly team, you can find me spending time with friends, family, my 2 Chihuahuas, and of course, taking pictures! I’ve always had an interest in photography and I recently picked up my first DSLR. I’m having fun learning how to use all the different settings. I look for any reason to create a Shutterfly project. Shutterfly is the perfect place to create projects from my photos, and to preserve and share all my special moments.
Shelby is a freelance writer and mothers to three young children. When she is not writing, she is busy in the kitchen. She has a passion for health and nutrition and has been known to be a little crafty at times. She has been using Shutterfly to preserving all of her children’s memories since they were first born.
Stacey Cox is a natural-light photographer in Saint Louis, specializing in children and family photography. She and her husband have two young boys, and are hoping to add a daughter to their family through adoption in the near future. You can learn more about her work by visiting her site at www.staceycoxphotography.com.
Hi everyone – I’m Stacey D, a Shutterfly member since 2002. I’m absolutely passionate about photography, scrapbooking and journaling as a means to telling your story. I’ve been scrapbooking for 15 years since the birth of my first daughter, and recently made the decision to switch 100% from “traditional” paper and embellishment scrapbooks to digital Photo Books. Shutterfly has been the perfect tool for me to make this conversion, and I haven’t looked back since! I love getting Photo Book ideas and making friends with other Shutterfly members. I look forward to seeing you in The Shutterfly Photo Book Gallery!
Stacy Claire Boyd is known for her sophisticated design, sweet illustrations and unexpected color combinations resulting in an exciting product line that always makes you smile. Her company is a leader in the stationery industry, its longevity and popularity due to Stacy’s whimsical signature style along with the company’s outstanding commitment to quality.
Stephanie Elie is a mother of two balancing work, family and business. She is the author of BizzieMommy.com a blog that was recently listed in the Top 100 Websites for Woman by Forbes.com and also listed in the Power Moms 50 by Nielson’s Online. She’s also the Digital Editor for LifetimeMoms.com and a self-proclaimed tech junkie who loves photography. You will never see her without her iPhone or DSLR and computer near by all dressed in her favorite color – pink.
Hello! My name is Stephanie Roeder and I love Shutterfly cards and stationery. There are so many great ways to spread life’s joy and stay connected with family and friends at Shutterfly - it is always welcomed to receive a personalized card in the mail. I hope to inspire you outside of the traditional Christmas time of year to reach out to loved ones!
I’m Susie and I’m an artist and a writer and the chief archivist for our family. With a five year old son and a two year old daughter there are plenty of moments to record which I do on an almost daily basis. As a mom I love that with Shutterfly I can be creative and organized with my photography and knock out projects even with a hectic schedule. And as an artist I love that I can make gallery quality portfolios of my work to show potential clients. Plus the Shutterfly Gallery and community continues to be a wonderful source of inspiration for me. I hope I can return the favor.
When I was ten years old my grandmother gave me a Box Brownie camera.To take a simple black and white photo all you had to do was point and shoot. It began in me a lifelong passion for photography which has only grown all the more with the advent of Digital Scrapbooking. Fast-forward from 1965 to 2010 and here I am teaching and designing for scrappersguide.com. What I love about it the most is that I can make our family memories more beautiful and meaningful with a Shutterfly album. Now that I am about to become a grandmother myself for the first time, I feel like I’ve come full circle. My family’s bookshelves no longer groan under the weight of the old style photo albums that were so rarely opened. Instead they regularly pick up the beautiful, hard cover Shutterfly albums and marvel at seeing themselves in print. It gives me the greatest pleasure.
I am an avid photographer and love traveling. It is not uncommon to see me carrying multiple cameras just to make sure I am always prepared for a great photo. We share great recipes, travel tips, coupon tips and real life inspiration for living a frugal lifestyle on Tammilee Tips. I love using Shutterfly photo products to share our pictures with friends and family.
I am Tammy, a wife, mom, Nana (yes a Nana), nurse, sales rep and a true lover of photography and Shutterfly. I have always been the photographer in my family, so my new little granddaughter gets lots of Nana and camera time. I found Shutterfly in 2006 and so many photos and books later, I am still here and plan to stay. I love to capture memories in a photo, place them in a book and give them to someone - no better gift in my opinion! My family teases me because I carry my camera everywhere, but I tell them that one day they will greatly appreciate it! Actually they do now, but they still like to give me a hard time.
I picked up my first digital camera in 2003 and instantly became addicted to 'fly. I wish I had more time for my new found love in photography and photo books! I can't get enough. And since my son Brayden was born, he is my biggest inspiration... ever!!!!
Hello! I’m Tracy and I work here at Shutterfly on the Marketing team. When I am not working, you can find me biking, hiking, planning my next trip, or most likely eating and drinking wine with my new husband and friends. I have always loved taking and sharing pictures as a way to preserve memories and was delighted when I first found out about Shutterfly photo books. My first photo book was a present to my good friend featuring our unforgettable trip to South America. Next on my list is our Wedding Photo Book!