Free Prints – Is this for real?

So I keep my clients photographs all ordered with folders within folders. I have to – it’s my business. However I struggle to keep my own family’s photographs organized. I always say my kids are growing up on Instagram because I rarely pick up my “real” cameras to photograph them. I pick up my phone and snap away – IS THE IPHONE 8 out yet?

I was looking for a way to print photos from any of my social media outlets. Instagram, chrome, the cloud…and guess what? I found one. Free prints. Yep. I said it. Free! Can it be true – they are free? Oh and if they are free will the be decent quality. I don’t want any prints from the labs from a big box store or drug store.

So my prints arrived today and I’m impressed! Super impressed.

Here’s how it works:

1. You download the app.

Free Prints App

2. Open the app and get started!

You will see a screen similar to mine. Scroll through the top and pick from the different areas you store your photos. This allows me to choose from my professional images in Dropbox and Drive while also my personal images from Instagram and Facebook. One stop shopping!

3. Only the 4×6 prints are free and remember Instagram photos are square. You can print those on a 4×6 and trim the white sides or pay the additional amount to get a different size. You can upgrade to any size

PROS

1. Fast and user friendly

2. 85 free photos a month – scrap booking here I come and I will finally get to change out frames

3. Good quality and color – I’m a photographer and see a myriad of images from different cost effective print labs. I stand by the quality of these images. Now when you get to larger sizes like 16×20 and 20×30 I would always suggest a professional print lab or similar like mpix.com.

CONS

1. Instagram photos print square so if you want square you will have to pay an up charge.

2. Glossy but there is an option to choose matte. Choose matte. I didn’t see this when I first ordered but always choose matte. Glossy images are from days of old.

There are more pros than cons as you will see.

You can’t loose by trying out this app. Maybe $1.99 in shipping – less than a cup of coffee.

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See ya down the yellow brick road,

Amanda McNeal | 2017©

Carla | She and Me

I met Carla a little over a year ago and quickly we realized our journey’s have many similarities.  As I scoured my journals filled with sketches and created new sketches based off my mind at the time I realized two that I wanted – that I needed to do at that time.  Now what did I intend for these to mean? I will leave that to you to interpret because I want to give these images to other women to represent their struggle and find strength within themselves.

However I will share Carla’s meaning. Although this image was originally intended for Carla as I sketched it it took on it’s own meaning for me with what I was facing at the time. After all it is birthed from my own experiences as well. Carla walked away with a completely meaning behind “She and Me” and it has helped guide her on her path to healing.  M own images help me heal but knowing that my images have helped another helps remind me of my purpose. You can view what this image means to Carla on her blog.

She & Me | Amanda McNeal | 2017

I hope you continue on your journey and follow my images as I continue my own journey.

Yellow | Nashville Fine Art Photographer

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Someone once asked how time goes into these images?

This image took 5.5 hours total.  It took just under an hour to actually set up and take in my backyard. However it took 4 hours of editing that spanned two weeks to create the final image above. I don’t sit and edit a gallery of photos like a traditional photographer. I bounce between the original sketch, Lightroom, Adobe Stock and multiple images of this composite.

 

Wonderland Minis | Nashville Photographer

I’m trying something new! My daughters have loved being my models for many magical sessions. They love the fantasy of it all and then seeing how the images actually change once I edit it to look like what I had sketched. Yes I sketch each session.

This is an opportunity for you to give some magic to your little girl or boy. Alice, Mad Hatter, Tea Party Princess – all are welcome. I’m offering the option to do these individually or you may gather a group of friends to give them the experience together. You can see details below.

What to wear? No problem. I have created a style board to assist you.  This is only a start. We can work together to take it in a more detailed direction. As you will see below it doesn’t need to be traditional Alice.

alice session boardThere will be sessions in Franklin on September 10 and Goodlettsville on September 11. For booking information please email at amandamcneal@me.com.

Warmly,

Amanda

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