Saturday, April 29, 2017

Making Photo Memories of Milwaukee Parks

Milwaukee parks are coming alive as they do every year in springtime.  Green grass carpets dotted with dandelions. Orange, red, and yellow tulip beds sweep around the paths at Boerner Botanical Gardens. Trees flush with pink and white blossoms fill the parkways. The sun rises earlier at Bradford Beach and warms the sand while shorebirds return. Forests are covered in wildflowers.  What a glorious and welcome sight.  It’s a great time to get out the camera or snap some photos for your Instagram account. 

Once you’ve done that, get them out of your camera for others to see.  I use Shutterfly to turn these photos into mugs, photo books, postcards and canvas prints. I used to wait until there was a sale, but recently I’ve discovered Groupon Coupons.  You might be familiar with Groupons as a way to get discounted experiences, but these coupons kick it up a notch. Click on the link for Groupon’s Shutterfly, and you’ll find up to date coupons you can use to make a project. Some are sales and others are coupon codes, so check the entire list.   You can subscribe for more offers, and share the codes to your favorite social media if you've been out with a friend and want to make projects together.

Anyone can be an author and make a personalized photo book. Make your child the star of their very own Milwaukee Parks story. I’ve done this with some of our adventures and they have become favorites for my son and grandchildren.
Photobooks make great memories

Mother’s and Father’s Days are fast approaching.  Create a mug using photos you’ve taken of their favorite places, or use family photos so they can be reminded of their loved ones. My son has a drink cup with some of his photos that he uses at school. We never find it mixed up with others or lost. It's an original.
A couple of our photo cups
If you prefer landscape photography, go to one of the lakefront parks at sunrise or visit Boerner Botanical Gardens.  Look for some of our historic bridges at Lake Park. Photograph our iconic buildings, like the Milwaukee Art Museum.  All of these make excellent notecards or prints. 

My refrigerator door is always filled with snapshots of people and places we love. Take advantage of their offer for unlimited prints with the download of the Shutterfly app, and you can update photos every season. 

What are you photographing and how will you share your Milwaukee photos?  I’d love to hear.  If you need some inspiration, check out this post about the best outdoor spots in Milwaukee for photos. 

This post contains sponsored links from Groupon.
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