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  • Best Baby Shower Gifts Under £30

    With a new baby comes lots of gifts. Whether it be new clothes, toys or accessories, many babies are often spoilt before they’ve even arrived into the world. With that in mind, it can be difficult to get a great baby shower gift that the mum-to-be has not already received, without spending lots of cash. That’s why we’ve gathered some of our best gift ideas for under £30…

    Muslin Cloths

    You’ve probably heard of ‘diaper cakes’ before on social media where various nappies are combined to look like a cake, and gifted to the mummy-to-be, but why not gift a muslin cloth bouquet instead? A new mum can never have enough muslin cloths so not only will your gift come in very handy once baby arrives, but it will also impress the other baby shower attendees. You can choose to make it yourself if you have the creative skills or purchase this ready-made bouquet here.

    Keepsake Box

    Whether the expectant mum has had a baby before or not, this pregnancy and birth will still be full of ‘first’ moments that the new parents will want to hold on to; things like the first scan picture they have of baby, the baby’s hospital bracelet once they’ve arrived and other precious items. That’s why one of the nicest gifts is a keepsake box like the below, that not only looks beautiful in a nursery, it also can be treasured for years to come.

    Milestone Cards

    Like we say above, there will be many moments during the baby’s first year that will want to be remembered forever. A gift like these milestone cards can be a great way of looking back and remembering baby’s first moments. You may have seen these already all over social media but we particularly love these safari themed cards from John Lewis that feature 30 different cards to celebrate each and every milestone.

    A Canvas

    A piece of art or a quoted print is a great gift no matter what but getting one for the mum-to-be can be extra special as it can be held pride of place in the new arrival’s nursery. We have a huge range of new baby canvases under £30 ranging from nursery rhymes to quotes to baby’s name (if you know it prior to the birth!). Check out the full range here. If the expectant mum has also had a pregnancy shoot, or has any great scan or bump photos then you could consider getting one of these printed onto a canvas too.

    If you’d like a completely personalised and bespoke gift for the expectant mum, get in touch with us today and let us know what you’re after, we’re more than happy to help you create the perfect gift.

  • Best Places in England To Photograph

    You might not think it, but England is full of beautiful landscapes and attractions waiting to be photographed. There are beautiful coasts, enchanting forests, picturesque lakes and everything in between so make the most of it all, and plan your next trip to take a stunning shot.

     

     

     

     

    Jurassic Coast

    Located along the southern coast of England, this World Heritage Site runs for 96 miles from East Devon to Dorset. Cliffs, arches, rock stack and formations all make up the magnificent shape of this one-of-a-kind coast and when the right sunlight hits, you’re onto a winning picture.

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    Northumberland Coast

    Despite having Hadrian’s Wall (also known as The Roman Wall), the Northumberland National Park is one of the least-visited. This is surprising, considering just to the east of the park is the Northumberland Coast which is labelled as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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    Cornish Coast

    The whole of Cornwall is beautiful; however, a truly picture-perfect area is definitely the coast as it is rugged, so allows for some beautiful shots with real depth. The coast on the north at the Celtic Sea is more rugged than at the south on the English Channel although all along the coast you will find gorgeous photo opportunities.

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    New Forest National Park

    If coastal shots aren’t quite for you, then we’d suggest you head to a national park like the New Forest in southern England. Covering over 200 square miles, this park is certainly packed full of potential shots as well as a variety of wildlife. Throughout the park you’ll even find plenty of different trails and an open-top safari bus that takes you around the area. With so much space to cover, there really is no excuse for not snapping the perfect shot!

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    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    This National Park is certainly an unmissable one thanks to its series of waterfalls across it’s 800 square miles. In fact, the park, which is located to the South East of the Lake District is one of the most popular national parks with over 8 million visitors a year!

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    Lake District

    The Lake District in the North West of England is in fact an incredibly popular tourist destination. Not only is its landscape full of mountains, forests and lakes, they’re actually home to the highest mountain and deepest, longest lake in England, making it the perfect place for photography.

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    If you do happen to find yourself visiting any of the locations above and taking some beautiful photos, make sure you showcase these on a canvas in your home. Create a truly unique piece of art for your home by getting in touch with us.

  • How to Take the Perfect Back-to-School Snap

    It’s almost time for the little ones to go back to school, which means it’s also nearly time for our Facebook and Instagram feeds to be filled with the obligatory ‘first day of school’ shot.

    With new backpacks, school shoes and haircuts to show off, there’s no wonder we want to share a picture of the big day with our friends! It’s very important that you take the perfect shot; this picture will be saved in the photo album for many years to come! That’s why we’ve gathered some top tips for you…

     

     

    1. Get the family involved

    If you’ve got more than one child heading back to school this September, try and get the siblings together for a picture. That way you’ll be able to look back at them together and compare how much they have both grown. It will also give you a fantastic picture to get printed on a canvas and displayed in the home.

    1. Get the right framing

    It might sound more technical than is needed for a quick picture taken on your phone, but the framing of the image is very important. You want to ensure that there is space above your child’s head in the image, and round the edges too. Not only does this put your child in the centre of the image, it also means that if you do choose to frame your picture, the photo isn’t cropped. When taking the shot, make sure there is a gap the width of your two fingers all the way around the screen in order to achieve this.

    1. Cover the logo

    Often on the first day back we see people covering the logos of school uniforms. Although you might think this is something only celebrity parent’s need to do, there’s a strong chance you have followers or friends on Facebook that you don’t know as well as you think. Protecting your child’s privacy and keeping them safe by covering the logo of their uniform can be quite important. You can do this by strategically getting your child to pose so it’s covered, or by adding an emoji over the top via a photo editor before you share it online.

    1. Make sure it’s good quality

    There’s nothing worse than a blurry, grainy image, especially on such a special occasion. This image is one you’ll treasure forever so you want it to be a good one, especially if you’re thinking of having the picture printed onto a canvas too. Good lighting, a nice background and a good camera are your key elements here. Our best advice is to take a burst of images, so you have multiple to choose from. It can be a nightmare to get children to stand still for too long, so this is the perfect solution!

    Why not have your child’s first day of school picture printed onto a canvas so you can display it in your home for all your guests to see? Get in touch with us today for bespoke canvases.

  • Our Favourite Wedding Gift Canvases

     

     

    Wedding season is in full swing and there’s no better way of reminiscing on such a special occasion than by displaying a canvas in your home. Whether you’re looking for an ideal gift or you are the bride or groom yourself and want a special way to showcase your favourite photo from the big day, here’s our favourite wedding canvases.

     

     

    First Dance Song Lyrics and Wedding Photo Canvas 

    Our bestselling wedding canvas is this beautiful design which features the happy couple’s first dance song lyrics and a photo from the day. Not only will this canvas be a treasured memory of the pair’s first moments as husband and wife, but it is also elegant and looks amazing on the walls of any home.

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    The Wedding Couple Canvas Print

    This canvas is the perfect gift to take to the wedding, as you don’t need to wait for the photography from the day and it can be made in advance. With the couple’s new marital name, the location of the wedding and the date too, you’re definitely onto a winner with this gorgeous gift. You can even choose the colour you desire from our huge range.

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    Mr & Mrs New Surname & Wedding Date Frame

    If you’re looking for something similar to the above, but a bit more simple then try this framed print as an elegant gift the newly-weds. Designed in a funky font with a simple heart to finish, this print will look great in any home and can be customised with any background colour you desire.

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    Wedding Board Signing Canvas Print

    If you’d like to gift the happy couple something that they can treasure forever that holds many memories, why not gift them this message board canvas? This is perfect if you’re a bridesmaid looking for a gift to give ahead of the big day. Not only will the present come from you, but it can be personalised by all the other guests too and be a happy reminder of the wedding day.

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    We have a whole section on our website dedicated to wedding canvases which you can check out here. However, if you’re looking for something completely bespoke as a wedding gift then we can help. Just get in touch with us today and we’ll see what we can do for you.

  • How To Use Summer In Your Photography

    Summer brings with it longer days, clear skies, and lots of wildlife. What better time to head out and try your hand at photography? At Posh Canvas we love summer photography. Here are a few handy tips for making the most out of the summer season.

    1. Location

    Take advantage of the great outdoors, and explore some of the many stunning locations across the UK, from picturesque small villages, and beautiful woodlands to the classic British seaside. If you are finding taking pictures of your back garden a little monotonous then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

    2. Wildlife

    Creatures, great and small flourish in the summer months. Why not experiment with some different lenses, capturing some stunning images of plants and animals. The U.K. has a great selection of National Parks offering unique and varied insights into wildlife and nature. Perfect when capturing seasonal wildlife.

    3. Colour

    With summer also comes life. Plant are in full bloom bringing colour and definition to the landscape. Why not get that macro lens out and try some close up shots?

    Sunshine brings with it happy people. They fill our local parks and attractions full of activity and colour. A great opportunity for some reportage photography.

    Take advantage of all of this wonderful life and colour and bring some vibrancy to the subject of your photographs.

    4. Travel Light and Stay Spontaneous 

    We understand it can be difficult leaving all of your photography kit at home, but the warm summer months are not the time to be lugging heavy equipment around the country. Take advantage of the energy that is in the air and stay spontaneous with your pictures. Carry only the bare minimum and use the natural light that is gifted to capture the energy of the moment in your photographs.

    5. Capture Moments 

    Photography is all about telling a story; it’s true to say  a picture is worth a thousand words. Those summer holiday memories are encapsulated in photographs so try to keep your subjects grounded and personal.

    Once you have taken the perfect summer snapshot why not have it printed on a canvas? Bring a truly unique piece of art either to yours or a loved one’s home by getting in touch with us today!

  • How to Get the Best Out of the Photos on Your Phone

    We live in an age of pictures, and most of us will take pictures on our phones almost every single day. Is it any wonder then that our phones have the power to create professional-level photos at the touch of a button? Using your phone to edit photos has never been easier, and so we’ve got some of our best top tips to help you.

    1. Start off Right

    Even though this list is focusing on after the photos have been taken, editing your photos is a lot easier when you have a good foundation. Take a look at our guide to taking the best photos on your phone here, before you start to shoot.

    1. Have a good editing app

    Apps are the key to editing your photos successfully and there are thousands of them available to download. If you’re wondering which the best ones for you are then here’s our top three:

    Adobe Photoshop Express -If we are looking at the picks for the best photo editing apps for your phone then we can’t go wrong with the masters of photo editing, and it’s free! Adobe have released streamlined, easy-to-use versions of their software for phones which allow you to do all the photo edits you’ll need, like fixing red eye, blemishes, and working with professional filters, all with a few taps of your finger. This free app is sure to dazzle!

    Adobe Lightroom CC -Lightroom is truly the Ying to Photoshop’s Yang. The two apps complement each other to create the perfect mobile editing experience. Lightroom allows you to experiment freely with colour, exposure, and tone to get the right feeling for the picture that you took. Like with Photoshop Express, all of this is made accessible with a user-friendly layout and a very appealing free version of the app.

    1. Showcase your pictures

    Even the best pictures can only look so good on a small phone screen. Giving your photos a physical space in the world can really highlight the importance of them, whether it is a stunning landscape, or a treasured memory.

    One of the best options for showcasing pictures is a canvas. Simply upload your photos to our bespoke canvases and your high-quality print will showcase your photography skills to the world! Get in touch today to find out more.

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