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Birth Announcements

We remember when sending out a "birth announcement" meant submitting it to the local newspaper.  Birth announcements sure have come a long way from black and white snip-its in 40 words or less.  Today's parents' birth announcements are typically filled with gorgeous professional photographs in full color to tell the world that their miracle is here-- in style!  Here are some posh new trends for birth announcements.

Picture This

Announcements with large color, black and white or sepia toned photographs remain the avenue of choice when it comes to introducing your new baby.  Who can resist the image of a beautiful baby?  That's why step one in selecting your birth announcements should be scheduling an appointment with a photographer.  A good photographer will capture your baby at her best.  Digital image editing allows today's photographers to retouch milia and infant acne helping everyone on your list to see the adorable baby you and your spouse see. 

Making an appointment at a chain store photographer like Picture Guys can be tricky.  Their studios are often florescent, noisy and overscheduled.  Getting to know a photographer means that s/he will come out and spend time with you in your home or at a special and meaningful location capturing all of your favorite candid moments rather than standard poses.  Many photographers offer agreements with lower prices when you sign a contract with them to have your baby's pictures taken at birth, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year old.  You may think that you don't have to worry with this until after your baby arrives, but actually the best time to find a great photographer is when you are in your last trimester.  By planning ahead, your photographer can be ready to come out as soon as your baby is born for those incredible newborn sittings!


Picture Perfect

Once you have selected the shot that you feel best captures the essence of your baby, it's time to choose a printer.  Topping our list is Baby's Here for environmentally conscious and budget friendly announcements.  ($1 per invitation)  babyshere.com  The only way your recipients will know that these gorgeous invitations are printed on 100% recycled paper will be if you let the cat out of the bag.  
For more options, one website you cannot miss is Tiny Prints.  tinyprints.com  With hundreds of the trendiest announcements, you are sure to find an announcement layout that is perfect-- no matter what your style.  In fact, we bet that you will return to them for Christmas cards, invitations and labels.

New Additions

While it is traditional for new fathers to hand out cigars, we are hoping that trend has become a little healthier.  The Belle Prints is filled with the most beautiful personalized stationary and papers.  thebelleprints.com  From personalized water bottle labels to candy bar wrappers, scratch off lottery tickets, announcements and invitations, if you have a stationary need The Belle Prints can help.

DIY for B.A.B.Y

If you are the least bit crafty, everything you need to make one of a kind announcements is at Creative Memories.  creativememories.com  From beautifully printed cardstock and raffia to gorgeous embellishments, making your own announcements is a lot easier than it used to be.  So find some time, invite your extended family or best girlfriends over and get to work.  The final results are sure to be a treasure indeed!