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The Most Important Classroom Display
There’s one thing that is found in every single classroom in our school. Read on to learn about the most important classroom display.
Our teachers at Momentous School love a great classroom display. They spend time and effort making beautiful bulletin boards and hallway collages. But there’s one thing that is found in every single classroom in our school, and it’s the most important display of all. It’s a collection of family photos.
We know that education does not just happen between the hours of 8am and 3pm. We know that education does not just happen within the walls of our school. And we know that education does not just happen with the teachers in the classroom. No, we cannot ignore the role of the family in a child’s education. We are a team. Together, we are responsible for educating the child and raising her to be a good citizen of the world.
When we display photos of our families in and around our classroom, we are making a public gesture that families matter. Our kids are reminded about their family each time they enter the classroom. They know that their parents are invested in their education just as much as their teachers are.
When our teachers go on home visits at the beginning of each school year, they learn about each family. Who lives in the home with the child? How many siblings does the child have? Does she share a room or have her own?
Our teachers take a photo of the family on these visits and display them in the classroom. When visitors walk through our school, they often comment on these photos. They notice how much of an impact it makes to bring the family right into the classroom. And it makes a difference for the students, too. Pre-K teacher Cristina Garcia shares that the students in her class sometimes have separation anxiety at the beginning of the year. But she has their family photos right outside the classroom, so they get to walk past them several times a day as they move through the building. She said her students love to look for the picture of their family, and that seeing their mom, dad and siblings helps those who are still transitioning into being apart from their family during the day.
If you don’t do home visits, you can ask each family to send a picture on the first day of school and make a family display. It is a wonderful and very simple way to strengthen the relationship between family and school.
The rise in popularity of digital photography in recent years has radically changed the way we interact with photographs. Much of this change can be attributed to the transformation of photos from physical objects to pieces of data. Drugstore envelopes and shoeboxes have been replaced by hard drives and, more recently, “cloud” systems, as preferred methods of image storage. Likewise, computer and phone screens have ousted photo albums as the dominant means of sharing family memories and artistic creations alike. Yet, for many, the barrage of images on touchscreens and monitors has led to a newfound appreciation for photographs that you can physically touch and hang on the wall. Analog processes have rebounded among dedicated professionals, as well as the casual photographer, nostalgic for the “feel” of film photographs. Although arguments over whether digital prints will ever match or exceed the aesthetics of analog photographs will probably go on forever, we can all agree that printing technologies have evolved to the point of creating quality photographs that deserve quality presentations.
Preparing and displaying your work can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be. If your photo is destined for a frame on your desk at work, this article is not for you. There are plenty of options available to take care of this need, here. On the other hand, if you have a photograph that you have been itching to get on the wall, whether it be in your home, office, or an art gallery, what follows should help orient you in the world of mounting and display.
The anatomy of a frame
Before getting too deeply into the decisions that go into preparing and mounting your photograph, it is important to come to grips with the components that make up a frame.
The components that make up a frame
Frame Frames come in an infinite variety of sizes and shapes, from tiny to gigantic, minimal to extravagant, wood to metal. Ultimately, your frame choice is a personal decision but a few factors should be kept in mind. Since you will be framing photographs to hang on a wall, it is useful to think about the space that your photo will occupy. A decadently carved frame that looks like it was stolen from the Palace of Versailles would probably seem out of place in most modern living rooms or offices. Contemporary galleries and museums tend to favor simple designs. This makes sense when you consider that ultimately, you want your audience to focus on your photograph rather than the object protecting it. Avoid frames that might distract viewers from your work. Don’t forget to consider the color of your frame relative to the colors in your photograph or matting. If you are computer-savvy, it never hurts to do a quick mockup in an imaging program to create a preview of what your finished framed photo will look like. Depending upon your chosen wall or the size of your work, weight can become a limiting factor. Metal frames offer a simple and lightweight alternative to wooden frames. Also, if you are working with a frame that has a rabbet (inside) made of raw wood, frame-sealing tape can be used to prevent unwanted toxins from transferring to your print.
Glazing This refers to the sheet of glass or acrylic forming the “window” that your audience will look through to see your print. Not all glazing is created equal. If long-term preservation is your aim, it may be worth shelling out the extra dollars to use a conservation-grade material that blocks UV rays from reaching your print. Glass and acrylic both offer pros and cons, depending upon your particular application. The chief benefits of acrylic are its light weight and resistance to shattering. These are especially important qualities if you ever plan to ship your work. Shipping a glass frame, no matter how carefully packed, is always a daunting task at best. The area where glass trumps acrylic is on its surface. Acrylic is more prone to scratching than glass. Also, if your sheet of acrylic becomes statically charged, you will quickly learn just how much dust and hair is floating around in the room in which you are working. With this in mind, the benefits of anti-static gloves and anti-static cloths can hardly be overstated. This is equally true when handling your print. The best way to avoid getting grease or dirt on your photo is to never touch it with your bare hands.
Mat / Mounting Board The materials to which you attach your photograph are especially important because they should be the only materials that physically touch your work. There are several options available to fulfill this role. Choosing the proper material for your needs will be discussed at length later in the article.
Dust Paper Adding a paper back to your “framing sandwich” not only adds a clean, finished look to your job but, more importantly, keeps dust and other particles from sneaking inside of your frame.
Wire Last, but certainly not least, is the equipment responsible for securing your frame to the wall. The most important specification to take into consideration is the maximum weight that your wire can support. Be sure to use a wire that supports well over the weight of your framed work. Equally important is what you use to hang your photograph. Most framing wire kits will include appropriate weight-bearing hooks to secure your work to the wall. Nobody wants a broken frame and a ripped-open wall.
Choosing a back
The first step in your photo’s journey onto the wall involves choosing a suitable mounting back. The two most important properties of your back to take into consideration are rigidity and quality. Rigidity is especially important for large or un-matted prints where buckling can compromise your display. There are few sadder sights than a beautifully framed photograph that bends toward its glass on account of inadequate backing. You want to choose a material that will keep your image parallel to the wall. It is important to know that temperature and humidity are capable of increasing the risk of your mounting material warping over time. In general, the thicker the better—just so long as the total thickness of the materials in your frame do not exceed the depth of your frame’s rabbet (the inside part of the frame).
The quality of the material that you choose to use is an equally important decision when mounting your photograph. We all have witnessed the damaging effects of improper storage of photographs at one time or another. Despite the popularity of sepia toning in some segments of the photo community, nobody wants their pictures to end up yellowed or browned unintentionally. Without getting into the complex criteria used by museums when preserving their collections, it is worth emphasizing the value of choosing acid-free materials. This is true not only of your mounting board, but also of any material that comes in physical contact with your print (e.g. adhesive). This will ensure that your prints look their best for years to come.
Three popular and common materials for photo mounting are: mat board, foam core, and gator board. The table below compares the attributes of each medium so that you can decide which is most suitable for your photo.
Images can improve the design and the appearance of a web page.
HTML Images Syntax
The HTML tag is used to embed an image in a web page.
Images are not technically inserted into a web page; images are linked to web pages. The tag creates a holding space for the referenced image.
The tag is empty, it contains attributes only, and does not have a closing tag.
The tag has two required attributes:
- src – Specifies the path to the image
- alt – Specifies an alternate text for the image
The src Attribute
The required src attribute specifies the path (URL) to the image.
Note: When a web page loads, it is the browser, at that moment, that gets the image from a web server and inserts it into the page. Therefore, make sure that the image actually stays in the same spot in relation to the web page, otherwise your visitors will get a broken link icon. The broken link icon and the alt text are shown if the browser cannot find the image.
The alt Attribute
The required alt attribute provides an alternate text for an image, if the user for some reason cannot view it (because of slow connection, an error in the src attribute, or if the user uses a screen reader).
The value of the alt attribute should describe the image:
If a browser cannot find an image, it will display the value of the alt attribute:
Tip: A screen reader is a software program that reads the HTML code, and allows the user to “listen” to the content. Screen readers are useful for people who are visually impaired or learning disabled.
Image Size – Width and Height
You can use the style attribute to specify the width and height of an image.
Alternatively, you can use the width and height attributes:
The width and height attributes always define the width and height of the image in pixels.
Note: Always specify the width and height of an image. If width and height are not specified, the web page might flicker while the image loads.
Width and Height, or Style?
The width , height , and style attributes are all valid in HTML.
However, we suggest using the style attribute. It prevents styles sheets from changing the size of images:
Images in Another Folder
If you have your images in a sub-folder, you must include the folder name in the src attribute:
Images on Another Server/Website
Some web sites point to an image on another server.
To point to an image on another server, you must specify an absolute (full) URL in the src attribute:
HTML allows animated GIFs:
Image as a Link
To use an image as a link, put the tag inside the tag:
Use the CSS float property to let the image float to the right or to the left of a text:
The image will float to the right of the text.
The image will float to the left of the text.
Tip: To learn more about CSS Float, read our CSS Float Tutorial.
Common Image Formats
Here are the most common image file types, which are supported in all browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, Opera):
|Abbreviation||File Format||File Extension|
|APNG||Animated Portable Network Graphics||.apng|
|GIF||Graphics Interchange Format||.gif|
|ICO||Microsoft Icon||.ico, .cur|
|JPEG||Joint Photographic Expert Group image||.jpg, .jpeg, .jfif, .pjpeg, .pjp|
|PNG||Portable Network Graphics||.png|
|SVG||Scalable Vector Graphics||.svg|
- Use the HTML element to define an image
- Use the HTML src attribute to define the URL of the image
- Use the HTML alt attribute to define an alternate text for an image, if it cannot be displayed
- Use the HTML width and height attributes or the CSS width and height properties to define the size of the image
- Use the CSS float property to let the image float to the left or to the right
Note: Loading large images takes time, and can slow down your web page. Use images carefully.
HTML Image Tags
|Defines an image|
|Defines an image map|
|Defines a clickable area inside an image map|
|Defines a container for multiple image resources|
For a complete list of all available HTML tags, visit our HTML Tag Reference.
Retail displays and visual merchandising are — and will always be — essential in driving attention and conversions in brick-and-mortar retail. Studies have shown that much of the information that human beings process come through the sense of sight.
According to researchers Dr. L.D. Rosenblum, Dr. Harold Stolovitch and Dr. Erica Keeps, here is the breakdown of how our five sense processes information:
- 83.0% – Sight
- 11.0% – Hearing
- 03.5% – Smell
- 01.5% – Touch
- 01.0% – Taste
Clearly, human beings are highly visual in nature, and this is a fact that is particularly important when you’re running a physical store. One of the main reasons why people decide to shop offline is to see merchandise in person, and this is all the more reason to design winning retail displays.
Read on for tips and examples of visual merchandising done right. Our hope is the following pointers would inspire your retail shop display ideas.
1. Create immersive retail displays
The best way to make a lasting impression is to immerse your customers in a particular environment or setting. Check out the example below. The displays themselves are simple, and the retailer only makes use of a few simple racks and fixtures.
But because all the other elements of the store (i.e., the color of the walls, the cold-weather items, and the text “it’s cold outside”) follow a unifying theme, the overall effect is quite powerful. It engulfs customers into the “cool” theme of the store, creating an immersive experience.
Keep this example in mind for your next display. Recognize that you don’t necessarily have to build something fancy. If you have a strong theme and ensure that all the components of your shop are in line with the story you want to tell, you can create a compelling and immersive experience using just a few simple products and fixtures.
2. Encourage people to touch and feel your products
In a survey by Ripen eCommerce , they found that the top reason people shop in brick and mortar stores instead of ecommerce is that physical retail enables shoppers to touch and feel items in person.
The key takeaway here? Create displays that encourage people to touch and feel for you products. If your items are sitting on a shelf or a table while still inside their respective boxes, you could be missing the chance to connect with your customers.
So, take your products out of their packaging and get shoppers to really experience your merchandise. Ulta Beauty, for example, does this with their hairdryers. While other stores keep the products in their boxes, Ulta has their hairdryers out for people to touch and feel them.
3. Use plants in your shop displays
Need an easy and affordable way to breathe life into your visual merchandising? Use plants. Doing so doesn’t just make your displays more attractive, they can also create healthier and more pleasant shopping experiences.
In an interview with Retail Focus , Joey-Michelle Hutchinson, associate vice president at CallisonRTKL, said that having more greeneries in retail environments “makes them feel more inviting, which in turn decreases customer stress levels and increases their dwell time.”
He added, that “plants also help purify the air and increase indoor air quality, and they act as sound absorbers, reducing noise pollution.”
Having more “green” displays clearly has some benefits, so consider incorporating plants into your designs. For inspiration, look no further than homeware retailer Harper & Grey House. Plants are a staple in their displays and the greens do a tremendous job in accentuating their merchandise.
Inspired by Peter Lik‘s large and breathtaking panoramic shots that are printed on metallic paper and framed, this video takes us behind the scenes into the cheapest and best way to frame large prints on a budget! The result is impressive, with a 2 foot by 5 foot metallic print mounted and framed for under $150. A little research and innovation goes a long way.
Photographer Peter Lik is well known for his unique style of photographing, printing, and framing. He does everything very large, some prints spanning 20 feet, but the most unique aspect of Peter’s technique is that he prints on Metallic paper, which gives the image of a backlit look from the reflection of light on the print.
Lee Morris decided to try to recreate something close to Peter’s style, on a budget. He was successful, and here is how.
First, you need a panoramic. Take as many pictures of a scene as you think you may need. Then, you can use Photoshop to stitch the pictures together to create one panoramic shot.
In Photoshop, open all of your photos. Then, go to File > Automate > Photo Merge > Add Open Files > Okay. This will stitch your photos together. If you want more control over your panoramic, you can purchase the program PanoramaMaker for under $80, but most shots can be successfully altered into a good Panoramic via Photoshop.
One tip provided here is to find your frame before you order your print. In this video, a two foot by five foot frame is found at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, for under $99, in the form of a framed mirror. This will create the basis for the rest of the mounting process, as the print will be mounted directly to the mirror.
How to Frame your Print
- In an area large enough that you can easily work around your frame, place your framed mirror upside down and remove the backing.
- You will likely have staples and/or glue to remove. Do so with pliers so you can remove the mirror completely.
- Measure the mirror once it is removed. Order your print slightly bigger to be sure you’ll have a proper fit.
- Remove all excess glue to be sure you have a smooth surface for mounting.
- Once you receive your print, cut it down to the exact size of the mirror by placing the mirror on top and cutting with a blade.
- Carefully tape the print all the way around, directly to the back of the mirror. Make sure your tape will not show outside of the frame, and pull tight as you go. If you tape the top, immediately go to the opposite side and pull tight, taping the bottom. Same goes for the sides. Be careful of any ripples or wrinkles.
- Drop or slide the mirror back into the frame gently.
- Use hot glue and staples to secure the mirror and frame back together.
There is a possibility that you may still see ripples with a metallic print. It will not be as much of an issue if you implement the same steps using a traditional print. On a metallic print, when you move around the room where the print is hung, you might be able to see wrinkles when the light is reflected. Because it is metallic, flaws will stand out. That is why the print can’t be sprayed or glued on to the glass. If you wish to avoid possible flaws and have the money to spare, you can mount your print on Foamcore professionally. This will also make it easier (and lighter) to hang.
This is certainly a well thought out process to produce the largest quality framed print for the best possible price.
Interested in Testing Canvas Material for Printing?
Canvas People is offering a free canvas print of any photo you choose as a way to try out their service. You can get the free 8×10 or receive $55 off a larger print – your choice. If you have ever wanted to try printing one of your favorite photos on canvas, this is a very good opportunity, not sure how long this offer will last. The only cost is shipping and handling (which was $14.95 for my order shipped to California). The Canvas Print Offer Can Be Found Here
Kids’ art: precious, important … and everywhere. We all love the masterpieces our kids create. But if we kept it all, we’d be starring in the next season of Hoarders. Creative efforts deserve to be displayed, shared and archived, but it’s hard to keep up when your preschooler churns out multiple pieces per day. We’ve found the most fun and innovative ways to display and archive all those works, from cool ideas for framing to archiving apps.
Andrea, author of the Life, Love, Larson blog came up with this super-easy display system. She used tension rods and curtain clips to create four sets of displays in her mudroom. This is perfect for anywhere you have thick molding around doors in a hallway. And she said the whole set-up only cost around $10! Check out her post for instructions.
Check out these repurposed cookie sheets from the Budget Wise Home blog! Heidi, the blog’s author, spray-painted metal cookie sheets in bright colors then hung them together on the wall, creating cute, magnetic frames in which to hang pictures. We bet you could find fun shapes in cookware at the thrift store to make this display. Check out her full tutorial at the link.
This app stores photos and videos as well as artwork. You can even create a recording of yourself or the child talking about each piece of art. Share Keepy with friends and family, and they can also add comments via voice recording. Your less-techy contacts who don’t have smartphones can view the art via email or your Keepy webpage. Sync with Dropbox for backup. Up to 31 photos per month are free, recordings unlimited.
Cool collage posters
Take pictures of your favorite masterpieces and create a photo collage of up to 30 images of kid creations. Order it in poster-size, frame it, and hang on the wall for everyone to enjoy year-round. Make one collage per grade level for each child, or incorporate a year’s worth of art from all the kids into one poster. Most online photo stores offer this option, like this one from Snapfish.com. You can also put together a book comprised of photos of art.
This app not only stores pictures of your kid’s artwork, but it also automatically adds the child’s name, grade and artwork title on a “plaque” at the bottom of the picture. It stores it in the cloud as back-up, with no limit as to the number of images you can keep. Share with friends and family within your “share” circle. You can also order custom books and other products through Artkive.
A grand gallery
Julie, the author of the Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss blog created this fun art display. She painted empty frames and arranged them on a wall. Binder clips nailed to the wall inside each frame holds a rotating gallery of art. Check out her post for the details on how she did it!
Lovely vinyl frames
The Etsy shop Huckleberry Creation makes these fun vinyl frames, perfect for a door! These are custom made and come in a variety of colors. Place the frames on a door or wall and add the art by using wall putty, pins or hooks. Enter the code “parentmap10off” for an exclusive discount for ParentMap readers! (Expires November 30, 2014.)
Canvsly is an app for storing, organizing and sharing your kids’ artistic efforts. With this app, you can create a timeline for each child and see how their talent grows over each school year. This service is private by default, but you can share with friends via Facebook and Twitter. Canvsly also partners with Fujifilm for converting your stored works into personalized gifts.
How about these Easy Change Art Frames from Home AXCESS? Hang these on the wall and open the door to insert artwork up to 8.5 by 11 inches into the front pocket for display. Each frame also features a ¾ inch compartment for storing extra art! Hangs vertically or horizontally with sawtooth hangers. Could displaying art be any easier?
Art My Kid Made
Available as an app in the iPhone store, this is another tool for organizing, archiving and sharing your kiddo’s creations. Share via Facebook, Twitter, and Evernote. You can make sure nothing is lost by backing up the files in Dropbox and labeling each piece with Evernote. Other fun features include the ability to create and print postcards of art and send to friends via Pop Carte. Art My Kid Made also chooses an “Artist of the Day” daily to reward kids for their creativity, and you can look at your personal gallery on a virtual fridge door.
Artsonia is a free Android app available in the app store and on Google Play. This educational app is free, and is perfect for teachers and parents. Simply create an account, then photograph, upload and store your child’s masterpieces. Once the art is in the online gallery, friends and family can leave comments and order keepsakes featuring their child’s artwork.
Paint and clothespins
Jen of the I Heart Organizing Blog made this beautiful “Where Art Thou” board for hanging art. She painted trim and clothespins for a colorful, stylish look, but we think this would be just as cute with distressed wood and natural clothespins! Check out her detailed tutorial at her blog.
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If you’re like most people, there’s a pretty good chance that your photos are in one of three places: on your phone or computer, still stuck on your camera or shoved somewhere in a scrapbook that you probably haven’t even opened in at least a decade. But, if we had to guess, you didn’t take those photos only to have them never see the light of day (or haplessly end up in an “album” on Facebook). Here are over a dozen really creative ways to give your pics the attention they deserve.
Covering A Wall From Floor To Ceiling
Popped Inside Jars
In An Unused Spot, Like A Rarely-Opened Door
Copied And Folded Into Envelopes
In A Grouping With Other Black And White Works
Reproduced And Made Into Coasters
Around The Television
Hung In A Grid Formation
On Clipboards For An Easy-To-Swap-Out Gallery
Mounted And Grouped Monochromatically, Like This Art Arrangement
Resized And Displayed In The Panes Of An Old Window
Put Them ALL In A Hallway.
Or, On The Wall Of Your Staircase
The plane has landed, your bags are unpacked, and the jet lag is finally starting to wear off. But just because vacation is over doesn’t mean you have to stop living in the magic of travel. After all, that is why you hired a vacation photographer, isn’t it?
Beautiful, high-quality photos of some of the greatest moments of your life need more than just an album on a memory card. Get those photos off of your phone and into your home with 10 gorgeous ways to display your travel photos.
Create a photo wall that will steal your breath every time you walk by
Have your socks knocked off whenever you enter the room. Instead of a single, iconic photo, make a statement with a series of framed prints so every detail of your travel memories has its own real estate in your heart and on your wall.
You can print your favourite Flytographer photos in almost any size straight from your personal shoot gallery. And hey, if you can’t make up your mind, you can always hang them all!
Want more inspiration for your gallery wall?
Check out our favourite pinterest photos and get inspired!
Bring your story to life with a photo book series
Let the photos speak for themselves. Tell your story with fun, easy-to-flip-through photo books that will make you want to print every picture you’ve ever taken.
Create a cute photo book for each of your Flytographer shoots to commemorate your travels around the world, and add volumes to your saga with milestone life events like the birth of a child or a graduation — and whenever you fly to someplace new. No captions necessary.
Remember your travels year round with stylish calendars
Relive a different memory every month of the year when you flip through one of these super sleek photo calendars. Feel the warm, ocean breeze from your last snowbird trip during the cold month of January, and watch the lavender bloom in July with a classy brass easel or a reclaimed wood photo calendar to keep the wanderlust alive all year long.
Keep it classy with a Layflat photo album
Showcase the dramatic beauty of a panoramic shot with a Layflat photo album that — you guessed it! — lays flat when opened to any page. Traditionally-bound with a classic fabric cover, this stunner will fit right in with your personal library, or can be mounted on a small stand and flipped open to your favourite page for everyone to enjoy. Perfect for those engagement photos or family portraits that deserve a little more than a 4 x 6 slot.
Store your memories in a reclaimed wood photo box
For a more rustic feel, a handcrafted box made from reclaimed wood is the perfect storage space for all of your vacation photos. Far from any old box, this wooden beauty can be customized with your favourite photo printed directly onto the wood of the box’s cover, and is just the right size to store your prints and photo books for safe keeping.
Keep the box out on your coffee table or find a special spot on a shelf for easy access to your travel keepsakes whenever you feel like diving back into the magic.
Make a statement with a canvas print
Sometimes, beautiful works of art need to be displayed like the classics that came before them. See every last pop of colour on a gorgeous canvas ordered directly from your Flytographer gallery that is sure to steal the show in any room. Have your photo framed for a touch of elegance, or keep it simple by going the frameless route — it’s hard to go wrong with the classic beauty of canvas.
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Get out of the (photo) box with a unique album
Maybe you want something that goes beyond a print-and-frame display. Do something a little out of the ordinary with an accordion zine that captures the whimsy of your travel photos. With its fun, accordion folds and sleek, marble print cover, this is an album we could spend hours (gently) playing around with.
Store your mementos in a gorgeous keepsake box
Keep your dearest items safe in a small, oak box that’s the perfect place for family heirlooms, or the jewelry that’s simply too precious to be stored anywhere else. Choose your absolute favourite Flytographer shoot photo (we know, it’s hard!) for the cover of your cherry-finished, 4.25” x 4.25” box that is just the right size for the little things that mean so much.
Send postcards to everyone you know
We know postcards are usually sent while you’re on vacation, but we say make your own rules. Give everyone a teaspoon or two of travel envy with a memento that will beat out anything you can find on the “3 for 1 €!” stands of any popular vacation destination.
Once you receive the postcards you ordered in a few quick clicks from your Flytographer gallery, pen in a personal message and include them with the souvenirs you brought back from your epic vacation.
Pro tip: Don’t forget to send one to the lovely person who kept your plants (or pets) alive while you were off seeing world.
Save the date with unforgettable proposal photos
Hiring a photographer for a pre-wedding shoot is common practice these days, and those engagement photos are perfect for stunning Save the Date cards to send to everyone on your guest list. Set the tone for your big day with a romantic snapshot from your destination engagement trip, or show everyone #HowHeAsked with the perfectly captured moment he got down on one knee — either will be a beautiful way to announce your upcoming nuptials, and a great keepsake after the vows are spoken and the rings exchanged.