Hi everyone, Melissa from Melissa Cartier here!
On my blog, I recently shared my process for developing all of my photos quickly and directly from my phone using the London Drugs Photolab App! After hearing how much I love their app, the lovely team from London Drugs asked if I’d like to talk about some of the creative products their Photolab has to offer. The first thought that popped into my mind was trying some of them out by tackling a few names on my Christmas list and I quickly agreed.
One person on my list that I have a really tough time buying for is my Dad. His Christmas list every year is black socks and golf balls. I wish I was kidding. While I don’t mind working from a Christmas list I can’t say I’m eager to buy him black socks every year. Besides, isn’t the best part of Christmas shopping finding thoughtful gifts that have meaning behind them? One of my favourite gifts to get for my dad is a framed photo. Two years ago it was a photo from my wedding and last Christmas it was a photo of him and my son.
After scrolling through all of the creative products I could make in the London Drugs Photolab App (how fun would it be to make a recipe book or a book of Instagram photos for a gift?), I settled on a Coffeetable Photo Book. I loved the traditional look of the Photographic Albums as well. It didn’t take me long to create a quality book full of our favourite memories from this past year all from photos on my phone. I really liked that I could choose a layout for each page and while I had the option of including text, for this book I wanted more of a picture book feel. I chose a 10×8 muslin cloth book with a window for this project, but on my next one I think I’ll get a custom photo cover because those look really impressive
If you have a photographer, or just someone in your life who is sentimental like I am, these photo books are both fantastic gift options.
My Coffeetable Photo Book was ready in 5 days and I’m so happy with how it turned out! The quality of the pages didn’t disappoint, and I know my Dad is going to love flipping through all of the memories our family has created this year.
Canada’s mountains, oceans, and glaciers get plenty of attention, but is anything grander than our wide open prairies?
Between being able to see for kilometres, the magnificent colours, the rustic buildings, the epic sunsets, and the undulating landscapes…there’s lots to love. And at London Drugs, we adore any chance to pull out our cameras and capture a moment. Maybe even one that’s fit to print.
With that in mind, we present Prairie Pride – a photographic journey of incredible shots of Canada’s great plains.
That waving line where land meets prairie sky, as seen in this shot taken near Winnipeg – we think it’s pure magic.
Remnants of the past, like this grain elevator in Alberta, are scattered throughout the Canadian plains. It’s like an expansive, open-air museum.
Historic buildings abound throughout Canada’s prairies. But they never cease to inspire and amaze, like this old foundation and barn in Truax, Saskatchewan.
Everything can seem larger than life in the prairies. The land, the sky, even this enormous Manitoba rainbow.
With so much to see on Canada’s prairies, one of the best ways to take it all in is on a train. Reserve the Skyline car from VIA Rail for views like this.
For many Canadians, some of their best and most lasting prairie memories are made while driving the good, old #1 Highway (Trans Canada Highway).
You’ll get even better views of Manitoba, and the rest of the prairies, if you get out of your car and explore.
The prairie moments you might be lucky enough to experience include twilight encounters with history, like this site in Alberta.
Perhaps you’ll find an overwhelming shock of colour, like at this Alberta canola field.
Or take a walk through the tall grasses of Saskatchewan, like in this Redford field.
Before you head home, revel in the chance to take a moment, lean on an old Manitoba fence, and smell the prairie flowers.
Dads of all kinds have been there for us, from our first bike ride without training wheels to when they shed a tear at our high school graduation. After all the birthdays, soccer practices, and comforting hugs, we’re all grown up—but our dads get to still play a huge part in our lives, especially as we have kids of our own.
New Photolab Website and Kiosks installed in 78 London Drugs locations
London Drugs continues its commitment to superior customer service with the launch of its new photolab website and in-store kiosks. At 78 London Drugs locations across Western Canada, the new touchscreen kiosks and technology have been installed in the photolab departments. With upgraded software, mobile access and a widespread variety of customizable printing options – including fine art – London Drugs is taking its photo business to a whole other level.
“Our developers have spent the last year refining our new website and in-store software before preparing this extensive rollout for our customers across Western Canada,” said Andy Kahrmann, London Drugs business unit manager, photolab. “We believe this new platform and design will provide our customers with an enhanced photo sharing and printing experience. Our photolab printing options continue to expand as new technologies enter the market. We’ve had tremendous success with our personalized photo mugs for example and our ability to provide a 24-hour turnaround.”
London Drugs’ new photolab website now has the ability to inform customers of their photo upload speed while hosting all images in an online photo album. Customers can upload images directly from their Facebook, or Instagram accounts while seeing the different print options available for each image. An added new feature is the ability to begin a photolab project in one location and then finish it in-store if additional guidance from a London Drugs Photolab expert is required.
In-store kiosks have been updated with larger touchscreen monitors. Customers uploading photos in stores can use all formats of storage media including smartphones or tablets using in-store WiFi to upload their images. Every London Drugs store has free WiFi available. All completed projects are stored in a cloud account making future ordering easy.
“We read all of our customer comments and took this feedback into consideration when designing the new photolab platform,” added Kahrmann. “Customers will be thrilled with how simple it is to crop and preview images and photo gifts on their screens. There are also now more than 30 themed categories with 111 individual styles available for building the very popular photo books.”
Additional customizable printing items include puzzles, boxes, calendars, coasters, mousepads, pet items, clipboards, and crystals. Fine Art printing continues to increase in growth for London Drugs’ photolab with bamboo and canvas materials available.
Customers are invited to visit the in-store kiosks at their local London Drugs or to access the Photolab website at their home or on their smartphone. Individuals looking for a demonstration of the Photolab can attend an introductory workshop.
Celebrating the country we love.
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At sunset in #beautifulcanada, Winnipeg shows that winter can stun—in the good way, too.
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This morning in #beautifulcanada, the skies sunny and crystalline blue over North America’s No.1 ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb.
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As day subsides to dusk in #beautifulcanada, B.C.’s Lake Shuswap ignites with colour.
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Whether you’re new to Instagram or consider yourself fairly experienced, there are many ways to improve your shots. Start with one, or all, of these six tips to improve your staging, cropping, alignment, filtering, use of IG sliders, and hashtagging. You’ll be an Instagram pro in no time.
We never get tired of double-tapping photos of Canada’s majestic scenery. So why resist? To celebrate the growing popularity of #beautifulcanada on Pinterest (above), we’ve decided to collect our 10 favourite Canadian photographers posting to Instagram. Follow them and just wait for the magic to hit your feed.
Vancouver-based Hannah Keiver uses her feed to demonstrate her love for adventures and the outdoors. Think epic mountains and sunshine. READ MORE