Ah, how the online world has opened up so many other worlds to explore, share and expand our knowledge! And with our technical gadget world turning all digital, (almost) gone are the days of holding yellow-edged photo albums in your hands. The good news is, with online photo sharing websites, family and friends from all over the world can “ooh and ahh” over your precious little one at all stages!
I was turned onto to Snapfish while I was pregnant and my friend sent an email invitation to view photos of her newborn. What I immediately liked about Snapfish is that, one, it is free, and even though you have to fill out a very short registration form, you are never ever bothered with pesky emails from Snapfish asking you to do things you don’t want to do. Once we had baby Solina, we immediately created an online album on Snapfish. It is super easy to just upload photos by selecting about 15 photos at a time. You can add captions and create the order you want your slideshow to run. Then you just add all of your email addresses and Snapfish creates an email template that invites everyone to click on a link and go directly to your online album. The email template features one photo of your choice, and you can write a personal letter to all of your recipients. I like that it is sort of like our Solina Newsletter. And every time I send it out, I always get positive responses.
Another cool feature about Snapfish, and I’m sure other online albums, is that you can create virtually anything with your favorite photo on it, including coffee mugs, posters, mouse pads, refrigerator magnets, and more. You just select the “gift” type and select the photo you want and within 10 days you will get your item. If you are old fashioned and still want an actual 3-D photo album, you can also get your photos printed to pick up at any Walgreens store. You can even print a photo book.
Ready to get started? Below are the top-rated sites and their features
Shutterfly – Like Snapfish, it’s free to use, unlimited photo storage, 50 free 4×6 prints when you join, easy to share online albums through their Share Sites program which is like a personalized web page, photo gift options, edit and enhance photos. Easy and cheap print orders for pick up at any Target store.
Photoworks – Free to use, unlimited photo storage, 25 free 4×6 prints when you join, easy to share online albums with their PhotoMail program, photo gift options, edit and enhance photos, can create personalized photo page. Easy and cheap print orders on Kodak Perfect Touch in a wide range of sizes.
My Photo Album – Free to use, unlimited photo and video storage, 20 free 4×6 prints when you join, easy to share online albums with your own personalized web address, photo gift options, edit and enhance photos, can personalize your albums with backgrounds, skins and frames. Easy and cheap print orders.
Picasa – Google’s free photo software that locates all photos on your computer and instantly organizes them, allows you to rename them, make albums and add photo effects, password protect albums, and share them via email.
…And speaking of all this photo sharing, the BEST place to start is to enter Glow Mama’s very own photo sharing contest! Enter our Show Glow…Your Labor contest by submitting a photo of you and your baby or belly on Flickr’s Glow Mama Group page, and you can win a fabulous prize package of perfect pampering products worth $250! You have until September 15th–don’t miss the opportunity to show off your glow, be a part of great group of glowing mamas, and cross your fingers for the wonderful prize.