February 26, 2014 at 3:56pm
Create Lasting Memories With a Live Photo Wall
Your wedding day will be one of the most exciting days of your life!
It will also be a blur –and in some ways, you may even feel disconnected from some of the action. After all, it’s impossible to be everywhere at the same time, which means that it can be easy to miss out on some of the smaller details.
Introducing the live photo wall. A live photo wall involves using a projector and screen, or a big screen TV, to broadcast photos of your big day, live-as your guests take them -which means that you will be able to keep up with all of the fun happenings.
A live photo wall is like a rolling tape of behind the scenes footage- an insider’s scoop. With a photo wall, you –and your guests- will be able to view all of those fun and memorable candid shots, live, and on the big screen, without having to be in ten places at once.
Crowd Source Your Wedding Photos
Sure, you probably have a professional photographer lined up and ready for capturing the important moments, but when it comes to candid photos, and behind the scenes shots, there’s nothing like crowdsourcing some participation from the guests. A live photo wall is a great was to involve guests, and get them excited about your big day; guests will love seeing their pictures on the big screen.
Best of all, a live photo wall will create lasting memories of your big day. The software that you use to stream all of the photos onto the wall, will also store those photos for you in your own online account. Which means that you will be able to look back on the fun memories after your big day, and have tons of photos to remind you of all the special details.
Sounds like fun, right? Here’s what you need to know to make it happen.
What You’ll Need for a Live Photo Wall
- Screen and Projector OR Big Screen TV
- Laptop or iPad
- A Sharypic Account
Set it Up
With Sharypic, setting up a photo wall is easy. Your guests can take pictures of your wedding with their phones, and when they upload their snapshots our software will collect the photos and display them on the wall -live. All you need is a display screen and a laptop with internet access, and we’ll take care of the rest.
To get started, head over to Sharypic and set up your event. Sharypic allows you to name your event, and choose the date and time. You will be able to choose a mailbox and hashtag at Sharypic, so the guests will be able to easily send their photos from their phones. Guests can also use the Sharypic app to upload photos directly.
When your big day arrives, set up your photo wall by plugging your computer into the display, or setting up your laptop and projector. Open your browser to your event URL, and start the photo wall. It’s that simple!
Let the guests know that the photo wall is comprised of crowd sourced photos. Tell them that they can upload their photos to their Twitter or Instagram accounts, and tag the photos with your hashtag. Or guests can download the app to their phones, and easily upload photos that way –whichever they prefer. The photos will appear live on the big screen for all to see. Guests will love seeing their photos as they appear on the wall! It’s a great way to lighten the mood and keep things fun.
Virtual Photo Wall
Another great thing about a live photo wall; guests that couldn’t be present for your wedding can tap into the excitement as well. Simply send the URL to special guests who couldn’t make it, and they will be able to view your live photo stream on their computer, from anywhere in the world. Their very own virtual photo wall!
With Sharypic, not only will you have an amazing photo wall to enjoy throughout the event, but all of your photos will be sourced for you, and available in your online account. You will have a complete collection of beautiful and candid photos to look back on, allowing you to relive your special memories long after your special day.
Are you planning to have a live photo wall on your wedding day? Let us know in the comments!
For more information on a live photo wall, visit our website.
Author: Christina Harman - image credits: Dave Tamburo,
February 19, 2014 at 2:21pm
How to Give your Event a Social Media Boost During the Action
As you plan your next big event, social media is sure to be high on your to do list. This is a great way to spread the word about your event, ensuring that you reach your attendance goals.
When your event finally comes to an end, it is safe to assume that you will use social media to share photos and experiences while also connecting with those who were in attendance.
But aren’t you forgetting something? You should also consider the benefits of using social media during the event. This can go a long way in keeping attendees engaged, showing the world what the event has to offer, and so much more.
With all this in mind, it is time to create a social media strategy that can help your event thrive from day one until the last person walks out the door. Regardless of your knowledge and experience, here are five ideas that are sure to give your event the boost you are looking for.
Hire an Event Photographer
You may be wondering what this has to do with social media, right? Think about it this way: an event photographer will be staffed with the responsibility of taking pictures throughout the day. From keynote presentations to tradeshow booths to those who are wandering the floor, there is always an opportunity to get a good shot.
These photos can then be shared by event organizers, as well as attendees, via social media. Most of the time, the organizer sends the photos out via social media, with the attendees “retweeting” or “liking” them.
Don’t have the money to hire a professional photographer for the event? In this case, somebody on the event staff can takeover. All this person needs is a digital camera and the willingness to snap photos.
In today’s day and age, more people than ever are sharing photos via social media. This definitely holds true when a large group gets together for an industry event. Everybody wants to share what they are doing with the rest of their network.
Why not organize a live photo contest? The goal of this is simple: to get as many people as possible sharing photos from the event. Doing so will increase the reach of the event, beyond those in attendance, which can be quite powerful.
If you want to ensure the success of a live photo contest, all you have to do is offer a prize to the winner. For example, you could offer a $500 gift card (or some other type of cool giveaway) to the person who receives the most “retweets” on a photo from the event.
When there is something to be won, you can be rest assured that a large number of people are going to get involved. This is particularly true when the prize is worth chasing after.
With a Tweet Wall in place, it is easy for attendees to see what others are saying about the event – all in real time.
There is nothing better than real time updates, as this gives event-goers a better idea of what is happening in the “here and now.” This is much better than these people reading event-related tweets several hours after they are relevant.
Not only can this go a long way in keeping people updated as to what is going on at the event, but there is something else to consider: it will drive event engagement. When people see that others are tweeting about the event, they are going to do the same – especially if there is an opportunity for them to communicate with others in attendance.
You want everybody, regardless of who they are, to use the same #Hashtag when tweeting about the event. This has many benefits, including but not limited to:
The use of #Hashtag can help enhance your efforts, drawing people to follow along with the event even if they are not able to attend
Makes it easy for people to locate tweets related to the event
If you are lucky enough to have a large number of people tweet with the designated #Hashtag in place, it could begin to “trend”
When selecting a #Hashtag, make sure it is unique to your event. Something you may want to try is using the official name of the event followed by the year.
If nobody knows about the #Hashtag nobody is going to use it. This is why it should be included everywhere, from marketing material to signage and much more. When people see the #Hashtag they are more likely to use it.
Much the same as a Tweet Wall, you should consider adding at least one photo wall to the main gathering area of your event.
As you know, people get excited about sharing photos of themselves as well as others. This is why the “selfie” craze has become so popular over the past year or so.
Playing off of this, you can take advantage of the power of a photo wall. You may not think this is a big deal, but once you see how excited people get when they see their photo on the screen you will realize that you struck gold.
Using a photo wall is quite simple:
Don’t Neglect Social Media
With the five tips above, you can give your event a social media boost as the action is playing out. Why wait until the event comes to an end to take full advantage of this strategy?
Even if you only implement one of the ideas above, you may be surprised at how much success you have.
When it comes to planning an event, you know that people will be connecting in person. At the same time, you can implement a high-powered social media strategy. Talk about the best of both worlds!
Author: Chris Bibey, Images: avlxyz
February 13, 2014 at 10:48am
Valentine’s Photo Ideas
Have you ever gotten all teary-eyed after reading an inspiring article or watching a really sweet video on YouTube? You know, the ones that capture a gorgeous, romantic moment in someone’s life? From surprise gifts of puppies (and the inevitable joyful crying that ensues) to truly spectacular marriage proposals, photos capture the emotion and delight of some of the most special moments in people’s lives.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in a number of different ways around the world, but ultimately, it’s all about love. Some people fuss and fret about what kind of gift to get for their partner, but it really is the thought behind a kind, loving gesture that means the most. Sure, your partner is unlikely to object if you show up with an armful of roses, a box of their favourite chocolate, or tickets for a surprise vacation, but sometimes the smallest and sweetest actions are the most memorable ones.
One thing that can make this celebration even more special is ensuring that photos are taken as part of the festivities.
Photos are unique forms of art, in that every time they’re revisited, the emotions associated with the moment in which they were taken are rekindled. We’re taken back to the precise second that the images were captured, and that allows us to re-live the joy and beauty we reveled in. A picture isn’t just worth a thousand words: it evokes about a thousand different emotions as well.
Considering how impactful pictures can be, a framed photo of a beautiful occasion can be a gorgeous gift for Valentine’s Day. A snapshot from a first date, an image from an engagement party photo shoot, or perhaps a photo taken on your first vacation together? You could also put together an entire album of memories that the two of you can enjoy together. These types of gifts appeal to the sentimental as well as the normally stoic, as you can choose the images that would be most appreciated by the one you love. Some folks may like pictures that are really sweet and adorable, while others may appreciate funny and endearing imagery instead.
When it comes to giving photos as a gift, there are a number of different ways to present them. Sure, there’s the traditional photo album or framed piece, but you can get creative with framing techniques and booklets, right? Like, small-scale photos on playing cards that have been hole-punched and tied together with ribbon. You can mount them on blocks, use shadow frames to create diaramas… you could even tuck laminated photos into jars and fill them with water, glycerin, and glitter to create instant snow globes.
Any method you choose will result in a beautiful, heartfelt gift for the one you love. If you can’t find any photos that you’d really like to use for this holiday, this may be the perfect occasion to make some new memories, and snap some pictures that are sure to evoke smiles and happy tears for years to come.
Author : Lana Winter-Hébert - image credits: Tim Parkinson