What the Crop?

I couldn’t help myself. Alternate titles included: “Crop it to Me” and “Hip Crop Hooray”. I’d better get on with it before I come up with more and you all run away.

You’re probably long familiar with the traditional 8×10 print. You might have even noticed that when you’ve tried to print an 8×10, a portion of the image has had to be lopped off. It’s unavoidable, and quite a few of the “typical” print sizes actually require quite a bit of image cropping. I’ve put together a little visual guide to understanding just how much of an original (4×6 aspect ratio format) image is lost, so to speak when cropping.

Yep, that 8×10 and 20×24 sure lose quite a bit from the original, don’t they? I do generally keep image ratios in mind when shooting, to allow for cropping later. I do also offer prints in sizes such as 8×12 and 12×18 as well. And the days of only finding frames in size 8×10 are long over. I also offer Organic Bloom frames in every custom size imaginable.

See, now, that wasn’t too croppy, was it?;-)

Special thank you to Rachael Myers Photography for offering these awesome templates for photographers. Check her out!
Britneye LadnerMarch 21, 2012 - 8:16 am

this made me giggle with all the little puns LOL

WPPI Las Vegas 2012

**Warning: This is a longer than usual post here. I think I’m going to start sharing a little more of myself and my life on here. I’ve always found writing to be an excellent creative outlet, and, well, you may have gathered that I have quite the affinity for the creative side of things.:-)

Whew! What a whirlwind week it’s been! For a couple of months I have been lamenting the fact that I wasn’t going to be able to attend WPPI in Las Vegas this year. (WPPI stands for Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, and this is one of the largest trade shows/conventions in the industry) It wasn’t in the budget, and frankly, I wasn’t sure if I was ready to leave our daughter overnight for the first time (She’s only 20 months old! What if she forgets us? More importantly, what if she forgets ME?!). Then two weeks ago I received a little buzz on my phone from my Twitter app – I had won a full registration to WPPI from Multiblitz USA! After doing a happy dance for about 13 minutes, I realized that this would mean leaving our girl for a few nights. I knew she would be in good hands with my parents, so with their encouragement and hubby’s urging for a little getaway, we decided to go for it.

We used Hotwire to book a 4 star room on the South Strip for $82/night. For anyone that hasn’t used Hotwire before, you purchase your hotel reservations at a deeply discounted rate based on star rating and general area – but you don’t find out what hotel you’ve booked until you’ve submitted your payment. We wound up with Tropicana, which was a slight disappointment in our minds (when we heard 4 star we were imagining Paris or Monte Carlo at least). We couldn’t really argue with the low room rate though, and it was right across the street from the MGM, where WPPI was taking place. Convenient = fine by us.

I spent Saturday crying whenever I thought about leaving my girl, and early Sunday morning cried again as we bid her goodbye for the next few days. Those of you who are not-yet parents are probably rolling your eyes, but I’m sure you first time parents know the feeling when you had to leave your little one for the first time overnight. It’s not easy! I almost wanted to stow her away with us, but I knew that a little vacay with the hubby was much needed as well, so we were off, hitting the road bright and early.

We checked into the Tropicana early, and we got upgraded to one of their mini suites! All we had to do was simply ask. Great lesson- it never hurts to just ask for that upgrade! The worst that can happen is they say no, right?! Overall the hotel was clean, and the bed was super comfortable. Not a terribly impressive place to stay, but we really didn’t have anything to complain about. It’s clear that they’ve put in some work to renovate inside, so if you can find a really great deal and are on a tight budget, I would definitely recommend this place.

As for my first impressions of WPPI – WOAH there are a lot of photographers out there! I had no idea it would be such a massive event, but the excitement was in the air right when we walked into the MGM. Throughout the week I met some wonderful people, and had one of the most incredible opportunities I could ever imagine – a private dinner with some of the most insanely talented and celebrated photographers in the WORLD. Without boring you with too many more details, I left feeling so incredibly inspired, ready to take on some new challenges and make some exciting changes for my business. I can’t wait for what this year has to bring for Alexandra Keller Photography!:-)


I thought it would be fun to showcase little snippets of our trip via Instagram photos. Here’s the gist of our trip:



Veit WulmsApril 11, 2012 - 6:28 am

Glad that we could help out Alexandra. Nice blog post! See you next year!

Adrian 3 Months Old

Baby Adrian was back for his 3 month pictures over the weekend, and I have to say he’s growing up to be quite the little charmer! It’s so fun seeing the changes from his newborn session last November. This little man is on the baby plan, so you’ll be seeing more of him in another few months!

RenataFebruary 14, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Thank you Alexandra for taking these beautiful photos of little Adrian. Mihai and I are very happy that you captured these precious early moments of our son’s life and we’ll always treasure them.

Kate EdwardsFebruary 15, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Lexi, they came out gorgeous!! What a handsome little guy!

And the winner is…

Congratulations Melissa Carr!  Contact me so we can start planning your FREE session!

Everyone else who entered – are you singing “soy un perdedor” in your head right now*? Don’t fret! I’m so happy you entered my contest and wanted so badly to win, so…

I felt bad selecting just 1 fabulous winner, so I mulled this over and came up with giving everyone who entered this special. Just email me to set up your session by the end of this month!

*My husband was convinced no one would get this. Does anyone remember Beck’s “Loser”?