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Who is Better?  Moo or Vista Print?

Moo or Vista Print Better

As many of you guys already know, right now I’m getting ready for my first bridal expo!  I knew there would a lot of work involved putting together a small event showcasing my work for hundred of future brides to see.  However, when placing an event like this together things can add up… and start adding up quickly.  Therefore you have to be really price conscience during this process.  Especially if it’s your first bridal show.

I have already signed up and paid for two more bridal shows in 2015 so I decided to spend a lot of money upfront.  Meaning  buy the things I know I need to spend the money on.  This includeds print, frames, books ,  business cards, and flyers.

Today we will be discussing the Moo flyers versus Vista Print.

I ordered Moo flyers because I was ordering business cards from them for the show.  Moo always provides great quality cards so I wanted to see how their flyers stack up to the challenge as well.

Moo’s interface is straight to the point and so incredibly easy to use.  As a photographer I use my fair share of photoshop and I like the fact that Moo provided the dimensions needed to create  your own flyer.  After taking the time to create a flyer based off Moo’s detailed instructions it was an easy upload and payment away.  I was able to pick a number of different front sides with Moo, and ordered 100 for $74.75.  As per usual with Moo, I got my order in a timely manner.  I’m always impressed with the quality of their work.

The next day I spoke with one of the advisors for the bridal show company I  am working with and she advised me that 100 flyers would not be enough.  There is to be expected at least 700 brides and I should have no less than 500 flyers.

I freaked out because $74.75 for a rack of 100 flyers is nothing to scoff at.  If I wanted 500 of the flyers I would have had to spend almost $375!  Geez.  So I remembered Vista Print did prints for cheap.  When I went to their site they were having a 33% off sale EVERYTHING on the site.  I only had a few minutes left so I jumped on the deal.  Unlike Moo, I can’t pick multiple front sides and had to stick to one photo.  While Moo lets you do glossy on both sides Vista made you pay extra for glossy.  I shelled out another $9.75 for one glossy side.  I ended up paying $56.53 for 250 flyers.

That would make a total of 350 flyers from both companies.   Still no 500, but I have a number of business cards that I can pass out as well.

So let’s do a pro and cons list for Moo and Vista Print orders:

Moo or Vista Print Better

Moo Pros:

1.       The color payoff is beautiful

2.       You get to pick more than one design (great of us indecisive people)

3.       Moo has a great easy to use interface

4.       Easy to follow instructions

5.       Quarter of an inch longer

6.       Packages ALWAYS comes way earlier than the estimated time of arrival


Moo Cons:

1.       The Price… lets just put it out there

2.       Not as strong as the Vista Print  flyer

Moo or Vista Print Better

Vista Print Pros:

1.       Stiff straight back

2.       The Price… 250 for $56 (Vista print always has some kind of sale)

Vista Print Cons:

1.       Shipping and processing time took WAY longer than Moo. .. However, the product still came a day before anticipated.

2.       The color was darker and didn’t show off the beauty of the photograph

3.       The glossy side of the print leaves finger prints all over them.

4.       Had to pay an extra $9.75 for the gloss

5.       Interface not as easy to use and understand


Moo or Vista Print Better

The Main Factors

For me there are two major factors here, color and price.

Color:  Moo clearly wins this.  It’s clear that Moo uses some incredible printers that are made to show off the customers art.  The colors don’t bleed and they are true to screen.  The colors are way more vibrant.  For Vista the color aren’t as vibrant and they bleed into each other.  In my example I couldn’t tell where the client’s hair ended and where the background began, but I could see the difference in the Moo version of the flyer.   The color is way more rich and inviting.


Price: Price is typically the deciding factor in most cases.  Lets remember the cost for 100 flyers at Moo was $74.75.  The price for 250 flyers at VistaPrint was $56.53.  Both prices include tax and shipping.  Therefore lets calculate how much each flyer cost.


$74.75/100= $0.7475 or $0.75

$56.53/250= $0.22612 or $0.23


That’s a $0.52 difference!


With Vista print I saved $130.00!  That’s a HUGE difference.  HUGE!


How do the people respond to them though?

Well, I have only asked one person what his thoughts were.  I didn’t tell him which company was which… I just asked him to tell me which flyer does he like better based of  look, color, and feel.  What are his first initial reactions?

Out of the two he chose Moo.  He stated that the color was way better and even though the Vista paper felt stronger the Moo paper looked more expensive and he liked that quality.

I will update this page after my expo.   I will evaluate how many brides actually came and if anyone mentioned the flyers.  I will then tell you which company I would use again for the flyers.

Have a great day!




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LeftOver Studio’s Brit Camera Bag Review

LeftOverStudio Camera Bag

I will be honest with you. Finding affordable, large, leather, stylish, cognac colored camera bag is close to impossible. If you are lucky to find a bag under $125 then I will put money on it that it’s ugly, cheaply made, super duper small, or a combination of all three.

It was time to get rid of my trusty Nikon kit bag that I purchased back in 2009. I love that thing and the iconic yellow strip across the bag, but it was too small for my needs now and is ripping at the seams. It wasn’t a good look, especially when I’m shoots clients for a wedding. I needed something that more versatile and fit my M.O as a world dominating photographer.

I REALLY love the Ona Camera bags and first learned about this brand from Jamie Beck. She picked up the Ona Campus bag and it was ALMOST love at first sight. The bag is $430… and I’m sure after shipping it would have brought the total closer to $500.

Now $500 is nothing to scoff at for anyone part of the 99%. You know what I can pay for with $500?

Half of Rent

Two months of Car Note

5 months’ worth of Car insurance

5 months’ worth of groceries…

You see where I’m going with this. $500 is a lot of money for a bag. Then again Ona is pretty much the equivalent to Fendi in the camera bag world.

After much inner debate I was going to give myself at least three months to find a bag that going to fit my budget and style.  If I couldn’t I would breakdown and get an Ona.  Since I’m on a budget my goal was to find a high quality leather bag for less than $200, including shipping.

Yeah, I know… GOOD LUCK.

I searched high and low for bags. Most camera bags under $200 are either canvas or cloth. I didn’t want that as I desired a classic look that could last  a very long time. Cloth and canvas have a tendency to get dirty and I’m really not in the business of cleaning my bag off after a long day of shooting.

Then I thought…

“I wonder if Etsy has any cute and affordable camera bags…”


Etsy had a whole gang load of camera bags. To sell on Etsy the items have to be handmade or certified vintage. Nothing commercial allowed on this site.

Love Etsy.

A quick search later under “Leather Camera Bag” I came across Leftover Studio.

ALL THE BAGS are stylish, cognac, and UNDER BUDGET.

The Problem?

The dude was located in India.

I had my reservations. How can I be sure he’s honest? Can I really wait over a month for my bag to ship internationally? Do I want to pay for international shipping for the bag?

After about 10 days of going back and forth I decided to purchase from the seller.


Since he opened the shop two years ago he has had over 2000 sales worldwide. In all the reviews EVERYONE stated how he was a great communicator. He (at the time of this review) had over 300 reviews from customers.

Even with international shipping the bag would still be under my $200 budget.

I was able to find his blog and see that he did actually make these bags himself and so it wasn’t going to be a ploy.

So what he’s in India? That doesn’t mean he’s not honest. I once purchased a cellphone off Ebay from a guy in Georgia (United States) who stole it from a waitress at a night club. I was out $75 time and effort.

You can’t make up purchases like that up… and if he REALLY took the time to write over 300 reviews on himself he deserved my $161 just in his efforts alone.

There on August 20th, 2013 I placed my order.


Oz in the owner of the shop and he hands makes everything to order himself. The leather is made with goat skin so it’s water resistant. I was super excited to have purchased a bag that would be completely unique. On the seventh of September I received an email from Oz. He apologized profusely for getting the bag completely late due to an influx or rush orders so he upgrade my shipping for free. He gave me free three day international express. On September 10th I had my bag when I arrived home.

My friend was there and he was just as excited to see it as I was.

In the reviews for this bag many people complained about the smell. Oz even warns about the smell of the bag on Etsy shop SEVERAL times. The smell is just of the hid and it’s something that will fad through time. When I got my bag there wasn’t a pungent smell like others were claiming. In all honestly, the smell was less intense than a leather jacket made of cow. Perhaps I got lucky… or perhaps other people were exaggerating. Then I again I worked in a water disposal plant for two years and now very few smells get to me. However, my friend stated that he didn’t notice anything particular about the smell either.

All the specs about the bag were spot on. To be honest this bag is a bit on the masculine side, but it does match my shooting style perfectly.

If you are an AVID reader of this blog you already know that I am all about quality. When I shop I look for the TINESTY stich out of place. If I see one loose thread I don’t purchase any shirts from that rack. This bag didn’t have one noticeable defect.

The ONLY thing I didn’t like the bag was the length of the strap. I really like how the strap is a buckle design, but he should have include more holes so I could have made the strap a little shorter in order to carry the bag a little higher on my body. However, that’s not a real issue with me as I like my bag to hang below my waist for easy access to my equipment while shooting.

The case cushion for the lens and bodies is perfectly thick so I won’t worry about slamming my bag down too hard and damaging any expensive equipment. The case has sliders that are adjustable as well.

There is enough room and pockets to place small items such as cell, keys, and other miscellaneous items. I really like the fact that there is a slot for a 13” laptop. I will probably use that area for a future purchase of a tablet.

Overall I am happy with this purchase and I would give this bag 10 stars. If you’re debating on if you should get this item I would go ahead and say do it. It’s worth every penny and every minute I waited for it. If you don’t like the cognac color I would pick this bag up in black.

My brother’s style also match these products so I plan on buying him a weekend bag, gym bag, or briefcase from this vendor for his birthday or Christmas.

Now for the photos!!!

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|Top & Pants: Express| Belt: Old Navy| Camera Bag: Leftover Studio|Shoes: Nike|

Do you have this bag? What do you think?

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For the record… there was more than 2 Guns in that movie…


So Tam and I went to the movies Friday because I have about 5 Groupons to Studio Movie Grill that I needed to burn in the next 6 days. We went to see 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Marky Mark. While it wasn’t the worst movie in the world it wasn’t shooting for any Oscar noms wither. To be fair I would watch it again. It was a fun anti-buddy movie. I had a great time with it and Mark Wahlberg is just so charismatic on screen. You could tell the pair had a ton of fun while filming this movie. I found myself smiling through the whole things because of the interaction between the duo.  If you have a chance to see it I would say that it definitely worth the price of admission.

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About we week ago I dropped $21 and ordered this necklace and a pair of earrings. While, I was just expecting one pair of earrings I was given three by the company. While that is great I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone. Not only does it feel cheap it looks even cheaper in person. I hate to be brutally honest but I would never purchase another item from this store again.

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|Top: Forever21| Jeans: Milk & Honey|Shoes: Ross| Sunglasses: ZeroUV| Necklace: Glint & Gleam|

Happy Monday!

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Moo Business Cards Review

So I have been wanting business cards for the longest, but I either run out of time or money.  I also didn’t know which picture to use for my business cards.  As an artist I liked so many of them.  Forget asking your friends to narrow it down for you.  They just like your work as much as you do.

Initially I was just going to go  to Business Cards 24 to get my little 500 business cards for $40, but then last week I came across Moo.  Now I had seen Moo some years back, checked out their site, and liked it… but I never ordered any cards because I didn’t need too.  This go around there was an advertisement that REALLY caught my eye.  It read something about “A Portfolio for Your Pocket.”  The ad mentioned that you can choose up to 50 different pictures for your business cards and they would send you those 50 for free.  I would just have to pay $5.50 for shipping and handeling.

That I could handle.

So last Sunday I picked about 16 photos that I really liked, uploaded them to Moo, and placed my order.

Designing on Moo’s site was so EASY.  It took me less than 30 minutes.  I spent most of my time deciding which photos I wanted to use.  Moo lets you design the front and the back.

I placed my order for the cards on Sunday March 25th and Moo advised that they would arrive by April 06th.  No biggie… I wasn’t in  that much of a hurry.  However, my cards arrived a week early, March 31st!  I was so elited I clicked my heels together!

Even better was the packaging and quality of the cards. 

Not to mention the paper used used to create the cards came from substainable forest.

The only thing that I wish I had done differently was pay the $20 to remove the Moo logo from my business cards.  However, the logo doesn’t take away from the art on the cards or the overall quality.

Also you can order, business cards, postcards, minicards, and etc from thier beautiful site!

I highly suggest everyone, especially artist and photographers, to order their business cards from Moo.

Check out Moo

Check out my unboxing of the business cards!


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I HATE winter! The ONLY good thing about cold weather is the shoes. So I just got done going through Baker’s Look Book for fall shoes! You guys should defiantly check out the line. They have a lot of great shoes they are showing off, but these are my top three of the new Fall 2010 collection. 



This shoe is FAN-TAS-TIC! I actually saw the pair in a Baker’s store and it was love at first sight. The thing that makes this shoe great is the thin layer of lace. It’s in form of an ankle boot with a zipper down the back. The peep toe just adds the extra sexy.  I was reading some magazine that had the actress that played Maya on Heroes as a feature. She was wearing some shoes VERY similar to these with some black lace stockings and a cute lingerie number… it was fantastic. As soon as I find a nice enough guy to buy them for me employment, this will be my guilty pleasure buy! Price://$79.95 



I LOVE the name of this boot! Shoot! I love the boot! It so classic, simple, and BLACK! I girl who loves shoes has to love those three basic concepts. When I saw this boot I think I came three times. This is a boot you can pair with almost ANY outfit. I can see it now. Walking down the street in these black boots paired with some dark denim skinny jeans, and a black shirt with a low “U” shaped neck line that has a lace back outing. The 80’s rock glam accessories are making a HUGE comeback!  You could wear black, silver, or a gun metal bone necklace with this. What would make this outfit extra cute? Wearing a bow shaped ring so you can show a little innocence is left in you. Price://$99.95 



OMFreakinG! The designer of this boot deserves a raise! I can imagine sooooooooooooooooooo many things I would wear this boot with. Most of my ideas consist of brown lace fishnets and nothing else! I’m just joking… kinda. Red and white blazers are going to be HOT on those cold summer nights. I would defiantly wear these boots with dark denim jeggings and a white loose racerback with a toy solider red blazer. That would look so cute. However, if red isn’t you’re color then these boots with some skinny jeans (I would suggest ripped for some added edge), and a neutral color cable knight sweater would make you look classy and sexy at the same time. Believe me, when a man sees you wearing these boots the only things he’s going to imagine is you on the bed and your legs over his shoulders. Just sayin’!   Price: $159.95 

You will DEFIANTLY see my rockin’ all these shoes this Fall! Baker’s did a great job this season! 

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FASHION: http://www.shoeternity.com/lookbook 

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Hello out there all my fashion people of the world!  I APOLOGIZE for being so MIA!  I have been super busy and super lazy as of recently.  A couple of weeks ago I had a jewlery party at my place that featured pieces from Premier Designs.  Premier Designs is kind of like Mary Kay or Avon.  You host a party where you have a group of people who are super intersted in jewlery get together.  You talk, laugh, and order jewlery.  It was great!  I was actually the host of my this party, and I walked away with a lot of great pieces!  Check out my vid for more details on how the parties work!

The Pieces:

  • Lighting: Silver plated, 7 inch spring necklace, $28
  • Infusion: Matte gold plated, 28 inch two strand necklace w/a 3 inch extender, $42
  • Trophy (not shown, but check the Haul & Review video): gold plated, 24 inch necklace, $23
  • Lady Fair: Imitation rhoduim plated faux pearls, 62 inch necklace, $39
  • Promenade: Gold plated, genuine shells and tiger’s eye beads with faux turquoise, 30 inch necklace with a 3 inch extender, $36
  • Vanessa: silver plated ring, $12



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