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5 Reasons You Need A Picture Day Reminder

August 10th, 2016

The end of summer brings an endless list of things to remember. School supplies. Sports practice. Band practice. Lunch prep. This entire article could be about what you have to remember to remember. Inter-State Studio wants to take at least one thing off your remember to remember list: Picture Day. There is no worse feeling than the kids coming home from school talking about their picture being taken when you let them go to school in their favorite hoodie that has seen better days. That's why we created the Treehouse Program to notify busy parents of picture day. Need more reasons? You ...

Just One Last Family Vacation

August 3rd, 2016

A family vacation may be just the thing you're needing as a new school year draws ever closer. There are plenty of options that don't include an hours-long car ride or getting on an airplane. All you need is a little creativity and a sense of adventure.  Take A Float Trip - A lazy Saturday spent on the river is a great way to get your family together, off your phones, and enjoying the great outdoors. Random stops on the sand bars or a great fishing spot will help everyone relax and enjoy the warm days of August. Tour The State Fair - Here ...

5 Tips To Make Summer Education Fun For Your Kids

July 19th, 2016

The first day of school is looming as we head towards the end of July. There's nothing wrong with giving your kids a bit of a break from education for a bit. After all, you take vacations from work and going to school is your kid's job, right? That said, it's a good idea to keep the brain cells firing on all cylinders as we head back into the school year. Here are a few tips to keep summer education substantive and fun. Grow A Garden - There's a lot of science that goes into growing a garden. What kind of nutrients are ...

How To Catch The Perfect Family Photo

July 12th, 2016

What's the right time of day to take a family photo? What about coordinated outfits? We could run down a whole list of ideas of places, times, and outfits for your family but there's really just two requirements to catch the perfect family photo: Light - You should have enough light present to capture the image you want to take. No one likes a dark photo. Photoshop can help, but it's not a substitute for a good light source. Whether it's making sure the living room light is on at Christmas or just being outside on a summer day, be sure you have enough ...

6 Most Photogenic Family Vacation Destinations

July 6th, 2016

A lovely family vacation is the perfect way to spend the dog days of summer. Where to go, though? There's plenty of stunning vistas to see all across the country and little doubt you know of some pretty photogenic destinations within an hour of your home. These are the six most photogenic family vacation destinations across this great country. If you disagree, well...that's why you can share this post and tell us how wrong we are on social media. Image: Waremonger via Flickr Disney World - When the words "family vacation" come to mind, you think of Chevy Chase or Disney World, so it ...

The Perfect Family Camera Purchasing Guide

June 28th, 2016

The camera on your phone likely serves as your family camera most of the time. If your child is doing something unbearably cute, you whip out your phone and capture the moment as it is happening. However, there are occasions when you may want more options than what your iPhone or Galaxy Series can offer. It's worth the investment in a family camera to capture those memorable moments at the family picnic in sharp detail. June 29th is National Camera Day, and since cameras are pretty important in our line of work, we thought we could help you celebrate by giving you some ...

5 Things You May Not Know About Kid’s Cartoons

June 7th, 2016

With summer's arrival, it's likely that the time spent watching cartoons in your home has increased. There's no reason to feel guilty about that, by the way. Sometimes 24 minutes of uninterrupted "adult time" is needed and there's only so many games of hide-and-seek you can play in the backyard. If you're anything like us, your mind does begin to wander and with the Google app on your phone you can learn all sorts of interesting tidbits. These are our 5 favorite facts we've learned about the various shows our kids watch. The main theme and "Hot Dog Dance" song from Mickey Mouse ...

2016 Spreading Smiles Award Winners Announced

April 22nd, 2016

We're inspired every year during our Spreading Smiles contest. The impact you have on your communities is truly amazing to witness and provides us with inspiration to serve our own communities. As always, it was difficult to narrow down who our winners would be since we received so many wonderful entries. Without further ado, your 2016 Spreading Smiles Award Winners: Spreading Smiles 1st Place -  Newbury Anti-Bullying Club, Newbury HS, Newbury Township, OH Students work with a local group to increase awareness of mental health struggles in our community. They participated in Hiram College's Suicide Awareness Walk by handing out ribbons with inspirational messages ...

Never Forget School Picture Day

April 13th, 2016

How often do you forget something? That question is open for debate, but if you're anything like most people, you forget a couple of things each day. There's a reason Apple has an app called "Reminders," after all. When you tally up everything you need to remember for work and at home, it's easy to let something like school picture day slip through the cracks. Our Treehouse program is designed specifically to help you plan for and remember school picture day for your kids. Email may be something you loathe with the fire of a thousand suns (it's easy to feel that way ...

Recognizing Our Mom and Pop Business Owners

March 28th, 2016

When you hear the term "mom and pop business", you rarely think of a company the size of Inter-State Studio & Publishing Co. From our humble beginnings in Guy Snyder's basement in 1933 at the height of The Great Depression, to serving 30 states in school pictures and all 50 states in yearbook design and publishing, we are still a mom and pop company. The Snyders have owned and operated Inter-State Studio & Publishing since the moment it started. In today's business world, it's not easy to operate a family-owned business and compete with major companies. But that's exactly what we've done for ...