Life is always giving us more occasions for which we need to come up with great gift ideas. As we grow up and our lives get more complex, we have an increasing number of gifts to buy: For weddings, birthdays for an ever-growing list of kids, new jobs and new accomplishments, the one firm rule of life sometimes seems to be that you will always have at least one more occasion to buy a gift for.
Everyone knows that cheap canvas prints make for ideal gifts – combining a meaningful moment or artistic expression with affordable high-quality materials. But that doesn’t mean there’s just one way to approach a print as a gift – a wedding print doesn’t have to be the expected shot of the happy couple, a birthday print doesn’t have to be a stiff family portrait. In fact, one of the most powerful ways to use a print as a gift is for it to be a complete surprise. In other words, use a Stealth Photo.
The Element of Surprise
One thing people often forget about with gifts is that one of their main pleasures is surprise – that’s why we wrap gifts, and that’s why we often pretend we weren’t expecting any gifts. Because the element of surprise is part of their appeal and power. We lose that power when the gift is obvious – and often when people see the tell-tale shape of cheap canvas prints they think they know exactly what to expect.
The idea of a Stealth Photo is to take a photo when no one is paying attention. It could be at a special occasion, or just during a normal day. The effect is often amazing: People go from being slightly bored with your choice of gift (Oh, another gorgeous print of your recent holiday) to being stunned (when did you take this?!) in the amount of time it takes to unwrap the gift.
Planning Stealth Cheap Canvas Prints
This could take some planning, or it could simply happen serendipitously – either way, be prepared to capture a moment when no one knows you’re paying attention. Here are a few tips to help you get the ideal stealth photo for maximum surprise:
Carry Your Camera. A smartphone is best as it doesn’t look like you’ve got your camera out looking for a moment, but whatever you’re using, keep it handy. You never know when the ideal moment will present itself.
Be the Background. Our natural instinct at gatherings is to be part of things and engage with everyone else, but for stealth photo purposes it makes more sense to hang back and become part of the background. Being the audience instead of the actor will give you a chance to capture something amazing.
Don’t Spill. Once you have something that will make for a remarkable stealth photo gift – be quiet! Don’t share it on social networks or even with mutual friends or relatives. You have to preserve the element of surprise, and that means keeping the secret.
A stealth photo combines the power and beauty of a print with shock and pleasant surprise – and can be the hit of any occasion. If you think you’ve got the stealthy skills, take your best shot and then click here – if you handle the stealth part, we’ll handle the gorgeous part.