Postcards is the Elliott family’s personal photoblog.
We created the site because our family lives all over the world (literally) and we wanted them to be able to see pictures of their Florida relatives.
We started posting our adventures back in 2002, when Aren was born, as Aren’s baby blog. When Aren became a toddler, we renamed it Aren’s Adventures. And after Iden was born, he shared the blog with his brother.
A lot of people ask us how we created Postcards.
Web design. The early version of this blog was created in Dreamweaver. Later, we use a customized version of Movable Type designed and hosted by HeftyMedia.com. From there, we switched to Pixelpost, a photoblogging application. We’re now using WordPress.
Computer. The first blogs were created on a Dell 8250 PC. We’re now using an Intel MacBook Pro.
Photography. During Aren’s baby blog days, we used a Leica Digilux 4.3, which took terrific outdoor pictures but left something to be desired in low light. When we graduated to Aren’s Adventures blog, we upgraded to a Canon 10D digital SLR with a 50 mm 1.4 lens for indoors and a 24-70 mm 2.8 lens for outdoors. We’re now using a Canon 1D Mark III with a 50 mm 1.2 lens and 24-70 mm 2.8 lens.
Photo editing. We use Aperture to import, adjust and store photos and Adobe Photoshop to make any major changes. However, we consider ourselves minimalists when it comes to Photoshop usage, and adhere to the National Press Photographers Association code of ethics. Not that anything we photograph is meant to be published — it just lets us sleep better at night.
If you have any questions about this blog, please send us a note.