Monthly Archives: October 2012

The lion, the bean, and the fountain

Hello! I’m David. Brand spankin’ new addition to the Walgreens photo team, freshly equipped with that new copywriter smell (cucumber/lavender). During my first week at Walgreens I’ve joined the Halloween party planning committee, decorated the kitchen with cute spooky wall clings, and of course participated in a photo scavenger hunt. All in the name of team building. Hurrah! Here was our Scavenger Hunt checklist:

  • Photo taking device
  • Proper footwear (preferably cute)
  • List of riddles that lead to famous Chicago landmarks
  • A brain that understands how riddles work
  • Fun hats (optional)

The hunt started out slow. Solving riddles was proving difficult and I began to feel like my 20 years of advanced education had gone to waste. Luckily before I had any thoughts at all my trusted sidekick/cubicle buddy, Laura, unraveled the mystery of our first riddle and off we went to the Buckingham fountain.

  The task was purely to take a picture of the fountain, but that was not enough for Laura. With a mischievous glint in her eye, off she dashed over the rails into the fountain. After a several minute photo shoot on a fish, Laura returned, her eyes thirsty with the criminal rush of trespassing. We hi-fived. And continued on our way. While Laura’s insatiable craving for crime grew with each landmark, we did find one moment of solace at Chicago’s famous reflective bean. Like most people who live in Chicago, I’ve never seen the bean. I was skeptical about visiting it and I feel weird saying this, but wow! It’s incredibly exciting! I could stare at that giant beautiful reflecting bean forever. I came away from it with an odd disorientated feeling and a brand new view on Chicago. A better Chicago. A Chicago where people from all different backgrounds can come together and make their heads look weird. Ultimately the scavenger hunt was a great success. Laura and I took home the win, four bags of candy, a new outlook on life, and an unquenchable thirst for crime. I’m curious if this is what employment is like. What were your first weeks like? Stay tuned for next week to see who in the office can hold a paper plate to their chest the longest by running back and forth. Cheers!

A How To: Impress Your Boss on Bosses Day

Hey, Jenna here! Since Marina is my boss, and we are talking about boss’ day, I am taking the reigns of this post… mwahahaha!!

Let me take you on a journey exploring three very different chiefs here at Walgreens eCommerce, and how I chose the perfect gift for each one.

1) Marina: Boss woman of the Photo Team

Always starting every meeting with an update on Papoo & Clancy (her dogs), and a little shimmy and dance to whatever song has taken over her brain that day, Marina is quirky and eccentric, to put it lightly. Crazy (in a fun way), to put more accurately. Waltzing through the cubicles singing her requests, buying us popsicles on a hot and sunny long afternoon just to cheer us up, yet having a no-nonsense attitude underneath it all, is what allows her style of bossing to lead to tons of creativity.

Ohhhh, what to get a boss like Marina?


2) Ryan: Lead Creative Director

Ryan leads with a quiet superiority, wheels always turning as he listens and eats his apple attentively. Speaking out only when there is something of importance to say – as a worker bee – you know to take his words seriously. Seriously. We also all know how much he loves his apples and P90x.

What to get to impress a boss like Ryan?

3) Erika: Lead lady of Photo Marketing

Her demeanor is sweet, she is kind, but most of all, she knows all there is to know about marketing. Juggling a myriad of projects every hour of every day, she is a great resource for any creative – always available to answer our many inquiries. She listens hard, and loves and supports most of our wacky ideas.

What to get Erika to make her scream with enjoyment?

With Photo by Walgreens fun and quirky products, you can put your smiling face on a plethora of breathtaking, creative presents for your favorite boss man or lady.

All it takes is a little friending, lots of searching, and a dollop of creativity to be the hit of the office on boss’ day – unless you forgot!

Well, there’s always next year.
– Jenna, Photo Writer

What’s More Fun Than Dressing Up For Halloween?


…you guessed it – finding the perfect costume for your pet!

With Photo by Walgreens Dress Your Pet Halloween Contest, you not only get to transform your adorably cuddly, loyal best friend into an epic Halloween character; you can win great prizes!

How it works:

  1. Upload a pic of your pet all dressed up for Halloween right on our Facebook Contest page.
  2. The Photo by Walgreens team will then choose our favorite ten entries.
  3. The finalists will be featured and voted on by the public!

Hurry! Entries will be accepted from now through October 24th.

Voting will run from October 25th – 30th, and the winners will be announced on Halloween!

And the best part is… everyone wins!

  • 1st Place—$250 Gift Card & a Canvas Print of their pet all dressed up
  • 2nd Place—$50 Photo Credit or Gift Card
  • 3rd Place—$25 Photo Credit or Gift Card
  • And just for entering, you’ll get 30% off your next photo order!

Best of luck to all of you wonderful pet lovers out there.

May the best costume and cutest cuddly companion win!


– Marina, designer at Walgreens

Smartphone Camera Smackdown!

Greetings to all!

As I’m sure you all know, we’ve mentioned before on our Snaps blog all of the amazing perks that come with having a smartphone that doubles as a camera. We’ve even shared the QuickPrints feature on the Walgreens mobile app that lets you print right from your phone to the nearest store. Well, with the iPhone 5 officially out in the world, we wanted to give you an update on smartphone cameras.

So, today, we’re going to do a little side by side comparison between the iPhone 5’s camera and what many people feel is its closest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S3. Here we go!


iPhone 5

8MP rear-facing camera

1.2MP front-facing camera

f/2.4 aperture

Five-element lens

Hybrid IR filter

4 inch display

Panorama mode

Record video at 1080p @ 30fps


Samsung Galaxy S3

8MP rear-facing camera

1.9MP front-facing camera

Zero shutter lag

Burst mode

4.8 inch display

Panorama mode

Record video at 1080p @ 30fps


Here’s some side by side comparisons using the native camera apps on both phones and regular settings with no flash.

Could you tell which photos came from which phone? The images on the left are from the iPhone 5 and the right is the Galaxy S3.

Which camera do you think produced the best photos? Why? Let us know in the comments section below.

-Marina, designer at Walgreens