Choosing images for your Mother’s Day photo book

by Deborah H Posted on March 08, 2010

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Mother’s Day. Is there any way we can truly repay our mothers for their wisdom, and the spiritual and practical gifts they have given us over the years? It’s actually very simple to do: recognize and acknowledge these gifts through photography you might already have, and a few well-chosen words.

(Image by Tara_Ashley)

Remember the first time you made a grilled-cheese sandwich by your self, or sewed a button back on your shirt, or planted bulbs together in the early spring? Or maybe you were a pain-in-the-neck teenager who drove mom to the brink, but she stood by you (with various degrees of patience, naturally). These are examples of the small, simple lessons our mothers passed to us as we were preparing for adulthood and they are as unique as the families who raised us. And whatever emotional memory you hold in your heart, your Mom will be overjoyed to know that you’re sharing it back with her.

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Show her how the lessons she taught you have come full circle—how you have learned and expanded on these lessons, whether through sewing, cooking, gardening or anything you like to do. Take pictures of you, and maybe even your children enjoying the rituals and crafts you learned from your Mom. Show how you have kept to the same faithful process—or added your own twist. Maybe it’s a photo of your daughter with her macramé necklace and your comment, “Mom, who ever thought macramé would come back in style? Or it’s a picture of your holiday decorations with the words “You inspire me every year.” Or, a photo of your shoe collection—“You showed be how to find a bargain.” Or your favorite cake recipe and the words, “I thought of you when I made this cake.”

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You can set up some images to make the point. Take pictures of your teen’s messy bedroom or the car keys in your 16-year-olds hands. Oh how she’ll enjoy that shared experience. Add thoughts around the acknowledgement, “I can’t believe I put you through this!”
Are you teaching your child the same crafts your mother taught you? Take pictures of your children (or of your craft) and annotate the photos with the acknowledgements of how teaching them, or creating the object, reminded you of the time your mother taught you.

(Image by dioneT1)

This simple book, filled with meaningful photos about the passing of traditions, doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You don’t have to mine through your photo archives and scan for images of your mom, it’s what she has passed on to you that important here. A book filled with recipes, art projects or shared child-raising experiences will let her know that you value the special interests and skills that she has passed on to you. Creating a book like this is one of the most personal ways to show Mom your love and appreciation.


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  1. BarbaraJ Says:

    This is such a great book to create. I have done books for my mother on Mother’s day before and I will do another this year. I really want to have both our hands on the cover. You have a great article and good ideas.

  2. curicogirl Says:

    Oh Barbara! What a great idea to put both your hands on the cover! Cant wait to see that! I made a book for my mom a couple mother’s days ago and she loved it. Here is the link :-)

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My degree in Physical Anthropology has taught me to look for the details that give meaning and context to peoples lives from the past, my degrees in art and design have helped me to take those same details and compose them for relevance today, and for the future. Everywhere I go, everyone I meet, everything I see is a creative opportunity for me. When I’m without my camera I feel like I’m missing valuable moments, and the artifacts in peoples lives that can add up to incredible compositions, and more importantly, amazing memories. I hope you find my posts helpful.

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