Local Escapes

by Rachel B Posted on May 13, 2010

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A Spring or Summer escape doesn’t have to mean a trip to Paris. For instance, you could pack a picnic and have lunch at your local park, or even your own back yard. You could take advantage of free local events in your area and try something different. See an exhibit in your local museum. Go for a stroll in your neighborhood. Have an impromptu barbeque. If you’d rather stick indoors, create a family craft project. Proclaim the day as national baking day and bake up a storm. Build a fort in your living room. Doesn’t matter. Just take a break and have some fun.

These imaginative escapes are sure to create some great memories, too. A few months ago when my niece was visiting we had a baking day and I took all sorts of photos capturing the activities. The cost was minimum, the enjoyment maximum, and I now can go back and relive these moments through pictures…photo book coming soon.

Many Gallery members have embraced this easy escape idea, and have captured these good times in photo books. Here are a few of my favorites. What easy escapes do you like to take? How would you turn them into a photo book? Let us know by commenting on this article.

Walking with Claire 2008
Spring outing
Day at the zoo


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  1. Joey Says:

    I love these ideas of just planning a simple fun day in your backyard, having a bake-fest, or all kinds of fun gatherings – and of course take tons of photos!!
    I like the images you posted.
    I’ll have to check out the books you mentioned. Here’s to Local Escapes!!

  2. BarbaraJ Says:

    Rachel great ideas, and I totally agree. I made my grandson T-ball game a great escape for a fun morning with the grandkids. I hate to take my camera everywhere I go because my kids say here comes mom with the camera. On the other hand they love to get the books with the kids photos inside. I need to think of a great escape soon. Thank you fo rthis article. bj

  3. ElleSnaps Says:

    These days I think just about anytime I’m headed out the door to be with family or friends as a trip somewhere. I take my camera everywhere I go and everyone has come to depend on that. You never know what’s going to happen and I know those pictures will end up in a book :)
    Loved the article Rachel.

  4. AnnAbbott Says:

    Some of our short day trips to our local parks or hiking trails have been come some of my favorite photo books I have made. Looking in your own area is an easy and cheep way to enjoy the day with your family. I also think it is a great way to have your children bond with the area they are living and growing in.

  5. Debbie Speed Says:

    Every photo that I have on my share site right now since I began in Shutterfly, and all the books I have made, have all been photos that have been taken within 1 to 2 hour drives only! Usually only about an hour! And quite a few of them have been taken at my local park, only 6 blocks from my home! Or a few other local parks over looking the water, that are all 10 to 15 minutes from my home! I have not been on a vacation from home in about a year, so it does go to show that you do not have to go far to get great photos! Just a little imagination, and becoming a tourist in and around your own home town!

more about Rachel B

Thank you for visiting “Picture More”, Shutterfly's Community Blog. My name is Rachel, and I come from a long line of photo enthusiasts. My grandparents kept a large (and heavy!) collection of family photo albums in their living room, which my sister and I loved looking through. My mother continued the tradition by becoming a hobby photographer (phrases like “smile, “hold that pose” and “let me get my camera” were a constant part of our lives). Now my sister and I are avid camera fans. She takes beautiful pictures of her children, and I enjoy capturing the many far-away places my husband and I visit. What I love about Shutterfly is that it helps me turn my photos into meaningful keepsakes like photo books, calendars, and photo gifts (I love my coasters, posters, mug and mouse pad!). My memories are now a part of my everyday life, not living in a shoe box or hard drive. And what I love about "Picture More" is that it will help us get even more creative with our pictures. I'm excited to exchange ideas with all of you!

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