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Father’s Day Photos Made Easy

Posted By Linda S On June 12, 2010 @ 10:09 am In Photo Tips | 4 Comments

One of the most satisfying experiences you can have is completing and printing a photo book full of memorable pictures. With Father’s Day around the corner, let me share the process we went through at ScrappersGuide.com [1] to capture a great set of pictures for our “Blessed With Boys” photo book.

When I thought about who would be a good candidate for a book showcasing fathers, I immediately thought of my friends, Simona and Jamey. They have three of the cutest little boys you ever did see, and Jamey is a devoted father. When I asked if they would work with me on a photo book project, they agreed to let me come over to their home and photograph them.

As the photographer, I needed a plan—a way to approach the photo book. Every cohesive book needs a plan. If you don’t plan, you’ll get an album full of separate pages that may or may not connect. My plan for this one was pretty loose, but it still gave me a way to approach my photography and the book itself.

I used what I like to call the Snapshot approach. This is where you ask yourself: How would I describe this family (or this school, or this vacation, or this house . . .) right now? What could I tell in pictures and words that would give people a snapshot of this family at this moment in time?

I wrote down a few ideas that I thought would be good to photograph: the boys’ room, bicycling, playing T-ball, interacting with Dad, etc.  When I got to Simona’s house, I asked her, “What is typical about your boys right now?” and she gave me some more ideas.

The boys’ ages ranged from almost 2 to 6, so my first job was to help them understand what I was doing. I asked, “Do you like to read picture books?” The answer, of course, was yes, so I asked, “Is it OK if I take your picture so we can make a picture book about you?” That was something they could relate to, and they readily agreed. It would have been even better if I had shown them a prior book I had done of a family with kids, but I didn’t think of that at the time.

I also decided to use one of my favorite tricks to get children to cooperate with a photo shoot. If a child is being shy, I take a picture of a toy of theirs, or of someone else, and then say, “Look at this picture of mommy!” I show them the LCD screen of my camera so they can see the photo.

Then I say, “Would you like to see a picture of you in my camera?” I’ve never had a child refuse. In fact, they will often pose for me or suggest possible poses. Sometimes I have a hard time getting them to stop!

Once we got going, I spent a couple hours with the boys and their dad, taking pictures. To help the mom with journaling, I divided the photos into folders according to subject matter and asked Simona to simply comment on each subject or featured child. She also wrote a letter to her boys about her hopes and dreams for them.

Through the years, as the family looks at this album, it will be a snapshot of their life at this moment in time. What a precious gift to give yourself or someone else!

If you’re interested in creating a book like this, you can find the digital scrapbook templates at ScrappersGuide.com [2]. To use these templates you will need design software like PhotoShop (see more about digital scrapbooking [3] here). If you would like to create a photo book using designs from Shutterfly [4], they have a wide variety of backgrounds and layouts that are also perfect for telling Dad’s story.

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One of the most satisfying experiences you can have is completing and printing a photo book full of memorable pictures. With Father’s Day around the corner, let me share the process we went through at ScrappersGuide.com: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.shutterfly.com%2F3817%2Ffathers-day-photos-made-easy%2F&media=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.shutterfly.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F18BlessedWithBoys.jpg&description=Father%E2%80%99s%20Day%20Photos%20Made%20Easy

[2] ScrappersGuide.com: http://www.scrappersguide.com/templates/blessed-with-boys-png-quickalbum/

[3] digital scrapbooking: http://blog.shutterfly.com/intro-to-digital-scrapbooking-quick-pages/

[4] designs from Shutterfly: http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books/fathers-day-photo-books?

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