Capturing farm life in photo books

by Rachel B Posted on July 10, 2010

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I’ve been thinking about the childhood summers I spent at my dad’s house in the country. It sat smack in the middle of two chicken farms, had horses, goats and sheep, and a giant willow tree with a rope swing. My cousins and I spent endless hours frolicking around the premises. We pet the animals, climbed the trees, and raced each other down the dirt road fast fast fast. We also loved arguing over small but important subjects like who the dog liked best or who could eat watermelon in the most interesting way. Good times.

Today, my nostalgic mood lead me to perform a search for Gallery photo books about farms, and I found a wagon full. So if you’re taking a day trip/vacation to a farm this summer, or perhaps live on a working farm yourself, check out some of my favorite Gallery farm creations. Who knows…there could be a farm book in your future.

When you were young did you visit or work on a farm? Will you and your family experience a little country life this summer? Let us know by commenting on this blog. And if you have a photo book you’d like to share, we welcome you to post it on Shutterfly Gallery.

Need some ideas to create your own “life on the farm” photo book? Take a look at these inspirational examples and style suggestions.

Farm book examples

125 Year Old Farm Celebration
Day at the Farm
Doug’s Farm
Fall Harvest
Eder Farm

Photo Book Style Ideas

The “harvest hues’ background in our Seasonal photo book style will complement your idyllic farm life images perfectly


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  1. ElleSnaps Says:

    I was raised on a farm and I can say that I did not appreciate it when I was young. Now I delibrately look for things like this to photograph and delight in finding things that remind me of days gone by. Love the picture examples!! great article.

  2. Tiffany M Says:

    I don’t have any farm memories… but your article makes me want to take Brayden to a farm! Those pictures are fabulous and I am always intrigued by barns for whatever reason!

  3. Joey Says:

    My mom grew up on a farm and didn’t really like it. Five siblings in a two bedroom home or shack as my mom calls it. As a kid we would go visit grandpa and grandma and LOVED all the chickens, the roosters running wild, their dogs, and they had a tire swing. All my cousins, siblings and i would have a blast there. it was a different enviroment. I now wish I had any sort of pictures from the Farm, i also am a fan of old barns and they had a big red one that we’d play around with. My uncle said next time he’s in the area, he’ll take a photo for me. I’m sure it has changed a lot since then. Good childhood memories.
    Great images and great article.

  4. BarbaraJ Says:

    OMG does this bring back memories. My grandparents had a farm and raised everything from corn to pigs. My grandfather let me milk the cows I know at least two or three times. I played in the cornfield and in the barn on the bails of hay. We had cotton pickers with sacks on their shoulders. I tried picking cotton and it torn my hands up. I picked peas, shelled peas, so on and so forth. Every vegetable you can think of in east Texas in red dirt country. Love this idea. Thank you Rachel.

  5. AnnAbbott Says:

    I have been a city girl or a suburb mom. My kid just love went he head to our friend’s 12 acer ranch. No crops, but hores, sheeps, goats, dogs and one lovealby donkiey. I love taking photographs of my kids with the animals. Great thing is I dont have to feed them or clean up after them…the animals ….not my kids…:)

  6. AnnAbbott Says:

    1. I have been a city girl or a suburb mom. My kid just love went he head to our friend’s 12 acre ranch. No crops, but horses, sheep, goats, dogs and one loveably donkey. I love taking photographs of my kids with the animals. Great thing is I do not have to feed them or clean up after them…the animals ….not my kids… :)

    oopss…same post…typos corrected…

  7. TonetteB Says:

    A farm trip is a wonderful idea for a photobook since there is so much to photograph! I loved hearing your childhood farm visit memories Rachel! :)

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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