Greetings Fellow Photographers!
Spring is in the air, and that means some very important people in your family have special days coming up: Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Graduation Day! All three of these events are perfect times to sit down, reflect, and tell a story through your pictures and words in a photo book. To get started, log into your account and click the blue "Photo Books" tab. The site will walk you through the rest! Here are some great ideas to get your mind thinking about the perfect photo book for moms, dads, and grads!
Nothing is more precious to a mother than her children. So, this year, give the perfect Mother's Day gift: a photo book telling the story of her children's lives! You can start with those baby bump pictures with an account of her strange cravings. Continue with pictures of her with the full baby belly at nine months (even a cranky "get this baby out of me!" picture for some humor), and tell the story of the day her son or daughter was born. Keep the milestones and stories coming: first birthday, first day of school, candid shots around the house, childhood activities, and so on. If the mom is now a grandma, you can end the book with the birth of her grandchild to show the next generation beginning. As an added bonus, make a book for each of her children -- what mom wouldn't want a library of her entire family?
For the dad in your life, create a family history photo book. Scan some old photos (your local store can do this for you) and start as far back as you can. Show pictures from each generation, along with the genealogy: marriage information, how many kids came from different relatives, and so on. Once you get to more current generations, you can include some of your favorite family memories. The book should incorporate your dad, husband, or grandfather near the end, with his children and grandchildren at the very end. You could even take the extra step to have all living relatives sign the book and write a special message or memory of him at the back of the book. You just may see him shed a tear as he looks through your creation.
Whether it's high school or college, graduation season is always a huge milestone for the graduates in your family. A photo book telling your graduate's life story is a great idea. Or, create a photo book detailing his or her 4 (or, ahem, 5, or more) years in school. Start with the first day as a freshman and end with a recent senior picture (candid or formal). Don't be afraid to contact his or her friends to ask them for some pictures of your graduate throughout his or her educational career. Have fun with this one – your graduate will cherish it for years to come, and one day will show his or her children the book and say, "see, back when I was in school, I was pretty cool!"
One more thing to keep in mind as you are creating your book is to make it as personal and special as possible. Include the person's favorite sayings or quotes. Tell funny stories about different events throughout their lives. Milestones are important, but sometimes, the best memories are found in small everyday details, like a random trip to the ice cream parlor one summer or a family snowball fight. Take your time, get creative, and most of all, have fun!