Say Cheese! 5 Tips to Take Better DIY Family Photos

DIY family photos can be quite fickle. The end result usually turns into a memory that you’ll treasure for a lifetime, but orchestrating it to perfection is a task that isn’t for the faint of heart. There are so many different variables that go into a successful family photo, and as the family historian, we’re assuming you’re always looking for ways to get better family photos. We’ve got just what you need — here are five tips to help you get better DIY family photos!

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Make Your Holiday Albums Complete with this Christmas Photo Checklist

How beautiful is Christmas? The freshly fallen snow (in some parts of the country!), the decorated Christmas tree, the shimmering lights and the smiling faces of loved ones — it’s all so visually appealing! The Christmas season is full of photo opportunities, and if you aren’t careful, you may miss out on some of them! If you want to make sure that your Christmas scrapbooks have all the pictures you could ever want this holiday season, use this Christmas photo checklist!

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Are Your Digital Photos Safe?

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Moment of truth – how many photos have you taken on your phone in the last year? Seriously, take a second to contemplate it… Now, how many of those photos did you print? And how many of them did you back-up?

According to a recent article, approximately one-third of iPhones suffer accidental damage or get broken each year. The most common causes of damage? Falling out of the user’s hand or lap, falling into liquid or having liquid spilled on it, and getting knocked off a table. So, what can you do to keep your precious digital photos safe? We’ve got a few ideas…

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Lost In A Digital World

A few weeks ago upon arriving home for work, I did what I normally do-check the mailbox (of course, hoping that I got that check from Ed McMahon and Publisher’s Clearing House).  It wasn’t there, but our small local newspaper was.

The Sauk Rapids Herald.

I perused it, looking at the local police happenings (small town) and outcome of our beloved “Storm” sports teams.

As I was reading there was a certain article that struck a chord with me.  I can relate to the thousands of undeveloped photographs in my phone, how about you?

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Be the MVP with Go! Fight! Win!

So many sports featured all in one collection!  Go Fight Win is perfect with all of the sports that are played in our home!  I can use almost all of them with my three children’s activities!  I have used baseball and golf in this post to share some ideas.

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Traditionally Non-traditional with Mix & Match

I feel the need to give you a little history of me.  I love to create cards and mini albums but I had a mental block with scrapbooking I could not get rid of.  I wanted to scrapbook the numerous photos I have at home but I always felt like I would do it wrong.  I was afraid of someone pointing out everything that I shouldn’t do on a layout.  Not sure how I broke the mental block but it is gone forever!! I realized the pages I create are for me and my family to enjoy, it’s not like I am publishing them for the world to see…oh wait!  I am!!  I believe my style of scrapbooking is far from traditional but I am always happy with the result.  I hope you enjoy the layout I made of my great nephew Bannon.

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Photo Tips – ISO/Light Sensitivity

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With today being National Camera Day—let’s finish up with series of Getting To Know Your Camera.

ISO – International Standard of Organization or before digital it was known as film speed and not “in search of”.  Well, we are, in fact “in search of” more light!

Low ISO – less light and less grain or noise.  High ISO – more light and more grain or noise.

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Digital Tips – Decorative Digital Prints

The Pockets Albums are a great way to get a project done quickly, especially for gifts.  I love using lots of embellishments so incorporating digital artwork with my photos works fantastically for  pocket pages.

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Photo Tips – Photograph your Pets

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Our pets are important members of our family and photos of them are always treasured.  It can be fun taking photos of our pets, but also frustrating!  Just like children they don’t always do what we want them to, when we want them to.  I have come up with a few tips that you may find helpful.

GO WITH THE FLOW

Just relax and have fun with your pet and try not to get stressed when you want that perfect photo.  If you are feeling stressed they will feel it.  Patience is the best  quality to have and treats too!

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Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

My Mom is the centre of our family and we all love to spend time with her, whether it be a special dinner, shopping, cottage time, travel, out to dinner, a walk and or just having a cup of coffee together.  She treasures each and every one of her grandchildren as they treasure her.  Mother’s Day is a day to make her feel as special as she does with all of us.

I try to take as many photos of my children and my brother’s children with her as these will always be treasured memories.  Not just on Mother’s Day is it important to snap those photos, but all through the year.

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