Posts Tagged ‘photography’

I recently polled my Facebook friends to see what came to mind when they think of me, or my blog. Some of the most common responses fell around photography, making fun memories with my kids, advocacy and Disney.

It’s true, I’m a rock star when it comes to photographing my kids. When it comes to backing up my photos, I’m borderline obsessive. But when it comes to printing, enjoying and displaying said photos, I’m a failure.

Watching my children play is like magic. Raising biracial children. A millennial mom blog.

There are certain times of the year this becomes extra apparent to me. Mother’s Day is one of those times. I love sentimental gifts and displaying our photographs and it’s the time of year I really try to get on the ball and print something for myself, and especially for our moms.

I’ve sworn to get better through the years. I have a great system for organizing my pictures. All I need to do is drag those folders into a digital photo book program. That last step has just been too much for me. The idea of choosing which photos I like best, arranging them the way I like, adding cute little embellishments here and there… It doesn’t happen often enough.

Well Shutterfly reached out to me to try their new Make My Book Service, which basically allows you to dump in up to 800 photos (I thought I would easily break this limit but I didn’t even hit 400), tell the designer how you want to arrange them (you into embellishments or nah?) and how many photos you want them to use (ALL of them or only the best?). They can also watch out for duplicates for you.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

Listen, I was really worried about trying it out and telling you about it in time for Mother’s Day because like I said, I drag my feet when it comes to designing photo books. I’m a procrastinator. And this just isn’t one of those things you want to wait to do when you’re trying to make something special for mom.

But I sat my booty down and did it, and it was easy, and I didn’t die, or cry, or anything like that. The Make My Book designer did the hard part of arranging all the photos and they were in order like I liked. I just went back and changed the layout of a few pages because I like fewer borders and more photos. And then boom! Done!

The best part is forgetting you ordered it, then you get a bright orange package on your door and know exactly what it is. You open it and squeal because there are your sweet family’s faces on the cover staring back at you.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

My daughter nearly snatched it out of my hands as I opened the book, and we both sat, smiled and laughed as we looked at all of the memories we made over the last year.

I left the book on the counter waiting for my husband to see it when he got home. He was telling me a story and the hard book stopped him in his tracks.

“Oooh!” he said as he opened it. “That’s a good picture!” He said, pointing to a photograph we took together before a football game last year. Watching him look through the memories was just as fun as looking through it myself.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

My husband isn’t on Facebook or Instagram and doesn’t read my blog. So he doesn’t get to see most of the photos I take through the year.

“Now this is a gift,” I thought. “One we’ll always cherish.”

It’s also a gift that will keep on giving. Photo books are like brag books for grandparents (not to mention parents). I’m excited that the hard work is done and I can re-order the book for my mom and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day (though I’ll probably slip in a few more photos of other cousins and such). One personalized gift, three happy moms.

What are you giving your mom or mother-in-law for Mother’s Day? Do you like personalized gifts?

Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Make this Mother’s Day with a personalized gift that says it all.

 

Apr
16
2017

Belief


I believe anything is possible.

I believe in so many things I’ve never seen and I have so much hope. Hope for the world, our future, and hope that someday it’ll all make sense. Hope that eventually there will be peace.

Maybe that’s why it’s not so hard for me to believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the belief that we will all live again too. Today my family is celebrating this belief on a day we call Easter.

I teach a class of 16 and 17 year olds and I often ask them how they’ve been a missionary and if they’ve shared some of their beliefs with their friends. I felt it was time I asked myself the same question.

I’m a Mormon. I don’t grasp everything about the religion. Actually, there’s a lot I don’t quite get, but I’m always trying to understand, learn more, and do better. We believe in a Jesus Christ and celebrate Easter.

I love learning about people who are different than me. Specifically those who practice different religions. It is fascinating learning what really inspires someone. I believe listening and getting to know people who are different from ourselves is a big part of becoming more compassionate and accepting of others. I believe fear holds us back. The simple act of asking a question, or reaching out can help us overcome that fear.

I’m only an email or comment away if you have any questions or want to share your own beliefs with me! And if you want to learn more about my religion from a better resource than myself, check out this website.

Another part I love about this day? An excuse to get my kids all dappered up for photos!

Happy Easter!

Dressed up all dapper for Easter 2017.

Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.

Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.

Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.

Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.

Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.

Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.

Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.

Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.

Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.

Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.

(Poor Lil’ J saw a bee right before this photo and was still scared half to death. 3/4 of us look good though so it counts as a win.)

Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.

 

“Learn three facts at the Utah Capitol and then you can get it.”

My daughter was asking for a stuffed blue bird toy at the visitor’s center.

We had a photo shoot planned, but in my attempt to be a good homeschooler, I wanted to try to make the experience educational too.

We’ve been on a capitol tour kick ever since our trip to Washington D.C. We visited our nation’s capitol, then our Texas state capitol. Now we were adding Utah to our list.

When we walked in we saw the place was basically deserted. There was a beautiful rotunda. My daughter admired that and then the staircase.

“What’s different about this rotunda?” I asked her.

“There’s no star.” She said.

“Anything else?”

“There’s a chandelier!”

“Right!”

We found a restroom and I helped her transform into a little princess.

I never really saw myself in Cinderella growing up. I thought she was a beautiful princess but I didn’t relate to her.–Yet my daughter manages to find the beauty and fun in each Disney princess and share it when we do these photo shoots. We started with Cinderella a couple of years ago, but when we visited Utah I knew we had to have a re-do in their beautiful capitol hall.

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

This was my first time doing a full shoot with my new EOS 5D Mark IV and it’s everything I’d hoped it would be. Full-frame, Wifi, video auto-focus with a touch screen. It’s a beauty. It has everything I love about my EOS 80D and then some in a full-frame sensor.

This was one of those shoots where I wanted to use a variety of lenses. My EF 100mm f2.8/L Macro lens for dreamy portraits and up-close macro shots of her shoes.

I loved using my EF 24-70mm f2.8/L lens for a majority of the shots. The variety of being able to go from wide to close in a second or two is why I love zoom lenses so much.

Then at the end of the shoot I had to put on my wide angle lens: EF 17-40mm f4/L lens to capture as much of the beautiful architecture as I could.

Prime EF 100mm f2.8/L Macro lens

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Zoom EF 24-70mm f2.8/L lens

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Zoom EF 17-40mm f4/L lens

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

After our photoshoot we walked around the capitol and learned a lot about it coming to be. Here are some of the things she learned to earn her blue bird:

  1. “Lots of things can be made out of Utah rocks. Some are used to help make toothpaste, or light bulbs, and even parts of cell phones.”
  2. “There’s this beehive thing and that’s in the symbol seal on their flag. Because bees are hard workers.”
  3. “The House of Representatives and the Senate helps make laws there.”

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I also loved reading how the capital came to be, the Mormon pioneers that met with the Ute tribe (among others). Another fun fact was the way the Utah capitol was built to allow for a lot of natural light and less use of electricity. It makes for a beautiful photo spot!

Utah state capitol

I tested out the video on my new EOS 5D Mark IV  and made this little “behind the scenes” video of some of what our princess shoots entail.

Her new favorite princess (and mine) is Moana. So beautiful and strong. Hopefully that’ll be our next exciting shoot if we get away someplace fun and tropical. Just when I think she may be outgrowing the princess phase she comes out of her room in another dress and I know we’re back on. A least for a little while.

Hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed taking them!

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Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

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Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

Biracial Disney Princess Series: My Little Princess- A cute and creative mother-daughter photo series featuring a biracial girl dressed up as Disney Princesses. Part 9: Cinderella

 

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I love watching my family grow through our photos and videos, which is why I partnered with Canon on this post.

In the last few weeks I’ve deleted about 200GB of photos from my 1TB hard drive. Why? Well, a few reasons.

For one, though I pride myself in my photo organization and backups, I can do better. I ordered a new Macbook Pro and since it wasn’t arriving for a couple of weeks I’ve tasked myself with getting my files beautifully organized before I transfer them to my new computer. So this means deleting super large RAW image files from years ago because if I haven’t edited them by now I most likely won’t be. I’ve deleted the images I don’t LOVE (and 9/10 of the shots of my kids making the same face over and over) and converted the images I do to jpg.

I also want to perfect my system for photo backup and organization. I have a pretty good automated photo backup backup system in place (I need to update this post cause I’ve changed a few things). But some of my old photos weren’t as organized. Now they are organized in folders by year, month, and event.

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While going through these pictures I’ve taken a very long, tedious, slow walk back down memory lane. I started with images from back in 2008, about four years after we were married, but before I was really taking pictures. Those years were easy to organize. Even after I got my first DSLR I didn’t take many photos throughout my first pregnancy. It wasn’t until my daughter was born that my image folders got larger and larger.

While digging through these files and sorting the good, the bad and the ugly, I’ve stumbled upon many forgotten gems. Many images that could sum up that time in my life pretty perfectly. Some images I’ve never even shared here on my blog–Images I thought, maybe, finally deserve a blog post of their own.

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The day I became a mother. The day I joined the club. The day I began to understand this new powerful form of love called motherhood. It was a great day.

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I had a daughter I’d always dreamed of and a son I couldn’t even dream up. I never knew I could love a baby boy this much, and this picture I took by myself, alone in my bedroom holding the freshly birthed baby is one of my favorites to this day.

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Both of the children I brought into this world compete for my affection and lap space. I love it (most of the time) and sometimes I hate it. I wish there was more of me to go around.

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I love this picture because Snoop is in it. I found LOTS of Snoop pictures while digging through my archives but this is one of my favorite because it shows his personality well along with my kids. He’s always nearby when commotion is going on, and ready to break it up if he thinks someone may get hurt.

mommy-and-me-crying

My daughter is extremely emotional–As I was. My son is pretty sensitive too. Tears are common and encouraged to let the emotions out. They are also my weakness. I’m a sensitive mom.

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I love to document. A lot. Like 365 days of each of my kids’ life and then some. I think my descendants will thank me someday.

There’s been a lot of good, bad, unpredictable and silly. Motherhood is tough work.

Motherhood hasn’t been perfect. Not even close. Actually I don’t even know what perfect motherhood is. I can picture what it looks like based on someone’s Instagram feed, but I know that’s only showing part of the story. Just like these pictures. The photos are one thing, but the story behind it says so much more.

There are many ways to capture your family’s history. I love to do that with photographs, but I love videos and even audio recordings too.

I have an audio interview with my great-grandpa that I’ll always cherish, and countless videos of my kids.

If you have photos and/or videos all over the place and you’re working on a backup plan, don’t get discouraged. Here are a few tips from yours truly to get you started:

1. Create a folder structure that works for you. A way to organize and tag your images so you can easily find them later.
2. Work from past to present. I find it’s easier for me to delete images that are older because I’m not as attached to them. I can quickly tell which pictures are keepers and which are duds, and you can easily tell how close you are to the finish line. Plus, it’s fun to travel back in time and reminisce, and you can easily see the finish line as you watch your family grow in the pictures during the process.
3. Diversify your backups. I like having a hard backup plus a couple of places online. Flickr is easy and has 1TB of free storage. I use that on my computers as well as my phone. I also have a couple of 5TB hard drives that I backup my computers too, including my images (and a few other backups but I’ll go into more detail in another post another day).
4. Don’t forget your hard copy of photos and other non-digital files. Scan older, precious images so that they too have a backup in case they get lost. Convert old movies on VHS and other formats to digital too.
5. Just do one event or month at a time. It can easily get overwhelming when you’re starting from scratch, but if you take it folder by folder, you’ll quickly catch up. Once you have a system down mark your calendar to backup and organize your pictures once a month.

Check out the Allstate blog for more tips on protecting your family’s memories.


This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.

I don’t know why it’s been so hard for me to write about this. Self-promotion doesn’t come easy to me, but this is something I’m really excited about so here goes nothing!

I’ve slipped a mention about it here and there in a couple of blog posts and mentioned it on Facebook but it’s time I let everyone in on something I’m very proud of… My first photography course! All my tips on photographing kids and childhood memories photography in one place.

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We purchased my first DSLR camera when I was pregnant with my daughter. I had no idea how to use it but I tinkered with it a lot along the way. I learned from professionals, read and practiced A LOT. It’s crazy but some of my photographs have been featured on national TV and even on the cover of a textbook.

But I don’t love photography for that reason. What I love most is capturing the fleeting moments–(Yes, childhood is fleeting). My kids and I love looking through our photo books, and digital pictures we’ve taken together.–Photos I didn’t realize would hold as much value as they do when I re-discover them months or years later.

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I also love capturing those special moments for my friends. It’s not something I’m pursuing professionally like I once thought I would (I now call myself a professional photographer of my family) but I do share my talents from time to time with my friends who ask.

Created in partnership with Canon I share all of my tips on photographing children. From capturing the sweet tiny details of your newborn, to photographing an active toddler or a reluctant tween, I’ve compiled it all into an 11 episode video course great for beginning to intermediate photographers. Here’s a preview:

With Christmas coming up it could be a great gift for yourself or a friend you know with a new camera. On sale right now at bit.ly/MyPhotoCourse.

Though I mostly focus on DSLR cameras the tips I share could be use with any make or model. And hey, if you have any specific questions you know where to find me.

Behind the Scenes

Here are some fun facts about the making of this thing:

1. None of the models in the shoot are my actual children, but they were all fun to work with and arguably easier to photograph. Ha! But there are plenty of examples of photos I’ve taken of my own kids throughout the course.
2. I sorta got a bit of baby fever while working with the newborn. I’ve since been cured.
3. Filming this course was nothing like filming a news segment. More cameras, lights, and producers behind the scenes, but it was really fun.
4. We filmed it in Tampa, FL and I actually saw a crocodile in the pond we filmed near.
5. It took several months for this all to come together. In fact, this process began over a year ago and I’m glad I got the nerve to FINALLY officially share it with you.

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So if you’ve been wanting to up your photography game, or have a friend who wants to, please let them know about my new course (right now it’s at a great price of $29.99)! If you buy it please please please let me know so I can send you virtual hugs and kisses.

Now please excuse me while I go and add this to my list of favorite life moments.

“Sit over here!” My daughter directed me. “Now turn this way, no no, like this!”

I tried my best to do as she told me, then watched as she lifted her camera up to her eye.

It was an old film camera I bought years ago at a thrift store, either as a photo prop or a toy, I can’t remember. But it’s one of those toys that we’ve kept around through the years.

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After this pretend photoshoot of hers she made a request.

“Mom, think maybe I could get a real camera? One that takes pictures I could see?”

It was hard not to consider her request.

With homeschool just starting I thought it could be a nice gift to kick off the school year and this new adventure of ours.

I asked Canon for recommendations on the best point and shoot camera for kids and narrowed it down to the Powershot ELPH 360 HS and the Powershot D30.

Best camera for kids: Teaching your child photographer.

(My photo and her photo snapped at the same time)

I love the fun colors and wifi capabilities of the other, but ultimately she and I both agreed that the waterproof and shockproof features of the PowerShot D30 outweighed the other options, and withstand any of her little mishaps. Now my little girl is the proud owner of her first very own camera.

So what happens when you give a child a camera?

Lil’ J has brought it with her on our hikes and to each our co-op meetings since then.

Nature hike with kids Austin.

Nature hike with kids Austin

“I brought my camera!” She announced at our first Wild Explorers Club meeting.

The kids were tasked to pack their own adventure packs and inside hers, Lil’ J packed her nature journal, water, a snack, a compass and her camera.

“And it’s waterproof!” she added with pride.

She’s been using it to take photos while we are on our hikes, and then uses those photos later to go by when she’s drawing in her nature journal. Her journal helps her practice handwriting and art and overall observe and pay attention to details.

Best camera for kids: Teaching your child photographer.

(Her photo)

She’s working to improve and she loves showing off her images. When you give your child a camera, you may notice a new sense of excitement and pride in her budding hobby.

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Best camera for kids: Teaching your child photographer.

Best camera for kids: Teaching your child photographer.

It’s been fun showing her how to use it—She’s already learned how to zoom, and turn the flash off and on, and review what she’s shot.

A few beginner tips I’ve given her already:

  • It’s better to zoom with your feet than your fingers to keep your picture steady and not blurry.
  • Try to keep your back to the light so that the light is falling on your subject.
  • When possible, avoid the camera flash, it makes more unnatural-looking shadows. Try to open the blinds to let in more light from the sub for prettier pictures.

Best camera for kids: Teaching your child photographer.

Best camera for kids: Teaching your child photographer.

I love watching what she does with it on her own. There have been a few times she’s come to me asking to borrow my tripod, then gone to record a video of herself and her brother playing with some toys.

My little girl has gone from always being in front of my camera, to pretending to direct her photoshoots, and now taking her own photographs for learning and fun.

When you give your child a camera, new hobbies and dreams may be born and I can’t wait to see what she dreams up next.


And for more photography tips from yours truly, check out my new course: Child’s Play: Simple Tips for Photographing Children.

From birthdays to family vacations, to holidays and more, I’m teaming up with Canon every month to share how we capture our special milestones. I’ll also dish out tips to help you better capture your special moments with your family. Shout out to my favorite camera brand for sponsoring this series.

Kids are naturally interested in learning. It’s us adults who manage to squander that passion by making it too ridged or not conducive to the way our individual child likes to learn. In my quest to find ways to keep a strong love of learning in my children, we’re stepping away from the table more and even out of the house entirely.

Learning outdoors with kids, deschooling and re-learning how to have fun while learning. Homeschooling adventures.

Learning outdoors with kids, deschooling and re-learning how to have fun while learning. Homeschooling adventures.

I’m still in the process “deschooling” myself. This basically means re-working my brain to see schooling differently than I have my whole life.–Outside of a structured and traditional environment. It has been an interesting process in and of itself.

Learning outdoors with kids, deschooling and re-learning how to have fun while learning. Homeschooling adventures.

We don’t get outside enough. Just speaking for myself. That’s all changing now.

Some friends introduced us to a park nearby with a dam and I’ve been in love with it ever since. During the week it’s deserted and feels like our own private beach.

I’m constantly reminding myself that learning isn’t all done in books. It’s done through observing and discovering the world around us, meeting new people and asking lots of questions. It’s done in the heat of the summer, and dead of the winter, playing in fall leaves and picking spring flowers.–Or while wandering around a sculpture garden completing a scavenger hunt.

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This is all new to us. But we’re learning each and every day everywhere. 

Learning outdoors with kids, deschooling and re-learning how to have fun while learning. Homeschooling adventures.
Learning outdoors with kids, deschooling and re-learning how to have fun while learning. Homeschooling adventures.

Learning outdoors with kids, deschooling and re-learning how to have fun while learning. Homeschooling adventures.

Learning outdoors with kids, deschooling and re-learning how to have fun while learning. Homeschooling adventures.

Learning outdoors with kids, deschooling and re-learning how to have fun while learning. Homeschooling adventures.

Learning outdoors with kids, deschooling and re-learning how to have fun while learning. Homeschooling adventures.

Learning outdoors with kids, deschooling and re-learning how to have fun while learning. Homeschooling adventures.


To read and learn more about our summer learning outdoors check out my Tampico is Color photoblog

“I like this one!” My 5-year-old daughter told me as we shopped for picture frames for my dad’s Father’s Day gift. She was in charge of helping choose everything this year, and assembling the presents. A big responsibility my little one was excited to tackle.

He always requests photo gifts for the holidays but I’m never on the ball when it comes to ordering them. I’m a procrastinator and I just can’t get it together.

Nothing changed this year. Here we were shopping for picture frames the day before Father’s Day, and we were planning to give him his gift in a few hours since he was coming to town. I hadn’t ordered the photos to go in it. I didn’t even know which ones I’d be choosing. But I had a secret weapon this year.

A photo printer.

As someone who’s obsessed with preserving memories through photographs and video, I’m surprised how long I went without one of these in my life.

I selected a few photos I took earlier this year of my dad and my kids together, and Lil’ J put them in the frames.

“Aww,” she sighed looking at her picture.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

“I don’t really like this picture,” she told me.

She looked cute to me, but I wanted her to like the picture she gave to her Grandpa Poppy.

“Well if you want I can take another when he comes over today,” I told her.

She immediately perked up and changed into a pretty dress for the occasion.

My dad visited us for a couple hours that afternoon before driving back to Dallas. Before he left Lil’ J reminded me she wanted a new picture for the frame and as promised I snapped one real quick on my DSLR.

Biracial girl and creole grandpa

Two minutes later I was handing my daughter a vibrant 4×6 photo to replace in the frame.

She loved the photo, and I loved the convenience. No more 1-hour photo lab. No more late gifts (I hope).

Lil’ J worked hard to undo the frame latches, put in the picture and replace the backing. Then she beamed with pride as she handed the newly framed image to her grandpa.

What a sweet moment across three generations, and a touching milestone for her.

I’ve gone a little crazy since then printing out my favorite photos from the last few years and putting them in my kids’ memory boxes.

How to photo coasters

Then I started making photo crafts I’ve been pinning on Pinterest for ages but never had the discipline for all of the follow-through.

I had my husband pick up some bathroom tiles from Home Depot and BOOM… Less than an hour later we made some new photo coasters with some Modge Podge, pictures and felt on the bottom.

I even went a little funky and made some photo magnets for my husband’s garage gym storage cabinet using sports drink lids. Who knows what I’ll do next!

Gatorade lid photo magnets

Seeing my dad’s and daughter’s face light up at a simple photo exchange was enough to make me realize how important it is that we don’t keep our photos hidden away on our computers, but print and cherish them in our hands as well.

I’m using the Canon PIXMA MG 7720 printer which is Wi-Fi enabled, a breeze to use and produces gorgeous photographs up to 8×10 in size.

Now please excuse me while I go fill the rest of my home with photos of my family.

Do you hang a lot of your family photos? Have any creative ideas for me?

*Making and cherishing memories and milestones with my family is so important to me, which is why I’ve partnered with Canon on this post. All opinions are my own.

Hi! I’m Jennifer Borget



I'm a part-time journalist, full-time wife and mother striving to make the world a better place and inspiring others to do the same. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day.

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The power of a child's imagination. Encouraging them to play outside and have fun.
The Undeniable Power of a Child’s Imagination
I’m Saying Goodbye to Baby Making Machine
Family Travel Food & Culture Homeschooling
Interracial Family Easter photo for 2017. Sharing my beliefs.
Belief
Discovering Israel with Vibe Israel
Mormons and Jews: We’re More Alike Than We Think
Interracial family at Disney World. Multiracial family blogger
A Behind the Scenes Look at Our Walt Disney World Resort® Shoot + Win a Trip for Your Family!
Creating With Kids (DIY) Disney Motherhood Pregnancy & Baby
An Official Apology to Stay at Home Moms
Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.
A Perfect Mother’s Day Gift the Whole Family Can Enjoy
My 6-year-old’s Review of Beauty and the Beast
Interracial Marriage Multiracial Parenting Our Family History Photography & Videos
Shutterffly make my book service review. A perfect Mother's Day gift. Even if it's last-minute.
A Perfect Mother’s Day Gift the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Our Perfect Pair
silly 3-year-old boy
Listen to my 4-year-old’s interview and you’ll understand why I’m gray