Try variations on the traditional family/ group photo. If you
have the family gathered, there is nothing wrong with everyone
posing for a big group photo, but how about smaller groups?
Consider taking a photo with only the grandchildren (or cousins,
uncles, etc.) in it, or maybe all of the women (or the men) in the
family. The possibilities are endless and the photos are truly special
2) Take "before", "during", and "after"
photos. These are great to use in a scrapbook layout - everyone
just loves to look
Consider taking before, during and after photos of changes
to your home (such as remodeling your kitchen), haircuts, your child's
messy bedroom on a average day, Thanksgiving dinner, a new home
being built, your teen getting braces, or anything else that will
have the same effect.
3) Try out black and white film. It gives your everyday
photos a classic look that can't be beat, so occasionally pop a
roll of black and white film into your camera.
Take photos of the everyday traditions in your life. Each family
has them, so make sure that those traditions will live on for years
through your scrapbook. Do you go back to school shopping each year?
Take the camera along. Does your husband's day not start until
he has a cup of coffee? Take pictures of that. Be sure to explain
the everyday tradition in detail in your journaling.
Keep your camera loaded and take it everywhere! Try to always keep
film and good batteries ready in your camera at all times.
know when you will take that perfect photo! If you really want to
be sure to capture great photos of your loved ones, always bring
The last thing you want to do is think, "I should have brought
©2002 Brandie Valenzuela
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Brandie
Valenzuela is a freelance writing mother of three children,
who's favorite hobby is scrapbooking! She is also the editor of
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