Showing posts with label family photos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family photos. Show all posts

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Feature Family Photos in a Unique and Decorative Way

Do You Have a Wall that's Been Waiting for Just the Right Photo or Photos but are Unsure What to Feature on it?

If you do, you're in the club of just about everyone. Resorting to old habits usually wins the day when it comes to decorating. However, if you're feeling creative and have the time for a worthy family project, you have to look at the idea of featuring a large family tree wall graphic.

Putting up a family tree wall decal isn't an instant project, so you'll have to put aside time to get it finished. Also, there are several informative how-to videos on YouTube that you can review before you take the leap. Even though manufacturers vary, the videos give you a first hand account of what to expect when putting up large wall graphics.

This Popular YouTube How To Video is One I Personally Like Best - However there are more:


This particular video shows you how to put up a large wall tree decal versus an actual family tree graphic, however the process is essentially the same. For the purpose of gaining an understanding of what's involved, it's helpful.

Taking the Family Tree Leap

In terms of creating a visible display of your family and for your family, it goes without saying that this project is worth every cuss word you may utter while tackling it.

Imagine your family and friends entering your home to see a wall that not only features your clan, but does it in an incredibly artistic way.

There are numerous designs, colors and styles to choose from. The decal featured at the very top gives you an example of one designed for staircases; truly a gorgeous way to utilize the often empty wall space you see on a staircase.

You'll want to allow yourself lots of time to do this, but if you're handy, go for it!













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Sunday, July 19, 2015

How a Family Quote Photo Frame Can be a Teacher

Family Quote Photo Frame
In this world of automation, mass communication, and technology addictions, we have to work to find creative ways to bring the family together. 
A photographic reminder of who we are, and where we come from, along with a profound message, is a simple way to teach and lead.
Even if our children seem uninterested in their family history, it's only because it seems that way.
Over time as they grow older, they will become eager to learn about their backgrounds. By simply putting up one or more photo collages throughout the home, they'll be reminded everyday that family is everything. The lovely quote on this piece says it well, 'the most important things in life aren't things'.
The world isn't the same place it used to be, and
Family Quote Frame
teaching our children about history, family and personal connections is also much harder
 
Yes, everyone in the family probably has hundreds of photos on their electronic devices, but that's just not good enough. It's imperative that we make an effort to display photos throughout the home to honor the family.
Also, there's nothing wrong with digital photo frames, in fact, they are very convenient and can look lovely in any room. However, a traditional photo collage, especially with beautiful words on a family quote photo frame, is a better teacher.
As families grow, and technology changes, a photo frame with a picture and a few profound quotes is often the one constant. Let's think about how many photos we've lost over the years online, and that alone should encourage us to take the time to honor the family 'the old fashioned way'; put it in a frame and have it for a lifetime.



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Photographing Special Family Events

Have you been to a family reunion or other special family event where you want to get some great photos to document the event.  Yes, everyone takes photos, but to really get some good ones you need to do a bit of pre planning.  Last weekend we had a family reunion at Table Rock Lake.  On this page I will share with you some of the photos and the tips I used in capturing them.

The Group  Photo

It is great to get a photo of the entire group.  We had 29 people in our group and I wanted to get them in to a group photo.  Here are some of the tips that I used.
  • Use a tripod and set your timer on your camera..that way you  can be in the photo too.
  • Before you gather everyone together first try out a few shots with a smaller group to make sure where you want to place your camera.
  • Take the time to arrange everyone in an eye pleasing arrangement.  I first had everyone standing with the tallest in the back.  But as you can see here that was not as appealing as when I had some sitting and some kneeling.

Take some Smaller Group Shots

I took photos of several groups: the siblings, the cousins, the grandchildren and individual family groups. Be sure to include both serious and fun shots.  The cousins had a fun pose they had done 10 years ago at a wedding so I had them do that again.  

Candid Shots

You will want to include photos of people participating in activities and also of people just sitting around and visiting.  Some tips to remember.
  • Watch your lighting....you want to be able to see the faces
  • Be careful not to snap shots of the backs of people
  • Try to make sure everyone is included in a couple of shots
  • Capture the activities that everyone is enjoying
  • Have someone snap a photo of you...after all you were there too

Be sure to Include Photos of Your Location

You will want to include some photos of the location where you held the event.  I walked around the property and took photos of the cabins we stayed at, the boat docks, the swimming area, the meeting area, and the playground.  I also went down to the lake at sunset to capture some images of the sun setting and the beautiful clouds over the lake.


Consider Making an Online Photo Book

When you get home from your outing consider making an online photo book.  You can share the book with all of the people from your event and they can choose whether or not to order it in paper form.  I like to use the service of Shutterfly .  They have an easy to follow program to help you put all of your memories into a book.  They also have various sizes that you can order.  Here are some tips to use in getting ready to make your photo book.
  • First you will want to download all of your photos into your computer
  • Next you will want to determine which ones would work best for your book and do whatever editing is needed for those photos.  I started out with 287 photos and narrowed that down to about 80 that I used in the book.
  • The next step I do is to  make a folder on my desktop of the photos I want to use in the book
  • I then download these photos into the Shutterfly program and follow their instructions to make my photo book.
Here is a copy of the book that I made.
Click here to create your own Shutterfly photo book.

I hope these tips have helped you and that you will capture some wonderful  memories from your next reunion or event.



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