Parenting Tips – Create A Photo Diary With Your Child

Here is a wonderful way to get your child reading and writing. I’ve used this with my own children and had a lot of fun together. We created a diary ‘A Day In The Life Of….’ This is how we did it.

1. Pick a day when you know that you will have a lot of time together. Get your camera (digital is better) and your notepad ready. Have some activities planned for that day.

2. As soon as your child wakes up start taking photographs! You can take some at that special, quiet time before they wake up. I’m assuming you will be awake before your child – not often the case with young children who are wide awake as soon as the sun shines.

3. Take photos all day long. Let your child take pictures too. Make notes of what you have done throughout the day. Ask your child to make notes too. I know this seems obvious but by the time you’ve got to the end of the day you may have forgotten exactly what your child had for lunch.

4. Have special activities such as baking, dressing up, painting etc. Try to fit some exciting events into your day. Also, include the more mundane ones like brushing teeth etc. Don’t forget to take one of that special, quiet time when your child goes to sleep.

5. The day after, or whenever you have time, print the photos out. Let your child stick them onto plain pieces of paper. They can have fun working out the order in which they go – this is when your notes come in handy. Underneath each photo ask your child to describe what’s happening and to write it down. Depending on their age, they might need help with writing.

6. Make a book out of these pages. Give it a proper feel by providing a book cover and title. You can even put a blurb on the back page.

When I did this with my eldest daughter we created a book that became a treasured item. She showed it to everyone who came to the house. She even took it to school for show and tell. Even though she’s nearly 16 she still loves this book. Of course, it makes me go teary eyed with emotion every time I see it.

I hope you enjoy this activity. It could become a regular occurrence in your child’s life. The older they get the more complex their photo diaries can become.

5 Custom Photo Book Styles

All offer the opportunity to customise the cover of the book while some of the more complex designs of photo book also allow you to personalise every single page and offer you the opportunity to add a presentation tin or presentation box to your order. Whether you’re looking for a photo book for yourself or as a gift for somebody else you can create exactly the design that you want.

Designing Your Own Book

Designing your own photo book gives you the freedom to create a design that you really want. While there are some online services that leave you to it, in terms of creating the design of the page and matching your photos to those designs, you can also find services that offer a more personal touch; working with your photos and your design ideas in order to create the best looking, professional photo book design possible using your selection of pictures.

1 – Digital Books

Digital photo books are high impact gift items and perfect as a long term way of storing your own photo memories. They can be customised with any style, type, and topic of photo that you wish including family photos, holiday snaps, and baby pictures as well as many others. Customise the cover and choose a photo for every side of the photo book design. You can even have a presentation box made using another photo and you can choose the colour for the pine, headband, and ribbon.

2 – Wedding Guest Books

Guest books can be personalised with a photo cover and your selection of column headers to include on each page. They will typically hold between 200 and 400 entries although this will depend on the design and headings that you choose. Personalised guest books are great for guest houses, hotels, and other establishments but they are especially useful as wedding guest books that allow the guests from your big day to sign their name and leave a personal message for you.

3 – Your Life Birthday Books

Photo books can be turned into beautiful looking gift items too. Create a Your Life birthday book by having the name of the recipient printed on the cover and then selecting either a photo album or book style layout. The photo album allows for self mounted pictures to be added while the photo book provides borderless printing on every single page.

4 – Book Of Love Photo Books

The Book of Love is another unique book design. The 250gsm soft cover is personalised with a photo and you can add pictures to each of the 160gsm silk art pages. Each photo covers an entire side of the book, and the design layout for this book means that you can add a photo to the left side and a personal message to the right which accompanies the picture.

5 – Notebooks, Journals, Diaries, And Address Books

Photo books can also be functional as well as heartfelt, personalised, and beautiful. Address books are useful for storing phone numbers and addresses while journals can be used for keeping notes, writing shopping lists, and more. Diaries with personalised covers include many pages of information and even maps and all of these include a customised front cover too.

The Advantages And The Disadvantages Of Photo Effects

The photo effects are quite popular both among amateur photographers and professional photographers. The photo effects are available on the market for years and years, so finding specialized software is not going to be difficult. There even are free photo effects available online, so those who don’t have the money for investing in specialized software can use the free tutorials instead. Of course, when you are not an amateur anymore, but a professional, you should direct your attention towards high quality programs that allow you to avoid ruining the photo shots just because you are deciding to use some effects.

When it comes to the use of photography effects, critics think that there are advantages involved, as well as disadvantages. The disadvantages are nothing else but the result of an overuse of photography effects. When you don’t know when to impose a limit and when you have no idea about what you can do with certain photo effects, there are high chances of completely ruining the photo. Numerous amateur photographers realize that the natural colors are gone and that the photo looks worse than it did at the beginning. They also realize that adding too many elements destroyed the photo shot’s message, which plays a very important role for the photographer. These are common mistakes that numerous amateur photographers commit, especially when they don’t know much about the use of photo effects.

The professional photographers know how to add effects to photos in order to improve them. It is true that there are cases in which they will ruin a photo, but these are rare exceptions. If you are a professional photographer, you already have specialized courses in your background and you already participated in numerous workshops, so saw what specialists can do with photo effects in order to improve a photo shot. You are probably using the information you gathered in these courses and workshops and you know exactly how to add effects to photos with a limit.

There is nothing wrong about adding some cool photography effects as long as this is done with a limit. The photo can be enhanced, improved, the errors can be removed with the help of photo effects and the photo shot can become more beautiful than it was at the beginning. In addition to this, some wisely used photo effects can emphasis the subject. When the subject is emphasized, the message of the photo becomes much clearer and it is easier for those who see the photo to understand what it was trying to transmit.

As you can see, photo effects have their advantages, as well as their disadvantages. It depends on each photographer whether the effects will turn into an advantage or into a disadvantage. Both amateur and professional photographers use effects on a regular basis, but the difference between them is very clear: amateur photographers don’t know yet what the limit is, while professional photographers have a very clear picture regarding the limits that should be imposed. This is what makes the difference between amateurs and professionals.