I have heard it said that “if you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph.” It’s a great quote right? The first time I heard it I began to think about the things I love to photograph: my family, my home, creative ventures, etc. But have you ever thought of it from your child’s perspective. This dawned on me when I was watching my daughter take pictures of her ALL her Shopkins and then her teddy bear holding her doll. As that thought sank into my heart, I began to think of ways for my kids to document their beloved little treasures; a way to keep that childlike love of simple things from being forgotten. That’s why I create this “MY FAVORITE THINGS” photo book.
My kids LOVE this idea. I created 37 Photo Prompt printables all centered on their very favorite things…and not just your typical stuff. I included things like my favorite emoji, my favorite app, etc.; after all, these kids leave in the technological age, right?
I printed all of the photo prompts with my favorite printer (PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer), grabbed a black Sharpie and had fun going through everything with her. Once everything was labeled, I handed her my phone and she went to town taking pictures of all of her favorite stuff. Toward the end of the picture taking she began to “stage” her stuff for the best possible picture in the best possible lighting. What a character she is.
Once all the pictures were taken, I put them in a photo collage…exactly like I did in this photo banner tutorial. Then my little girl cut out the pictures and adhered them with a glue stick. We put them in a dollar store 4×6 album and now she has a book about her for 2016. I am pretty sure her favorite things will change by the summer, but at least this tiny innocent part of her 7 year old brain is documented.
This picture of her Shopkins “stuffed animal” is my favorite because she removed everything on the floor and opened the blinds to let in the “best light”. I am not sure if she does that because she is the daughter of a blogger or because she is the daughter of a photographer…or both!
Take a look at the video from My Craft Channel where I introduce this darling little project on “Get Creative with Canon”…you can also download the printables there, too.