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4 Father’s Day Photo Book Ideas that Will Delight Dad

A custom Father's Day photo book with a father and his child on the cover | Motif

If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect Father’s Day gift, Motif has you covered. Make this year stand out with a photo book that documents the specialness of fatherhood. Not sure where to start? Read on for four Father’s Day photo book ideas that are sure to delight him every time he sees your gift.

Now and Then

Someone once told us our babies are genetically predisposed to resemble their father early on to promote paternal bonding. Admittedly, we haven’t done our own research, but we can testify our own seem to follow the thought. Showcase the phenomenon with some fun comparison photos of your babies and their dad.

A toddler playing with their father's face | Motif
Toddler cuddling father’s face and beard

Work with his mother to grab some perfect shots of him as a baby. Then scour the photos of your own children from comparable ages to find similar poses where possible. Line the shots up next to each other to show the similarities.

While you’re bound to find some beautifully posed professional shots, it’s always fun to find some unexpected similarities, too. Think of that funny face your husband makes when checking himself in the mirror: Does your little one make a similar one? How about that smile—do they have matching dimples? 

Match the similarities and showcase them in one of Motif’s professionally designed layouts. Add little captions to relay what you see—your personal insights make the book even more special.

Bundle His Firsts

Your baby’s first year is often a well-documented diary of every first. A first smile, first laugh, first crawl, first word, first step—you get the idea. And as parents, those captured moments become more valuable as time goes on and our own memories fade. Why not share some of the same from your own vantage point—but of your child’s father?

A father dancing at home with his daughter | Motif
I love you, dad! Handsome young man is dancing at home with his little cute girl. Happy Father’s Day!

Fatherhood, like motherhood, is a special journey of firsts and special memories. The moment he found out he was going to be a dad. The first time he saw his new baby. The first time baby smiled at him and said “dad.” His first game of catch or end of his first season as soccer coach. His first Pinewood Derby or taking your child to their first professional hockey game. These moments are fleeting, but forever etched in his memories. By putting them to paper, you can gift him the replay of that joy, over and over.

Create a Father’s Day photo book that tells the story of his firsts and make sure to include captions of the memories and retellings of what made that “first” stand out to you. Or, document the story as your child retells it and share the moment through their lens of their dad.

Make Sure to Include Something Specifically from the Kids

Generally, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations with young ones entail the kids doing kind things in appreciation. Or, in many cases, “doing” while the other parent does the heavy lifting. And here comes the beauty in the third of our Father’s Day photo book ideas: You can include something truly from the kids! For the younger ones, give them a piece of paper and a crayon and task them with drawing a picture of their dad or even something their dad enjoys. The older ones can take on a hand-written note addressed to him or even their list of top 10 favorite things to do with their dad or about their dad.

The beauty of creating a custom father’s day photo book is that you can make it anything you want to be. While you won’t include the original in the book (you can gift that separately), you can easily take a picture of the original to include in the book. This kind of inclusion makes a heartwarming intro or closing to your one-of-a-kind book.

Capture Him Candidly

We all love those beautifully posed, professionally lit photos. They’re classic and definitely have a place in our hearts, on beautiful custom photo cards and throughout our homes. However, they aren’t necessarily indicative of our natural, everyday lives or the moments that comprise those long days (that turn into oh-so-short years). Many of our best moments are the ones where we’re just doing what we usually do, day in and day out.

A father holding his daughter in a park | Motif
Young happy father enjoying with his small girl in the park while dancing together. Focus is on girl.

You know, like the kids playing in the pool with their dad, having squirt toy fights and water slide races. Or that hike where dad ended up carrying your youngest the last mile…uphill. Him hamming up the weekend pancake ritual in his pseudo chef hat with your little ones pitching in.

These moments may not be the fanciest, and they likely don’t involve everyone having a posed smile—but they are real and they’re some of the best. They make the ordinary things special and encapsulate the precious relationship between your kids and their dad. Savor them and save them. Snap photos of those moments as they occur—without anyone spotting you if possible. Incorporate them throughout your story to show some of dad’s best moments as you see them.

These Father’s Day photo book ideas are sure to give dad a big smile this holiday and the many years that follow. If you need help getting started, check out our step-by-step guide. Or, if you’re ready to dig in, download and install the Motif app and get started.

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