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4 Father’s Day Photo Book Ideas

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

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If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect Father’s Day gift, Motif has you covered. Why not create a personalized Father’s Day photo book with Motif? Make this year stand out with a gift  that documents how wonderful fatherhood can be.  Download the app and experiment with your own style. Or if you’re not sure where to start, read on for four Father’s Day photo book ideas that are sure to delight him every time.

Now and Then

Is your baby it’s dad’s doppelganger? Does your daughter have her father’s eyes and cheeky smile? Why not showcase this phenomenon with some fun comparison photos of your babies and their dad?

A toddler playing with their father's face | Motif

A great way to do this is to dive into some of the dad’s baby photos. (His family are sure to have some great shots you can use!)  Then examine  some photos of your own children around the same age  and  find similar poses where possible. Line the shots up next to each other and you’ll be able to  compare directly.

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? Candid moments like those evoke loving memories that are guaranteed to put a smile on his face.

Showcase your collection of photos with  Motif’s professionally designed layouts. You can even add little captions to relay what you see to make his photo book even more personal.

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 gift 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.

A little something 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 helps out a little. . 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 personality.

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 on decorative canvases. 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

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

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. 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.

Create a personalized father’s day photo book with Motif

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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