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To those who have children, let’s take a little test. If you were asked to show the photos of your kids’ first years, how long would it take you to find them? If your child is two or three, the search is not as difficult as it would be for those with kids just starting high school. Imagine a parent with teens scrolling and scrolling and scrolling in search of that moment nearly two decades ago. Not to mention all the random stops along the way to look at vacation pictures and cute dog pics.
- First year photo book ideas
- A photo for each month
- My first holidays
- Baby’s first – Milestone photos
- Tips for taking first year photos
- Don’t forget the small details
- Use natural light when possible
- Props and backgrounds
- How do I make a first year photo book?
Point being, if a parent had a printed first year photo album they’d simply pick it up off the bookcase or coffee table. They could then leisurely page through it without having to pinch or spread the screen like they would looking on their device. It might live right next to their best vacations photo books and the one featuring photos of their adorable hound.
First year photo albums are easy to make. They make viewing photos even easier. They also make really great gifts to grandparents, aunts/uncles, relatives, and friends. People who’ve made it a habit of documenting their children’s and family’s lives never regret it. To start your own first year photo book keep on reading.
First year photo book ideas
There’s no doubt you’ll be able to find enough photos of your child to create a “my first year photo album.” You probably have enough for an entire library. In a child’s first year, a lot of firsts take place. If you think about it, everything is a first for a while. Their first wink and their first interaction with the family pet. Your camera fills up quickly with photos that are followed by more. That’s why it’s important to put your favorites in a printed photo book for easy viewing and safe keeping.
In addition to your favorites, there’s a few other ways to organize a baby’s first year photo book.
A photo for each month
A really fun, yet simple photo book to make with the new addition of your family involves a monthly approach. Taking one photo each month and putting them into a photo book, results in a clean, simple, and stylish my first year photo book.
If possible, considering the way babies tend to grow, take the photo in the same outfit and pose to create an amazing flip book. As you flip through the book, watch your child grow with every turn of the page. Think long term with this idea and you could end up with an amazing book just as they’re ready to leave for college.
My first holidays
There are official and not so official holidays for every month and day of the year. That’s reason enough for parents to find a cute outfit for each one. Ask any grandparent and they’ll tell you every day is National Cute Baby day. So, dress up the wee ones and take some first holiday photos.
Baby’s first – Milestone photos
As mentioned earlier, just about everything is a first in the early days of your child. However, a first tooth, first roll over, first steps, first vacation often get the camera snapping. It’s important to capture those moments for posterity. You’ll be glad you have a printed volume of these moments instead of scrolling endlessly through all the photos on your phone.
Tips for taking first year photos
Great photos do make for great first year photo albums. Honestly, so do good photos. Your child is going to shine no matter what quality the photo is. But if there’s a baby on the way or you just want to up your photo game, here’s a few photo tips.
Don’t forget the small details
With infants, every detail is small. That includes their toes, belly buttons, eyelashes, and noses. Capture them while they are small because before you know it, they’re asking to borrow the car so they can pick up their boyfriend/girlfriend. So before you hand them the keys, make them sit down and go through the photobook you made of them when they were just a wee one.
Use natural light when possible
If you look closely at this goofy little toddler, you’ll see the reflections of windows in their eyes. Trying to pull this shot off using artificial light might light up that face in places you don’t want.
Props and backgrounds
It takes babies a little while to sit upright on their own with ease. Until then rely on the furry little friends they’re surrounded by to assist in capturing adorable shots. A willing mother/father, aunt/uncle, older sibling can also play the supporting role. They don’t have to be fully in screen but it’s natural to have someone else there.
In addition to being great props in photos, stuffed animals also make for excellent backgrounds. It’s pretty easy to pair the right props when taking photos for various holidays. A pumpkin patch works great for Halloween and Thanksgiving. A collection of holiday gifts surrounding your baby makes them look like quite the gift themselves.
How do I make a first year photo book?
Making your baby’s first year photo book begins with downloading Motif to your Mac laptop/desktop and iPhone/iPad. It’s free to download and also free to create with. If you like what you make, simply click or tap Checkout to purchase.
Motif works seamlessly with your Apple Photos so there’s no photo uploading necessary. There’s a variety of sizes and finishes to choose from. On your Mac, open Photos and select the images you’d like to create your photo book with. In the File menu select Create then Photo Book then Motif. On your iPhone/iPad, open the Motif app and then select Photo Book. You could literally transform some favorite baby photos into a first year photo album in minutes.
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