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Thank Dad for All the Memories With a Father’s Day Photo Book

Say Happy Father’s Day with a hug from the kids and a photo book from Motif.

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This year, don’t just say you’re thinking about Dad. Thank him with a Father’s Day photo book. A collection of photos for dad says so much more about how important he is to you than a tie or a new coffee mug. Get creative.

Need inspiration? Check out the fun Father’s Day photo book ideas below. They speak to every father figure. No matter who you’re celebrating this Father’s Day, a personalized photo book will show your love and appreciation.

1.  Choose Photos of You and Dad at Different Ages

The side-by-side photo of you as a baby next to your dad as a baby is a popular idea. Expand that concept further as a way to honor your similarities. It might be your physical features that mirror Dad.  Perhaps there’s cross-over with your hobbies and interests.  Either way, leverage these parallels to create a “you vs. dad” photo book.

Dedicate every left-hand page to your dad and every right hand-page to photos of yourself. When showcasing your physical similarities, choose photos at certain age increments. Years 1, 5, 10, 14, 18, and 21 offer a good age progression. Use special life events to earmark time. First haircuts, the first day of Kindergarten, and high school graduation are all memorable. These types of photos are easier to find.

When highlighting shared hobbies, age isn’t as important. You might have a photo of Dad fishing when he was two years old. Ideally, you’d have a photo of your dad teaching you to fish around the same age. You can use whatever you have. This comparison is more about the activity or interest.

For your Father’s Day photo book, recreate memories of dad drinking hot chocolate with his sister.

2.  Recreate Old Photos

Is your dad a grandfather? Try this spinoff of the “dad vs. me” idea. Gather old photos of your dad (the grandfather) as a kid. The goofier, the better. Then, enlist his grandkids to recreate those memorable moments. This will take some time and creativity. Source pictures from family members. Filter through what’s available and choose photos with fewer people and props. They’ll be easier to mimic. But don’t shy away from a complicated picture if you think grandpa will enjoy it. The key is selecting memories that make him smile.  

Your Father’s Day photo book can showcase Dad and the kids cheering his favorite sports team.

3.  Highlight His Favorite Sports Team

For many fathers, the fastest way to their heart is through sports. Make this Father’s Day photo book about their favorite team. It’s an instant win for everyone. There are many ways to do this. Give priority to any photos of Dad and the kids watching his team.  If there are infant grandchildren, create an entire baby photo shoot of them dressed up as a player or fans. Add any candid shots from tailgating, watch parties, and attending games. Leave room on the pages for memorable captions or even signatures. A simple “Go Team!” works just as well. 

Family selfie on vacation while hiking is a good theme for your Father’s Day photo book.

4.  Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Dads of teens and twenty-somethings have more photos available. There’s not a photo book size large enough to hold all those memories. You’ll have to narrow it down with a theme. The theme should carry through as many years as possible. Annual activities, like vacations, reunions, or holidays are excellent options. Any regularly occurring event provides good fodder for your memory book. Stick to one theme, though. Select only the best theme-appropriate photos for it. 

A photo of family wearing red, white, and blue is perfect for a Father’s Day photo calendar.

5.  Celebrate the Last 365 Days

New dads don’t yet have the benefit of a wide range of memories. For these fathers, focus on the last 365 days. That should provide enough options to create a sizable Father’s Day photo book. If photo choices are limited, consider a photo calendar. You’ll only need  12 photos of Dad throughout the year. The months don’t have to match up exactly. Try to match the seasons or themes of each month. For example, March could be any photo of Dad wearing green.

Whether it’s a book or calendar, give it variety. Make some images pure father photography. He’s the star of the shot. Mix those with family portraits or group photos. Dad will have so much to look at. He won’t even notice it’s only a year in review. This could become a wonderful Father’s Day tradition.

Add photos of Dad playing catch with his son to your Father’s Day photo book.

6.  Showcase What You Love About Dad

Tell Dad why you love him with photos. Show him playing catch with the kids, doing yard work, or cooking. The options are as infinite as your imagination. Don’t forget to get everyone’s input. Kids of all ages can add their favorite things to this Father’s Day photo book. Leave room for a caption like: “I love when you _____.” You can either fill in the blank or leave it open to allow others to write in their answers. 

The challenge might be finding photos that match the sentiment. You may love that your dad mows the lawn. But is there a photo of him doing that? It’s okay if you don’t have the right imagery. Ask your little one to draw Dad mowing the lawn. Then, take a picture of them holding the drawing. Another option is to omit the picture completely. When some pages only have words, it adds variety to your photo book design.

Wrap It Up

Before wrapping up your Father’s Day photo book, review everything. Do you need to edit photos? Have you chosen the best layout? This will be one of the most sentimental gift ideas he has ever received. Let the people at Motif help you make it perfect. In addition to tips and advice, Motif offers beautiful craftsmanship. Motif uses only premium paper that provides bright colors and zero bleed. Each page is coated with a silk-finish, adding both weight and softness. Expect your Father’s Day photo book to arrive in mint condition. All you have to do is add wrapping paper and a bow.

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