Fun with Father’s Day Photos

dadbeachNo matter where you plan to spend Father’s Day, don’t forget to take your camera along to document the memories.  The photos you snap at the beach, park, pool or right in your backyard can be transformed into touching mementos of Dad’s special day.

Take aim at Dad and the kids frolicking in the waves, burying each other in the sand or searching for bugs along a nature trail.  Shoot from unique angles rather than traditional ones and don’t be afraid to experiment with different exposures.  More importantly, ditch the posed shots of Dad standing static with Junior and Jane leaning against him.  Instead, focus on taking candid shots.  Use your camera’s zoom lens to focus in on the action or simply get in for a close-up when your subjects are engaged in an activity and don’t notice you are documenting the fun.

Once you snap your Father’s Day pictures preserve the precious moments in a laminated placemat.  This option is much more practical and fun than a boring frame.  What’s more, it gives your little ones a chance to get in on the project by letting them help with the construction.  To start, allow each child to pick roughly six of their favorite pictures with Dad.  If your children are old enough you could even give them a chance to take photos of their own with Pop on Father’s Day.  Let them share a digital camera or purchase a disposable camera for each child.

The next step is to arrange the photos on a large piece of construction paper.  From here, let your kids take over with their creativity.  They can embellish the placemats with glitter, sequins, stickers, stamps or add speech bubbles by the pictures or include funny Father’s Day jokes.  Once the items are glued in place, laminate the placemat and use it during mealtime with Dad.


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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.