Are Photo Albums Old-Fashioned?

One of my most valued possessions is my collection of photo albums. My mother did an excellent job of capturing our lives in photographs, and an even more excellent job of organizing them into albums. No, she didn’t scrapbook, as many often do these days. She put them all in a row in regular albums. I have one album for every two years of my life. I’ve continued the tradition with our daughter. As I look around at other families, I sometimes feel old-fashioned for continuing the tradition. It seems that most families today are doing one of two things: … Continue reading

Free 8×10 Of Baby

I know I said yesterday that today’s blog would be about whether you need to replace your child’s car seat after a car accident, but I discovered a deal that I had to share with you, and it’s only valid today. I know that many parents take their children to get their pictures taken professionally. This usually happens at three months, six months, nine months, one year, and every subsequent birthday. I’ve never taken my daughter to get her picture taken professionally. I’m not sure why, but it probably is a combination of a few things. It could be the … Continue reading

Photographing Kids On Their Level

In order to get great shots of your kids, you need to be on their level. Photos look better when they are taken at the same level as the subject. Since kids are short, you’ll need to bend or kneel down to take photos of them. If your child is playing with cars on the floor, you’ll get a better shot if you kneel down and snap the shot in front of him. Also, keep in mind: *Closer is better: Your subject should take up the majority of the frame. Move in so that you don’t have a lot of … Continue reading

The Three Biggest No No’s People Do With Their Photographs

There are so many things that people do with their photographs or have done with their photographs in the past, that sincerely make me cringe. Of course, it is not just me that is cringing. The people who are dedicated to archival quality of photographs are cringing too. These three no-no’s are so common, it is scary. Please avoid these three horrible ideas at all costs. Marking the Photograph Do not, I repeat, do not mark on the back of your photograph with anything other than a photo pencil that has been created and designed to keep your photographs safe. … Continue reading

Properly Handling a Photograph

Obviously the majority of us amateur photographers do not care as much about how to properly handle a photograph. But it can make a huge difference in how long your photographs will last and how much damage is done. Therefore, proper handling of a photograph is an important thing to learn, especially if you are at all interested in passing your photographs down to generations to come. Clean Hands One would think that this would be common sense, but you would be amazed at how many people handle photographs over lunch at a cafe with friends or dinner with relatives. … Continue reading

Keeping Your Photos Safe: Water Damage

Recently, I had the opportunity to teach a scrapbooking class about photo preservation. The hot topic of the night seemed to be protecting your photographs. Almost every question asked was about how to properly store your photos, how to protect them when putting them into your albums, and what to place near and not place near the photographs on a layout. All good questions, as well as ultimately important to the longevity of your scrapbooks and memories. Although it seems obvious that someone would not store their photographs near water, you’d be surprised at how many people do not realize … Continue reading