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As a parent, chances are, you want to capture every significant moment in your little one’s life to be looked back on fondly later down the line. Chances are, you want to capture a whole lot of the day to day things your family do too. It’s not just about big occasions. It’s about remembering the little moments that went into forming your little one as they grow up! This is completely understandable. Photographs are popular for a reason and we take millions of them every single day. Now, many of us will simply take snaps on our smartphones. This makes sense. Not only are smartphone cameras improving in quality constantly (many now produce great quality pictures that really will stand the test of time), but smartphones are also highly convenient. You always have your smartphone on you, which means you can always pull it out at the opportune moment to capture some beautiful shots of your kids. But at the same time, it means that many of us are pretty limited in the types of pictures we take of our kids. Let’s take a moment to find some great ways to take and display great images of our family life!
Taking Alternative Pictures
So, what ways can you take pictures besides using your phone? The truth is, there are countless options available to you. But here are a few crowd favourites amongst parents.
Polaroid cameras went out of fashion for a while. People were used to the instant prints and became more drawn to SLR and DSLR photo quality when new technology came along. But nowadays, many of us are drawn to the lower quality, retro feel of images produced by polaroid cameras. Polaroid cameras also tend to capture more candid shots. You can’t pose or stage them too well and you get the image that you take – retakes will be costly and use a lot of film, so people are more likely to accept the first shot rather than retaking and retaking until they get a “perfect” picture that isn’t wholly real or representative of what your little ones were actually doing. Thanks to an increased demand for polaroid cameras and images, the cameras themselves and film are now more widely available and at a lower cost than ever before! You don’t have to go rooting around charity stores and car boot sales to find one – you can have a brand new one that will definitely work instead.
Disposable Camera Images
Again, disposable cameras fell out of favour when digital came along. But they, again, capture some really great and candid shots! Not only does the picture quality look homely, but the images are much more likely to be candid and more accurate representations of day to day life in your family home. Buying in multipacks, or buying options that include printing, can help to save money on them!
If you want high quality pictures of you and your family, why not consider a professional photoshoot? A professional photographer will be able to take high quality images of you and your family – letting you know how to position yourselves, taking care of lighting and ensuring there are beautiful surroundings for the images. Take a look into family photography to find a professional and talented photographer. It’s always a good idea to check through your chosen photographer’s portfolio to ensure that you like their style. Also check their reviews to ensure that others have been happy with the service they received.
Showcasing Your Pictures
The vast majority of us will take pictures and simply upload them to social media. Now, using social media is a brilliant way for us to show our loved ones, friends, family, colleagues, casual acquaintances, and anyone else on our friends list our family lives. The average person will post so many images online that our feeds can accurately track our day to day lives. So, social media is a great way to showcase your images (though you may want to make your profiles private for the sake of safety and privacy). However, you should have more ways of showcasing your pictures too. There are a number of problems that can arise from relying wholly on a social media platform to store your pictures – from technical errors to hacking to an accidentally deleted or blocked account – you could easily find your pictures lost. Plus, you can’t put your social media feed up on your living room wall. So, here are a few extra ways you can display your pictures.
Photo albums used to be the only means of neatly showcasing your pictures back in the day. But nowadays, they’ve fallen out of style a little. Why not bring them back? Photo albums are a great and fun way to display your images – just print them out, stick them in and you’ll be able to flick through every time you want a pick me up. You can even keep bits and pieces from different days out and turn your album into a scrapbook.
Digital Photo Frames
If you want to stay digital, digital photo frames are a great way to display a number of images in your home. Generally speaking, you can set up a show reel, which will show a selection of your favourite images of you and your family. Every time you look at your digital frame, there will be a new fond memory to look at. This will give your photographs a new lease of life. Browse different options, as there are different frame sizes and frame colours. Prioritise picture quality and make sure you have somewhere convenient to plug it into.
These are just a few different ways that you can capture and display all of your fondest family memories. You don’t always have to stick with the norm and go with the flow. Some of the above suggestions are alternative, but will really help you to create unique images that will stand out from the crowd!