This October, join me here for 31 days of photo fun! Here's a list of some of the topics that we will discuss this month:
Will I sprinkle in some information about FOREVER in my posts? Of course, as it relates to the day's topic. I'd be remiss if I didn't. But, overall, the intentions of my 31 Days of Photo Fun series is to inspire some fun & meaningful creativity for your photo desires.
So, let's get started with Day 1...Perspective in Photography.
Image 1: The Monster Sea Glove is about to attack our son!
Image 2: On no! It gobbled him up!
Image 3: Not to worry! Our son was able to fight his way out and kick the Monster Sea Glove away! Hurray!
The beach is one of my family's favorite places. We've been going for the past 25 years, which means we have a lot of family photos on the beach. Sometimes, it was easier when the children were younger and didn't mind being photographed. They didn't mind that sand dotted their bodies or that they had windblown hair. As they became teenagers and young adults, they weren't as eager to let Mom take a picture of them in the same condition. They also didn't understand my desire to capture yet another family photo on the beach. We already have so many, they seemed to grumble under their breath as they finally agreed to let me take yet ONE more picture.
Finally, one year, instead of trying to fight this resistance, I decided to change my perspective. Literally.
I stopped trying to take studio-type photos lining everyone up by height facing in the direction that gives the best lighting, and/or repositioning limbs or other props to create a picture perfect day at the beach. If anyone moved or closed their eyes, Mom (me) made everyone do it again...and again, and again. (No wonder my kids resisted my requests of pictures on the beach!)
Instead, I started snapping the camera with some perspective; photos that make things look one way when they really aren't. It is SO much fun that these are becoming our norm for beach photos!
However, I am still learning and practicing this technique. I hope to one day be as skilled in perspective in photography as the person taking the one below.
Fun, right? Adding perspective into some of our family photos seems to best reflect our family's sense of humor and playfulness. But, perspective in photography does not have to reflect fun and playfulness. It can be ANYTHING you want it to be. It can be serious or heartwarming. Don't limit what your camera can capture!
Lay down on the floor to capture the view your feet, or a small pet, may see every day. Stand on a chair or steps (with caution) to turn your camera down onto the action below. Look upward and take in what is directly above you. Look ALL around! Take a photo from a different perspective!
Thank you, again, for joining me during this 31 day series of Photo Fun! Today, challenge yourself to take a photo with a different perspective that you normally take! Let your imagination run! And, if you want, please share with us! We'd like to ooh & aah with you!
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If you have kids, you probably also have their beautiful artwork…somewhere. Right? Are the beautiful works of their creations stored away in a box somewhere…maybe? Right?
If you answered yes, maybe, or not sure, then I have some ideas of how to get them out of that box (or other place you will eventually remember) to be enjoyed in more visible ways!
Want to hear more?
But, for now, let’s move on with the next step once the photos of your child’s artwork are taken and uploaded in your FOREVER® Account…CREATE A PHOTO STORY BOOK!
I can already envision what a beautiful coffee table item such a photo story book will be as you walk through the pages of your favorite artist’s gallery of creations! It can also be a great conversational opportunity for you and your child, too, for years to come. “Tell me the story about this creation.” “How did you feel making this?” “Why did you choose this color or that shape?” "Remember what was going on when you were that age?"
Children love to see their artwork on display. Many times, the refrigerator door is the display case for a child’s art…UNTIL. Until the edges curl and/or the paper tears. Until it gets wet or stained. Until it falls or gets buried behind another piece of paper.
No matter where you keep the artwork, over time, construction paper becomes brittle and easily rips. Overtime, pasta noodles or other glued embellishments lose their adhesiveness. Overtime, paint cracks/peels and pencil drawings smudge. Over time, the art can become unrecognizable. You don’t want to throw it out. You want to hold on to the precious memories, but you also don’t want to keep it in decaying conditions. What to do?
CREATE A PHOTO STORY BOOK!
Here’s a quick tip if your youngster is still in their early stages of art making: Take a photo of your child holding their artwork. That way, you capture both the artist and their masterpiece. (This also helps to identify the age/date of when the art was created.)
First, I want to encourage you to consider getting the free account of FOREVER® & the free FOREVER® app for your phone. Give your children’s priceless artwork a safe and permanent home along with all of your other precious photo memories.
“What is this FOREVER® thing you are talking about? And what is FOREVER Storage®?”
If you are asking these questions, I invite you to browse HERE to learn more about FOREVER® in general, and click HERE to learn more about FOREVER Storage®. Or, contact me!
If you're ready to grab your free account, click on the photo below!
In the meantime, take a photo of each piece of your child’s artwork…or scan it…or send it in a FOREVER® Media Conversion Box to be professionally digitized into your safe and permanent FOREVER® Account. It's up to you how you'd like to get your photos into it's permanent and safe home with which to enjoy.
“Wait! What’s a FOREVER® Media Conversion Box?”
If you just asked that question, I invite you to browse HERE or click on the photo below to learn more. Or, contact me!
Here’s another great artistic idea: Help your youngster create their own photo story books! An A-B-C book, a 1-2-3 book, or a Colors & Shapes Book. Or, create a photo story book yourself to give as a gift for a little one! What a fun, one-of-a-kind gift it will be for them! They'll be smiling just like Paul (nephew of one of our Ambassador's) is in this photo! What joy! This gift is actually great for ages 0-100+!
Making a photo story book is so easy to do, too! You can make a book built to last with archival quality materials in minutes from your phone or computer that has a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee:
Forever is absolutely committed to delivering excellent print quality for every single project that you trust them to produce. Their printer’s modern facility utilizes state-of-the-art equipment, premium materials, and a team of passionate print professionals who are dedicated to delivering your printed project with absolute precision. If you have questions or concerns, please send an email at email@example.com or call 1-888-FOREVER (1-888-367-3837).
I feel like I’m about to turn into an infomercial by saying,
“But, wait, there’s more!”
But, seriously...THERE IS!
Coming this Fall, the FOREVER® Print Shop is expanding with more products! In addition to photo books, you will be able to create ornaments, greeting cards, post cards, canvas wall art, metal plaques, calendars, puzzles, and mugs with your favorite photos and sayings of your choice!
How fun will it be to be able to turn your child’s artwork into more works of art for yourself as well as to share with loved ones! The possibilities are endless!
Your child created their masterpiece for you to celebrate. Instead of letting their art stay boxed, damaged or lost, preserve these precious life stories now and for future generations.
Can I help you create a treasure for your heart with a photo story book?
Can I help you with creating, celebrating & preserving your life stories with FOREVER®?
Have you ever shopped an antique store or a used thrift shop and seen beautiful frames for sale, some containing old photos? I always wonder, "What's the story that goes with this photo?" I will transport myself to the time of the picture and give names to the people and places I may see along the way. I use my imagination during my brief shopping excursion to create a fabricated story, but the truth is that there really was, or is, a story.
The other truth is that our stories can sometimes get stuck in a box in the attic, given away to resale shops, destroyed or damaged in natural disasters, or just thrown out accidentally. Even with today's technological advances, we can keep our stories stuck on our phones and computers or accidentally deleted from electronic devices like I did with my son's college graduation photos when I did an upgrade on my phone years ago. They just vanished. (I still can't believe I did that! And, believe me, I tried every possible way to get someone to help get those lost photos back to no avail.)
Speaking of today's phones, I also have missed capturing precious moments due to lack of storage space on my phone. By the time I tried to make room by deleting this app or that photo, the moment had passed, and I lost a bit of that story to record. (Yes, I purchased more iCloud space, but it's not permanent storage. Watch the videos below to learn more about that!)
Have you ever experienced your own "lost stories?"
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to FOREVER®, a permanent photo storage company that also provides media conversions and print projects to make priceless keepsakes.
I gotta admit. I was extremely skeptical to give FOREVER® a try or to even listen to any information at all about them. I had so many questions.
For years, I have had it on my heart to assemble my family's stories through our photos, videos, and documents into a central location for all to see, use and enjoy as well as to create gifts to pass on to our loved ones. Yet, upon learning that there may be a perfect match to my heart's desire, I panicked with skepticism and froze from taking action towards this desire to pass on our family's legacy for our future generations.
When I shared with my friend that I was leery because FOREVER® seemed too good to be true, my friend kept gently encouraging me to at least use the free 2GB account FOREVER® offers to try it on and see for myself. Besides being free, there was also a $10 coupon to use towards future print projects, additional storage, media conversions, and software...so, why not try it on, right? Into the dressing room I went.
And, I am glad I did. I liked what I saw. It was, and continues to be, a great fit!
In a nutshell, here's what I like about FOREVER®:
And, FOREVER® has a business opportunity, too. Having an entrepreneur spirit, I was intrigued. I love being my own boss...or maybe I am just bossy...either way, if I like FOREVER so much and share it with others, why not turn a passion into a day's work?
So, here's what I LOVE about FOREVER® and why I decided to become an Ambassador with the company helping others with their collecting, curating, creating, and celebrating with their precious family memories: To celebrate our memories...today.
Not when we have more money or time to do so. Not when we can get around to it at a better time. Not when it's too late after the passing of a loved one...but, TODAY.
Three years ago, my sister suddenly passed away at the age of 57. Just the day before she passed, she stopped by my house to leave me a Valentine's Day present. I was busy cleaning the house and did not hear her knock. (Our doorbell was broken.) She left the present on my porch. Oh, how I wished I had heard her knock so I could have one more hello, one more smile, one more hug, one more goodbye. But, that will still never be enough. I'd still want more. But, I am grateful for the Tuesday night 5 days prior when she stopped by to visit for an hour. It was a wonderful visit. Ironically, we even talked about the passing of loved ones and funeral services during that visit.
What we didn't talk about was how difficult it must be to compile photos and/or videos of our deceased loved one for their services. I quickly found out how difficult it would be that next week. I knew I had wonderful photos of my sister...somewhere in the abyss of my cabinet that looked more like a closet in a cartoon where upon opening of the door, everything comes tumbling out flattening the person in front of it. Digging through boxes with not enough time or energy only provided me to find just some of the photos I had in mind, but not all.
I became determined to not let this happen to my children and loved ones when it comes time for them to compile images for my funeral. Plus, I don't want to wait to pull photos out until a funeral. I want to celebrate the memories now, documenting our stories as we live them, not when we can't remember some of the details. I have made a decision to make my family photo organization a priority in my life, and FOREVER® is gifting me the opportunity to do so confidently and efficiently.
Like anything great you experience, you can't keep it to yourself, right? That's how I felt with what I've been able to do with my photos in FOREVER®. I wanted others to experience the same joy and comfort as I was experiencing. That's when my friend invited me to consider becoming an Ambassador like herself. I had some questions (would you expect anything less?). My main concern was cost, time, and expectations. After she provided me with the answers to my questions, I found being an Ambassador to be a no brainer for me!
Here's my top 5 reasons why:
1.) The only requirement is to purchase a digital kit that costs $49.
2.) Your FOREVER® website is free.
3.) You can share FOREVER® however & whenever you want. Seriously.
4.) You don't have to lug around any products or keep an inventory of anything from which to sell. Never!
5.) Incentives including travel opportunities!
But, again the biggest perk for me is to help others live & leave a legacy with their photo & video stories & celebrate their memories today!
Want to get your free 2GB account & $10 coupon now? Click here!
Or, contact me to help you with your photo organization, storage, conversions & custom gifts!
In the meantime, I invite you to learn more about FOREVER®. The following videos seem to say it best:
Is there something in these videos that spoke to your heart? Do you have a similar desire to assemble your family's stories in one central location for all to see, use, and create keepsakes? Do you want insurance for your photos by providing a permanent digital home that will last for generations?
Then, I invite you to also try on FOREVER®!
Still want to know more? Check out FOREVER's® blog, too! Here's a recent article:
I am passionate about tacos. (Seriously, I am.)
But, I am even more passionate about T.A.C.O.S....
Talking About Celebrating Our Stories!
Are you passionate about them, too?
Then, let's do some T.A.C.O.S.!
Thank you for reading & sharing!
Hi! I'm Bonnie.