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Archive for April, 2010

5 Easy Photography Tips for Great Family Photos

Family photos are always a favorite keepsake, but when it comes to making a family portrait work, there is a lot more than meets the eye. Here are a few tips to make the most of family photos so that every shot looks its best:

1.) Make sure that you coordinate with your family before you take the picture to determine the look and feel of the shot. Will it be formal? Casual? Goofy? Make sure everyone is on the same page concerning what the photo will look like.

2.) Also coordinate with family on attire. Avoid patterns and overly trendy styles, which can make the photo look dated or can cause the photo to look too busy. Make sure your family feels comfortable but is wearing similar colors to keep the look together.

3.) Get creative about your backdrop. Try going outside to find a nice backdrop for your photo. Just remember to adjust your camera settings if you’re going from indoors to out and vice versa.

4.) Speaking of lighting, be sure that there is plenty of light on your subjects so that there are not too many shadows. If you’re taking the photo outside, make sure everyone isn’t squinting into the sunlight.

5.) Have fun with it! Family portraits can be fun experiences. Do not be afraid to joke around with your family or get creative with the shot to make it work.

Teach Your Child with an Earth Day Scrapbook


Our planet is a beautiful, wonderful place filled with surprises and this Earth Day you can make a difference in your child’s life by taking time to teach him or her about the natural world. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the occasion and on April 22, get ready to make a craft that’s sure to not only be remembered, but treasured for years to come.

An Earth Day scrapbook is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Instead of filling the pages with photos of birthday parties and weddings, an Earth Day scrapbook is filled with images of all things that come to life around us. Landscapes, ocean scenes, plants, bugs, animals, and even your child playing the yard are part of what makes an Earth Day scrapbook so special. In addition to photos of the natural world, an Earth Day scrapbook should also include things like pressed flowers, leaves, dried blades of grass, seashells, or other natural treasures that your child can find outside while exploring. Just get together a scrapbook, multi-colored papers, acid-free adhesives, and a few embellishments and you’re ready to put together an Earth Day memory of your own.

Take time this Earth Day to spend time with your child making an Earth Day scrapbook that’s filled with beautiful things from our planet.

Scrapbooking and Art Classes?

Scrapbooking is a very creative hobby and if you consider yourself to be an active scrapbooker, chances are that you’ve experimented with other forms of creative expression, but found scrapbooking to be the best fit. Well, it’s time to open up those sketch pads once more. Taking art classes in other mediums can be a great way to get your creative juices flowing when you’re stuck on how to make your scrapbooks pop.

Art classes in printmaking, drawing, painting, graphic design, and even sculpture can challenge you to view the world in a new way while at the same time, boosting your creativity and encouraging you to experiment with different colors, textures, and techniques in scrapbooking. So, if you find yourself stuck in a rut when it comes to your scrapbook layouts, consider taking an art class to give yourself an inspirational boost. Who knows? Maybe you’ll create many works of art as a result!