>> Wednesday, September 7, 2011
For a yearly photo that records a little more information than a picture alone, you want a photo of your child against a solid colored background. This is a blue door in downtown Lebanon. Position your child so that you have a good bit of blank space in the photo. In this one, my negative space is to his side, but you could also position your child sitting and then leave blank space above them. They could even be holding some balloons to the side. Or if they are really into a certain object/activity you could include that in the photo. For example, my son could have been sitting with a toy tractor. But overall, I think it is best to keep the photo pretty simple to focus on the words.
Here's my original photo, so obviously I did some enhancements in photoshop. I think the only critical thing would have been to remove the door knob and crop out the door frame on the side. You could do that in most of the free photo editing programs, or if not you just want to make sure you position your child against a space without anything like that which would have to be removed.
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For the past 5 years, I've done a yearly family scrapbook and then 2 years ago started doing a book for each child on a yearly basis. I will share those soon (when I get caught up!), but they are alot more work than this photo. As moms, we always intend to record more memories than we are able to end up actually doing. This is a great quick way to make sure you get some of the things about each child recorded yearly.