Creativity: Capture More Family Memories

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Creativity, Photography, Popular, Slices of Life | 10 comments

This photo of Keegan using my 'big-boy' camera sums up the week. Photo by Macy, age 11

This photo of Keegan using my ‘big-boy’ camera sums up the week. Photo by Macy, age 11

This summer we had a family gathering. My niece, her husband, my nephew, his wife, and their kids (two boys and two girls ranging in age from 6 to 16) came to Colorado to visit. Add Justin and I to the count and there were 10 of us total. We gathered for a week of family fun. In these situations usually somebody ends up being the DP (designated photographer). Because I love to take pictures, the DP is usually me. Being the hyper-creative sort that I am, I came up with an idea to get everyone involved.

I asked everyone to be a photographer. For their travel day, I asked everyone to take a photo of family during the drive to Colorado from Texas. I also asked them to give me their favorite photo from the drive. Once they arrived, we Cheap Jerseys talked about my idea and we agreed to try to do the following each day.

    1. Submit their  favorite drogas photo of the day from all the photos they took. It could be anything – family, artistic, abstract, or otherwise.
    2. Submit a family photo of the day. This didn’t necessarily mean a group photo and “family” could be interpreted loosely as you will see.
    3. Submit a fun photo of the day. It could be silly or in some way, whimsical.
    4. Submit a challenge photo of the day.

For the challenge topic, each morning we would make suggestions Wholesale NFL Jerseys and come to a mutual agreement. The challenge gave everyone the opportunity to keep their eyes open and think creatively. Naturally most of the photos documented our time together but they were fun and engaging. Our challenges were: leaf or leaves, round, one, stone, cross, and elements.

Some photos were taken on smart phones while others were taken with cameras. By having the entire family participate we were able to see the week from other’s perspectives and it provided an ongoing activity for everyone. Since the DP is usually behind the camera, this group endeavor allowed for everyone to be in included in the photos.

The project was a success. Not everyone turned in four photos every day, but having the extra photos from different perspectives was fantastic. The challenge generated a collection of images that will forever be a family treasure.

Over the past two years I’ve done several books on demand. I use Blurb ( but there are other publish-on-demand websites as well. From our photos I assembled a 154 page coffee table book that will no doubt be a family treasure in years to come. Each family ordered a book. I feel that the price is well worth it. You can preview the entire book here.

The next time you have a gathering consider asking everyone fake oakleys to get involved. The structure of having four specified topics gives a purpose to everyone who participates. Seeing the event from different perspectives can be enlightening and rewarding. Here are examples of the photos we took.

Keegan (age 9) took this photo of his brother and cousin. Don't forget how visually emotional an image that is converted to black and white can be.

Keegan (age 9) took this photo of his brother and cousin. Don’t forget how visually emotional an image that is converted to black and white cheap oakleys can be.

Macy (age 11) found a great way to tell a family story.

Macy (age 11) found a great way to tell a family story.

Jonell found a mother with her triplets. Most certainly this is a family.

Jonell found a mother with her triplets. Most certainly this is a family.

My niece selected their lunchtime drinks as the family photo for the day.

My niece selected their lunchtime drinks as the family photo for the day.

Here is a group of images from our challenge topic – One.

<img class="size-full wp-image-276" src="" alt="Clockwise from top left: by nephew Tye, by niece Toi, by niece-in-law Jonell, by Macy cheap oakley sunglasses (age 11), by Ricky, by Kellan (age 6). Kellan saw one white bear mixed in with the others.” width=”1183″ height=”787″ srcset=” 1183w,×199.jpg 300w,×681.jpg 1024w,×306.jpg 462w,×94.jpg 140w” sizes=”(max-width: 1183px) 100vw, 1183px” />

Clockwise from top left: by nephew Tye, by niece Toi, by niece-in-law Jonell, by Macy (age 11), by Ricky, by Kellan (age 6). Kellan saw one white bear mixed in with the others.


  1. Priceless collection- love the format- and what fun to create the word FAMILY in the shadows….:) Thanks for sharing. Where is that place with all the rock and wire….I must know!!!

  2. Peg – it’s Bishop Castle in Colorado – google it.

    • Wow- thanks- finally googled it- I could spend hours photographing that place……have to put it on my bucket list…..

  3. Oh my! That is all to say!

  4. What a great idea. I’m always trying to encourage my “sports-minded” family to be creative, not always successfully. I think they would love this!

  5. What a great way to involve everyone! The pics are wonderful.

  6. Hi Ricky, I have been following your site and I am glad to see something new coming. Always exciting to see something new. I love the photos. Especially the ones the kids took. They see everything in a different light. Looking forward to what’s next. Helen

  7. Hi Ricky, Love the book!!! Wanting to do this as well.
    Can you tell me please what quality book this was (is standard landscape? standard paper? or go gloss?) I would love advice as to what is a good way to go.
    Love your site as well – have been inspired by your photography panning.
    Thanks for sharing all that you do.

    • Leonie – This was the large landscape – like a coffee table size. Price is in the 130.00 range for the 154 pages. – but as I said worth it. I have used most of their mid to high grade papers, but really the default paper is VERY good. The most expensive is almost too heavy and pearly – but it is NICE. Most of the books I have done have been standard landscape and those are a very nice manageable size too. Enjoy!

      • Thanks for the feedback Ricky. Happy to pay this if the quality is good, and really it is less than $1 a photo. And they have an Aussie site as well!…… now which photo’s to select

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