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52 photo ideas

52 photo ideas to break out of the habit of saying “say cheese”.  in the summer of 2011 i created the documenting life challenge which gave weekly prompts to moms to help creatively capture their children.

the prompts:

week one:  favorite summer activity (running through the sprinklers, the pool, eating sno cones, etc).

week two:  favorite book.

week three:  fresh out of bed.

week four:  helping in the kitchen.

week five:  the park.

week six:  the aftermath of a mess that your child has made.

week seven:  the whole family.  have a friend/extended family member/neighbor/tripod take your photo of your family as a whole (1/4)

week eight:  playing in the leaves.

week nine:  pumpkin patch.

week ten:  your child in their halloween costume.

week eleven:  favorite article of clothing.

week twelve:  bath time.

week thirteen:  giving thanks.

week fourteen:  decorating the christmas tree.

week fifteen:  a typical breakfast.

week sixteen:  your child’s bedroom.

week seventeen:  opening gifts on christmas morning.

week eighteen:  the whole family.  have a friend/extended family member/neighbor/tripod take a photo of your family as a whole (2/4).

week nineteen:  ringing in the new year.

week twenty:  their favorite toy.

week twenty-one:  tackling a challenge — learning to walk, crawl, dressing themselves, climbing the stairs, or trying something new.

week twenty-two:  get in the shot — have someone take a photo of you and your child (1/2).

week twenty-three:  creativity — coloring, painting, making things out of play-doh, etc.

week twenty-four:  laughing — get some help from someone on this one.  try tickling, peek-a-boo, and pull out your bag of tricks to get some giggles.

week twenty-five:  just mom & dad.

week twenty-six:  some place you always go but never think to document:  grocery store, daycare, your favorite restaurant

week twenty-seven:  all bundled up.

week twenty-eight:  the whole family.  have a friend/extended family member/neighbor/tripod take a photo of your family as a whole (3/4)

week twenty-nine:  the room you spend the most time in as a family at home

week thirty:  with friends.

week thirty-one:  get in the shot — smooches!

week thirty-two:  easter fun — coloring eggs, hunting for eggs, etc.

week thirty-three:  favorite snack.

week thirty-four:  playing with dad.

week thirty-five:  funny face.

week thirty-six:  having some family fun — riding bikes, bowling, roller skating, miniature golf, etc.

week thirty-seven:  getting messy — fingerpainting, allowing them to eat ice cream or an equally messy food (don’t forget to capture the details of the mess).

week thirty-eight:  fresh from the bath.

week thirty-nine:  with a special family member (grandparent, aunt, uncle, or another important person in their life).

week forty:  at the dinner table.

week forty-one:  water fun — sprinklers, pool, slip ‘ n slide, etc.

week forty-two:  get in the shot:  bedtime story.

week forty-three:  you pick!  who is your child today?  what quirk or trait do you want to remember before they grow out of it.

week forty-four:  in the car.

week forty-five:  celebrating america.

week forty-six:  favorite summer treat — ice cream, sno cone, watermelon, etc

week forty-seven:  your child’s feet.

week forty-eight:  the whole family.  have an extended family member/neighbor/tripod take a photo of your family as a whole (4/4)

week forty-nine:  favorite thing — favorite toy, stuffed animal, blanket, etc

week fifty:  family pet (if you have one…if not you pick the prompt this week!)

week fifty-one:  get in the shot — have someone take a photo of you and your child (2/2)

week fifty-two:  and finally….a posed photo.  dress your child up, use props if you’d like, and ask them to look at you and smile!



  • Sally - Love this list!! Great ideas.

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