Telling Photo Stories

Happy Thursday, everyone. Last day of school here for the kids…summer begins tomorrow!

Making Sausage by Michelle Shefveland. Supplies: Garage Grunge Pak, Simply Done 2.5, Nature’s Sketchbook Papers 4 (cardboard alpha), Nature’s Sketchbook Elements 2 (vintage alpha), Magical Moments Pak (arrow), Nature’s Sketchbook Journals 5, Garden Dahlia (tape) Fonts: typical writer, jane austen

Yesterday Alyssa and I had the opportunity to be a part of a big work day at Mom and Dad’s…one in which we had never participated in before: the making of sausage. Not the cooking and eating of it, but the making of it from raw meat! And, not just a little…90 pounds of it! My brothers and dad are avid hunters, and now have added Mom to the mix….I’m the only one never to have touched a gun before. So, the least we could do was help with the end process! Since it is not something we will probably be able to assist in a great deal, it was important for our family memories to document the whole process. So, why not in a photo story?

What’s a Photo Story?

Taking photos of the process of a family tradition or event or something with a beginning and end, and then getting it into one piece of work is what I would call a photo story.

Tools

Templates are great tools to help share lots of photos on one page. I actually took one of our Simply Done Template sets (2 or 2.5) and modified the shape and number of frames, but you could make your own with our Scrap.Frames, as well.

Tips

  • Work on it as soon as possible, while the story is still fresh and you are inspired from the activity.
  • Don’t worry about the photos being perfect technically. I had my hands dirty much of the time, so had to work quickly to grab shots of the process after multiple clean-ups. Depending on the time I had available, I used my Canon 40D, my cell phone camera, or my point-and-shoot.
  • Since there will likely be a lot of images, keep the frames simple and uniform in design styles.
  • E-mail a printable copy to members of your family, so they can all enjoy the story.
  • For added detail, take a bit of video. I captured Dad sharing the process and some stories about the tools we used (with my Lumix point-and-shoot) and we have it saved in our video folder on my system for safe keeping.

Enjoy telling your stories…they are important to you and your family! Michelle

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