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Preserve Your Children’s Artwork Through Photography

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kodak-kodak-moments-digital-photography-water-colors-painting-photo-preserving From crooked crayon houses to 1,000-piece Lego creations, your child's creations are just as important as the height markers on the doorframe. You want to keep everything, but soon realize you'll be overrun with artwork. Why not photograph it? Using your camera to document your child's artistic endeavors not only chronicles their development, but opens a whole new world of options. Best of all, you won't feel guilty about those late-night trips to the dumpster!

  • Photograph your children with their art. Take photos of your kids with their artwork. It will help you remember their age when they created it – that beaming smile full of pride—and enable you to create an entertaining theme for your photo album.
  • Take individual photos of each piece. Find a simple background, and use the close-up mode on your camera for smaller pieces. If you are indoors, experiment with your flash, since it may cause distracting reflections.
  • Frame it. Framing your child's art is the perfect way to show how much you appreciate it. And photography is the perfect way to accommodate big pieces, three-dimensional ones, or pieces made from inexpensive materials that will fade or dry out.
  • Dedicate an album or scrapbook. Mix photos of just the artwork with ones of your child holding their creations. Add even more visual interest by including some of the smaller original pieces. A variation might include school portraits, report cards, and photos from PTA events.
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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.

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