Photo Book Gift Idea: Using your photography to illustrate a poem or story.

Everybody loves Photo Books. They are sentimental. They are easy. There are endless templates on Snapfish and Shutterfly and Walmart to make them look professional. You're not going to get glue all over your fingers and spend hundreds of dollars on fancy stickers - which is what the die-hard scrap-bookers do, and frankly - a Photo book might look nicer. 

For Mother's day, I took a poem my momma wrote that I always loved. Yep, she is a closet poet. I got a photo from each of my sibs to illustrate the pages. The result was a beautiful book with sentimental photos from all around the country - each from a different kid. I have seven siblings - so I got my material from them and just put it together. You could use a poem from someone a bit more famous, or even a favorite story, and then illustrate it with your own or perhaps your own kid's photography (I am amazed at the photos my 9-year-old brother takes). Below is the result :).

Photo by Joey - Age 14 - Squaw Valley, CA

Photo by Joey - Age 14 - Squaw Valley, CA

I want to leave to a lonely place
where the mountains touch the sky,
Photo by Julia - NM

Photo by Julia - NM

with no other soul to see my face
and no one would here me cry
Photo by Jack, age 9 - Yosemite CA

Photo by Jack, age 9 - Yosemite CA

A quick escape to a quiet retreat
with wild things for my company,
Photo by me - Taos NM

Photo by me - Taos NM

soft meadow grass beneath my feet,
no one there to make little of me
Photo by Kristen - Portugal Beaches

Photo by Kristen - Portugal Beaches

   Photo by Laura - Grand Tetons

 

Photo by Laura - Grand Tetons
I want to rest on nature’s breast
freely choose to laugh or scream
Photo by me - Jemez NM

Photo by me - Jemez NM

only replied from a meadowlark’s nest,
a drone of a bee, or a rush of a stream
Photo by Skip - Southwest

Photo by Skip - Southwest

I want to go to a hidden spot
with a cabin build for one alone,
Photo by Sophie - El Paso TX 

Photo by Sophie - El Paso TX 

where the breeze is cool and the sun shines hot.
The doorbell’s missing and there won’t be a phone
Photo by me - Garden of the Gods CO

Photo by me - Garden of the Gods CO

I won’t need a mirror out in God’s beauty
for I’ll feel strong and connected and wise,
Photo by Bertie - CA

Photo by Bertie - CA

no acting for others, no pressure or duty,
I’ll sleep when I want to, I’ll rise when I rise.

Pretty, huh? I love that poem, and the pics. It made for a fun and sentimental mother's day gift.