It started about eight years ago — Addie was right in the thick of the toddler years and couldn’t get enough of looking at her own face on my computer. After a trip to California to visit grandparents, I decided to print out a couple dozen photos and have them laminated together and spiral bound like a book. Addie loved looking at those photos wherever we were, and now Vivi likes looking at the same pictures just as much. My kids have been known to carry around photos of themselves or family members until the paper is so sticky and worn the person in the photo is almost unrecognizable. I’ve tucked spare photos into lunch boxes, used them as greeting cards and have even drawn funny faces on them and left them under Addie’s pillow.
There’s power in a tangible picture and what it can say or do in any number of situations — from reminding your kid to comb their hair to reminding you that one bowl of ice cream is probably enough for tonight. What are the creative things you’ve done with printed photos?
And if you never have used them in your everyday life, here’s a few ideas of how I’ve used them to send subtle (and sometimes very loud) messages to my family with my face and a few choice words.
Find more of Casey’s writing on her blog moosh in indy. She’s also available on twitter, facebook, flickr and Instagram. If you can’t find her any of those places? Check the couch, she’s probably taking a nap.