Family photos are precious memories of where you and your family are at right now. But how do you use family photos in new and unique ways? Turning them into the yearly holiday card seems to be the most common. However, finding other uses to leverage your investment can sometimes be a challenge. Rest assured, there are some really great ones out there! Let’s take a look at five of my favorites:

  1. Ornaments

    We are quickly approaching the holiday season. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle on the same old holiday card approach for your family photos. Instead, why not utilize those wonderful images as beautiful holiday ornaments? Dazzle your tree with one each year for a nostalgic tradition as you take each one from the box. Don’t forget to make extras! Grandmas and Grandpas love these as gifts, too!

    Family of four together to use family photos

  2. Garland

    Pictures make great garlands for decorating your home or office. Use prints of your favorite family photos to string them together. If you do this tradition every year by placing them in chronological order, you’ll have a special timelapse of your family as you grow together.

    Family of four together to use family photos

  3. Digital Frames

    Since we’re in the digital age, this one is for those of you who love to embrace it. I always encourage my clients to choose their favorite family photos to have them on display in their home. But what about the ones that didn’t make the cut? Using digital frames around the home to highlight all the spectacular photos from your session can be a great way to view every last one. This works especially well when you have a stellar session with so many wonderful photos that it’s hard to choose which is the best!

    Family of four together to use family photos

  4. Photo Books

    With Apple Photos or Google Photos, it’s easy to create a beautiful, memory piece with your photos each year. While traditional photo albums are great too, Apple and Google take it up a notch with customizeable backgrounds and pages.

    Apple Photos Keepsake Books to use family photos

    Photo © Apple, Inc.

  5. Calendars

    Whether for your home or office, utilizing your family photos in a beautiful calendar is a fantastic way to put these images to use. What a fun way to cherish your photos in celebration of each new month. Both Apple and Google offer some great templates to try out.

    Apple Photos Calendars to use family photos

    Photo © Apple, Inc.


Professional Washington DC Photographer Julie KubalAbout the Author:

Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!

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