Today is National Photography Day. Who knew, right? While I think kids today are well photographed, some of the photos we take may not be scrapbook worthy. Take this monthly photo challenge to get those old creative juices flowing when it comes to capturing family memories. Use Des Moines as a backdrop and take pics while you’re out and about. These ideas will leave you with 12 awesome snapshots that are sure to make it into the annual family album.
Ring in the New Year by capturing a pic of your kids building a snowman in your front yard, sledding or skiing at Seven Oaks in Boone.
It’s the month of love. Take a picture of your kiddo in an embrace or enjoying a family meal at a local restaurant.
As we come out of the winter thaw, venture outside. Take photos in front of the cool mural by the Des Moines Social Club or head to the Botanical Center to take an early spring photo with flowers and greenery in the background.
Embrace April showers and snap a puddle splashing photo or take an action shot of your kiddos with their basket finding eggs at a local Easter Egg hunt.
May is all about Mom. Make sure that you get into the shot! Baseball season is in full swing take a photo with Cubbie Bear at Principle Park.
Two great things happen in June: Pools open and Father’s Day. Snap a photo of your swimmers, splish’n and splash’n at the pool or take a silly photo with Dad.
It’s all about the red, white and blue. Take a photo of your kids dressed in their patriotic best hang’n out at a parade, at Yankee Doodle Pops or watching fireworks.
The month where we’re trying to squeeze out the last bits of summer fun. Take a photo of your kiddo enjoying some corn on the cob or whooping it up at the Iowa State Fair. Of course, you also can’t forget the classic back-to-school pic.
Your picnicking days are numbered. Spread out the checkered blanket, bask in the late summer sun and take a family picnic photo. It’s also a great time to head to the zoo before it gets too cool.
It’s all about apples, pumpkins and football. Head out to a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch for a fun family photo and take an action shot while tailgating at a local college football game.
Let the kids rake up a big pile of leaves and then take a photo of them jumping or burying themselves in them. And, don’t forget to take a pic of the turkey before you carve it up.
The holiday season is upon us. Snap a photo of your kiddos baking cookies, get that classic Santa photo or go on a holiday adventure and take photos aboard the Santa Express.
Got any great ideas for fun family photos in Des Moines? Share them in the Comments below.