Photo Idea | Staying at Home

I added a little something special to a stay at home celebration that was so simple. And whether you have something to celebrate or not, this is something you could do while you stay at home, shelter in place. IF, of course, you haven’t gone completely digital with photos.

It was my hub’s 50thbirthday last week. In a moment of “what else can I do”, our son and I pulled photos that focused on our birthday guy from a box. This box is filled with random photos that have never made the cut into an album. 

Some of the photos go back to the days when I used film, before learning to crop. Before filters and photo editing. Small moments captured with messy piles in the background. Our exhaustion captured. 

E and I also created a few notes and cards to include. We spread it all out on the table in the dining room, which is in an open space that we pass by multiple times daily. Over the past few days, we’ve sat and reminisced. And paused randomly while walking by, while we stay at home.

Being at home and trying to keep it together, not always successfully, is a challenge right now. This meaningful and visual display brought us together to reflect and connect, without the pressure of a proper verbal response at times. 

If you also have a pile of loose photos, here are some ideas to get you started: 

Find a surface to spread photos out. Overlap the photos, if necessary. Or place them in a bowl or basket of some sort and sit on the couch together while looking. 

Swap out the photos over the next few weeks. 

Add inspirational notes and favorite quotes. 

Give each family member a chance to choose photos and create notes. 

If you don’t have lose photos, pull out 2 or 3 photo albums or scrap books out at a time. Mix up the time periods rather than going chronologically. This can open up some interesting conversations comparing different timeframes.

I changed up the photos today. Hoping to laugh more, have fun and simply enjoy. 

To see the photo, find me on Instagram @marni_thriveunscripted.