Photography Tip for a Trip to the Zoo

I’m one of those annoying people who has always kept her photos organized and in photo albums.

I’ve spent years making photo albums for my kids. I’ve made many albums for friends and family and given them as gifts.

I don’t like to share the number of albums I’ve made because some people seem to get cranky about it.

I’m not bragging – I just love photos and I love to be organized. I also really understand the value of making sure the important people in my life know how much I love them and have some tangible evidence of my love through photos and my words.

Yes, I’m sentimental like that. I’d blame it on the coma but I actually made photo albums long before the coma.

15 years ago, my mother kindly sent me all the loose photographs from her house. Our family photos were stored in shoeboxes in a closet for as long as I could remember.

She suggested that I could make albums for everyone.

15 years ago I had three toddlers under the age of three.

Sure, I had loads of free time.

But being the keeper of the family photos has some great advantages. I have made some pretty special family albums and given some great gifts.

I made albums for my three siblings, my parents and my family.

But I have one small box of photos left that haven’t been put in an album. They are pictures of my growing up years.

I was recently sorting through that last box. I was thinking I might just make the time this summer to make an album for ME.

As I sifted through the photos, I came across these two from a trip to the Cincinnati zoo.

Though my sister Julie and I freely admit we have always been a little dysfunctional, our mom made sure we always looked our very best
as you can see from this photo!


Darn cute, weren’t we?

The second photo is where we are looking at the fascinating exhibit of prairie dogs. Here’s where my photo tip comes in…


Photo Tip

You should either discreetly ask your daughter to close her legs before you snap a picture or dress her in shorts instead of a sun dress for your trip to the zoo.

I’m just here to help.

Even at the expense of my own personal pride and white cotton panties.


One year ago..

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  1. 1
    Julia says:

    Can I just tell how much I loved those dresses? I remember that trip, but I don’t remember Dad being so young. Wierd isn’t it? Alex just came in the room and I told her to come and look at the pictures, and she says ” Oh my God, look how cute you guys are, and I love those dresses!”. (Good job Hannah..) Oh, and my 16 year old daughter has never seen a prarie dog, and she’s like “what are those things?” Funny….

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    Karen says:

    You are more brave than I! Loved the pics of matching outfits – guess all of us had those back then. Our matchy-matchy outfits included my mom. Somehow, her’s always looked better than the ones my sister and I had. You’ve inspired me to get those pics from my mom and scrapbook them too.

    Your blog always jogs my memory even though I don’t always share that on line. Keep on caring and sharing.

  3. 3
    Tammy says:

    All I have to say is that I would be a little less worried about the panties – after all they do appear clean in case you should get in an accident, you know that is a mom rule – and I would be a bit more worried about those socks and shoes…oh my! You two were quite a pair! Did you save those outfits so your girls could wear them? Now that would be funny!

  4. 4
    Sherra says:

    JuliE » The dresses were my favs too! And have you ever seen prairie dogs since that day? Mom couldn’t even remember what they were. LOL

    Karen » My mom was never in the pictures – she was usually taking the few we have. But believe me she was always cleaned up and well-dressed. She is still a “looker” as we like to say and someone just recently shared with one of my cousins–that made us laugh! Who knows, some day she may give me permission to let me write about her.

    Tammy » Come on now, those socks and shoes where groovy! Even my niece liked the dresses. Unfortunately, my mom saved nothing and we still give her grief about it. I would have totally dressed up my twins in those dresses. 😉

  5. 5
    Melinda says:

    Your poor twins. I can’t believe that you would dress them in anything that you wore! LOL Lucky for mine, my mom didn’t save anything either. I had a sister 18 months younger so we had a lot of matching outfits as well.

    I do envy you your organization skills. And I’m thankful to you for turning me on to scrapbooking. I hope I can pass it along to my daughters. I inherited all of my mom’s photo albums as well since I’m the taker and keeper of pictures in my family. My sis does scrapbook also though. now if we could just get my sis-in-law to do it, we’d have it made. She has boxes of pictures of her kids, bless their heart. They’re al organized but you just can’t look at’em withot sitting and going thru boxes.

    I’m trying to maintain my status here with comments but for some reason this summer it’s been difficult. Of course not receiving some of the messages caused a little bit of a glitch as well. Glad they got that worked out.

    And I agree with Tammy, at least your underwear appears to be clean. Guess you were potty trained by that age, lol.

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    Sherra says:

    Melinda » I think I might have put them in those dresses if she had saved them. Come on, those were cute!

    I think you’re still top commentator if I was keeping track…but I’m not…although I always appreciate every comment!!! 😉