Weddings have always been family affairs. But more and more, weddings celebrate the joining of families, not just the bride and groom. So when Jeannene Langford’s niece Lisa was marrying her fiance Bruce, Jeannene wanted a way to involve Bruce’s eight-year-old son Riley in the festivities. And with that, a brilliant idea was born.
Jeannene, a talented artist, created “official photographer” badges (see below) for Riley and the other young kids (ages 3-12) at the reception. She put the badges on lanyards and gave one to each kid along with a camera. Her parting instructions: Have fun and shoot whatever you like.
At the end of the reception, Jeannene collected the cameras and downloaded the images. What she found was amusing: Close-ups of chicken nuggets and french fries (that would be the kids’ menu). Some impromptu portraits (who doesn’t smile for a kid with a camera?). And photos of the kids’ shenanigans taking place outside the reception (kicking snow banks with your good shoes on. Why not?). Sure, the photos were a little blurry (okay, some are really blurry), but altogether, the photos made for a terrific kids’ eye view of the whole event.
Then, Jeannene used BookSmart to put together a photo book, which took her about an hour, start to finish. She gave a copy to each kid and one to each of the grandparents on both sides. Not surprisingly, the book was a hit all around.
Here’s a big Blurb cheer to you, Jeannene! Thanks for the inspiration. We’re thinking that your idea and your kids’ photographer badges might just find their way to other weddings soon.