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photo therapy

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Myles, entranced with his ‘Baby Face’ Snap Story.Have you ever heard of photo therapy? (I don’t mean phototherapy.  I mean photo therapy, two words.)  I’m not sure it honestly exists —let’s just say it’s not in Wikipedia— but it should.  It’s that great feeling of walking down memory lane through the power of a photo.

Printed photos are great for this, but digital ones can do the trick, too.  Last week, I was sitting in bed with my laptop at the end of a long day and I wanted nothing more than to lose myself in the memory-fog of photos.  I’m prone to do that (often).  I have iPhoto on my laptop and I can easily browse through months of photos.  Almost instantly I was lost:  I went from depleted to renewed.  I chuckled to myself that it was photo therapy, just like some gals joke that shopping is “retail therapy.”

(If you’re coming to this post from Cupcake Project, Welcome!  Stay tuned!  Details on the give-away are just around the corner…)

I started to think about it more and it all made sense.  You may be different, but I don’t take a photo of something unless I want to remember it, preserve it, re-live it.  I don’t pick up my Canon PowerShot or switch my phone to camera mode if I’m irritated or sad.  Therefore, my photos are mostly of good times with friends, great moments with my kids, and generally documenting occasions that are worth re-creating.  This is why I can hole-up with my photos after a long day of kid craziness and too many emails still unanswered, and know in my heart that my kids are happy and my life is much more than half-full with goodness.

When I want to see the “half-full-ness” on my own face, I can just look at the above photo my four-year-old took.  Since 90% of the time I’m taking the photos, I welcome any (blurry, eye-less, toothy) indication that I was actually a part of the action.

That said, I was more than thrilled when my friend Jonathan Pollack —clearly a very talented photographer—sent me this photo.  This is proof-positive that not only was I genuinely happy the day he snapped this shot, but I don’t have teeth on my chin as my daughter’s recent pic suggests!  Snapshots are the stuff of the everyday, and that is priceless (to me).  But great professional photos go deeper to tell a story and capture the emotional essence of a moment.

Photos make us feel good

That’s precisely why I created the Snap Stories series.  Now it’s a snap to enjoy everyday photos in the convenience of a light-weight, but sturdy storybook.  Since the books hold 10 photos, they’re like a frame, but 9 times better!

How about you, are photos one of your feel-good therapies?  If so, leave a comment below and you’ll be entered in a Snap Stories’ give-away.  Let me know 1) what you use to take photos, and 2) which title in the series you’d like (check out the four titles right here), and how to reach you, should you be picked.  My daughter will randomly pick one winner for every 15 comment entries.  We’ll do this on March 1, 2011.  Leave a comment and you’ll qualify for a FREE Snap Story, even if you live in Cancun or Mongolia! One final note, IF you win and you happen to also be a Facebook fan of Snap Stories, you’ll get a free book PLUS a special (sticky) surprise, so come join the fun on FB.  OK, that’s all the fine print.  Mostly, I’m just excited to hear from you.  Good luck…

**March 1st Update**  TWO WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN.  With the help of Dora the Explorer counting cards (and some fancy math skills), Lilah and I picked the numbers:  3 and 28.  (3 was on the most cards; 28 was all the cards added together.  The Dora cards selected either had something to do with cupcakes or the Snap Stories’ logo, in case you’re wondering how we narrowed into those four cards.)  Thanks for playing :)


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We use whatever camera and/or phone happens to be lying around when something cute happens - my husband has an iPhone and several very fancy digital SLR cameras, and I tend to use my blackberry or our digital Leica point and shoot. Since we have a 6 month old, I'd love to win the Baby Face book!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

I love the Baby Face book! And we use my cell phone to take pictures. Mostly because I lost the charger cord for my new camera :(

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMia

I love the baby face book!!! My son loves looking at himself so I'm sure he would love to have one of these books. These are so creative. Were always taking pictures and he's always looking at them to see how they came out!!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Morin

I ment to say "were always taking pictures with our phones". Sorry about that. You can reach me by email!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Morin

I was referred to your site from Stef at the Cupcake Project. I love the new blog header that you created for her. I also love your books....they would make the best baby gift! Thanks for sharing your creativity and talent with the rest of us.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermindi sue

I used my Canon Rebel most of the time, but it's so bulky that inevitably I'll end up using my camera phone for some pics. I would love to win My Baby Face for my niece.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

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