The History Keepers ::: TBALL [and other sports photos] A BETTER WAY

I've mentioned the job of "history keeper" several times now (See HERE and HERE) and today's post covers history, but in a little more lighthearted way.  You see, sports pictures are a BEAR and dealing with how many to buy, what package to get, etc, etc is NOFUN.  So I came up with a better solution this year and I am excited to share it with you.  Are you ready?

So you know the drill.  Show up on a hot, summer day in the middle of a field, literally swarming with little boys and girls, all colors of the rainbow on their tball shirts.  The blue team here, the red team there -- hustle through team pictures (come on now Junior SMILE!  James, quit pulling her hair!), then the individuals.  Each kid is cycled through with the same recycled bat -- same recycled pose -- same bad sunny lighting.

Then -- THEN -- you get to buy the pictures.  Have you ever REALLY examined the prices of those pictures?  Astronomical, especially considering the pictures are all carbon copies of each other and show little of your kiddo's personality.  Now, I will admit that we sometimes buy the TEAM photo if one of our kids has a really great team they want to remember, but the individuals?  50 wallets of the same pose along with a few "free" 5x7's and the $20 8x10 just never seems to make sense to me.  Instead, let's do TBALL pics BETTER!

*All products pictured were provided by Shutterfly.  All opinions are [clearly] mine!

This year when we received the brochure of various photos we could buy, the photo company included 
"premium" add-ons like water bottles, nametags, mousepads and more.  Can you guess what happened?

Let me walk you through the scenario....

A.  Rushed and basic pictures are taken.
B. Brochure is given TO THE KID.
C. Said kid sees cool pictures of "premium" add-ons.
D. "Mom!!  These are really cool!  Can I get one?"
E.  "How much are they?"  OH.  ummmmmmmm........
F.  Let me check *Shutterfly.

Well.  See that water bottle above?  It was NOT a premium add-on.  

You know why?  Because there are MULTIPLE photos of my child, doing tball things the way HE does them and even a few of him IN A GAME.  
You know what else?  THIS water bottle was CHEAPER than the "premium" add-on from the photo company.  (Thank you Shutterfly!)


Of course, once I got started looking around the Shutterfly site, I really wanted to shock my little tball player with 
MORE than just that water bottle he so desperately wanted.  I decided to give him a little double take...

That is my son.  ON THE WALL.  Almost life-sized.
The premium add-ons don't even offer that....but Shutterfly does!

Walk up the stairs to our kid's loft/play area and front in center there is a little TBALL player running to second base.  

Cool, eh? 
(I think he likes it...and I think his brother might want one :) )

This particular vinyl decal is the mid-size, but you can go up another size for even MORE impact!

All in all, I decided to order a bunch of cheap prints of our tball photo-session, the "supercool" water bottle 
my son so desired, that awesome full size wall decal and a luggage tag for him to hang off his backpack.  

What would YOUR little TBALL player rather have than 50 wallet sized photos of the same pose?
PS -- If you DO want 50 wallet-sized photos of the same pose -- Shutterfly can do THAT too!  Just cheaper.

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Quotebooks (If you make ONE THING from this series, make THESE!)

The Journals (yes, these are different than the quotebooks, but just as easy!)

Footprints and Handprints (CAPTURE those tootsies!)

A Gallery Wall (PRINT and DISPLAY those photos!)

Life Sized Cork Board (A solution for ALL those art projects!)

TBALL Photos -- A Better Way (I KNOW you are sick of them too!)

Book Canvases (...for the mom who needs some art motivation)

SCHOOL Pictures  (An improvement on tradition!)