Over the past few months we’ve turned to you, the Picaboo community, to inspire us with your projects. With Father’s Day approaching, we are reminded of how extraordinary our dads are, with all that they do for us.

We wanted to give a very special “Happy Father’s Day” to Mitchel L. of Beachwood, OH., who shared his inspirational book and story with us. Hopefully, his touching story will remind us all of our own dads, and what he means to you.

A Year in the Life – 2013 Edition

by Mitchel L., Beachwood, OH


Meet the Family

My wife passed away 8 years ago. I’ve been raising our 4 kids. Life is busy enough with 4 kids that I found myself taking fewer and fewer pictures each year. It was “the same” events/trips every year & with a digital camera I never printed photos.

Two years ago I decided to make a book for my parents for the holidays as I didn’t know what else to get them. I am SO glad I did it! Not only do we have these incredible BOOKS for our family, but knowing that I will be creating them makes me want to take more pictures, and think of more things to do with the family.

Over the past few years I have become more of an expert at creating my own layouts & using my own photos as backgrounds. I order 4 extra books, one for each kid to have when they grow up – I also order one for myself & each of my parents to share with friends – everyone looks forward to seeing them. I am incredibly proud of this years book! I am now going back and creating for earlier years.

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Q&A with Mitchel L.

Do you have any Father’s Day plans?

Nope!  We just relax around the house.  That is usually the day I try to do nothing at all but be with the kids.

Do you have one tip that you think other dads creating photo books should know?

My kids are conditioned to know that whenever we do something, they have to pose and smile first :)  At the end of the year, they love looking at the book and they know they will have it forever – so eventually they don’t mind all of the “wait….smile!”

Train the kids and the smiles come easy

Are you currently working on a book? If so, what’s the inspiration?

I always tell myself that I will make the yearbooks as we go, but that never happens.  We had a b’nai mitzvah for my oldest two – instead of a large party, I took my son’s friends to a water park and I am taking my daughter’s friends on a small weekend trip.  That book will be my next project.


Highlights from the rest of his book:

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Do you have a Father’s Day project that you’d like to share with the rest of the community? Learn how here.