(Relaxnews) - To celebrate Mother’s Day Anne Geddes has launched the digital keepsake edition of her popular baby record book “My First Five Years.”
The app is exclusively available in the Mac App Store and helps parents, children and grandparents to create a living photobook full of personal photos and memories of a child’s first moments.
“A child’s first five years are especially cherished, and this new digital edition with audio and video features enables parents to hold onto these moments and share them with their child, friends, and family,” said famous Australian children's photographer Anne Geddes in an email to Relaxnews.
One of Geddes’s favorite things about the digital version of the photobook -- the first edition of which was published in 1996 and has gone on to sell millions of copies -- is that it gives parents the “ability to customize the app to your own experience and make it completely unique to your child.”
The experience is similar to creating a digital photobook but parents can include video and audio snippets too -- so a first birthday message from grandma or a child’s first words can be played back time and time again.
In the future, parents who use the app to create their own personalized version of “My First Five Years” will be able to have a physical copy of their book printed and sent to them. “We would hope to have this ability within 6-8 months,” Geddes told Relaxnews.
Want to fill up your albums with beautiful photos of your kids? Geddes’s number one tip for taking great photos of young children and capturing their personality is to “make the environment in which you photograph your child as relaxed as possible, and don’t ask them to pose.”
The famous photographer and New York Times bestselling author says she’s always ready to capture a great shot because she never leaves home without her camera. Her top two travel essentials include a camera and an iPad full of new reading material.
When it comes to giving gifts on Mother’s Day, Geddes said that time is one of the best presents you can give to your mother on her special day.
“Doing something special for your mom to demonstrate your love, as opposed to buying a gift” is the perfect Mother’s Day present said Anne Geddes. “The gift of time is far more precious.”
Instead of spending big when finances are tight, why not offer a shared experience that will keep on giving? "It only takes a moment to create a memory," says Geddes, and that memory will live on for years to come while chocolates and flowers will quickly be forgotten.
For more fun Mother’s Day gifts that focus on the experience see Epicurious’s selection of kid-friendly DIY gifts for Mother’s Day and Martha Stewart’s handmade gifts for Mother’s Day.
My First Five Years can be downloaded from the Mac App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/my-first-five-years/id478707577?mt=12
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