Capturing Magic with The Picture I Didn’t Get


It's happened to me multiple times, and I'm sure it's happened to you. Picture this: you are ready to start pulling all of your Disney memories into an album or scrapbook layout, when all of a sudden you realize that you are missing important pictures. What do you do? How can you still preserve the memory attached to that picture when you don't have the actual picture? Here's a few things I have done when I've been in that situation.
  1. Journal about not having the picture – Sometimes when I find that I don't have a picture to go with a memory I want to preserve, I add that to the journaling. So instead of a picture and some journaling about the memory, I have just journaling and include what may have happened to the picture.
  2. Pull one from online – Here on the blog we've posted about using Flikr's Creative Commons photos, and sometimes when I don't have a photo I need, this is the first place that I look.
  3. Make the picture up – A few years back, I met Steph at Disney World. We were so excited to meet, and obviously we had to take a picture together. Well, for some reason, the picture we thought we took never materialized. So here I was with a great memory and nothing to show for it. When I went to add the memory to my Disney book, I had to get creative. I took I had of the castle (which is where we took the picture in the first place) and in Photoshop I added two people symbols with Mickey hats to represent us. 
Realistically, there is going to come a time when you are going to want to document some memories that you don't have pictures for. Hopefully these few ideas will come in handy when you are faced with that situation.
  • Heather Rich

    I am a true believer that just because you didn’t take the photo doesn’t mean a photo doesn’t mean something to you. I think sometimes we could do well to put the camera down and live in the moment.

    • Gabrielle McCann

      So true Heather … in fact last Christmas I did exactly that!

  • Gabrielle McCann

    Great article, thanks Aaron! I remember losing about 300 photos taken on school holidays a few years ago – we did things like attend a ballooning festival, go to the war museum, have friends come and stay (you get the idea!). I still made pages about our activities – just pages with no photos!