When making your family album, you might:
* Include some black-and-white pages. B/Ws are better at capturing the subtle shadows of faces.
* Draw some of the pictures. Have children draw the family.
* Vary the composition of each page. Use a few enlargements. Cut pictures into different shapes. Cut out figures, like paper dolls.
* Take pictures of rooms of the house. Don't clean up; take them just as they are.
* Take the neighborhood -- your church, favorite stores, trees, houses of friends; your workplace and fellow workers; schools, day-care centers, teams; the children's toys (line up favorite stuffed animals on the sofa).
* Be sentimental. Include locks of hair, bits of letters, pressed flowers, invitations, wrapping paper. Include bills, if you're into realism.
* Leave a tape recorder on at dinner and transcribe a couple of pages.
* Write down stories the children tell, or their conversations in the bathtub.
* Let each child design a page about himself.
* Spend a page or two on a theme. Take everybody's hands, or feet, or ears. Or show the same hands doing many different things.
* Get a closeup ring for your camera. It will allow you to focus within a few inches. Take the baby's eyelashes, toes, bellybutton.
* Make cartoons of amusing occasions.