Picture Perfect

This planned souvenir is neither cheap nor easy if properly done. It takes the perfect shot, printing it properly on photo paper, and re-finding the character featured. Persistence pays as sometimes repeated visits are needed to do this. Yet it makes for a one-of-a kind gift instead of a mass marketed item. Here’s what to do: (1) Take a photo, digital preferably, of the characters on display on floats or interacting with the audience. (2) Crop down to what suits your fancy. Keep this in proportion to your print size. Try leaving out background distractions. (3) Print it on photo paper–anything else looks shabby. If you don’t have the proper printer, consider going to a local drugstore or anywhere else that has the equipment and guarantees fast service. (4) Get an indelible pen in a dark color. Black works best as it is a good contrast to almost every color in the pallet. (5) Put each photo in its own sleeve in a notebook. (6) Find the character you wish to ask for an autograph. Remember manners–please and thank you go a long way in reflecting things. Captured in time, this is truly a special gift. Its best part is that it really is unduplicated.

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