Yet Another Canvas Factory Giveaway

Didn’t get a chance to enter my last Canvas Factory giveaway??? St. Louis Dad isn’t done giving away Canvas Factory prints just yet! What you read is exactly right, St. Louis Dad is giving away one more Canvas Factory print. So, not only can dad get his own print, mom, grandma, or even grandpa can get in on the giveaway!

These prints are so fantastic and so easy to setup and order it’s a no brainier to get entered into this giveaway. Just check out some of these amazing examples!

I love how easy it is to create the perfect print. It’s like very easy that even a dad like me can do it without a problem. The canvas’ are beautifully printed and super easy to hang in your home. They are lightweight and just look amazing show casing those perfect photos you have stored on your phone.

Getting those photos from your phone to your wall has never been easier. Canvas Factory makes the process simple and affordable. There isn’t an easier way, believe me, I have tried! Being able to take a photo from my phone and easily create a beautiful canvas like these below is exactly why Canvas Factory exists in the first place. That is why I am excited to be working with them once again!



To win your own canvas print from Canvas Factory you have to like St. Louis Dad and Canvas Factory on Facebook and comment on this blog post below to tell me what your idea would be for your print at Canvas Factory. I will randomly select a winner on Sunday, June 30th, 2019. So be sure to use a valid email address so I can contact you! If the winner does not contact me in 24 hours I will select a new winner. Giveaway only available to U.S. and Canadian residents. No purchase necessary, like and comment to win!


This post and giveaway is sponsored by Canvas Factory. Check out Canvas Factory‘s website for more ideas for even more incredible Canvas Factory ideas.

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The Inner Image: Taking The Best Family Pictures

Do you find that family outings are not visually captured as well as you’d like them to be? If you’re an amateur photographer, or you like a selfie or two with your kids, taking a good family photo is a fine art. After all, people have dedicated their entire lives to the endeavor of the perfect photograph. And while you don’t need to be Robert Capa, are there any fundamentals you can take on board to ensure that you don’t, at the very least, have your thumb over the lens?

Get The Focus Locked

Either you need to have the steadiest of arms, or you can go for the simpler option and get a tripod. You might consider this to be a bit bulky, but when you’re looking at capturing the perfect family photo, what have all the great portraits got in common? The camera has focus, and the subjects are still. So, making sure that the focus on the camera is locked, either by using the back button focus or manual focus, it will take a lot of the guesswork out of it.

Getting Action Shots

It all depends on the subject, but it’s much easier when you’ve got kids that are more than willing to mess around for the camera. You can get an abundance of action shots, but don’t feel that you’ve got to be static in these situations. In fact, if you’re looking to get various types of family photos, not just the still portraits, you may want to go a bit left-field and get a drone. On there is a list of the best selfie drones, which adds another angle to your experience. And, if you want to get those really fantastic aerial shots of you and the family running on a massive beach, a drone is the best way to do it.

Get The Light Right

One of the most difficult tasks for any photographer is to get the light right because we can’t control it. And if you can’t drag piles of lighting equipment around with you, the simplest approach is to choose the right time to take these photos. Lighting is such an expansive topic, but the golden rule when getting a family portrait is that you get light into the subject’s eyes.

Undertake Your Own Education

Who are your favorite photographers? Do you admire anyone at all? For any budding photographer, getting into the work of one specific artist, whether it’s Pulitzer prize winner Kevin Carter or Vivian Maier, finding the right people to inspire your work and to go beyond the usual family portraits means you can create some amazing photographs that remain true to the subject. Your own education can begin right now, and sites like show some of the most common photography terms, so this can get you started.

We can all take a photograph, but the greatest photographs take the subject and show them in an honest and human light. When taking pictures of your family, you may know them inside out, but you can always benefit from learning how to get the camera to reveal their inner self.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Surprise Mom with a Mother’s Day Canvas Pop!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to get the perfect gift ordered and shipped so it arrives just in time for mom. Every year my kids make their mom a card. We get out the glue, glitter, construction paper, scissors and more and craft together a beautiful card. This year though we are planning something different. So instead of doing the personalized card we usually do this year we are going for something a little more thoughtful, something a little more sentimental, something different, and something that will last a lifetime, this year we are getting canvas prints!


This year the kids and I are going to go through hundreds of photos and find the best ones to send over to CanvasPop to print off several beautiful canvas prints! Sorting through wonderful memories that we have all created together is the perfect excuse to print off those precious moments for mom to hang on the wall. With two kids and myself we decided to go with three different canvas prints to surprise mom this year on her special day. Unique and made just for her these prints will look fantastic on our wall and will definitely last a lifetime.

While sifting through thousands of photos we even came across some that would be perfect for those other moms in our life. Aunts, grandmas, and those other motherly figures should get a chance to feel special this Mother’s Day as well. Sending over a few photos to CanvasPop could not be any easier. Just upload and make some selections and there ya go!


So what are you waiting for? Head on over to CanvasPop and start digging through those selfies and candid photos to find the perfect canvas print to have printed for that special mom in your life. Save yourself the time and headache from getting crafty and making a big mess that either you or mom will have to clean up anyways. Spend that extra time going through those old photos. You may even find something that you totally forgot about like I usually do. My kids love going through pictures of old memories. It is something that we can spend hours doing and really enjoying the time spent together.

Click here and get started today!!!

If you need more inspiration for Mother’s Day, check out this Mother’s Day ideas page at CanvasPop and save with an exclusive Mother’s Day code!

St. Louis Dad partnered with CanvasPop for this post. Check out for more awesome canvas prints!

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2016 a Year in St. Louis Dad Photos


Looking back at 2016 I would have to say that our family rocked it. We made a lot of fun memories and had a great time in the process. We had a lot of fun going to different events, spending time together with only our little family and also all of the times we spent with our much larger extended family. There were a lot of laughs and many tears, but all in all the Williams family rocked St. Louis this year and we plan on continuing rocking it for 2017.

So as I was going through my photos from the past year and I thought it would be nice to share these 15 favorite Instagram pictures from 2016. Enjoy!

Photo #1

This past year we had many opportunities to check out several Disney shows in downtown St. Louis. It was so awesome seeing our kids faces light up when the shows began!

Photo #2

2016 was also the first year that I have presented at a couple major conferences. It was so cool being able to share my knowledge with others within the education and technology fields.

#METC16 slide deck for Meet The Google Admin Console #gafe #certified

A photo posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #3

The Cottleville St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a yearly favorite event to check out. This year it was rainy, much like the year before but we still had a lot of fun.

Cottleville St. Patrick’s Day Parade! #stpatricksday #parade #pinchme

A photo posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #4

 And right after St. Patty’s Day there’s Easter! Going to Eckert’s this year for their egg-hunt was a rainy day blast. The kids had so much fun that day.

Can’t wait to do some egg hunting with these two kiddos. #egghunt #easter

A photo posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #5

One of the very few dates my wife and I actually had in 2016. The day together was made even better by spending it with my beautiful wife.

Go Cards! #stlcards #cardinals

A photo posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #6

Spending time together with our family was a high priority for us in 2016.

Just some of my favorite people. #family (photo credit to manranda)

A photo posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #7

My little guy even went all out this summer jumping into the water like a professional.

Stuntman Alex #swimming #kids #4th

A video posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #8

A float trip without kids? That was definitely a highlight of the year. Except the storm that followed, that was a little intense.

Had a blast floating this weekend with some awesome people! #floating #blackriver #gopro

A photo posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #9

My baby girl started Kindergarten this year!

First day of school treat! She says she’s ready to go back tomorrow! #kindergartenrockstar

A photo posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #10

Apple picking at Eckert’s was also one of the kids favorite things we did in 2016. 

Apple picking at #Eckerts! They are mighty tasty!

A photo posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #11

Tigger is still a popular sidekick. Even though she thought about putting him away, he was back the next day in her arms!

Photo #12

Summer isn’t over until you can jump in some muddy puddles! 

Family reunion fun! #muddypuddles

A video posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #13

Dad’s a Halloween hot dog! The kids said that I made them too hungry and can’t wear this costume anymore.

Trick or treat! Smell our feet! #halloween #extrastinky #hotdog #supergirl #candy #parenttax

A photo posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #14

We will take any picture we can get, even if it’s ruined by a tongue. 

Happy Thanksgiving from the Williams family!

A photo posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Photo #15

This past year has been amazing. My kids are growing up with two parents that love them beyond words can describe and I myself have never been so lucky to have three incredible people in my life. Our new family tradition is posted below, going to Waffle House Christmas morning. There was a bit of a wait but it didn’t take too much time before we were shoveling hash browns and waffles down our gullets.

Christmas breakfast at #wafflehouse this morning with my awesome family! #hashbrowns

A photo posted by Richie Williams (@dadstl) on

Thank you for sticking around this past year reading St. Louis Dad. Here’s to 2017 and all the memories it will bring with it!

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