A frequently asked question is “Katie, what do you do with all the photos that you take?”
And the answer is…a lot of different stuff. I know that capturing, uploading, and editing can be a real time muncher but in my heart I really feel like photos are VERY important…and my camera is just another appendage. Literally, if someone said that I had to choose between losing my left hand and never taking another photo, well, I’d only need one glove from here on out. And if the house was on fire, I would grab my external photo hard drive and my baby on the way out the door…not necessarily in that order 🙂
So in the spirit of sharing, I thought it would be good idea to share some of the things that I do with my photos – some old and some new. Today is a something new. When Jeremy & I got married, I made an online wedding photo book. I loved it and we still look at it on our anniversary. But this year, I decided to go one step further and make a family yearbook. Every major event throughout the 2010 year (and some minor ones) thrown together for a photo-only book. And I decided that our photo yearbooks would be made through My Publisher.
When we got it in the mail, I jumped up and down while squeeling every vowel known to man. After a little calming down, I called Cole over to look at it with me (Will was just following Cole around like a puppy so he got in the mix too!). I was thrilled that both of them were so into looking at it too. Literally, I had to tell Cole to stop spitting on my arm everytime he saw a new picture.
I have heard that it is a good idea to order an extra copy of your books – so that you can have one and then your kids can fight over the others. It also keeps you calm in case there is some kiddie-induced-damage…like tears from chubby fingers trying to get to the next page…or spit spray marks from 6 year old laughter.
I ordered two of the Classic Hardcover size books…and yes, did the maximum 100 pages. It cost a pretty penny too…close to $130 for a single book. Thankfully, they were running a promotion for B1G1…so I was able to have two books for the price of one. That made them only about $65 each – which is way more reasonable. BUT I must say this…the quality is great, the creation of the beast was fairly straightforward (it took me about three days to upload and organize everything) and I think that next time, I’ll have a much easier time since I’ll remember the software. (UPDATE: they are running another promotion right now and it makes the books even cheaper!)
Okay, okay…so enough chitchat….do you want to see some of it? Here’s a little peek:
of course we had to include some maternity photos and the ones of our little guys arrival.
our trip to Amelia Island was a fun page….(remember how I was contemplating making books back then!?)
Summertime! Will was so tiny!
And of course our roadtrip to visit family and friends was a big part of the book…(that photo of Burger cracks me up…it reminds me of those lions who are hunting gazelle!)
Lots and lots of Will. Yes, he can do more pushups than me.
Halloween! Which reminds me that I should get started looking for a costume…
And one of our fun christmas pages.
We have a ton of Will + friends pictures….so we threw them in for fun too. One day it’ll be so funny to see Will and all his buddies grown up…and we will whip out this book and tell them how they used to be naked together 🙂 Gotta embarrass the kids…helps build character.
Last but certainly not least, we did a spread about the house…it was our first home afterall and played such an important part in our love story…so we did want to remember it. And since most likely Will won’t remember a darn thing about it, we wanted his first yearbook to have photos of his first home too.
So there you have it – one little way that we put those photos to use…and not let them collect virtual dust. Do you guys create yearbooks? Or are you scrapbookers? Or perhaps you are good ole fashioned photo album people? What do you do with all your photos?