I love making photobooks. I originally started this project with the intention of doing a quick pick ten memorable moments of the year type album. Picking ten was easy, it was just a matter of finding photos to correspond with quotes from Audrey and Madeline.
I don’t like to write much. I typically don’t include a lot of journaling in photobooks, only because it takes me so long to write but I do like to include some. Taking a “things you said” or “conversations we had” approach is an easy way to incorporate stories. I imagine years down the road when the girls are older, we will flip through this album and there will be lots of “omigosh remember that?” and “you used to say this all the time” and that will be the beginning of a whole new set of conversations.
By the time I’d gotten to moment no. 10 I had also stumbled across a few more photos that I wanted to include in the album. But most of them were just photos I liked or milestone/memorable moments with no quotes associated with it. So instead of continuing with the number sequence, I added a simple divider page to transition out of the “ten things” section. To maintain continuity, I carried over the circular photo masks.
In terms of photos, this book is about 50% photos taken with the DSLR (like these above) and 50% iphone photos (like the two below). This ratio makes sense because I wanted to document both the big moments (this is usually when we have the DSLR out) and the everyday moments (we have our phones all the time).
The photos on the front and back cover were taken by Jaclyn Kaiser of The Image is Found. This ended up being 72 pages long and I’m completely thrilled with it. I think it really helped that I started the project with a do-able goal of documenting ten things, otherwise I wouldn’t have started it at all.
This album template will be available in my shop this Friday, February 15, 2013. Both 12×12 and the 8.5×11 formats will be offered.
about this photobook
– 72 pages, 8.5×11 magazine style, printed at Blurb