Although advances in digital technology mean we’re now taking more photos than ever, they also mean we’re printing fewer of them. But since each year is different and special in its own way, it’s important to find ways to enjoy and display your favourite photographs.
Annual photobooks make wonderful keepsakes and thoughtful gifts for close friends and family, and going through your archive of photos and selecting the best ones to add to your photobook is also a great opportunity to reflect on everything that’s happened over the past year.
Of course, staring at a blank page can be a little intimidating, so if you’d like to turn some of your best photographs from the past year into a year-in-review, highlights, or travel photo book, here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Get organised
Before you start putting your family yearbook book together, it’s always a good idea to spend some time organising your photos so you can easily find what you’re looking for. Once this is done, you can also work on deleting any duplicate or poor quality photos.
Android and iPhone devices do have built-in photo management apps, but there are other apps, such as Google Photos, Amazon Photos or Flickr, that are great for making your photos easily accessible on multiple devices. For storing and organising photographs on your laptop or PC, Lightroom is also a great tool that allows you to search for specific photos using metadata and keywords, and make any important edits before printing your photos.
2. Start with an outline or theme
If you’re not sure where to begin with your yearbook, think about the outline or theme that you’d like your photobook to have. For instance, you might want to create a travel yearbook that features primarily photos from all the trips you’ve taken over the past year, or maybe you want it to document your children’s most important milestones.
You can also use the seasons as inspiration for your yearbook and add four different sections with spring, summer, autumn and winter-themed photos. When creating your outline, one way to make sure you don’t leave anything important out is to make a list of all the people, places and events you’d like to include, such as close friends and family members, pets, holidays, and fun events. Significant events or milestones such as your child acting in the school play or learning to ride their bike can also be nice to include.