Photo books are one of the best ways to both display and store your digital photographs. Just like an old-fashioned photo album, though, there are many different ways to utilize the photo book format. If you want your memories to be displayed in a unique and memorable way, then you should pull inspiration from at least a couple of the tips listed below.
Cohesiveness is Key
One of the worst things that you can do is create a photo book that contains a random mixture of photos. Although this will allow you to have printed access to your photos, it will make it difficult for you to find whichever image you are looking for. By selecting photos that make sense when they go together, you will not only make things easier on yourself, but you will also provide future generations with a better look into exactly who your family was.
Representative Themes are Best
You will have the option to pick from several different themes when you are creating a photo book, but choosing one that is actually representative of the events that are captured in the book is the best route to take. For example, if your photo book depicts your daughter’s high school graduation, then you should look for a graduation theme. You can also tie someone’s specific interests into the theme. If your book contains images from the third year of your son’s life, consider using a photo book theme of his favorite cartoon character. Not only will that give the book some added personality, but it will also help him reflect upon his childhood when he is older.
Utilize the Captions
Most photo book templates provide space for captions, and it is definitely a good idea to take advantage of them. You can use them to simply input people’s names and the date, but your book will be much more lively if you write something humorous that captures the occasion instead. If you do not have the natural tendency to be a funny writer, though, you can still use the captions to help tell the story behind each of the photos.
Go in Order
Although it might be tempting to place favorite images next to each other, it is always best to showcase an event in order. After all, it makes no sense to show the bride and groom cutting the cake before they exchange rings. Keep in mind that the photo book will bring the event to life for future generations. If the order of the photos makes no sense, then it will be difficult for others to get a true understanding of exactly what happened.
Keep this in Mind
As you can see, a lot of consideration should go into the construction of your photo book. Although it will take longer to follow the advice listed above than it would to simply throw a bunch of photos together, you and your family will be much happier with the end result. Therefore, it is always best to put the proper time and care into building each of your photo books.
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Harriet McDonnell is a mother of 2 sweet angels and full time blogger. She writes for various photo book companies including Elephoto, a Canadian owned photo book company that allows people to design their books, cards, calendars and canvas prints online.