The Family Yearbook
One of the Christmas gifts I wanted to give my wife was a 2020 family yearbook.
A few years ago, I would do one of these books either for Christmas or Mother’s Day but then I fell out of the habit of doing them.
To be honest, they are a little daunting, at least for me. I usually obsess over what photos to add, and I’m alway mentally keeping track of how many pages are in the book – the more pages, the higher the cost.
And it’s really hard to edit. I want to include everything from all three kids and any vacations and other special moments. To cull down to a book that’s not too skimpy or not overly long, it takes time. And my start time for working on these things is usually 10 pm, after everyone else is tucked away. But by that time, I’m running out of focus and energy as well.
There was one point in creating even this one that I was afraid I wasn’t going to finish it in time to get it back for Christmas. Again, more stress in doing it.
But a funny thing also happened as I was putting this together: Despite it being the craziest year we’ve ever had…I came across a lot of great memories of the past year. Things we’ll really want to look back on.
Like the Father’s Day that was a big splash, and some summer baseball games. This spread contains perhaps my funniest photo: The coach pointing a forehead thermometer into Matt’s mouth before a ballgame. Temps had to be taken…but I guess comes coaches were unsure of how exactly to do it!
Speaking of baseball, this is my favorite spread.
That vacation to Acadia National Park.
And the new pandemic puppy that made the scene.
Visual documentation that, while we may have been in lock-down for a most of the year, is evidence that we had a lot of adventures and experiences and smiles…..and yes, tears, too. Sometimes in the same spread (Matt’s broken arm in March, and his 9th birthday in October).
In the end, I did enjoy doing this project, my wife loved it, and I’m happy with how it came out.
So much so, I’m committed to doing my photo books this year. This project, coupled with Dan Milnor telling us to Just Make One, my interest in doing hotobooks is rekindled.
While the pressure of the deadline helped, I want to take some time now and do other ones. I used Shutterfly for this book and it came out pretty well. Easy to add photos into different templates, and to change page backgrounds. I know Printique does nice books and I want to try Blurb as well.
Like I always say, though, make prints. And, make books! If nothing else, try making your own family yearbook. And let me know how it goes!
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