When Jamie and I got married, we decided that we wanted to make yearbooks, filled with images from each year. A book that we could flip through and that would remind us of what we experienced and accomplished. But when I sat down to make this happen, I found that it was going to be way more difficult and take a lot more time than I had anticipated. As a professional photographer, you might think that I had all of our personal images perfectly organized and used to enjoy to my full advantage… but I didn’t. That is until I started following Nancy Ray’s Organizing Your Personal Photos PDF. I put her methods into practice and it’s made the biggest difference. It’s allowed me to take hold of our family’s images and use them in a way that they are enjoyed, not just taking up storage on my phone or computer. It’s allowed me to easily put together our family yearbooks! So easy, that I believe that you can do it to!
Process For Past Yearbooks:
1. Implement a photo organization process
*If you’re looking to organize your personal photos, I would highly recommend Nancy Ray’s Organizing Your Personal Photos PDF. I can promise you that putting a strict system into place for your photos will allow you to enjoy them more than you had ever hoped!
2. Gather all the images that you would like to use in one folder
– Look through each of your final images folder and copy the images you would like to use for your yearbook into a new folder on your desktop called “AU 2016”
– Copy iPhone images into AU 2016 folder. I use Google Photos to backup my iPhone images! It’s an easy backup for your images and an efficient way to transfer them from your phone to your computer.
– Gather images from other family members if possible. Because it’s only Jamie and me, I just hijack his phone for an hour or so and send all of his pictures to myself to add to the AU 2016 folder.
3. Create an account and choose your book type and design details in Artifact Uprising! Be sure to choose one that you love, because you will want to continue to use the same design so that you have consistency over time! I choose to use the Smoke 8.5×11 Hardcover Photo Book with full dust jacket and 100 pages, but all of their options are awesome!
4. Design your book. I like to do mine in chunks of time rather than sit down for hours to do the whole thing. It allows me to step away and rethink some of the designs.
– Less is more! Choose the best images that remind you of that time (1-5), rather than tons of images that all convey the same thing. My favorite layout option is the one image full bleed, as it makes the design look like something out of a magazine!
– Tell the story! Design it chronically if possible. I sit down with my planner and go through month by month to make sure the images align and that I don’t forget anything.
– Don’t be afraid to mix professional photos with iPhone photos!
– Make sure all of your images are the correct size. If you get an exclamation point in the corner of some of the images, it means that they are not going to print well, and you don’t want that! Try to find the original picture, rather than saving it via social media or taking a screenshot of it, as this will compromise the size of the image.
Process For Current Yearbook:
Follow the same process above, but instead of waiting until the end of the year, add the images to your design quarterly. Set a date on your calendar at the end of each quarter, and use that time to fill your yearbook with photos from the past 3 months. Be strict with your due dates! I promise you, this project will be easy to put off if you let yourself. Don’t let yourself! By the end of the year, your design should be finished and you’ll be able to order your yearbook in January of the following year!
Thank you so much to Artifact Uprising for partnering with me on this fun project! They graciously helped me with some of the cost of this book, but I would have used them even if they didn’t!