Why You Should Start Your Family Photo Book Now


Family photo albums are so fun to look at. I love the old ones that my mom made with real photographs. I have a few from my teenage days and my first baby. Sometime after the second kid, I quit making them. I had other things to do. Now, I wish I would have made the time to keep going.

Photo albums might seem like a thing of the past, but we can still make photo books. Some people think they are neater. They are easier to look at, and still just as enjoyable. But, they still take time. Which is exactly why you should start one now.

Why you should start now

There are three reasons I am going to focus on in this post. First, it's easier to make it as the year goes. Waiting until the end of the year can feel overwhelming. Second, you might forget what happened 9 months from now. And third, you will improve your photography skills. It's easier than you think.

Who has felt the overwhelm of thousands of photos on your phone and trying to decide which ones to put in a book come Christmas? I totally have my hand up. This is the prime reason why I am so terrible at creating photo books.

I've decided the solution to this is to not wait. I think it would be better to create a photo book, or at least a few pages of a book, every season. This means that you will remember what happened and that at the end of the year you will have a nice flow through the seasons in your book.

I also think that the more time you spend with your photos off your phone, the more you will start to notice what makes a really good picture. If you pay attention to this, you can improve your skills as a photographer. You don't have to go out and buy a fancy camera. You can still use your phone. Totally do able.

What's in it for you

Well, if being a better photographer doesn't sound like motivation enough, find other compelling reasons to stay on top of your family photo books. If you don't do photo books, why don't you? Do you make prints? Our families are important. We need to show them we value them.

If you create a habit of spending 30 minutes one day a week on your family photo book, you will have an amazing book at the end of the year. You will love looking through it. Your family will love looking through it. It will be totally worth it.

Think about it, would you rather have all the photos on your phone to scroll through, or would you rather have a shelf of photo books lined up for each season or year? What happens when you get a new phone? What happens when your phone breaks? What's in it for you is looking back and seeing your family grow. There is nothing like it.

Even just the feeling of accomplishment can be enough of a reason to make your photo book now. I hate feeling like I should make one, and then not making one, and then wishing I had made one. So much brain power wasted. It's actually easier and it feels better to make one now, before the end of the year.

How to do it

The key is to keep it simple. I've narrowed it down to three steps.

  1. Decide on how many pages you want your book to be.
  2. Gather and edit your photos.
  3. Upload and print your book.

It really isn't necessary to add a bunch of stickers and text to your photos. Especially if you are years behind. You want to make it super easy for your first books so that you get them done. The easier it is, the more habitual they become to make, the more you can add to them if you choose.

The key is to keep it simple. This will also help you improve your photography skills. You won't want to clutter your book. Let the photos do the talking.

One thing to keep in mind is that photos on your phone are back lit. When they are printed, they can look darker. To help give yourself a more realistic view of how they will look, turn down the brightness on your phone by about 50% before you edit them. 

Here's what you need to do

Remember that however long you let a project take, that's how long it's going to take. It's called Parkinsons Law. Schedule the time in your calendar to get this done, and then stay focused enough to make sure you finish your project in the allowed time.

Schedule 3 days with 30 minutes each. 

DAY ONE: Create a folder in your phone for quarter one pictures. Add all the photos from January, February, and March that you want to print. Edit them until your time is up.

DAY TWO: Finish editing your photos and upload them to where you are printing your book.

DAY THREE: Organize your book to your liking. Get it ready to print. So many places do sales all the time, so wait for a coupon if you want a cheaper price. You can order your book each quarter or you can add to it at the end of the next quarter.

Boom! That's it! When there's only three months of photos, it's so easy to get it done. Tell me your favorite place to print photo books!