I have a confession to make…
It may not be “cool”, but…
I’m an avid scrapbooker.
I’ve got a room packed with so many gadgets it would make your head spin. On top of that, I spend entire weekends with girlfriends building intricate layouts and documenting my memories.
Memory books tell our stories
I love the creative process… the gadgets and tools, pens and inks. Colors and patterns… But none of that is why I dedicate so much of my time, energy (and money… see: gadgets…) to creating these memory books.
What drives me to create scrapbooks are the stories and emotions behind the photos. Stories that would be lost if I left my photos on a hard drive in my office.
… the tenderness in my son’s eyes as he admired his newborn daughter in the delivery room
… the look of determination on my grand-daughter’s face as she practiced hitting the ball off the Tee
… the sweet camaraderie between siblings as they play in the creek together
… the picture-perfect smile on my daughter’s face after getting her braces removed
… the Joy on my future daughter-in-law’s face as she shows off her engagement ring
… how happy grammy looked holding her great-great-grandaughter for the first time
These are the stories I share with my photos. I like to be able to look back and “remember when”. In fact, many times I don’t even realize how many things i’ve forgotten until I sit with these old photobooks. I like to think that someday when I’m not here anymore, my kids and theirs will treasure these books (and maybe even my art! haha).
Don’t hide your memories in box or drawer
I love having my memories displayed in such a creative way for my family to enjoy any time they please – and they do! In fact, rarely does the family get together without at least one of these memory albums coming down from the shelf. And I love watching my kids laugh together over the photos and talk about their memories from those times.
I think of a hard drive full of photos much like boxes in the basement full of random individual prints. There’s so many that I’m overwhelmed at the thought of going through them. It’s not really a very convenient or pleasant way to relive my memories or share them with others. I might do something with them some day, but it’s more likely that I won’t. And worst of all, the more they pile up, the more overwhelming it is to go through them and create anything meaningful.
Books and albums are a beautiful showcase for your photos
So it won’t be surprising to you, that my favorite way to print photos for my families and high school seniors is in books and albums. I get that not everyone has the time or desire to create scrapbooks! So why not let your photographer create your book for you?! You get all the happy memories without any of the work. It’s such a beautiful way to package your favorite images for current and future enjoyment! There’s no hunting through your cell phone, thumb drive or hard drive to find your memories. They store so nicely on a bookshelf, ready to pick up and revisit, when you’re feeling nostalgic.
Photo books are an investment in your future
When we have a photo session, we tend to think of the immediate value; holiday cards, a fresh family photo on the wall… but for the long-term, a photo book is your perfect solution. You’ll never lose it in a technical failure, it’s beautiful to look at and holding those memories in your hands is so meaningful!
Can you picture a bookshelf filled with the photo memories of your family through the years? Imagine being able to look back and almost watch your kids grow up again. Now picture yourself, sitting on the couch with your future grandchild, revisiting memories of their mom or dad. Can you see yourself breaking out your child’s senior photo album for your future son or daughter-in-law? Wouldn’t it be perfect to display a few albums of your child through the years at their graduation party?
Check out a few online album samples!
May I create a photo book for you?
I’d love to help you create a beautiful collection of your photo memories. Do you want to talk more about your family or senior photo session? Let’s chat! reach out through my contact form or send me an email!