Let me take you on a journey down memory lane……to the olden days…..when your parents had a camera – a film camera – and after each holiday, they would trot down to the camera shop (or later, Boots or Snappy Snaps) with the film canister held hotly in their mitts. It would take days to process and eventually, you could all sit down as a family and flick through the sepia toned 6x4 prints from that glorious holiday, skipping over the few out of focus ones and those where the flash didn’t go off! Then maybe some families were a bit more organized and put the best ones in an album, and some others would chuck them in The Draw where they would sit, unloved and forgotten. Ahhhhh, happy memories.
Fast forward to today, and who has a camera phone FULL of precious images of your baby, your sitter, your toddler, your pre-schooler, your going-off-to-school-for-the-first-timer? Now, be honest….have you ever printed any of those images? No? And until recently I have been just the same. But I love these images and I want to make sure that my kids will be able to look back on their childhoods - whether it be the incidentals or the milestones – as I am able to look back on mine and remember the wonderful experiences, trips, picnics, moments and memories that my mum captured for me.
So, a couple of years ago I set myself a yearly project. Every year, at the end of the year, I produce a photo book; an album, a pictorial collection of all the things that have happened during our year. There are plenty of companies out there who offer photo books. I use Photobox, but Snapfish, Bonus Print, Jessops…..all do them too. I don’t find it too hard a process; about every 3 or 4 months, I upload all the images I have taken over that period. Then at the end of the year I can simply click on the option to automatically generate a photo book from my images. I tend to fiddle the order and size of the pictures, add some captions, there are options to add templates and choose the colour of the book, et voila! Your photo book is done.
Bonus points to you if you have a parent or grandparent with a birthday in January or February and you can order a second one to give as a birthday present. Now, sit back and enjoy reminiscing over those wonderful memories for years to come.