It's a new year and now is the perfect time to think about documenting the year behind us. While it sure was one heck of a year, I think we can all find the gems in there somewhere, don't you think?
On Instagram I've been highlighting some personal moments from last year by asking myself: What went right in 2020? I encourage you to ask yourself the same.
In that same spirit, we know that not every photo is worthy of gracing the pages of your photo book. Only those moments that best reflect the story of your year should take their rightful place. But, that may have you asking yourself: where exactly do I start to actually whittle this mass of memories down?
I’ve got three tips for you to help you do just that.
Tip 1: Pick your Favorites
It’s simple, but true. Go through your photos and start to pick your favorites. Don’t think too much about it, if a photo gives you a warm and fuzzy, then star the sucker. Rest assured that you can further curate once you’ve cut away the nonsense.
I use and teach to only use Amazon Photos (the reasons why are fodder for another blog post). Inside of Amazon Photos, you can easily “star” your favorite photos. Then, you can simply filter by the year you are curating and your favorites. When you do this, you will soon discover that it is much easier to then further curate from only the very best of the year instead of getting stuck and stagnant in feelings of overwhelm.
Tip 2: Curate in "Real Time"
Now that you know how much easier it is to curate after you choose your favorites, you should also consider curating in real time. When I say “real time,” I mean tackling your favorites daily or weekly, instead of at the end of the year when you have thousands to go through. You can save considerable time when you go to curate your photos for your photos books, if you have already picked your favorites throughout the year.
If you can make this a habit - perhaps doing it quickly every night when you sit down to watch Netflix or when you take a bath, or during short periods of idle time (say waiting in school pick-up lines or during baseball or dance or piano or whatever-your-kid-fancies practice), then when you go to make your photo books, you’ve already done a majority of the work!
Tip 3: Have a Goal
As with any project, having a clear goal will keep you focused. When it comes to getting those photos into photo books, the same thing applies. So, what do I mean by a goal? I mean, choose the number of photos you want to curate to and edit or add to your favorites until you meet this number.
Why does this matter, you ask? Well, the number of photos will inform two things about your photo book: first, the number of spreads in the book which will, in turn, directly influence the second, which is the cost of your book.
Basically, the more photos you have, the more spreads you will need, and the more money your book will cost. The reason why? Well, there are extra costs associated with printing additional spreads to accommodate for the extra photos. That way your book ends up beautifully designed instead of bunching your photos together and it appearing too crowded. You don’t want that.
At Memory My Way, we make this decision easy by clearly detailing the number of photos included in the membership (which happens to be 120) and then any additional (completely optional) upgrades if you happen to need more photos to tell your unique story. You will know exactly what your budget is, and can make the decision that is best for you. Plus, another bonus: it will have you asking yourself “is this photo worthy of my photo goal?” When you’re asking this question, the curation process will be much easier for you.
There you have it, my top 3 tips for curating your best moments into photo books. Applying these tips will have you quickly and easily getting photo books onto your shelf year after year!
Nichole Healy is the Founder of Memory My Way where families get the help they need to rescue their memories from the cloud. Memory My Way pairs members with a professional Designer who custom creates their family photo books for them - saving tons of precious time. To learn more about how Memory My Way can help you, go here.