There is something great about starting a new year. It’s a time of fresh starts and new beginnings. A time to reflect and change. And of course January would never be complete without the annual new years resolution. My new year is starting with this new site and my first blog which I am so excited about!! As I sat pondering what I should share for my first post I decided I would let you in on my new years resolution. Well, the most important one anyway. I have all of the standard ones in place (more gym time and less soda), but the reason that I wanted to share this one is because it’s the same big one I had last year! Yep, the exact same one! I call it the rollover! I always have at least one rollover, but they say that if you write down your goals you will be much more likely to follow through so here goes!
My new years resolution is to finish at least one more photo album of my family! Last year my resolution was to be totally caught up (three books) but well, I know myself better this year. I am older and wiser and as such I will be stoked with one.
As I sat looking through the album I realized what an impact it has had on my photography and my family. My kids LOVE looking through the book and remembering our old house, friends, and all of the fun things we did together. For me though it was something deeper. It changed the way that I look at photography and changed the way that I shoot. When I first started I wanted to capture every moment for ME. This was MY family and these were MY memories and I wanted to make sure I could remember every detail. So I would drag my kids kicking and plead with them (and let’s get real- bribe them) to please let me take their picture. As I’ve watched my kids so excited at looking at the book I realized these are THEIR memories and as their mom I have an opportunity to give them a beautiful gift. This really changed the way that I shoot. I am much more aware of the experiences that I think they will want to remember and much more intentional about what and when I shoot. I went from begging my kids to let me take their pictures to having my kids ask me to capture something special that THEY want to remember! It has been amazing! They are also much happier letting me take their pictures when I remind them that it will be in the “Memory Book”.
I finished our first album last year. I wasn’t sure where to start so I began with our first military move in 2011. It wasn’t so long ago that I couldn’t remember details and hey you just have to start somewhere so that’s the year I picked. Let me be clear, I LOVE a beautiful picture, but let’s be straight my life isn’t all pretty and perfect. It’s full of messy kids, uncombed hair, dishes, and piles of unfolded laundry just like everyone else. This album for me isn’t about capturing perfection, it’s about capturing our real lives. I have some beautiful pictures in this book, but it is mostly comprised of snapshots and I have come to love that!
So without further ado, here are some of the pages in my book. I ordered and printed my book through Blurb and am so happy with the quality and customer service they provided. I chose the 11×13 landscape because I wanted it to be a little bit larger and it looks great on my coffee table! I used the Moirai Compositor in Photoshop to make my pages, but Blurb has tons of pre-done templates available. You can just pop your pictures right in and add text. (And no I am not being paid by Blurb, I just like my book!) I did my album by month and each new month page is a different color. Some of my pages have a title and a story and some just have the images. One of my favorite things that I added were the “Quote” pages in the back. It has all of the funny things my kids said throughout the year. In my next book I might scan some of their school art work and put that in the back as well. I purchased three of my album so when my kids are grown they can each have a copy. That’s it. In the future my posts won’t be this long, but it’s my first one so thanks for bearing with me :).