I’m a photographer, so naturally I’m obsessed with remembering every little detail of our life. Modern technology has made this a million times easier for everyone. They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and I have to agree. Having a camera phone is amazing…it allows us to document things we never would have with a traditional, larger camera. So of course being such a big family person, I try to be really dedicated to documenting the big and little parts of our life as a family. I still try to take my bigger cameras out a few times a year for our family stuff; whether that’s my digital or my film, I like having more professional, technically correct images too. And of course, it’s always still important to get in front of a professional’s camera every few years or so, whether you are a professional yourself or not 🙂
Regardless of whether your day-to-day family images are professional quality or from your cell phone, or tablet, letting them live in digital form doesn’t do you any good over the long term. The best way to celebrate these snippets of our life is through the printed form…prints in our home, or even better, collections of photo books. I’m a wee bit obsessed with creating a photo book for whatever occasion I can. Right now we have our engagement and wedding albums (through professional book companies), a yearly book from 2009 & 2010, 2011, 2012, and a book from our Topsail vacation and our California vacation. Our 2013 and 2014 books are on my big to-do list and I hope to get to them soon! I also gifted a few photo books for Christmas and they were a huge hit and something I know my family members will cherish for a long time. I also can’t wait until our house renovation is done and I can put together a book showing how extreme the journey has been.
There are so many options for where to have your books printed, but as long as you’ve having it printed, there is no right or wrong answer. Some of my favorites include Artifact Uprising, Shutterfly (for our yearly books because the pages are thicker and hard to bend…good for little’s one day), and MyPublisher (for our vacation books because their designs are so clean, the design interface is super easy and fast, and these books are very affordable). I’ve kind of played around with a few different companies and have landed on these working best for us for now. I also know people who love the Instagram book service Chatbooks, and those who swear by Blurb.
But at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you have your images printed in one way, shape, or form. You never know when technology might fail or your beloved images on your phone or computer could disappear. I know that in the future as our family continues to grow, that these books will become even more valuable and will be well viewed and loved. Can’t you just picture our grandkids flipping through these books one day? Or showing our kids’ girlfriends or boyfriends all of their embarrassing baby pictures? Or having a big ole collection of books in our home, spanning decades? There is truly nothing better than sitting down and flipping through these amazing memories and I’m so excited to have these treasures as the years go on 🙂