If there was universal truth to unite women in all walks of life, it might just be that photo organization and display is a beast and no one has a good answer. Like every new mom, I took approximately 13 trillion photos of Eli in 365 days and quickly found myself overwhelmed with how to keep them contained and under control. While I'll save how I organize photos for another day, I'll have you know that I was able to whittle it down to about 1,000. I know that it still sounds like an insane number, but I assure you, I was ruthless and I got rid of LOTS of adorable photos. But isn't it funny how you never really remember a photo you deleted?
That both terrifies me and inspired me to delete more ...
Anyway, I shimmed that number down to about 150 of my most favoritist photos for Eli's Baby Book, and I was so glad that I had been pretty committed to keeping his photos organized throughout the year, because it was a breeze to pull together. The only problem was keeping it to only 150 photos - but paying per page helps keep the desire to add more in-check.
Here's a peek at a few of the pages:
It's hard cover, with his name printed on the binding.
I used Shutterfly to make the book, simply because I had a a coupon for half off and free shipping, so I knew I could get a good deal - if you're curious, it was about $60.00. I made a 10x10 book using their custom template, "Modern White." I plan to also print off his monthly updates, and put them in a folder I'm going to glue into the back of the book - if that makes any sense.
I don't plan on making a book like this every year, but I'm not sure exactly what my game plan is going forward. Anyone have ideas? Like making one per child every two/three/five years? Just a family photo book for each year? Then what do the kids get when they become adults? My mom had one or two photo albums for each of us to take when we "grew up" and I liked that method, but at the rate I take photos, Eli's going to have a semi-sized load of photo albums if I'm not careful ... good thing things are digital now a'days. I suppose I can just give him a terabyte-sized hard drive to take with him.
Sorry, you just received my full train of thought. No filter here.
I'm always curious how other people organized photos, and in particular lately, how they are doing photo albums for their kiddos. Have any tips you'd share?