Design Your Own Photobook

May 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm , by

sue blog SandL arubaKids and pictures. The two go hand in hand. In fact, many of life’s little moments are blown out of proportion just to become a kid-centric photo op. You know what I’m talking about – the cute outfit on the first day of school, sitting on Santa’s lap, picking out a pumpkin, etc. Even I have been known to make sure the girls’ pajamas coordinate on the night before Easter. You know – so they’ll look good in the egg hunt pictures! What? Is that weird?

So, how do you corral all those images? A photobook, of course. I’ve already written about my love of Shutterfly back in this post but now they’ve come out with something that will change the way you make your photobooks. Their new Custom Path program allows you to completely customize your book. You see, I’m one of those crazy people who needs more options than just the standard 100+ page layouts. With Custom Path, you can tweak the size or orientation of any photo and even drop in text blocks wherever you want them. (There a bunch exciting new changes. Check out the details here.) But if you need a little help, don’t fear. Shutterfly still offers Simple Path where you pick the pictures and they make the book. Quick and easy. But not enough for someone as anal detail-oriented as me!

Bonus: All Shutterfly photo books are on sale until June 12th. They come in 5 sizes (I like the 8×8 for gifts and the 12×12 for my annual family recap) and they start at only $12.99!

Gratuitous picture of my kids photographed by me. For my tips on getting great pictures of your kids, check out this post.

Organizing Pictures of Your Kids

October 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm , by

thelma and louiseIn this age of digital cameras, how many pictures do you take of your kids each month? I got my first digital camera right before Sophia was born and I was taking about 150 a month right away. Now? Some months I hit 1000. (Blame my beloved Nikon D-5000 that Santa brought last year. It’s so easy to use and I never have anything to delete. Click here, if you want to know more about how I get good pics of my kids.) So, what do you do with all those pictures after you’ve uploaded them to your computer. I’m no pro — just a mom who loves taking pictures — but this is what works for me:

1) Upload everything to a photo sharing site. For me, it’s all about Shutterfly. I can keep as many pictures there as possible and they always store them at the highest quality — for free!

2) Keep them organized. On Shutterfly, I make folders within folders — one for each year, with folders for each month inside plus special ones if we go on a big trip.

3) Take time to pick favorites, crop and correct red-eye right away. OK — so maybe I don’t always do this right away but it is important to not let it build up. (I know because I just spent an evening editing 3 months’ worth.)

4) Make virtual albums and e-mail them to family and friends or post on Facebook. Let’s face it…is there anything your parents want more than pictures of their grandkids? I didn’t think so.

5) Make physical photo albums — one for each year. I started doing this when Sophia was born as a cop out to actually creating a real baby book. You can make it as detailed as you want by changing layouts, fonts and backgrounds (that’s my way!). You can make a basic version or even just have Shutterfly create it for you. Seriously — with some crazy new thing called Simple Path, you can pick the pictures and they’ll lay out your book in minutes. This is definitely not the option for someone as overly particular as I am — I need control! — but it’s certainly a good starting point for someone who just wants a little help.

5) Make prints! I know we all forget to do this — I certainly do sometimes — but when it comes to decorating my house, I’m not shy. Though I’m not a fan of posed portrait-studio pics, I do love putting my own handywork on the walls especially when the subjects are the two cutest girls in the world.

I know I sound like an ad for Shutterfly but it’s just because I love them! Check out the site right now, where you can get up to 50% off on photo books until November 3rd.

Photo of Thelma and Louise Lily and Sophia by me!

So, tell me…what you do with your pictures after you take them?