Spring Break Travel Album

Spring Break Travel Album | Print Your Photos

I said it yesterday, but I’ll say it again: it’s so important to print your photos and have physical books of your memories to look through! I’m so lucky that as a photographer, I have a workflow and applications that make downloading, organizing, and printing photos a breeze and designing albums quick and fun. One of my favorite things to do is to put together small albums of our travels. Weekend trips and longer vacations are sometimes the only way to get us all together at once, and I take TONS of photos to document these occasions. Our Spring Break travel album is one of my favorite albums!

I admit that I cheat and use my professional photography resources for my personal albums too! But there are so many great resources out there for non-professionals that make creating and printing albums so so easy. Some of my favorites (and yes, I’ve used them myself) are Artifact Uprising and Blurb. Artifact Uprising even has an iPhone app that creates an Instagram album in minutes!

I design my travel albums as small, 8×8 books with 20 pages. That’s usually big enough to include all my favorite photos, and small enough that I can make several and display them as a set. The kids LOVE looking through these and reliving our trips. I’ve even gotten better lately about making sure Ed and I end up in some of the photos. As a photographer, it’s easy to be the one hiding behind the camera, but our kids want to see us in these albums too!

I thought I would post our Spring Break travel album here on the blog. You can see how beautiful the album turned out. Printed photos are always so much prettier than digital ones! It’s amazing how much detail gets lost in a photo on a computer or phone. These are some of my favorite spreads:

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To make it easier to see, I’m also posting the design of each of the 20 pages. I’ve put a black border around each page to make it easier to visualize the dimensions against a white background, but it did not get printed in the final album.

The view of the snow-capped mountains when we arrived was gorgeous! I love using full-page spreads to really highlight a photo.

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I love simple, classic pages with clean, white backgrounds. It really puts the focus where it should be: on the photos!

Spring Break Travel Album

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Documenting the not-so-happy moments is as important as remembering the smiling ones! These photos are classic Alex when he’s tired, and I want to always remember that!

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I always love mixing people photos with detail photos. It gives the story a sense of time and place.

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The series of three similar photos on the right help tell the story – you can really see the personalities of each child, and how they get along. The laughing ones are always my favorite!

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I love my albums. And I love that my kids love them even more! I’ll be continuing this series soon with some of our other travel albums. Stay tuned! And print your photos!

Cheers!

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