September 09, 2013
Tell Your Story With Photos
A Photo Book Keeps Your Stories Alive
How many times during a given week do you pick up the phone or text to tell a friend or family member a cute story about your kids or a comical story about your pet or about something exciting that just happened? Your life is made up of many funny, interesting and sometimes life changing stories. Some stories are told once, while others are retold over and over, growing in relationship to everyone who hears them. These everyday experiences, collectively, create a story of a life well lived.
Have you ever wished you could capture your stories in book form?
Today, it is easier than ever to create your own photo book that will capture the stories of your life. You may want to create a photo book as an heirloom, a gift, or simply a one-of-a-kind volume that depicts a personalized story that you’ve constructed from your own photographs. Turn your stories into a beautiful photo book that you can share with family and friends so your story can be shared for years to come. Whether it’s a holiday photo book or an everyday photo book filled with the everyday moments of your life, you can publish your photos in books (or in a book) to tell the stories you love best!
Creating a photo book is a creative journey.
Putting on your author’s cap is both exciting and fun. Embarking on a photo book project will allow you to experience the writer’s journey from that initial idea to final publication. Think of each story as simpl, something that happened in your life that you share with others. It does not have to be complicated or even particularly significant. It is a story that you want to share.
Not a natural writer? Don’t worry. You can decide how much writing with which you are comfortable. In a photo book you can use mainly photographs to tell your story! Though some people like to include a page of text that sets the stage for their photo book, others like to annotate each photo with captions, while many let the photos tell the whole story. All of these approaches can result in beautifully crafted photo books.
Start by thinking of your audience.
Before navigating through your stacks of photos, think about the audience for your photo book. Is this a story for family, friends, colleagues, a spouse, small children, others that share an interest, or simply for your own bookshelf? Thinking about the people you want to share your story with will help you shape the story itself.
Decide what story you want to tell.
You tell stories all of the time. Intuitively, you know that stories have a beginning, a middle, and an ending. When you are choosing the photos you want to include, think about how the story will be told from the beginning, what happens in the middle and how it ends.
The main idea of your story may be as simple as a family gathering or as complex as capturing a loved one’s life with carefully chosen photographs. Which stories do you want to tell?
Consider the following story concepts. They can inspire you to create your own special photo book story.
The holidays are approaching and photo books make very personal and memorable gifts. Again, think first about the people you will share your story with. If you have young children, you may want to capture special moments from each holiday season to create a book that will accompany them into adulthood. You may want to share the best moments from the previous holiday get-togethers with your extended family. If your audience is an aging parent, you may want to scan old photos of past holidays. Begin with a photo of Mom with her 1960s hairdo prepping the holiday meal. In the middle, show all of the events of the day; opening gifts, little Helen knocking down the tree when she tried to ride her new bike in the living room, Harry and John fighting over the chicken leg…well, you get the idea. End the story with a picture of Mom surrounded by her big, boisterous and loving family.
Think of the holiday stories you love best and allow your photos to retell them!
Most kids get yearbooks these days, but they are filled with lots of kids—not just your special student and the people he or she is close to. School is just getting started for the year, so this is a great time to plan a photo book so you can capture all the significant moments throughout the year.
Consider a custom photo book as a truly unique graduation or year-end gift that your child will treasure, whether they are just entering the first grade or graduating from high school, college, or even kindergarten!
One idea, that captured our imagination for a school photo book, told the story of the changing interests of child from kindergarten through High School (cap or no cap on High School) by chronicling what was on his t-shirt. Photographs showed the child in kindergarten wearing a superhero shirt. Later he was wearing shirts with logos of his favorite sports teams. Later photos showed him showing off the logos of his favorite bands. Show the moments that have led up to this great finale—their graduation. Present the book at their graduation party and try not to cry!
Your photo book doesn’t have to reflect a major occasion, but it can make everyday moments extraordinarily special. Consider the little moments you share with your partner that make up any ordinary day but also make every day special. Consider a theme—holding hands: holding hands over morning coffee, strolling hand in hand at a local farmer’s market, holding the hands of your child, gripping hands on a roller coaster ride, entwining your hands on the front porch watching a great sunset.
You can transform any idea, occasion or everyday experiences into a singular photo book. Look through your own photographs for inspiration. You’ll be surprised at how many stories your photos can tell when you begin to put them together. Choose your favorite story and let Clearstory publish it for you in a professionally bound photo book that will showcase your memories and become a lasting treasure you’ll always cherish.
To get started creating your photo book, have your photos organized in the way that you want your story to flow. Then, simply download the Clearstory software and upload your photos. The software will guide you through the process – even if you have no experience.
You can choose Clearstory’s Everyday Photo Book, which gives you a beautiful hard cover with special die-cuts, 20 pages for photos and a story page at the beginning. Or, you can choose the Clearbooks Photo Book which will give you options for different covers, layouts and will allow for as much copy and creativity as you want to put into your story. Have fun and tell your story so it will be remembered – in a photo book.