When I was young, printing your pictures was as easy as taking your disposable camera to Walgreens and getting it developed. Putting them in a photo album and sharing laughs (and blackmail) was the next. Now, with most photography being digital, printing your pictures is just another thing on your to-do list that typically never gets done. One of the many reasons I wanted to start blogging was to share pictures from my travels and day-to-day life. What is the point of taking thousands of pictures a year if they are just going to sit on your hard drive, cellphone or in a box deep within your closet?
I've spent a lot of time contemplating this and even more time enacting it. Recently, i've started making printed photo albums of my vacations with Artifact Uprising. They make great quality books that are easy on the wallet and look great on your bookshelf or coffee table. Even more so, they are a wonderful way of reminding you of the good times you had with your family and friends. And, if you happened to take all the photos, they're a great reminder of how freaking talented you are. Just kidding.
My trip to Bermuda during the summer of 2014, was one of the first photo albums I made. About a week after my return from this beautiful country, I had already made a 40 page album with all of my pictures from the trip. Yes, I took that many.
Below are my favorites from the trip and the ones that best describe what a memorable trip it was. Now with my two younger brothers being away at college and me living on my own, family time is much more meaningful than it used to be and trips are far fewer.
A few more of my favorite images from the trip...
This country was hard to leave and going home and back to work was even harder. I suggest making an album after your favorite trips, if not all of your trips, to make the blow of reality just a little bit easier. Pictured above is my hardcover album I made through Artifact Uprising.
Designing an album and including all of your favorite pictures, which for me was a lot, can be a daunting task. I like to use a combination of both Photoshop and Smart Albums to design my albums. Smart Albums has specific layouts that will fit one to probably 10 pictures on one page. I would definitely suggest the program if you come home with over 1200 edited pictures like I did. Go check out Artifact Uprising to see all of the awesome things you can make. I've ordered of their products and have never been disappointed.