Making a family yearbook is one of the more daunting book projects one can take on, so perhaps this explains why even I am a bit behind in this area of memory keeping. My desire to have a matching set of annual books lined up nicely on the shelf (you know, something lovely like this) caused a bit of analysis paralysis. I finally just made a decision and moved forward, reminding myself that anything I did was definitely better than these memories being tied up in my computer.
Family Yearbook Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

I designed this 2014 album with a two-page introductory layout for each month, followed by one page of highlight stories and a one page grid of miscellaneous images from the month. These two standard layouts were then followed by the images and stories from the rest of that month.Family Yearbook Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.comFamily Yearbook Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

Because I wrote about most of the activities from the month on the monthly “happenings” page, many of the pages that followed often just had a simple title. Other times, a longer story found its way onto the pages.Family Yearbook Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

As is always the case with the books I design, some stories required a grid of photos to be told, others warranted a full image on the page…Family Yearbook Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.comFamily Yearbook Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.comFamily Yearbook Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

The “monthly happenings” design I created was quite labor intensive and probably not something I will repeat in the future. 2014 was the last year I used the Oh Life journaling system, before they went out of business :(. This daily journaling system provided me with a lot of great details, quotes and funny stories to accompany my images for the year. That was a lot of content to manage and edit. This will likely not be the case beyond that year, so that should help simplify my annual albums.Family Yearbook Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

Although I plan to make some changes going forward, ultimately, I love how our 2014 stories were captured in this beautiful (8.25 x 11) album. Well, half of them at least, I maxed out the page count with the first half of our year so stayed tuned for part two…

Family Yearbook Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

At the beginning of the year I was asked to reflect on my favorite projects from 2016.  You can check out my favorite personal photo book here, and today I’m sharing a few images from a special photo shoot.

This sweet family lives out of state and had one day to all be together here in California.  There with Care brought us together and I was able to capture the beauty and love surrounding them in the midst of this challenging family time. Photography with a Heart | suzanneobrienstudio.com

Hug your loved ones tight and appreciate your time spent together, even if the circumstances are less than ideal, family is precious indeed.Photography with a Heart | suzanneobrienstudio.com

xo, Suzanne

  • March 2, 2017 - 7:55 am

    Kristina - Such sweet photos. I’m sure these will be photos that this family treasures forever.ReplyCancel

Not sure what I’m more excited about this month, all of the snow and rain we’ve been enjoying here in California, or this super cute book with a handful of my favorite 2016 images that arrived on my doorstep before the end of January!2016 Year in Review Instagram Photo Book | suzanneobrienstudio.com

I started this sweet little 6×6 book while warming up at the ski lodge and finished it from my desktop later that day.

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At some point I will get around to telling the larger stories of our 2016, but until then, this was an easy way to get a few highlights into our home for everyone to enjoy! 2016 Year in Review Instagram Photo Book | suzanneobrienstudio.com

Over the holiday break I was asked what my favorite completed personal project was in 2016. In the photo book category, the creation that immediately came to mind was the album I made to honor our first home that we sold at the beginning of the year.Tell the story of your family home in a photo book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

Today I’m honored to be sharing all the details about this project over on the Milk blog. Would love for you to pop over, say hello, and check out all of the beautiful products they have to offer!

I’ve had a few questions about the process of adding a QR code to a photo book so today I’m sharing a quick how-to.  Whether you’d like to add a link to an audio clip or movie file to your book, the steps are similar and quite easy.

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Adding Video

  1. Upload video file to an online site, such as Dropbox or Vimeo (my preference so I don’t have to store the file).
  2. Copy URL link to this file
  3. Paste link into a QR code generation site, I use QR Stuff
  4. Click the “Download QR Code” button
  5. Once your code is downloaded, think of it like any other jpeg file that you add to your photo book.  I am careful to keep the file size consistent with the downloaded file (i.e. 200×200).Adding a QR Code to your photo book | suzanneobrienstudio.com

Adding Audio

  1. Record audio on phone using Recorder app
  2. Rename the Memo so it is easy to find
  3. Email recording to yourself
  4. Follow steps 1 – 5  for adding video aboveAdding a QR Code to your photo book | suzanneobrienstudio.com

Adding audio or video to your photo book is a great way to bring the words and images of a story to life!

  • January 29, 2017 - 9:04 am

    Kim Porter - This is just brilliant! I am planning to do the same thing with videos from my daughter’s 1st year book (um, she’s now 12). But a sticking point for me…which company should I choose for longevity! YouTube or Vimeo? It’s stopped me from moving forward, so would love to know your thoughts on the matter! 🙂ReplyCancel