This week we are traveling to Europe, lingering for a while in Sweden & Norway.On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

When friends were about to leave their expat post in Stockholm, we knew it was time to make our way over for a visit.On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

Since we stayed in multiple locations during our travels, this page highlighting our different hotels along the way serves as a quick visual timeline of our trip.On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

This iconic landscape harbor shot of Stockholm was under consideration for the book cover – ultimately I’m very happy I picked the less traditional choice of the fun clogs!On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

You may notice this book follows a similar design pattern to the Patagonia book I made just before this one.  If something is working for me, I have no problem repeating a design to keep things simple.On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne OOn Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

Keeping the text for each day consolidated on one page, versus adding a bit on each page, reduces the amount of moving parts in the layout design and that is always a good thing.On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

This is one of my favorite layouts from the book as it immediately takes me back to the few hours I wandered around Stockholm by myself capturing the happy colors and people of the city.On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

Lots of favorite pages from our time spent on the small picturesque island of Sandhamn in the Stockholm archipelago…On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne OOn Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne OOn Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

Oh, the bread. It was always served with the most amazing butter and salt flakes, as if this was of course the only way to enjoy this treat.On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne OOn Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

Our quick jaunt over to Norway for a classic fjord tour included all of the majestic beauty you would imagine. We left eager to return and explore the countryside by car someday.On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne OOn Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

Although my son thought this room was like a “grandma’s house”, I appreciated the charm and story behind the iconic old hotel. My kids are now pretty well-conditioned to let me take a shot of the room when we first arrive before it is full of our belongings…On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

I love how this layout includes my favorite storytelling 3 C’s (context, characters, close-ups) in just two photos. One look at that picture on the right and I’m immediately back at that amazing breakfast buffet, justifying one more trip up to enjoy the homemade rhubarb marmalade…On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

This story was brought to a close with this scene from our final night and a hope that opening this book in the future will be like returning to these destinations all over again…On Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne OOn Documenting Your Travels | A Blog Post by Suzanne O

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Our most epic family trip yet called for an equally epic photo book.Document Your Travels | Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

In October of 2014 we made our way to South America, visiting both Argentina and Chile. Our time spent in Patagonia in the national park Torres del Paine was the true highlight of our trip. The beautiful colors and stunning landscapes of this region take center stage in this premium 10×10 layflat album printed on high quality photo paper.Document Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.comDocument Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

I quickly settled into a rhythm while making this book: a favorite photo from the day paired with summarizing words to open each day. Beneath the text, I added four square photos that didn’t find homes in the daily stories that followed.Document Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.comDocument Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.comDocument Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

Most nights at dinner I polled everyone for their favorites from the day and then sprinkled those gems throughout the book.  These are the details I will never remember if we don’t document them in the moment.Document Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

Those cute hats that found their way into many of our photos? They came from this sweet woman we met in El Calafate. We enjoyed her so much we went back to visit her a second time. The people you meet along the way are such an integral part of travel, and while it is not always comfortable to photograph them, I’m always glad when I work up the courage to ask for their permission and do it.Document Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.comDocument Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

When you travel 30 hours to get someplace there are bound to be plenty of “Getting There” shots. Grouping them all onto one page made sense here as well as including a few other pages throughout the book that document our time on the road.Document Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.comDocument Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

The moment we arrived at Hotel Explora in Patagonia I fell in love.  Quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever seen.  The hotel perfectly reflected the natural beauty surrounding it, and I sprinkled more than a few hotel environment pages into the days covering our time there.Document Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.comDocument Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.comDocument Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

From the chaura berries found along all of the trails we hiked, to the guest book farewell notes, detail shots such as these rounded out our travel story and immediately take me back to those amazing family travel memories.Document Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

And when your completed book arrives in the mail the same week as a Patagonia catalog with a very similar cover, you know there is some special magic wrapped up in the whole experience.Document Your Travels | Patagonia Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

  • May 12, 2017 - 9:51 pm

    Kristen - This is amazing! What photo book company did you use for this book? I love the lay flat pages.ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2017 - 8:02 am

    Kristi Boyd - what a fabulous trip!! Beautiful pictures. So i have to ask,is it Artifact Uprising 10×10 flat?ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2017 - 9:06 am

    Kristen - Hi, I love your blog and have been following for several years. It has been motivational. I just finished 6 photobooks in the last 3 months. So thanks!! What photobook company did you use for this specific project? It seems a nicer quality than the yearbook ones I am doing.
    KristenReplyCancel

    • May 17, 2017 - 10:17 am

      Suzanne - Hi Kristin, thanks for the kind words and congrats on your recent accomplishment! See below for album info…ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2017 - 10:19 am

    Suzanne - Lots of questions both here and in emails about the album details so here you are: album was designed in inDesign and printed through AdormaPix.ReplyCancel

What it looks like when one kid goes to Taiwan and the other to China on school trips, at the same time…Tell Your Story | Travel Photo Book | Bora Bora | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

After I introduced the story behind our trip I let the photos do most of the work in this book…Tell Your Story | Travel Photo Book | Bora Bora | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

A simple map provides a visual reminder of where in the world we were…

Tell Your Story | Travel Photo Book | Add a Map | Bora Bora | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

Inspired by these awesome design elements from Ali Edwards, I introduced a concept followed by a few representative photos of that theme…Tell Your Story | Travel Photo Book | Bora Bora | www.suzanneobrienstudio.comTell Your Story | Travel Photo Book | Bora Bora | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

This Top 10 list of our favorite memories is paired with a photo of quite possibly the dreamiest moment of our trip…Tell Your Story | Travel Photo Book | Bora Bora | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

Yes – we were together, I forget the rest…Tell Your Story | Travel Photo Book | Bora Bora | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

Stay tuned for three more travel books coming this month!

  • May 11, 2017 - 10:25 am

    Kristina - Your photo books are always so inspiring. I am super motivated to make one from our recent trip to Africa. Can I ask how did you make the map graphic? I love that little detail.ReplyCancel

  • May 11, 2017 - 1:19 pm

    Suzanne - Thanks, Kristina! I’ve had several folks ask me this so think I will put together a quick blog post tutorial soon – stay tuned.ReplyCancel

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of visiting the Diane Arbus photography exhibit at SFMOMA.  This quote from her has stuck with me…

It is no secret that I love to travel. And while I may be a bit behind on my family yearbooks, I’m doing a pretty good job documenting our family travels.

During the month of May I will be sharing four new personal travel books I’ve created.  As we roll off spring break and head into the summer months, when many families take their annual vacation, my hope is these books will serve as inspiration for you to put those pixels into print!

Returning home from Spring Break this week was softened by the delivery of this lovely book from our trip last April. Print Your Photos - Spring Break Vacation Photo Book | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com

Dreaming up a little Travel Series of inspiration to get those vacation photos off your phone and into your home, stay tuned!