So you’re looking at that huge folder of photos and you’re wondering how to place these photos in your photo book? Before we get to that however, one of my best tips is to do some weeding out.
Narrow Down Your Photos
I know I’ve said it before, but I think one of the most important steps to take is to whittle the large number of photos down to the ones you really want to include in your book. Uploading too many photos into the photo book software is just going to bog you down. It is essential? Does it help create the story you’re trying to tell? If you’ve over edited (which in my experience hardly ever happens), you can always add more photos.
The majority of the time I arrange my photos in the order they were taken. For example, with vacation books, I’m illustrating what our itinerary was for the day. Where did we go? What did we do? What did we eat? I often caption with “Day 1”, “Day 2” or the city name if we traveled to multiple cities on a single trip. For wedding books, you’d probably start with the getting ready photos, then ceremony, then reception. You can break up the layouts a bit by making chapter pages for each section. I like to do this to help the viewer see the transitions and to add a bit of a creativity to my design.
If you’re making a family heritage book for example, or you’re making a year in review book, chronological order is definitely an option, however another way to organize photos is by topic. You could put all birthday photos in one section, or graduations in another. You could also do a spread or section focusing on a single family member. When it comes to a travel photo book, one of my favorites is to group all food photos together (oh the gluttony!). Or how about a night photo and a daytime photo of the same landscape?
There’s no reason why you can’t do more than one of these types of arrangements in a single book. I often construct a primarily chronological book with some topical spreads mixed in for variety.
I hope you find these tips helpful! Happy Photobooking!