Photo Books

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

At the beginning of every year I create a photo book of the previous year. I compile thousands of photos into a few hundred pages, and although it can take me hours, the books are some of my favorite things I own. They're on our bookshelf by the living room couch, and I'll often whip one out and skim the photos. They bring so many memories to life.

I carry a camera everywhere I go and try to document everything. There's a photo from 2011 of Brian after doing Bikram yoga and wanting to kill me that really does kill me every time I see it. There's one of my dad in the 2012 book wearing a rocker costume, playing guitar, and that one really deserves a frame, but it brings a lot of happiness to that year's book. One of the time Sara and I made four pizzas for a party we hosted and all four pizzas stuck to their pans. There are dishes I made, vacations I took, people I met, signs I saw. Thousands of photos I don't have room to house individually but could forget if I didn't store them somehow.

These books have served me well, but I'm curious as to what you do. I want to soak in as much as I can in the moment, but saving these memories is just as important to me. In a digital era with so many easy ways to take snapshots each day, what do you do to make sure they don't get lost in years to come?

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