I'll confess right now, I'm not a great photographer. To make up for that, I take a ton of photos. Many I delete before I print, but sometimes I still sit down to create a layout and have to weed through a pile of 15-20 photos. Sound familiar?
With any pile of photos, there are many stories you could tell.
- The story of the action in the pictures
- The story leading up to the action in the pictures
- Your feelings about the action
- Another person's feelings about the action
- How these photos are part of a tradition or a break from it
- How these photos show a personality or relationship
Usually a few photos really catch my attention either because of the photo itself or because of the way it captures the moment. I look for the story I want to tell with these photos and save the rest for later.
In this set, a few things stood out to me:
- a photo of my daughter wrapped in a towel - this will be a story about her personality and what she was like that summer
- a series of 3 or 4 of my son pouring water - another personality layout
- a few (3 or 4) of my kids playing together in the pool - this will be about the action in the photos - the pool, the summer heat, the two playing
I put aside the photos that didn't fit with any of these stories (like the ones of my feet in the pool.) I may come back to these photos later and find another story I want to tell. Then I created the layout about the kids playing in the pool. Here's a sneak preview:
|Check back next month for the full reveal!|
This story approach is only one way to deal with the pile of 15 photos. You could also create an interactive page, print the photos in a collage, create a mini book, but those are topics for another day!