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documenting the first year...

documenting each year | oh joy

Remember when we used to have photo albums with actual printed photographs in them? With the amount of images from our iPhones, our "good" cameras, and those taken by friends and family, it can be so hard to keep up with all the digital photos you take of your kids, especially in that first year when you're super snap-happy. So, after Ruby was born, whenever we snapped a photo that was a keeper, I filed it into a folder on my computer marked by month. I'd also email photos to our parents and post them on Facebook, too, but the plan was that I'd make a book at the end of year with all our favorites in chronological order.

documenting each year | oh joy

documenting each year | oh joy

There are a few great sites where you can make books, but I decided to try out a new one called Artifact Uprising because I loved the cloth covers and how high-quality the paper looked. And, when the end of year came, it was that much easier to start laying out a book because I already had all of my favorite photos saved by month. All I had to do was narrow down the picks even more (because who wants a 1,000 page book?!?). It was so fun looking back through our photos and looking back at how tiny Ruby once was, too...

documenting each year | oh joy

documenting each year | oh joy

documenting each year | oh joy

documenting each year | oh joy

I used a mix of Instagram photos, iPhone photos, photos we shot with our good camera, and professional photos we had taken over the course of the year. I love having them all in one place. With all of our photos being so virtual these days, it was nice to be able to create a real, live album to put on the shelf that we can hand down to Ruby one day. We also gave a copy to our parents as Christmas presents which helps give them an extra dose of Ruby especially since we live so far away. My goal is to make one every year for each of our children. I know it gets harder and harder to keep up with, but I think gathering photos as you take them is really helpful and has been key for me. The result is a tangible memento you'll have forever.

P.S. I wrote this post because a reader asked me about how I store and share my digital photos. How do you guys do it? Curious to hear what system or methods you use!

{Photos of finished book by Oh Joy}

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