I have to admit, I have been dragging my feet to get these photos prepared for V’s December album. But I’m glad to say, the photos are ready!
You can read about the overall plan for the album HERE.
You can see all posts related to this album project HERE.
In January, I accomplished my goal of going through the photos I took in V’s first month of life and choosing up to 10 per day (in general, one large and up to 9 small). I was surprised to find that there were a couple days in that first month that I didn’t have any photos photos– even though I knew at the time that I would be making this album someday. For the majority of days, I chose between 2 and 5 photos.
To simplify the choosing process I did a few things:
- I used the metadata filter feature in LR to look at only one date at a time. (Less overwhelming!)
- I mostly used the “favorites” collections I’d created in December 2011/January 2012 (that is, shortly after the photos were taken). In a couple of cases, when there were only a few photos, I did go back to my whole set of photos, but still looking at only one day at a time.
- I printed a December 2011 calendar, and in each day’s square, I wrote the photo numbers for future reference. As I was choosing photos for each day, I tried to decide right away which would be the large photo.
- I worked through the month in reverse. I knew that the first few days after V’s birth would be seriously heavy on “important” photos, so I worked my way backwards to get a feel for the process before I got to the “hard” choices.
- To make it more manageable in my mind, I set a goal to choose photos for one date for the album for each day in January 2014. It made me feel pretty good when I discovered that (at least for the end of the month), I could do a week’s worth of choosing (or more!) in a single day. This “working ahead” came in handy when I had some computer trouble and couldn’t use LR for about a week.
- I let myself break my rules. There are a few days where I will use a couple “medium” sized photos on the highlight layout. There are a few days with just one photo total. And at the beginning of the month, most of the pictures will be large– and I’ll just have some extra highlight layouts. After all, there were a lot of important “firsts” in those days!
This month, I’ve been prepping for printing the photos that I chose.
First, I went through and did some editing. The photos were mostly from my camera, but I also had some from parents’ and siblings’ cameras. I decided to leave everything in color: I toyed with the idea of all or part black-and-white, since I love the look, but in the end, I decided that I’d miss the detail of the colors. Sometimes those colors can spark “extra feature” memories. You know what I mean? The feelings, the emotions, etc.
In order to prepare them for printing, I ended up breaking them up into four sub-albums in LR:
- large photos (print at 4″x6″ with white borders, both landscape and portrait orientations)– for highlight layouts
- medium photos (print at 4″x3″ with white borders, both landscape and portrait orientations) — for highlight layouts
- small photos (print at 2.5″x3.5″ portrait, without white borders) — for baseball card protector pages
- small photos that need to be split (landscape photos that I’ve cropped to 5″x3.5″, and then will split into two portrait-orientation, baseball-card-sized photos) — for baseball card protector pages
For each of the categories I created print templates in LR, which especially made it so easy to put multiple photos on a canvas. For the final category, I did the initial 5″x3.5″ crop in LR, and I’ll chop them in half when I get the prints.
It’s amazing what a 101-free-prints sale will do for motivation! I now have 154 photos on 101** 4″x6″ canvases uploaded and ordered, and I’m excited to get the prints!
**Isn’t it amazing that it worked out so perfectly?! I didn’t even try to manipulate it 🙂