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Have you considered the importance of legacy images?
I'm becoming more aware that in this fast paced digital world, most folks haven't considered
the longevity aspect of your photographs, snapshots, and smartphone photos.

Legacy Images are those images that you want to keep and pass along to your children, family
or friends.
Most people don't realize how ephemeral digital photography is.  It is not if your hard drive
will crash but when. It is not how long your CD or DVD discs last but will you or your loved
ones have the technology to view the discs 10 years from now?
Photographic images are very powerful reminders of so many things: our roots, where we
came from, where we grew up, who we shared our lives with, what adventures
we had, what special moments became memorable because of a photograph.

The question is:  Will your family have any images to cherish?
What I have come to realize is that archival photobooks are the best insurance for the
precious images that you create today. These photobooks will be easily accessed
50 years from now, no matter what technology has replaced CD/DVD discs.

Photobooks are easy to create and relatively inexpensive.  I feel that they are the go-to
choice because they don't take up much room versus a photo album full of prints
that start fading in 5 years and multiple copies of photobooks can easily be created and
given as gifts.

The photobook becomes your legacy to your loved ones.

Copyright 2014 Barbara Bourgette
Please check out my articles for Rhode Island Natural Awakenings Magazine:

Titled: " How to buy a camera" November 2009 issue on Page 8.

Titled:  "Finding Balance and Healing in the beauty of photographs" April 2009 issue on
page 30

How to put a photo book together
Here are a few brief tips that might help you get started creating
an important legacy for your children:
Create a folder on your computer for each child.  
a.  Name the folder “name-photobook”.
b.  Store the folder either in “pictures” or on your desktop.

Select digital photos and make copies of them to place in each child’s photobook
a.  Each folder should contain photos that are relevant and meaningful to each child.
b.  Select photos of events, trips, family gatherings, home life and “firsts”.  Classic examples
of “firsts”: 1st haircut, 1st tooth lost, 1st day of school, 1st car.
c.  Include other people beside photos of the child; such as family members, extended
family, and friends of the child.
d.  You’ll need to collect approximately 100 images.  Some may not be used but it’s better
to have too many than not enough.
e.  When you spot an appropriate photo that is sharp and clear, make a copy of the photo
and place it in the folder.
f.   Get into the habit of copying great images as you take them and placing
them in that photobook folder.
g.   The goal is to select images that will create context of the child’s life.

Choose your photobook vendor.
a.    If you’ve already uploaded digital images to Shutterfly or Snapfish,
you might want to review those images and make a note of the file numbers.  
b.    If not, check out My Publisher, Shutterfly, Snapfish or
These are  popular websites for photobook creation.  My favorite is “My Publisher”.
Start making your photobook by viewing the on-line tutorials on the provider’s website.  
This will save you time and reduce snags.  If you have a better understanding of how the
process works it will eliminate the frustration factor.
a.    KEEP IT SIMPLE ! Especially for your first book.
b.    Select a size that is cost effective for you.  Look for coupons.
c.     Watch a tutorial on how to lay-out the photos for the book.

a.     It’s very helpful to put the year and place or event with the photo as a caption.
Your children will appreciate it 30 years from now.
b.     On the title page or Front Cover place the child’s name and the year or years the
photos were taken.  Example  “Jane ___(last name)” photos taken from yr. to yr.
c.     Remember, these legacy photo books will have real impact
for your child 20 or 30 years from the date they were created.  
d.     They will appreciate having a photobook of their life that they can pull of the shelf and
show their children.
e.     If you think digital images and cloud services are permanent---think again!
How will we access  digital images 20-30 years from now?
f.      Sometimes it is really meaningful to write a little story or provide background
information to go with certain photos.  This helps the viewer understand the
significance of the photos.  Most photobook vendors allow text as well as photos.  Check
with your vendor to be sure.
g.      Once you have created your first photobook and you are holding it in your hands,
review it and see what you like and what you don’t like.  Make notes to further refine your
next photo book.
h.     Each successive photobook will get easier and quicker to create.
i.      Have fun.  Savor the process.  Your children will thank you for their keepsakes for many
years to come.

Don’t forget—you can always pull a photobook from a shelf.  You don’t need any
kind of technology to view the book.  Just open it up and   ENJOY!