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From time to time on this page I will include articles I've written on
various subjects related to photography

Below are two articles:  Legacy Images and How to create a photobook

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.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1.  when you review your images, copy the special ones and place them in a folder on your desktop
or in a new folder on your tablet or phone.  Name that folder " Photobook " and the subject
2.  when you've gathered about 80-100 images in the photobook folder select an online vendor like,, or
3.  Then upload your photos to the photobook site of your choice and enjoy creating the book!  Be
playful and creative...add captions and comments.  Remember, people will be viewing this for years
to come.
The photobook becomes your legacy to your loved ones.

Copyright 2012 Barbara Bourgette


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
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 creating 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 family will thank you for their keepsake

copyright  Barbara Bourgette