Vacation Journaling for GREAT Photo Books

With summer comes vacations, picnics, family reunions and everyday great memories.  At Photo Gym, we encourage you to think about how you plan to share your memories even while they are being made.  If you take a great vacation, write a little each day about the things you saw, the locals you met, the food you ate. That will make it so much easier to put together a photo book that will help you remember the details and share them with your friends and family.

How we do it:

We use social media!  It’s great fun to get feedback from our family and friends when we are in strange places.  Generally, we are disconnected the rest of the day but during the morning we post and then catch up with the comments, and often suggestions for things to do where we are from others who have been there.  You could just as easily write in a journal or even a notepad entry on your tablet or phone.  Anything that you can access easily will work.  Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

Day 1 (If you are using social media, the date will be on the post.  If you arent, be sure you include the date in your notes.)

  • Where you began your trip and where you ended.
  • Tell a little about where you are staying if it’s special in any way.  If it’s not, that can be a fun story too!
  • Is the food different?  Maybe you had something exotic – jot a few notes about it.  Be sure to include any photos you took of it also.
  • Sights you saw are always of interest.  That’s a big part of the reason we travel to new places!  Share what you learned and some photos that will be interesting.  Be sure YOU are in some of your photos and not always behind the camera.
  • People you met.  I usually ask before taking photos of locals but they nearly always agree with a big smile.  We recently took a trip to Belize and met a family who live on a small island.  They carve souveniers of beautifully dark, rich, local wood.  The man we bought our souvenier from was thrilled to have his photo taken holding the bowl he made!  The people are also a big part of the reason we travel, don’t forget to include stories about them.
  • And, of course, if you book adventures of some sort, you want to be sure to include them in your notes and your photo books.

Photo Books, video slideshows/montages, collages, and wall arrangements are all excellent ways to keep your memories alive and in your life.  By planning your project beforehand, you will take more relevant photos and make the process of creating that much easier.If you need help getting started, email us to Schedule a Personal Training session to find out how to do it yourself or let us do it for you!