How to turn your photos into a beautiful family album

July 16, 2019

I love documenting my family’s everyday, as well as the day to day real moments of the families that hire me.  Complimentary book design or a set of framed prints for your home is something we offer as we believe your images should be printed in some form or another.

To be honest, I haven’t been as good with making albums since the arrival of our daughter as I planned to.  Now expecting our second child, I’m eager to ensure her memories are captured before life gets busier. 

There are three things to think about when creating a book:

what is the focus of the book

what to include

how to put it all together

What will be the focus of the photo book?

Just like the pictures you take, you want your books to tell a story. Coming up with a purpose makes putting it together much easier.

Our client sessions are a bit easier because I only spend an hour or two with them, so the process is less time consuming. But for my personal albums, I have days and months of photos which makes it hard to tell the story. But once I came up with a purpose for my book things got easier. The focus of my personal books is preserving our family’s history. I want to have a book that my children can look through years from now and see what life was like back then.

Deciding what to include

Now comes the part that you decide what photos will help to tell your story.  For my personal albums, I set some time aside and just write things down I want to remember.  My list might include the relationship my daughter have with their daddy and puppy, our daily routines, her favorite toy or her room and it’s décor.

Putting it together

There are many album software’s you can use – some free and some you need to pay for.  If you own a MacBook, there’s Iphoto which makes things very easy and you drag and drop images.  Then there are programs like Fundy Designer which costs a bit but is worth the investment.  The software layout is very user-friendly which allows you to view all your pages at once and make quick changes.  

I encourage you to use whatever software or built-in program your laptop comes with.  The important thing is that you attempt it and get to see your images printed versus saved on your computer.

There’s nothing like having your kids flip through the pages of an album and smile at themselves or note how much they’ve changed!  What better way to have your work printed and shared for years to come than with an album!

Here are more blog posts in different locations in Toronto both outdoors and in-studio showing why you should hire a photographer to capture your beautiful family.

Family photo shoot at Scarborough Bluffs

Family and maternity photos at Scottsdale Farm

Family and cake smash photo shoot at Mint Room Studios

Family and cake smash photo shoot in The Solarium Studio

Family photos at The Evergreen Brickworks


There are a few ways you can book. You can book right online using this tab which leads you to my online booking calendar. However, not all available dates are on that calendar so if you need a different date, send me an email! You can reach me at hello@anchorstudio.ca

Anchor Studio Photography specializes providing a full service experience that starts with booking your session and ends with getting beautiful tangible heirloom products being displayed in your home. My style of soft, candid and timeless photos can be seen in all my maternitynewbornchild and family portraits in Greater Toronto Area, including Oakville, Mississauga, North York and Richmond Hill. If you are interested in booking a portrait session for your family, you can click here to book your session. I am now booking sessions for summer 2020, so don’t hesitate to get in touch soon!

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