Get Those Photos Off Your Hard Drive

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An Easy Way to Make a Baby Book Using Facebook

Now that your photos are beautifully organized and backed up, what are you going to do with them?

Digital photography makes it easier than ever to take tons of photos without having to deal with thousands of prints and negatives.

We are all taking a lot more photos as a result, which I can only see as a good thing… but it does have its downsides, one of which is that most parents now have thousands of photos collecting dust on their hard drives instead of in boxes under the bed or in the attic.

I still believe in the power of physical prints, albums, books and artwork.

But when was the last time you printed some photos or did anything physical with them?

My boys are 2 and 5 now and I still haven’t made their baby albums. But I do have some secrets that I’m going to share with you this month on some easy and less daunting ways to get your photos off your hard drive and out into the world to be experienced and shared off screen.

The payoff is in the pride, enjoyment, and boost in confidence that you and your family will experience. Your kids will love seeing photos of themselves and being able to hold and touch them!

MySocialBook

First this month, I am so excited to share with you this amazing solution to a huge dilemma that I have struggled with ever since becoming a parent.

My struggle: How to easily create a book or album that collMy Social Book Opened Pagesects DSLR and iPhone photos together with my Facebook posts that basically serve as my parenting journal?

And then I found out about MySocialBook… it’s almost as though they read my mind and came up with the exact product that I needed!

MySocialBook takes your photos and status updates, including comments, from your Facebook profile and collates them into a beautiful printed book.

Now of course, how well this work does depend on how you use Facebook. If you mostly post links to articles and rants about your life, you might not want to collect them in a book. But most parents I know use it exactly like I do—to share photos, observations and funny anecdotes about our kids.

Instant baby book!

You don’t get a lot of control over the layout—in fact you don’t get any control over the layout and there can be some weird flow and wrapping as well as cropping of photos… but actually the benefit to this is that you don’t have to spend hours obsessing about it.

You can control what content goes in, either by category or, if you have the patience, you can go through and delete specific content from your book. I did not bother with that as I really don’t post anything on Facebook that would be inappropriate.printed baby book with opened pages

However, here is a warning: I was surprised that “content from my timeline” included posts in private groups by other people where I was tagged. So I will probably remove those and reprint, just because they are out of place with the rest of the content.

These minor issues do not detract at all from the amazingness of this product—this is literally a dream product for me and I will be going back and printing a book for every year since I joined Facebook when my first born was 6 weeks old. My only regret is that I didn’t join before he was born—then I would have complete documentation in these beautiful books!


Follow me on Facebook for a glimpse at some of the kids of photos I share and to learn more.

Next week: the most amazing project I have done as a parent and a photographer