I take a lot of photos.
“A lot” can mean different things to different people, so allow me to provide some scale. I have 7,456 photos on my hard drive from last year alone, and that does not include photos I deleted from my camera or computer because they were subpar or out of focus. It was worse in 2012–I took over ten thousand photographs that year.
I really enjoy taking photos. The act of metering, focusing, and taking a photograph forces me to see the world in ways I would not otherwise. I always struggle, though, with spending so much time and energy on photographs that are seen by so few.
Recently I began organizing my photos into photobooks. I have made photobooks from two family trips in the past, but those books do not include random day-to-day photos that I have taken and really love.
This year I decided to make a book of my favorite photos from 2013. I had originally planned on just the top 100; but, after a first pass of narrowing down the gallery, I had over 500 photos. In the end I figured: the more the merrier! Many of these photos come from different events or excursions Jessica and I went on during the year. We already have some fun ones planned for 2014 too!
I couldn’t upload the entire book, so here is a collection of some of my favorite page spreads. Don’t miss the owls and the DIY dining room table top!
This whole process took a significant amount of time. It was so much fun, though, that I am going to go back and make a book for 2012 and maybe even 2011.