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Finding words to go with your pictures

Posted By Rachel B On February 25, 2010 @ 7:00 am In Photo Book Ideas | 4 Comments

Do you ever have difficulty finding the right words to go with your photo book images? I do…all the time. When I see a blank text field I panic. How do I write something brilliant, funny, Pulitzer-Prize winning? Too much pressure! Then I tell myself to relax, because annotating my photo book is much easier than I think. Here are a few of my homegrown tips. Please feel free to use them yourself, or add your own, by commenting on this article.

You don’t need to write anything. Let your pictures alone tell the story (if you leave photo book text fields blank, the pages’ backgrounds will show up instead). Using just pictures, Nuziata tells her honeymoon story [1] beautifully.

You have permission to make it simple. Write a short description of the picture, or the feeling you have about the picture, or the names of the people in the picture. That’s it. Shelly_L’s less-is-more journaling philosophy works perfectly for her baby’s-first-year book [2].

Steal from the best. I have no qualms about using quotes written by other authors – as long as I give them credit. Kentuckykatie does a great job of accompanying her flower photography [3] with meaningful words from the greats.

Try using lyrics to a song. I love this book by DianaD38 where she uses Elton John’s lyrics to describe her feelings about the birth of her child [4].

In addition to the above four tips, I highly recommend using a larger font – at least 20 points when possible. Makes reading the words so much easier!!! Raina_C does a fantastic job with the font size in her sailing book [5].

Hope that helps!

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[1] honeymoon story: http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDNgwbt3DFs3YgWjFS28

[2] baby’s-first-year book: http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDNgxYs2zdg0aj4X8ULA

[3] flower photography: http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDJgxYtmLByzZAhcFUjI

[4] birth of her child: http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDFg2bM2TVkyaATDTq-g

[5] sailing book: http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDFgyaN27Ju3ZA5-gw20

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