Class of 2010 – capture the memories

by Rachel B Posted on April 03, 2010

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I’m embarrassed to admit that during all of my graduation ceremonies – eighth grade, high school and college – I wasn’t really present. I was there in body, but not in spirit, because my mind was preoccupied with either the future – what classes would I take next year? Would I make new friends? You mean I have to find a job now? Or niggling internal details like, is my graduation cap going to stay on my head? Is my hair okay? Sad but true.

Why hadn’t I focused on what was going on around me? Like the speeches, my classmates, the weather, the smiling faces. I have a few pictures from each event, but not enough to tell the story. I wish I had taken the time to remember more moments.

Now with digital cameras and self publishing services like Shutterfly, even preoccupied people like me have access to all the details. Friends and family are sure to whip out their cameras at graduation and take at least twenty shots each, ensuring that the event will be well recorded. Wish our family had these kinds of tools during my graduations way back when.

If you have a family member or friend who is graduating from elementary school, high school, college, or any kind of program this year (go class of 2010!), I encourage you to take lots of snaps during the big event, and turn them into a photo book. Because you never know, the graduating senior could be preoccupied like me, and will need some visual reminders that the ceremony actually took place.

Here are a few of my favorite graduation books to get you inspired. What I appreciate about many of these examples is that they include snapshots taken throughout the graduating senior’s life, adding more breadth and richness to the collection of memories.

My Little Girl by LoriH168
Sarah’s Graduation Book by SusanS1030
Jonathan Graduation Weekend by CheriL1
Noah Graduation by DanaA52
Brian’s Graduation by raulv
Fire Academy Graduation by Nicole422


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  1. Earl J Says:

    Well done and good to have the links to other books you’re recommending.

  2. BarbaraJ Says:

    Great article and I need to make a book for my daughter graduation with her Masters. Thank you for reminding me! I glad to have the links. Thanks Rachel, bj

  3. Joey Says:

    Great article Rachel. I know I was preocuppied during my HS graduation – i was worried i would trip receiving my diploma!! I didn’t even go to my college graduation – we had a choice. I wish now i had done that. It is a very important time in ones life. I do have a few pictures though. Just a few.They are still priceless memories. And you can be sure that the next graduation in my family, I will be snapping away!

  4. AnnAbbott Says:

    This makes me feel good that someday my photo books of my children will be appreciated. Haha.. Being a grown up now, I think I missed some of the special moments too during milestone evens. Gosh, there are moments in my own wedding I can’t remember. :) Graduation from preschool, kindergarten, middle school, and high school seem so much to look back on but if you had, a book to put those quick pics the memories would last a lifetime.

  5. shannonr Says:

    I definitnely wasn’t paying attention during my high school years or graduation….I just wanted out…LOL! I recently started digging up some old pictures and scanning them in with the idea of making a book such as you suggested. The links you have provided will alot of help in getting me started on the right track. I realize now that documenting the present is priceless for the future.

more about Rachel B

Thank you for visiting “Picture More”, Shutterfly's Community Blog. My name is Rachel, and I come from a long line of photo enthusiasts. My grandparents kept a large (and heavy!) collection of family photo albums in their living room, which my sister and I loved looking through. My mother continued the tradition by becoming a hobby photographer (phrases like “smile, “hold that pose” and “let me get my camera” were a constant part of our lives). Now my sister and I are avid camera fans. She takes beautiful pictures of her children, and I enjoy capturing the many far-away places my husband and I visit. What I love about Shutterfly is that it helps me turn my photos into meaningful keepsakes like photo books, calendars, and photo gifts (I love my coasters, posters, mug and mouse pad!). My memories are now a part of my everyday life, not living in a shoe box or hard drive. And what I love about "Picture More" is that it will help us get even more creative with our pictures. I'm excited to exchange ideas with all of you!

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