How to create the perfect travel photo book

Travel Book

It’s highly likely that you’ve taken plenty of snaps during your stay in London, capturing a fair few unforgettable memories at timeless landmarks.

The vast majority of people swiftly upload these photos to social media, however, creating a photo book documenting your trip is a much more long-lasting and worthy way to make your adventures evergreen.

But where do you start? Well, these tips should give you a clearer gameplan.

Devise a narrative or theme

There’s a story behind every journey, so a properly considered photo book will tell a clear, cohesive and engaging narrative.

Simply hurling a random selection of snaps together and hoping for the best isn’t the way to go about it. Instead, think about the order they’ll appear in and create themes or chapters by grouping together related photos.

Say for instance if you visited several museums, pick out highlights from the most interesting exhibitions or the most visually striking shots and string them together. The approach is much more effective when trying to form clear sections and themes.

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Similarly, if you dropped by Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court Palace and the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial near the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel, there’s your royal chapter right there.

You might just want to adopt a straightforward chronological style though, going from your departure flight to arriving at your hotel and checking-in, on to your first drinks and meal… you get the picture.

It’s an obvious and safe approach to tell the story as it happened, but it could be at the expense of an engaging story.

Choose your best photos, then make them better

A no-brainer here, but select your most interesting photos and resist the temptation to include similar shots of the same thing.

Chucking in four pictures of you and yours beneath the London Eye is likely to be excessive if they’re all pretty much the same shot. On the flip side though, you could create a photo-booth-type effect if they have a beginning, middle and end, essentially acting like still frames from a video. You decide.

Meanwhile, many online photo book printers will give you the option to doctor and improve your photos.

In-built correction features lets you crop, brighten, darken, sharpen, rotate, flip and straighten your images. Just spending a few seconds, adding little touches could result in a more professional-looking end product.

Think about the layout

How do you want your photos to appear in the book? There are many different approaches you could take: multiple shots on one page, one photo per page, even one shot spread across two pages like a centre fold if the photo works in landscape.

Some photo editing companies will give you the option of arranging tens, even hundreds of photos, into a collage or shape, a heart for example.

The combinations and possibilities are endless, but bear in mind that getting too wild could result with the finished article being tacky and scatty.

If you shared many of your photos on Instagram, how about creating a 5×5 collage for the inside cover page?

Also consider the physical shape of the book too. Choosing a square 1×1 book may look cute but it could have its limitations when placing your 4×6 photos, while a wider landscape book may be more accommodating yet awkward to hold. Go with whatever feels right.

If you’re still struggling to imagine how you want your photo book to look, take some time to browse Pinterest. It’s rife with quirky and original ideas to inspire you. Whatever you do though, don’t rush into it.

Always judge a book by its cover

Or at least in this case. Most companies will give you the option of having a hardback cover showing one or many of your photos, while you could save the surprises for the inside by just opting for a simple leather, suede or fabric cover in a solid colour.

Page game

How do you want the pages to feel? There are many different paper types to go for: lustre, high gloss, silk, deep matte or linen amongst others.

You’ll want this book to last forever so go for a company that offers 100 per cent professional-grade photo paper to ensure durability and accurate colour reproduction.

Add a little note

Photo books don’t need to be just about the images; you could leave little notes or short anecdotes detailing certain photos to provide a bit of explanation or backstory.

Size up companies

We touched on it just a second ago, but this book needs to be durable as well as look good so compare several photo book companies and read customer reviews to get a decent idea of who can provide the best service that suits your budget.