Monday, March 19, 2012

Yearbook Memories


I  remember when I was a kid, sitting for hours and poring over my school yearbooks. Up until high school, they were black and white, stapled together and rather flimsy.  In middle school I worked on the yearbook committee, and I seem to remember that creating photo collages was all the rage. In high school, I was co-editor of the yearbook, which was a lot of fun for someone like me who is obsessed with photographs. My co-editors and I went to a summer workshop to prepare for our big job, and there we learned how to create page layouts. All year, we worked hard to create a quality memento in which everyone in the school was represented as much as possible. That was a difficult task considering we had a very limited number of pictures to work with.

Photography has changed so drastically since those good old days. With digital cameras now the norm, I imagine that having a limited selection of photos is no longer an issue. Nowadays it is probably hard to choose yearbook pictures because of a much vaster selection. I wonder how different my old job of yearbook editor would be today.

I just learned that Shutterfly is making yearbooks. And wow! They look considerably different from the yearbooks of my youth. They are full color and professionally bound. Bulk prices are as low as $5 each, which sounds like a bargain to me. I can see elementary and middle school yearbooks being revolutionized. These books can be completely customized, to the point that each classroom gets a slightly different book (if desired) to place extra focus on the students and activities of that particular class. I also like the idea of having a class yearbook, instead of a school yearbook. That way the entire book can display photos special to the kids who will be buying it and looking at it over and over again. They won't have to search high and low, hoping to catch a blurry glimpse of themselves in one or two photos - instead there would be many pictures of each student in the class. Siblings would each have their own unique book, so parents wouldn't be paying for multiples of the same yearbook. The website has a lot of information and tips for creating the perfect yearbook. It is necessary to contact Shutterfly to request bulk pricing.

Do you still have your school yearbooks? When was the last time you got them out for a trip down memory lane?

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