The Rooftops Annual Photobook 2014
Steve and I only have a handful of annual traditions.
On our first morning in this flat, we went to the bakery at the bottom of the lane and bought smiley face biscuits; we took photos of ourselves hiding behind them. This year, on our first anniversary of moving in, we did the same. We promised to make it a yearly thing.
In July, we visit my family. We don't only visit them in July but that's when the small town they live in holds its week of (highly photographable) summer festivities - we like to catch those if we can. This year was particularly fun as we got to take our at-the-time-very-nearly-five year old nephew to the funfair for the first time.
And during the first few days of January I compile a photobook of all the previous year's memories.
The front cover of the book always has a random, vaguely arty picture on it. The back cover is always a picture of the two of us (albeit with Ben Stiller in 2009 and a friend's feet in 2010).
The picture of us from 2009 is the night we got together; 2013 is the weekend we moved into our flat; 2014 is our fifth anniversary, taken at the Love Wall in Paris.
There are so many places to get photobooks printed online. Personally, I always use Blurb for two reasons: last time I checked (two years ago), they were the only place which would let me print books THIS THICK (2013 and 2014 were both close to 300 pages); and habit - I know that all the books will match.
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And I love this tradition. Receiving a book of happy memories halfway through January is such a good way to start the year; it gets me excited for the (almost) twelve months about to come.
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