I am so thrilled to share Susannah from Feast + West’s insights with you today! Susannah is an avid traveler (she just recently went to South Africa!), food and photography lover. I’m so glad to have gotten to know her through blogging and events like the Blog Bright Bash Holiday Party. I am sure that you will love her and her blog! Be sure to stop by and say hello in the comments, too.
Hello there! I’m Susannah from Feast + West, and I am so excited to be here to talk about two of my favorite things: traveling and photography. Madison and I share a love for these topics, and I am pretty sad she is moving across the country. Thankfully, we can maintain that friendship because I can both visit her and live vicariously through her photos!
Okay, so let me play fortune teller for a moment. I’ve got my magic crystal ball in front of me, and it tells me that you’re going to take a thousand pictures on your summer vacation. (Or vacations — aren’t you a lucky duck?) And then you’re going to come home, fall back into your routine and forget all about those precious pics.
Sound familiar? I’ve been there too. I just took a big trip of my own, and I have hardly glanced at my photos since I got home. Digital photography makes it super easy to take tons of photos, but we almost never take them out of their digital form. At least with the analog cameras of old, we had to get the film developed to find out what our pictures looked like!
There are lots of things you can do with both printed and digital images, and I have a few ideas for you to think about before you travel this summer. Knowing that you have a fun project to keep up with while you’re on your trip or waiting for you on your return will encourage you to keep snapping throughout your trip.
Keep a travel journal.
On my last few big trips, I have tried hard to keep a travel journal detailing what I did and where I went each day. It’s rough when you’re exhausted from jet lag or trying to fit a lot into a few days, but totally worth it when you want to review your trip later. I have an instant camera that I like to bring when I take trips, and then I paste or tape in the instant photos into my journal.
Of course there has to be Instagram! I recommend researching a unique hashtag (one that’s never been used before) before your trip and asking everyone you travel with to use it on every photo they post. At the end of your trip, you can look at everyone’s photos all in one place. Another app you can use is Steller, which lets you incorporate lots of photos into cool-looking stories.
I love looking through my mom’s boxes of printed family photos, and who says I can’t create those for myself just because I take digital photos? Whether you take your memory card to the drugstore or order prints online, a nice stack of photos will provide lifelong memories. You could also turn them into a photo wall in your home that you can change out or add to after each big trip!
Make a scrapbook.
And once you have the prints, you can put them together into a scrapbook. I never seem to have the patience for a project this big, but I am always envious of my friends who make gorgeous handmade scrapbooks. Save your mementos and combine them with your prints for a keepsake you will treasure forever.
Design a printed book.
No patience for scrapbooks either? I’m partial to the services that let you create books from your digital images. I love the ones from Artifact Uprising and Blurb, but there are so many out there, you can’t go wrong!
What do you do with your travel photos?
If you liked this post, you might enjoy my Instagram 101 series. I’m working on bringing it back with some new post ideas, too!
Susannah is an Instagram-obsessed graphic designer and cat lady based in Charlotte, N.C. When she’s not designing or taking a zillion photos, she blogs about food, design and travel at Feast + West. Stay in touch on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.