Photo Books – 5 Steps To Organize Your Photos

Photo Books - 5 Steps to Organize Your Photos

Alright, I don’t know about you, but I currently have 7,660 photos on my iPhone! That’s after I went through my images and deleted about 1,000 of them. With that many images and videos all saved on my phone, I have tried to upload them to a desktop, but videos take a very long time to save. It’s just not a convenient way to save my images.

Now here is how I organized my photos in 5 easy steps

Step 1 – Save Save Save!!!

I know for myself, the one thing I hold precious are my photos, I would hate to lose them all. If there was a fire in my house, lost photos would be hard to take for me. I buy house insurance, car insurance as well as life insurance. Why wouldn’t I buy photo insurance if it means more to me than my house/vehicle? So what have I decided to do? I pay a small monthly fee to have all my photos and videos upload to iCloud. I don’t have to schedule it or remind myself to save them. It does it automatically for me. I have looked into other cloud programs such as Google, but in order for the quality to be saved at a high resolution, I would have to pay a fee as well. It is just easier to use iCloud with an iPhone.

Now that I have found a secure way to have my photos and videos saved, I wanted to find a way to share some of the images I have taken in photo books. With 4 kids and over 7,000 photos, I felt completely overwhelmed and didn’t have an idea of where to start.

Step 2 – Categorize Your Photo Books

I decided to reach out to my friends on Facebook and Instagram to see how everyone was categorizing their books for their children. Everyone seemed to have their own unique ways, but one person did give me a good tip on how to break down the books per child.

Book #1 – Baby’s 1st year

Book #2 – Age 1 to grade 1

Book #3 –  Grade 1 to grade 5

Book #4 – Grade 6 to grade 8

Book #5 – Grade 8 to grade 12

Extra books – Do a book for a family trip, special events (family reunion) or books of all the children together for a Christmas gift for grandparents.

Step 3 – Organize your pictures

How does one go through 7,000 photos on their phone? How am I suppose to find all the photos of one child in the mix of 4? Well, I found a way and I am soooo happy about it. I don’t know about android phones, but I am sure they have something very similar, but on iPhone’s iPhotos App, there is an album called People. This album will identify people’s faces within all your images.

The People’s album has been a lifesaver for me. I went through all my photos to identify the faces as well as to delete the photos that were useless. Why do I have 10 photos of me holding a glass of wine?? I get it, it’s delicious, but do I really need to save that photo? Nope! Deleted!

If you are curious about this album and how it works, I did use the following site to help me understand how it works:

Step 4 – Photos have been identified, now what?

Now that I have all my photos identified and organized, how do use this album to make a photo book? Super simple, I started with my oldest son’s album. Then I selected all photos* at once and added them to a new album named after him.

*If you are curious about how to select multiple images at once, this is it:

Now, why have 2 albums of the same thing?

If you are using a phone app to do your photo book, the people’s album will not come up to select photos therefor, if you create a separate photo album, it will be available.

Step 5 – Choose Your Photo Book Company 

Now which photo book to use comes down to personal choice. If you want to do it on a desktop computer, many options will allow you to select your photos from iCloud, however, you will have to wait for the images to download.

Another option is to try and find a photo book app that you can do directly on your phone, just remember that some companies may be from another country that comes with an exchange rate difference and potential shipping fees. Search through your phone for apps and read the reviews or search online for the app reviews or recommendation.

Happy photo booking 🙂


  1. When I was 5 our house burned down and we lost everything, including all our photos… so I know the value of backing up photos! Great tips on organizing using your phone’s features! Will use this post when my babe turns one!

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  2. Such great tips! I’ve been wanting to get my photos into books but have felt overwhelmed at how to accomplish that. This is a good list of tips and tricks for iPhone users in particular, and hopefully I can translate them over to a similar approach for my Android phone.


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