Create a gymnastics yearbook for your special gymnast
You can create a special yearbook for your gymnast by using one of the many photo book publishers. The trick to creating a great yearbook is to get the pictures you need. Here are some tips.
With a photo book you can create a great gymnastics yearbook for your special gymnast. Getting the right pictures is just the beginning – you have to bring everything together in an organized package.
Get the photos
With a digital camera and a good plan, you can create a yearbook for your gymnast to highlight the competition year. To make this yearbook available, you need to start planning right now to make sure you get all the images you need. With this plan in hand, you can be sure that you can capture a few moments that you might not normally capture, but that are really nice to include in the yearbook.
Gymnastics is such a visual sport and photo opportunities are available all year round. Snapfish, Photoworks, Picaboo offer photo books that are inexpensive and fun. The pages of these books can also contain text. It is easy to put together a book, but it is much nicer to have a plan than to throw a few pictures on a page.
A good yearbook will contain several snapshots and planned group photos. Since it is important to get the pictures from the beginning of the year, in this first part of the article we will discuss what types of pictures should be taken. In the coming months we will discuss how the book should be made and which photo company best suits your book.
When you think back to your school days or extracurricular activities, some of your best memories may not be the most obvious. For this reason, some of these pictures are included in the logbook. Your daughter spends much of her time with the entire team, so everything that reflects her year will not be complete if it only shows pictures of your daughter at meetings. Teammates, trainers and training are a big part of their gymnastics life. Teammates may have left your gymnast’s life over the years, and they will appreciate pictures of them in the years to come. In September you may not be sure what will be important in May, so start now! Once you’ve looked at the types of photos listed, you’re sure to come up with some of your own.
- Coverage from every program
- Gymnasts who stand during the national anthem – both long shots and a shot focused on the gymnast (many teams connect the pinky during the national anthem, which makes for a nice shot).
- The trainer speaks to the gymnast before an event. This is great if you can get a good expression from either the trainer or the gymnast.
- Girls hugging or congratulating after a competition
- Flags in various gyms (US flag and other interesting flags)
- Coach who responds to a good performance (by everyone)
- Descend on poles and beam from each teammate
- Multiple scores as soon as they are turned over
- Judges who judge your daughter (especially if there is a judge they really like or dislike)
- Audience at a meeting
- Hidden shot of your gymnast in interaction with every teammate
- Various photos
- gym bag
- Lucky charm for all teammates who have them
- Special talents from everyone (my daughter was able to stick her stomach out so far that it was quite unusual)
- Everything put together
If this is your first photo book, you should take a look at some photo book publishers’ websites (Snapfish, Photoworks, Picaboo, Shutterfly) and start a book (you don’t actually need to order it) with all the pictures you have just to see whether you like a particular publisher and what layouts and backgrounds it has. Also check out the book sizes available to see which book is the size you want.
You will now have a lot of pictures to view. It is easiest to make your photo book if you have an idea of the “story” you have on each pagewill tell. If you look at the pages of the photo book publishers, you can also see how some of the layouts would fit on some of the pages you would like to have. It is easier to review your images before uploading them to the publisher’s software. Go through the pictures and remove any that are repetitive, out of focus, or poorly lit. This will save you a lot of time.
When deciding on your story line, keep in mind that, although it looks like the best thing to tell the sporting year from what happens at the meetings, only your daughter’s time was spent at the meetings. Most of the time was spent studying and practicing in her own gym. So part of the story could be told through what happened in practice.