By this, our fifth photo book, I pretty much have the process down to a science. The code I wrote in 2007 and revised in 2009 still works, Viovio still exists and accepts custom PDFs. But that didn’t make the process any easier, considering that 2011 encapsulated the bulk of our travels—pretty much everywhere we went except New Zealand and Bali.
Somehow I managed to go through the more than 11,000 photos we took this year, and distill them to a mere 96. My blog was a lifesaver—keeping it updated forced me to filter through the photos as we traveled. Since returning to San Francisco, we’ve been too preoccupied with new jobs and home-buying to engage in any particularly photogenic extracurricular activities.
For the geeks reading: I decided to put the code I wrote to generate the photo books up on GitHub. Not because it’s the most awesome code I’ve ever written, I just wanted an excuse to play with GitHub. And who knows, it might help someone out there working on a similar project. Maybe I’ll generalize it next year.