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Photo Book Layout Ideas for Any Occasion

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hands holding opened wedding album full of photo book layout ideas

So you know what you want to make your photo book about, and you've even gathered your camera roll highlights... but what next? Sometimes, the hardest part about creating — whether it's a photo album, a poem, or a painting — is the white space of an empty page. Figuring out how to organize photo albums and having ideas for individual page layouts within them provides a formula and starting point that take your first-step fear away. No matter the occasion or type of photo, we have a photo book layout to match.

Here, we provide recommendations for photo book type, as well as photo album layout ideas to incorporate in each. Though each book type offers different page design options, there are many similar layouts across product to achieve the same effect!




Wedding Album Layout Ideas



Idea 01

First Look

Duo Square Large Landscape layout in Wedding Layflat Album
"Duo Square Large Landscape" layout in Wedding Layflat Album

Often photographed in a succession of moments leading up to the big reveal, include two frames from the build-up and highlight the best reaction photo (bring on the tears) as your main image.


Idea 02

Vows

Duo Portrait layout in Wedding Layflat Album
"Duo Portrait" layout in Wedding Layflat Album

Show a photo or screenshot of each spouse's vows next to a "getting ready" photo of that person, connecting whose words they are with the anticipation they felt in preparing them.


Idea 03

Ceremony

Portrait Landscape Portrait layout in Wedding Layflat Album
"Portrait Landscape Portrait" layout in Wedding Layflat Album

From the procession to the kiss and the final cheerful walk down the aisle, the ceremony has at least three photogenic key landmarks that could serve to sum up this meaningful part of the day in a full-spread series.


Idea 04

Group Portraits

Duo Landscape layout in Wedding Layflat Album
"Duo Landscape" layout in Wedding Layflat Album

Big groups of people, whether it's the bridal party or extended family, call for wide-angle shots. Make sure everyone is in the frame using any of the landscape layout options. As an upside to creating a Layflat Album, you won't have to worry about someone's face disappearing into the middle binding crease of the pages with its continuous, full spread.


Idea 05

Dance Floor

6 Landscape layout in Wedding Layflat Album
"6 Landscape" layout in Wedding Layflat Album

With so much action happening at any given moment, the dance floor produces some priceless shots. We're fans of recreating that commotion with a full spread — the blurry bodies, laughter, and all.


Bring Them to Life In

The Wedding Layflat Photo Album

Green Wedding Layflat Photo Album titled Our Best Day

The perfect home for your wedding photos, the heirloom-quality Wedding Layflat Album is designed specifically for this life event and made to last. Its ultra-thick, panoramic pages and foil-stamped linen binding live up to the beauty of your big day, itself. These wedding album layout ideas can be brought to life through other Layflat products or a Hardcover Photo Book, as well!




Travel Photo Book Layout Ideas



Idea 01

Telling a Travel Story

Full Text + Trio Landscape Strip layout in Travel Hardcover Photo Book
"Full Text + Trio Landscape Strip" layout in Hardcover Photo Book

Travel always lends itself to stories worth retelling. From transportation hiccups to unexpected encounters, its these narratives that paint a complete picture of your trip. Use a full-page text layout to add context and color to your vacation album.


Idea 02

Food Spreads

Four-square layout in Travel Hardcover Photo Book
"Four-square" layout in Hardcover Photo Book

Though we all have them on our camera roll, photos of food might seem out of place on their own among shots of grand architecture and landscapes. Try grouping them together to create a colorful display of your adventurous palette. A four-square layout lends itself nicely to that four-course menu or showing off favorites from the trip overall. Bonus points for including a caption with the provided text boxes to note the restaurant or dish.


Idea 03

Panorama

Duo Portrait Right + Duo Portrait Left layouts in Travel Hardcover Photo Book
"Duo Portrait Right + Duo Portrait Left" layout in Hardcover Photo Book

Often times, the best panoramic shots come from landscapes and cityscapes captured on the road. While our Layflat Albums offer full-page spreads, most photo books with traditional "perfect binding" require you to get a little more crafty to incorporate those wide aspect ratios. We recommend mocking this panoramic effect with a series of four photos that span across the spread, aligned to the spine in the middle.


Bring Them to Life In

The Hardcover Photo Book

Hardcover Travel Photo Book with photo of Moab on the cover

Our recommendation for sharing your latest trip? The Hardcover Photo Book combines high quality with display-worthy cover designs, so you'll want to flip through again and again.




Family Album Layout Ideas



Idea 01

Family Recipe Book

Full Bleed layout in Everyday Photo Book
"Full Bleed" layout in Everyday Photo Book

All those family recipes deserve a permanent home in print. For a basic photo album layout option for cookbooks, feature a full-bleed photo on one page, alongside a text JPG/PNG of the recipe on the other half of the spread.

Pro tip: Type up the recipe in another word-editing program, like Google Docs or Keynote, and simply take a screenshot to upload as an image.


Idea 02

Growing Over Time

Portrait layout in Everyday Photo Book
"Portrait" layout in Everyday Photo Book

Show how your kids have grown up over time with a series of solo photos, side by side or with siblings. You can do this over the course of a few spreads, using the Portrait layout on each page.


Idea 03

Family Portrait

Full Bleed layout in Everyday Photo Book
"Full Bleed" layout in Everyday Photo Book

Feature your favorite family portrait (you know the one where you’re all smiling) with a full-spread, full-bleed landscape layout. We love starting or ending a photo book with this page design, as the scale helps evoke an emotional reaction to the photo.


Idea 04

Phone Selfies

Small Square layout in Everyday Photo Book
"Small Square" layout in Everyday Photo Book

Small square layouts are great for those silly selfies, especially with lower resolution from a smartphone's forward-facing camera. There's no better way to lend your book a little lightheartedness!


Bring Them to Life In

The Everyday Photo Book

Gray Everyday Photo Book standing next to stack of three different colors

The Everyday Photo Book, with its extremely simple, one-photo layouts, makes printing photos of family extra easy. Plus, it's a great gift to make in multiples for siblings, grandparents, and the whole gang!




Pet Photo Album Layout Ideas



Idea 01

Outtakes

Full Bleed Four Square layout in Color Series Photo Book
"Full Bleed Four Square" layout in Color Series Photo Book

Rarely do we get the shot on the first snap, especially when pets are involved. Use a multi-photo layout to show the various takes — or shall we say outtakes — with your pet in achieving that picture-perfect pose.


Idea 02

Pet's Expression

Cover die-cut image layout in Color Series Photo Book
"Cover Die-Cut Image" layout in Color Series Photo Book

Who hasn't used Portrait Mode with their pet or used a treat to coax the perfect expression? Use that one favorite gem on the first page's circular image that peeks through the die-cut cover, showing off their cute mug front and center.


Idea 03

Field Trip

Duo Landscape with Caption layout in Color Series Photo Book
"Duo Landscape with Caption" layout in Color Series Photo Book

We all know those outings with your furry friends are some of the best times of their lives — or at least their joyful expressions would say so! For those happy snaps of your adventures together — out the car window, going for a hike — the landscape orientation allows you to show your pet along with the setting or scenery in the background. Include a caption to record the location and date of your field trip.


Bring Them to Life In

The Color Series Photo Book

Three Color Series Photo Books in pink, gray, and honeycomb

Lightweight with lots of personality, the Color Series Photo Book makes for a perfect home for your pet photos and everyday moments spent with animal companions.




Portfolio Layout Ideas



Idea 01

Writing & Poetry

Full Bleed layout in Softcover Photo Book
"Full Bleed" layout in Softcover Photo Book

In a writing portfolio, the words can often speak for themselves. Try a full-page text-only layout, or if you plan on uploading a designed image of your words, a full-bleed single-photo layout will do the trick.


Idea 02

Design Portfolio

Full-Bleed Four Square layout in Softcover Photo Book
"Full Bleed Four Square" layout in Softcover Photo Book

Showcase different aspects of your work with four varying angles and close-ups in a series. This is especially handy for print and packaging work, where small details like texture can really shine.


Idea 03

Photography Lookbook

Center Square – Caption layout in Softcover Photo Book
"Center Square — Caption" layout in Softcover Photo Book

Give each photo some breathing room by showcasing one photo per page, with a text box for notes about your camera settings or artistic vision.


Idea 04

Bio Section

Large Portrait - Caption layout in Softcover Photo Book
"Large Portrait — Caption" layout in Softcover Photo Book

Put your headshot front and center, boldly on display in a large portrait layout with a caption beneath it. This adds a face to the name and provides space for a few words about yourself and your skill set.


Bring Them to Life In

The Softcover Photo Book

Architect's portfolio printed in Softcover Photo Book

Organizing a portfolio is much like organizing photo albums: you'll want to give each piece of work the visual white space and highlight it deserves so the reader can focus as she feathers through. For this purpose, we believe the simplicity of a large Softcover Photo Book makes just the right statement, while giving you creative reign over the cover page. Plus, its perfect for creating multiple copies!




Year-in-Review Layout Ideas



Idea 01

Seasons

Duo Square layout in Signature Layflat Album
"Duo Square" layout in Signature Layflat Album

Show a snapshot of how the past year's seasons looked during your life — maybe with a picture taken in the same place during winter, spring, summer, and fall to show progression and growth. This can be done with any partial two-image layout on the left and right side (creating a four-photo spread, total).


Idea 02

Candids

10 photo strip layout in Signature Layflat Album
"10 Photo Strip" layout in Signature Layflat Album

With small images in a grid format, it's easy to make a lot of candid phone photos look cohesive when grouped together. Use this layout to show the dance floor at parties or late dinners at local spots, giving a nod to well-plated courses and good company.


Idea 03

Handwritten Captions

Small landscape layout in Signature Layflat Album
"Small Landscape" layout in Signature Layflat Album

Try getting friends and family to handwrite their memories of a moment from the year to document their perspective, yearbook style.

Pro tip: Our Superfine (matte) paper option with plenty of white space works best for writing in your album.


Idea 04

Patterns

4 Square layout in Signature Layflat Album
"4 Square" layout in Signature Layflat Album

Did you visit the same restaurant? Tend to the same garden? Make the same meal time and time again? Take pictures of each visit or repetition and display them all together for a quick snapshot of your favorite things over the year.


Bring Them to Life In

The Signature Layflat Album

Signature Layflat Album in teal and pink

What better photo book to encapsulate a full year of life than a Signature Layflat Album, made to honor both the milestones and everyday moments. We recommend the "Moment by Moment," "Better Together," or "Simple Text" cover designs to match the retrospective occasion.



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