Building Yearbook Morale

Building Yearbook Morale

Especially during deadline season, staff morale is important to productivity. With our winter break approaching, we needed to finish as many pages as possible; break was still weeks away, but our staff was already frustrated and checked out. We went into the fall...
Journey From Staffer to Adviser

Journey From Staffer to Adviser

My passion for yearbook began when I was a junior in high school. I was recruited to join the staff by my English teacher, Liz Walsh. Little did I know, that moment would begin my path toward my career: a yearbook adviser and English teacher. I absolutely loved being...
Creating a culture of fun

Creating a culture of fun

An inspiring mentor who makes yearbook fun can change a person’s life. Just ask Pedro Cabrera, yearbook adviser, Judson High School in Converse, TX. As a student at Holmes High School in San Antonio, TX, Cabrera signed up for the journalism class because he wanted to...
Engaging students with ownership

Engaging students with ownership

No one in the school truly understands the work that goes into creating a yearbook. Sure, on distribution day, everyone gets to see the book and enjoy it, but they probably don’t grasp the sheer number of hours and effort that went into those pages. There is also a...
Color(full) photography

Color(full) photography

Our inspiration for the photo shoot was an Emergen-C online commercial. We knew we wanted to emulate our cover design in a unique way. So, we invested in smoke bombs and tried to order enough to be able to have a few to experiment with while testing lighting and...
Strategies for photo coverage

Strategies for photo coverage

Sterling High School in Kansas developed five steps to get more pictures of students in their book. They assign each staff member 4-8 students for every page the staff member creates. For example, if Staffer A was assigned the football page, he knows he has to cover...
Branding Ease

Branding Ease

Branding does not have to be a painful experience. After watching hours and hours of television on my DVR, I realized that I was thirsty. I had to have an ice-cold Coca-Cola and some Pepperidge Farms Cheddar Goldfish Crackers. Later, I was itching for some Ben &...
A take on theme

A take on theme

CALEB An idea is born sitting in a classroom with a group of students searching the limitless possibilities of creation. An idea is born when a student utters the words that were on the tips of everyone’s tongue. It’s birth sparking the momentous explosion of...
Photo coverage right now

Photo coverage right now

It’s that time again! A new school year begins. Don’t miss out on one moment of the beginning of the school year. Get those camera batteries charged and start firing. Of course, a good yearbook photographer never wants to miss the first day of school....
Choosing the best theme for your book

Choosing the best theme for your book

“Ok. We decided on our theme. It’s going to be ‘The Time of Our Lives.’” For many advisers, just hearing any reference to Dirty Dancing might make your skin crawl. But, in the context of your yearbook, it might actually make your skin crawl AND your hair turn gray....