You can follow anything and everything going on in the world of yearbooks through the updates in our Blog. Monthly posts on yearbook news, marketing videos, design ideas, educational bits and everything else that comes to mind.

Maui High School’s New Camera!

Maui High School won our cover contest this year and they recently recieved their prize.


We are so happy to see them enjoying their brand new DSLR camera kit!


Congratulations on your beautiful yearbook cover!

Planning Your Yearbook Team

Planning Your Yearbook Team


Since there are two ways to make yearbooks – in class and out of class – there are obviously two basic ways to choose the members of the yearbook staff: recruiting volunteers or recruiting class members. Either way, the advisor must make some wise and sometimes difficult decisions regarding which students will be helping to produce the yearbook.

Things to Look For

  1. Hard Workers
    Willing workers who will do any job assigned to them, individuals who aren’t just there to do the glamorous jobs like take pictures and decide the theme.
  1. Good Writers
    Check with the English teachers to find out which students excel in writing and editing.
  1. Students from Different Backgrounds
    This is the only way to ensure that all the students are represented. It is important that the yearbook is build by a diverse group, be careful to not let a small group of friends take over.
  1. Reliable Students
    Choose individuals who have a record of sticking to their activities and not quitting when the going gets tough.
  1. Learners
    Students that are willing to learn and don’t assume they already know everything will be a great asset to your team. Everyone needs to be able to work together and learn from each other.

Yearbook Team Roles

Once you decide which roles you need on your yearbook team it is important to create job descriptions so each team member knows what they need to do. Here is a sample of what those job descriptions could look like.

  1. Editor(s) in Chief
    Responsible for the publication’s content and quality; provides spreads for production deadlines; and manages a staff of peers.
  2. Managing Editor(s)
    Assists the editor in the design of the cover, end-sheets, and any theme-related spreads, including opening, closing, and dividers.
  3. Section Editors
    Responsible for compiling the section content and submitting a partial page ladder to the editorial board for consideration

    1. Portrait Section Editor
      Organizes and manages picture day and distribution of all picture packets and student/teacher ID’s.
    2. Clubs/Organizations Section Editor
      Arrange all club photos to be taken for inclusion in the yearbook.
    3. Sports Section Editor
      Keeps scores for all games, or collects them from the teams on a weekly basis.
  4. Photography Editor
    Responsible for the coverage and quality of photos used in the yearbook.
    Keeps track of all camera equipment and alerts the advisor when theft has occurred or repairs need to be made.
  5. Photographers
    Shoots all assignments or makes arrangements for all assignments to be covered.
    Collects caption information on photos.
  6. Business Manager
    Is responsible for all business transactions, including the sale of yearbooks, selling of advertisements, and paying bills.
    Organizes and advertises the book’s sales campaign.
  7. Advertising Manager
    Sells advertisements
    Designs all ads while paying attention to contract terms and trying to create student-friendly designs.
  8. Copy Editor
    Reads and edits all stories
    Proofreads the stories and captions after they are placed on the page.
    Checks the spelling of all names
  9. General Staff
    Works with section editor on specific spreads
    Interviews and gets quotes and background for the story or to include in captions if there is no story.
  10. Social Media Editor
    Determine and create appropriate content to post regularly on social media.
    Post videos that can’t be put in the yearbook.

For more information on Roles and Responsibilities check out our brand new Teach It! guide, or contact your local rep!

A Closer Look: Alex Selarque

We work with many incredible yearbook advisors to create award winning yearbooks. It is through these relationships that we continue to learn and grow together.

Alex Selarque from Punahou School in Hawaii is one of our most decorated advisors. His books have won countless awards including many from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). Punahou and Friesens also share three Certificates of Merit and one Award of Recognition from the Printing Industries of America (PIA).

We asked Alex to answer the following questions regarding his most recent award-winning book:

What was your favourite part about working on this book?
On this particular book, we had many seniors who had been on staff since their freshman or sophomore year. It was special to see them mature and refine their skills that culminated in their final high school yearbook.

What was the most challenging aspect of working on this book?
Every year, one of the greatest challenges as an advisor is to get students that are independently competitive in their academic classes to work and think collaboratively as a team in an extra-curricular setting.

In what ways did you see yourself and the students grow while working on this book?
Every year, growth ideally happens on many levels that include technical skills, communication, time management, collaboration, and creativity. And every year, the students producing the book are different and bring different assets and liabilities dynamically to the team. Many years the process and results will start off well, but fall apart as the grind and stress of the magnitude of production demands. Last year’s growth was that the reverse happened where the process became more efficient and rewarding in time.

What was one thing that became a routine while working on this book?
Our greatest routine is a habit of method where all aspects of the book from art & design, copy, and photography, are proofed, refined, and improved by multiple talents and minds. Friesens not only has their preflight software, but has been instrumental in helping us develop our own individualized proofing flow chart that is a significant part of our routine to eliminate errors and improve on what may be acceptable, but is only mediocre.

What piece of advice would you give to a new advisor if they seek to build an award winning yearbook program?
Know that an award-winning program does not happen in one or two years. A good advisor must first be organized, communicate well, and have the respect of the editors and all that entails. The editors must believe and know that it is their yearbook, but that the advisor will expect them to meet a high standard. Like a good coach, the advisor needs to manage the individuals so they work best as a team, but once they are in production, to let go and allow them to succeed or make mistakes, as long as they learn and improve from their initial blunders. We do not submit our yearbook to win awards although they do help to motivate and set our standards higher. We submit our yearbook to national associations for the critiques, and use most of that feedback to make improvements every year.

How do you and your team stay motivated?
Because our yearbook is an extra-curricular activity, to me as an educator, it reflects a perfect environment for student learning. No grades; completely voluntary so participants are self-motivated. Product-project based learning; what they are doing is not theoretical but will be manifested in a document that every student (at our school) will receive and keep for many years, if not a lifetime. Ethics & responsibility; the challenge of creating a factual historical document that is accurate but captivating to a target teen audience.

What is one key thing you have learned as a yearbook advisor?
There are no perfect yearbook editors or staffs, school photographers, or publishers; the technology is flawed; no one outside of the process can comprehend the effort and complexity of the process. Given this, I have learned that instead of seeing it as stress and a burden, that it is a challenge that changes every year. Although no editor, photographer, advisor, or publisher is perfect, the best are humble enough to recognize their shortcomings, and with a constructive and positive attitude, never cease to give effort in improving.


A Closer Look: Chris Dorey

We work with many incredible yearbook advisors to create award-winning books. It is through these relationships that we continue to learn and grow together.

One of these incredible advisors is Chris Dorey at St. Paul Catholic High School in Ottawa,ON. His yearbook teams have won numerous awards for innovative designs and themes, including the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) and the Canadian Yearbook Review (CYR) awards.

We asked Chris to answer the following questions regarding his most recent award-winning book:

What was your favorite part about working on this book?
My favorite part of working on this book, like many of the yearbooks that I have worked on in my 25 Years of advising, are the students involved in the process itself. Their unique personalities and perspectives are what influence any one theme or idea and its their originality and creativity that dictates the final outcome, be it a failure or a success.

What was the most challenging aspect of working on this book?
Organizing and delegating is the most challenging aspect of producing this book. Photography in particular becomes an issue at our school because we start classes early and finish the day early. This causes problems because most sports don’t start until 4 pm and we are done at 2:05 pm. Asking students to stay after school for up to 3 hours becomes a hassle as many seniors have to work to afford to go to Colleges and Universities while still completing their home work. Our only solution was to find student photographers who live close by, who can come back, and who aren’t working on game day. This year we only had one photographer who fit that description and they couldn’t of course go to every game which impacted the quality of our sports pages.

In what ways did you see yourself and the students grow while working on this book?
Many of my students became better group leaders when they were assigned to be in charge of a particular area of the book. While dealing with other staff members assigned to work with them they became more aware of the importance of the chain of command. The process for page submission was to: complete the page and have it checked by another student in their section, followed by a section editor review with corrections, and then it was finally submitted to an editor for proofing. The next stop was for an English teacher to check for grammar and spelling, and then finally myself as advisor for the final design check and any last minute polishing before it was uploaded. This process helped eliminate errors and created greater freedom so that I could deal with problems that arose.

What was one thing that became a routine while working on this book?
Theme maintenance. It was important to make sure that every student was tying their pages into the main theme without losing creativity or becoming repetitive.

What piece of advice would you give to a new advisor if they seek to build an award winning yearbook program?
Put a real effort into creating a page ladder and posting the books progress on a class-by-class basis. Deadlines should also be emphasized on the ladder and praise students who meet their deadlines (set your deadline at least a week before the actual deadline). Students who consistently meet their deadline while also creating interesting, creative, and effective pages should be promoted to leadership positions (such as group leaders) and be recommended as ‘go to’ students for page layout consultations and reviews by other students within your yearbook group. This is to be considered as directed praise and points out effective students within a work environment and helps eliminated charges of favoritism as your statement is based on work done.

How do you and your team stay motivated?
Once you have built your program up you will find that motivation becomes easy. In our school we have past awards prominently displayed in the schools hallways. We also have photographs of the last 20 years of editors posted along with the awards. Within our school it has become an honor to be posted on that wall and a direct challenge for each staff to compete with past awards. We have 20 years of awards and each editor(s) takes it as a challenge to continue the tradition. The biggest challenge for a new advisor is to always show the students that creating a good yearbook is important to them, this should rub off on the students in time. Speak to any other staff member who diminishes the importance of yearbook. They probably don’t understand how many different courses within your school are necessary to creating an effective yearbook staff member. English for all written aspects of the yearbook, Art for creativity and graphic design, Photography as it is a photo journalistic endeavor, Marketing and Math for advertisements and marketing your book, and communication and broadcasting courses, to name a few.

What is one key thing you have learned as a yearbook advisor?
Every book is different, every yearbook staff member is different, vary your approach with each staff, but do not change your priority which is to produce a book that student will enjoy for years to come.

2015-16 Cover Contest Winners

The Friesens Cover Contest is important because it helps us celebrate the creativity, time, and effort that gets put into designing yearbook covers. Thank-you to each and every school that submitted their yearbook cover to this year’s cover contest, we are blown away at how much talent you all have! It is always difficult to choose three top covers from the many incredible submissions, and this year was no exception to that.

So without further ado, I present to you the 2015-16 Friesens Cover Contest Winners:

1st Place – Digital SLR Camera

Maui High School – Maui, HI


2nd Place – Point-and-Shoot Camera

St. Pius X Catholic School – Ottawa, ON


3rd Place – Point and Shoot Camera

University of Toronto Schools – Toronto, ON


A huge congratulations to our top three winners. Well done!

Print or Digital?

Print or Digital?

Seven years ago the sky was falling in the publishing world; book sales dropped as consumers were migrating to e-readers. Soon it seemed like almost every one you knew had one. You couldn’t get on a bus or walk through the airport without seeing an e-reader.


At the same time, true book lovers couldn’t fathom technology replacing the tangible, sensual experience of a printed book. But it seemed they were in the minority.

Fast forward to today, and the death of the printed page was actually greatly exaggerated. e-reader sales have plateaued and even dipped. While book sales have roared back and sales are growing.

Are you surprised? We aren’t.

So, why is the printed book making a comeback? In my humble opinion, print is coming back because great reading has a tactile experience. People like being close with other people and with things we can hold, stories are no different. There is a closeness that you achieve with a book that is hard to achieve with a tablet.

Secondly I think the world likes books because they are simple. There is no need for an instruction manual, or colour coded buttons so you can remember how to turn it on or find a new book to read. All you need to do is walk to the shelf and pull out the first book that catches your eye.

My personal favourite reason to read a printed book instead of a digital book is the smell. The smell of a freshly printed book is something you never forget! When is the last time you stopped to smell your tablet…probably never.

As you may have been able to tell, I am a fan of the printed book…which is good because I work for a book printing company. But even beyond that, I believe in all the things the printed book stands for; tangible communication, focused interaction, personal experiences, and less technology.

However, wherever you stand on the subject; whether you like the latest book gadgets or get lost for hours in a book store, we can all agree on one thing. Books are the heart of who we are as humans. Why? Well because we tell stories, we want to know more about who came before us and ensure that the future generations remember who we were and what we stood for. Humans were made to tell stories and share knowledge. There is no better way to do that than through books, whether printed or digital, as long as you read lots and read often.

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library” – Albert Einstein


Stay Happy,

Bethany Epp

Marketing Coordinator


The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip and Print is Far from Dead – NY Times

Paperback Real Books Rebound – GeekWire

9 Practical Tips for Time Management

The season of fall means crisp mornings, boots, football, pumpkin flavored everything, and school. It is practically impossible to stay on task when all you want to do is soak up the last moments of warmth with your friends and family. Believe me there is nothing more addicting and tempting than the warm rays of sunshine and soft grass. However, school (or work) has started and the homework has begun to pile up. This is something that we have all dealt with, and it never gets easier.

As a professional procrasti-baker (person who bakes when they should be getting other things done), I know how difficult it is to keep your mind on one thing. Thanks to my intensive research and experiments I have compiled a list that is sure to help you find new ways of staying on task and getting things done!



1. Make a Plan

This point goes very closely with the next one, it is important to have a plan before you begin a project. However, make sure you do not over-plan your project. You only want to write down enough to remind you of what to do, not every detail. When we focus on the details we get too caught up in the planning part of the project and don’t actually do the project.



2. Use a Calendar

To help you with the previous tip try using a calendar or a planner to organize your days and projects into bite-sized pieces that are easier to keep up with. This way you can look back and keep track of what you did when and what is left to be done. If you can’t find something that suits your needs a lined journal often works well.



3. Know Your Deadlines

Using that wonderful calendar you now have for keeping track of your projects, put in your deadlines and work backwards adding reminders for smaller personal deadlines. It is easier to split big projects into smaller deadlines so you’re not rushing to get it all done at the end.



4. Learn to Say “No”

This is one that I often struggle with a lot, it is very easy to take on more than you can handle. Make sure you don’t sign up for too many school groups or extra-curricular projects so you have the time to complete everything.



5. Block Out Distractions

When you really need to get work done, find a space where no one can bother you. Turn off the internet and shut off your phone, focus on the job at hand, and make sure that all distractions are minimized.



6. Prioritize

Organize your assignment list first by deadline, then by size. The larger projects should get done first so you can finish the small ones off when you don’t have as much time.



7. Take Breaks

No one can live forever (except maybe the energizer bunny) and I don’t care how many energy drinks you have, everybody needs a break. When I say that you need a break, I don’t mean that you should look at Facebook for half an hour instead of writing your paper. I mean you need to step away from the computer, take your dog for a walk, bake some cookies, and do something that does not require you to look at a computer screen. You will end up being more productive in the end and your brain will thank you. However, don’t use breaks as an excuse for not doing your work…we all know how that ends…in no sleep and poorly written papers.



8. Sleep

Or, maybe when you’re taking a well needed break you could take a nap. Sleep is one of the best things you can do when you’re in studying mode. It helps you to memorize and keeps your brain in the best possible condition for learning. I know there are way cooler things you could be doing, but sleeping for 7-9 hours is way better for you and feels so good.



9. Work Earlier, Not Later

I have not always followed my own advice on this one. There have been many times when I have stayed up way past my bed time to complete a project. However, I know from experience and in talking to others that the best work gets done with a well rested mind. So instead of staying up till 3AM to finish a paper, go to bed and wake up early. I can guarantee you that with a cup of coffee, the sunrise and your brilliant mind will surprise you.



What About You?

All of that being said, it is up to you to know how to best manage your own time. Do you have anything that works really well for you? Tips of your own that you would love to share? We would love to hear from you and post some of your favourite time management tips to our blog and Facebook next month. Send us a message on Facebook, bonus points if you include a picture!

Yours Truely,

Bethany Epp

Yearbook Marketing Coordinator

Welcome to Summer!

While the spring yearbook rush is over, our employee-owners are still very busy with many great trade books, coffee-table books, and other titles on the presses. After a significant drop off in book orders during the recession that started in 2008, we’re pleased to report that orders for printed books have roared back over the last few years (while sales of e-books have plateaued). This is proof that the love-affair with the printed page is alive and well and we’re pleased to fulfill the need.

Our pre-press staff are busy preparing school agendas and fall yearbooks for production in the coming weeks. If you still have pages to submit, get them submitted as soon as possible to ensure your delivery dates.

Because July marks the start of summer holidays and the birthdays of both Canada and the United States, I thought it might be fun to look at some things to do this summer.

Celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day

Given the concentration of Canada’s population along the border with the USA, many Canadians and Americans cross the border to enjoy fireworks and festivities on both July 1st and July 4th.

Take in a Music Festival

There are plenty of summer music festivals to keep you up and dancing. All the way from folk and country to jazz, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Visit a National Park

You can find at least one national park in every province and territory in Canada, and in many parts of the USA. These parks are set aside to protect the natural environment of our beautiful country. With unlimited picturesque views and fresh air, it is easy to find a nice place to have a picnic.

Watch the Northern Lights

There is nothing more beautiful than watching the colorful Aurora Borealis dance across the sky. Grab some friends, a blanket, and a thermos of hot chocolate and lay out under the stars. Maybe you’ll see the Northern Lights.

Go Camping

There are countless campgrounds and provincial/state/national parks to spend your weekend exploring. Don’t forget to take your fishing rod along and catch some dinner!

While you are out exploring and adventuring this summer make sure you take pictures and maybe even keep a journal. Summer trips are perfect inspiration for writing and photography. What ever you choose to do with your summer, stay safe and have fun!

Bethany Epp
Yearbook Marketing Coordinator


Happy Manitoba Day!

Hello Everyone!

I’m Bethany Epp, the new Yearbook Marketing Coordinator. I am excited to keep you all up to date with what is going on at Friesens.

It’s Manitoba Day! Our lovely province is turning 145 today, the perfect opportunity to introduce you to some fun facts about our home province. Friesens is located in the small town of Altona, Manitoba, just north of the US border.

Manitoba is one of the three prairie provinces in Canada, the other two are Saskatchewan (If you don’t know how to pronounce that, let Ellen help you: and Alberta. Manitoba is known as the keystone province both for it’s shape and the fact that it is located in the geographical centre of the country. The majority of the population lives in the bottom third of the province because of the harsh landscape that make up the northern regions. Our capital city is Winnipeg, the home of Lieutenant Harry Colebourne who named his bear Winnie, after the city. Winnie who inspired A.A. Milne’s character Winnie-The-Pooh, was not the only bear to have a connection to Manitoba. The province boasts the “Polar Bear Capital” of the world in Churchill, and is home to the International Polar Bear Conservation Center in Winnipeg at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

Pooh wasn’t the only famous character inspired by a Winnipeg resident. The inspiration for James Bond came from Manitoban, Sir William Stephenson, a skilled Spymaster during WWII. Other famous people with a connection to Manitoba include; Clara Hughes (Olympic Speed Skater), Cindy Klassen (Olympic Speed Skater), Fred Penner (Children’s Entertainer + Singer), Neil Young (Singer), The Guess Who (Band), Chantal Kreviazuk (Singer), Nia Vardalos (Actress), and Anna Paquin (Oscar Winning Actress).

One of our favourite past times is to complain about the cold days during our long winters…but 20,000 years ago Manitoba was nestled under 3-4 km (1.86-2.5 miles) of solid ice known as Lake Agassiz. Today Southern Manitoba only sees snow on the ground for 132 days of the year, a huge improvement if you ask me. At about the same time as Lake Agassiz the rest of Manitoba that was above the lake was covered in trees and mountain ranges. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Southern Manitoba was -47.8 C (-54 F). Manitoba is known to have hot and sunny summers, the hottest temperature ever recorded was 42.2 C (108 F).

Happy birthday Manitoba, you’re looking good for 145!

Stay Happy,

Bethany Epp
Yearbook Marketing Coordinator

For more information:
Winnie the Bear:
International Polar Bear Conservation Centre:
Weird and Interesting Facts:
Lake Agassiz:
Fun Facts:

Cover Contest Winners

Hello Everyone,The yearbook cover contest was a success once again and we are thrilled to announce the winners. The competing schools had some incredible artists. We hope you enjoy the winning designs as much as we do.
First Place:
San Leandro High School – San Leandro CA, USA.
SLR Camera
Second Place:
Mount Boucherie Secondary School – Kelowna BC, Canada.
Point-and-Shoot Camera

Third Place:
Sacred Heart High School – Walkerton ON, Canada.
Point-and-Shoot Camera

March Yearbook List

Do you feel it? It’s really starting to get busy isn’t it. The deadlines are close, the pages are being proofed and your nerves are starting to fray like a tight rope that has seen too many travelers.

Here are a few tips to keep your students and staff in harmony.

Food – People are always happier when there is food around. It will also encourage people to stay and help after school if there are some small snacks available. It will also increase morale and occasionally work as a bribe to help get things done.

Prizes or Awards – After each deadline get your yearbook team to vote for one person who did an exceptional job during this deadline. There could be all sorts of awards (best photo, best story, best spread, best attitude…etc). It could also just be a recognition award. This will raise morale and encourage students to work hard.

Respect – Creating a respectful environment can make everything run a little smoother; you won’t have to battle relationships as you are fighting to meet a deadline.

Increase Student Leadership – Allowing students to have more authority when it comes to yearbook builds investment and ownership. This increases moral and work ethic as they will own their tasks and work together to get them done. Sometimes it’s easier to get help from a peer then a teacher.

Relationships – Take time to build relationships. Take a moment to play a fun little game. This helps when tensions are high and emotions are stressed.

Have fun!
Odia Reimer
Marketing Coordinator

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”
– Confucius

February Yearbook List

It’s February! It’s hard to believe the year is more then half way over. Let’s take a moment to review – What are your plans? What are your goals? How is your yearbook coming together?

Here are a few questions to ask as you head into the critical months of yearbook.

  • How are your deadlines?
  • How are your page designs?
  • Do you have enough photos?
  • How are your yearbook sales?
  • Do you need to add Event Marketing?
  • Do you need extra help?
  • Do you need to update admin on the status of the book?

The best advice I can give you at this time of the year is to plan well, proof well, and when it’s done,  it’s done. The perfectionist in all of us wants to tweak and tweak again, and, oh right, we need to fix that last little thing … But remember there is a time when you have to finish your yearbook especially with your deadline looming. This is why planning and proofing well are so important. Your delivery date will thank you!  

Odia Reimer  
Marketing Coordinator

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
– Colin Powell

January Yearbook List

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday and you’re ready to get back into the wonderful world of yearbook. I know we definitely are.

Here are a few things to remember as you get back into the swing of things.

  • Review yearbook sales and plan a last chance yearbook sales promotion.
  • Review pages and deadlines and make a plan for unfinished pages
  • Approve finished and proofed pages in Page Management
  • Submit your personalization list to the plant
  • Plan photography and coverage for Spring sports events
  • Check and ensure any outstanding proofs have been returned to the plant 

2015 is going to be a great year! 
Odia Reimer  
Marketing Coordinator

“And now we welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been.”  – Rainer Maria Rilke

Seasons Greetings!

Seasons Greetings!

I know this is the time when your schedule is full of parties and festivities, but before you leave for the holidays.

Here is your yearbook Christmas Checklist:
• Plan your year end and start up marketing push.
• Are you using Friesen Flo/Deoflo? Is your portrait disk at Friesens? Have you done your editing yet?
• Is your Cover submitted? What about proofing – is that done too?
• Check your page deadlines. What do you need done before you leave for the holidays? Only approved pages count towards your deadline.
• InDesign schools – Have you installed and tested the uploading software?
• Is your paperwork all signed and ready to go for 2015-2016? Talk to your Friesens Print Consultant to get everything settled before the holidays to get early bird pricing.

Since you will be relaxing and drinking egg nog over the holidays, we thought we would join in and take a break as well. Friesens offices will be closed from December 20th to January 5th. We will return, ready to help, on January 5th. This means during the holiday we won’t be answering emails, and our tech support won’t be available to answer your questions. If you know you are going to be working over the holidays, please test the submission process before the 20th to make sure everything is working and that we answer all of your questions.

Let the count down begin!

Happy Holidays!!

Odia Reimer
Marketing Coordinator

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. – Buddy the Elf

Its time to take photos

Its time to take photos

You’ve organized, you’ve planned. Now its time to take all the photos needed to fill your yearbook.

Here is a list of the things you should remember before you go on your shoot assignments.

• Check your equipment, does it all work? Is your battery charged?
• Arrive early, check out angles and sight lines
• Capture the action in the frame – faces and hands
• Use the “Rule of Thirds” to create drama
• Look for frames, patterns, lines, and interesting shapes
• Use different lighting: soft, warm, cool and dramatic
• Wait. Events will happen. Be ready.
• Use layers – consider the foreground and background
• Shoot all images in both landscape and portrait format
• Wait until the end so you can record reactions to the event

Photography is and will always will be one of the most important parts of yearbook, without great photographs it’s difficult to create great content!

So make sure to take your time and pick the best photos possible for your yearbook.

Odia Reimer
Marketing Coordinator

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. – Karl Lagerfeld

2014-15 Cover Contest

2014-15 Cover Contest

2014-2015 Cover Contest

Its that time of year where you are or should be busy designing your yearbook cover, don’t forget about our Cover Contest!!

There are a few slight changes to the rules for your cover to be considered submitted.

1. You need to meet your Cover Deadline.
2. Your Cover Deadline needs to be before
February 27th, 2015.

 I have had some requests to post the covers that won last years cover contests.

Here they are the top 3 winners from 2013-2014


1st Place

Northlands Parkway



2nd Place

Spruce Grove High School


3rd Place

Lamar High School



The leaves are starting to turn from green to red, orange and yellow. I told them to stop, but much to my chagrin they’re not listening… It’s true – it’s officially Fall – grab your pumpkin latte or cup of java and let’s review what needs to get done before “that which shall not be named” falls. If you are unsure of what I am referring to you are either in a locale that stays above freezing all year, or in denial of what season comes next. Continue Reading…



Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful summer. It’s hard to get back into bells, hallways, and classrooms when you are still dreaming of long walks and barbeques with friends, but its true, it’s time to start thinking about yearbook.

To get started, do a quick review to see how you ended last year – find your files, make sure you have all your programs installed so you can hit the ground running. I know that IT departments like to clean house during the summer so you may have a bit of work to get everything just the way you like it. Continue Reading…