As a child I have so many fond memories of my mother holding a clunky wind-on camera, asking us all to sit nicely with our best clothes on and freshly brushed hair, facing forwards, with a straight back and a cheesy cheerful smile for a family photo to mark each special ocassion. After taking twenty or so photos over months and months, a little black pod of film would slot out of the camera which we would take to the camera shop, and a few hours later we’d be handed a pouch of glossy rectangle prints. It used to be such an exciting and magical time looking through a new set of photos together, and we’d ohh and ahh as we fingered through each snap, trying not to get fingerprints on the glossy card and laughing at shots of eyes being closed, people not looking, holding up bunny-ears fingers above somebodies head or eyes glowing red with the light from the flash. The pictures were anything but perfect, but certainly captured our memories perfectly..
Fast forward twenty-six years, and with the help of smart phones, we now treat our special photos in an entirely different way. We can share thousands of our pictures digitally online with the click of a button through social media profiles for friends and family to view worldwide. Gone are the old fashioned negatives and in are the SD memory cards, holding thousands upon thousands of snaps. Although we have made our media far more accessible, we’re perhaps a little guilty of forgetting the tangible feel of holding and looking at a real family photo. It isn’t always convenient to store hundreds of prints in boxes and chunky albums, which is where photobooks have come into their own.
Photobooks are very much a modern twist on a traditional family album, although instead of printing your photos and slotting them into pages and clear sleeves, with a photobook your pictures are printed directly onto the page, much like a glossy magazine. You can have a million different sizes, shapes, covers and finishes to create a beautiful book of photos that you can cherish and use forever. Whether it be for a special birthday, holiday, wedding, christening, reunion or Christmas, each book can be completely customised, captioned, cropped, tweaked and aligned to suit your every need.
With Truprint I was able to upload my chosen file of photos directly from my desktop, select an album size for which I picked a hardcover landscape 8×11 custom cover; I then chose a range of coordinating nature-inspired backgrounds, before adding my pictures, cropping, rotating, captioning and arranging their order and appearance. I was able to add or remove pages from my book to make it as large or small as I wished. I decided to create a 100 page book for the cost of £84.59 with postage and packaging being a further £3.99. Considering I have canvas prints at home for around £70.00 to display a single picture, having 100 prints protected in a hardcover book for just £84.59 is great value for money and certainly worth the investment. This would also make an ideal gift, as you can purchase as many duplicates as you like, however I am creating just the one book as I’ll be keeping it in my lounge as the family album.
Now that I’ve submitted my design and made payment online via Paypal, I simply have to wait for my photobook to arrive. I’m incredibly excited to see what it looks like and to sit down with the children and leaf through all of our special memories and family events. I love taking pictures and now finally I can have the pleasure of looking through them with my children, just as I did with my parents.
UPDATE: 19/06/14 My Photobook Has Arrived!
My beautiful photobook arrived this morning and it is everything that I hoped for and more. The print quality is simply amazing and the gloss finish on the pages makes such a nice touch. My phone camera photo really doesn’t do it justice, as it reflects the light from the sheen of the cover and doesn’t show the colours for how true and bright they really are. I am so pleased with it, and it is something that I will cherish forever.
Although my photobook has 100 pages, I would order another smaller book of around twenty pages or so at quarter of the price to mark a special occasion, holiday or celebration as it is such a great way to keep treasured memories safe.
Have you made a photobook before? What have or would you use yours for?