Tips For Making Photo Books | December 7, 2013
I’ve been working away at my family’s 5th annual photo book this weekend and thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned over the years making these, both for my family and my clients.
Tip #1: Don’t go with the cheapest book printing vendor. Think about it, these books will be a permanent part of your family history. They’re going to be displayed on shelves and coffee tables. In many cases, you’ve hired a professional photographer to take photos. Get the highest quality books you can!
Personally and professionally, I use Blurb and LOVE THEM. Here are some general specs for how I build my books:
- Size: 8×10 Landscape (They display nicely on standard shelves and are comfortable to handle)
- Paper: Premium Lustre (I’ve tried them all)
- Format: Hardcover, Image Wrap (people will want to pick these up)
Tip #2: Limit the number of page layouts/templates you use. I stick to 2 or 3. This will give your book a nice flow and a pro look. Here are a couple examples of layouts I use.
Tip # 3: Very Important! Make sure there isn’t any key content near the gutter of your book. If there is, switch the photo to the opposite page or flip-flop it horizontally. Before you click purchase, make sure you’ve gone through your book 10 times and looked for this. You’ll be sad if there’s a pic of you or your cute-as-buttons baby doing something super awesome and you/they are buried in the gutter
Here’s how in BookSmart:
See how the bride and groom are near the gutter? No bueno… No worries, though! I just flipped it and went on my way.
Ahhhhh much better!
Tip #4: If you took a big trip or had a life event that you have a ton of photos from, break it out into its own book. I still include a handful in my annual family album, but the rest are in their own book.
Final tip of the day! Don’t forget your mobile pics! If you’re making your family yearbook, don’t forget about the hundreds of pics snapped on your phone. I made a filmstrip-like page template and cram them all in there. This is also a great opportunity to clean off your phone and get a fresh start on next year’s camera photo roll.
Enjoy your book making!!
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Birdcage Veil | November 23, 2013
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Senior Portraits | Bellevue High School | November 19, 2013
High School Seniors are so cool (I’m using this word even though I was told by a HS Senior recently that it is no longer used and kind of “funny” that I still say it). They just are. The filters that start to hold back ideas, creativity, and ambition as life goes on haven’t been applied yet. When I spend time with them my own filters start to lift, which I really like. Anyway, it was a dreary winter day in Seattle when Margie and I set out to shoot her Senior portraits, but neither of us were phased. We popped by the Volunteer Park Observatory to warm up in the indoor jungle and the down to the Seattle waterfront to stomp in the rain; chatting about the future, laughing about little things, and making faces through foggy windows. Good times and a nice set of pics.
Finding the Perfect Spot | October 25, 2013
Josh and I take pride in finding super special spots for the “first look” or “private moment” (whatever you want to call it, it’s awesome and we make it extra special) and bridal portraits. We found this one at English Camp about a 4 minute drive from Roche Harbor Resort where the wedding was held. There was just something magical about it – and the whole area. It fit Sarah and Quinn perfectly. I can’t wait to get back to San Juan Island to explore and photograph more!