Just start. It doesn't have to be perfect.
I always wanted to make photo books, but I do not know where to start!
Don't wait any longer. Get your photos printed, ideally in a photo book or album. Kids (and grandparents) love looking through albums.
Start by choosing the year or activity or theme and then select the photos you love to have in the album. If that all sounds overwhelming or you feel like you have no time or creative bone left, let me help you.
How much do you charge?
After your 30 minutes complimentary consultation you will be charged NZD 80.
You can choose a photo book vendor from my suggestions, you are happy with. You will pay them directly. We'll keep it clean and transparent.
Which photo book company do you recommend?
It depends what your preferences are. I usually look for quality, user-friendliness and whether we can get it done locally (New Zealand and Australia).
Momento is a wonderful company who produces in Sydney. Their website is informative and they have great customer service.
Milkbooks is registered in Auckland but produces in Hongkong. Great quality and fast delivery times.
Photobooknewzealand is part of Photobookworldwide and a cheap alternative with production sites in Malaysia. Their software is intuitive and easy to use.
How many photos can I include?
There is no set rule and it depends on the length of the book. Let's say if your book has 100 pages and you put 5 photos per page (which can be sometimes 9 and then other times just 1 photo) minus the 12 month introductions and a content page - roughly 480.
That sounds a lot first, but if you create a yearly family photo book and want to tell some stories with your photos, that's a common number (it's about 1.3 photos a day). Now, imagine you are going on a road trip or on holiday - you will need more photos to tell the story.
Use only strong photos, which are meaningful to you (or the viewer) and evoke an emotion. Otherwise, people may get tired looking at the photo book.
I would like to include some text.
That is a great idea and I always recommend it. Most, no all, photo book company softwares allow to add text to a page.
Sometimes, even just adding a place and date is very valuable. I strongly recommend that the more information or 'story behind' you can add, the more beneficial it becomes over time.
If you use the above checklists, you can collect stories and take notes for your yearly family photo book over the year - so nothing will be missed.
Can I make changes?
Yes, of course. There will be two rounds of revisions where you can suggest changes. Or more if needed. I want you to love your photo book.
When will I receive my photo book?
Usually around three weeks after we send the book into print and the invoice is settled.