YOUR PHOTO BOOKS

Because snuggling up on the sofa with
your digital photos is just not the same.

In our fast-paced lives, we easily forget the little and big moments from the previous year(s). Having them documented and printed gives your child and you the chance to relive and talk about family adventures and happenings.

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WELCOME, PEACE OF MIND.

I am constantly working on how to document memories beautifully in little time.

Because I know that life just happens. Hi, I am Jeannine and I love to help you enjoy your photos with - and for your children. Find inspiration and tips or just hand me over your messy bundle and you'll receive your family photo book(s) delivered to your coffee table.

 

IS THAT YOU?

You finished the baby book for child one, but then LIFE JUST HAPPENS. And now, child two is five and has no photo book yet at all. You simply do NOT KNOW WHERE and HOW to start?

LET'S GET CREATIVE

Here are some tips

Start small

Your first photo book? Whether you decide to create a book about a year or just a trip or even a week in your life, get started with a small project.

Photo Book Vendor

What is important to you - user friendliness, quality or price or other aspects? There are many photo book vendors out there - I tested a few.

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Stay on top

An easy few steps to start today. Create a routine that suits you and than do these little things - every day.

"We have some old photo albums and many yearly family photo books my daughter sends us every Christmas. When my grandchildren come to visit they love sitting on the sofa with me and we go through these albums and books. So many family stories are being shared this way." Leanne.

 

SOME LAYOUT EXAMPLES

You can design the pages at your heart's content or taste, but the focus should be on the photos and 'less is more' is a good rule of thumb. Background and fonts should not distract from the story either. I tend to go with a white background and some white space around the photos - it's easier on the eye and gives the photos 'room to breath'.

The Month Intro

When creating your yearly photo book, have in mind to split up the sections, like introduce each month, so viewers are not feeling overwhelmed. It is also helpful for including stories and putting events and situations into perspective.

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The One - Three Story

When it comes to designing the book, sometimes it's the less photos the better. Have a few page styles and the same couple of fonts and use them throughout the book consistently.

The One - One Story

If you want to showcase two big photos then you can have fun at full page's size and one a bit smaller, which gives it some breathing space.

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The One - Nine Story

The clean arrangement and the white space around the collage of nine busy photos give the pages (and the eyes) some rest. 

 
 

Do you have no creative bone inside you or simply no time?

SERVICES FOR YOU

Consultation

You love to create your family photo book yourself but need some guidance to get started and set up?

Book Design

I am happy to do the work by turning your photos and stories into your family photo book. You pay for the book of your choice. 

Photo Selection + Book Design

Your photos are a mess? I get it. I will go through and select the best to put in the photo book. You pay for the book of your choice separately. Admin & Design.

You decide on how much help you'll need. Please keep in mind that the biggest part is collecting your photos for the book, in case you haven't done it according to my above method (monthly organizing of photos). My hourly rate is NZD 80. For a rough guidance: Consultations take 1 - 2 hours | Book Design about 4 hours | Photo Selection & Book Design about 6 hours. 

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"We lived for 18 months in Wanaka before returning to Switzerland. Jeannine understood how precious these memories were for us and created a wonderful photo book of our time here that captured this chapter in our lives. It's always on top of our coffee table and reminds us of our deep connection with our friends in Wanaka."

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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. For my German clients, I use Fotobuch.de but also recommend SAAL




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 a tramp - 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.




I always wanted to get albums done. But I don't 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 we agreed on working together you will receive a 30 minute complimentary consultation. You can decide how much you want to prepare your photo and story collection, which will be used for the book. After that, I allow to charge NZD 80 per hour for my services. 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.




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 album!




How do I pay you?





When will I receive my photo book?