Many people I talk to are intimidated by making their first photo book. They think you have to be ‘creative’ to complete a photo book project and don’t believe they hold the keys to success. Well, I’m here to tell you that anyone can complete a photo book with Shutterfly because we’ll help you overcome the obstacles and fears you may feel when approaching this task.
“I don’t have the photos.” If you’re reading this blog, you have some digital photos and probably a lot of photos to choose from. Selecting the pictures in a book is the first step to making a photo book, so decide if you want to do a day’s adventure fishing, a week’s vacation at the beach, or a whole year in review. Spend some time (not a lot) reviewing the pictures and copying the ones you want into a distinct album on Shutterfly for easy access and review.
“I don’t have the time.” Getting the pictures on the pages of the book is what can often take the most time. Shutterfly has two ways to take care of that for you. With Simple Path we’ll put the photos in the book for you by laying out the pages chronologically in seconds. You won’t believe it until you see it! The layouts can be quickly edited after the initial book is laid out for you.
If you want to take a more ‘do it yourself’ approach (but first, please try Simple Path), then use Custom Path and try our Storyboard™ tool (available in the pages view, below the save button). This lets you easily organize your photos onto pages and spreads, then lets Shutterfly find the best layouts based on your choices. You can always tweak and modify the pages after.
“I don’t know what to say.” I am someone who after dozens of books still can get hung up on the words that go with the pictures. I don’t tend to say a lot but even the few works I have don’t come easily. If you’re like me, don’t stress about the words, just note the important memories like the people and place in the photos. If more ideas come to you, great, but otherwise, don’t worry about filling out a caption for each page. The pictures will tell much of the story for you.
If you need any more convincing, check out these two books in the Gallery. RondaL4 succinctly sums up why you should get over your fears and try making a book – it’s about preserving the memories of “all the things we enjoy”. And I couldn’t have said it better than BobbiJ about what will happen when you get your first book in the mail – you’ll “love to sit and look at the book over and over.”
Make a new year’s resolution to create your first photo book (or second or third) and put all your great memories and special moments in it – then share the book to Gallery so you can inspire others.