In today’s digital era, many family traditions are slowly becoming a thing of the past. For instance, two decades ago, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas involved taking photos to store for memory’s sake in a physical photo album. While people still take pics on holidays, they’re typically using a smartphone and just storing the images digitally, rather than printing photos. Even though convenient, that’s slowly killing tradition. The good news, however, is that just like many other traditions, the photo album is evolving too. Its modern version is the “photo book.”
You no longer have to wait for hours on end to pick your printed photographs. Now can create them at the touch of a button thanks to photo books. While they were previously only made for weddings, now these lay-flat books are ones photographers and websites are offering for baby, travel, and other special occasions.
Here are some of the main reasons to consider printing photos into a photo book:
To create a photo book, you need to choose a paper type, upload the pictures you want in it, and then customize it to exactly how you want it. There are pre-set themes, backgrounds, texts, frames and even clip arts of your choice.
In other words, you do everything yourself. Mind you, it’s not that hard to do, given the diverse array of customization tools that the photo books make available to you. If anything, it puts your creativity into action and allows you to create a truly unique keepsake that reflects your personality.
Creating photo books is an excellent way for you and your loved ones to bond. It gives you and your spouse, kids or any other loved ones a fun activity to do together after you’ve taken some creative shots together. Furthermore, it’s something different from the routine. For instance, if your family spends Saturday evenings watching movies, then creating a photo book is a way to change that up every now and then.
With a lot of DIY options, you can spend hours putting together backgrounds, clip arts, and frames to create a unique memento. After printing photos to complete the book, your kids can look at the finished product with pride that they helped make it with you.
At the same time, you’ll all have fun time together. And that’s a great bonding opportunity; you’ll relive cherished memories through pictures that had been tucked away in your digital drives.
The beauty of photo books is that you can create one for every special event. Maybe you’re a newlywed, who wants to preserve the memories in a unique way – yes, that’ll be us soon! – or a pregnant mom who just had her baby shower. You can showcase all these memories in one unique lay-flat book.
Whether it’s a birthday party, graduation ceremony, business launch, or a vacation, you probably take a lot of pictures. Unfortunately, people often only select a few pics, upload them to social media, and leave the rest in digital form.
And while you can’t upload all pics to social media, it is possible to organize them in a photo book. Then you can remember that fun vacation or other event whenever you look at it.
Lastly, if you have a company, you can also use a photo book to display your portfolio for potential clients. For instance, if you are a photographer, use it to showcase your previous works to current and potential clients. As I meet with potential photographers for our wedding, I will ask to see these types of books in person.
Are you still printing photos? Do you think it’s important? Why or why not?
true we can use it on every occasion …… good blog post thanks for sharing
thanks christy u Are always welcom
Lovely post and so appropriate! Out of sheer laziness I only use my phone to take and store pictures…but have tons of empty photo books that need filling. This is a reminder to take a little time to enjoy life’s memories in a more traditional way. Thanks.
I am old school and still print and file photos into photo albums. I love going through them and having something tangible to hold. With that said, I am meticulous with all my digital files of photos, and have created two photo books. They are fun to create! It may be time to make some more.
Thank you for a great advice, Christy! I confess, i stored a lot of images, also docs without printing. But its very useful to use photo books, At least its the only way securing them. Michael
Oh yes, its was OK. Lol We have 7 degrees (C) here. ;-( A lot time to use electronical devices. Lol
Thank you, Christy! Very kind of you! :-)
For longer storage its really better using printed photos, and its a better feeling too, flipping through the albums collected over years.
People get mad at me for printing photos, but I still print them. There is nothing like looking through a book a looking at photos as opposed to watching your computer crash and losing everything.
They say that it is wrong to print photos and that you should just keep them on my computer. The problem, as you may already know, is that computer programs go out, and those photos are lost… forever as in printing them and keeping the memories preserved for generations.
I will keep printing them.
Great and interesting post
More importantly, you’ll still have them when the whole cloud or whatever you’re using splutters and dies one day!
Sounds great! I would love to have one for each & every family trip.
I have numerous volumes of photo albums. My favorite souvenir of trips was always the photos taken and then put into volumes. Of course, film development was costly back in the days prior to digital cameras. Your idea of memorializing special times and events with these new photo books is a great one!
I don’t often print photos any more. I share them over the internet, or take them and never look at them again. It’s so different from the “old” days when we’d take a reel of photos, send them away to be developed, wait weeks for their return, then find out that many were out of focus or had someone’s thumb in the way! :)
I love this idea, Christy! I have way too many photos in a jumble of saved files on multiple computers, but it’s been forever since I’ve actually printed any of them out so other people can see them. I need to try this! I also have experienced the horror of losing photos that weren’t saved properly, so I still prefer to keep paper “backups.”
I’d better get printing before I forget how to use a computer 😆
Printed pictures are better to look at & you can sit comfortably on a sofa to look at them
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