The Cast Is Booked
I’m not lazy. I’m really not.
But sometimes, when I find a good thing, rather than search to the ends of the earth for something new, I’ll stick with a good thing.
Take, for example, the gift I gave my wife Leslie this past weekend for Mother’s Day. It was a book. An AdoramaPix-produced photo book, to be exact.
Nearly three years ago, just after we had Matthew, our third kiddie, I made a photo book for that first Mother’s Day after he was born.
Les loved it. Brought tears to her eyes.
The next year, I made another one. She loved it again. Now I start to get prompted in early April about “her book.”
Something along the lines of “You’re getting started on my book, right?”
Hints well taken.
As much as I like doing the for Leslie, and giving them to her as a Mother’s Day tradition, it also self-serves a couple of other purposes too.
One, I enjoy putting the books together. I like figuring out a concept, the pacing, how many pages to add. (Frankly, I also see I’m a horrible photo editor. I want to just add in so many.)
Two, it helps me fulfill my personal goal to make more prints. Print More In ‘OneFour is my personal motto this year, and I’m doing it. 8x10s, 4x6s, photo books – I’m getting images off my hard drive and onto paper. It really is magical.
Getting back to the actual book making process, I again used AdoramaPix, as I mentioned. I keep telling myself to try Blurb or something else, but I keep going back to AdoramaPix. Why? Few reasons:
* It’s an easy process to do.
* The hardcover books look great.
* I like the paper finish, and how the images look on them.
* Their customer service is exceptional
* Prices are very competitive.
Now, I do wish they would offer a soft cover option to their books. This may be one reason for me to try a different spot, maybe with my Working On The Highway project images, or my recent trip to South Africa. But that’s really my only complaint with this AdoramaPix project.
Over the past few years, I had a number of prints done, and at least (including the Mother’s Day ones) six books from AdoramaPix and have been very pleased with everything they’ve done. There’s a lot of options out there, but I’d recommend AdoramaPix to anyone. (No, I’m not on their payroll and not being paid for these comments – just me saying what I like.)
Here’s a quick-and-dirty short trailer I made for this Mother’s Day book: A Cast Of Characters:
Let me know what you think, or what your favorite printing service is.
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