Get Personal with High School Senior Books

Get Personal with High School Senior Books

This new book option is a perfect way to combine your thoughts on who you are today and your senior portraits. It's a fun keepsake to have from your high school years, that you'll be glad you have when these days are long gone.

New Zealand, aka Panoramaland, in Print

It's here, it's here, it's here! My precious... my 8x18 inch, panoramic New Zealand book! 

Yes, this book is larger than my coffee table!

Yes, this book is larger than my coffee table!

If you were looking for me in February, you probably heard back from Erin. I was on the other side of the planet fulfilling a bucket list, trip of the lifetime. I wrote about it and shared some photos in this blog post.

But now... now I have the tangible record. Physical proof and many vibrant images to show for it. It's the coffee table book that cannot be topped. An original, custom creation, 100% designed and photographed by me. There is literally nothing else like it in the world– the size, 8x18 is when the book is closed. Once opened, it spans 8x36. Yes, that is three feet across. Why? Well, as I affectionately dubbed New Zealand "Panoramaland", it just seemed appropriate. I wanted to feel like I was there again, so I included multiple full spread panoramas that you can really immerse yourself in. 

Molley guards the book for me...

Molley guards the book for me...

One of my favorites is an image from atop Mount John, in which my husband, John, is the only human. The view is of Lake Tekapo and one of my favorite memories. Ahh, it's like being there again! So worth it. 

Here are the technical specs:

50 pages | 156 photographs | Inkjet printed in California | Two tone black cover with inset photo

Did this book cost more than my wedding album? ...maybe. Okay, yeah it did. But it is worth it. It holds the prime spot on my coffee table and brings me so much joy. It's fun to share the experience with people, reliving that trip over and over. Also, it gets me excited for my next trip, wherever that may be.

I'm not going to share the whole book here, as that would ruin the experience. But come on in, I would be thrilled to share it with you!

PS: We now offer this incredible type of printing for wedding albums too! Ask us about it!

Book Making: Ireland 2011

Hi there, it's Lori. You might not know this, but I love making books. I'm not a scrapbooker; I create my books digitally. I like using size and placement of images to tell a story rather than cheesy templates and backgrounds. They usually have a theme, which for me, is often about my travels. My favorite books are based on trips we've taken, but I do also love my wedding album!

This post is about one book in particular. This book was unique because I was not the sole designer, nor the sole photographer. You guessed it, it was a collaboration, with that Erin girl you may have heard of.

finished book covercover inset image

Crossing an Ocean

A little over two years ago (oh my, has it really been two years?), John and I decided we wanted to go to Ireland. He is Irish, so it didn't take much convincing. I just love to travel-- I'll pretty much go anywhere. We asked a few friends if anyone wanted to join us, and only one couple was crazy enough to say yes. Erin and her hubs Matt joined in on the planning and we made it the trip of a lifetime. Ten days, a rental car, B&B's, sea, sheep, Guinness, cheese, biking, hiking, driving, Guinness, windmills, picnics, and a little more Guiness... yup that about sums it up :)

Each morning, we grabbed some lenses and tried not to overlap. We shared a tripod, camera bags and batteries and made sure to take photos of each other. It was great having a photographer to capture our vacation! We even made it a goal to take one group shot every day. We ended up with thousands of memories captured between the two of us.

Our trip was in May, at the beginning of busy season. When we came back, we dove straight into work and barely got a chance to glance at our photos. It wasn't until the following winter when we really got started on our book. Erin may have learned a bit about me in the book making process, starting with when I created the layout grid in InDesign. I invited her to help create it, so we each picked our favorite photos from the trip, and combined them into chronological order. We would take turns adding pages, editing photos, and typing in our notes. It took a couple of months to create the book, but it was so worth it.

By the Numbers

11x14 inches * 72 Pages * 224 photos featured of 2500+ photos taken

Only two books were created, which were custom printed and bound by Booksmart Studio here in Rochester. Because of the page count, not many labs could handle our book, and I was just not willing to sacrifice quality or photos! Eric at Booksmart helped us pick the perfect cover and paper materials, and even did a tip in cover to feature one of our favorite images. It's simple, timeless, and has spent the last year sitting on my coffee table. It is great to pick up and relive the trip, and I also enjoy sharing it with guests. We've even had people tell us it looks like it should be in stores!

Here is a little taste of what's inside. Bon voyage!

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ireland rock of cashel

If you'd like to see the whole book, feel free to check it out at your next appointment! We're happy to show you this or any of our other custom made books. I've also got a cross country trip one, my dogs, croatia, my wedding, oh and several family and wedding album samples too. Have any questions about books? Leave 'em in the comments and I'll get back to you!