|These are a few of the dozen or so photo books I've done, mostly in hardback.|
Shutterfly. OK, agreed, Shutterfly can be a glitch-ridden pain in the ass, but it is one of those modern miracles of technology (when I was a kid, people used to say the same thing about TV, which was mostly snowy, few channels, awful productions and expensive). It has enabled me to produce family-production of photo books which my kids and brother/sisters simply adore.
I'm in the midst of working on one now to celebrate the eight years of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference, which I founded. I did a bunch of work on it this morning, but it wouldn't let me customize pages, so I had to start over and that was annoying, but the book will be lovely. It has photos by Anne Sampson and Liv Kiser, in addition to mine, and it will help me remember our roots as I get older and older and older and ...
In the past I have celebrated 50 years as a journalist, my kids' visit home from Spain last year, various kayaking and hiking excursions, odes to various friends and a compilation of some of my best photos over the past 35 or so years. I love putting these books together and I deeply appreciate Shutterfly for letting me customize the pages. I get the choice of Shutterfly laying them out (and cropping hell out of my photos) or doing it the way I imagine it. I can choose format size (8X8 to 12X12) and hard back, softback, padded, matte and on and on.
So thanks, Shutterfly and all the other book programs available on the 'net at reasonable prices. You're helping me get ride of photos in boxes that nobody ever sees and put them together in books for the coffee table that people seem to want to explore when they visit.