Recording memories and keeping them in print, not just online or in an external hard drive, has become a passion for me. I'm not the best editor when it comes to my own work (personally or professionally, I'll admit) and I've been known to make three or four (ok, sometimes five) prints of a similar photo because I like something about one and not about the other (I am a bit of a hoarder after all) so making these books is no easy feat for me. Pinhole Press makes it very easy because their layouts are pre-designed and the website is super simple and straightforward. Of all the books they have available, the Signature Photo Book is my favorite option for several reasons. Most importantly, in my opinion, the eggshell archival paper is exquisite. Second, the binding is available in a variety of classic colors and it's bound by hand which to me makes it not just a picture album but a family heirloom. Plus, it's the largest of all the book options with space for 98 photos with a wrap-around front cover image (great for someone like me who can never decide what to include). To be fair, in terms of their books I've only ever made one Signature Photo Book before as well as a storybook but I like the presentation as it appears on the site and the size (8.125 inches by 10 inches) fits perfectly within my personal aesthetic.
The initial volume I made covered the first 15 months or so of Lucia's life so it was a little easier to choose favorite images from big events - the day she was born, her first week at home, her first visits with family, her first bath, food, vacations, birthday, Christmas, etc. I waited a bit longer to make the second volume and I learned my lesson because it was very difficult for me to narrow down my favorites to fit within the size of the book. Plus let's face it, as our kids get older we do a lot more with them and there are many more opportunities to take photographs (although obviously I'm one of these people who shoots thousands of photos a year of every random second of our life). For example, in hindsight I would have made a book just of photos from last summer because I have so many great pictures from that time so I learned my lesson. I can already picture what my bookshelf will look like one day with all the red hand-bound volumes taking up a few shelves...especially with another kid on the way! There are millions of memories to be made!
These books are great for recording your own memories but they make the best gifts too and from now until May 1st you can order one (or any other Pinhole Press product) for 10% off with the code "CCMD13" at checkout.
PLUS, Pinhole Press is offering FREE shipping until May 1st on orders of $50 or more. Just be sure to check out their order-by dates for guaranteed delivery by Mother's Day.
If you decide to order anything I'd love to see what you choose! Here's a few examples of things I've made on Pinhole Press and of course, feel free to ask any questions.
|Choosing a cover is always difficult because I think it has to set the tone for the entire book. I ended up choosing my favorite picture from 2012. Incidentally it was also the same photo that we chose for our holiday cards last December. Also, this book does a good job of hiding my bump. Trust me, it's there!|
|The color photos look incredible because the saturation on this beautiful paper is so rich but the tones of the black and white really get me. The contrasts are so lovely and the paper almost has a satin-sheen when the pictures are black and white.|
|The thickness of the paper, due to the heavy stock, is amazing. Plus my toddler can put her hands all over it and there are no fingerprints to be seen anywhere. This is MAJOR.|