5 Gifts to Make From Your Photos

I love giving photo gifts for two reasons:

1. They always win. Some might say that giving presents isn’t a competition. I say they’re sore losers.

2. They can often be done at the last minute for those of us who are mega procrastinators. (It makes life more interesting! Like a race!!)

So, let’s cover some of the photo gifts that totally rock and will make you the hero of the day. You don’t even have to tell them that you made it like an hour ago.

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How To Get Your Family Photos Into An Album

Getting your family photos into an album can be a huge challenge. It requires a lot of work, thought, time, and skill. Photography is quite important to me (no kidding), and I treasure my family photos more than anything, but as it stands I have only created two family photo albums. Ever.

Yeah. It’s hard!

But I believe that photo albums are one of the best ways to share and preserve your family photos, and capture your stories. So, despite their challenging aspects, I’m making it a point to create more of them. I’ve created hundreds of album designs for clients over the years, and now it’s time to put that same effort into my own photos. Here are some of the tips and tricks I’m using to create these two, and motivate myself to keep doing more, as well as the step-by-step process I use to design them! Let’s go!

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Review of Moleskine+MILK’s Photo Book plus

UPDATE: November 21st, 2016

We’re continuing to receive comments from frustrated Moleskine Milk customers. Please read the comments for additional info. Our recommendation is still to avoid Moleskine Milk albums. 


Pros and hobbyists alike, we’ve all done it before. We’ve spent countless hours taking, organizing and editing our personal photos, only to leave the final jpegs on our hard drives, collecting digital dust.

And no wonder: with the digital age, you not only have countless shots to choose from and the opportunity to edit them endlessly – you also have to make all of the design decisions that go into creating a custom album. With all that choice, it’s no wonder that the easiest thing to do is to do nothing at all.

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Blurb ProLine Album Review

In this digital world, photos aren’t getting printed. And that’s a sad, sad thing. See, photos come to life in a completely new way when they’re printed out. They’re no longer just ones and zeros on a computer. They become tangible, physical objects.

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Vision Art – Our Favorite Album Company

Finding an album company can be a difficult task! Many wedding and portrait photographers know they need to offer albums (as they’re quite profitable!), but with so many options to choose from it’s hard to know where to start.

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How To Make Your Own Album Templates in 10 Seconds (Or Less)

Yep. It’s seriously that easy to make your own album templates in InDesign. Just a few seconds, a couple clicks, and you’re laughing!

You’ll save yourself hundreds of dollars (yikes!) over buying pre-made ones, and get to let your own creativity guide your designs. Plus, using templates speeds up your workflow like mad. 

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Is iPhoto Beating You At Albums?

iPhoto is pretty amazing. Seriously. It can take an entire collection of images and, with one click, instantly create a complete album layout. One click and your design is done. Even if you have a solid album workflow, and create a lot of templates to help speed the process up, you still can’t compete with one click.

So, if your clients have access to this program that can do your job with one click, are you finished? Is this the end of professionally produced albums?????

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