I read that tag line years ago . . . it was an ad for HP in a magazine. When I read it, I didn’t even know what a JPEG was.
I’ve come a long way in four short years. You see, when David started medical school, I started a new chapter in my life where I was unemployed (not out of choice, but because we relocated to a foreign country), and pregnant. Honestly, I barely knew how to check my email in 2005, let alone take a picture and then download it and save it as a JPEG file on my computer. Remember how empowered I felt the first time I learned how to download pictures off my SD card? Yeah. I’ve come a looooong way.
When you find yourself unemployed, childless, and living in a foreign country with a husband who has to study a lot, you end up following your nose. At night, when my husband would study, and the whole island was still and dark, and I had no diapers to change, or babies to tend to, I found myself reading about photography.
That is how this whole new chapter of my life began.
Remember the title of this post? I’ve taken that to heart, and I get lots and lots of my images printed. Lots of them. (Remember my basement wall in Kansas City?)
Sometimes, when the sun, moon, and starts all align, I get stuff for free or on incredible promotions too.
Like this for example:
This is my first gallery wrap. Clients have ordered them, and I’ve coveted their orders wishing I could order all of my images in 16×20 gallery wraps too. A few weeks ago, a local company offered me a FREE 16×20 gallery wrap using one of my images so I could see their work. You know, so I would order from them in the future.
Hallelujah. Bless them. I love it sooooo much. 🙂
I recently printed the Timpanogos Temple on a float wrap with a metallic finish. LOVE IT.
My super talented mother-in-law is an artist, and she made a water color from one of the images I took of Hannah’s ballet class from this post. I love it!
I also had two different books made from MyPublisher.com from our trip to New York. The first book is only 20 pages, and it is a generic coffee table book that would appeal to the general public, not just my family. I selected images from historical church sites for this book. It has a lovely high gloss jacket cover, with lots of pictures with minimal text. Many of you asked me to make a coffee table book and here it is!
I really love the black and white layout.
Oh, and I love the four churches spread.
The second book I made was a 100 pages. MyPublisher sent me an email promoting their new matte cover, telling me I could make a book up to 100 pages for $20. For those of you who have not made a photo book before, that is a steal. I’m not usually one to pass up a good deal, so I put in about 30 hours over a three day period putting this book together.
I love it. Really. It is my family journal of our special time in New York.
I copied and pasted my blog from the seven weeks we were in New York with accompanying images. Normally, a book this big is about $130, so you can only imagine how excited I was to only pay $20 for it! I have really loved MyPublisher. I’ve made 10 different books through them, and have always been really happy with the quality. I’ve used other companies to make books too, (Snapfish, and Shutterfly) but I like MyPublisher the best. I have yet to try Blurb, and I know they are less expensive, so they are next on my list.
Here’s the scary part though . . . I hit 100 pages without even blinking. This book ONLY covers seven weeks. Do you know how long I’ve been blogging? YIKES. I started in 2006, so you know, I have a lot of hours ahead of me and money to fork over to get my blog properly printed into several books!