September is the Photo Book Month, and I decided there was no better time than the present to finally put together our wedding book! We recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary, so I figured it was about time to get working on the photo book.

I had the opportunity to work with Snapfish and try out their very nifty new photo book tools. Snapfish offers a variety of photobooks from 8×11 custom cover books to 12×12 signature photo books and even 2×3 mini books.

The process of making my wedding book was easy and fun, and took a lot less time than I expected. I simply uploaded the photos, and went to work at arranging them on the pages. Here are just a few things that I loved about Snapfish:

  • There are dozens of different layouts and you can choose to have 1 large photo on the page or many small ones, and anything in between.
  • Many layouts allow for some writing to be included on the page. If you want to only include photos, you can use the Magic Layouts tool (my favorite) to get rid of the text boxes and allow for more photo space.
  • There are many options for photo book covers ranging from leather to linen to customized covers with photos. There are just as many options for page designs – I chose to go with the pre-set page designs and they turned out fabulous.
  • If you pick a photo with a low resolution, a handy warning sign will pop up letting you know that this photo is not recommended to be printed in the size you selected.
  • The undo tool allows you to reverse unwanted changes. There is also the handy safe area tool – when you preview the finished photo book, you can select the safe area tool and see exactly how the photos will be printed on the page.

I received my photo book in about a week, but there are expedited options available. Here is the packaging that the book arrived in:

I knew that the book was 12×12, but I did not realize how large and absolutely beautiful the photos would be! The quality was amazing and the finished product easily rivals the photo books that my wedding photographer offered. The trend in professional photography is going towards having the journalistic type of photo books with photos printed directly on the page, and that is exactly what I got with Snapfish. Except, instead of spending over a thousand dollars, I spent under $100!

Here are some photos of our wedding book:

With digital photos, all of us have files upon files of photos that never see the light of day. Photo books are an excellent way to display those photos and they also make great gifts. I’ve given a “Grandkids” book to my grandmother for Christmas, and a “Photos of Us” book to my husband and both were a hit!

I would love to hear about your experiences with photo books! If you have any questions about making one, leave a comment here and I’ll reply.