Photography has changed tremendously since Joseph Nicéphore Niépce developed the very first photograph back in 1826. We now live in a digital world where the latest technology lies at our fingertips and we save all pictures on our mobile phone, computer, or on the cloud. This way, it can seem useless to go back to such an old tradition like printing photos and saving them in a physical album. That couldn’t be farther from the truth though, as there are various reasons why you should consider designing a photo book:
1. Photo Books Are Exciting
Going through the photos on your mobile phone can be a bit boring. You can either see one by one or see their thumbnails in a grid view. The same goes for social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook. On the other hand, photo books can be designed as a visual treat. You can create cool layouts where your best photos pop out and write a story with them. What’s more, they’re pretty easy to create, as there are photo book builders that allow you to upload and organize photos straight from your mobile phone.
2. They Make Wonderful Gifts
Photo books are the perfect gifts to offer to your loved ones, and there’s plenty of special occasions where photo albums shine. An emotional photo book of you and your mother for Mother’s Day, a funny collection of you and your best friend for their birthday, your baby’s first year photo book for your parents (and in-laws) – the options are limitless. Moreover, since most of us only save pictures on our digital devices, a photo book will surely be a unique present to give.
3. Photo Books Are Perfect to Record Family History
The main problem of saving photos on a mobile phone, flash drive, computer, or anything digital is that it's usually only temporary storage. No doubt you'll change digital devices many times throughout your life, and there's going to be a couple of occasions where you'll lose everything saved on them – you may have forgotten to back it up, the hardware might be too damaged for any files to be salvaged, etc. On the flip side, photo books stick with you for the rest of your life. And, unless there's a natural disaster, they will remain intact for years to come. This way, they're perfect to save your family's special occasions. You can even design annual photo books showcasing each year's highlights.
4. They Make Great Portfolios
No matter if you're a photographer or running a restaurant, photo books are excellent additions to your marketing efforts. They allow you to showcase your work in an eye-catching way, which will surely make customers want to purchase your service.
5. Photo Books Are Great Decoration Pieces
Nothing says ‘home’ like an open photo book with photos of your family perfectly placed in your house. Guests will certainly flip through some pages and ask you more about them. Even if you decide to store your photo albums on a shelf, if you design them right, they will still be noticeable. People passing through will wonder what your family saga throughout the years has been, which brings us to the next reason on why design photo books are worthwhile.
6. They Start Conversations
If you have photo books lying around your house, you can be sure that they will pique your guests’ interest. This is something that would never happen with your digital photos (how many times has a friend asked you to go through your mobile phone to see your saved pictures?). Photo albums are an excellent conversation starter. They're a great way to spend an afternoon bonding with someone over a cup of coffee.
There are even more reasons to make a photo book, but the truth is: you don't need a reason. Photo books are fun to design while not being too expensive, which means that even if it's just for you, they're definitely something to try out.
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