When I was in college, I wanted to major in photography. Since my school didn’t offer that option, I took as many elective classes as I could, which I used to enhance my degree and basically created a minor in it. We used SLR cameras, the ones with the 35 mm film.
I loved it so much, and my professor talked to us about the digital age that was coming. A turn-off for me, because I really loved the technique that went behind the entire process, from conception to photo-taking to developing. I resisted digital cameras for a long time.
On one hand I miss the old-school way of doing things, but at some point even I had to admit that digital was much easier – and much more cost effective. Especially for a busy mom. These days, if you have a decent digital SLR camera, you’re guaranteed a great shot. And if it’s not, it’s as easy as delete and re-take. No developing rolls of useless film, and no waiting.
The only problem is, instead of printing my photos most of them sit in a folder on my hard drive. What good are they there? And since there is no longer a limit on how many photos you can take, there are now too many to choose from. Sigh. We sure have come a long way from the polaroid.
When Mixbook contacted me to review their photo books, I knew I wanted to document our recent trip to Walt Disney World. It was the first time my husband and daughter would ever visit there, and more importantly our very first vacation as a family (and also part conference).
It did take me quite a bit of time to design our hardcover photo book, but only because it had to be perfect. I felt like a publisher of my own story, and it was fun to re-live the vacation as I went through and decided which pictures would make the cut. I found the process very easy, and Mixbook has a great selection of layouts, backgrounds and “stickers” and all sorts of different customization options like adding text, frames, shadows and more.
I could print a bunch of 4×6’s and organize my photos in an album, but it would look no where near as nice. Plus, I was able to include things that weren’t necessarily photos – like the autographs Emma received from her breakfast with the princesses.
The end product exceeded my expectations, and I’m looking forward to creating more photo books so that we can easily relive our memories and share them with friends and family.
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Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. Mixbook sent me a complimentary photo book in order to facilitate my review.