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The difference between photo albums and photo books

Images are made for sharing. When you find an image you want to preserve, you’ll need to take some extra steps.

Choosing photo books and photo albums for sharing your favorite images!

Confession time:

Most of my photos of my kids are on my iPhone.

And most of those images just live on my hard drive.

And . . . I’m OK with that.

But, not *all* of my images are on my hard drive: I also love to interact with images in real life.

When I choose images to put up on my walls, or even by fridge, I’m thinking about the memories I’m share with guests and kids. We talk more about our honeymoon in Spain because I have a giant canvas prints of it. The kids ask about their grandparents, and remember trips, because we have those photos on our walls.

You know what they never ask about?

My hard drive of images.

Your kids won’t see the images on your hard drive.

So, maybe you got married this year, or took a trip, or included a new family member in your life. Print those memories and share them!

I recommend starting by answering the most important question:
Should these images last forever, or is a few years enough?

Print the things that are important to you and share them with your future

Some images are for enjoying now – magnets on the fridge from my phone, small photo books that show specific trips or life events, photos of friends for my kids to hold and play with.

Photo books and other press printed products like cards are often cheaper, and eventually the colors will fade and the pages will become brittle.

That is totally fine – travel photos aren’t something we want to page through forever. I definitely don’t want my kids to have to find space for our party pics on their future book shelves!

However, and this is a big caveat – I don’t think you should use a press printed stuff for any photos that you want to last.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PHOTO BOOKS AND PHOTO ALBUMS

Photo albums are designed to out live you.

Yep, that is the big difference between photo books and photo albums – Albums use archival materials, high quality photographic printing, and heavy weight materials to protect images from the elements (and sticky fingers) and be pulled off a shelf in 100 years looking awesome.

Photo books are a large category of press printed products ranging from magazines to bound books. They vary wildly in the quality and longevity, but are always designed to be enjoyed now and then displaced by future images.

Its basically the reason why you can go to an antique store and find old photographic prints from the 1910s but even magazines from the 60s have started to fade, tear, and disintegrate.

I want some images to last forever – a framed print of our family laughing together, a huge canvas photographic print from our favorite place in Spain, an album of our wedding photos.

Photographic prints and photo albums are meant to outlast you. A true photographic print or photographic Album with high quality products will last for over 100 years.

PHOTO BOOKS AND DISPLAYS TO SHOW YOUR PHOTOS WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

So, maybe you just traveled (honeymoon?) or got a ton of photos from guests at your rehearsal dinner. I’ve got some favorite ways to enjoy those photos now. These will all wear over time and are not meant to be heirlooms.


PHOTOS TO SEE EVERY DAY :

Squared.one magnets
This is perfect for all those fun, causal moments that you want to see when you grab milk. I like to add a new set to the fridge every year or so – sometimes they get lost, and that is ok, too.


PHOTOS WHEN YOU GATHER:

Liberty Puzzles
Again – total dork here! I love puzzles, but I’ve been totally spoiled for all puzzles since I got my first Liberty Puzzle a decade ago. They are laser cut from wood, and feature adorable novelty pieces, and you can have custom puzzles made with your photographs. I love making puzzles of my family – we can look closely at people’s faces and chat while we all put them back together, and it makes your photographs truly interactive.


PHOTO BOOKS FOR GIFTS AND SHARING:

Blurb
Blurb has super easy online design options.

Artifact uprising
AU’s watercolor papers and more minimal design have a modern feel.

Mosaic
Upload images from your phone, order your book, all in under 10 minutes.


PHOTO ALBUMS FOR LITTLE HANDS

Family & Friends album from Amazon
I looked around a lot for a soft cover photo album that my kids could play with – it doesn’t have labels for family members (which is great – who’s family fits into a set of labels?) and you can easily add photos as needed!

PHOTO ALBUMS AND PRINTS TO LAST A LIFETIME

For that special photo with your parent, your wedding images, the moments that define your kid’s childhood, you’ll need true photographic prints. These are rated to last 100 years or more so that you can share these moments for your lifetime.


A small photo album rated to last 100 years.

PHOTO ALBUM

Small Flush Mount Photo Album
Printing photos and having them with you is part of remembering and sharing our memories. A quality album will ensure that your photos last for future generations, so that they can see how much fun you had. That is why I only offer Flush Mount style albums – the images are developed and printed deep into the paper to give these albums a long life.

photo gift ideas - wooden box of prints

PHOTOS TO GROW WITH YOU

Wooden Image Box
100 prints in a custom wooden box. This is perfect for sharing photos from a wedding, or multiple portrait sessions. Flexible enough that you can update images from your life while keeping them protected.

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