Everyone who has seen my photobooks wants to have one made too. They’ve constantly asked me about the how’s and the where’s of it. I’ve decided to dedicate a post to answering those questions.
Why make a photobook?
Why not? It’s a beautiful way to showcase your travel photos, your baby’s month-by-month photos, even your Instagram photos. It’s also a great way to organize the thousands of photos residing in your computer that you’re too overwhelmed to look at. It sure beats having them printed out and putting in a boring album.
Where do you have it made?
There are many printing companies that offer this service. So far, I have tried the services of Photobook Philippines, Fans Digital, and Shutterfly. The latter caters more to the US market though.
For regular books like this, I go to Photobook Philippines.
On the other hand, for thicker and sturdier individual pages, I go with Fans Digital.
How much does a book cost?
It all depends on the size and the type.
- P759 – 8″x8″ Small square imagewrap standard hardcover, 40 pages. Photobook Philippines always has vouchers available in deal sites (MetroDeal, Ensogo, etc.) so I bought a voucher for only P499 (regular price is P3000). They do charge a steeper shipping fee though because the books are shipped via DHL from Malaysia. The shipping fee also depends on the type and size of the book. For this one, I was charged P260 for it.
- P1,269 – 11″ x 8.5″ Medium Landscape Imagewrap, 40 pages. Like the one above, I bought a voucher for this worth P949 (regular price is P4000). The shipping fee was P320 for this because it’s bigger.
- P3,000 – 10″ x 8″ Landscape Magazine Style Book with dust jacket, 20 pages. This is the one from Fans Digital and there is no voucher for it. It’s on the pricier side but I needed the sturdy built as I used this kind a couple of times as a guestbook where people can write their messages on.
Can I make my own book even if I don’t know how to do layouts?
Creating books is easier than ever. As with Photobook Philippines, it has a software ready for download even with readymade layouts prepared for you. All you have to do is load your photos and drag and drop them into the boxes. Easy peasy! Other companies, like Shutterfly, have an online platform (no need to download) for you to work on your book.
That still sounds too complex for me. Can you help me?
Sure. Just let me know how I can help. 🙂 Leave a comment or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org