Printing your images
Vendor Spotlight ~ Blurb & Mpix
Printing your images has never been easier than right now. Unfortunately most families never get those images off their devices. I’m spotlighting two companies I use for my own family heirlooms.
Our family have used both of these companies for over 7 years. SEVEN YEARS. They are by far my top 2 favorite vendors for printing your images/keepsakes/gifts that include my own photography. I thought it might be a nice little post to explain how I, myself, preserve our family heirlooms.
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Every year, without fail, I make a family yearbook. Every image I’ve taken with my “big girl camera,” every iPhone pic, every single thing gets put into this yearbook. My husband even jokes that if our house was burning to the ground there would be two things I would grab (we’re not counting the kids or dogs in this fake scenario here), my yearbooks and my external hard drive. He’s not wrong. These tangible memories are what fuels my soul. I can’t count how many times we’ve looked through these books.
Lets start with Blurb
There is a little learning curve, but please don’t let that stop you from starting. Once you figure out the program…it’s game on.
1. Start by downloading the program
Now, look around. There is a lot to take in and the possibilities are endless. Every single one of our yearbooks are unique, meaning I never follow the way I’ve done it the year before, and I like that. The biggest challenge you will have will be organizing your images prior to even downloading Blurb. Let me show you how I do it.
2. Organizing Your images
This is going to seem impossible, but I promise you getting those images somewhere safe and off of your phone is the first step. I won’t even tell you how many pictures my own mother has on her phone. :/
You can download them onto your computer or you can put them on an external hard drive.
There are a few different reasons I put everything on my hard drive:
- I’ve lost everything twice when my computer has crashed
- I don’t want that many images bogging down my system and slowing it down
Everyone saves things differently so there is no right or wrong way to do it, but I will tell you how I organize my own.
- Each year has a separate folder
- I will make a new folder inside that year for a few different categories as the year goes on: iPhone, Trips, & Months. Example: You can see under the Pendleton 2019 folder, I have a folder labeled “Dollywood” which makes it easier for me to find specific images. You can organize this anyway that is easier for you.
I save my iPhone images periodically throughout the year and even monthly at times. This gets them off my phone and somewhere safe. How many images do you have on your own phone right now?
So why do I spend so much time cataloging my pictures? Because it helps me to find images quickly & so when I go to make our family yearbook that year…it’s seamless. This is how I’m able to print my images every year without fail.
Bonus: Blurb always has coupon codes. I will work on our yearbook all year, save it, and order it when they have an amazing coupon code. For me, I love the 12×12 Large Square size. I do use the same size every year so that part stays consistent. It’s big, sturdy, and fits all our images so beautifully.
There is nothing much better than seeing your kids in print format. PEOPLE PRINT YOUR IMAGES!! I have pictures everywhere in our home. It’s my love language 😉 I not only send all my clients to Mpix, but I use them myself for our prints. Why Mpix? They have over 50,000 5 star reviews and for good reason. Their prints are gorgeous. They match up to my computer screen’s calibration and always come out spot on with color.
All that above is just saying what I see on my screen is exactly what I see in my prints. Different photo labs produce color differently and I have found Mpix to be the best one for my clients and our family.
Get those images off your devices
The one thing I want you to take away from this post is to get those images off your devices and onto something….anything. A book, a print, a blanket… It’s never been easier and it’s worth it.