- Kate Buckles
What Do I Do With All of These Adorable Photos?
I think it’s safe to say that I am photo obsessed…after all, this is me over here making a career out of it. But guys, these moments do not last forever. They are just that—brief, little, precious moments. Moments that pass by while we are busy mom life-ing. I’ve never heard someone say, ‘Geez I wish I didn’t have so many photos of my kids.’ But what I DO hear a lot of is, ‘What do I do with all of these photos?’
I get it— You can only put so many photos on the walls of your home; you can only make so many coffee mugs, key chains, photo blankets, etc. So I thought I would put together a little list of places that I have had great experiences with when it comes to ordering prints, books, getting photo gift ideas, and anything photo related.
Some of you may know this already, but when you’re reviewing the photos taken by me, you’re reviewing them on a gallery where you can actually order prints and photo books too! I work with one of the best nationwide printers that will deliver your prints, canvases, even photo books to your door! The quality you will get will be by far the best you can get, and you don't have to mess with uploading or going to the store!
Costco Photo Center is a great place for prints, canvases, photo books, photo posters, etc. They have great turnaround time, and I’ve found the quality to be great too. But am I the only one who can’t get out of the store without spending double what I planned on. Eeks, that place gets me every time!
Shutterfly is a great option as well, as long as you’re not in a rush to get your product. They have a gazzillion ideas on what to do with your photos, the quality is great and you can oftentimes find coupon codes too. Always a win! They have a option as well to pay for higher-quality printing for their photo books, it is worth every penny!!
Mixtiles is great if you’re looking to do one thing—add your 8x8 photos to a wall. The website is super simple, and so are their products. They offer one size (8x8), shipping is free, and you can pick between 5 different borders. Each tile is $11 and they take about 1 week to arrive. Also, these photos stick to the wall! That’s right- no hammering nails in your wall! Seems super simple!
Chatbooks is another one that I have used. They too are super simple and easy to use. They offer something somewhat unique—Ongoing Photo Book Series. You can link up either to your Facebook or Instagram account and they create a book for you for every 60 photos that you post. You can review (add, delete & change) any of the photos before it’s sent to you, you can cancel any time, shipping is free, and the whole thing is pretty mindless. And every month or so (depending on how often you post), wah-lah!— A photo book is at your doorstep for ten bucks! My kiddos love looking at these books. And because they’re not super pricey and I didn’t spend hours working on them, it’s totally not the end of the world if/when their sticky hands get to the pages.
I would love to hear your suggestions, ideas, and places you’ve found that produce quality photo projects!!