Being a writer and a self-proclaimed storyteller, I’m always interested in finding new ways to tell a story. When I met Dean we had the most amazing adventures, and without realising it we were creating this incredible story. When we were separated at the end of 2013 while we sorted out our visas I decided I would make Dean a Blurb book of our travels. I called it LOVE: A Traveller’s Story.
The book was such a hit with Dean and his family in the U.K. that is apparently drove several people, Dean included, to tears. Dean’s mum told me when I arrived that she had no intention of letting us take the book when we moved back to Australia, and I would just have to get it printed again. It captured in so many ways what I loved about us: the adventure, the inexplicable fate of our meeting, the love. It made me so happy just to read it.
So the next year I did another book, with another year in the life of us. Like the book before it, the second book was a photo book with just a little bit of text. I wanted them to be like children’s story books, something that we could look back on in the future. Seeing as we’d spent most of the year in the United Kingdom I called it LOVE: An English Story.
We got them both printed with Blurb just recently, to replace the one that Dean’s mum Shirley adopted when we were in England (also Blurb printed). When they showed up on the doorstep we were beside ourselves. It was so amazing to see all the things we’ve done in the last few years right there on paper. We’re creating a little library of our life.
As I’m currently wrestling 30+ years of my family’s photographs out of our old, rotten photo albums to be digitised I have got to say, it’s so simple to create one of these photo books if you already have digital images and so worth it. I’m not paid by Blurb or anything, there’s no affiliate links here, I just really love the service. They offer a great app for your computer to help you put the book together, lots of options, and not a totally outrageous price. We got both of our books for under AUD$90 including postage, which was pretty damn reasonable. They’re hardcover, nice simple paper, good colours and nice quality. Plus they’re easier to customise than photo albums, and easily replaced if something should go wrong.
I feel like people are always taking photographs of things, but they’re never printing them. As a photographer I absolutely love getting things printed, and these books are no exception. They’re sitting proud on our ‘love shelf’ right now, and already getting rave reviews.
And I’ll let you in on a secret… I’m already working on the next one!
This post originally appeared on BarefootBeachBlonde.com, the pre-evolved version of Maps And Mandalas. I’ve republished it here with its original date because I love it that much.