The easiest way to print your Instagram photos
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am really passionate about capturing gorgeous images of your family. Like really passionate! But what you may not have picked up on yet, is that I am just as passionate about printing those images. Getting them off your camera and out of the cloud and onto solid ink & paper. Prints that you can hold, touch and see even if the batteries are flat or the wifi is out. Printing your photos make you smile, in fact, there was a once a study done that having print family photos around your home helped to improve your children’s self-esteem.
But hey, let’s get real here. Printing photos takes time. It takes effort. It’s rarely going to make it to the top of your to-do list. Heck! I’m a professional photographer and printing my own photos rarely makes it to the top of the list. It may or may not be the case that I only just recently did the first print, reshuffle & refresh of the family photos on my walls in nearly three years!! And as for photobooks, well I’m not sure I’m prepared to incriminate myself there – more than I’ve already done anyway 😉
If you’re anything like me I have the best news you’re going to hear all year! What if I told you, printing photo books could be done in just a few minutes. Or, even better you could set it on autopilot and have gorgeous photo books printed beautifully and sent you on a regular basis without you even clicking a single button on your phone. Impossible? You’re crazy Lisa I hear you say? That last part may be true, but happily, for busy people the world over, you can now automate your photo books. I bring you chatbooks. Beyond easy photo books!
You can create custom photo books, or set up a Photo Book Series, then forget about it: photos you post on social media (Facebook or Instagram) or choose from your phone will be added in automatically.
How to create the easiest ever family holiday photo book
Naturally, I had to fully test out the book before I’d recommend it (which I absolutely do). I’m a tough sell too, not only do I want good colour and consistency, I want the software to be easy to use. A recent family holiday in Croatia was the perfect opportunity to road test Chatbooks. See, I take a lot of photos when we are on holidays, a lot, and for special trips, I also love to keep a diary of the holiday. When I get home the intention is to make a photo book from the images, but the sheer effort involved in culling my images and setting up the book means it can be years, and then a few more before anything happens. This trip, I had myself a photo book, with a daily note/diary entry in my hand in just a few weeks after the trip, to use their tagline – it was beyond easy!!
During the trip I simply uploaded a photo a day to instagram, said a little or a lot about the day, and added a unique #hashtag to those photos. When I got home, I simply created a custom photo book based on the #hashtag, checked I hadn’t missed a day and that they were in order. And shazam, this beauty arrive in the post a few weeks later.
Yahh me! Even I was shocked at myself. Not just for special events. These photo books are perfect for photo a day projects and for daily life. Just set up the photo book series and chatbooks will automatically print and send you a book for every 60 images. They’ll let you know when you’re getting close so you can go in and edit the selection. You can set this automatic process for photos on your Instagram, facebook or your camera roll if you don’t use social media.
I was really happy with the colour and the printing of my photos, the quality of the paper and the book was amazing for the price. Oh yes, the price. Let’s talk about that.
The most affordable photo book
How much does this all cost I hear you ask? Surely such simplicity is going to cost me. Nope, these are some of the most affordable photo books I’ve ever used. At the time of writing, just $8 USD for the automatic books, and $12 for custom – free shipping per book. Even taking into account my upgrading to a hardcover and adding a few extra pages and shipping to Australia, it was still great value!
Try them out yourselves
But don’t take my word for it, try Chatbooks for yourself, don’t loose your precious memories in your hard drive!