I remember my parents’ system for storing and displaying photos.
Our coffee table had a shelf which contained several massive photo albums. Almost all of them started out very neat and organized but at some point (usually about 3/4 of the way through) the chronology would get mixed up and prints would just end up getting stuffed between the pages. And of course, without fail, every album would have several glossy photo lab envelopes jammed in the back of it, each containing countless more prints and negatives. I think most people whose memory pre-dates digital photos can probably relate.
Cluttered and chaotic though it may have been, at least our parents’ system allowed you to curl up on the couch and leisurely browse through your photos. These days you can store thousands of photos on your tablet, instantly organized in a manner that would take countless hours to do by hand. While it may be more convenient, that old physical, tactile experience is somewhat compromised; swiping a screen is not quite the same as turning a page.
Available from our PhotoLab, Moments albums and photo books are a great way to bring back the tradition of family albums while at the same time getting your favourite photos out of the cloud and into people’s hands. You can choose anything from a more traditional-style hardcover family album to a smaller, more informal yet completely customizable photo book.
Moments Photographic Album
Unlike your parents’ album, these are hardcover albums are completely customized from cover to cover. Both the 12” x 12” square and the 10” x 8” landscape books come with several cover options. For a custom look, design your own glossy cover, or choose a premium fabric or leather cover, with or without an image window. Inside, it can hold up to 30 pages.
Every album uses exceptional inks on high quality photo paper. Our PhotoLab technicians add careful attention to clarity and detail, as well as a professional eye for colour.
Custom or premium hardcover coffee table photo books
These are printed on archival bond paper, giving them a contemporary book feel. For the custom version, you get to design the cover either using our PhotoLab software or via our website. Your design is then wrapped around the cover, giving the book a professional yet personalized appearance. You can also choose from a wide variety of sizes, from 6″x8″ all the way up to 12″x12″. Each size includes 20 pages, but you can add pages (for $1 each) up to a maximum of 100.
For a more refined look, Moments premium hardcover coffee table photo books give you the option of a premium cloth or leather hardcover. With a standard size of 10″x8″ landscape the premium doesn’t offer quite the same level of customization, but you can choose from a wide variety of colours (and, of course, whether or not to include an image window.)
Softcover photo books
Softcover photo books are 8-20 page mini-albums that are made for sharing. Like the hardcover version, these are printed on premium archival bond paper, so your images are brilliantly colourful and vividly detailed. These books also allow you to design and customize the cover yourself. Softcover photo books are available in three sizes: the 6”x7” mini book, the 8”x8” square book which is perfect for Instagram photos, and the 8.5”x11” book that provides plenty of room for images and text.
The extraordinary value of softcover photo books makes them perfect for commemorating a wide variety of events. And if you have kids, you probably also have grandparents and other relatives regularly asking you for up-to-date photos of them; if so, softcover photo books can also be ideal as small gifts.
Whatever style you choose, a beautifully printed book is perfect for life’s major events—weddings, births and graduation ceremonies, as well as smaller events like family vacations, school plays, or sports tournaments. And unlike a tablet, a photo book sitting on the coffee table actually invites people to pick it up and browse through it—with no password required to unlock it.