I read an article recently about self-publishing photo books. I have quite an archive of images on slides, black and white and color negative film and digital. My collection spans more than 25 years professionally and I even have some images I shot as a youth. The article got me to thinking about perhaps sitting down and pulling some of my best work and putting together a photo book that I could be proud to display or give as gifts.
My usual holiday procrastination for gift shopping led me to find a note on the Apple website that states if I submit a book order by Dec. 23 it will ship by Christmas. I don’t have time to sit down and dig through the archives for a book but I did see that Apple offers other photo gift ideas, one being a calendar.
Hey, we give calendars as holiday gifts so why not personalize one with some of my best images I have right here on my hard drive?
After about eight or nine hours in front of my iMac (sorting through and choosing the images took forever) I have submitted my order to Apple and requested the express shipping. Using the prebuilt templates in iPhoto was a breeze.
We will see if they actually arrive in time to hand out on Saturday but what a cool idea and a great alternative to the usual gift card. All these years I have had iPhoto on my computer and I never looked down to see the alternate publication possibilities the program was capable of.
If the calendars do not arrive in time to hand out on Christmas, well, that is what I get for waiting so long. And if they do arrive then perhaps, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus (and he has a workshop in Cupertino, California).