I got the prototype for my new book yesterday, and I couldn't be happier! The book I put together last year required some tweaking, but this year's looks fabulous from the get-go, if I do say so myself. Maybe I was more careful in my layout and assembly. I showed it to Dave and some of our coworkers and everyone was enthusiastic.
You can preview it here if you'd like to take a look. Only the first 25 pages will show in the preview, but the book is 144 pages, and it's coffee-table sized -- larger than my previous books. I was a bit concerned about how well the larger format would work, but the photos look crisp and Blurb's print quality is great.
I plan to buy one for the library, but I haven't figured out yet how I'm going to distribute them for the holidays. I'm toying with the idea of giving my family members gift cards, so they can buy the book if they want to, or they could get something else. I feel a little guilty showering them with my own photography year after year.
Putting these annual books together is always an interesting exercise. It gives me a chance to survey everything I've done during the past year, and to gauge my own evolution (hopefully!) as a photographer. This latest book seems so different from the earliest two. In fact, I may take those first two off the market, because they look a bit amateurish to me now.
Onwards to another year as a shutterbug!
(Photo: At the Library of Birmingham. How great is it to have a library with a ping-pong table in the courtyard?)