If you know me in real life, then you will know that I will more often than not always have at least one camera on me. I’m always taking pictures and it’s something I have loved to do since I was a teenager.
That hasn’t changed and if anything, thanks to digital technology, I now take more images than ever. Hundreds each month, adding up to thousands each year. A tradition I started back in 2017 – and have kept up ever since – is to create a photo book of the previous year. This book holds all my favourite images of our year together – admittedly mainly of the kids – and is a lovely keepsake to look back on.
This year ASDA photos invited me to use their service to create our annual photo book. I didn’t even know they did photos so I was more than happy to take a closer look, and I have to say I was pretty impressed. Here’s what I thought.
CREATING MY PHOTO BOOK
The hardest part about creating my photo book was choosing which images to use. I tend to go through all my photos for the year and shortlist around 10 per month. These are either photos that I love or images which remind me of an important part of our year.
Once done, all you need to do is select your photo book type (I always go for a 12″ x 12″ square book for consistency), click create now and then import your images.
At this stage I tried the auto populate option for the book but to be honest I wasn’t keen on the recommended layout. It didn’t really matter though as it was incredibly easy to select my own page layout and then drag and drop the images from those I uploaded. It took longer than an auto populate option, but it was worth taking the time to get it right.
I particularly liked that once you used an image once, it shows as ticked and used. I also really liked that the running total cost showed in the top right hand
Once you are happy with your photo book. you just proceed to checkout and complete your purchase.
THE FINISHED PHOTO BOOK
My photo book from ASDA photos arrived really quickly. Certainly within the 7-10 working days estimated. I was so pleased with it as it was just what I ordered.
The picture quality was gorgeous and non of the resolution was lost in printing. I chose the boarder option and a matte finish and I couldn’t be more pleased.
The cover is hardcover, and the paper is as thin and lightweight as you would expect a normal book to be, but with a nice high quality feel to it. In short, it’s a lovely finish without being rough or too thin!
I’ve used a few different suppliers over the years that I’ve been putting together my annual photo book – as well as quite a few gifts along the way too – and this one from ASDA photos ranks pretty high on the list.
Cost wise it’s actually the cheapest I have come across but without compromising on quality. The process was quick and easy to use with a very intuitive user interface.
Dispatch was quick and exactly what I hoped it would be. And at the end of the day, you can’t hope for much more than that can you.
If you fancy putting together your own annual book of memories, then I would definitely recommend taking a closer look at ASDA photos.
DISCLOSURE: I provided with this album for the purposes of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.