/ December 15, 2017

8 years ago, I moved to Los Angeles from Ottawa Canada with a big crazy dream. Deep down, I only thought I’d be here for 3 years (max!) so it blows my mind to think 8 years later, we are still making memories in the city of angels. I was 7 years old the first time I told my parents “I’m moving to Hollywood” (probably around the same time I picked up my first camera)! 18 years later, along with my best friend & the absolute love of my life, we packed our entire lives in a ’94 Dodge Spirit and drove over 5,000 miles to our new home with no job, no apartment, no plan really… We didn’t even know where in LA we should live that first year. It was just a big crazy dream I had of living a creative life where the sun shines almost every day of the year and where the palm trees are a constant reminder of all those wild dreams I had as a young girl in Ottawa. The palms will forever remind me of why I moved to California in the first place.

Maybe one day I’ll tell you guys all about the struggles and hard work that went into creating my own business and building a kick ass clientele and my visa process that has allowed me to stay in the US, but for now, I’ll spare you all the boring details because I’m super proud to say working as a full time freelance advertising photographer has been the best thing to ever happen to me (next to Andre and Dolly, of course!). I’ve been so fortunate to work with some of the best clients in the commercial world and none of which would’ve been possible without that crazy dream and those 5,000 miles we drove across the country, so when Blurb recently asked me to create and sell my own book, it only felt natural that photography had to be the guiding focus behind this book.

I actually ended up creating two books. One that I can use to showcase my work as a printed portfolio, and I’ll be able to keep this portfolio handy for when I meet potential clients for meetings and interviews. The second Blurb book is entirely inspired by my love of Palm Springs. And since Blurb makes it easy to sell your own self-published book, I have listed it for sale in the Blurb Bookstore! Also, if Palm Springs isn’t your thing there are a lot of other great gift ideas on Blurb’s Gift page for everyone of all ages.

As a photographer, it’s so important to showcase your work. Whether it’s your online portfolio, social media, or mailers; showcasing your work really matters. I’ve always had a portfolio in hand when I met with potential clients, but now, thanks to Blurb, I was able to condense my oversized printed portfolio book into something a lot more compact, clean looking, and to fit in my bag for meetings! Blurb provides creators so many options when it comes to designing your own book from a variety of papers (you can even order a swatch kit to see the papers in person), different formats and sizes, and cover options such as image wrap, dust jackets, etc. It really doesn’t matter who you are and what you do, if you’re looking to self-publish your first book, or create something a lot more personal for the holidays as a gift – Blurb makes it easy to create the book that works best for you!

For me, my new portfolio book needed to look simple and elegant. I wanted the colors to pop like they do with my online portfolio. I decided to go with the hardcover option, and I used Blurb’s new Layflat paper option, which allowed me to create gorgeous, unbroken images, spread across two pages – perfect for horizontal images!! The paper is quite thick which gives it that fine art feel when your fingers turn the page.

The entire process of building this book was quite simple because Blurb has an extensive selection of creation tools and plug-ins built directly into their site. And for those of you comfortable with Lightroom and In-Design, you can download their plug-ins and get to work right away. For those of you not so comfortable with these programs, Blurb also has their own software called BookWright, which easily downloads directly to your computer. Picking BookWright made building my book effortless; however, picking the right photos to showcase in my book… uhhh, not so easy, haha!

Once I was done creating my book and felt it looked good and cohesive, it only took me a few clicks before a message popped up that my book was already on its way to MEEE!! And as soon as I cracked open the package, I could not have been happier with the way the booked turned out! The photos looked so clean and crisp and the colors truly popped the way they do with my online portfolio. I’m so beyond thrilled with the professional quality of these books. And I will definitely be taking this book with me to all my upcoming client meetings! 

This post was sponsored by Blurb Books, but all opinions are my own.




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