Forgive me, dear digital world, forgive for I have sinned. I’ve fallen for the print world.
Just kidding, I’m having the best both worlds. Here’s why.
I recently partnered with Blurb Books in order to create a portfolio photo book showcasing my work as a creative. Whether it’s my title as a millennial or digital content creator, one thing is clear: seeing my work in a tactile, tangible form is rare that is, until now.

The final product? 150+ pages of my work from the past year, delivered in glorious hardcover book form.

Before I share the evolution from pixels to the glossy pages of my own ADIMAY portfolio, why print?

I. WHY PRINT?

LOVE OF THE TACTILE
Something about analog memories has always been richer work that can’t be overlooked with the scrolling down of a mobile screen, or validation that can’t be determined from the amounts of double taps.
PROMOTING SELECTIVITY
When putting together one’s work in a book format, we’re forced to select the creme of the crop. Adapting one’s work to print demands a sense of selectivity that is healthy as digital content creators, especially when we are so used the ability to shoot without the limits, and are constantly inundated with content.

MAKES YOU CONSIDER THE LARGER THEMES OF YOUR WORK
I decided to format my book to showcase my work solely from the past year, as I plan to now create yearly photobooks to not only serve as a physical portfolio, but to highlight my growth as an artist.

When I thought back to the past year, three main elements framed my work and experiences: (1) Fine Art Photography,
(2) Travel, and the love child of these two elements,
(3) Personal Exploration through Sartorial Expression.

Being hyper aware of the elements that define you as a creator is good practice in actively refining your personal brand and artistry.

II. HOW TO: BEHIND THE CREATION PROCESS
The design element to creating a portfolio can be daunting for some, but Blurb has created their own program to make it easy, BookWright.

Bookwright has a selection of preset templates which make the process entirely drag and drop, with the ability to add text and other elements.

But for the design savvy in the house, Blurb also offers alternative options:
    III. THE FINAL PRODUCT
    Insert Worship-hands-emoji.
    150+ pages of glory.
    I’ve always liked the look of oversized coffee table books, so I decided to go with the 13x11 Large
    Hardcover with Proline Pearl Photo Paper; a higher end photo paper best for images with bright colors and warm skin tones (and if you know my aesthetic, you know it was calling my name). If you're thinking of creating a book but want a way of experiencing the paper option’s tactile qualities, you can order a swatch kit (which runs a little under $8) and that price is taken off of your book purchase.

    Now, let the photos speak for themselves.
    IV. WHAT'S NEXT?
    In addition to photo books, magazines, and trade books printing options, Blurb also offers the ability to self publish and sell your work on their online marketplace  and if there’s one thing you know I’m all about, it’s a sense of independence as a creator.

    So, have you ever thought about creating a book of your work? What kind of book would you create?


    This post was sponsored by Blurb Books.

    Special thanks to the brands that make ADIMAY possible!


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