Snapfish are the leading online photo service offering printing, sharing and storing to more than 90 million members. They are a division of Hewlett Packard and offer professionally developed digital camera prints and a variety or personalised photo products including calenders, mugs, puzzles and photo books.
I love photographs. All around my house I have my favourite pictures framed and I love nothing more than to sit down looking through my photos reliving memories. I’ve always been the same and when I had Spud the obsession just escalated. Within a year there were over 1200 photographs of him on my Facebook. Only decent ones ended up being published so I had probably taken near on 4000 photos of him in his first 12 months. With the Internet making photo sharing so easy I have never gotten around to printing them all off and adding them to an album. The best ones made it into frames but the rest sat on the PC for me to flick through. Getting my pictures printed and into albums has been on my to do list since I got married but the more pictures that I took the further down the list it went. When Snapfish asked me to turn my photographs into a physical memory I jumped at the chance. They asked me to choose a photo book and design it in any way that I wanted.
I headed off to explore the website and found it extremely easy to navigate. Everything is clearly labelled and their special offers are advertised offering everyone the best deal. There are so many different options within the photo book creator for covers, themes and layouts that I spent a good hour having a play around with it. There is so much choice that you really can personalise it to suit your tastes. I chose to make a photo book of Spike’s pregnancy and hospital stay to capture on of the best moments of my life. (I will do Spud’s eventually but Spike’s offered more choice of photos!)
The photo book editor was extremely simple to use. I uploaded my photos and found that even a complete technophobe would have no issues because it is laid out nicely and explains everything simply and clearly.
I chose everything, from the cover to the designs on the pages and even exactly how the photos were laid out. I could have added text to each page writing captions for the photos but it completely slipped my mind when I was having a play with it because there was so many other ways to tweak it. I placed my order and ordered two 12″x18″ poster prints of our Danielle Owen pictures at the same time. Obviously prices vary depending on the service that you choose
It only took a few days for the orders to arrive. As I expected the poster prints were ready earlier than the photo book but rather than hold on to them and dispatch everything together they were dispatched separately in a hard cardboard tube. I can’t wait to get my frames for the poster prints. They are printed on actual photo paper which was a nice surprise as I expected a thinner paper or even a material similar to those laminated posters. It is just like having a huge photograph! When the photo book arrived I was very excited and shocked at just how lovely it was. I have never seen a photo book in real life that wasn’t just an example product so loved looking through at photos of my pregnancy, scans and tiny baby. It is a very personal product and I think a photo book would make an absolutely lovely gift.
The photos are printed directly onto the pages so you don’t have the worry about the photos falling out of getting bent corners like you would in a photo album. It has also saved me a lot of effort. I have an album of my pregnancy and birth without having to print them off, sort them into an order and then stick them in. The layouts make it a nicer experience to look through because the photos aren’t all regimented.
I had a great experience working with Snapfish and will definitely be using them for more photo books and enlargements. When you register they give you 20 prints for free from your first upload so with that, the quality and all their fab offers, Snapfish are fantastic value for money and a great way to share your memories.