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Hi! My name is Amy and I’m a photographer. I adore taking pictures of my family and capturing moments we can treasure forever. I have thousands and thousands of images on dozens of different hard drives. Literally. But here’s my problem with digital photography. All these amazing images are on hard drives. They aren’t in photo albums like they used to be 20 years ago when Jake and I got married. They aren’t tangible or accessible for us to look through.

My kids will get on iPhoto and spend hours pouring through the images. But, when I opened my photography business, I switched over to a more complicated filing system for my images and my kids don’t go through those images. So their photographic history ends in 2009, just a couple months after Betsy was born. I do print out blog books from Blog2Print every year and they enjoy looking through those. But there are so many images and so much history that they don’t ever see.

It’s on my to-do list to sort through all the images on my hard-drives and get them into some sort of photo book and printed out. In fact, Lil Blue Boo wrote a super tutorial on how to organize and print a years worth of photos. But that item is something that consistently falls to the bottom of my to-do list. There just always seems something more important than that.

So, while I still have dreams and aspirations of organizing and printing all the millions of images that reside on my hard drives, for now I’ve found something that makes me smile from ear to ear and jump up and down at its simplicity!

 

Are you using Chatbooks yet for your Instagram account? If not, you NEED to. Seriously. Go right now and download the app on your iPhone (coming soon for Android).

How it works: When you sign up, the app slurps your Instagram pics and automatically puts them into 60 page photo books (one image per page), complete with your caption (including hashtags)! They cost $6 each and that includes shipping! Oh my word. This is a no brainer. My initial order had 11 books and now I wish I had been more diligent with Instagram the last couple years!  As soon as you fill up another book (with 60 images), it automatically ships – for $6! This may be the greatest thing to happen to digital photography since… ever!

We’re in love with them! Both Josh and I are signed up. I think I might love Josh’s books better than my own. He has such an incredible eye for photography! (You can check out his Instagram account at @the_josh_box and mine at @adventurepermitted.)

So – now you know why I’m being more diligent with my Instagramming! This is such a great way to easily (I can’t think of anything easier) get your images printed, onto your bookshelf and into your children’s hands.

Betsy and Sam spend the most time looking at them. They will sit for ages and flip through the pages, exclaiming over memories. The books are small. Just 6″x6″.  I think they are just the right size for little hands to pour over.

 

Also – you can print images that aren’t in Instagram. I ordered a 40 page book with some of our favorite images to send to Jacob who is serving a mission in the Czech Republic for two years. He’s going to be thrilled to get it.  It cost a little more. I paid $9 or so for that one.

When you sign up – make sure you google and see if you can find a referral code. I found one that gave me a free book! If you already use Chatbooks, what are your thoughts on them? If you sign up – make sure you come back and let me know what you think of your new little albums!

 

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