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Creating albums and gifts from family photographs has always been a passion for me. I am driven by the belief that everyone has a story to tell.

You may intend to make a photo book of your family heritage, baby's first year, a family yearbook, or a vacation getaway, but somehow, that task gets put to the bottom of the "to-do list"-- until it disappears forever... 

Sometimes it’s just hard to know where to start.

My super powers: design + organization + storytelling

What sets me apart from other photo book designers is my ability to provide a narrative arc that connects timelines, escapades, and relationships using photo images and memorabilia. With over twenty years of experience as an illustrator and a graphic artist, I can craft aesthetically beautiful custom photo books to share and pass down to generations to come.

frequently asked questions

Personal Cards, prints, and calendars are available as well.

WHAT IS A PHOTO BOOK?
A photo book is a book that is professionally printed with your photos directly on the page. Imagine the book sitting on your coffee table, a treasure for your family and friends to enjoy every day. Photo books can be used for many different themes. I have created all types of books including travel, life stories, weddings, transitions, birthday parties, family reunions and annual yearbooks – the possibilities are endless!

WHY SHOULD I GET MY BOOK DESIGNED BY SUNWATER STUDIO WHEN I CAN DO IT ONLINE MYSELF?
 

Basically, it comes down to several things:

TIME: It will take you many hours to create your own photo book.  That is, if you ever get around to actually sitting down to start it…and finish it. I will do it all for you and you will still get the credit!

 

QUALITY: There is a wide range of quality with online publishers. I have worked hard to identify and choose vendors that offer the highest quality paper and book binding materials as well as superior printing services.

 

CREATIVITY:  Online book-making tools are improving to allow for more creative input from the consumer. However, it could take you many hours to figure out how to achieve a professionally designed page. I offer clean, simple, modern design that pushes the envelope of templates and page layouts.

 

EXPERIENCE: I have created many books and know what it takes to make a book a family treasure. Samples are available.

 

CUSTOMER CARE: My goal is to make you happy and to create something that you will cherish forever. I will work closely with you to do this. I listen to your vision, hear your stories, design the book, ask for input and will not print until you are happy. 

Online publishers cannot offer you friendly, real person treatment like I can.

DO I GET TO VIEW THE DESIGN BEFORE PRINT?
Absolutely. I do not print until you are happy.

 

CAN I MAKE CHANGES?
Yes you can. I understand that there might be changes that you might want after seeing the preview. If there is significant editing required, there is an extra charge that I will inform you about in advance. Because I carefully listen to your needs and stories prior to creating the book, there are usually only a few text changes or simple photo swaps to be made.

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
It usually takes anywhere from 1-4 weeks to design a book depending on the size of the project. I will then send you a full PDF to preview. Once finalized, it will typically take approximately 1 week to receive your book.

 

HOW DO I SEND YOU PHOTOS?
If you are in Bay Area, I would be happy to meet with you and download your photos at your home. I also have a fast and free online transfer site to send your photos simply and safely. Even if you're in another part of the country or the world, I can still make you a photo book!

© 2020  Karen Soleau |  Sunwater Studio

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