Moving to Los Angeles almost four years ago, I had no idea of the amazing and colorful adventures to come. Social media became a great way to share those adventures on a tiny little screen for my friends and family to see. This year I wanted to share those adventures in print, too! Both a story and an art piece, it was time to get my photographs off the small screen and onto my coffee table.
Blurb Books immediately came to mind to help me with this project! I first created a magazine with Blurb during my Typography class at the University of Kansas, so revisiting my experience felt nostalgic and brought back such good memories.
I was amazed to see Blurb's expanded selection of paper choices and book sizes. I decided to go with a classic hard cover, 12” photo book with ProLine Pearl photo paper. The cover is one of my personal favorite photos of mine – me hiding in an abundant bougainvillea in Hollywood. I titled my book '31' as I wanted the images inside to be of what I did and photographed at 31.
Blurb has creation tools built right into their site (and plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Lightroom) so it felt effortless to design and upload images to ’31’ exactly how I imagined. Similar to my photography style, I went with a minimal and clean layout when creating my book – focusing on telling my story through a series of curated images.
My Blurb book arrived in no-time and in pristine condition. The whole process could not have been easier and I’m so thrilled with how it turned out! I love being able to reminisce about my year through the high quality pages – like my trip to Paris and Coachella, or simply stumbling across colorful walls around Los Angeles.
I plan on having my Blurb book on my coffee table for a while. Well, that is, until I make 32!