One advantage of retirement is additional time to spend on projects you enjoy. Being behind a camera taking photographs is one of my passions, and I also enjoy working with the photographs. I do not do as much photographic manipulation such as getting rid of wrinkles and making eyes brighter etc., as I once did, because I think I now prefer a more natural look. However, my post-camera work still takes considerably more time than the actual photographic session.
Designing photographic albums is one project I am now devoting more time to. As you are probably aware I have published several photography albums and other books over the years. Some of you may have been involved in shoots from which photographs have appeared in my albums. I have decided that from the beginning of 2017, all of my edited photographs from Passionate About Photography shoots will be published in albums.
The first two publications listed below are examples of this. They contain photographs of the first three Passionate About Photography shoots during 2017. The first shoot was at Captain Burke Park at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane. The second was at Bulcock Beach in Caloundra on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. The third was at Cedar Creek Falls at north Mt Tamborine, which is a part of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Multiple copies of my books are purchased and generally I have at least a few copies of each with me at my shoots for models and others with whom I meet face-to-face. These will be made available for a lower cost than you will pay if purchased from a retailer.
Just a point on sizing. You will of course notice that the photographic links I have below are quite large. That size reflects the large size of the albums. They are all US Trade Paper size which is eight inches by eleven and a half inches. Although both the full colour version and the black and white version are of the same first three shoots, the colour album has 118 pages and the black and white 184 pages. Colour is more expensive to print than black and white. The layout of each album has been done independently, and I have included more larger format photos in the black and white album. It also contains head shots from the shoots which have not been included in the colour album.
Finally a note on pricing. Sometimes I get a slight feeling of guilt when I meet people face-to-face who want one or more copies of my books. They might say something like, “they are twenty dollars each, aren’t they”? I may reply along the lines of, “no, they are thirty dollars each”.
When you click on any of the links below, you will see the price of the albums. That is the price in US dollars. If you order from the site you will have to pay the shipping cost to Australia in addition to paying for the conversion of US dollars into Aussie dollars. If you order a book with priority shipping you will probably be paying around thirty dollars, expedited shipping will cost around twenty dollars, and if you are willing to wait around a month to receive your package and pay for “snail mail”, you will still be paying around twelve dollars shipping cost.
I also have to pay for shipping, but make a saving by purchasing several copies in one order. Expedited shipping is my preferred option, and this allows me to receive my order within around a fortnight of the order. Also I ensure I purchase a minimum of twenty books in one order to keep the costs down. I do guarantee that any purchase direct from me will be considerably less than what you will pay from any retailer.
Why do I publish in the United States and not in Australia?
That question is very easily answered. The cost is far less!
The books I publish have fairly small print runs and also rely on print on demand printing facilities. There is no firm in Australia that comes even close to the low prices that I pay for US publications. I do regularly check and compare prices. As an example, all books whether paperbacks or hard covers need to have an ISBN if they are going to be sold. In Australia purchase of an ISBN is more than two hundred dollars each before starting to look at other production costs. The two US firms that I use provide free ISBN’s.