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We all have one. The friend everyone counts on to bring a camera. The friend everyone hits up for doubles after the party is over. The friend who has, by silent consensus, been dubbed the “unofficial photographer” for those of us who aren’t organized enough to remember a camera, or to get pictures developed in the same decade in which they were taken.
For Amber Eck of San Diego, California, the title of “Unofficial Photographer” suits her just fine.
“I photograph everything. Weddings, birthdays, baby showers, family trips,” Eck said. “It used to be that people would ask me for doubles. Now, it’s much more convenient. I can just e-mail the photos.”
“Everyone I’ve given the albums to, family members, friends, etc., has really loved them and been very impressed.”
“I switched to digital photography after my daughter was born,” she said. This interest, in turn, led her to Digital Days in San Diego, where she had her first encounter with Paint Shop Photo Album. “I found I could really enhance the quality of the photos quickly. I use Photo Album for everything: enhancing, organizing, and sharing.”
A fateful trip to Boston for an Aunt’s wedding introduced Amber to a new aspect of Photo Album: creating hardcover, coffee-table albums to share with friends and family. “I had discovered the MyPublisher albums and thought ‘what a great idea!’ I can take pictures of the wedding and make one album, then make copies for my Aunt, my parents, and my Aunt’s friends,” she said.
“The album was easy to create,” Eck reported, “and everyone was absolutely thrilled.”
“I did more albums for other events,” she continued “for friends’ weddings, baby showers, family trips. It makes a really nice memory and it’s much more affordable and less time consuming then actually printing out the photos and putting them in an album. Everyone I’ve given the albums to, family members, friends, etc., has really loved them and been very impressed.”
“It’s so easy,” Eck said. “I just went to a wedding last weekend and woke up in the middle of the night and thought ‘I’ll just do an album.’ I did it in just a few hours, e-mailed it off in the morning, and everything was taken care of. You don’t have to worry about shipping or anything.”
Eck’s next project will be an album “trilogy.” “I have a friend who recently got married in Mexico,” she said.
“I have pictures from her bridal shower, bachelorette party, and her wedding. I want to make an album that commemorates all three.”
Eck also relies on Photo Album to help her get the images ready. “I use Quick Fix, Adjust Wizard, and Red Eye Reduction all the time. I also love the Rename function. I used to have to rename each photo individually. Now I can rename a hundred of them in a second.”
Just one of many features that come in handy for the busy “unoffical photographers” of the world.