Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We are pleased to announce that we have now combined our website and blog into one location. From now on, please find us at Picturia Press (

We'll be shutting down this blog within the next few months, so please change your bookmarks!

Friday, October 8, 2010

We worked closely with Kaitlin Rogers to design this beautiful book rich in images of the countryside and the people of Tanzania. Well over 1,000 images were taken during this unique 400 mile bike ride to raise funds for orphans. We managed to select the best images (a very difficult task) to create this 200 page fundraising book for The Foundation for Tomorrow.

THE FOUNDATION FOR TOMORROW is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for African orphans to attend boarding school in their home countries. As well as scholarships, The Foundation For Tomorrow (TFFT) aids and advances our partner schools and orphanages to ensure the highest quality of education is provided. For more information, please visit:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

This was a special edition book we designed specifically for artist Brian Ajhar to be showcased during the 2010 CTN Animation Expo. This is a collection of a handful of the numerous editorial, advertising and children's book projects he has worked on throughout his 30 year career.

These are some really wonderful images and it was a real pleasure to work on this book for Brian. To see more of his work, please visit his site at

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Just in time for Halloween! This wonderful and fun book was a project we just created for folk artist Carmen Ellis. This is a collection of her most popular and personal favorite works. These characters are lovingly created in clay, oil, mixed media and sketches. Spooky Hollow features a very popular character, "Grimmy" the son of the Grim Reaper, who is really too cute to scare anyone, no matter how hard he tries.

We created this book from scratch, selecting the fonts, colors and layout of the book, breaking up the book by art type. We think it came out spooky enough for Carmen. To find out more about her artwork, please visit

Thursday, September 16, 2010

This was a small 60 page, 7 x 7 book we created for a friend who visited Boston this summer. Just your typical vacation pictures, but we put all of them together nicely as a present so that our friend will always have this book to remember the fun times.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

This was yet another wonderful wedding album we recently completed. We worked with one of our favorite wedding photographers, Bryan Mikota of Mikota Photography on this project for his clients, Tina and Jung.

Friday, September 10, 2010

This book was a tribute to Monica Luedecke, the CEO of Hotze Enterprises, who is celebrating 20 years with the company. We were fortunate that our clients was extremely organized. Prior to beginning the project, she already had letters and images from each of the company employees (all 75!). We created individual pages for each employee, choosing fonts and colors that worked best. This is a surprise gift that will be presented to Monica at a party held in her honor. We wish her continued success in the future.

Friday, September 3, 2010

This is one of those wonderful projects that we look forward to working on and bringing our client's vision to life. El Zafiro is a land development project in the Mexican Pacific coastal region of Costa Alegre. Our clients had professionally shot images taken by land, sea and air. The images of this region of Mexico were a breathtaking mixture of steep cliffs, dramatic bays and beaches of all sizes. Needless to say, we found ourselves daydreaming about a vacation to this wonderful location...

We combined lush color combinations with the client images and also selected the appropriate fonts throughout the book to set the stage for this professional presentation piece.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Gwen Books operates an established luxury travel management firm offering personal assistant and concierge services.Her unique business “brings the ultimate in lifestyle management to the discerning individual”. She works her magic to manage the details of daily life and special events for individuals who don’t have enough time of their own.

Journey Beyond the Ordinary showcases specially designed trips for the greatest vacation and traveling experience.From “Spicy Morocco” to “Yacht Tours”, Gwen has all the suggestions and fine points to create an amazing, worry-free trip.

This was another enjoyable project for us.Picking up the logo and color scheme from her business, we first created a consistent and compelling layout and then added special graphics and maps for relevant content. And now I have my favorite trip picked out… even if it’s in my dreams!

To view the inside of this book, click here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I hadn’t even heard of places like Vanatu and Raja Amput before we began this book project, but I was charmed and intrigued by the underwater images of Laura, and I wanted to know and see more.

Traveling to some of the most remote and unique locations, Laura has captured the stunning beauty both above and below the sea. Her photography is a visual treat, and this book is a window to amazing places and people.

As book designers, the bright and multi-colored images were a delightful challenge. We had to create the right balance of tone, size and texture or the pages would feel heavy or almost cluttered. As always, we want the book’s design to present the content with an aesthetic value that not just matches but enhances the content.

Take a look inside this just released book, In the Wake of Magellan. We hope you'll like the design - I know you'll love the pictures.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pets Deserve the Best! For all those pet owners looking to pamper their four-legged friends - look no further. Luxury Pets is a fabulous collection of products with chic design and purpose, many of which are eco-friendly.

Check out this new product catalog, "The Dream Collection" that we designed that showcases the products in a way that's as stylish (almost) as the products!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Weddings always bring out the best in people. Smiles, laughter, joy, and even tears - emotions that are captured with every wedding picture. And creating a book with those special images is always a pleasure for us.

We just finished a wedding book for newlyweds, Michelle & Anthony. Take a look at this Maryland couple's special day.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Two of my favorite words, and worth repeating. From now until August 31, 2010, Blurb is offering free flat-rate shipping on your Blurb books. Perfect time to order those extra copies you've wanted and keep forgetting to order. And I won't mention that a certain time-of-year is around the corner and books make a perfect gift. Just choose Ground or Economy shipping and type in the SHIPPINGFREE code at checkout. Consider going big. Order ten or more books and save at least 15%. Your volume order savings will automatically appear in your shopping cart at checkout. No need for a code on this one, but remember to input your free shipping code so you get those savings, too. Get the full details on their volume order offer here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

This is a book that truly does have a story behind every image, as it takes the reader on a rich, visual journey across the globe. A journey that photographer Marcia Joy Martin documented as she experienced the local cultures of Nepal, Thailand, Africa, Bosnia and other unique places.

When I was contacted by Marcia, I knew right away that this project was very personal and very important to her. She had been working on converting the hundreds of images from film to digital, and writing the accompanying text, all over the span of a year. It wasn't easy for her to turn over this significant project to someone else for the next stages of design.

But she trusted our expertise and vision to tell her stories, and is delighted with her new book. To see the inside of this book, click here.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Deborah Paris is a contemporary American landscape painter. “Her moody, tonal paintings reflect an intense, intuitive connection to the natural world and its rhythms.”

In her new book, My Own Country, you’re invited to pause, ponder, and linger on the beautiful light and texture of Deborah’s paintings. Her thoughts and inspirations that influence her art add an interesting dimension and personal insight to the painter. We hope to see more of Deborah’s work in the future.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

If you don't love dogs yourself, you undoubtedly know someone (or many someones) who do adore man's (and women's) best friend. Here's a wonderful book we designed for a tireless dog caretaker and photographer, Michele Tallarigo. This book shows the many sides (and paws) of her "clients", and their endearing personalities shine through these candid shots. I always love working on animal book projects, and we really enjoyed helping Michele put together her first book.

We look forward to seeing future books from Michele with more cute puppies, poochies and maybe some felines? To see the inside of this book, click here.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I have known Hyla Molander for many years, and she recently contact us to help her put the finishing touches on a book of photography she was creating. Hyla is a wonderful children's photographer and has recently become more well-known as the author of the blog "Drop Dead Life". Hyla has also been selected by to be one of their two authors speaking on the “Non-traditional Forms of Publishing” panel at the Litquake Festival and wanted to have the book available for this event. We wish her great and continued success.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I recently came across this wonderful organization, Wish Upon A Wedding. They are the world's first nonprofit wedding wish granting organization. And they provide weddings across the US for individuals facing life-threatening illness. They give couples a chance to enjoy a special day, without any thoughts of existing health issues.

They officially launched in January 2010, and currently have over a dozen chapters. Picturia Press has donated their services to create a wedding coffee-table book for one of their couples, through their online auction "Blissful Wishes Ball". Please visit their site and see how you might also help grant a wish.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Congratulations to Ben & Arlene who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in August! Their family and friends decided to create this beautiful coffee table book for a surprise gift to them. It includes notes and pictures going back 50 years. Both family members and friends sent contributions to the book. It's going to be a wonderful surprise for them when they see their entire married life put into this great 100 page book.

To see the inside of this book, click here.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I have often heard people I know remark on their food allergies and how it impacts their lives. Although I personally have no food allergies, I found this book project to be very informative. The Brendan Bioscience Complement Antigen Test screens for 132 food and food additives common to most people's diets. Once you've had your physician administer the Antigen Test, this book (7 x 7, 62 pages), written by Lori Garrison of C3B Technologies, is designed to educate you about the "problem" foods. It isn't just enough to avoid your allergy foods (like corn, wheat and dairy) because those items may also be "hidden" in other foods you eat. This book is very informative and lists alternatives and hidden places where your "allergy" foods may be appear.

If you find you have symptoms such as headaches stomach aches, eczema, fatigue, or asthma, you may want to consult your physician to be tested for food allergies. To see the inside of this book, click here.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's really easy to create a beautiful book when you have such gorgeous images to use! We created this portfolio for the model, Deska. She wanted a unique way to show off her past modeling projects such as high fashion, editorial, catalog, sportswear, and swimsuits.

We wish her continued success in her career. To see the inside of this book, click here.

Monday, June 28, 2010

This was a really wonderful wedding album to create for the newlyweds - Donny and Patti. They got married on beautiful Miahaulepu Beach on Kauai, Hawaii. Our job was made easy because of the amazing photography taken by Ken Posney.

We designed this album on Patti's idea of telling a "fairy tale" story. So many of the pages have beautifully scripted pieces of her story, including the happy ending. Congratulations to Patti and Donny.

To view the interior of the book, click here.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

This is a really sweet book we did for a young couple celebrating one year together. This was a collection of images taken over the year they've been dating. Lindsay asked us to put together some of the most memorable events and she plans to surprise Jonathan with the book when it arrives.

What a wonderful gift to give to your loved one!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

60 Great Times is a book we designed for a client who wanted to create a special gift for his sister on her 60th birthday. The book is a collection of 60 memorable moments in their lives, ranging from their childhood through their adult life.

We hope she enjoys this special gift from her brother. To see the inside of this book we designed, click here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

One of our dear clients, Natalie and Barry, contacted us recently to see if we would design another wedding book for them to give to their parents. We designed their original wedding album book back in March, 2009. This time, Natalie wanted to create a smaller version of the book. Actually, what they wanted is to select most of the portrait wedding shots and some special images that were important to the parents.

This small book was 50 pages compared to the larger wedding album we created, which was 95 pages. We hope her parents will be very happy with their customized wedding album.

Click here to see the inside of this book, and here to see the larger wedding album book.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

This book design project was to celebrate a 60th birthday for a gentleman named Joe. His friends contacted us to "recreate" his high school year book, but with a twist. Each of his friends contributed THEIR high school photos to be put in the book, and then we added their bios, clubs, activities and achievements. This was all done with "tongue-in-cheek" humor and we think he'll be surprised and entertained by it.

We hope the book will be enjoyed by Joe and his friends and that he has a wonderful birthday.

It's hard to believe, but it's June already! How did that happen? If you're thinking about entering a book for Photography Book Now (PBN), it's time to get started!

So far, they've received more than 440 submissions from over 23 countries. Picturia Press has worked with three clients this year to help them design books for this event. Check out the latest entries at the PBN bookstore.

The deadline for PBN | 2010 is July 15, so you still have time. Remember, there's a $25,000 grand prize up for grabs, not to mention lots of other prizes and great exposure for your work!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

When I first talked with the artist Amy Wakingwolf, I knew this would be a great project. Amy is a serious artisan based in Hawaii who works with hand-sculpted glass to create beautiful necklaces and earrings.

This book is a showpiece catalog of her jewelry, specifically, "the honu collection", which features nine different turtle pendants crafted with 14 karat findings and 22 karat gold paired with hand-faceted precious and semi-precious gemstone.

Worth mentioning here is that Amy Wakingwolf is also a conservationist who gives generously to ocean recovery projects. Additionally, throughout the summer, Amy and her associates camp out on the beaches by sea turtle nests, making sure each hatchling makes it to the sea.

Monday, May 10, 2010

This book was created for our client, Allan Syphers. Mr. Syphers is a seasoned professional architect, and recently began delving into photography. Through discovery, chance or circumstance, Allan began to focus his work on images of reflection. Discovering with growning interest that reflection encompassed several concepts - specular, mathematical and contemplative.

This book is an exploration of reflection and the images were taken in such places as Tuscany, England and the Caribbean.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

We recently worked with author, Paul Gustafson to design a cover for his recently released Kindle book, Healthy Hypnosis: The Simple Truth and Practical Use. We will be working again with Paul to design the hardcover version of his book, due for release later this summer.
Healthy Hypnosis offers a unique perspective into the common, everyday application of hypnosis. It takes what once seemed unimaginable and foreign and presents it in a way that just makes sense.

Author, Paul Gustafson guides readers through the A-B-C’s of hypnosis, seperates fact from fiction, and offers fascinating case studies and samples of some of the actual hypnosis sessions he uses with his clients. Healthy Hypnosis: The Simple Truth and Practical Use shines a bright light on this empowering technique, helping to educate readers on the amazing potential offered by this peaceful process.To order the Kindle version of this book, click here.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Costa Rica is a beautiful photography book we created for noted wildlife photographer, Jim Stamates. This book is a collection of Jim's favorite images taken during his numerous "In The Rhythm" eco-tours.

Recognized as a prominent wildlife photographer, Jim Stamates has been creating photographic images for more than 35 years. Since 1980, he has focused his talents on the photography and preservation of our natural surroundings.

For Jim, respect for wildlife takes precedence over “getting the shot”. His philosophy is rewarded by a unique intimacy with his subjects. Dedicated to the proper and ethical behavior toward nature, Jim champions his “low impact field techniques” through his In The Rhythm™ lectures and workshops that emphasize the well being of the subject.

For more information about Jim Stamates, you can visit: Jim and his wife Kathy regularly lead eco-tours and photography workshops in Costa Rica and other exotic locations. For more information you can visit his website:

To see the inside of this book, click here.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Arrogantly Average is a collection of poems from our client, Howard Lewis. This is his second book of poetry that we designed for him. The first book of poetry, called "Cold November", we created in November of last year and he is currently working on finishing a third book to complete the set.

We think Mr. Lewis has some truly wonderful poems and we look forward to collaborating with him again when he completes his next book.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

This was a wonderful wedding album we designed for our clients, Puja and Ankit. They had a traditional Indian wedding and wanted a coffee table book that would show all the different events that occurred prior to and including the wedding itself.

The ceremonies were beautiful and we congratulate the happy couple.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Back in January, we were fortunate to have designed a wedding book for our clients Letty and Bas from South Africa. They really loved their book and recently contacted us to design another version of it in a smaller format so they could give them as gifts to their bridesmaids, groomsmen and family members.

We recreated the larger 12" x 12" book into a 7" x 7" format. Then created a brand new cover for the smaller version. We hope their friends and family will enjoy these memories as much as Letty and Bas.

Monday, April 5, 2010

While the title of this novel may be "Extra Ordinary", the author of the book is not. This was a wonderfully written first novel by a young, up and coming novelist, Carina Sarda. She is "extraordinary" in that she wrote this book when she was thirteen years old. We were contacted by her father to put this book into print for her. Carina is currently in the middle of writing her second novel and we look forward to hearing more about this rising star.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

We were contacted the other day by our client, Bob Barancik to let us know that his artwork series, "ART NOT HATE" was covered by the St. Petersburg Times. Bob is showcasing his art at the Florida Holocaust museum and we were fortunate enough to work with him in creating a companion piece 8 x10 book of his art.

Bob writes us "I believe that the show got the coverage because the ANH Blurb book caught the attention of Lennie Bennett at the Times..."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

We created this small 7 x 7 book as a surprise gift to our clients Hannah and Paul. We have worked with them over the past year and a half creating FIVE books for them and another one for Hannah's mother. We've wanted to give them something special and could think of nothing more perfect than ANOTHER book! Congratulations to you both on your recent wedding and we hope you enjoy the book.

This a a corporate book we were asked to do for PWP Packaging With Perfection's President, Mr. Leon Farahnik. At the end of the month, Mr. Farahnik is retiring and they wanted to present him with this book commemorating his time with the company. The book features corporate events, key milestones, images of employees, heart-felt quotes and stories from clients and staff.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

This is the final book in a FIVE-BOOK SERIES that we did for our client. Each one of the books in the series was designed to highlight the couple's yearly adventures, travels and achievements since they started dating.

This final book represents their first year as a married couple. We have enjoyed working with them over the last year and a half helping them to preserve their memories.

We wish them a very happy life together and hope we will continue to create more books for them in the future!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

This week, we were contacted by Diana Aslanian, a professional life coach. Diana recently finished writing The Answers Are Within You, and contacted us to see if we could transform her writing into a graphically pleasing 7" x 7" book. We worked with Diana's color scheme and selected an interesting font to compliment her style, then created an engaging cover for her book.

We wish Diana success with the sale of her book and continued success in her life coaching practice.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

As Seasons Changes is an excerpt of a much larger collection of poetry written by New Jersey trial attorney, Richard Philip Klein. Our client hired us to compile his poetry and create each page with a different design relating to the chapters topics in the book. With over 100 pages, it was a daunting task. We used a lot of interesting color and font treatments to each of the pages. The end result was a very beautiful, engaging and visual journey through his words.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

We were asked by our client to create a book of all the newspaper and press clippings for the Keane Brothers. John and Tom Keane were teen sensations in the late 70's and early 80's. They were the youngest entertainers in history (ages 11 and 12, respectively) to host their own variety television program. The brothers Keane released four albums and were quite the teen idols throughout their career. We put together a "RETRO"spective of all their articles, images and magazine covers for our client, who was going to present the book to the two Keane brothers as a surprise gift.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

This was a really fun travel book done for our clients who frequently take vacations on cruise ships around the world. They finally collected a selection of their favorite images from different trips and tasked us with putting together a cohesive story of their great adventures. We managed to put together a beautiful 100 page book that they gifted to all their friends who have travelled with them throughout the years.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

This was a wonderful wedding book we designed for a truly gifted photographer, Bryan Mikota. The wedding was shot at the beautiful Ashland Springs Hotel in Oregon. We wish the couple a life filled with happiness and to Bryan we wish continued success.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Letty & Bas was a 175 page wedding book done for a couple from South Africa. They had an incredible three day event, including a visit to The Airstream Penthouse, located atop the The Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, the second event being a jazz and cocktail event held at La Brasserie, and finally the wedding and reception held at the beautiful La Petite Ferme. The book was designed to showcase each separate event of the wedding. Congratulations to the happy couple.