World Book Day – celebrating the story behind the photo – part 1

You don’t have to be a professional writer, artist or photographer to be a great storyteller, all you have to do is tap into your imagination and celebrate the special moments and captured emotions that make your story unique.

Here at PhotoBox, we believe that there is a certain wonder and story behind every photograph taken, and to celebrate World Book Day tomorrow – the 6th March, we have gathered together some of our favourite customer creations that tell a story in a unique and exciting way, to give you some inspiration for your next creation.

But first, what is World Book Day?

Now in its 17th year, World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators and most importantly, it’s a celebration of stories. Introduced by UNESCO (a group of lovely volunteers in the fields of education, culture, the sciences and communication) to encourage reading. Click here to learn more and see how you can get involved.

Why not share your story with friends and family through one of our personalised photo books? You can either use real life events or made up narratives, to create a book to revisit the special and personal stories that happen in life. Here are some of our favourite photo book stories from our customers to provide you with some inspiration…

The adventure story – Daddy, The Ogre, And Us, by Gemma McKenzie

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 14.19.35This Square Hardcover Photobook is one of the most creative and imaginative storys that we have come across at PhotoBox. A bedtime fantasy tale that describes the trials and tribulations that beautiful baby Princess Kate and brave toddle Knight Charlie, had to go through to free their Daddy from an evil ogre that kidnapped him and held him hostage in its shed-castle.

ogre1Charlie starts his adventure by travelling far and wide, from a tiresome trek through the dessert (a photograph from a family holiday at the beach), to fighting off crazy chickens (a photograph from a trip to the farm), while of course eating ice cream to keep up his strength. Unfortunately, the ogre used its magic to seal Charlie in a toy box – so it was up to Princess Kate to save them both.


Princess Kate jumped aboad her trusty steed Turka (the family dog) to reach the ogre, then melted it with her beautiful smile – saving Daddy from the shed-castle and Knight Charlie from the toy box.

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Technique: Gemma selected precious photos of her children and used her imagination to turn them into a magical story photo book, in which her children were the heroes – a fantastic mix of reality and fantasy all rolled into one.

The family story – On The Day I was Born, by Gemma Sutcliff

Gemma SThis beautifully created Square Hardcover Photobook, tells the personal story of bouncing baby Addison Sutcliff. Beginning as a romance novel, the book begins by illustrating the story of Mummy, Daddy and how they both fell in love and started a family.

gemThe main character in the story is Addison, with the middle of the narrative capturing her birth, leading to each double page spread representing a new chapter of her life by month – from the day she was born, up until she is 18 months old. There are some great personal touches throughout this creation, such as newspaper headlines from the day Addison was born, to a series of ‘baby bump’ pics taken throughout each month of Gemma’s pregnancy.

Technique: Gemma used different layouts throughout her book, flipping from double pages containing one star image for maximum impact, to a collage of shots in a sequence. This variety of arrangements makes for bold and interesting storytelling.

Gemma created the book to give to her daughter as a gift later in life and is thrilled with the result, Gemma says:

I am extremely happy with the result, the book is professionally printed to a high standard, as with all the books I have had printed with PhotoBox. I am looking forward to revisiting this photo book in years to come.”

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 12.25.34The discovery story – The World Around Me, by Gabor Nags

gaborA story doesn’t have to include the traditional beginning, middle and end – when you’re the author, you can decide! It can be simple. Why not create a photo book tale of your last summer holiday, a wedding or simply what you find beautiful and interesting in the place where you live. 

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Technique: Gabor constructed drama in his biographical-style story using bold framing with thick black borders, which presented iconic photos of famous London landmarks. Using a neutral background – such as black or white, provides maximum emphasis on the photo within the frame. These four simple portrait style images show the story of London in all its glory, within the A4 Personalised Photobook.

The story of a journey, 2-Part Return, by Cara Seaborn

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This creative A4 Personalised Photobook fable, reveals Cara’s journey between home at University and her family home.

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Technique: The photos that she took along the way were printed onto the train tickets that she collected over the numerous journeys back and forth, to create this story of her travel between homes. A very unusual and interesting way to deliver her story.

Create your own personal story photo book and feel free to share your creations with us –we might even make them famous on our blog! Email:

Look out for tomorrow’s blog too, as we will be providing you with our top tips on how to create a stunning photo book to be proud of.

Offer on Photobooks

Also, did we mention that we’re running an exciting offer to celebrate World Book Day? No? Well, you can buy one photo book and get another completely free until Friday the 7th March, so now is the perfect time to tell your story! Click here to buy one photo book and get one free.

Win a Kindle and other Goodies

Visit us on Facebook to enter our World Book Day competition, to be in with a chance to win a Kindle or Photobook.

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