MILK Blog

5 ideas for a meaningful gift

When you design and print shared memories and moments, you create a gift from the heart. This Christmas, create something that you know will be treasured forever.

Discover MILK Jackets

Our custom Jackets are available to add-on with our Premium Photo Book range. Discover how you can protect your precious memories in style.

6 destinations to add to your bucket list

Make your next holiday one spent exploring nature in all it's glory. Add these beautiful parks from around the globe to your must-visit list.

Tips and tricks to photographing fall

Fall is full of photographic opportunity. Discover our guide to capturing it all, from the small moments spent snuggled by the fire to the amazing scenes out in nature.

How to make space for moments of joy

Helpful tips for decluttering your living space and focusing on what's really important to you.

New Designer Covers

New designer templates give you more options for your book cover. Start your story right.

Changes to our books and albums

Discover the latest upgrades to our range of photo books and albums.

Terry Divyak: Touring Africa

Inside a father-daughter safari around Tanzania. Terry and Amanda spent quality time touring Africa and taking great photos.

Eilidh Neilson-Gibb: Always Us

The story of Eilidh and Ryan's beautiful snowy wedding in Scotland.

Jamie Gray: Love and Laughter

"10 December, 2016 was the most incredible day and it was absolutely filled with laughter, people and love." Jamie tells the story of her beautiful day.

Allen Fong: Seeing the World

Allen and his wife marked their wedding anniversary with a trip around the world.

Jo Cox: A Wedding in Austin

Discover the story of Jo & Taner's special day spent celebrating with family and friends. A Moleskine wedding book was the perfect choice for this cool couple.

Olga Lopez: Feeding Your Spirit

"One feedback I always get is the surprise that a woman is traveling by herself." Olga prefers traveling alone; it pushes her out of her comfort zone and challenges her to be more open.

Jenny Cheng: Elegance & Fun

That's how Jenny describes her wedding day: "Sophisticated, elegant, and fun!" See how this combination produced what looked like an amazing day filled with love.

Lara Caspari: Building a Collection

"I take photos to capture the moment, to freeze a little piece of it forever." Read more about why Lara started creating her now diverse collection.

Tom Furley: Adventures in SE Asia

Tom and his wife took a month off work to immerse themselves in Southeast Asia.

Jason Kirchgessner: Crossing the Atlantic

After traveling all over his American homeland, Jason chose England for his first trip abroad.

Susanne Armberger: Napule 2018

Susanne returned to Naples where she once again fell in love with the cinematic city and its people.

Hayley Marshall: At the Family Farm

The story of Hayley and Hayden's simple wedding day spent with close friends and family.

Joshua Irving: Borrowing Moments

Real life, real moments, real people—these are the things that interest Joshua; these are the things he focuses on when he travels the globe.

Emily Williams: The Next Adventure

One day, a million emotions. Emily tells the story of the laughter, tears, love and pure joy of her wedding day.

Tegan Cooper: A Wedding Weekend

Tegan and John didn't let a little rain ruin their wedding day. In fact, "it could not have been more perfect."

John Rogers: Ellis Island

Between 1892 and 1954, 12 million people immigrated to the US via Ellis Island. John takes us through the island's abandoned hospital complex where 1.2 million were treated.

Matt Hawthorne: Iceland

The fruits of hard work; this commercial photographer squeezed all he could out of his business trip to Iceland and this book proves it.

Vanessa Naran: Two Ceremonies

An Indian ceremony and a civil ceremony, all in one day.

Umberto Pastore: A Classic Wedding

An intimate ceremony in Italy highlighting love and family.

Adam Deer: Off the Beaten Path

The Wild - Where your travels take you when you want something a little different to your "everyday".

Tara Garofano: What We Discover

The Garofano family spent almost 2 years on the road; exploring, learning, growing, and discovering. Together.

Alissa Kitchen: A Wedding in the Trees

Alissa and Karim were married among the beautiful redwoods in the Fall. Go inside their gorgeous wedding.

Terri Wara: A Beach Wedding

A relaxed wedding featuring a barefoot bride and groom celebrating their love on a sandy shore.

How to sort, organize & select your photos

Get ready to spring-clean your digital photo library with these 5 tips.

Why I'm taking a photo a day

We sat down with photographer Clair to discover why she's taking a photo a day, what it's taught her and get her advice for starting a challenge of your own.

The Origins of MILK Books

MILK Founder Geoff Blackwell wanted to surprise his dad with a gift that truly captured just how loved he was by his family. Discover how this simple wish became the spark that started MILK Books.

6 photo tips every family should know

Photos are a snapshot of time. A memory frozen in place forever. But how do we make sure we’re freezing the right moments? We’ve put together 6 great ideas for family photos that will create enchantin…

Father's Day gift ideas

Gift-giving can be tricky, let us help you with Father's Day with these 6 great gift ideas.

Spotlight on a photographer: Juliette Fradin

"I take photos to capture the moment, to freeze a little piece of it forever." Read more about why Lara started creating her now diverse collection.

Wedding album design tips and tricks

This one's for the DIY newlywed looking for some insight into creating a great wedding album. Art director and recent groom Joseph Paul takes us through his simple process.

Hannah Nunn: A Golden Anniversary

A week spent eating, playing, and celebrating family under the stars.

Sandra von Riekhoff: Versailles 2017

A fun day exploring the Garden of Versailles. Ice cream treats, orange juice and sunshine make for great adventures and an unforgettable childhood memory.

Loann Vo: A Wedding in Mexico

A destination wedding in San Miguel del Allende, Mexico. 4 days of celebrating family, friends, love and the happy couple.

Shawn Moreton: Adventures

The best of both worlds; Moleskine and MILK, Canada and Portugal, family and adventure.

5 unique book ideas from our community

We've all heard of the traditional photo albums that line ones shelves. Let us introduce you to the little known wonders that everyone should be creating.

Tips and tricks to photographing spring

New life, blossoming flowers, and more daylight hours make spring the perfect time to get outside with your camera. Here are our tips and tricks to capturing those great spring moments.

Johnny Abegg: Returning to Tasmania

Johnny re-experiences the place he used to call home, this time as a father. Read why he decided to make this beautiful book.

8 tips for taking great travel photos

Are you about to embark on an exciting trip? Read this guide to getting the best from your photos.

Photography tips from our community

Tips from our community of photography lovers to help you get the most out of every moment.

How to capture the beauty of everyday life

Our guide to photographing the beautiful little details of your day-to-day.

Wally & Della: An Epic Romance

A golden night of golden love: celebrating 50 years of Wally & Della Schaefer.

Jamie Carpenter: A Kiwi Wedding

Natural, raw and relaxed—that's how Jamie described the style of her wedding. Read the story behind her wedding album and see how this style translates through each stunning photo.

Family photo tips

We’ve put together our photo taking tips for ensuring you capture the moments that make your family unique.

A modern baby book

A modern baby book that captures more than milestones – How one photographer curated photos for her son’s first years.

MILK Inspiration Series

The MILK Inspiration Series is here to inspire your next project.

Ben Foster: Leaving Your Comfort Zone

The story of a life-changing trip to Thailand. One month, 14 friends, and endless photographic possibilities.

Metal gallery frames

Our new metal gallery frames are delivered ready to hang. Beautify your home by bringing your cherished memories into your everyday spaces.

High gloss photo album paper

Our most popular album paper now has new add-on. Choose a high gloss laminate finish for extra protection and to make your images pop.

Jon Jackson: Down the Coast

A solo road trip from Portland to Los Angeles with not much beyond a camera, a loose plan and the freedom to stop and explore the places between.

Alan Shortall: Travels in India

Traveling to Kerala, India to document a pepper harvest - how about that for a unique work story?

Jami Johnson: Meeting Halfway

Jami and her partner Sam made the most out of their long distance relationship by meeting halfway in exotic places. Read more about their travels.

Quick tips from a travel blogger

World traveller Anne Stikvoort stopped by to give us her tips on making a great travel keepsake.

New design studio upgrades

Discover the latest upgrades to our design studio software.

Scarlet Paolicchi: Summer Travels

A classic road trip with the whole family (even the dog). Camping, hiking and all the fun that comes with an action-packed summer.

Juan Carlos Paredes: A Dance in Monochrome

A stunning series in black and white, read more on this showcase of ballerinas as they pose outside of their natural environment.

Chanel Vann: A Destination Wedding

A beautiful couple, an intimate ceremony, and a breathtaking Italian venue; this wedding album is gorgeous. Read more about the story behind it.

Sandra Davis: Boxers and Ballerinas

Two gruelling activities. Seemingly opposite and yet in many ways strikingly similar.

Becarra Fletcher: Travels in Tanzania

"The most challenging six days I have had". Read about Becarra's hard-won experience in the ranges of Tanzania.

Seattle Dredge: The Call of the Wild

Seattle and her camera have been a package deal since she was 11 years old. Read her story behind 13 years of travel photography.

Kirralea Birch: The Midst

Being submerged, being under, being between; it's this state of 'not quite' that fascinates Kirralea and drives her photography.

Yuting Liu: An Engagement Book

What started as a hike with friends became a day that will never be forgotten. A beautiful backdrop for a beautiful story.

Roniel Tessler: Exploring the Azores

Like all good stories, this one was inspired by wine (and a drive to explore somewhere new).

Hollie Sherlock: A Gift for Dad

What do you get someone who has it all? The opportunity to reflect on the meaningful stuff; family, friends, and bad haircuts.

Karen Ishiguro: A European Story

A couple's travels, from Iceland to Spain to the Czech Republic. Both pro photographers, they capture beauty wherever they land.

Margi Denton: A Creative Portfolio

Each piece inspired by a creative whim, by life and family, by what lay in the corner of the eye.

Anette Urbina: A Trip to Cuba

To the places that steal your heart. Anette got local Pedro's story. We got hers.

Hannah Kacary: On Route 66

One van, half a plan, and a whole lotta open road.

Tilly Koppes: Creating a Legacy

A love story spanning over half a century. An epic to be preserved and told for another half century, and another.

Jean Perdue: A Life in Poems

Jean didn't start writing poetry until she was in her late seventies. Raw, real and refreshing, each poem is a piece of her.

Lauren Miller: A Love Story

A beautiful couple, a magical day and a fresh take on "tying the knot". Read the story behind Lauren & Joshua's amazing wedding.

Kevin Kaminski: A Tale of Adventure

"Work hard, play hard"; the motto of a photographer trying to balance adventure and reality while in pursuit of the perfect shot.

Minette Martin: A Family Yearbook

Family trips, school events, moving house, and everything else that fits into 12 months (and the pages of a photo book).

Tips to perfectly shooting your next adventure

Life is full of adventures, both big and small. Here are 7 tips to ensuring you best capture your next adventure.

Why you should try MILK

Whether you're an experienced book maker or a first time creator, whether you have a book in progress or sitting in the basket—here are some great reasons to try us.

Book of the Month runners up

We couldn't let these customer projects go unseen, so we've decided to showcase our amazing runners up for Book of the Month.

How to create a photo book or album fast

There’s just not enough time in the day. We’re not time-poor, we’re time-destitute. So I won’t waste a precious second more—here’s 5 tips to creating your photo book or album fast.

The MILK Scholarship Winner 2018

We asked university students "What does creativity mean to you?" as part of our scholarship initiative. The answers were astonishing.

How to make a creative photo book

The first rule of creative expression is there are no rules. But a few helpful tips wouldn’t go amiss. Here are some tips to making a creative photo book.

Creative books by you

Everyone has the ability to make art. All you need is a blank canvas and a drive to create. Let these customer works inspire your next work of art.

Introducing the medium photo album

Announcing the arrival of medium albums—the newest addition to our Premium range.

Our binding process

Discover more about the binding processes we use to create our photo books and albums.

The difference between photo books and photo albums

About to start creating? Make sure you've got the right format for you.

Milestone albums by you

At MILK, we believe in celebrating those big moments, those milestone events. Let these customer-made milestone albums inspire your own.

Our most popular photo book

The MILK Premium Landscape Photo Book is our customers most loved format. Read on to find out why.

How to make the perfect pet album

When you first met your beloved pet and looked into those big round eyes, you knew they were the one for you. Sound familiar? Here are 5 tips to celebrating your furry friends with a pet book or album…

Wedding albums by you

At MILK, we always feel honored when our customers entrust us to make their precious wedding albums. Here are six wedding albums that really inspired us, now let them inspire you.

Ideas for your next family photo book

Families come in many shapes and sizes but whether you were brought together by nature or design, I think we can all agree that when we think of the word family, we think of love.

6 ways to build the perfect wedding collection

Learn 6 ways to commemorate your special day beyond the traditional wedding album. Create your collection.

How to take great photos on your phone

We've put together our top tips for capturing your best travel moments on your phone. A must-read for every traveller and every smartphone user.

How to create the perfect wedding album

Your wedding book or album is something you will cherish forever. It’s that keepsake you can turn to time and time again to relive some of the happiest moments of your life.

Love stories by you

Few things bring us more joy than seeing the beautiful moments of love our customers are preserving in MILK books. Here are some recent love stories our customers have kindly shared.

8 cool photo book ideas for Christmas

Christmas is a time for celebrating family and friends and so we've picked our favorite customer books and albums to do just that.

The importance of travel books

British freelance Photographer and designer Lucy-Jane filled us in on why she believes creating travel photo books are so important and why she loves using MILK Books to create them.

Ron Van Dongen

Growing plants and flowers has always been part of my life, as long as I can remember. I must have been five or six, sowing my first batch of some simple annual; I remember looking each day at the lit…

Michael Kenna

I was the youngest of six children in a working-class Catholic family. There was no tradition of art among my family. I think I took pictures in my mind from when I was a child, but my first serious e…

Ernesto Bazan

I went to Cuba in 1992 and it was love at first sight, for the island and the people. I realized after a few trips that Cuba reminded me so much of my wonderful childhood in Sicily. Time had stopped i…

Guido Mocafico

It is the sum of little influences in my life that made me turn into a photographer. When I was about fifteen or sixteen I was influenced by seeing the movie Blow-Up by...

Loretta Lux

I trained as a painter and love paintings, but I found that the physical aspect of the medium did not suit me. I did not like the messiness of handling pigments, oil and turpentine. I still think like…

Mary Ellen Mark

I’ve done photography my whole working life. It is what I do. I used to like it a lot but it has changed a lot. I like the idea of being able to capture a moment in time, but all that has changed now…

Steven Bloom

I’ve been passionate about photography for most of my life, although I originally trained as a printer. I responded to and thought about photography from the age of eight, when I first picked up a Box…

Victor Schrager

I have been seduced by photography since I made my first prints in sixth grade. I printed negatives my father sent me from his travels around the world—the South American jungle, the Kremlin, Africa.…

How to make great photo books

We spoke to blogger Anna Konevskaya and got her tips and tricks to turning your extensive photo collection into a really great photo book.

How to select your wedding photos

A veritable delight for the eyes and the emotions - that’s the goal of any wedding book. Read our insider tips on how to select the wedding photos that make your book shine.

Landscape photo tricks to shoot like a pro

Have you ever stood before a beautiful vista and wanted to capture the majesty, only to have the photo fall woefully short? If so, we can help with the following camera tips and tricks.

The importance of family photo books

Family photos are some of life’s most cherished possessions. Here are just a few reasons why creating a family album is a worthwhile exercise for every member of the family.

Adam Broomberg Oliver Chanarin

We are photographers with doubts. When we first started, we were working in a more traditional mode – we thought of ourselves as documentarians, producing socially concerned...

Adam Fuss

When I was young I think I looked at science to explain the world around me, and at some point in my early teenage years it failed to do that for me; and then the arts became a medium...

Art Wolfe

I started painting as a young man and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in painting with a watercolor emphasis. I know this background affected the way I approach...

David Doubilet

It seems like I have spent my entire life beneath the surface. I first looked underwater when I was eight years old. I took my first successful picture when I was twelve. From my earliest memory there…

David Goldblatt

I had wanted to become a magazine photographer when I matriculated in 1948. However, at that time there was virtually no magazine photography in South Africa. For a short while I apprenticed...

Duane Michals

I didn’t go to photography school. I never wanted to be a reportage photographer or anything like that, and I became a photographer by accident. I borrowed a camera on a trip to Russia...

Elliot Erwitt

I started out just taking pictures. I was fifteen and a half. They were pictures of the neighbors, friends, and so forth. Eventually I got into it more. It became a career and I’ve been doing it ever…

Erwin Olaf

I started out as a photojournalist when there was a lot of unemployment. To get work I volunteered to shoot for various groups. I also assisted a photographer. I learned how to print a kilo...

Fazal Sheikh

It is one thing to photograph a group of people, it is another to try to understand them. For that you need time, and patience, and an innate respect for difference – the gulf between your own religio…

Fulvio Bonavia

I started my career as a hyper-realistic illustrator, working by hand on advertising and film posters. When the computers became faster and more popular, I moved my skills...

Graham Nash

I have been making images longer than I’ve been making music. I was ten years old when my father showed me the magic that photography represents. I have never, ever forgotten that feeling:...

James Mollison

I developed intuitively. Through accidents, luck, and love of photography I’ve come to this point. I have always been more interested by how the world works than by fiction or the supernatural. My wor…

Jill Greenberg

What’s driving me in how my images look? It reflects what I am feeling at a particular time, and the reality of the world I live in, even the day-to-day light. When I moved to California...

Joel Meyerowitz

I connect to things in a visceral way. There are things that surprisingly move me and often I am shocked at the unpredictable character of these things. The camera is a reflex for me, it rises...

Joyce Tenneson

I started with an interest in all the arts—literature, painting, sculpture, design—but photography was the one that allowed me to use my creativity in the best way. I love people and I love being able…

Lauren Greenfield

I did not start with just photography and I am not ending up with it, as I make films as well, but it has been the dominant expression for me. I went to Harvard, not art school, and studied social stu…

Mark Seliger

I always start from the place of an idea. I don’t walk into a photoshoot without an idea at hand, a possibility of where I want to go – perhaps just the format and the energy, or perhaps something rea…

Massimo Vitali

I had two 4x5 cameras that I used for jobs and they were stolen from a car in Milan when I went for lunch. All they left was the big bag with the 8x10. I hadn’t used it then, but it was like a sign of…

Michael Light

I am a photographer because I’ve been one for so long now that it’s all I know. It’s thus by default what I’m best at. The more time passes the greater my admiration for other professions, more concre…

Mitch Epstein

I made my first pictures as a seventeen-year-old student at a traditional New England boarding school. I volunteered to edit the yearbook, and the job led me to my medium by...

Oliviero Toscani

I am more of an “imaginator” than an old-school photographer. To be a photographer today you must think of your image and then produce it. I am not a reporter. I imagine the image that...

Peggy Sirota

I was working at a clothing store, living in Los Angeles – no training or involvement with photography at the time. I was complaining about the money I was making to a friend of mine...

Pieter Hugo

Sometimes I look at my work and how people read it, and it has no relationship to what I might have experienced in taking the picture or what I might get from it. There’s no absolute truth in what a p…

Platon

Coming from a graphics background was the best thing for my photography: it taught me to appreciate design and to understand where art directors are coming from. In many ways, I....

Ralph Gibson

I had a vocation. I knew my destiny by the time I was eighteen. I was in the navy, standing on a ship crossing the Atlantic, standing guard at three in the morning in a storm, and I was miserable and…

Steve Pyke

I have always been uncomfortable with the phrase “taking pictures.” I think it’s all wrong. Mostly I think there is an understanding that takes place during a portrait session between the photographer…

Tim Flach

Taking a picture was initially an almost voyeuristic thing. At the beginning I was not given the opportunity to do big projects, but I would be commissioned to go and photograph somebody...

Tim Walker

As a child I loved picture books and at school I looked at fashion magazines a lot – they were comics of photography for me. Fashion photography seemed the only photography...

How to scan your old photographs

Old photographs are an incredibly meaningful part of each family’s unique journey. Read how you can scan them to turn them into a beautiful keepsake.

Introducing your book

A book’s title will introduce the story and set the tone for the experience. Make sure you pick a good one. If you need some title inspiration, look no further.

6 steps to designing your photo book

The MILK Design Studio has hundreds of features designed to make creating books simple and quick. To learn more about them, click through to watch our tutorial video series.

Photo books and albums made by you

Every day, hundreds of customers turn their most precious memories into beautiful MILK Photo Books and Albums. We've picked some of our favorites to inspire you and your next project.

Flawless wedding photos in 7 steps

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Here's how to capture it perfectly and achieve flawless wedding photos in 7 easy-to-follow steps.

How to make the perfect baby book

Chaotic days and sleepless nights, those early years are somehow both exhaustively long and over in a flash. Make sure you preserve each precious moment with the perfect baby book.

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