Photographer Xavier Wallach recently emailed me to tell me about his very first handmade printed portfolio that he made with the help of the No Plastic Sleeves book. It can be a bit daunting to tackle making your own book, but as Xavier has shown, the results can be really rewarding!
Xavier says, “Assembling the cover and all the pages together was not too hard. I just had trouble printing my logo on the cover, which I did with my cheap inkjet printer at home. In the end, the result looked pretty decent. The pages are very slightly loose because I couldn’t find a hole punch that would cut at the exact same diameter as the 15mm binders. Next time I may try the drill technique showed in the video but I find it quite risky given the relative high price of the paper and prints. I still have room for 3 to 4 extra pictures in the book, and I think that adding a few layers of paper will help tighten everything together. I am now ready to take it out of its case and present my work whenever I meet agents or image buyers!”