I’ll be honest with you, when I first got into wedding and family photography, I looked at the whole photo album add on as something that was really just not important to offer. I figured that people would get the digital files I send them and then they can do whatever they want with them. I assumed that all these couples and families that I was photographing would make their own books if they wanted them.
I would not realize that I was very wrong until I was married myself and I’ve been married for a few years now. I still do not have a wedding album and I’ve found that most of my clients are the same way. They never get around to it. The only time I see a photo from our wedding is when I see it pop up on Facebook from time to time. All of the digital files are in my online gallery but there are over 1000 images. Is it realistic that Id go in there and just browse around looking through so many photos? The answer is no because I’ve never done that. ( I am in process of making our book, a surprise for my wife:)
As soon as I experienced this problem in my own life, I now see that having that book is so important! These special days need to be presented as a story. They need to be shared and they need to be presented in a beautiful way.
I’ve always offered photo books but never would bring it up to clients that they should have one. I didn’t want to push more things on to them that would cost more money. I was looking at the photo book as an add on and it is much more than an add on. It is just as important as any other part of your special day. You spend money and time on your wedding and that is great that you have the photos but the absolute finished product is all those photos in a book of images that tell the story. That historic day is a story that can be shared with friends and family and it lasts for generations. Photos on your hard drive are great to archive but not to tell our stories of our lives if a way that is cherished.
Wedding day books are a majority of the books we make these days after we photograph our clients weddings but books are so great to show off your photos for many other things as well. Engagement session photos can go into a book that can be used for your sign in book at your wedding. Maternity sessions are great in books, newborn photos are great for books and even family photo sessions. We can make all those books for you too.
We document our lives every day to only have digital files that we share on social in most cases or have them sitting on a memory stick or on a hard drive. We see these images on a screen that is actually pretty tiny and after a while we lose track of where they are.
The thing holding us back most of the time is simply not knowing how to get a book made. Do you do it yourself? Do you have someone make it for you? How much will it cost? What paper? What size? How many pages? What company? What software? The questions go on….
We make it simple for you. We make books, we make lots of books! We know what paper to use, we know the sizes that work best, we know how to use programs to make the books and how to order and how many pages and how to design the book. We also don’t charge a ton. We just want to make the process easy, affordable and also be of the upmost quality.
*We can customize these books too of course.
Once your wedding is over you just want to see your photos so you can relive it all again, however having a physical book to look through is a lot different to scrolling through your photos on your phone, iPad or computer. It is standard to get your files via downloading them from the private gallery we send you, however you are staring at a screen! Unplug and view your photos in a physical book.
There is something about the high quality feel, touch and even smell of a freshly printed album. An album and book that is unique to you, something that you will treasure. Something that allows you to sit down with your partner and go through it page by page.
When you see friends and family there is something nice about showing them a physical album, a book that they can go through showing your beautiful photos. Lay flat albums are great for placing on a table allowing more than a couple of people to see your photos as you go through them.
Instead of sending friends a link to view your photos online, invite them round and relive the day together.
A wedding album is a story book of your day, unique to you, a story from getting ready, the moment your bridesmaids see you in the dress, arriving in the car, walking down the aisle, the smile on your partners face, the tear in your moms eye, the celebration, the joy and happiness on guests faces. This book is all about your day and is put together by your photographer, We will select and order photos to tell a beautiful story that will help you relive the day.
Of course you could do this yourself, and there are many online platforms where you can get books printed, however it takes time, it takes time to pick out photos to include, ordering them, positioning them and laying it all out. We have the experience of doing this, we know the best way to layout and structure the album, we will pick and photos that work well with each other, we will create an album that will tell the story of your day.
As this is done for you by us personally, the excitement of seeing it for the first time and going through it will leave you in tears. Tears of joy and happiness as you see your photos for the first time and relive your day.
A wedding album is something that you will treasure forever, this little book will hold all your memories of one of the happiest days of your life. You will keep it safe, you will show it to family, and you will every so often reach for it to relive your special day.
When you have kids and want to show them Mom and Dad getting married, then you will reach for the wedding album. This book is a story and something you will certainly treasure. Unlike flipping through Instagram or Facebook looking for your favorite photos of your big day, you will keep this book within easy reach.
Having an album printed for your proud parents makes a great gift and also for them to treasure and relive the day. You could have a smaller album created and printed that you can give to parents, bridesmaids and family while having a larger album created and kept just for you.
We make your book with you in mind, we pick out the best photos and we are very critical of what looks good or not. Best lighting, best composition, best angles. We make each book personal to that event and we compose the book with a mix of different size photos. Some pages will be a 2 pages spread while other photos will be smaller fitting sometimes 10 images on 1 page. We mix in all the images to make a cohesive story that portrays all the beauty that was captured on that special day.
We will send your book directly to your house via UPS. After we design the book it is sent to a print shop where they build the book and then they ship it out directly to you.
For wedding books of 3 hours or more, we suggest getting the 8X10 50 page pro. That has the best paper, hard cover 8X10 album with the 50 pages to tell your story of that day. For smaller events like an engagement session, a family photos session, maternity or newborn photo session, we suggest one of the 20 pages books. If you are not concerned with price and want the best paper, with a lay flat binding Id save that kind of book for a 6-8 hour wedding day.
The premium paper is great paper that lasts for generations. It is not super thin but not very thick but somewhere in the middle. The proline paper is a thicker and nicer paper that costs a bit more but is very well worth it.
We offer the 20 page album that we typically use about 25-50 images if it is a engagement session, maternity, new born, family or some other smaller event.
A 20 page album of a wedding we will put about 100 photos in that album for you. This option is for maybe a smaller wedding where we were hired for only a couple hours.
with a 50 page album we will put in about 200 to 300 images in that book. This is perfect for weddings that we photograph for 3-8 hours.
Wedding albums have lots of options, the more pages the greater the cost, a hard cover album will be more expensive than a soft cover, and a large 13X11 book will be more than a smaller square 7×7 mini-album. Costs for an album can be anywhere between $100 and $500 depending on what you want. We made it simple with the most popular choices to make it all a bit easier to choose.
Of course you could do this yourself, however it is making time to sit down and do this, finding a high quality printer, using their album platform software to create the album layouts and then picking and arranging the photos. It is easy to start and then say ‘I’ll come back to it’. There is certainly something nice about getting the book and the surprise and excitement of seeing your wedding day in photos, in a wedding album. Doing it yourself maybe cheaper, however you may not end up doing it at all.
On a personal note, like I said before, I have not made my book yet! I spend a lot of time making my clients books but have not found time to sit down and make my own for me and my wife. I’m thinking I can get to it in the next couple months but its been 3 years!
The term lay flat means exactly that, it means that when your wedding album is open, the book lays flat, there is no bending or lifting where the pages are bound. This is great for large photos that go across the page, and also allows you to see the full photo.