Confession: we never ordered an album of our wedding photos.
To this day, I still regret it. We opted for the disc of images, which does no justice to the memories of our day. If I could tell couples one thing, it would be to get an album as your first family heirloom. You’ve invested so much, planned so much, and you’ll want something to hold…something to pass down to your grandkids.
That being said, it’s hard to invest in something you haven’t seen. So I present our first sample album by the wonderful Leather Craftsmen! (I’m especially excited because we get to keep this one. The first one I made was Mrs. E’s boudoir album, and obviously I had to give that up ;))
Seeing the stamping of our logo on the presentation box always makes me smile, and the velvet bag the album is wrapped in gives me comfort that this book will last.
This is a 26-page, 10×10 3500 series album in Euro Purple leather, with a 2×2 photo inset and silver lettering. YUM.
Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s “only” 10×10. This is a hefty book, though not overly heavy.
Stamp of approval :)
On to the spreads! I’ll be honest, I used to HATE designing albums. Because I was doing them in Photoshop, which is a major resource hog, my computer would chug along…and eventually freeze and crash. Then I stumbled upon InDesign tutorials by Photography Concentrate, and let me tell you how much of a time saver they are! Rob and Lauren are the masters of time saving tips. I’m glad I discovered their blog early in my business; it’s never too early to have an effective workflow! (Quick rundown: design using InDesign, upload to Album Exposure for client proofing, then once that’s all approved, all the files are sent to Leather Craftsmen through AE. Easy as pie!)
I like clean, simple layouts to let the photos themselves shine. I’m also very much a “less is more” kinda gal.
I don’t know why, but I LOVE the spine imprinting! The name of the font may be called “Modern,” but there’s something timeless about it.
Check out how thick these pages are and the lay-flat spine:
The photos are mounted back-to-back, and the pages are super thick and sturdy. No flimsy pages = no flimsy album.
I want to thank David at Leather Craftsmen– I worked with him back in February when I ordered our first album, and he was so patient with me through both orders, even letting me know that due to the way I designed some spreads, the white space would be uneven. I don’t know many places that would do that, but I’m incredibly grateful that David’s trained eye caught my mistakes– now I have an amazing book to show clients! LC goes above and beyond with their stellar customer service. They are the first album company we’ve used since we started Faye Bernoulli Photography, and I’m fairly certain they will be the ONLY album company we work with!