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Product Spotlight: Leather-bound albums September 21, 2009

I love photographs. I know right now you’re all saying “Yes, yes, Erica, we know!” And it’s true. I love pictures… but I also love tangible ¬†photographs. Objects that you can hold in your hand, and remember a moment. A day. A person. I love albums of photographs, and love seeing albums in people’s homes displaying their favorite memories. One of my favorite things to do when I was younger was hunt through this big long skinny closet in my house growing up for old albums of my mom as a teenager. And I found them, because back then, that’s the way to display and share photographs.

Don’t get me wrong — I love the digital age. I love providing clients with digital files so they can share their images that way, since most people communicate online now it seems. But nothing — nothing! — beats an album. It’s a family heirloom, a way to share your memories with future generations (or with yourself, on your coffee table!). Albums preserve images long after the zeros and ones and bits and bytes (what does that even mean?) are gone.

So, will I only be offering albums and prints now? Of course not. But I offer both — because I believe that both are equally important and both types offer a unique way to experience your memories. And, of course, so you can decide which is important to you. :)

One of our most popular products is a custom-designed, leather-bound wedding album. My favorite part about the albums is that they tell the story of your day, after it happened. I always design albums in a way that helps the viewer relive the day, whether they were there or not. We use favorite images from brides and groom (or parents!) and create a design using mostly wide panoramic photographs, a simplistic design, and showcasing the images from a wedding day.

I recently designed an album for Allyson and Rafe, and wanted to share photos of the finished product with you here so you can get a better idea of what I’m talking about when I’m talking about albums. :) And let me tell you — these are not your run-of-the-mill, loose 4×6 photos stuffed inside clear plastic dividers types of albums. These are gorgeous. Seriously works of art.

I took these photos on my dining room table late at night… not the best time for light, but the album still looks lovely. :)

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I like my album designs to showcase BIG photos, but also incorporate moments and events with little details. Here you can see one of the “getting ready” pages, featuring Allyson and all of the details of her dress.

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The pages of the book lay flat, and don’t have seams in the middle that cut off details. The edges also have this beautiful silver gilding that looks awesome! The spread below is also in all black and white. We design an album to usually be a mix of color and black and white — but with all black and white on a spread or all color. Or, we’ll do an all color album (or all black and white, if that’s your thing!).

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The books are leather-bound with various textures and colors of leather available. This was a soft brown variety, which matched their outdoor wedding and colors.

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So, if you’re considering an album to showcase your wedding images — just do it! :) Facebook albums are awesome for sharing photos in a quick and easy way with friends… but for yourself in 20 years (or your kids!), order a professionally designed album. I bet you’ll be glad you did. :)

If you’re a bride or groom who has ordered an album, leave a comment to share why you love your album!¬†

And stay tuned — I have a few different album styles that I offer, so I’ll showcase the other options soon! :)