Guide to Ordering an Album

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Example: a spread in a large 8500 Signature Edition album with cream mats and black outlines. The pages are approximately 12 x 12″ and the photos are approximately 7 x 10″.

1. Select your photos.  Albums are priced based on the number of photos. You can narrow down your selections by picking a few photos to represent each part of the day.  For many weddings, the selections look something like this:

getting ready:  2-4 photos

ceremony:  2-4 photos

bride & groom portraits:  2-4 photos

family & wedding party portraits:  4-6 photos

setting / flowers / other details:  2-4 photos

first dance:  1-2 photos

parent dances:  2 photos

speeches:  2 photos

dancing:  2-4 photos

cake:  1 photo

cake cutting:  1 photo

other (important people? bouquet toss? etc.?):  3-6 photos

That’s about 24 to 40 photos.  That covers the key people and events, and is within the number of album photos usually prepaid in event photography contracts.  You are welcome to choose more, of course; please inquire about pricing.  (I’ve created albums with over 100 photos.)

You can specify the order of the photos, but don’t worry about the layout.  If the album will have one photo per side, then there is really no layout to prepare.  If it will have more than one photo per side, then I’ll draft a layout and email it to you for review.  Large albums with 34 or fewer photos usually have one large (7×10″ or 8×10″) photo per side.  Large albums with 36+ photos usually have some sides with two or more photos.  Medium albums have one 6×8″ photo per side. (Photos in matted albums get trimmed a bit by the album maker.)

2. Select your album style.  There are two basic styles, with some variations on each:  the traditional matted style (800 square or 700 vertical/horizontal) and the coffee table style (3500).  In the traditional matted album, each photo is permanently mounted onto a matted page with a recessed outline.  In the coffee table album, there is no matting, so the photo can be as big as the page (and thus bigger than in a matted album).  The traditional matted album has a sturdy linen binding that lays flat.  The coffee table album has a narrow binding that is suited to double-page panoramas.  The traditional matted has rounded corners and a rounded spine.  The coffee table style has square corners and a more square spine.  There is also a new album style (8500 square or 7500 vertical/horizontal) which is a kind of hybrid of the other two:  it has individually matted photos like the traditional matted album, but it has a narrow binding, square spine and square corners like the coffee table album.  Most clients quickly gravitate to one style or another.  If in doubt, I recommend the traditional matted style (800/700) — a classic heirloom. : See all of the album styles on this page: Album Styles (link).

3. Select your cover.  You can choose from a wide range of leather and fabric colors.  This choice comes down to personal preference.  If in doubt, I recommend the Euro Black leather. See all of the cover colors and materials on this page: Album Cover Swatches (link). These are are just some of the cover options (click on the image to see them all):

4. Select your matting & outline colors (for matted albums only).  For coffee table albums, skip this step.  There are five mat color options (black, white, cream, charcoal & brown) and nine outline color options (black, white, cream, charcoal, brown, gold, silver, red, & copper).  This also comes down to personal preference.  If in doubt, I recommend a light mat (cream or white) and dark outlines (charcoal or black).  See: See examples of the mat and outline colors on this page: Album Mat and Outline Colors. Here are two examples:

Charcoal mat with silver outline
Cream mat with black outline

5. Select your gilding (optional).  Gilding is smooth coating applied to the page edges; the color is visible when the page edges are viewed from the side.  Choose from black, copper, silver, red or gold.  There is also an option to have no gilding; this means that the pages will have plain edges.  I recommend the silver or black gilding.  The available gilding colors are:

6. Select your cover text.  The cover text is usually just first names one one line and the date on a second line.  The text can be printed in the center or the lower right of the front cover.  It can be in one of four fonts and it can be imprinted in a color or branded without any color.  I recommend the Block font (which is smaller) or the Modern font (which is bigger) and making the cover text the same color as your gilding or simply “branded” without color.  You can also choose printing on the album’s spine.  The available cover text imprinting styles are:

7. Select any extra customization (optional):  There several more ways to customize your album, including cover photos, split tone covers, photo plate covers, and slipcases.  These options have an added cost; please contact me for a quote if interested.  One exception: an invitation page can be added at no extra cost (yes free!).  For some customization ideas, please browse through my album maker’s Pinterest boards at this link.  If in doubt, I recommend skipping extra customization. Here are links to examples of customization options on my album maker’s Pinterest page:

8. Send it! Please send me your selections for the above by mailing the album order form or by email. Feel free to get in touch with any questions.