Your Wedding Book – How we make this both fast and simple while producing outstanding wedding books!

1 11 2015

Our approach to wedding books is based on our decades of photography experience and our efforts to help couples get the most beautiful album possible!

A brief history lesson

In days gone by couples would receive a book of perhaps 100-300 printed ‘proofs’. Those were then used to select the images in the album. They were also used for ordering prints of their favorite proofs. Among the many problems with that approach, the proof book had to be passed from family member to family member, sometimes across the country so that everyone could see the proofs. This created huge delays before the design of an album could even start! And the album traditionally consisted of one or two images per page so there really wasn’t any ‘design’ involved – just the selection of an image as either small (multiple prints on a page) or large (the only print on that page).

But what about modern albums? Today we are not really limited to one print per page? We no longer glue a print into a mat, assemble the mat into a cover page and then manually assemble the pages onto posts with a cover and back cover to make an ‘album’. Unfortunately, over time, those albums tended to come apart when the glue holding all those photos aged. But it was the best the industry had.

We offer heirloom quality bound books with an exciting array of cover choices from metallic traditional to various types of leather! Photos are no longer glued in one by one. Instead, for these wedding books, the entire spread is printed as a simple image and permanently bonded to the rest of the album with the pages sewn together creating a long lasting memory of your most special wedding day!

How do we make this faster and simpler? We design the entire album for you!

After the wedding is over, while couples are enjoying their honeymoon and the first weeks together as a married couple, we are busy processing all of the images. For today’s weddings this can run well over a thousand images! We pull out the ones where the lighting is poor or someone blinked, we were testing the equipment or planning out the photography approach for the day. From the remaining images we sort them out according to the story we want to tell for the wedding. Every couple is different and so is their wedding. And so, we do not use a cookie cutter approach. We hand pick the important images and pull together the outline of your story. From that we design the pages for your wedding book. Some of our special custom albums even include the option to let images span across two pages! This is fantastic for wedding party portraits and photos that may include the entire family or selected groups of friends such as school mates, others from your home town, co-workers, and so on.

Because each wedding is different, we do not use ‘templates’ as some other designers so. We draw our inspiration for your wedding book from our own memories of the day and from the images we captured. We lay out each page or ‘spread’ (that’s what the two facing pages are called) based on those images, selecting the ones that show off your wedding the best. And through these pages and spreads, we create a stunning wedding book that tells your individual wedding story.

When the wedding book design is completed, we publish it to our website with links here on our blog. You can then share your album with family and friends and they can provide comments to you here on the blog. In this way you can both review the design while involving others in your review!

How do we see the rest of the images?

After the book design is published we go through the remaining images and organize them for publication on our on-line store. There the couple as well as family and friends can see all of the images, including those used on the book design.

A suggestion – as you go through all of the images online, when looking for images that might replace an existing one, stay in thumbnail mode. Then mark those as favorites by using the “add to album” tool. It will take forever if you try to look at each individual image full size. But with the thumbnails you can usually ‘find’ people you’d like to include. That will help narrow down the choices. And then you can simply email the album to me and not have to write down the image numbers!

What about photo orders for family and friends?

In days gone by, the bride and groom were then responsible for collecting the print orders from all those family members and keeping track of who wanted which images. They also had to collect the proper amount from each family member for their orders.

Using the on-line store, everyone can view the photos at their leisure. You can create albums and email those to others, you can send photocards for specific images and, of course, you can directly order your favorites. The bride and groom do not have to collect your list of photos and the payment for  those and they are not involved in delivering the prints back to you! Everyone places their own orders, makes payment on the site and their prints are sent directly to them!

What about changes to the design?

Not a problem! Our packages include the ability for you to revise the design we provide. Our goal is to let you customize what we have done so that you can ‘tweak’ it without having to spend a lot of time and effort.

A suggestion – as you go through all of the images online looking for images that might replace an existing one, stay in thumbnail mode. Then simply ‘star’ those as favorites by using the “add to album” tool. It will take forever if you try to look at each individual image full size. But with the thumbnails you can usually ‘find’ people you’d like to include. That will help narrow down the choices. And then you can simply email the album to us and you don’t have to write down the image numbers!

You can add or delete pages in the proposed book design, add or remove images, modify the layouts, and so on. We’ll work with you on these to make the process as smooth and easy as we can for you.

What about engagement photo shoots?

We offer engagement photo shoots. Some couples have this done several months or perhaps a year or more before their actual wedding. Since these are part of their shared memory, we are occasionally asked about including these in the wedding book. Of course! This can make your wedding book even more memorable!

It is also possible for us to create a separate book of the engagement photo session.

What about honeymoon photos?

We can create separate books of your personal honeymoon photos as well! We generally do not recommend including honeymoon photos in the wedding book as they greatly alter the overall design, look and feel of the book. But if that is what you want, the decision is, of course, all yours!


Terry & Roger’s photos are now online!

25 10 2015

I have finished processing the rest of the photos and have posted them to my on-line store. In the store you can view the photos and place orders for your favorites. After you log into the store you can gather your favorites into an album so that you can go back and see them. You can also send photo cards to others so that they can see your favorites. All ordering is done directly on the site! You may select from several print sizes as well as wall art sizes. There are also a number of novelty and gift items available. With the click of a button you can turn an image into a black & white photo or color them in sepia for that old time look. There is even a ‘retro’ look available on the site. I can enlarge images to better ‘zoom in’ if you leave specific instructions when you order. I’ll review all images before printing them and will adjust color and lighting.

The photos will only be available on-line until before Thanksgiving, so be sure to place your orders early to avoid the holiday rush! Click this link to get to the store: Online Store

If you know anyone in the greater Capital District who is getting married please pass along our name & phone number – 518-225-6306. We’d love to help with their wedding too!

Terry and Roger’s Wedding Book is now ready for viewing!

18 10 2015

Some albums seem to build themselves!

I have noticed that after some weddings I may need a little extra time sorting through the images, selecting the best ones and designing an album. For some weddings, like Terry and Rogers, however, the album seems to come together all by itself! With such a beautiful church, a great reception location and wonderful people the creation of a wedding book that tells the store is made much easier!

Here then, for your viewing, is Terry and Roger’s Wedding Book! You may click on the link or on the preview image.
Now that the album has been completed I will post all of the images from the rehearsal and wedding to my online store where you may order prints of your favorites! I’ll add another post when those are ready.

Terry and Roger’s Wedding Book – Getting Started!

8 10 2015

Work has begun on Terry and Roger’s Wedding Book! It always takes me a few days to recover after a large wedding. I use that time to start looking through the images that I gathered and to start imagining what the finished album might look like. I don’t use pre-made templates for my custom Wedding Books. Each is hand crafted using a selection of the event’s images that will tell the story of the couple’s wedding day. For Terry and Roger this was a daunting task! So many beautiful images with so many family and friends gathered to help them celebrate this special day!

Here’s a sneak preview of the opening photo spread of their book.


Terry & Roger’s Wedding Photos… a teaser…

28 09 2015

Here’s a beautiful shot of the couple at the alter during their wedding.

Terry and Roger at the alter

Terry and Roger at the alter

Congratulations to Terry and Roger!

13 09 2015

On September 12, 2015 Terry and Roger joined hands in marriage at St. Sophia’s Church in Albany, NY.

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church

The church is absolutely beautiful and everyone was wonderful!

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church

The magnificent entrance doors.

Stay tuned as we work on their Wedding Book! After the book is published we’ll post all of the photos from the wedding and the reception in our on-line store.

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church

Such beautiful iconography!

Lorraine and Dave’s Wedding Album – the final draft is ready!

30 11 2014

Using the edits provided by Lori and Dave I made modifications to the images and the layout of their wedding book.

Their wedding book tells the story of their special day – from the guys getting ready at the church, to the arrival of the ladies, the ceremony, all the family portraits and on to the reception!

The complete album can be viewed by clicking on the image of the opening pages below or from this link: Lorraine and Dave’s wedding album.

Lorraine and Dave's Wedding Album preview


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