Stunning Sample Album Design for Lisa Mathewson Photography

Album Designs
Sample albums are so, so crucial for album sales. That's why we feel so honored when photographers entrust us with the design of their sample albums, to represent their business to all their clients! Our featured album today is a sample album for Lisa Mathewson Photography, and it is one of our favorites! It both shows off Lisa's talent AND tells a wedding day story that any couple would aspire to! 
 
Lisa Mathewson is a talented wedding and portrait photographer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who describes her style as "journalistic, simple, modern, organic and most of all, real". We are blown away by her beautiful images, and we love working with her! 
 
There are so many stunning spreads in this album -- here are just a few of our favorites:







Flip through the slideshow below to see the full album design, including even more gorgeous spreads: 
 
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Design by: Andrea (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Alaine
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Charming Pennsylvania Wedding Album Design for Elina Hope Photography

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Delicate details and great light ... who could ask for anything more?! Today on the blog we're featuring album that is full of both! This sweet wedding was photographed by Elina Hope Photography, and it is sure to brighten anyone's day! 
 
Elina is a talented photographer based in Pennsylvania, and she started shooting weddings young ... really young! She shot her very first wedding at the tender age of 15, and she's spent the years since then growing as an artist and developing a clean, airy aesthetic that is a joy to see. We've been designing albums for Elina since 2017, and we love working with her and her images! Here are some of our favorite spreads from this album design:





View the entire album design in the slideshow below: 
 
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Design by: Andrea (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Alaine
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Never wait on clients to pick album images again

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photo by Kaitlyn Phipps Photography 
 
 
I remember the first few albums that I designed -- I waited for my clients to pick the images they wanted included. I waited. And waited.  
 
And waited a little longer.  
 
I remember one client in particular couldn't get around to picking their images because they were busy moving into a new house. Then they took a trip to Disneyland. Then work took over and the task got pushed to the back-burner. Then finally they emailed me in the middle of October -- six months after their wedding -- to give me the exciting news: They had finally picked the images for their album! One thing you need to understand to get the full impact of this story is the Arizona wedding season. We are completely different than everywhere else in the country -- no one gets married in the summer here unless they are crazy. Our flesh physically melts off our bodies if we are outside for longer than 5 minutes in the summer months. Our busy seasons are the fall and spring. And our busiest month in the fall? October. So all summer I waited for my clients to choose their images and when they finally did, I no longer had the time or energy to devote to their album needs.  
 
Have any of you had a similar experience when waiting for your clients to pick their images? My theory is that this task is just too overwhelming for our clients. And I have come to believe that we are asking too much of them if we structure our album workflow in this way. Instead, I believe my clients are better served if I choose the images and have their album pre-designed for them. 
 
There are a number of benefits to pre-designing: 
 
1 -- Our workflow is not held up by waiting on our clients to pick images. The initial album design can be done like clockwork for each wedding -- within a week of the wedding date. Here are some tips for picking album images quickly.  
 
2 -- It makes life easier on our clients. It's a much more manageable task for our clients to make image swaps to an existing design than it is to narrow down hundreds of images to a select few for the initial design.  
 
3 -- The design ends up being much more beautiful. When the photographer or designer picks the images as they are designing, the design ends up being much more cohesive and lends itself to telling the story of the day. If a designer needs to use all of the images chosen by the client, it can be like trying to fit pieces of a puzzle together that just don't fit. The resulting design often ends up unbalanced, and the story fragmented. 
 
So there you have it! Three excellent reasons to never wait on your clients to pick album images again.  
 
In my initial client meetings I always explain our album workflow process to my clients as they are looking through samples. I let them know that as a service to them, we will design their album with our favorite images in a way that we think best tells the story of their day. Once they see the design, they are able to make image swaps to make it perfect before we place the order. I let them know that we've found it's much easier for our clients to make changes to an existing design than it is to select the images they want included without knowing what the design will look like. Every time I explain our process in this way the clients nod in agreement and understanding. And pre-designing has forever cured the hang-up I used to experience in my workflow while waiting on clients to pick their images.  
 
Hallelujah! Pre-designing for the WIN!! 
 
And if you use Align to pre-design your albums, we suggest sending us a folder of your favorite images as well as a folder of additional images to pull from that might include family portraits or more reception photos. When you fill out our order form, be sure to mark "Select images that best tell the story" next to the number of images you are sending in order to give your designer some freedom to create the most beautiful design.

Your designer will then use your favorite images as focal points throughout the design, which will ensure that you love the result. Then you can use your first round of revisions to make any changes before sending it on to your clients. They will then have two remaining rounds to use for their image swaps. 
 
Life simplified. Boom. 
 
To hear from another photographer about why this method works for her, check out this blog post: Sharon Elizabeth on Album Image Selection
 
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Best practices for how to get your album designs done FAST and not get held up by waiting on your clients to pick their favorite images
And exciting news! If you're a photographer who wants to start offering albums without investing hours of guesswork and trial and error -- we have a solution for you! Check out the Album Start-Up Kit and start maximizing your profit today! 

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Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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Colorful California Wedding Album Design for Danielle Bacon

Album Designs
Color, sunshine, and international touches! Today's featured album is from the amazing Danielle Bacon Photography, who really captured the joy and emotion in this vibrant wedding at the Portofino Hotel & Marina. We especially love the meaningful references to the Netherlands and the vivid coral & blue color palette.  
 
On Danielle's website, her About Page lists a few things she believes. One of these says, "Your photos deserve to be printed! They belong in a stunning heirloom album and all over your walls." We agree wholeheartedly! 
 
Here are a few of our favorite spreads from this cheerful and oh so pretty album design:





And don't forget to look through the full album design below: 
 
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Design by: Kari (View More) // Design style: Simple (View More) // Blog post written by: Alaine
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Align Legacy Book -- Photography by Melissa Jill Photography

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It's no secret that we love parent albums! We've shared more than one blog post about how and why we think photographers should offer parent albums. So we always get a thrill out of seeing a finished, printed album along with its parent albums! 
 
This Align Legacy Book features a beautiful wedding photographed by Align founder Melissa Jill. Melissa is a wedding & portrait photographer based in Arizona, and we have so much fun working with her as a client! Melissa shared the following photographs of the finished 10x10 Align Legacy Book with a Tweed colored leather cover, and two 8x8 parent albums covered in Metropolitan and Silhouette colored linen.  
 
Check them out below!






View the entire album design in the slideshow below: 
 
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Design by: Andrea (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Alaine
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