Intimate Albuquerque Wedding album design for Sarah Ellefson

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Santa Barbara-based Sarah Ellefson photographed this sweet wedding at Los Poblanos -- a historic inn and organic farm located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This was a destination wedding for the couple who travelled in from Austin, Texas, and Sarah knew that they loved the location so much that she made sure we featured it throughout the pages of the album design. She also requested that we design additional spreads beyond the 15 that the couple included in their package because she knew they would be interested in ordering more. And they did! The final design included 19 spreads and was printed as a 10x10 Align Legacy Book with thick pages and a Metropolitan Linen cover with silver foil debossing.  
 
We are so grateful to Sarah for sending us these images of the printed album! Here are a few of our favorite spreads:






To see the design in full, click through the slideshow: 
 
 
 
Thank you Sarah for allowing us to work with your beautiful images!
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Historic DC Wedding album design for Eli Turner

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We've had the pleasure of working with Maryland-based photographer Eli Turner for 3 years now and have designed close to 50 albums for him. This one rates as one of our all time favorites! The ceremony and reception took place in the historic Andrew Mellon Auditorium which added so much drama to the album design! Eli did an incredible job capturing the location, the couples' joy and the fun of this event! 
 
Eli had this album printed by Sage Wedding Albums and was kind enough to send us these beautiful photos of the finished album! 
 
Here are a few of our favorite spreads:






Click through the slideshow to see the full design! 
 
 
 
Thank you so much Eli for allowing us to work with your beautiful images!
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8 Tips for Timeless Album Design

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8 tips for designing a timeless wedding album

above images by Megan Travis Photography 
 
 
Hey guys! Melissa Jill here! I remember the first album I designed myself. It was 2004 and my client had asked for an album. I had never even created a sample album at that point so EVERYTHING was new to me. But I figured, how hard could it be? I'll just whip one up. Haha! Poor little naive me. Three months, ten headaches, and a dozen workflow issues later, I had my first album done. It turned out to be much more challenging than I had initially anticipated. And being that I was new to albums, I was dealing with a HUGE learning curve. Since then I have learned so much about the album design and sales process, and that's one of the main reasons I'm sharing this series of tips -- to help others who may be facing this learning curve for the first time themselves. 
 
I remember looking back at that very first album years later in my client's home and cringing at a few of my choices. Namely, I thought it would be fun to make a collage of overlapping and tilted images for a reception spread. You know...because receptions are wild and crazy, the design should be as well? Yikes! Major regret on that design choice. There were a number of other design trends that I succumbed to in that first design that are SO entirely outdated now. Which makes me sad, because wedding albums need to last generations without looking outdated. Of all things, a wedding album should be timeless.  
Today I'm going to share some timeless design tips that we at Align adhere to, and that I would recommend to any of you out there who are designing your albums in house. I hope I don't step on any toes or hurt any feelings, but there are also a few outdated trends that I'd like to call out as well. I learned my lesson the hard way by regretting my design choices, and I want to encourage you all to keep your designs clean and timeless so you don't experience this same sense of regret years from now.  
 
So let's start by ripping the bandaid off first. The outdated trends to steer clear of are: 
 
1. Using images as backgrounds 
2. Making images opaque 
3. Excessive overlapping of images 
 
All of these trends clutter up your design and don't allow your images to stand apart and be appreciated as art. Your images themselves are interesting. You don't need to make your design overly complex to create a beautiful album. Let the images shine and tell the story for you. As a side note, even though we don't recommend any of the above design choices as being ideal, Align can absolutely design albums with these specifications. The most important thing to us is that you and your clients are happy. And we strive to customize our designs to fit your unique preferences. Just select the "Styled" design option and put your preferences in the comments section of your order form. 
 
Now for the positive tips. Here is what TO DO if you want your albums to be beautiful and remain timeless for generations to come.  
 
#1 -- Use restraint and don't clutter up your spreads with too many images. The fewer images per spread, the more importance you give them.
8 tips for designing a timeless wedding album

above images by Candace Berry Photography 
 
 
#2 -- If you do use a lot of images on a given page, make sure to use a structured layout that makes it easy for your eye to "read" what is going on.
8 tips for designing a timeless wedding album

above images by Maggie Harkov Photography 
 
 
#3 -- We prefer white backgrounds, but if you'd like to use some color on your album spreads, makes sure to pull the color from the photographs that are used on the spread to keep everything cohesive.
8 tips for designing a timeless wedding album

above images by Amelia Soper Photography 
 
 
#4 -- Much like matting for a framed photo, using negative space is a great way to draw attention and importance to an image. Don't feel the need to fill every white space.
8 tips for designing a timeless wedding album

above images by Hello Love Photography 
 
 
#5 -- Make your favorite image the focal point of the spread. Duh, the best images should be given the most real estate.
8 tips for designing a timeless wedding album

above images by Megan Alvarez Photography 
 
 
#6 -- Group your images by location so that each spread tells a cohesive story. This is a great thing to keep in mind when you are shooting too. Taking a number of different photos in each location will make for a great album design!
8 tips for designing a timeless wedding album

above images by Leezett Photography 
 
 
#7 -- Think about the color story you are telling on each spread. If there is too much going on color-wise, think about separating competing images onto separate spreads, or putting some of the images in black and white.
8 tips for designing a timeless wedding album

above images by Katelyn James Photography 
 
 
#8 -- Help your design to tell a story by including a number of scene-setting spreads that set the scene for what is to come. This is another great tip to keep in mind for when you are shooting! It's not only wedding detail photographs that help make a design beautiful, think about how you can take detail shots of the location and venue to help tell the story of the day.
8 tips for designing a timeless wedding album

above images by Leezett Photography 
 
 
I hope you've found these tips and examples helpful!  
 
----------> If you are overwhelmed with design and want to give outsourcing a try, click here to find out more about the design styles that Align offers. We have 3 standard design styles but can definitely customize to meet most needs, so don't hesitate to send us examples of designs you like and let us know what your preferences are, and we will design to those specifications. After you take a look at our design styles to find out which one would work best for you, click here to sign up for an account with Align. When you do so, we'll send you a free welcome gift -- our "Top 10 Most Popular Album Companies" Resource List. That way you can find out which album printing & binding companies are the most popular among photographers who use Align, and more importantly, WHY.
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If you already have an existing Align account and want a copy of this resource guide, you're welcome to email us for a copy.
8 Tips for Timeless Album Design
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Vegan Wedding Styled Shoot album design for Michelle Ray

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Michelle Ray is a Dallas-based wedding photographer who specializes in eco-ethical/green weddings. She recently collaborated with a team of vendors to produce a vegan styled shoot to inspire her ideal clients and we were honored to create a sample album design for her to show off her stunning work! 
 
In addition to designing this album, we also printed it! Michelle chose our beautiful Metropolitan Linen and ordered a 12x12 Align Legacy Book with thin pages. It turned out so pretty! We can't thank Michelle enough for sending these beautiful images our way!

Here are a few of our favorite spreads from this design featuring florals and tables capes by Campbell Events:






To see the design in full, click through the slideshow: 
 
 
 
Thank you Michelle! It was such an honor to work with your beautiful images!
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Timeless Wedding Album Design for Scott Clark

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We have had the pleasure of designing 50 albums for Scott Clark since 2014. Scott is based out of California but travels worldwide photographing the most beautiful weddings. We feel so honored that he entrusts us to work with his stunning images and layout his albums for his clients! 
 
This album design for Helen & Steven was also altered into two different parent albums. Scott used strategy #2 from our strategies for designing parent albums and made use of unused revision rounds to design the parent albums. He ended up using 4 rounds total to design all three albums and saved on costs in the process! 
 
We truly adore how this design turned out. Here are a few of our favorite spreads (it was so hard to pick!!): 






To see the full design (highly recommended!) -- click through the slideshow: 
 
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