Beautiful Garden Wedding Album Design for Paige Vaughn Photography

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Every time we see a new order come in from Paige Vaughn, we know we're in for some serious inspiration! We have had the pleasure of working with this talented lady who is based out of Austin AND San Fransisco for two years now and she is just the sweetest, most joyful soul. Here are some of her other designs we have featured in past posts: 
 
Foral Texas Wedding Album Design for Paige Vaughn Photo 
Align Legacy Book -- Photography by Paige Vaughn 
 
This wedding was so special! The bride and groom said their "I do's" in a courthouse almost a year before, but they wanted to gather their family and friends together for a night of celebration! After exchanging vows they had the most elegant garden party. We adore how this design came out!






To see the full album design, click through the slideshow below: 
 
 
 
And to get started with your first album design, click here, and we'll send you our Top 10 Most Popular Album Companies Resource list for FREE!
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Design by: Andrea (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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Pennsylvania Farm Wedding Album Design for John Malloy Photography

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There are a couple things that make today's featured album design unique besides the fact that it is chock full of stunning images by the talented Pennsylvania-based John Malloy
 
1 -- It's a horizontal design  
The large majority of the album designs we do are for square albums. But John loves to order horizontal albums from Graphi Studio. We love this format for story-telling. It gives us a lot of real-estate to tell the story from left to right. 
 
2 -- It's 30 spreads!  
The average number of spreads per album that we design is 18. So 30 spreads is on the larger side. Larger albums have a lot of advantages. They allow us to use a lot of images in the design without cramming the spreads full. They allow us to highlight the portraits and put the wedding party/bridesmaids/groomsmen on separate spreads. The images have room to breathe. And you can just use MORE of them! 
 
We love working with John's beautiful images and especially appreciate the epic nighttime portraits he typically includes that work really well for the end of the story! 
 
Here are a few of our favorite spreads from this design:






To see all 30 spreads from this album design, click through the slideshow below: 
 
 
 
And to get started with your first album design, click here, and we'll send you our Top 10 Most Popular Album Companies Resource list for FREE!
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Design by: Kari (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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Tips & Tricks For Photographing Your Albums

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Hey guys! Melissa Jill here, owner of Align. We've talked in the past about the importance of sharing your passion for albums -- EVERYWHERE. You can't sell albums effectively and get them into the hands of all of your clients unless you are sharing your heart for this product and putting examples in front of them again and again. One of the most effective ways you can do this is through putting beautiful images of albums consistently out there on every channel that your clients might browse or interact with: your website, Instagram, Instagram Stories (Instagram Story highlights is one of our favorite places to showcase albums because you can flip through them in a video while you talk about them and really give your clients a good look at an album in action!!), etc.  
 
So taking a moment to photograph each and every beautiful album that comes through your studio is SO valuable. Then you will have a slew of stunning examples to share! But photographing albums in a way that shows off their quality and value can be tricky. Today we are going to share some tips for photographing albums effectively! 
 
There are a few different things to consider when approaching the task of photographing albums. First, as a photographer myself, I know your time is limited and valuable. Photographing albums, while worthwhile and beneficial, is not something that should take up a ton of your time. In an effort to demystify the process of photographing albums, I am excited to share a short video that Abby Grace was kind enough to create for us on her album photographing strategy. It is both simple and efficient.  
 
 
 
 
 
We LOVE how Abby has systematized the process of photographing each of her client albums!  
 
By way of review -- here is a list of Abby's 5 Steps to an Efficient Album Photo Shoot: 
 
1 -- Set-up 
Set up your tripod with camera pointed straight down at a 90 degree angle. This tripod works great!  
 
2 -- Lighting 
Make sure you are in an area with plenty of natural light! Create a make-shift reflector. Use 3 white foam poster boards taped together to make a 3/4 reflector. This helps to lessen those pesky shadows.  
 
3 -- Background 
Place a cheap, flimsy white poster board directly underneath the camera and lay the album on top of it for a clean backdrop.  
 
4 -- Frame 
Put your camera on "live preview" mode to make sure everything is lined up evenly and completely flat. This will minimize the post-production cropping/editing. 
 
5 -- Shoot 
Once everything is nailed into focus, turn the camera to manual focus to take the first photo. Without moving the camera at all, turn the page and take the next photo. Move through the entire album this way. Since everything is composed exactly the same way, you can batch the images and apply edits to the entire batch. Everything is super automated and easy with this system, which makes it possible for you to shoot 3-4 albums within 20 minutes! 
 
You can see just how clean and lovely the outcome of this process is by visiting some of Abby's finished work that we've featured here on our blog in the past!
tips for photographing wedding albums

above image by Abby Grace Photography  

above image by Abby Grace Photography  
 
While the above method is super-efficient and simple, there are also other ways to creatively style your albums that can really show off their unique features and personalities. Here are just a few that we love: 
 
1 -- Use a textured background to add depth and character to the image. An album placed upon something that has its own shadows and light can really enhance the beauty and simplicity of the album. Some great materials to utilize are wood, tulle or textured fabric.
tips for photographing wedding albums

above image by Melissa Jill Photography  
 
2 -- Try posing the album! Photograph the details at different angles. Take some shots of the album standing up, where the pages are showcased. Take some close ups of the cover, and the fine details of various pages. Get creative with perspectives! Sometimes just showing portions of the spreads along with a textured background creates a lot of interest.
tips for photographing wedding albums

above image by Brittany Thomas Photography  
 
3 -- Add props to make it more interesting. Try setting up the album within the box it came in, along with some tissue paper and ribbon. Some other ideas would be to use cover fabric swatches, flowers, leaves, pine cones, etc to style the image. Using an actual detail from the wedding is also a way to help tell the story held within its pages.
tips for photographing wedding albums

above image by Caroline Logan Photography  
 
4 -- Photograph the album fulfilling its purpose. Which means, take pictures of someone sitting down with the album and pouring over the pages. You can add texture with a blanket or some kind of fabric within the shot. This not only adds depth and dimension to the image but also personalizes it and invites the viewer to imagine themselves cozied up with their very own album, soaking in the memories they will treasure for life!
wedding album photography

above image by Melissa Jill Photography  
 
5 -- Use blank space and the rule of thirds. The album doesn't need to be centered perfectly and doesn't need much more than it's own beautiful face! Try holding the album up against a white wall where you include the hands of a nearby willing person as props! This creates a very clean and simple image, where the album is the star of the show.
wedding album photography

above image by Melissa Jill Photography  
 
Photographing albums doesn't have to be an overwhelming or time consuming task. In fact, with a little bit of intention and creative thought, it can be kind of fun! Plus, the benefits of featuring a gorgeous album in a truly appealing way can be huge! Just like sharing sample albums with our clients during an initial client meeting, consistently sharing each clients' album through visually stunning images can be so helpful for getting clients to value them as much as we do!
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3 Tips on how to photograph wedding albums well
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Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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Classy Downtown Milwaukee Wedding Album Design for Lisa Mathewson

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We are suckers for an elegant downtown affair. The lights! The glamour! The stately architecture! The wedding in today's featured album was shot by Lisa Mathewson at one of her favorite venues in Milwaukee -- The Pfister Hotel -- with the grand reception at Turner Hall and we are allll heart eyes over it.  
 
Lisa is no stranger to this blog. We have had the pleasure of designing her albums since 2014 and you can see a couple other favorites here: 
 
Stunning Sample Album Design for Lisa Mathewson Photography 
Classic & Cool Milwaukee Wedding Album Design for Lisa Mathewson Photography 
 
We are so excited to share our favorite spreads from this beautiful wedding with you:






To see the entire album design, click through the slideshow below: 
 
 
 
And to get started with your first album design, click here, and we'll send you our Top 10 Most Popular Album Companies Resource list for FREE!
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Design by: Denise (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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Summery Texas Wedding Album Design for Gaby Caskey Photography

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Oh. My. Swoooon. My heart rate definitely sky-rocketed when I first saw this green velvet number printed and bound by Miller's Professional Imaging on Gaby Caskey's Instagram stories! What a beautiful choice for a sample album cover! And the INSIDE of this album lives up to the cover in every way! 
 
Gaby Caskey is a San Antonio and DWF-based wedding photographer who we have had the pleasure of working with for two years now. We were so excited when Gaby agreed to share photos she took of her beautiful new sample album that we had the pleasure of designing!

Here are a few more of our favorite spreads:





To see this design in full, click through the slideshow: 
 
 
 
To get started creating your own sample album, click here!
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Design by: Andrea (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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