Southern Spring Wedding Album Design for Elizabeth Gelineau

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Redtree album designed by Align Album Design for Elizabeth Gelineau

These might be the most beautifully styled wedding album images we've ever received from a photographer! Mobile, Alabama-based photographer Elizabeth Gelineau outdid herself when she photographed this beautiful 10x10 Redtree album and blessed us with images of the finished product! We have a blog post in the works where Elizabeth is going to be sharing about her process for photographing albums and we can't wait to share it with you!  
 
But today, we wanted to show you this stunning design that we had the pleasure of creating for Elizabeth. One thing we've realized over YEARS of working with photographers on creating albums that showcase their work, is that oftentimes it takes some time for photographers to hone in on their album design style preferences. Just as photographers refine their shooting and editing style over time, album design style preferences are no different! Recently Elizabeth included this note on her order form, letting us know more about her preferences:  
 
"I think I have finally figured out the album design look I like. I think what I'm wanting is an in-between of my first few album designs (which were classic) and the album designs I've ordered recently (which were simple). I do love when the initial spread sets the sense of place or features a photo of the bride and groom. If one will fill the whole first spread, I love that look! I also love the look of one large photo filling two thirds of the first spread and then a smaller photo being on the spread as well. I also love when one or two spreads are all black and white images (this is not a must have, but if there are a combination of black and white images that fit well into one spread, I am ok with an all B and W spread). I like the spacing between images to be narrow on an album. I love when the page of details/getting ready has a film strip of all vertical images where possible. I also love when there is one spread that has one full bleed photo (if there is a photo that is suitable for this) at the beginning, end or middle of the album (usually a bride and groom portrait, but doesn't have to be). I like some margin to be around the layout of photos from the edge of the page to where the photos begin, but I don't want the photos to be super small on the page." 
 
These types of very specific preferences are super-helpful to us in nailing the initial design on the first try. We always keep these types of preferences on each photographers' profile so that we're sure to follow them and reference them for EVERY SINGLE ALBUM we design going forward. But like I mentioned above, most photographers take some time to get to a place where they are able to know and communicate their design preferences. And that's ok too! We just love being a part of the process! 
 
Take a look at some of our favorite spreads from this design to see how Elizabeth's preferences translated into finished album-design form. We are in LOVE with the result!!
Redtree album designed by Align Album Design for Elizabeth Gelineau

Redtree album designed by Align Album Design for Elizabeth Gelineau

Redtree album designed by Align Album Design for Elizabeth Gelineau

Redtree album designed by Align Album Design for Elizabeth Gelineau

Redtree album designed by Align Album Design for Elizabeth Gelineau

Redtree album designed by Align Album Design for Elizabeth Gelineau

And here is the full album design! 
 
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Design by: Andrea (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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FREE ONLINE TRAINING: Transform this wedding season!

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How? 
 
I sold an album. A BIG one. $2,500 to be exact. 
 
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Los Angeles Oceanside Wedding Album Design for Niki Marie Photography

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KISS album designed by Align Album Design for Niki Marie Photography

Every time we see a new order come through from Niki Marie Photography, we know we are in for a treat! But this wedding has our hearts aflutter for so many reasons! First of all, the clients flew Niki out from Detroit to Los Angeles to photograph their wedding. It took place oceanside at the beautiful Bel-Air Bay Club and Niki KILLED sunset photos on the beach! And then to top it off, the client wanted to include ALL 232 IMAGES SHE SELECTED in the album. Niki didn't even give us a spread limit -- she just told us to design "as many spreads as needed" and the design ended up being 40 spreads! 
 
So yeah, all of the above is pretty much heaven for an album designer! haha! Niki had this album printed through KISS with a black leather cover and silver debossing and we were so thrilled that she sent us images! Here are some of our favorite spreads:
KISS album designed by Align Album Design for Niki Marie Photography

KISS album designed by Align Album Design for Niki Marie Photography

KISS album designed by Align Album Design for Niki Marie Photography

KISS album designed by Align Album Design for Niki Marie Photography

KISS album designed by Align Album Design for Niki Marie Photography

To see the full 40-spread design, click through the slideshow: 
 
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Design by: Andrea (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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When Should You Update Your Sample Album?

Tips & Tricks

Showing a studio sample album is crucial to selling albums. Seeing and holding a sample album allows clients to visualize their own album in a way that no amount of description can do! Many photographers understand this and create a studio sample album when they first begin offering album. But as their business progresses, they become unsure of when to update it. So how DO you know when it's time to create a new sample album? 
 
Here are four indicators that you might need a new sample album: 
 
1 -- Your style has changed 
Photographers may be entrepreneurs, but we're also artists. As such, our style and skill level develop over time. When you reach a point where the images in your sample album no longer represent your current photography, it's time for an update! For example, when I shifted my photography focus from digital to mostly film, my sample albums no longer reflected my work. I got new sample albums and loved the way they were a reflection of my best, most current work!  
 
2 -- Your album offerings have changed 
This one might seem like common sense, but it's important! Your sample album is there to provide an example of what you offer. When your clients feel the weight of it, touch the pages, stroke the cover, admire the design -- all of those should be indicative of what their own album would include. So if you change the dimensions, cover materials, etc. of the primary album you offer, you should also get a new sample album to match. This is especially true if you change album companies!  
 
3 -- Your target client has changed 
As I mentioned in my blog post, How to Choose Which Wedding to Feature in Your Sample Album, your studio sample should feature a wedding in which the details and couple are relatable to your ideal clients. If your ideal client changes -- if you now want to attract clients who are edgier, more traditional, more whimsical, etc. -- those are the kinds of images you should be showing in your sample album. That way when you have those kind of clients in front of you, they will resonate with the work you show them and be more likely to both book with you AND purchase an album.  
 
4 -- You're tired of your old sample album 
Sharing your passion for albums is so important in helping your clients to value them! Your enthusiasm shines through! Similarly, if you're feeling stale and bored with your sample album, that feeling will come through to your clients, as well. So if you look at your studio sample and feel just "meh", refreshing your sample album is sure to revitalize the way you share albums in client meetings!  
 
If any of the four indicators above are true in your business, it would be wise to get a new sample album -- one that represents your style and skill level, your album options, and your ideal client ... and that also makes you excited about offering albums! 
 
 
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Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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Southern Spring Wedding Album Design for Britt Croft

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Madera Books 10x10 steel linen wedding album

We take great joy in seeing the final product of our work, so imagine our delight when Britt Croft sent us photos of this southern wedding album! Britt is a talented photographer who serves South Carolina and the greater southeast and we've had the pleasure of working with her for over 5 years now. Britt told us that the bride's mother ordered and oversaw the design of this album as a surprise to the couple! How sweet is that!? The mother-of-the bride was fantastic to work with and knew just what she wanted -- a design that would reflect the fun vibe of the day and include lots of candids and special moments! 
 
Enjoy some photos of the finished 10x10 album printed by Madera Books featuring a steel linen cover:
Madera Books Wedding Album designed by Align Album Design

Madera Books Wedding Album designed by Align Album Design

Madera Books Wedding Album designed by Align Album Design

Madera Books Wedding Album designed by Align Album Design

Madera Books Wedding Album designed by Align Album Design

Madera Books Wedding Album designed by Align Album Design

And here's a slideshow if you'd like to click through the whole design: 
 
 
 
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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