Enchanting Nashville Wedding Album Design for Rebecca Denton Photography

Album Designs

Classic and elegant albums are our jam, so you can imagine how excited we are to share the following album design which features a Nashville wedding photographed by Rebecca Denton Photography. It's an album chockfull of beauty, romance, and stunning gothic architecture. We love it! 
 
Rebecca Denton is a fantastic Nashville wedding photographer, and we love designing albums for her! When Rebecca received the the finished Miller's Professional Imaging album, she shared some photos with us so that we could admire the beautiful heirloom we created together. It's such a clean, timeless album! Here are a few of our favorite spreads:




To see a previous design we've made for Rebecca, check out this Classy Nashville Wedding Album Design
 
To view today's album design in its entirety, click through 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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Delightful City Engagement Album Design for Kate Mannella

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We're never going to get tired of designing wedding albums, but we have to admit that we get a little bit excited when we get to branch out and design other kinds of albums! It's SO much fun to work with images from engagement sessions, senior portraits, pet portraits, styled shoots, newborn photos, boudoir sessions, family portraits, bar/bat mitzvahs, guest books, and more! Our Simple Design Style (which has an average of 2-3 images/spread) is a great fit for portrait albums.  
 
So you can imagine how thrilled we were when Kate Mannella asked us to design a Simple Style album for this adorable Cincinnati engagement session! Kate is a talented Ohio-based wedding photographer who is a dream to work with, and she made the process even sweeter by sharing photos of the finished KISS Books album with us! 
 
Here's a peek at this stunning engagement album:





To view the whole album design, you can click through the slideshow below:  
 
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Design by: Kari (View More) // Design style: Simple (View More) // Blog post written by: Alaine
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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.
Top 10 Most Popular Album Companies

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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Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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Rainy Day Wedding Album Design for Krista Jones Photography

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Even setting Alanis Morissette songs aside, we all know that rain on a wedding day can be a challenge -- for the couple, for the vendors, and for the photographer. But one look at this charming, rainy-day wedding photographed by Krista A. Jones Photography, and we can't imagine how sunny skies could possibly have improved it!  
 
Krista & Davey are a talented husband & wife fine art photographer team based in Maryland. We cheer every time they place an album design order with us, because we know we'll be working with gorgeous images and heartfelt moments! Here are some of our favorite spreads from this album design:




To view the full album design in its entirety, click through 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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Romantic Rose Gold Wedding Design for Jennifer Larsen

Album Designs
We are SO excited to share this album design we created for Jennifer Larsen. It features her lovely images from a Belleville, New Jersey wedding that was filled with sentimental touches and rose gold details. 
 
When Jennifer sent us photos of the finished albums, our jaws dropped! The final albums are Miller's Signature Albums from Miller's Professional Imaging, printed in three different sizes and covered in rose gold leather. Talk about stunning! Not only are they gorgeous, but the rose gold leather evokes the rose gold details that the couple included in their wedding day.  
 






To see some other designs we've made for Jennifer, check out this Dreamy Barn Wedding Album Design and this Joyful New Jersey Wedding Album Design
 
To view today's album design in its entirety, click through 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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