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

Album Designs

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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Colorado Mountain Wedding Album Design for Cassie Madden

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Wedding photographers are some of the most dedicated professionals on the planet! As evidence of that, Cassie Madden Photography photographed the stunning Colorado mountain wedding featured in this album a mere one WEEK before her own wedding! And she did an incredible job, giving the couple all of the focus, talent and energy that she brings to every other shoot. Along with her passion for photography, Cassie also has a passion for albums. She shared her "why" about her love of albums with us: 
 
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"There is something so unique and amazing about sitting down to hold your wedding album, compared to seeing the images on a screen. It makes it feel like you can literally hold the moments in your hand, bound in leather! Tangible memories make you take a seat and recall the true length of the memory, unlike a quick scroll through your instagram feed. Albums require no likes or analytics or captions, just beautiful memories to make you sit down and remember something truly amazing and worth the time. "  
      --Cassie Madden
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We love working with Cassie and with her stunning images. Here are a few of our favorite spreads from this album design:






And you can look through the whole 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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Georgia Country Club Wedding Album Design for Britt Croft

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Here at Align, we get the biggest kick out of working with photographers who value albums as much as we do! That's one of many reasons why love working with Britt Croft Photography, an amazing wedding & portrait photographer who works in South Carolina & Georgia. In the past, we have not only featured several of her albums on this blog, but Britt has also shared a blog post about her strategies for selling albums consistently. Today we're thrilled to share another design showcasing her gorgeous photography! 
 
We feel so lucky that Britt sent us the photographs of the finished album! The spreads were designed by Align and the album was printed through Madera Books. We LOVE seeing the way our design looks in this heirloom-quality album! Here are some of our favorite spreads:





Flip through the full 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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Elizabeth Gelineau on Getting the Most Out of Working with Align

Album Designs, Featured Clients

Today we're so lucky to get to share images and insight from Elizabeth Gelineau, a talented wedding and portrait photographer. We love working with Elizabeth and with her beautiful images! 
 
Elizabeth shared some of her thoughts about how to get the most out of working with Align. We were fascinated to get a photographer's perspective on this, and thought that this insight would be valuable for other photographers! Here's what Elizabeth had to say:

Headshots by Deborah Michelle Photography 
 
Since my first order with Align, I have chosen the option for "Hands Off" design service. This option is so wonderful because my album designer will handle all the emailing with the client in regards to proofing. When I submit my order, I ask to receive an initial proof of the album. I usually make a couple of changes and then give my designer the go-ahead to send the proof to my client. Once the proof goes to the client, I don't have to do anything until the album is approved! This service saves me so much time that I can't afford to not use it!!! Best of all, my clients receive revisions quickly, which means we usually get to the approval point within just a few weeks.  
 
I prepare my clients for the album design process from the initial consultation, making it clear that I am working with a designer for my albums. I talk about this as I go through one of my sample albums at the consultation. From the beginning, I explain that the wedding album is designed to tell the overall story of their wedding day, highlighting the most special details, moments and portraits. Because my couples see the end product right at the beginning of the process, they know what to expect later. Additionally, I send an email to my clients reminding them of how the album design process works prior to giving Align the go-ahead to send the proof to them. That way they know to be on the lookout for an email from my designer regarding album proofing. 
 
One of my favorite aspects of working with Align is the ability to request a specific designer. Andrea was the designer I was matched with on my first couple of wedding album orders. She and I worked so well together that I started requesting her with each new order. I know that all the Align designers are fabulous, but there is something special about being able to work with the same person over and over. Andrea has learned my preferences during the time we've worked together, and we are now getting to a point where I don't always make changes to the initial proof because she knows what I like. I've also gotten better at narrowing down images to send in for the initial design. On my first few orders I was sending in the maximum of 300 images, but now that I'm used to the process, I send in between 150 and 200 images for her to use for the pre-design.  
 
I highly recommend being very specific with your designer about things that you do and do not like, because it helps them design something that you'll love! Preferences that I've communicated to my designer include: 
  • I love at least one spread to be all black and white if possible.
  • I love when the first spread in an album contains either all details, one full-bleed photo of the bride and groom, or a portrait of the bride and groom along with a photo that gives a sense of place.
  • I love for at least one spread in the album to be a full-bleed photo of just the bride and groom whenever possible (I don't have a shot from every wedding that lends itself to this).
  • I typically like for there to be only one spread of family formal portraits.
If you've been hesitant to give up control over certain aspects in your business, consider outsourcing from the perspective of how it can help your business grow, rather than from the perspective of losing control. Album design was the first aspect of my business that I outsourced, and it has been one of the best decisions I've ever made for my business!
 

 
 
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Elizabeth! We know that photographers who are considering working with Align or just starting out using our services will find your insight and experience so helpful! 
 
The following are Elizabeth's photographs of one of her recent albums designed by Align and printed through RedTree Albums. Elizabeth prints all of her wedding albums through RedTree because she loves the quality of their gorgeous books. For portrait sessions and parent albums, she uses the photo books from Miller Professional Imaging. P.S. Both of these album printing & binding companies are included on Align's list of Top 10 Most Popular Album Companies
 
Check out these beautiful photos of one of Elizabeth's finished albums!




And here's the full album design for you to flip through: 
 
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