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A new Align baby + a new general manager!

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Hi friends, Denise here! I'm delighted to announce some big changes happening in my life soon ...  
 
First up, I'm currently 34 weeks pregnant with a baby girl due next month! I'm at the stage of pregnancy where I make an "oof-da" noise every time I stand up (that's my Minnesotan accent coming out), anything that falls on the ground is dead to me, and I love feeling all the baby kicks (although I wish I could reschedule her 4am dance parties). It blows my mind that this little babe is guaranteed to be one of my life's VIPs even though I haven't met her yet. I'm beyond excited for her to make her appearance around Christmastime!  
 
Then as I take on my new parenting role, I'll also be changing my role within Align by leaving the General Manager position. Don't worry, I'm not disappearing from Align completely! I'll be staying on as a designer after the baby is born (besides a few weeks of unplugged maternity leave), so feel free to request me to be your designer anytime you're missing me! :) You're also welcome to follow me on Instagram @wrathofdenise or email me at denise@alignalbumdesign.com. I'd love to keep in touch! 
 
I've absolutely loved running Align's day-to-day project management and customer service over my past 5 years as General Manager. I've especially enjoyed being able to help the businesses (and sanity!) of so many photographers, many of whom I now consider to be friends. However this new life stage feels like a natural transition point in which to leave this role and pass on the torch.  
 
I'm thrilled to introduce you to Align's NEW General Manager, Alaine Sepulveda! Some of you may recognize her as the rockstar office manager of Melissa Jill Photography, so she's already fully immersed in the world of wedding photography and album sales. She's also resourceful, detail-oriented, and an excellent communicator - so I feel very confident that Align will be in great hands. We'll be sharing the job (and the info@alignalbumdesign.com inbox) for the next month and then she'll be taking it from there!

Hi everyone, Alaine here! Thank you so much for welcoming me to the team, Denise!  
 
My background is in writing and communication, so photography was a whole new world to me before I started with Melissa Jill Photography in 2014! Since then, I've loved learning about the industry and meeting the talented people in it. Working for Align's founder Melissa in her photography business has been all about multi-tasking, which I know will serve me well as I step into this new position with Align! Luckily, Denise is the BEST at documenting tasks, responsibilities and helpful suggestions, and Melissa is always ready to provide support and advice!  
 
Align is part of such a great photography community -- it's so inspiring to see professionals lifting one another up and sharing their knowledge! Behind the scenes, I've been helping to run Align's Instagram account for a while now, and I'm looking forward to connecting more directly with our clients, and with the larger community.  
 
A few fun facts about me: I'm a self-confessed nerd who has attended academic conferences, comics conventions AND Doctor Who conventions. I love to do nail art, so you will rarely see me with naked fingertips. I work from the office space in Melissa's home, so I get to pet her dog Dixie aaaallll the time! :) 
 
Denise is leaving big shoes to fill, but I'm excited to step into them!  
 
Click here to visit our About Page to meet the rest of our amazing team.
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Align's 2018 Holiday Deadlines

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Align Album Design's 2018 Holiday Deadlines

photo by Jamie Zanotti Photography 
 
 
'Tis the season for all things cozy, yuletide cheer....and the mad dash to get everything done before HOLIDAY DEADLINES! Aren't you happy you're a photographer right about now? :) 
 
Your clients know that albums make amazing Christmas gifts, but do they know how long the album creation process takes? We want to help YOU help THEM have their albums in hand by the holidays, so we wanted to share a refresher on our design turnaround times and announce our holiday print deadlines. 
 

 
Turnaround times for DESIGNS:  
 
Due to the back-and-forth nature of the design and revision process, there is no one-size-fits-all estimate for how long the design process will take from start to finish. Please allow yourself and your client ample design time (multiple weeks) by placing your design order AS SOON as possible. 
 
Initial designs - Within 4 business days of receiving your order form, deposit, and images  
Revision requests - 2 business days after we've received the comments and any additional images or clarifications needed 
Final file delivery - 1 business day after the album has been approved AND the final balance has been paid (**see note at bottom of this page) 
 
Our business days for designing are Monday through Friday except for the following holidays: 
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23, 2018 
Christmas - Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018 
New Years - Monday, January 1, 2019 
 

 
Deadlines for PRINTING: 
 
If you'll also be printing through Align Legacy Books and wish to receive your album in the mail by December 21, 2018, you must send your album to print (i.e. fill out the custom Print Confirmation order form we email you after the design service is paid for) by the following dates: 
 
Thursday, November 29** for standard production turnaround times 
Friday, December 7** for rush production turnaround times (extra $100 per album) 
 
Orders placed before 11:59pm November 29 will ship within 15 business days of the order date 
Orders placed between November 30 - December 7 with a RUSH FEE will ship by December 19 
Orders placed between December 8 - January 1 with a RUSH FEE will ship by January 10 
Orders placed between November 30 - January 1 without a rush fee will ship by January 23 (at the latest) 
Orders placed after January 1 will ship within 15 business days of the order date 
 
Please note that our production facility will focused on rush orders throughout December and then be closed for the holidays. So non-rush orders placed in December (even if you don't need them by Christmas) may not be started until January 2nd, making the estimated ship date January 23rd (at the very latest). 
 

 
 
**Important Advice Due to the back-and-forth nature of invoicing, please plan for about 48 hours in between when your design is approved and when you will receive your final files (if you are printing elsewhere) or the link to your custom Print Confirmation order form (if you're printing with us). To skip the invoicing steps and speed up the process, you can:
-Authorize us to automatically charge your saved credit card (find this setting at the bottom your Edit Profile page). 
-Or pre-purchase Align Credit (in any amount) on your Account Balance page which will be automatically applied to your balance.
 
 
 
PHEW! That is A LOT of detail! We're SO excited to help you serve your clients well this holiday season!
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It's Our Birthday But the Gift is for you!

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Guess what! Align Album Design just turned 6 years old! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!! Oh wait, were we supposed to be humble and rely on our friend to secretly tell the waiter that it's our birthday so that we can act surprised when they bring out the free dessert and sing to us?... Too bad! It's our birthday and we're proudly celebrating!!! 
 
We want to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of our amazing clients for your friendship and business over the past six years. Y'all are the best! We wish we could virtually share our free birthday dessert with you (embarrassing sing-along spectacle included), but instead we'll celebrate by giving out $16 in Align Design Credit -- that's two free spreads -- to photographers who place a new album design order this week! 
 
To qualify for the deal, use the promo code: [EXPIRED CODE REMOVED] on your album design order form, submit your images, and pay your $75 deposit before the end of the week. If all three steps are completed before Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:59pm PT, we will add $16 to your credit bank that will automatically be applied when your next album design balance is due. Limit once per studio. Credit valid for our design service only, cannot be applied towards physical Align Legacy Books or other products. 
 
Join the celebration by filling out a new album design order form. Thanks a bunch!
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Align's 2017 Holiday Deadlines

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Align Album Design 2017 Holiday Deadlines

photo by Jamie Zanotti 
 
 
'Tis the season for all things cozy, yuletide cheer....and the mad dash to get everything done before HOLIDAY DEADLINES! Aren't you happy you're a photographer right about now? :) 
 
Your clients know that albums make amazing Christmas gifts, but do they know how long the album creation process takes? We want to help YOU help THEM have their albums in hand by the holidays, so we wanted to share a refresher on our design turnaround times and announce our holiday print deadlines. 
 
Turnaround times for DESIGNS:  
 
Initial designs - Within 4 business days of receiving your order form, deposit, and images  
Revision requests - 2 business days after we've received the comments and any additional images or clarifications needed 
Final file delivery - 1 business day after the album has been approved AND the final balance has been paid** 
 
Our business days are Monday through Friday except for the following holidays: 
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2017 
Christmas - Friday, December 22 through Monday, December 25, 2017 
New Years - Monday, January 1, 2018 
 
 
Deadlines for PRINTING: 
 
If you'll also be printing through Align Legacy Books and wish to receive your album in the mail by December 23, 2017, you must send your album to print (i.e. fill out the custom Print Confirmation order form we email you after the design service is paid for) by the following dates: 
 
Sunday, November 26** for standard production turnaround times 
Thursday, December 7** for rush production turnaround times (extra $75) 
 
Also note that our production facility will focused on rush orders throughout December and then closed for the holidays. So any NON-rush orders placed in December may not be started until January 2nd, making the estimated ship date January 25th (at the very latest). 
 
**Important Advice Due to the back-and-forth nature of invoicing, please plan for about 48 hours in between when your design is approved and when you will receive your final files (if you are printing elsewhere) or the link to your custom Print Confirmation order form (if you're printing with us). To skip the invoicing steps and speed up the process, you can:
-Authorize us to automatically charge your saved credit card (find this setting at the bottom your Edit Profile page). 
-Or pre-purchase Align Credit (in any amount) on your Account Balance page which will be automatically applied to your balance.
 
 
We're SO excited to help you serve your clients well this holiday season!
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FREE Online Album Training by Melissa Jill -- September 12th!

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album expert Melissa Jill

photo by Charity Maurer 
 
 
Hey guys! Melissa Jill -- professional photographer and founder of Align here! 
 
I'm SO excited to announce that I will be holding a FREE ONLINE TRAINING where I will be sharing my proven sales secrets and workflow system plus an additional 30 minutes of Q&A to answer any and all album-related questions NEXT TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH! 
 
CLAIM YOUR SPOT HERE! 
 
To date, I've shot over 200 weddings, sold over 100 albums, and made $200,000 on albums alone over the course of my career. That's why the largest wedding photography conference in the world -- WPPI -- invited me for a number of years to speak on this very topic. 
 
And during this free online training, I'm SHARING IT ALL. 
 
I would love for you to join me!  
 
During this completely free training I will be sharing the five things I wish I would have known when I started selling albums. I learned them the hard way and since implementing them, I have grown my album profit to $25,000 per year! I can't wait to help you do the same! 
 
Topics covered will include: 
 
Plus I'll be doing 30 minutes of Q&A at the end to answer all of your album-related questions that aren't covered during the training! I geek out about this stuff and am pumped to talk about one of my biggest passions: 
 
Helping photographers succeed at albums. 
 
This will be so fun! 
 
Click here to reserve your spot and I'll see you on September 12th! 
 
online album sales training by Melissa Jill and Align Album Design

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