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Vegan Wedding Styled Shoot album design for Michelle Ray

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Michelle Ray is a Dallas-based wedding photographer who specializes in eco-ethical/green weddings. She recently collaborated with a team of vendors to produce a vegan styled shoot to inspire her ideal clients and we were honored to create a sample album design for her to show off her stunning work! 
In addition to designing this album, we also printed it! Michelle chose our beautiful Metropolitan Linen and ordered a 12x12 Align Legacy Book with thin pages. It turned out so pretty! We can't thank Michelle enough for sending these beautiful images our way!

Here are a few of our favorite spreads from this design featuring florals and tables capes by Campbell Events:

To see the design in full, click through the slideshow: 
Thank you Michelle! It was such an honor to work with your beautiful images!
Design by: Sarah (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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First sample album for Katie Iredale Photography

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We just recently started working with California elopement and wedding photographer Katie Iredale and we had the honor of designing AND printing her first sample album!  
And we are already in love!  
Katie's photos have such a carefree, fun vibe, and they pulled together BEAUTIFULLY in album form! She did a great job of selecting her very favorite images for the album and sending those to us. As a result she only made one image swap to the initial design and then approved it as is! 
Katie took some photos of the finished 8x8 Align Legacy Book covered in Carob leather and we are so excited to share them with you! Here they are along with a few of our favorite spreads from this design:

So fun, huh!? To see the design in full, click through the slideshow below: 
Design by: Kari (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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California Winery Wedding Album Design for Austyn Elizabeth

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Austyn Elizabeth just sent us the most BEAUTIFUL video of an Align Legacy Book that we both designed AND printed for her! You have to click above to watch it!! I got goosebumps watching her page through the whole album set to music. Can you imagine what a powerful tool this video is for sharing the value of an heirloom album with her future clients!? BRILLIANT!! 
Another brilliant move that Austyn made is that she ordered an additional copy of this stunning album to gift to the venue -- one of her favorites to work at! And you can see why!  
Here are a few of our favorite spreads from this California Winery wedding album design: 

And if you haven't got enough, click through the full design below! 
Design by: Denise (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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A Handy Template to Gather Your Clients' Album Customization Choices

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It's such an exciting moment when your clients finalize their album design! But for some photographers, it can be a bit daunting to realize that there are still a few more steps in the process before they can place a printed album in their clients' hands. If you're one of those photographers, you might be a little unsure of where to start with gathering your client's preferences for their album cover. 
We want to help! If you will be printing your album through Align as an Align Legacy Book, we've created an email template just for you! Please feel free to save and customize it to simplify and systematize this part of your album workflow! Below is the basic template as well as some suggestions for possible bullet points to customize it further.  

Now that your album design is approved, it's time to make the final selections for the printed album! I can't wait to get it into your hands! Please reply back with your choices for the following: 
- Which cover material would like for your album? Please choose one of the leathers or linens from the swatches at this link:  
Note that the distressed leathers (indicated with a *) can show scuffs, vary in tone, and give off a weathered patina. 
- Which photo would like on the cover? The photo will be cropped square and can be printed in either color or black and white. 
- If you would like to add text to the cover, please let me know: 
- What you would like it to say  
- What font you prefer. You can preview the font options here:  
- What color you would like the text to be. The choices are Clear/Blind (no color), Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold.
Let me know if you have any questions! Once I hear back from you, I'll be able to place your album order!  
Thanks so much! 
(Your Name)

We recommend that you make choices easier on your clients by limiting them. So for instance, you could offer your album standard with a leather cover and cameo photo that you put in black and white but no text. Or you could offer a linen covered album with just text and suggest that it say (Bride's name) & (Groom's name). If you do this, you can customize your email template to reflect these choices you've already made. In addition you could further customize your email with any of the following (again, we recommend being selective and trying not to overwhelm your clients with too many options): 
(NOTE: To calculate your own printing costs, use the calculator at the bottom of our Align Legacy Book page. Don't forget to charge your clients an appropriate amount to cover your expenses and allow reasonable profit.) 
There is no better feeling than putting the finished, printed album into your clients' hands -- and you're nearly at that finish line! We hope that by simplifying the process of gathering your clients' choices, this template makes the end of your album workflow a little easier and more streamlined! 
If you found this post helpful and would like to receive tips like this straight to your inbox, click here to sign up!
And exciting news! If you're a photographer who wants to start offering albums without investing hours of guesswork and trial and error -- we have a solution for you! Check out the Album Start-Up Kit and start maximizing your profit today! 

Blog post written by: Melissa Jill
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Align Legacy Book -- Photography by Michaela Joy Photography

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It's an Align Legacy Book day on our blog today! Yay! That means that not only did one of our designers use images from Michaela Joy Photography to create beautiful layouts for the interior spreads, but Align was ALSO responsible for the printing & binding of this heirloom album. We love being a one-stop shop for busy photographers! 
Learn all about Align Legacy Books over on this page! 
Michaela & Tim love when their preferred Align designer Andrea uses plenty of white space to increase the impact of their images. This draws the eye from image to image like matting in a picture frame. And their images certainly deserve the attention! They combine the artistry of film photography with a photojournalistic dedication to telling the wedding story by capturing priceless, fleeting moments. We love working with their images! 
The finished 12x12 Align Legacy Book contains 15 spreads of our thick-page paper with a cover in our Tweed colored distressed leather. Here are some of our favorite spreads from the design. Enjoy!

Flip through the full album design with the slideshow below: 
Design by: Andrea (View More) // Design style: Classic (View More) // Blog post written by: Alaine
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