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Align Legacy Book -- Photography by Paige Vaughn Photo

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The other day I was mindlessly scrolling through Instagram (as one does) and came across a gorgeous album photo by Texas wedding photographer Paige Vaughn! It caught my eye before I even realized that it was one of our Align Legacy Books, so I did a little happy dance after I checked her hashtags to confirm that this beauty really was one of ours! In addition to Paige's beautiful photography for a sweet Houston wedding on the inner pages, we also adore the styled photos she took of the finished album. How cute are these florals and ribbon!? So you better believe that I immediately asked Paige if we could share her photos too! Thanks, Paige, for saying yes! 
 
What is an Align Legacy Book? Glad you asked! ;) Here at Align, we have been providing album design services to hundreds of photographers for almost 6 years. But starting last year, we began offering our own in-house line of high-quality printed albums too! See this page for all the details.  
 
The Align Legacy Book that Paige ordered is a 10x10 album with a Silhouette colored linen cover with a cameo cutout photo. The interior contains 16 spreads with our thin-page paper. Check it out below! Photos by Paige Vaughn Photo.




And if you'd like to flip through the whole album design, click through the slideshow below! 
 
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Nikki Santerre on Sample Albums as a Gateway Drug

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Today we're pleased to introduce you to the lovely Nikki Santerre, Virginia-based fine art film photographer and Align client. We recently asked her if she'd be willing to share her thoughts on her journey into heirloom albums and we're thrilled that she agreed! We thought her insights into the role of the sample album within her business were especially helpful. So without further ado, this is Nikki!

Headshot by Shannon Moffit 
 
Hi guys, Nikki Santerre here. If you're a photographer who wants to start offering albums but is overwhelmed with how to start, I'd have to say that there is something truly magical about seeing your work printed within the pages of a quality product. My recommendation to you is to invest in your business and yourself by getting a sample album before you begin to offer them to your clients. That was the gateway drug for me. Once I saw what my work was capable of becoming within those pages, I knew it was a service I must provide to my clients. It speaks volumes to your work, more-so than any squares on social media.  
 
A little bit about me -- I am a self proclaimed "Heirloom Curator" who specializes in marriage and motherhood and uses both film and digital mediums to document my clients in their most precious seasons of life. 
 
When my clients book me for wedding day services, I send them a Welcome Kit that contains a bridal guide which highlights the most important details of their photography experience from start to finish. There is an entire section devoted to albums where I reiterate the importance of the album as an heirloom, not just for themselves, but for future generations.  
 
As I've priced myself into a higher-end market, my clients have become increasingly eager to invest in an heirloom album. I think my brides who are more inclined to invest in their wedding photography view the album as an important tangible result of their investment over and above the digital files alone. 
 
One of my biggest struggles when I first started offering albums was the TIME it took to create the design. In my first three years in business, I was a full time teacher, so time was a precious and limited resource. Enter Align! Outsourcing this portion of my business remains one of my smartest business decisions to date, especially now that I'm a mother. The time I would be spending designing albums I now spend doing things that fill me with more joy, like time with my family or writing for some of my favorite publications.  
 
When it comes to printing, I had been using the same album printer for the last three years. They offered a product I found to be both beautiful and valuable. Unfortunately, the company closed their doors (with VERY little notice to their customers) earlier this year. I was forced, very suddenly and at the start of wedding season, to find a company who also produced an equally beautiful product. Almost serendipitously, around the same time I received an email from Align saying they were going to begin printing albums. Alas, Align to the rescue, AGAIN! 
 

 
 
Wow, Nikki, thank you so much for sharing your insight and album experience with your fellow photographers! You're amazing! And a BONUS thank you for sending us photographs of one of your recent Align Legacy Books! Our heart skipped a beat when we saw them! 
 
The following is a 10x10 Align Legacy Book with a Metropolitan-colored linen cover with engraving. The interior contains 17 spreads on our thick-page paper. Take a look...





For more photos of Align Legacy Books, check out the Align Legacy Books category on this blog
 
And to view Nikki's full album design in its entirety, click through the slideshow below: 
 
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Align Legacy Book -- Photography by Nicole Amanda Photography

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We have two awesome things to share with you today and they both come from Nicole Amanda Photography! A couple of months ago, Nicole purchased Align's Album Start-Up Kit as a way to power up her album game and we're excited to show you what she's done with it so far! 
 
1. First off, she created a blog post called The Heart Behind Albums: The Ultimate Fight Ender & Heirloom in which she shares her passion for albums with her clients. The website verbiage included in the Album Start-Up Kit helped Nicole write the body of the post in a personal and non-salesy way. She was able to customize our sample text and truly make it her own! The photographs sprinkled throughout her post come from the set of the 180 stock photos we include in the kit. Plus, the video she embedded in her post is an additional tool you can buy on our Resources page. We absolutely love that Nicole now has this webpage to direct future clients to whenever they inquire about albums!

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"The Start-Up Kit is literally all you'll ever need to dive head first into album sales. I love all of the templates for emails back and forth and website verbiage! Buying the sales video is also a must! I literally cried the first time I watched it!"  
      --Nicole Salter of Nicole Amanda Photography
 
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2. Nicole also has a brand new gorgeous sample album that came along with the Album Start-Up Kit and we're so excited to show off some photos of it below! This is a 10x10 Align Legacy Book with a "Ballet Slipper" colored leather cover. The Ontario wedding featured inside has a blush color scheme, so the Ballet Slipper cover fits that theme nicely. The interior contains Nicole's stunning images printed on 15 spreads of our thick-page paper. While the album cover that comes with the kit includes either a cameo cutout window OR two lines of text, Nicole opted to upgrade the album so that it had both. 
 
 
 
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"These albums are so substantial and high-quality looking! In an era where couples can easily make their own photo books, I pride myself in providing a quality heirloom that they can't get on their own - and these Align Legacy Book albums are just that!"  
      --Nicole Salter of Nicole Amanda Photography
 
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Thanks to Nicole for sending us photographs of her new sample album! Enjoy the prettiness below!





For more photos of Align Legacy Books, check out the Align Legacy Books category on this blog
 
And to view Nicole's full album design in its entirety, click through the slideshow below: 
 
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Align Legacy Book -- Photography by Kristen Gardner

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Lookie lookie! We have a new Align Legacy Book to show off today!! 
 
This Align Legacy Book features a Virginia vineyard wedding photographed by the talented Kristen Gardner. Side note: We've been utterly obsessed with Kristen's albums lately. You'll definitely be seeing more of her albums on this blog in the future! :) 
 
Not sure what an Align Legacy Book is? We're happy to explain! Here at Align, we have been providing album design services to hundreds of photographers for more than 5 years. But starting this spring, we began offering our own in-house line of high-quality printed albums too! See this page for all the details.  
 
We've absolutely loved offering busy photographers like Kristen an all-in-one design + printing service to streamline their workflow!  
 
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"My first Align Legacy Book exceeded all of my expectations! The album is beautiful! I love the leather and the pages are just gorgeous. I also loved how quickly the album arrived! The process from start to finish was incredibly efficient and I love knowing that I'm delivering a high quality heirloom product to my clients. I will definitely use Align for all of my future designs and physical albums!"  
      --Kristen of Kristen Gardner Photography
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Major thanks goes out to Kristen for sending us the following photographs of her finished 10x10 Align Legacy Book! This album has a Fresh Brew colored leather cover with debossing. The interior contains 25 spreads of our thick-page paper.  
 
Check it out below!




For more photos of Align Legacy Books, check out the Align Legacy Books category on this blog
 
And to view the full album design in its entirety, click through the slideshow below: 
 
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Align Legacy Book -- Wedding Album for Costola Photography

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It's a special treat when we get to design and print a photographer's OWN wedding album!  
 
Andie & Tony of Costola Photography are a husband and wife photography team based out of Maryland. Earlier this year, they were one of the first studios to create a sample album using Align Legacy Books, our in-house line of high-quality printed albums. Imagine our thrill when shortly after receiving their studio sample in the mail, Andie placed an order for a second album -- this time trusting us with her and Tony's own wedding photos! We felt honored to be asked to create an album for a couple who values photography as much as they do! 
 
And we're excited to share it with you today! But first, here's what Andie shared about her Align experience: 
 
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"Align's products and customer service go above and beyond with every step in the process - from design to print. They work EXTREMELY quick and are always in constant communication with us. We love the option of being able to hand off the design process to our couples so that there is one less middle man to be included in the design. We can not wait to order more sample books for our collection and to print more of our couple's albums through Align!" -- Andie Ingagliato of Costola Photography
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Thanks to Andie & Tony for sending us photographs of their finished 12x12 Align Legacy Book so that we can post them here. The cover is our Seascape leather with two lines of engraving. The interior contains 25 spreads printed on our thin-page paper
 
Album photos by Costola Photography 
Wedding photos by Molly Lichten Photography




For more photos of Align Legacy Books, check out the Align Legacy Books category on this blog
 
We're in love with Andie & Tony's album design, so we encourage you to click through the slideshow below to view the whole gorgeous thing: 
 
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