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Align Legacy Book -- Photography By Ashley Cook Photography

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Wow, we're absolutely smitten with the photographs Ashley Cook (a wedding, lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Oregon) sent us of the new studio sample album she ordered through Align Legacy Books! It features an anniversary session for a couple who didn't wear traditional wedding attire at their wedding, but were excited to put on wedding clothes for this portrait session along the Oregon Coast. We especially love the scenery in this album -- foggy beaches, paths with lush greenery, and rocky cliffs. We love how well the album turned out! 
 
What are Align Legacy Books? They're our in-house line of high-quality printed albums! Here at Align Album Design, we offer album design services to photographers using hundreds of different album printing & binding companies. (Wanna see a list of the top 10 most popular?) However we ALSO print our own heirloom albums for photographers who want a one-stop-shop. Learn all about them over on this page! 
 
Below are the photos Ashley sent us of this 10x10 Align Legacy Book which contains 15 spreads of our thick-page paper with a cover in our Eight Ball colored leather. Thanks so much for sending these to us, Ashley! 
 
Isn't it gorgeous?



For more photos of Align Legacy Books, check out the Align Legacy Books category on this blog
 
Then to view the full album design, click through the slideshow below: 
 
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Align Legacy Book -- Photography by Chicka Artistica Photography

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It's show & tell day today on our blog! Or at least that's what I'm calling it because I'm equally excited about showing you photos of Chicka Artistica Photography's studio sample album AND telling you all about what Align Legacy Books are! 
 
Align Legacy Books are our in-house line of high-quality printed albums! Here at Align Album Design, we offer album design services to photographers using hundreds of different album printing & binding companies. Wanna see a list of the top 10 most popular? However we ALSO offer our own heirloom albums for photographers who want a one-stop-shop. And they're pretty darn beautiful if I do say so myself! 
 
We're going ga-ga over these photos Meghan Santana of Chicka Artistica Photography sent us of the studio sample album she ordered through Align Legacy Books. Meghan runs both her photography business and her Chicka & Co clothing company -- this girl is on fire! We're so happy we get to help her offer wedding albums to her photography clients easily and efficiently. 
 
Her 10x10 Align Legacy Book features a magical farm wedding on 15 spreads of our thick-page paper. The cover is our Yukon colored leather with the couple's names and wedding date engraved on the front. 
 
Check it out below!




For more photos of Align Legacy Books, check out the Align Legacy Books category on this blog
 
Then to view the full album design, click through the slideshow below: 
 
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Align Legacy Book of a Valentine's Styled Shoot by Heather Anderson Photography

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We've been so torn! We have these photos of a beautiful Valentine themed Align Legacy Book to share -- do we share it now or do we wait until next February's Valentine's Day? Ultimately we decided that this beauty was way too good to kept dormant on our hard drive for 10 months. So we're sharing the love with you today! Let's bring the romance of Valentine's Day to April! 
 
The styled shoot featured in this album's pages includes shades of red, blush and gold to tell the story of two star-crossed lovers coming together in a deeply heartfelt elopement. The photography is by Heather Anderson, a fine art film wedding and engagement photographer based in Southern California. This Align Legacy Book will be her new studio sample!  
 
What's an Align Legacy Book? Glad you asked! Here at Align, we have been providing album design services to hundreds of photographers for more than 5 years. But for the past year, we've been offering our own in-house line of high-quality printed albums too! See this page for all the details.  
 
Thank you SO MUCH to Heather for sending us the following photographs of her finished 10x10 Align Legacy Book! This album has a Cobblestone colored linen cover with engraving on the front and the Align sample stamp on the back. The interior contains 16 spreads of our thin-page paper.  
 
Hope you enjoy this love-filled album as much as we do!





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 -- 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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