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Align Legacy Book -- Photography by Kristen Gardner

Album Designs

Today we have SUCH a stunning album design to share with you! And even better -- it's an Align Legacy Book! Double win! This album features photographs by Kristen Gardner. Kristen is a wedding photographer based in Virginia & Washington D.C. with an amazing talent for capturing the love and connection between her clients. It's so much fun to design with her lovely images!  
 
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! 
 
The wedding contained in this album took place at a historic Virginia horse farm, which provided a beautiful backdrop for the romantic details. We're so grateful that Kristen sent us the following photographs of her finished 10x10 Align Legacy Book! This album has a Carob colored leather cover with blind/clear debossing. The interior contains 19 spreads of our thick-page paper.  
 
Here are a few of our favorite spreads:



Check out the full album design in the slideshow below:  
 
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Beautiful Mountaintop Wedding Album Design for Michelle Eaton

Album Designs
Is there anything more picturesque than a mountaintop wedding?! We are blown away by today's featured album design that includes Michelle Eaton Photography's images of a romantic wedding at the summit of Loon Mountain Ski Resort in New Hampshire. Such a majestic setting! 
 
Michelle is a New England wedding photographer, and we love being part of her team, helping her to provide albums to her clients. We have the BEST time working with her and her gorgeous images! Here are some of our favorite spreads from this album design:




To view the whole album design, you can click through the slideshow below:  
 
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Classy Country Club Wedding Album Design for Caroline Talbot Photography

Album Designs
Today we're excited to feature an album design we made for Massachusetts-based photographer Caroline Talbot! You may remember Caroline from when we featured her album workflow in this blog post. Here's an excerpt: 
 
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"While there is a ton of software that can easily create layouts for me, I could never quite seem to end up with a design I loved. When I realized I hated designing albums, regardless of how easy the software is, I started outsourcing to Align Album Design. I would much rather spend that time shooting or with family. It's 100% worth it for the time I save alone. One of my favorite parts of Align is that they're so easy to communicate with and are always ahead of their promised deadlines! I also love knowing I can work with the same designer if I choose! Shannon is amazing at knowing exactly which images will fit perfectly together for that wow factor for an amazing album!"
-- Caroline of Caroline Talbot Photography
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Today's featured design contains Caroline's beautiful images of a classy country club wedding. Caroline even sent us a few photos of the finished Leather Craftsmen split edition album! Super cool! Check it out below...




And here's the full album design for you to click through! 
 
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Virginia Farm & Vineyard Wedding Album Design by Bethanne Arthur Photography

Album Designs
1. Vineyard weddings are beautiful!  
2. Barn weddings are beautiful!  
3. Weddings photographed by Bethanne Arthur Photography are beautiful!  
 
How did we get lucky enough to be asked to design an album containing all three of the above? The bright and crisp photographs in this album were taken by Bethanne at The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards in Virginia last fall.  
 
For a 15 spread album such as this one, we usually estimate that 75 images will fit using our most popular Classic Style (an average of 5 images/spread) or about 38 with our Simple Style (an average of 2-3 images/spread -- better for portrait albums). However this design ended up falling partway in between the two styles because it contains only 56 images (an average of 3.7 images/spread). And the result is goooooorgeous! Align designer Shannon says, "I loved how we could have more than a few spreads with just one or two images, really highlighting the couple! It's a great example of how selecting fewer images, but all really GREAT images, can make a beautiful and clean design." 
 
If you like this style, feel free to communicate to your designer that you'd like a Classic-Simple-Combo style! Or if you prefer busier designs with as many photos as possible, that's cool too, just let us know! We're always happy to customize our designs to your preferences!  
 
Bethanne is a sweet and talented wedding photographer living in the cute mountain town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. We love working with her AND we love that she sent us photographs of this finished KISS Books album with a linen cover and thick pages. Here are some photos of the album plus some of our favorite spreads from the design. Enjoy!







To view the full album design, flip through the slideshow below: 
 
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Caroline Talbot on her Album Workflow

Album Designs, Featured Clients
Today we are excited to be able to give you a peek into into the album workflow of Caroline Talbot Photography! We've been working with Caroline, a talented photographer based in Massachusetts, for about two years now. You may remember her from this Gorgeous Farm Wedding Album Design we featured on our blog awhile back. Recently we asked her to share a little about her album process, and here's what she had to say.....

Hi, I'm Caroline Talbot. I specialize in authentic wedding photography and women's portraiture. I love providing my clients with printed albums, but my biggest struggle with the process was designing them!  While there is a ton of software that can easily create layouts for me, I could never quite seem to end up with a design I loved.  I realized that the strength in the album is not only in the layouts, but moreso in which images are chosen for each spread.  When I realized I hated designing albums, regardless of how easy the software is, I started outsourcing to Align Album Design. I would much rather spend that time shooting or with family. It's 100% worth it for the time I save alone. One of my favorite parts of Align is that they're so easy to communicate with and are always ahead of their promised deadlines! I also love knowing I can work with the same designer if I choose! Shannon is amazing at knowing exactly which images will fit perfectly together for that wow factor for an amazing album! 
 
We shoot about 20 weddings a year and most of them purchase an album. We explain that an album is their first family heirloom and that any albums they add before the wedding include a 20% discount.  We're currently working towards building packages that emphasize the importance of a printed album! After the wedding, when we deliver the images to our couples (either with a visit to the studio or through an online link), we remind them of our album design process and how each step works, and we remind them that they still can purchase a wedding album if they didn't add one to their original collection.   
 
To start the album process, we pre-design the first draft for our clients because it's way too overwhelming for our couples to select images that will tell a story. After taking a year to select our own wedding album images, we realized we want to take that homework assignment away from our couples. Then we give them a round of changes where they can swap and change whatever they like, but they rarely change much! Our clients love the designs that Align creates! There are usually only a few revisions with mostly just small tweaks.   
 
Our clients have two weeks to submit their revision requests or approve their album. Then I send the design files to Leather Craftsmen for printing. Their quality is amazing, and works for both our more traditional and less traditional couples.  They're also always on top of customer service and will take care of you no matter what!   
 
To photographers who want to start offering albums but are overwhelmed about where to start, I'd suggest creating a sample album of a wedding you're super proud of and have it on hand to show your clients.  Don't skimp - show what you believe in! I believe in long lasting albums, so I show the best I have to offer.

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your insight into albums, Caroline!! You rock! 
 
Caroline ALSO sent us photos of one of her printed albums. This is a Leather Craftsmen split edition album. It's so fun for us here at Align to see our designs in print! Here are some of our favorite spreads from this design...




To view the design in its entirety, click through the slideshow below: 
 
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