Looking for a beautiful tangible printed wedding album that will hold all your treasured memories and have pride of place in your home? Well, wedding albums have definitely moved on since the days of the ringbound album with the clear plastic sheet you’d lift to stick your 4 X 6s into (totes showing my age now)!
When you have your wedding photographed by Zoe Larkin Photography, I offer Fine Art Heirloom Albums, which will blow you away with their elegant style, enduring quality and true craftsmanship. Get in touch for more information about the albums themselves and to view the samples.
I offer a full service process from guiding your through image choices, to design, to delivery to your door. We will collaborate every step of the way to make sure you receive the album of your dreams, with no surprises.
Take me through it, one step at a time!
1. You make some initial album choices
The process begins when you view my album samples! If you can’t make it, you can still get a good feel for the albums by viewing my detailed guide which you’ll receive online. If you come to a consultation, you’ll receive the guide to remind you what you saw!
You’ll then make your album choices for via an online form. There are definitely options, but the choices are not overwhelming. I have a modest, tailored selection of tasteful leathers and linens (think about coordinating your colors with your home) to choose from, as well as custom photo covers and cover debossing. Cover text? You’ll need to tell me exactly what you’d like it to read.
Other requests can be accommodated even if you don’t see the options presented, but I do try to keep things as simple as possible.
2. You pay the deposit and the design process begins!
When you return that online form, you’ll also pay the deposit online at the same time. That must be received before design can begin. Usually this is 50% but I can create a payment schedule that works for you. Payments can be spread over a maximum of 3 months, occasionally longer in exceptional circumstances.
3. Choose the images for your album
Once I know the album you’d like and how many spreads you are thinking, I can tell you how many images will fit. Albums come with 20 spreads (40 pages) as standard.
As a general rule of thumb, I like to design with an average of 2 or 3 images per spread. A larger 12 X 12 album allows for more images because they won’t get lost on the large page. An 8 X 8 album only looks good with a maximum of 4 per spread. Some spreads will have just one panoramic image – PS this looks awesome, BTW.
It’s best not to crowd every spread, and to allow your design to breathe, with some white space too.
My photography also adheres to these same principles of minimalism and negative space. Rather than cramming 10 images onto every spread, I design with simplicity and boldness in mind. I recommend simply adding extra spreads, available for a small cost.
So for the 20 spread (40 page) base album: I suggest the following:
8 X 8 album: 50
10 X 10 album: 65
12 X 12 album: 80
How is image selection done? I’m glad you asked! On your online gallery hit the ‘favorite’ (heart) button at the top when the photo in question is enlarged on the screen.
The system will prompt you to enter your email address, as only one email address is linked to each ‘favorite’ list. Then, it will ask you which list, so click ‘For my Album’!
The ‘For my album’ list will be when you decide you’d like an album. Let me know if you don’t see it there!
You can favorite and un-favorite, as you please until you’re happy with your selections. You can revisit another day and your selects will be saved. If you go over the suggested number, that’s cool, I will design using the number of images you have selected, knowing the spread count will be more than 10.
The next important step is to inform me once you’ve made your final selections, by emailing me.
4. Collaborate on the design process & approve!
I’ll get to work once I have your payment, album choices and photo selects.
As I’ve mentioned, I see the process of designing your album as a collaborative one. With some smart web-based album software, you’ll be able to quickly and easily proof your design online. You’ll flick through the virtual pages as if you were holding the album in your hands.
Using the ‘comment’ feature on the webpage, you can let me know anything you’d like change, like ‘swap out this image for this one’, ‘make this one bigger’, etc.
When all is good, you would approve the album design online! And we’re done!
Note: companion albums (also called parent albums) must be an exact replica of the main album, and ordered at the same time.
Discounts are available on companion albums for Fine Art Heirloom Albums.
So, that’s really it concerning the process of ordering your book! I also had a few FAQ’s to address – the questions I get a lot!
How long does it take?
I feel like this question is twofold – how long does the design take and how long does delivery take?
Firstly, the design piece really depends on how many rounds of revisions we go through. If you approve the first design I send, then it’s really going to be a very quick process! But each round of tweaks takes time to implement, email, wait for feedback etc, and as I do all the design work myself, also has to fit around my schedule of shooting, editing, owning a business and keeping myself healthy!
That said, I do try to keep the process moving and the longest part of waiting for me will be getting that initial design to you. Allow me a maximum of a couple of weeks to do this justice! After that, the tweaks should take far less time, ideally a day or two maximum each time.
I say allow a week to 10 days for your album to get to you. I like to add treats and little tokens of my gratitude to the package you’ll receive in the mail and sometimes I take pics of your album for Instagram (c’mon, they are too dreamy not to!!)
When should I order my album?
You can order your album whenever you like, but honestly, during my busy season of shooting/editing (May – November) design will be slower than during my winter when I can devote time exclusively to getting clients’ albums done and out the door!
If you are planning to gift an album for example for a holiday, anniversary or special occasion, I urge you to allow plenty of time – ideally at least 6 weeks! That will just help to avoid any disappointment or the need to charge rush fees if I just can’t feasibly complete your album on time without dropping everything and turning down other work.
Can I order my album years after the wedding?
Yes! My prices do change over time as the cost of doing business increases, but they will always be fair, and the price increases are incrementally small. I keep all my delivered photo files, so you don’t need to worry that they not be on my system anymore! If I’m still here, I can design your album! : )
Can you incorporate photographs that you didn’t take?
I’m afraid not. The album is a bespoke piece of art that bears my name as well as yours, and I only use my own images that I shot with your album in mind. I do recommend the many consumer photo and album labs, including Google’s own, that will auto-design some great books for all you and your guests’ snapshots, to supplement that album that I’ll design for you.
Albums are I believe the most compelling way of displaying your images because they tell a story, which is central to the way I take pictures. I think the intimacy and interactivity of flipping through pages is really special. This article is meant to provide a thorough overview as to what’s involved before you make the decision to go ahead. To get all the info you need, or if you’re ready to view samples or receive the forms so you begin to make your choices and find out about pricing, please get in touch!