I love albums. LOVE THEM. Bobby and I have done some business-related soul searching lately, really talking over all the things that make Emily Porter Photography what it is. One of the things we decided (after getting some tough love at WPPI from one of my favorite local photographers, Beth Forester) was that we need to share more of the beautiful albums I design.
As of last week, I am now offering TWO styles of premium albums – Flushmounts and Storybooks. So just to be clear… all of these photos are of the premium flushmount albums. I’ll be doing another post for the storybooks soon.
Album design is a labor of love. Holding these finished products in your hands is one of the most satisfying feelings you can have.
How many of you REALLY get prints made after your wedding or shoot? Be honest. Albums allow you to have the story unfold with each turn of the page. You don’t get that storytelling element when these photos just live on your harddrive or on a facebook album online.
I strongly encourage my clients to make sure they get some of their photos printed in a tangible format after the wedding/shoot, but I know that many don’t. An album is a great way to show off your photos and tell your story.
My formal education is actually not in photography – it’s in design. [Web design, to be exact, but I've grown to loathe html+css+flash, so these days I stick to album design.] I am very particular about my style of album design – I won’t just slap one photo across each page or spread unless it’s a very intentional thing, nor will I add a lot of overly designed backgrounds/text/embellishments to your design. I don’t even add borders to the photos.
When I take photos and edit them, I always keep in mind how they will look in 20 years. I take this same approach to your album design – less is more. Keep it simple. Let the photos tell a story.