I am a firm believer that when it comes to choosing a photographer to document your love story, it’s important to find a photographer whose images speak to you personally. It’s equally important to consider the quality of any shooter’s products. In particular, it’s important for bride and groom’s to evaluate the quality of albums offered by a studio. More than any other family heirloom, your wedding album is something you should not just like, but love.
So, what is it that differentiates one album from another? After several years in the industry, I’ve personally seen hundreds of albums and have spent endless hours searching for the perfect product to offer my clients. I suggest focusing on three key components:
1. The layout of images and the actual visual storytelling strength of the album as a whole
2. The physical quality of materials and craftsmanship of the album
3. The studio’s album design process
Each photographer has a unique way of putting together your images into a cohesive story. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to lay out an album. What’s important is that you personally resonate with and enjoy looking at the album. That being said, there are some classic design rules that help make an album more successful than others. When looking at an album, ask yourself if the pictures have a cadence to them, a rhythm. Do they direct your eyes where to look or does each page feel chaotic? Is the background of each page support or compete with the main images?
At Parisi Images, Sarah personally lays out every single album from scratch—no templates, no cheat sheets. This means that Sarah can let your images, rather than a set of pre-determined boxes, dictate the layout of the album. Our albums are always custom-designed by Sarah, who is professionally trained in graphic design as well as photography. As such, our albums reflect the clean, classic style Sarah delivers in her photographic style.
Quality and Craftsmanship
As is the case for so much in life, “you get what you pay for” is a truism for albums. There are many album companies available to professional photographers, each offering a host of different options that range in price and quality. Some questions you may want to ask yourself include: Is the cover material real, genuine leather or imitation? How well are the images mounted? Is the binding secure? Does the album actually feel substantial?
With our attention to detail when designing your album, it only makes sense that we refuse to compromise the quality of our albums to lower price. We want your album to last several lifetimes! Since the beginning of Parisi Images in 2007, we have used a fabulous album company, Leather Craftsmen. Each album is handmade in the United States, built by artisans who have been in this profession for years.
The wedding is over, you’ve received your images, and now it’s time to start putting together the album. How a photography studio handles this process can make or break your overall experience with the photographer.
Just like an album’s layout, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to go about this process. Things like how many images the client chooses to include versus how many images the photographer chooses, how many rounds of revisions are included, and production time all vary from studio to studio.
As a professional graphic designer and photographer, Sarah has many years of experience guiding clients through the design process. This experience translates into an easy, no-fuss process when creating your wedding album. Clients are asked to choose up to identify 25-30 images they absolutely want to include in the album. Sarah then takes those 25-30 selects and builds a layout to accommodate those images, adding 25+ images to fill-in your story. Clients receive this initial layout and can make any changes they desire. There is no limit to revisions and we don’t print anything until you are completely satisfied.