Today’s consumers demand customization and personalization in all things, and the wedding album is no exception. It’s no surprise that newlyweds want to tell and preserve their love story with one-of-a-kind wedding photo albums.
The ultimate keepsake to preserve a wedding day, a photo album is the centerpiece of any wedding photographers’ offerings. The creative options are now far reaching, so we’ve highlighted just a few of the companies that supply quality, customized albums.
Album Design Store
The Album Design Store provides photographers as well as studios with a one-stop shop for their special event postproduction needs. The company assists photographers with custom album design, editing, retouching and the expression of “wedding stories” in the form of handcrafted albums.
The third-generation family business offers exclusive designs and cost-effective postproduction services. “Our mission is to take away all the burden of photographers, saving hours of post photography work with the added benefit of ensuring customer delight,” the company notes.
They offer album designs in a range of styles, specializing in flush-mount albums, photo books and also coffee table books. Here are a few of their album options.
The Grace album uses white or black backgrounds, with images creatively laid out. In addition, the album features the subtle use of objects to complete the layouts.
The Elegance album features photos as backgrounds, with the placement of other images on top of it. Furthermore, it showcases the artistic use of borders. The Prime album employs custom shapes to build layouts on a white background, with a pleasing placement of images within and outside these shapes. It also offers the creative play of shadows on images and shapes to give the feel that they have been pasted on. In addition, text can be incorporated. albumdesignstore.com, WPPI Booth #564
Bay Photo Lab
With a long history of innovative photographic printing and finishing services, Bay Photo offers high-quality printing as well as a wide assortment of professional products. The company says its Pacific albums are flush-mount professional albums “with an ocean of customization possibilities.” They can be made with a variety of photo cover types as well as a choice of 50 mix-and-match cover colors and materials.
Selections include full-wrap photo covers, metal covers, face-mount acrylic covers and also maple wood covers in assorted sizes in vertical, horizontal and square formats from 4×6 to 12×12 inches. In addition, cover materials range from leatherettes to linens, with optional photo cutouts and imprinting. Pages come in both thick as well as thin versions, in luster, glossy, metallic, deep matte or fine art watercolor finishes.
Other options also include: seamless or micro gutter spreads; 1/8-inch round and ½-inch round or square corners; gold, silver, black, marbled gold or marbled silver gilding; and black or white moiré linings. Pacific albums come packaged in standard black linen as well as premium black leather boxes. Moreover, the company claims production time is just three business days. bayphoto.com, WPPI Booth # 755, 851, 955
Miller’s Professional Imaging
Among the largest professional labs in the U.S., Bill Miller’s Pittsburg facility is nearly 170,000 square feet; a second, state-of-the-art, 40,000-square-foot facility was built in 2001. In addition, Miller’s launched MpixPro in 2009, a fully web-based digital imaging lab that services single-studio photographers.
Miller’s Signature album features a one-piece wraparound cover design, up to 50 spreads, photographic and press papers, and thick as well as thin page options. Various sizes and optional upgrades result in albums that fit any budget.
With the thin page version, prints are mounted flush to a 1/32-inch board, offering a streamlined, modern look. In the thick option, prints are mounted flush to a 1/16-inch board, with a solid feel and high-end look. Moreover, customers can select page counts from a 10-spread minimum to 50-spread maximum for thin pages, or 10-spread minimum to a 25-spread maximum for thick pages. The Signature comes in 5×5, 6×9, 9×6, 8×8, 8×10, 10×8, 8×12, 12×8, 10×10, 12×12 and 15×10 versions.
Paper types include felt press paper, e-surface photo paper, Fujifilm deep matte photographic paper and also metallic photo paper with a linen texture. Furthermore, there are luster coating, pebble texture, fine-linen texture and linen texture finishing options. Other Signature features include: square or rounded corners; black, gold or silver gilding; and flat black or white art paper end leafs.
Cover choices include standard, distressed, pearlescent, metallic and etched leather, as well as linen, cameo, custom illustrated, custom image, acrylic, printed metal and printed wood covers. Foiling stamping options include black, copper, gold, matte gold, granite, silver or matte silver. Debossing can also be ordered. millerslab.com, WPPI Booth #533
Pic Pro Lab
A full-service professional photo lab, Pic Pro Lab is located in San Bernardino, California. It prints any size from mini wallets to 30×120 inches on silver halide photographic paper and provides wide-format printing.
The most popular items are its flush-mount albums, which are handmade in-house, with sizes ranging from a 5×5 to 20×20 inches. The artisan handcrafted albums and boxes showcase lay-flat pages. All are created on Fuji Professional photo paper with styrene archival board. With the exception of the hardcover album, they have round spines and corners. Pic Pro Lab’s album options include the following.
Full Wrap Trifold. Featuring a full-bleed cover image printed on vinyl, it has a barn door for a contemporary look. It’s available in 8×10, 10×10, 12×12 and 11×14.
Picture Laminate. A laminated photo cover showcases the newlyweds’ favorite image. It comes in 5×5, 6×6, 5×7.5, 8×8, 8×10, 10×10, 9×12, 12×12, 11×14, 16×6, 12×16 and 20×8.
Window Inset. This album cover features an inset image for an elegant look. It’s offered in 5×5, 6×6, 5×7.5, 8×8, 8×10, 10×10, 9×12, 12×12, 11×14, 16×6, 12×16 and 20×8. Available in leather, it offers mounted photo, metal or acrylic options.
Clear Acrylic Album. Pic Pro Lab’s most requested album comes with a ¼-inch beveled-edge acrylic cover. Size options include 5×5, 6×6, 5×7.5, 8×8, 8×10, 10×10, 9×12, 12×12, 11×14, 16×6, 12×16 and 20×8.
Other albums include leather and linen covers, cameo covers, picture inlay covers with a 3-inch acrylic strip inlaid flush into the cover and a metal insert album cover. picprolab.com, WPPI Booth #1161
Located in Louisville, Kentucky, RedTree Album’s popular flush-mount album is crafted by hand with archival materials. This classic heirloom features thick, lay-flat pages printed on true photographic paper. Paper options include semimatte for a flat modern finish or luster for a traditional finish with a slight sheen.
Customers can choose a cover from the company’s collection of genuine Italian leathers, European linens or Japanese fabrics in rich colors and textures. Another cover choice is a photo cover with custom artwork printed on archival paper, laminated for protection and wrapped around the album.
Albums size options include 8×8, 10×10, 12×12, 8×10, 9×12 as well as 11×14 inches. Moreover, the album spreads are creased in the center for a seamless lay-flat design. Also, newlyweds can opt for any number of spreads between 10 and 40.
In addition, album covers may be personalized with custom debossing as well as a cameo cutout photo. redtreealbums.com, WPPI Booth #845