For the past few months I have been designing a lot of albums and coffee table books for clients. Each time I get a book delivered I think to myself how much better the images look in print versus on my monitor, so much so I want to tell all my clients to make something with their images.
For my wedding clients GraphiStudio is my premier album/book vendor. I started using Graphi in 2006 and they have never failed to impress me or my clients. Their books are made in Italy which can prove challenging logistically but a few years ago I made the decision that their quality was worth the wait. Because of the turnaround times I hadn’t been able to offer their books to my family portrait clients but a few months ago they announced a new line of books better suited for my portrait clients.
A lot of prospective clients get wrapped up with getting a CD of all the images from our shoots. In my experience most of those CDs end up in a drawer. It’s my job to help you make something that you will treasure and want to look back at over and over. A book is an amazing way to present the share the photos.
Here are some examples to get you thinking.
A wedding album is an amazing gift for the bride and groom’s parents and Chuck and Sarah opted to have copies of their wedding album made for their parents. Chuck and Sarah’s album is leather with their names and wedding date debossed on the cover. With Graphi’s new books we had the freedom to add an image and text to the cover of the gift copies. They ordered both an 8×12 and a 6×8 copy of the book. To see the design spreads check out the following gallery: Chuck & Sarah’s Wedding Album
Early this year a client asked if I could make an album that included our photo shoots as well as all the photos and memories they made since Holden was born. It took a while to figure out a process but eventually I ended up with all 10,000 images from their iPhoto library; Yes ten thousand. Even though they had made “albums” in iPhoto the groupings and collections didn’t transfer so I had to sort through all of the images. Eventually I found a methodology and they liked the design of Holden’s book so much they asked me to make a several more albums using only their photos. The first of the three albums I have designed arrived yesterday and it’s amazing.
Holden’s book is 12×18 and ended up at 80 pages. They made 8×12 copies for Holden’s grandparents as well.
Whether it’s a coffee table book, framed or canvas print – just do something to get those photos off your computer. If you need help give me a call.
©Chuck Espinoza 310-571-5094