It has come time to order another sample album! I am actually incredibly thankful for this opportunity because my first sample album is not my proudest work. I was SO excited to order an album that I made one from the first wedding I ever shot! Now, the images aren't terrible and Cypress makes a beautiful album, but I find myself apologizing for the outdated images every time I show the album to a client - NO, Rebekah! I should not ever be apologizing for my work! I know this... ugh... I just can't seem to shake it.
Anyway, a client has expressed interest in a leather album, and since Cypress only makes fabric albums, I decided to explore Leather Craftsmen. I think I assumed they were way too expensive and didn't even explore the option when I started looking into album companies last year, but I am so glad I finally looked into it because it's definitely more affordable than I originally thought!
The timing is also great because some photographers that I look up to have been posting about album design and album spreads and I learned so much from them! I don't have a background in design so I have to learn from other people as I go along. I am so thankful for Katelyn James who recently posted a blog all about her approach to album design. I read it like a textbook! It's photographers like her and Abby Grace who are willing to show what they've created to help people like me learn and grow - I am so grateful!
I decided to use Lauren & Matt's wedding because it's my most recent wedding and I absolutely loved every part of their day! And, it's also ironic timing because they are in town from Seattle for Christmas and they are coming over in a few hours for a double date with me and my husband - just like old times!
I feel a bit vulnerable showing you something like this, but I'm also really excited about what I've been learning and putting those skills to use. These are just selections from the album, but I will definitely post pictures when I receive the sample album in person in a few months!
I am so thankful for my second shooter, Rachael Foote, for this awesome pano! I can't wait to see what this two-page spread is going to look like!
One of the most beneficial things I learned from reading Katelyn's blog is to create spreads that were shot in one location to create a unified look - I don't think that thought would have ever crossed my mind, but it totally makes sense! I think I otherwise would've jumbled all of these portraits together - ew! So thankful for the new tip!