- FINE ART BOOK DESIGN -

 

 

PRINTING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS

There’s something special about holding a photograph in your hands. It connects you physically to a time, a place, and a feeling—an experience that an image on a screen simply can’t replicate. 

Of course, digital files are beautiful and certainly have their place. But a print or custom album are tangible heirlooms you’ll pass down for generations, providing a connection to your wedding day that you and your family will cherish for years to come.

 

CUSTOM-DESIGNED FINE ART ALBUMS

10x10" or 9x12" fine art albums - $1750

A fine art album is a gorgeous way to display a large number of photographs from your wedding day—a 10x10” or 9x12” custom-designed book features approximately 120 images over 45 spreads. The quality of the book itself is unparalleled, printed on thick archival matte paper and bound in your choice of leather, cloth, and embossing styles. Presented in a wooden box. 

 

PARENT ALBUMS (duplicate book order of the original design)

10x10" duplicate book with wooden box - $1100

8x8” or 6x8” duplicate book only - $800

 

 

BOOK COVER SWATCHES


DEBOSSING COLOR

A stamp (a design) into the surface of an object so that it is indented.

Font selection

You are welcome to send me your own font or wedding stationary to incorporate into the embossed design. 

 

THE PROCESS

Step 1 :

Decide if you would prefer the 10x10" Square book or the 9x12" Vertical Book and what you would like your cover to look like.  

 

Please let me know the following :

(please use the form below to make your selections) 

 

BOOK SIZE : 10x10" Square or 9x12" Vertical

COVER MATERIAL : Choose from the selection of leathers & book clothes in the swatches below.

EMBOSSING COLOR : gold / silver / black etc

FONT NAME : Pick from one of the fonts below or send me through the font file. 

TEXT ON COVER : you can be as creative as you like - names, date, logo, drawing, favorite quote.. (send me a PDF of any artwork you would like to incorporate) 

 


Step 2 :

You submit your favorite images using your proofing gallery (there is a love heart symbol to select favorites).  I design a draft and upload it online for you to review. 

 

Step 3 :  

Make design changes. We can go back & forth on the draft 3 times making changes. After 3 sets up changes there will be an additional fee of $100 per set. I've never had to charge this as everything always looks great after 1-2 changes. 

 

Step 4 :  

Approval -  once all approved, I send you through a final draft to sign off on and you sign off on it with a book release form. Once I get back this back, I order the album.

 

Step 5 :

Album takes about 4 weeks to make and will then be sent out to you.


Image Selection - Don’t overthink things when it comes to image selection. 

Your first instincts are probably right. The photographs you loved most the first time you saw your photos are a good place to start. If you are curious to know which are my favorites of the day - they appear in the highlights folder :)

Although it’s important to have an overall sense of narrative, when illustrating the story of your wedding day, don’t feel like you need to include every single event/moment/important person.

Group photographs are mostly for family history purposes.  You don’t need all of them in the book.  One nice photograph of the whole family–perhaps on each side is all you really need.  

We like to be able to show who came out and celebrated you two tying the knot.  Years later, you’ll want to know who was there.


How many images to choose?
Around 120 is ideal. You can, of course, submit more and I will try work them into the design, but always recommend about 120-130 images so the design does not end up too cluttered.


How do I submit the images? 
The best way to select the images is to log in on to your gallery of the proofing site at: http://galleries.sammblakeweddings.com - In your gallery you can pick your selection by adding each image to your favorites by using the "Favorite" button / love heart symbol icon. 

Once you have made the final selection, email me saying you are complete and I can login to see your list and start the design. 

I've submitted my favorites - what's next?
Once I receive your favorite selection, we will start designing your book! We will do a draft layout to what I think looks good and tells the story of the day. Once this has been completed, I will upload the layout online and send you information to log in and view.

Once you have received the login information to view your draft layout online, you will be able to make comments directly onto the website about any changes you would like made. This is the best time to be honest, if you don’t like the page at all, tell us so! Don’t worry we will not be offended if you don’t like it! :) You can come and go from this website as you please, your comments will be saved until you are ready to submit them. 

Once you submit your comments, we will then make all the necessary alterations. Re-upload your new layout and let you know so you can add your comments again. You get three opportunities to make changes. After that, each set of changes will cost $100.


Book Approval
Once the book design has been approved by you, I will send you a PDF proof to sign off on. Once that has been completed, I place the order for the book and it will take approximately 4-6 weeks (but can be up to 12 weeks in peak season) before it gets shipped back to me.

Once I receive the book, I will double check that it all looks amazing and send it out to you. From start to finish, the whole process should take around 8 weeks or less.

If you are having trouble picking out favorites or life is just too busy to sit down to do it, I can always select the images for the book design (you will have the option to make changes obviously) Just let me know if you prefer this option. 

 


Please submit your album cover selection choices : 

(email your font or logo / design in if you prefer)
be as creative as you like!
I have finished selecting my favorite images in the proofing gallery and ready to start the design :