After spending many months researching the best handmade albums, I have chosen a wonderful vendor to create heirloom photo albums of your weddings and portrait sessions. Red Tree Albums is based in Kentucky, and they have all the photos printed at one of my favorite labs, ProDPI. The print quality is unsurpassed, and these are the best handmade albums is top-notch. Best of all, the cover choices are beautiful – luxurious leathers, sumptuous silks, lovely linens. (Trust me, I’ve seen some albums where the options were too reminiscent of 80s wallpaper to stand the test of time.)
After I design your album and upload the approved layout, ProDPI creates full spread prints, in this case, 12×24 inches. The lab ships the images to Red Tree, where they mount and trim the prints, bind the pages and create the covers. Enhancements include debossed names on the leather and suede covers and cameo cutouts (a favorite image in a window) on the fabric albums. The pages are seamless, so there is no gutter to interrupt the wow factor of your storybook. Check out Red Tree’s blog for other gorgeous examples of ways to customize your wedding story with cover choices, cameos and various fonts of debossing.
I created my sample album as a 12×12 book. This one has 24 spreads since I shot a poolside barbeque and the rehearsal dinner before the wedding. Options for parent albums include custom books in smaller sizes or their mini albums. At 6×6 inches, the well-priced minis are the perfect brag book for toting everywhere and sharing. Same fantastic quality in a smaller package.
Even though my wedding photography packages include the disc of hundreds of full-resolution images (which I encourage you to print and display), I truly believe everyone should invest in an album so you can appreciate your photos and share the story in a more personal way than on a monitor or smart phone. You’ll enjoy it now, and your children will love it later! If it is not in the budget during wedding planning, take a tip from my savvy brides and plan on my creating one as a wonderful first anniversary gift.
Ready for me to get started designing your album? Please view this short video, where you’ll learn how to use your online gallery to select and share favorites with me.
Contact Jen to discuss your wedding photography needs and check out these beautiful albums.