When I was little (6 or 7 maybe?), we were living in Lilburn and I think my parents were still together at the time. Apparently I had developed a habit of locking my bedroom door, so my clever parents swapped my doorknob putting the lock on the outside. Great idea, guys! My best friend, Kelly, was over, and we were playing in my room when my little brother Adam decided to lock the door. FROM THE OUTSIDE! We were trapped! I think it was one of those turning thumb type locks, not a pop button lock, so if I had had a mini screwdriver, we would have been fine. BUT I WAS 6! And sadly my parents hadn’t bought me my first toolbox yet. I don’t remember how long we were in there, but it seemed like forever. We screamed and stomped on the floor to get someone’s attention to let us out. Of course, we’d been perfectly content to sit and play in there up until the point that we were trapped. Someone eventually freed us, but that part didn’t make quite the same impression as being locked in by my little brother.
This is a prime example of why I now have a separate album contract that spells out all of the details of an album design. I love this album. The fabulous Beth (of associate photographer fame) designed it for me, and we were both just happy as clams with the outcome. Based on my notes from the album meeting with the Bat Mitzvah and her mom, I expected them to be equally elated.
Tragically, this was not at all what the mom wanted. This was an album that had taken a few years to get off the ground due to the family’s busy travel schedule. I had reposted their images several times (before getting my fabulous new image host that doesn’t have a time limit), and we eventually decided it would be best to get together in person and go through the pictures on my computer to make the album selections. While my notes are chocked full of love for Chrisse & Matt’s album, she felt this style of design was too busy and not focused enough on her daughter. I was very confused. We had created everything my notes said she wanted. But after another meeting where we planned the entire layout together, it was clear that she wanted more of a traditional matted album.
So lesson learned. We now have a fantastic album contract that goes into finite detail about exactly the kind of album you want. That helps us get the album finished and in your hands quicker. It also keeps me from paying a designer for the wrong kind of design and then having to pay for a second design to get it right. That helps keep albums affordable for you.
If anyone is wondering how we go about creating wedding albums, here is the follow up to the changes from the original design. Every album is unique and we aim to make each one perfect on the first try. Of course, we aren’t psychic, so before we send your album to print, you get to take a look and make changes.
Here are the changes. Please let me know if you have any other changes. I don’t have a picture of Paw Paw and Grandma Tommie in my pulled photos, so if you can remember one you like or see one on a cut page, that would be helpful. Thanks! And so you can compare, here’s the original design.
For those interested in our album creation process. Here is an example of an album we designed. This is round one. After we receive change requests, we create round two which will be revealed in a few days, so come on back for that one!
YAY! It’s your album. Great timing, I know, what with all the baby stuff going on. I can’t wait to meet Mincey. She’s the cutest! You guys have so many important people, we were having trouble getting everyone included. Your wedding comes with a 20-page album, and we were trying to cram everything into those 20 pages. Eventually we just had to start designing and see where we got. We ended up with 36 pages. There are a couple of things we can do about that. If you want all of these pages, I can send you the information about the cost of additional pages. Or you can let me know which pages/pictures to cut. And obviously the logo watermark on each page won’t be there in the final design.
If you want to cut pages or make changes, just write in the comment section under each page.
For any of you planning a full weekend of events, might I make a suggestion. Hire a professional photographer to capture those memories as well. This can apply beyond weddings. Any time you’re planning a big gathering of your nearest and dearest, a photographer should be in the mix. Here are a few pictures from my brother’s wedding weekend. We photographed the rehearsal dinner Friday and the casual brunch on Sunday as well as the Saturday wedding. These are casual pictures they wouldn’t have except that they hired pro photographers to come along and capture the fun.
2 parts Olive Oil
1 part Balsamic Vinegar
about 1/2 teaspoon of honey
a sprinkle of salt
One of those corning ware cooking pans with a lid
Mix everything but the sprouts together. I usually mix it in the corning ware.
Chop the bottoms off the sprouts and cut them in half or quarters depending on the size. Smaller is better flavor-wise. Be sure to save the outer little leaves because those are tasty, but the big tough leaves are chewy and bitter.
Put the sprouts in the mix of flavor-splosion and mix it all around. Bake it at 350 F for about an hour. You can take the lid off at some point and crisp it up. That’s how Nathan likes it. You might want to mix it around during the cooking process, just to make sure the flavor gets fully coated.
Jim & Joan had a fabulous time at their wedding. We got right on the album design and then life happened. They knew they wanted to make some changes, but they were just to busy to figure out what needed to happen. So we set things aside for a bit to let everything settle down and when it was time to get back on it, we hit the ground running. One nice thing about taking a breather was that they were able to remove a few ex-boyfriends from the group shots. Not that that’s a reason to hold off on your album design, but it has been a concern with several couples over the years.