This is the ninth in a series of articles all about how we prepare for your wedding photography. To read more of this series, please go to the index on Preparing for Your Wedding Photography.
It’s sad when people don’t make the most of their photos. In 20 years, who wants to go through an old shoebox of photos, or worse still a digital archive of thousands of photos saved to a myriad of CDs, DVDs and memory sticks? When you’ve gone to the trouble of getting a decent photographer, you should do the same for your photos, right?
There’s a huge number of companies out there that can create photo books. I’m conscious that I don’t want to sound like an advertorial here, because it’s not, but we use Graphistudio exclusively for all of our photo books. That’s not to say there aren’t other options out there. All I know is, every book we have ordered from them has been spot on in colour and contrast rendition and the print quality has a certain depth to it that I really like and suits our style of photography.
We design the layouts, individually tailored to each couple and then send them off to Graphistudio for printing and binding by hand in Italy.
We have personally visited the factory where the magic happens, taken a few photos of the process and you will be able to see more about that on another future blog post.
The quality is stunning and the lifetime guarantee on the binding means you never have to worry about them falling apart.
What’s more, on the one occasion where we did spot something, it was a tiny chip off the varnish on the edge of a book cover. So tiny, in fact, that the bride didn’t even notice it. It was Dasha’s eye that caught it in the light and we won’t accept anything less than perfect. Graphistudio were able to arrange a pick-up, re-binding and re-delivery all within 2 weeks.
There’s a whole heap of customisation options, from cover to spine, paper type to thickness, even the colour of the linings or ribbons.
To make things easier, we initially recommend a small selection of the many options available, but if you want to go full on customised, you can do that too.
As well as your own book, you can add smaller copies of your book for parents or other family members, right down to mini books for all the guests, which go great as a little thank you!
When we discuss the design and layouts together with you, depending on which book type you go for, you might want to opt for something focusing more on the events of the day, as well as the family and friends that formed part of it (what we would call the story book). Or you might prefer a lush bound portfolio of only the very best shots of the two of you, creating a very intimate and personal memento of your wedding.
No matter what customisation and style you opt for, you will end up with a beautiful memory of your day.