Our wedding season is starting to wind down. We have one more wedding left for 2009 and then we are done until April 2010. But that doesn’t mean we are taking a sabbatical! This is the time of the year that we work with our clients on their album designs, and plan and order our new studio samples for next year. So in the next few weeks, I’ll be updating the blog periodically with some of the products our clients have ordered, as well as some samples we have at the studio. If you are a current or prospective client and you’d like to stop in and see our new stuff, the best time would be after the holidays – we have several things on order right now that haven’t come in yet! We have some beautiful flush mount wedding albums that will be on the blog soon, but in the meantime, here’s a peak at another fun product. :)
This has been one our favorite (and most popular) products this year – our custom sign-in books. I’ve mentioned these before a few times on the blog. Kelly’s guestbook can be found here and here. We liked this one from Amanda & Dave’s Chicago engagement session so much that we decided to order a sample for our studio. We offer a few different styles in guestbooks – this particular book is a beautifully press printed coffee table style book. It’s a hardcover book with a laminated canvas cover. This book is 8.5 x 11 but we also offer these in 8 x 8 and 11 x 14.
I am really partial to the 8.5 x 11 size because it opens to an 8.5 x 22 spread, which leaves plenty of room for big images with enough white space left over for your guest’s signatures. It’s a very distinct size ratio and just looks modern to me.
See how this book goes on for miles? That’s what I mean. The pages are matte to make signing easy. (This book is also available in glossy pages too which would be great for engagement session album or boudoir book, etc.) The pages have a nice weight and feel. And the best part is that the book is bound with hinged pages, meaning it opens flat, like a flush mount style album. It allows you to see the whole page, and design a spread that crosses the gutter of the page. See the photo below to see what I mean about the hinge.
As you can see the gutter (i.e., the middle of the book where the page is split) is pretty small – and you can see here how the book opens completely flat so you can really view each image as it was meant to be – without it disappearing into the binding. I love this feature. :)
These books always end up being a huge hit at weddings. The guests tend to interact with them more than a regular sign-in book. It gets passed around and admired. People tend to draw little arrows and point out their favorite photos. :) It’s a great way to use your engagement images and share them with your friends and family.
If you are one of our clients and are interested in this product, you can use part of your album credit towards it, or purchase it as a stand-alone product. We need a minimum of 3 weeks lead time to put one of these babies together, but if you have a wedding during prime season (June-Sept) the more notice you can give us, the better! We also have some sign-in book options using silk and leather bound books and photographic prints – talk to us and we can explain all the options! You can even coordinate your guestbook to match your wedding album.