Madera Books


Today we have a post from JOSEPH MATTHEW PHOTOGRAPHY.  Joe is a wedding photographer based in San Diego, CA. He believes in bringing style and real moments into everything he shoots and his approach is journalistic. His post features our  6×6 in the light tan linen. Enjoy!

Great photos deserved to be shown on a great product.  I could not be more thrilled to offer Madera books to everyone.

It is not the easiest journey to find an album company that you are proud to share.  I really believe they offer a quality product that is gorgeous and timeless.  No need to worry if your album will still be stylish in 20 years, because there is nothing gimmicky that you would regret.  A few of my favorite parts of the book..

• the gutter, it is nonexistent!

• the option to embed font on the cover, or a photo if you wish.

• the thick pages that don’t bend and make the photos pop off the page.

• the fact that they recognize how AWESOME they are!

There is no better way to share your photos with friends and family then a well-made album that will last a lifetime.  I wanted to share a few pictures of a 6×6 album with linen cover from a recent couple shoot.

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Thank you Joe for sharing your amazing photos with us!

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This week we are featuring a post by KRISTA BROWNING PHOTOGRAPHY.  Krista is a wedding photographer with a blend of photojournalistic style with classic portrait photography.  She  strives to capture emotion and personality in a fun and memorable way. Her post features our 10×10 top grain black leather book. Enjoy!

I have recently fallen in love!!!  Smitten really!  No, it’s not what you think……maybe it is:)  Venturing into wedding photography presented a problem for me.  Everyone wants digital images.  Ok, that is fine.  But, they really aren’t made for longevity.  I mean, how long did it take for 8 tracks or cassettes to be outdated?  The new imac’s no longer have cd slots.  Ok, hold up.  This blog is not about digital images!  Let me gather myself.  It is about my bride and groom falling in love with their images, images they can touch, look at (even if the power is out or ninjas highjacked their computers).  That is where Madera Books Wedding Albums comes in.  I wanted to offer a high quality album that would be the next best thing to being at the wedding, able to stand the test of time, and be beautiful, exquisite.

First off, the album comes in a leather box with a magnetic closure.

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You can have your album engraved on the front, spine or both.

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I chose to do this sample album with the standard top grain leather, but you can choose linen, premium calf or lamb leather as well.

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The pages are Kodak Endura photographic prints mounted on a thick substrate.  Look how thick the pages are!!

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The pages are cut, not folded.  So, you don’t have to worry about degradation in the crease of the pages.  And, as you can see

the gutter is almost non existent.  Which means you can easily do a full spread across the width of the album.

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Thank you so much Krista for sharing your images!


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This week’s featured post is by TAMARIE PHOTOGRAPHY. Tami is a photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio…but available for travel.  She loves traveling, music, and the great outdoors is her playground. She believes in QUALITY over quantity and wants you to have products you can cherish forever. Her post features our 10×10 book in top grain black leather. We hope you enjoy it!

I’ve been meaning for some time to blog about the amazing new albums I’ve been using for my wedding clients. After roaming around the zillion of booths at the WPPI expo this past March looking at all kinds of album options, I was feeling a little overwhelmed.  Then I had the opportunity to head up to Madera’s suite at the MGM to view some of their albums first hand in a less chaotic environment.  Michael Norwood, owner of Madera Books,  welcomed my friend and I in with warm greetings, a fridge full of yummy beer and soda, and all kinds of beautiful books sitting out before us. They also were super kind and quick to answer any questions we had. So with that, I was sold and was pumped to get started on a sample album to share with my clients.

I was beyond thrilled with the customer service I received throughout the whole process (always quick to answer any questions I had), and when I received my album, I was in love!  Why do I love it?

  • Handcrafted product made of European leather (you can upgrade to a premium leather or choose a faux leather if you want to save some pennies)
  • Your name & date can be imprinted on the cover or spine and you have the option of adding an embedded photo to the cover
  • Super thick pages cut pages that are UV coated and are seamlessly bound so there is no gutter and your pages will lie flat when you open the album
  • A gorgeous presentation box

The craftsmanship of these products are JUST what I was looking for to provide my client’s with such a gorgeous product that is going to stand the test of time that can be passed on amongst friends & family for generations. And knowing Madera will stand behind their work if their are any issues with the craftsmanship of the product, cemented the fact that I will be using them for a long time to come.

So without further ado, here’s some images of the first album I made with them. (If you would like to see more images of the wedding that’s featured in this album, be sure to check it out here).

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Thank you so much Tami for letting us share your work!

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Today we have a post featuring some shots from PAT FUREY PHOTO.  Pat lives in Philadelphia, but photographs most often in new york city.  He enjoys thoughtful photography, strong coffee, mexican food, design, minimalism, good shoes, dad jokes, and cycling.

The books pictured are our 10×10 in top grain brown and an 8×8 in light tan linen.















 Thank you so much Pat for sharing your wonderful images.

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Today we have a post from STEPHANIE DEE PHOTOGRAPHY. STEPHANIE is a wedding and lifestyle photographer serving Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland. She loves telling stories and Penn State football, the Lion, JoePa, and Creamery ice cream complete her life. Her post features a 12×12 book in the premium leather olive color.


When I was going through my internship with Sarah Barlow two years ago (two years ago!?), I distinctly remember her commenting on how one of the most exciting parts of wedding photography is finally receiving albums, and man, was she so right. Of course, it’s amazing to see that very first blog post or to deliver the hundreds of images that completely document the day to clients, but there is something about a wedding album—about being able to hold the entire story of your wedding day in your hands and see the day unfold page after page—that will never be replaced by blog posts or plus sites or slideshows set to music.

So, in knowing how important albums are to the amazing people I get to call my clients, I also know how important it is to work with a really amazing book maker, and I am SO thankful to have found exactly that in seriously wonderful company of Madera Books. I design the layout of each book myself, but I use Madera exclusively for all of my album making needs, and here’s why: every single book that Madera creates is made by hand, with the best materials around, in the fastest time possible and by the nicest people. Amazing quality, fantastic craftsmanship and a whole lot of love in each book? That sounds like a company I want to work with.

I could talk all day about how great I think Madera is, but I’d really rather just show you! So, here’s a peek at Emily and Mark’s 12×12 premium leather wedding book that I just recently received and am LOVING! I designed and ordered one for Emily and Mark and loved it too much so had to order a sample for myself. Can’t wait to show off this (huge) bad boy at future client meetings!

Even the box it arrives in is absolutely beautiful.

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And then you open it up!

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Em and Mark chose this awesome Olive premium leather which perfectly complimented their wedding colors.

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Twenty-four inches of print space? Yes please! Love 12 x 12 albums!

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All of the materials that Madera uses are archival quality, so you know that these books will last for generations.

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Look at that page thickness!

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Flush-mount page and a lay-flat gutter means that no part of your images gets lost in a spread. Amazing quality.

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Thank you so much for sharing Stephanie!

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