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This week’s post is by COURTNEY SARGENT PHOTOGRAPHY.  Courtney is photographer based in Phoenix, AZ. She likes to think of herself as a free spirited explorer and loves to travel.  In her post she explains the importance of the leather album and features two of our books: 8×8 brown premium leather and an 10×10 in brown top grain leather. Enjoy!

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A few weeks ago I shared with my readers why I always give my clients their high resolution images.  I also explaied that this does not mean I do not value the printed photograph, on the contrary, I am a big believer in printing your photos so you can actually hold the precious images in your hands.  There is nothing like flipping through a stack of old photos or hanging canvases on your walls to bring back the emotions of a special time in your life.  There is also nothing that can compare to seeing the story of your wedding day in a handcrafted archival album. If you don’t have an album of your wedding day, what do you do with your wedding photos?  Surely keeping them in a folder on your computer or posting them on facebook doesn’t do them justice!  You should be able to cuddle up on the couch with your partner and flip through a handcrafted album, reliving the emotions of your wedding day one page at a time.  Seriously, after all that hard work planning your wedding, you deserve this.


Why are albums so expensive?

These are not your parents’ wedding albums.  These are professional, custom-designed albums curated with the best storytelling images of your day and crafted in the most meaningful way possible. This is a quality product worth the wait it takes for the skilled artisans to piece it together by hand. No joke, each piece of luxurious leather for every cover is cut by hand by an individual.  Each page with archival photographic prints is bound by hand. The photos will not fade over time and the pages will not wear down with every flip. The leather covers are of the finest quality and the pages lay flat for the best viewing experience. The pages are thick and sturdy and the whole album weighs at least 5 pounds. That’s a big hunk of great memories!  They are delivered in a custom black leather box perfectly sized for your album.


Is this the album that’s included in your “Album Collection”?

Yes! A 50-page, custom designed, 8×8 leather album is included in my “Album Collection”.  Optional add-ons are available such as imprinting on the cover, imprinting on the spine, an inset photo on the cover, size upgrades and additional pages.


What if I didn’t get the “Album Collection” when I booked you, can I still order an album?

Absolutely!  You can order an album at any time.  I keep your photos forever; so, any of my past clients or even clients who haven’t had their wedding yet, can order an album.  Shoot me an email and I’ll send you an album order form.


Do you offer any other cover options besides leather?

Yes! I offer linen and photo covers as well. Keep your eyes peeled for those blog posts!

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The beautiful leather covers come in many shades including navy blue, grey, red, yellow, black, wheat and various shades of brown.

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The black leather case with magnetic closing cover.

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The perfectly sized case for each album.

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Photographic prints mounted on thick lay flat pages.

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The 8×8 album vs. the 10×10 album.

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Logo foil stamp in the back of the album.

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The beauty of photographic prints mounted onto thick pages and precisely cut.

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Imprinting on cover.

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Here are a few of my favorite things!  Part of my camera collection, my lovely Eames LCW chairs, and one of my vibrant vintage maps.

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Thank you so much Courtney for letting us share your lovely images!

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