Madera Books


It’s Friday!! Hurray!!

First, just a little reminder that you have 3 DAYS LEFT FOR OUR HOLIDAY DEADLINE. This will get your albums shipped in time for the holidays. Check out our post with all the details.

Second we have a lovely post by JESSICA RICH PHOTOGRAPHY. Jessica is a wedding, birth and family photographer based in Connecticut and available for travel. She loves cake, bacon, beautiful paper, cake, sarcasm, eyelashes and cake. She’s featuring our 10×10 linen book in steel. Enjoy!

If you choose a collection that includes an album you’re likely wondering what your album will look like. After all, there are almost as many choices in album manufacturers as there are in photographers and as with the photographers there’s a vast variety of both quality and price.

Right now my album manufacturer of choice is Madera Books and I make no secret about it. You’re welcome to check out their website where you can also find swatches for the cover material options. You’ll see they offer three different books and the one included with Collection Four is the Linen Book. The images below are of my sample album, which spends a lot of its time traveling to meetings with me and is handled extensively at bridals shows. It holds up incredibly well in conditions you’re unlikely to ever expose it to.

Madera Books is a wonderful company to work with and they produce some of the finest albums available on the market. They’re modern and fresh with a sophisticated palette of available colors and leathers. Most importantly the books are truly works of art. The books lay flat, have neat, tidy corners and have never arrived to me looking anything but perfect. Your book arrives in a black case with a suede interior. The album in Collection Four is 10″ x 10″ and includes 40 pages. More can be added, please check with me for the current pricing as costs from Madera do fluctuate on occasion.  The cover and spine can be blind embossed (as shown below on the cover) for an additional charge. Also available is an image cutout on the front cover (additional, as well).

All of Madera’s albums are flush mount, meaning the images are printed directly on photographic paper, folded, glued back to back and cut into a block. Flush mount albums are the current standard as opposed to traditional matted albums where photographs are printed individually and placed behind cutouts in the pages, much like a mat inside a frame.

If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to reach out!


An example of the blind embossing available for both the cover and the spine.


The corners are always neat and tidy, a testament to the workmanship of the manufacturer.


Detail of the embossed cover.


Your book will have an image of your choice as well as your names and wedding date inside.


Flush mount books have full sheets of real photographic paper. They are *not* the lesser quality press style books that use printing techniques used by magazines.


A sign of an excellent quality book is that the pages naturally lay flat.


Images can spread across the fold (called the gutter).


Another image that illustrates the quality of the book. The spine is neat and tidy.



Images don’t really do these books justice. To feel the heft of it in your hands makes you understand how substantial the books really are. Imagine yourself in a chair with your children or your grandchildren on your lap, turning the pages and reliving the memories of your day. This is your family’s history right here in your hands. You can’t do that with files stuck on a USB drive.

Thank you Jessica for sharing your pictures!

You can find her here:







You Just Became Way Cooler...