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Today we are sharing a post from KEREN SARAI PHOTOGRAPHY.  KEREN is a photographer located in the Chicago area. She was a vocal music major in college, has an unhealthy love for french fries and loves to travel.  We hope you enjoy her lovely post!

I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite some time now because I’m so excited to share with you the new albums I’m offering this year. I searched high and low and tried out many album companies this past year and have finally landed on a company that I feel provides the highest quality albums for my clients. This year I’m proud to be offering albums from Madera Books. These albums are the real deal guys, beautiful top grain leather and flawless finishes.

Before I go into all the details of the album itself, I want to take a moment to talk about why I believe everyone should buy a professional album. As I was doing my search to find the best album for my clients, I kept running into this word “heirloom”. For those of you who don’t know or don’t remember, the word heirloom means: “a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations”. Your wedding dress falls into this category…that’s why some people justify spending thousands of dollars on a dress they wear once! But, let’s be honest ladies…you and I know our daughters/granddaughters will probably never wear them! None-the-less, our wedding dresses are indeed heirloom items. A more important heirloom item, in my opinion is your wedding album!

My family in general doesn’t have many heirloom items, and guess what….my parents are actually divorced now but I would give anything to have had a beautiful book filled with images from their wedding day because it represents a precious moment in life….one that is only a faint memory to them but one that is important to the history of our family. So, I just urge you to really think about it….maybe it means you take $500 from your wedding dress budget and add it to your album budget…I promise you won’t regret it.

Okay, so now onto the actual book!!

All albums come in this gorgeous leather protective box that has a magnetic flap. The album pictured below is our 12×12 album but just recently I added the option to order a 10×10 album instead and have included it in two of our wedding packages.

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Super THICK pages for extra durability! It’s kid tested …too. Okay maybe I don’t recommend you letting your kids play with the albums but if they happen to find it there’s no need to worry that they will rip the pages! I will also add, all of the pages have UV-coating protection to prevent sun damage.

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After you get your online gallery of edited images, I generally have you pick about 80 of your favorite images from the day. I will then do an initial design and send you a link for you to review and add comments for revision. We’ll go back and forth a few times until we get it just right!

The book lays completely flat, meaning no funky creases in your pages!

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You can also customize your album by choosing a picture for the front or you can opt out of that as well. Each book also comes with imprinting of your names! How beautiful does that look!

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So, I know you’ve already taken the time to invest in a quality photographer…will you take the time to consider an heirloom album for your family?

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Thank you so much Keren for sharing your post with us!

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