Madera Books


Today we’re featuring a post by SAMI RENEE PHOTOGRAPHY.  Sami is a lifestyle photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio, but loves to travel.  She also loves a good doodle, knock-knock jokes and indiana basketball.  Enjoy!

I absolutely LOVE photos. Growing up, I kept a box of pictures under my bed, made scrapbooks for big events, and even taped photos all over my wall. My photos were EVERYWHERE!

In fact, I still remember how torn I felt when I got my first digital camera. Yeah, it was fun being able to put my photos on Myspace (haha!), but I missed being able to see those physical copies all. the. time. And now, it’s even worse! I rarely even take personal photos with my cameras…those are all found on my iPhone! And I’m a PHOTOGRAPHER!

But what about those moments that are just too valuable to live on a tiny little screen online? I mean, just think about it! You spend months (and sometimes years!) planning your wedding day. And let’s be honest, it’s not cheap! Most likely, you’ve paid thousands of dollars by the end of it — and a lot of that goes towards gorgeous photographs of your day, as it should! But to then just let those photos live on your iPhone?! Ayyyy it makes me cringe just thinking about it!

Enter, Madera :)

I am so excited to be able to offer these albums to my 2015 couples!!! I spent quite some time this past summer researching different options, and I am incredibly pleased with my decision to go with Madera. Madera books make for a beautiful, timeless, and personal display of all your favorite photos from your day. Needless to say, I am obsessed!!!

To show you just how awesome these albums are, I am going to share the most recent one I’ve worked on — a beautiful leather bound story of Aileen & Ethan’s wedding day!! I had so much fun designing this album for them, and was thrilled to hand it over to Aileen this past weekend :) But, don’t just take my word for it…see for yourself!

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 12.47.52 PMYour Madera album will come in a gorgeous display box for safe keeping — or, if you’re like me, you’ll just let that beautiful embossed cover show itself off!

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 12.48.03 PMlove how sturdy these albums are. This is a keepsake you will be able to someday pass down to your children and grandchildren  — they are that well-made! I especially love the way Madera binds their albums — you can see how flat the images sit: the crease is barely noticeable!! Perfect for those full-spread pages :)

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Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 12.48.47 PMAnd, because I always loved looking at other photographer’s spreads, I wanted to share some of my favorite spreads I created for Aileen & Ethan!! I use AlbumStomp to design all of my pages, and it is a GAME CHANGER my friends! Not only is it super user-friendly and customizable, but AlbumStomp also allows me to easily share proofs with my brides and get immediate feedback! It’s a win-win in my book :)

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Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 12.53.28 PMAnd that’s a wrap! Do you have any questions about albums I didn’t answer in this post? I would LOVE to hear from you! Shoot me an email or leave a comment; I will get back to you as soon as I can :)

Love love love,



Thank you so much for sharing your book Sami!!

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