The advances in digital printing has made the designing of your album a lot easier. Or, a potential minefield with the numerous companies out there offering you the chance print your own.
The Wedding Picture has researched many of these ‘print your own album’ companies and can give you some recommendations on which ones to use. Should you wish to go this route, I am are here to collaborate with you throughout, helping you in the design, layout and choice of pictures ~ ensuring they are all optimised for the printer of your choosing.
Handmade Bespoke Leather Albums Unique to The Wedding Picture, these beautiful albums are individually hand-crafted from a single piece of top grain hide. Available in 9 colours, they can be debossed to add that extra personal touch and custom made to any size. As a rough guide, an A3 album with 20 pages of individually hand printed archival Giclée prints on a fine art paper will cost in the region of ZAR15,000.00 – £850.00
To compliment these beautiful albums, I also offer a slip case made in archival buckram available in black or grey with a leather strap closure. Along with mini books ~ a condensed version of your main wedding album ~ these make perfect gifts and take up to a maximum of 10″x8″ size prints.
NEW: A beautiful leather iPad folio available in the same leather and colour range as the handmade albums and very chic. Depending on which size iPad you have determines the cost. As an example, one for an iPad mini costs ZAR2500.00 – £135 and for a 12.9″ iPad Pro ZAR4000.00 – £240.00. Slip cases are also available.
The pages in my bespoke albums are individually hand printed on heavy weight fine art ‘acid free’ museum quality archival papers. Available in matt, satin or gloss finishes. For those of you with a love of more traditional photographic fibre based prints, after some extensive testing, I am now able to offer that darkroom look on some very special coated papers. These really are stunning and just spectacular to look at and hold. With luscious deep rich blacks and sparkly clean high lights. They look great in colour too!
A word of warning from an expert regarding inkjet prints:
Beware of anyone offering you an inkjet album at what appears to be a bargain price, without first checking exactly what inkset and paper combinations they are using. You could find yourself trying to look at some rather blank pages and faded memories in only a short time. I ONLY use the finest materials available for my printing. Outputting through calibrated RIP software, with bespoke custom profiles for each specific Fine Art paper. Current scientific opinion is, that on the specific papers I use, my Giclée prints will last at least 100 years in good environmental conditions.