FAQ : Wedding Albums

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ast week I was incredibly stoked because three new Leather Craftsmen albums arrived via a courier. I was so excited when I opened the door, I almost mobbed him, a la a Justin Timberlake episode from my not-so-distant past. Thankfully, my excitement was contained as I flipped through the album pages. It's always exciting seeing an album in my hands because it's like the cherry on top of the proverbial wedding cake. That is, of course, if wedding cakes had cherries.

I commission the ever lovely and talented Amy of Albumesque to design all my albums and we've worked hard in defining what I expect and desire from an album. I love clean, modern, and fresh from clutter, collages, selective coloring, colored backgrounds, and layered imagery. I'm not saying all album design should take the same approach, but I think albums are intended to last the test of time and simplicity always trumps trends. Always.

Here are a few pictures of the albums, as well as a few sample layouts...

You'll find this stamp of approval on every album that leaves my studio...

Here are a few pictures and layouts from Blake and Brittany's black leather, 8x10 wedding album...

Here are a few pictures and layouts of Carissa and Brian's brown leather, 11x14 album...

This is the last page and the back cover...

Here are few pictures and layouts of Kasey and Nick's black leather, 12x12 wedding album...

Happy Tuesday!
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Matthew - love the design, clean vibrant and punchy, i need to do a set of my sample wedding albums and post them like this.  04.10.11 - 6:27pm
Nikki at PlasticPrinters - Super creative layouts for a photo album! Love the pictures and very fun idea!!!  05.01.09 - 11:53am
Denver Wedding Photographer - Jasmine, I know I don't have to tell you but the albums are great. I love the design, the elegance, the simplicity, as well as your images filling it. How long have you been working so closely with your designer? I like the idea of passing it on so that you have more time to do what you love, Shooting! if you ever have the time. :)  02.24.09 - 3:07pm
Kyle Burnell - Beautiful albums. I love simple layouts with gorgeous images :)  02.02.09 - 12:55pm
Onsite Minnesota, Minneapolis - It's great to get a peak at your albums. They look great!  02.01.09 - 9:20pm
Ned Jackson - Jasmine - fantastic stuff! thanks for sharing - is that custom endpaper that you send to LC? It looks great - and super classy!  02.01.09 - 4:53am
Lised Marquez - I do love your work, I was accidentally droped here but I am glad it happens. I am a young venezuelan photographer and I wish I could rich your level someday soon. This is a great work!   01.31.09 - 9:31am
CReid - Beautiful albums...I especially like the brand stamp! Regards, Carl  01.31.09 - 2:51am
diandra's mom - the albums are beautiful and i completely agree with your philosophy of simple and clean trumping trends. that makes the pictures shine!!  01.30.09 - 7:08pm
Fallon - Hi Jas, The albums are stunning! But I have to ask, what happened with Justin Timberlake? Please do tell!  01.30.09 - 2:21am
Korey - I LOVE my album and have gotten so many compliments on the quality of the delicious leather, the page layouts, the simplicity and elegance of the album. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Even the box was scrumptious.  01.29.09 - 2:14pm
Mary Marantz - stunning!! I am totally with you on simple, clean designs!  01.29.09 - 10:42am
Debs - Beautiful albums start with beautiful pictures. xo.  01.29.09 - 9:51am
Lisa Love in Madison, Alabama!! - I love the design of your wedding albums and am of the same mindset of simplicity always trumps trends! Also, I can say that with 110% authority because we have a Leather Craftsman wedding album from our wedding in March/1993 that we just love. Every anniversary we get our album out, sip some champagne & go through our album while watching our tape (yes tape!) of the wedding!! =)  01.29.09 - 9:38am
Daniele Florio - Hi Jasmine, your shots are so wonderful !!! :) Yesterday I was to the Valkyrie Photocall and I've seen TOM CRUISE for the first time in real :))  01.29.09 - 4:04am
Pascal - Very Nice! I myself am using GraphiStudio for my albums but those also look awesome!  01.29.09 - 12:49am
Jen May - They look wonderful!  01.28.09 - 9:48pm
Jo LeFlufy - It forever amazes me that you're still so new and yet so supremely talented. Every time I look at your pictures, I just want to pick up my camera and start chasing down Bride's and Groom's so I can continue on my journey filled with passion and photography education. Thanks so much for, well, just being you!  01.28.09 - 7:22pm
Melissa - These are wonderful! Love.  01.28.09 - 6:08pm
Mark Hayes - I love that super clean look and style and it suits your photo style so well. Simply timeless.   01.28.09 - 4:41pm
Betz - Beautiful albums and they are a far cry from what the local photographers offer. Simplicity is definitely stunning.   01.28.09 - 3:04pm
brenda - oh wow, these are beautiful! cherries should be on wedding cakes! especially maraschino cherries!!! tasty!  01.28.09 - 2:05pm
Krysta - I love your stamp of approval. Very classy!  01.28.09 - 1:43pm
Elizabeth - I am an album designer in St. Louis and I must agree that the simplicity of these albums is the key. The photography is so beautiful in and of itself that there is no reason to add a complex design. If Amy ever decides to pursue another aspect of her career (*wink wink*), I would be so honored to design your wedding albums. I “ooh” and “ah” over your images all the time anyway that working with them would make oh so happy. (Anyone else interested in album designs should contact me, too. I don’t think I could ever get sick of looking at wedding pictures, especially from sunny California!)  01.28.09 - 10:37am
Jackie L. - Love the clean layouts! I agree, simple is better!! Great albums, thanks for sharing :)  01.28.09 - 9:32am
adam @ shutterspeedster - Great looking album. I may check these guys out.  01.28.09 - 9:09am
Amy - Albumesque - It's so awesome to see pictures of the physical albums:) Girlll, I love working with you and I truly feel blessed to be a part of your team:) xoxo  01.28.09 - 8:55am
Clemens - UAU!!These are BEAUTIFUL!!!  01.28.09 - 8:51am
Kevin - Do you have a quote section...or quotes you keep for yourself? If so you should put something you said in this post in there..."simplicity always trumps trends". Such a great way of putting it.   01.28.09 - 8:05am
michelle cunningham - awww jaz! these are yummmm!  01.28.09 - 7:48am
rachel - Those are beautiful. Do your clients pick the images or do you?  01.28.09 - 7:02am
Candace Prokopets - Jasmine, these are gorgeous. I love your simple and timeless style. Thanks so much for sharing these!  01.28.09 - 6:56am
Jasmine* - A few readers asked about the imprinting of the album, so I want to clarify...Leather Craftsmen gives you the option of paying a one-time fee for them to create a imprint of your logo and they'll stamp all your albums free of charge once the imprint (I think they call it a "die") on file. Hope this helps! :)   01.28.09 - 6:34am
Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs - Thanks so much for this info J*. These books are gorgeous. I am off to contact them!  01.28.09 - 6:25am
cristy - Jasmine Star! You make me want to get married all over again. It makes me sad that I do not have an album of your photos to look back on. If one could go back in time...  01.27.09 - 8:50pm
lia supatra - Jasmine, amazing albums as always!! and thank you so much for sharing/your openness to us. I really appreciate that about you! - it helps new photographers like me who have no ideas about this :)  01.27.09 - 8:48pm
Crystal - Yea for AMY!  01.27.09 - 8:36pm
cassandra m - True raw ELEGANCE...these are gorgeous. Simplicity here equals perfection. nice job girl!  01.27.09 - 8:32pm
Fotografi - Wow really nice albums. You are a great photographer. Thanks for the inspiration.  01.27.09 - 8:26pm
Rachel Darley - Simple like a pimple always works, I say! Gorgeous albums!!   01.27.09 - 8:02pm
Jennifer Corridan Photo - OOOOh! I absolutely love your Artwork. ..Just gorgeous... your pictures looks so natural and yet still they are totally (technically) perfect images. Fabulous!  01.27.09 - 7:56pm
Tara - thank you for sharing jasmine! love the spreads and the simple elegance of the layouts.  01.27.09 - 7:25pm
Mary Dunlap - Jasmine, I've been blog "stalking" you for a quite some time I love your work, your style and way of life. I have found a passion for photography that I didn't know I had and can't wait to explore it and achieve the level of success that you have....knowing your story, it's so motivating!   01.27.09 - 6:53pm
Velia - These are beautiful!!! I'm loving your logo, it all fits so PERFECT!  01.27.09 - 6:52pm
Jenny Sun - these are so delicious Jasmine! :D love how your logo is embossed in. So classy indeed :) Even I want one haha :)  01.27.09 - 6:30pm
Jessica Lynn - such beautiful albums! your clients must be thrilled!  01.27.09 - 6:26pm
Julie Ann - those are some beautiful pieces of art! i bet your clients will LOVE them.  01.27.09 - 6:22pm
Kate - Oops ... I forgot to add this link to my comment below. I'm currently exploring my album options and found it very helpful.   01.27.09 - 6:17pm
Cathy Crawley - They are all so lovely! Your logo looks very nice embossed on these ;)  01.27.09 - 6:12pm
Nelly - So romantic!  01.27.09 - 6:07pm
Tony - What a beautiful album. The photos are stylish and sophisticated, very nice. Keep up the great work.  01.27.09 - 5:55pm
Kate - I feel so bad for people who got married before these awesome albums were around!!! I know your clients must be thrilled : )  01.27.09 - 5:53pm
Laura Ivanova - So classic, timeless and beautiful. Love your layouts and love LC!  01.27.09 - 5:38pm
duane cochran - those albums look nice. i'm a finao man myself. very clean design.   01.27.09 - 5:34pm
Kristin Mizo - So informative. I also love simple, clean, modern layouts. saw JT??? OMG!!! I would mob him too ;-)  01.27.09 - 5:10pm
Stacy Reeves - I would love to see a full album layout from you. I have been considering simplifying my album designs like this, but it would mean cutting the number of images I include at least in half, if not more, which I feel like my clients would hate. These layouts are pretty but I can't imagine how you fully tell the story in a reasonable amount of pages. Anyway, beautiful albums, great work!  01.27.09 - 5:09pm
Stacy Cross - hot hot hot!!!! love my lc!!  01.27.09 - 4:47pm
Tammy Chavies - These are wonderful! I just attempted my first albums today. I worked on a baby and a wedding album. I hope to someday be as talented as you. You are the definition of FABULOUS!  01.27.09 - 4:17pm
mary - good to know Jasmine, thanks!  01.27.09 - 4:02pm
Jessica Smith - these are beautiful!! i should have a new sample Leather Craftsmen album coming in this next week! can't wait! :0)   01.27.09 - 3:55pm
Shaina - So do you let the client choose the photos? And where did you get that stamp? It looks like it's letterpress.   01.27.09 - 3:52pm
Jessica - Did you hear my thoughts today? I was just speaking to my husband about albums, and I was so lost. As a beginner, I have no clue who to even look to for album designs. You just made my day... THANKS!!!!!! You are now EVEN more awesome, if that is even possible.  01.27.09 - 3:51pm
Kate - The albums look beautiful!! I want one. too bad I'm not getting married :]  01.27.09 - 3:42pm
Tira J - Thanks for sharing these Jasmine. I am going to attend LC's NCO training in February. Can't wait. Love the pages of Brittany and Blake's album. Hugs to you.  01.27.09 - 3:33pm
SJ Styles - AWESOME albums!!!  01.27.09 - 3:20pm
Jasmine* - @Mary: I actually opt for the gutter as it preserves the sanctity and life of the album, but you can opt for a gutterless album for sure! :) @Feuza: It depends on the size of the album, but normally for a 15 page album, a client chooses 55 images. They're, of course, always welcome to add pages should they want more images! :) @Jeramy: I know Laura and, yes, she is amazing! :) @Miranda: Yay! I love you!! I hope you and your mom have a blast choosing the images! :) I KNOW your album is going to be fabbbbbulous! :)  01.27.09 - 3:18pm
Juliann - Again, if I ever get married...I wish my wedding and the photos were just like Carissa and Brian's.   01.27.09 - 3:12pm
Seini - Lovin it! They are beautiful and indeed priceless for any couple. I finally started my blog and am building my portfolio as we speak. Thank you for all your advice and support. Can't wait to see you next month! Take Care!  01.27.09 - 3:06pm
sepa - simply gorgeous!  01.27.09 - 2:58pm
Kim Kalyn - Those albums are freaking FANTASTIC !! Amy's style definitely complements your own and you two are a killer duo! Thanks again for another awesome FAQ post :)  01.27.09 - 2:56pm
mary - loooove the logo stamping.... but I am not so crazy about the LC albums themselves, the gutter is a bit distracting. your images and spreads are gorgeous and the break down the middle just ruins it. if they would change that about their albums, I would switch companies in a heartbeat.  01.27.09 - 2:38pm
Lydia - These are so beautiful! One of my clients just has to get an album this year!  01.27.09 - 2:36pm
Feuza - FREAKYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY right this second I emailed you asking about albums, and other stuff, so weird, but question on this first album, how many pictures does the couple actually choose for their package?  01.27.09 - 2:35pm
serena - your albums are gorgeous!  01.27.09 - 2:29pm
.thThiago Mamede - Clean and amazing!  01.27.09 - 2:29pm
nena - I love seeing your albums! They are so pretty and make your photos look even better! Great job! =-)  01.27.09 - 2:28pm
jeramy - beautiful! really nice. you should also check into FMN Designs. Laura is fantastic!  01.27.09 - 2:08pm
Joan Solitario - I LOVE THIS POST! Thanks for always sharing Jasmine! Love the album layouts!   01.27.09 - 2:03pm
The Last Forty Percent Photography - Beautiful album layouts. Very modern.  01.27.09 - 2:00pm
Miranda Wasmundt - Thank you for posting this!!! I am sitting down with my Mom this week and picking our pics! Seeing these help me SO much!! :)   01.27.09 - 1:54pm
Linda Truong - Indeed it is a HAPPY TUESDAY! ^_^ Thanks for sharing.... Love em!!   01.27.09 - 1:53pm
Adrienne Gunde - Love your modern design and clean spreads. Absolutely beautiful!  01.27.09 - 1:47pm