Although I do offer two ‘Coverage Only’ packages for clients who want my style of photography, but would prefer to save money by not having an album (or by perhaps making their own), the vast majority of my clients recognize the importance of having their photographs displayed in a professionally designed and constructed album and choose one of the album packages I offer.
After a lot of research I decided to use an Australian company who could offer me a wide range of designs, a fantastic level of flexibility and completely custom-designed layout and cover options. Perhaps most importantly they were also very modern in their outlook and produce lovely contemporary products.
I know that it may be tricky to understand the differences between the two types of album I offer (Matted and Storybook) without seeing them in real-life and I also want to try and make sure that my customers realise that other photographers sometimes use the same name for some of their products that are quite different to mine – I hope this blog post will help clarify a few things!
What are Matted albums and Storybook Albums?
These two albums are actually both almost the same underneath!
I use the term Storybook to explain the construction of one of the types of albums I use. My Storybook albums consist of an album with blank card pages onto which is mounted a page-sized sheet of standard photographic paper with any number of images printed onto it. The surface is completely smooth and flush with the surface of the album page. I tend to keep the pages white and use a fine black border around each separate image on each page. Because the images are printed onto photographic paper, I have full control overt the image quality and the pages have a very long lifespan, just like any standard photograph. These albums should not be confused with ‘magazine’ style albums – these are products printed onto thin paper using a method similar to the way a magazine is printed. You should also note that my Storybook albums won’t have background images (unless you specifically request them).
The term ‘Storybook Album’ is simply a name I have given to the albums I use that give the appearance of having the images printed directly onto the page and has nothing to do with ‘telling the story of the day’ – all of my albums do that!
The other type of album I use is called a Matted album. A Matt (sometimes called an Overlay) is simply a piece of thick card that is placed on top of the whole of each page and has bevel-cut apertures to reveal each photograph underneath it. Underneath the matt / overlay the page looks exactly the same as the Storybook albums. The layouts are the same, the design process is the same and the printing of the images is also the same. The matts that I use as standard for the Bespoke albums are thick black card with a white core and the matts for the Studio albums are slightly thinner and don’t have the white core. White matts are available for both the Bespoke and Studio Matted albums too.
In short, my Storybook albums are perhaps the most contemporary style of album I use. They are modern, minimalist and clean-looking. The matted albums are the more classic choice – they offer the more traditional style of presentation but are designed in a very modern way with multiple images on each page. I don’t mind which you choose!
Click here to view a gallery of images of the types of albums I use. (opens in new window)
Details about the Studio Matted Albums