For quite some time now I have wanted to introduce a more affordable matted album to the line-up of packages I offer to my clients as, over the last couple of years, I have noticed a definite swing towards the slightly more classic look that matted albums can provide. Well, I finally found a break between shooting and editing weddings and have managed to put one together to be included in my new price list.
Firstly, for those who don’t know, I use the term ‘matted’ to describe the way the photographs are presented within the album itself. The photographs are displayed behind a piece of thick card (called a matt or overlay) which in turn has an aperture cut into it to effectively frame the pictures. Each photograph has its own aperture and there can be several of these per page. You can read little bit more about this here.
The other matted albums I have always offered, the Bespoke Matted albums, are very beautifully constructed and offer a huge range of customising options, but sadly have been out of the price range for some clients. This is where the new Studio Matted albums fit in. They are made by the same Australian company that produce all of my albums, Jorgensen, and are constructed to their usual exacting high standards but they differ in just a couple of small details.
The differences between the Studio Matted albums and the Bespoke Matted albums are that the Studio albums are always square and have either a black or a white cover. The cover and overall size of the album is 12″x12″ and the largest size photograph that will be inside is a generous 10″x10″. The albums come in different capacities of 30 and 40 pages, holding 50 and 70 photographs respectively, and can be upgraded by adding 10 pages at a time up to a maximum of 60 pages in total.
The sample album I have produced here has a black cover with black pages but, to make it a little more interesting, I have used white matts (the card overlays that sit on top of the photographs). The album can also come with black matts.
As with all of the albums I use they are designed specifically for you and will fit your choices of photographs perfectly. You will be asked, some time after the wedding, to choose the pictures you want included in the album. I then take that information to produce a layout, based on your image choices, and show it to you online. You can then make changes if you need to. This design process ensures that the album is only produced when you are completely satisfied with the way it looks.