Step by Step Guide to Album Ordering

When you are ready to start working on your prepaid album or place a new order, please begin by creating an account in your online gallery if you haven’t already done so. There is a $500 deposit for new album orders, which will be applied to the final invoice.

From start to finish, it can take from 2-3 months for standard turnaround time after submitting favorite images. This will depend on how quickly clients respond to design drafts, retouching feedback as well as the album company's own production schedule which can vary. To receive your album in time for the holidays, please have your favorites submitted to me no later than October 1. All album designs must be approved by October 31 to guarantee holiday delivery.

For access to your gallery:

Access Code:
Use the heart icon to add images to Favorites. File names are below the images in this mode. Use this number when referencing images to me.

Use the heart icon to add images to Favorites. File names are below the images in this mode. Use this number when referencing images to me.

Step 1 - Favorites

On the right side in your gallery, there is Log In button. Click it and follow the instructions to make an account. After you do so, you can add images to Favorites by clicking on the heart below the images in thumbnail mode, or on Favorites in the upper left menu in the large viewing mode.

When you have selected the images you’d like, or you want to share them with me for my opinion or help in narrowing down, just email me and I’ll take a look. Want to add more than the standard 60 images/20 pages? You can add images in multiples of 6 images/2 pages to your album. (Price depends on album type.)

Once you have shared your favorites with me, fill out the Album Order Form below. You can do this by yourself or schedule a time to speak with me and I can answer questions and fill it out for you. There are links within the form showing examples of the options.  I’ll send an invoice for any upgrades and request payment for the album retainer.

Step 2 - Retouching

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After I get your favorites, I will retouch them. If you have any specific requests, please email me the image # and what you’d like done. I include basic skin retouching, cropping, teeth whitening, black and white conversion and will also remove things like exit signs and distracting elements. If your requested change falls outside my included retouching, I’ll let you know what the additional charge would be. I am able to do many things, including slimming body parts, head swapping, stray hair removal, just ask.

Once I am done (usually 3-5 business days), I will send you a gallery to review.

 

 

You will get to see a mock cover along with the layouts.

Step 3 - Design

When the image retouching is approved, I will submit your photos to be placed into the album design and in another 3-5 business days we should have a first draft. You will be able to leave comments to request changes. Once you are satisfied with the album, it will go into production.

I will send an invoice prior to submission for any upgrades for prepaid albums or for the final balance for new orders.

Step 4 - Album Processing and Delivery

4-6 weeks later, your album will arrive! Shipping via FedEx with insurance is included. Please let me know if you have changed addresses. Due to the high value of the albums, I will need an address where someone can sign for the package.


Album Order Form

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
Address
Address
Where you'd like the album shipped to.
Album Basics
2. Album Type *
Select from 3 different album types, Flush Mount, Overlay Matted or Duo, which is a combination of a matted and flush mount. There is an upcharge for overlay matted ($125) or duo album ($200, $250 for 12x12).
3. Mat Color (If ordering matted album)
Additional sizes are available.
Generally, I follow 3 images to a page on average. You can do less, but I don't suggest more. Most albums start off with 50-60 images/ 20 pages. If you want to add more, do so in groups of 2 pages (1 spread).
For swatches, click here. Add $75 for leather covers.
7. Cover Style - Select One Option
See examples here. There is no charge for cover motifs.
If you selected a cover motif with text, enter it here:
By default, embossing is done 'blind', meaning no color. On silk fabrics this isn't possible so you must upgrade to gold/silver foil embossing. Size is determined by album size. No date allowed on Futura. Font example here. Add $40.
By default, embossing is done 'blind', meaning no color. On silk fabrics this isn't possible so you must upgrade to gold/silver foil embossing. Size is determined by album size. Font example here. Add $40.
Sample here. I'll contact you to discuss which image. Add $75.
14. Interior Options
This optional page overlays the first page of the album. Especially nice on a full bleed flush mount page. See options here.
Copy albums are flush mount copies of an original album. There are no substitutions for images possible. The embossing and cover motif options are not possible. Covers will be plain unless photo cover is selected. There is a small fee for converting a matted album to a flush mount for copies.