Essential to any photographer's business is presentation. From capture and output to print and display, professionals must be organized, methodical, and creative. That's why photographers looking to present their work in a unique way, as well as offer innovative options for clients post-capture, are jumping on the albums and frames bandwagon. At recent tradeshows, it was no secret that coffee-table books and stylish albums were a top priority for industry insiders looking to beef up their sales. What's hot in 2008? Handcrafted and panorama-style albums are a favorite of clients looking for a higher-end display for weddings and other events. Unique covers are also a trend we're seeing more and more in the album category, including canvas wrap, acrylic, metal, leather, glass, and fabric cover options. Read on for a selection of the newest available products...
Combining Pro Bound and Art Albums, Jorgensen Styla Albums offer a sleek simplicity not to be underestimated‚ especially in materials. The company added Moc Croc in brown, onyx, and parchment, plus imitation ostrich in ebony, saddle, and red ochre. Styla comes with a square-cut cover and spine, and a hard, nonpadded cover. Photo inlays, photo, and acrylic covers are also available.
The Kingston Flush Mount Album by Albums Unlimited is available in any size from 2x3 through 16x20. Bind-only or design-and-print services are offered through the FTP capability on the Albums Unlimited website. The Kingston Album lies flat when opened with no fanning or warping of the pages. Covers are designed with canvas wrap, photo cover, acrylic, metal, leather, and leatherette.
Art Leather offers the newest digital flush-mount albums in three distinct styles to satisfy all tastes. The Cache has sturdy pages, a wooden spine, and a padded cover for the traditional photo album look. The Montage Art Book has sturdy pages, a soft spine, and a nonpadded cover for a coffee-table look. The Art Magazine has very thin avant-garde pages, with a cover similar to The Montage Art Book.
The single-image presentation format of the ArtZ Coffee Table Book gives photographs the look of a private art collection. Soft, pliant pages offer a rich complement to the top-grain leather. ArtZ currently offers 12 different window formats. The Image Page photo mat windows are all framed with a debossed border that adds a sense of depth and dimension to the image.
The AsukaBook Book Bound EX features a printed book jacket and is encased in a glossy black or red case with personalized hot stamping. The EX album offers a varnish coating, which gives the pages a lustrous look and satiny feel. Its pages are also available with a laminate glossy or matte finish. All Book Bound EX books feature a white vellum sheet in front of the first printed page.
The first of its kind, this unique 6x6 tempered-glass inset is printed by Capri with an image from a digital file and mounted into the center of any album cover. Its unique mounting allows users to view the image from the front cover and see the reverse perspective on the inside of the cover.
Classic introduced its expanded line of coffee-table books featuring thin pages, full spreads/panoramas, and 10-day turnaround. Classic's new Print and Bind Program offers lower pricing and several clone books at no additional cost.
The Iris Book is a flush-mounted book with smooth, crisp pages wrapped in elegant fabric covers. The album comes in multiple sizes: 5x5, 8x8, 8x10, 10x10, 12x12. Each holds up to 25 pages.
Exclusive Albums introduced the Marvia Collection, an artistically unique series of flush-mount albums and matching presentation boxes. The albums range from sea-themed hardwood veneer albums to briefcases that unfold into photo portfolios.
Finao offers hip, hot albums with attitude. ONE – dramatic styling, expert quality and great service. Unique materials include leathers, textures, even fur, plus 82 design options. Company also imports Seldex albums and boxes.
GP Albums expanded its line of Eclipse Digital Albums, which feature new square layouts and cover options, including patent leather and metallics. Users can now choose between matte or glossy pages, and diamond-luster-encapsulated pages. The albums are durably bound and easy to repair.
The most recent addition to Graphistudio's transparent cover choices, Crystal Glance offers a unique option for creating a personalized cover on all Graphistudio primary books 8x12 and larger. The Crystal Glance cover is available for landscape, vertical, and square books.
The Equinox Photo Journal from the Nouveau Collection by Maxima is a digitally composed, one-of-a-kind album capturing the emotion of each event and your style. Bound with rich, durable materials, every page you design is carefully flush mounted to create a special, unique hardbound book. The album is available in custom sizes and materials.
Leather Album Designs
Leather Album Designs introduced a new series of DVD/CD holders with slots for one, two, four, or eight discs. The one- and two-disc holders also have a mat for a 4x6 print. Utilizing rich Eurohyde material, these padded covers are individually boxed and are available in nine colors. Individual stamping of names, dates, or logos are available in three colors.
Leather Craftsmen has set the standard for creating the most elegant album designs. Since each album from Leather Craftsmen is handcrafted, one at time, custom cover options such as split tone (two-tone leathers or suede), photo insets, and photo outsets showcase a photographer's creativity and style.
Midwest Photographic released the Diamond series of coffee-table-style books. The album has warp-proof pages and lies flat when opened. Photographers can use their free Album Design software, which allows the bride to preview her album before it is printed. A 24 10x10 Diamond Album can be designed, printed, and shipped four days after the order is received.
NayaCo introduced the personalized proof album to the company's complete family of albums and creative photo products. Similar to the Magazine Style flush-mount album, users can personalize the album cover with an image on the front and back. The album allows users' clients to organize and store their wedding prints and is an easy way to expand client sales.
Queensberry unveiled Duo albums, the company's most advanced album, allowing users to mix digital and matted prints in the same book. The company can handle everything for the user, including: design, color correcting, printing, assembling, and shipping to the client.
A flush-mounted album designed for individual page-sized prints, the Fine Art Album offers a blend of today's high-end fashion and yesterday's artisan craftsmanship. Prints are mounted onto black pages with a new ultra-thin break in between. The Fine Art Album is available in a selection of cover materials and colors.
SharedInk unveiled its Clear Cover books, featuring premium cover materials such as finely woven uncoated cloth. The books are designed with translucent paper flysheets at the front and back.
Showoff Albums specializes in various styles of photo albums. Self-Adhesive Albums are one of the company's most unique innovations. They are durable and handcrafted.
TAP has expanded its Bella Album. The Traditional Bella Album features handcrafted quality and ease of loading. This slip-in album is ideal for today's digital images. Bella is now offered in 11x14 and 12x12 sizes. A variety of smaller sizes makes it the perfect album for parents and seniors alike.
White Glove introduced the Panoramic Book, which opens vertically or horizontally, depending on how it is designed. The seamless workspace consists of either a perfect square or two panoramic pages. Available sizes are 10x5 and 16x8. White Glove books are printed on museum-quality fine-art paper and are hand-bound in the USA.
Zookbinders' new PhotoBook features fully customizable wraparound photo covers and lay-flat pages with a glossy protective coating to suit any occasion. The new Reflectionz album cover for the Zook Book offers a high-impact photo cover with a reflective glow that makes images pop off the cover.
Husar Picture Frame Co.
Entirely handcrafted in the style of the Old Masters, the Husar Traditional Portrait Frame features elegant composition and ornamentation. All Husar frames are custom made. Finishes and patterns are interchangeable.
The Levin Company
The Levin Co. announces a new way to enhance gallery canvas wraps. It's called a floater frame and is designed around the gallery wrap, leaving 1/2 of an inch of space. In this way, the frame adds a shadowbox effect to make the image stand out.
Vicki Schober Company
Vicki Schober Co. expanded the "Framing Made Easy" program for photographers to easily add framing to their business. Using Elevations decorative matting, you design a frame from 20 mat styles and 30+ frames.