How your clients' images are presented not only appeals to their aesthetic values, it impacts your bottom line—if you're able to offer album and frame options that accommodate personal tastes and budgets.
More and more companies are enhancing their current product offerings and creating brand-new services and products to appeal to professional photographers and their customers. For the time-strapped photographer, there are online services that allow them to upload images so that a professional design team can craft an elegant album, often in two weeks or less.
Coffeetable-style albums are available to impart a fine-art look to any wedding or special-event presentation. And don't forget the newest in easy-to-assemble self-mount options, as well as hardwood-cover albums, handcrafted albums, and panorama-style albums. On the frames front, accented mouldings and handcrafted frames abound.
Read on for a selection of the newest products and services available in this important presentation category.
Album Crafters is pleased to announce the addition of design and printing services for its Coffee Table Book. Now customers may upload images directly to Album Crafters. The Album Crafters design team will design a custom layout and post it on its secure website for your approval. You may share the layout with your customers (it's password-protected). Upon approval, the book will be printed and bound with a two-week turnaround.
Albums Unlimited will be showcasing the latest additions to the Kingston Flush Mount Album at WPPI (Booth 344). The full photo wrap cover, photo metal-etched cover, acrylic cover, and photo cover are the hottest new products available in the Kingston Flush Mount Album line. Self-mount albums and folios are offered in a variety of sizes. Albums Unlimited is a Flora, Elite, and TAP distributor with a large inventory of products ready to ship to you quickly.
As the manufacturer of museum-quality, fine-art presentation products, ArtZ has been supplying the most discerning photographers with albums and boxes since 1994. Its premise is a clean and simple presentation, allowing your imagery to be viewed as fine art. ArtZ's Coffee Table Book is handcrafted in the U.S. from top grain leather.
The Coffee Table Book and popular ZBook can now be outfitted with ArtZ's elegant image pages or their fine-art digital inkjet paper by Crane Museo. ArtZ continues to forge the way in new and innovative do-it-yourself books and albums.
Optimus and Optimus Ultra Albums from GP Albums take the worry out of self-mount album assembly. Optimus albums feature repositionable photo-grade adhesive on each page that creates a permanent bond within two to three days of mounting. This album has high-end looks without the high-end price. The Optimus line was created to bridge the gap between the company's entry-level QSA albums and the flush-mount album options. New vibrant color options and Optimus Folios are also available.
"I am really excited about the new Optimus album line from GP Albums. GP has really met the needs of my studio with the introduction of these new upscale, repositionable self-adhesive albums. I no longer worry about improperly mounting my pages and destroying the entire product. With the Optimus Albums, the adhesive takes several days to secure a permanent bond, so I can spend more time thinking of new uses for the albums and less time fretting over assembly. We plan on offering the Optimus albums for all of our work. Whether as an addition to our First Year of Life Baby Plan or as a part of our senior packages, I am positive these albums will increase our sales tremendously."
Jorgensen Albums has been crafting custom albums for photographers around the world for more than 25 years. Using traditional techniques, as well as state-of-the-art software and devices, the photographer is able to design a unique album for every client. The company's JAD software is easy to use and allows design from cover to cover with an option to print the final page images at high resolution.
Leather Craftsmen continues to set the highest standards for handcrafted bookbinding techniques and uncompromised style. The Leather Craftsmen Team has taken the cover design dynamic to new heights for 2007. A cover design needs to create stunning visual impact, and that focus is evident with two new offerings from Leather Craftsmen: "The Window Pane" and "The Big E." Our new cover treatments prove "You Can Judge a Book By Its Cover."