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Albums & frames: putting your best images forward

Albums Inc.
Art Leather
Taprell Loomis

Once your images are captured and output, your job probably isn't over. Now it's time to offer your customers unique and eye-catching ways in which they can present their photos. High-end albums and frames from top manufacturers who know what professionals need can give your art the display home it deserves.

Of course, you want the album or frame that's showcasing your images to be as special and unique as the people and events shown inside. Many albums come with elegant presentation boxes topped with ribbons (including the Cypress Album and J.Lee Albums' Preston Brocade) or with immaculately appointed details like square-corner gilded pages, like Leather Craftsmen's 8500 Signature Edition. And in the ultimate service offering, ArtZ's five-panel accordion lets the bride and groom walk out of their reception with five shots from their big day. Or try out a "dynamic" album that lets you dictate the size and shape of your album, like the service offered by Albums Australia.

Lay-flat albums with miniscule gaps continue to make waves, including Albums Unlimited's Kingston Flush Mount Album, PictoBooks' Bijou (thinner albums featuring panorama binding), Midwest Photographic Resource's Diamond coffee-table-style album, and Art Leather's FotoPros Lay Flat Photo Books (which claim to be the first press-printed books with the lay-flat feature). Many of these companies are able to offer superquick turnaround as well (some in as little as three days), even with these innovative features.

Album and frame vendors are also becoming more socially conscious. Laguna Albums, for example, has made its entire product line cruelty-free--and many photographers have flocked to the company for its commitment to this cause. White Glove has also introduced two new ecofriendly albums that include recycled cover board, acid-free biodegradable glue, earth-friendly cover materials, and aqueous pigment inks printed on PEFC-certified paper.

Check out the companies below to find the albums and frames that best meet your needs.

Albums Australia Albums Australia, one of the world's foremost binders of highly customized, handcrafted wedding albums, offers "dynamic" albums where you dictate the size and shape of your album and then design it in proportion using the company's free album designing and sales software called TDA (short for Total Design Ability). Albums shown here with Brushed and Clear Acrylic covers, personalized with names and dates using laser etching.

Albums Inc. Totally new, totally now, and totally Italian, Album Epoca is an Italian album line that's revolutionizing the way professional photographers capture, preserve, and package American weddings. Available with free software, and only through Albums Inc., Album Epoca combines gorgeous, hand-assembled albums with the best press-printed and photographic-quality photobooks and photo accessories in one package—a package that unites advanced technology with craftsman binding skills to provide brides with more options, and photographers with more sales.

Albums Unlimited Albums Unlimited's award-winning Kingston Flush Mount Album enhances professional photographer sales with its quality, lifetime warranty, and abundance of sizes and cover options. Creating any size in horizontal or vertical pose together with options of calendar-style or book-style openings, cutting-edge photographers thinking outside the box can create unique, upscale flush-mount albums for their client's memories that are guaranteed to lay flat and have the smallest gap in the industry.

Art Leather Art Leather's Flush Mount Albums offer high quality and modern styling. Three popular styles are available: the more traditional Caché, the coffee-table-style Montage Art Book, and the ultra-thin-page Art Magazine. All styles can be ordered as Design, Print, and Bind; Print and Bind; or Bind only. FotoPros Lay Flat Photo Books are the first press-printed books bound with a lay-flat feature so your clients can enjoy full-spread designs. These books are great for wedding albums, guest books, senior books, and even baby books. The possibilities are endless.

ArtZ ArtZ's five-panel Accordion is the perfect gift, for the perfect wedding. Why not give the bride and groom five memorable shots from the wedding before they leave the reception? The Accordion is a modern twist from the traditional folio—it's easy to put together on the go and will leave a lasting impression with not only the bride and groom, but the entire wedding party.

Capri Album Capri Album offers two distinctive cover options, adding grace and style to your albums: The brushed Stainless Steel Cover, printed from a digital image, creates a dramatic effect. The Inset Glass Cover, the first of its kind, is also printed from a digital image. The 6x6 glass is center-mounted and viewable from both sides. Both styles are joined by the user's choice of cover material, which can be imprinted with one line of text.

The Chilcote Company F-Stop digital press-printed books are high-value combinations of premium-quality design, printing, and binding, resulting in complete and finished presentations with a sense of style, packaged for delivery to your customers. These are affordable alternatives to high-end albums, excellent for weddings and other portraits subjects.

Cypress Albums The Cypress Album is a modern, matted album designed with a new level of sophistication. Individually handcrafted by artisans, this album is covered in an elegant bookbinding fabric and bound with a ribbon from Switzerland. The pages are made of heavyweight fine-art paper with a natural deckled edge. The Cypress Album comes with a European-style box to store and protect the album. The modern, rich textures of this album will highlight any lifestyle images. The Folio is a portable fine-art presentation. Wrapped in bookbinding fabric, each folio opens and frames the images with hand-cut museum board mats. Folios are available for any print size and can be created to hold one to four images.

GNP GNP is pushing the boundary of molding capability. GNP's Frame Print to Frame Service has successfully created a workflow that enables photographers to not only earn profit by offering custom frames, but also allows them to do it in a fraction of the time.

J.Lee Albums Elegantly stylish yet priced for profitability, the 20-page Preston Brocade 8x8 comes in pink, white, light gray, and plum, perfect for traditional spring and summer clientele. This unique album features top-quality brocade fabric covers and easy-to-load thick pages with permanent, pressure-sensitive adhesive to attach prints: Just peel and stick. Each album comes with a white presentation box with satinlike white lining and a convenient white-pull ribbon.

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