This week I went to visit Folio Albums in Yorkshire to see how my select wedding albums are actually made; I managed to capture a few photos of the process too.
Your wedding album is something you will want to last. It is something you will use many times to show your friends, family perhaps children; who knows, maybe even one day they will be showing their children and beyond. A wedding album really is a family heirloom, memories to last and always cherished.
I had thought about this, how I look at not just my parents wedding album but my grandparents wedding photos and have seen photographs of family weddings for generations before that too. So I wanted to give my clients something they could love and really cherish forever. That means I adapt a timeless style to your album design but the product needs to be perfect too. I researched the market for the ideal wedding album, visiting suppliers and trade shows then having trialled the finalists Folio Albums scored a perfect 10 (or in this case a 12 since it is their 12" contemporary album that is in my most sought after wedding photography package).
The choice of leather, cotton or silk are all specially chosen materials that not only look the part but make the album feel great to hold too. The distinct fine art paper makes your images somehow subtly stand out from the page feel somewhat soft to touch yet vibrant to view. The part that really proves FolioAlbums workmanship is how these albums are put together. Not only are they built to last but also a thing of beauty, a book of your dreams!
So when I visited I wasn't surprised to find an immaculate clean work place full of creative happy people with an eagle eye for detail. The whole of the environment in which the albums are produced is temperature and humidity controlled, every part of the process from printing, binding and packing. On entering this area my feet stuck to the floor, but for good reason; a purposely clean sticky matt pulls the dust from the shoes of anyone entering, maintaining a dust free area for the album production. The attention to detail was apparent in every part of the process from printing (on uniquely named machines!), covers bound, the gold foiling, engraving and embossing of covers, the quality checks of print, the binding... I can't list them all but every single detail had been thought of and featured close inspection quality checks.
These few photos are some areas of the process and include a few of the finished products on show. Whilst visiting I collected my latest order too. Great to have such fantastic craftsmanship and quality here in the UK and I am so pleased to be able to offer these bespoke handmade products to my customers. I need more of these albums in my own life too!
In another article you can also see some of the Folio albums made by Sainte Croix Photography.
Uniquely and friendly; even in the naming of the printers!:
The embossing press:
A selection of handmade album covers await their contents:
Huge rolls of very soft supple leather for the covers:
Real manual presses look so ornate:
Even the standard packaging is that extra bit special:
Matted page possibilities:
Temperature and humidity is monitored at every work station:
Wedding albums; the range:
Portfolio display options:
New boxes available for albums and prints:
If Folio Albums are good enough for Leonardo di Vinci, they are good enough for me!
It is always great to meet and deal with the friendly people that operate and run Folio Albums so to visit was something I had been looking forward to. I hope to do it again too; it will be good to personally collect wedding albums when possible.
Another article shows completed wedding albums by Sainte Croix Photography
Or better still see them for yourself in person; CONTACT ME and a viewing can be arranged.
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