Many of my family portrait clients ask for a beautiful book, preserving a range of images for years to come.
I regularly work with some of the best professional photography suppliers in the world, looking for just the right balance of quality and cost - and reflecting current taste. I try to find exactly the right product for each of my clients - and everyone is different.
Recently I've been making a new type of book, which is less formal than the traditional leather-bound album and yet is just as beautiful to see and to hold. I've also found a European supplier who understands the need to deliver excellent quality at a reasonable price.
These new books are bound in buckram, a traditional book-binder's material, with a simple, contemporary binding.
This one is in a lovely sunny orange (not everyone's taste but there are plenty of other options!), presented in a black wooden box. It is a generous 76cm wide, which allows for a striking landscape to run across the lay-flat binding:
We often make smaller duplicate albums (at a significantly lower cost), eg to be given to relatives. Again, we have used orange buckram for a striking effect:
Here is another beautiful buckram album: this time in green, presented in a beige box (with matching endpapers in the book):
I often use embossed lettering, or new techniques like UV printing, to dress the finished book. Here I used green ink inside the embossing, to match the book inside:
Here is a simple album produced at modest cost using violet leather and white UV printing:
Of course, for many clients, the traditional album is still the best. Here's a recent one:
I hope you will have the opportunity to see some of these finished products here in our Oxford client viewing room.