The ladies of the internet have a problem. That is, many of us pay a whole lot of money for beautiful wedding pictures (or spend a whole lot of effort DIYing our wedding pictures), and then never print a damn thing out. We leave the beautiful photo files on our hard drives to get corrupted or get erased because we’re too overwhelmed to figure out what to do with them. Raise your hand if you’re guilty. Oh wait, was that HALF of you? Yup, I thought so. Hence, the existence of the excellent à la carte Albums.
Into this void steps Jane, the powerhouse behind à la carte Albums, which is now better than ever. For those of you who don’t remember à la carte Albums, let me remind you. Jane works to design albums with you, in a variety of styles, with prices generally ranging from $250 to $1200 (though you can go lower or higher if you’re really resourceful). Unlike photographers, this is all she does, and she loves it. She offers you lots of options, works with DIY photos, and generally makes your album the best it can be. In fact, she’s so good at what she does, many APW Photographers are now using her to design all of their albums. She says, “I usually spend a lot of time in the initial consultations discussing how to get the look and feel people want in the budget they are comfortable with; I don’t want anyone feeling regret when they look at their wedding album about how much they paid for it. While the more luxurious options are fabulous, I’m not going to push them at people who don’t have the budget for them; I don’t upsell. I strive for every album to be a reflection of the client; I want their personality to be on the page, not mine.”
But! It’s just gotten even better. Jane says, “Some people just need a little help, not the whole thing done for them. So I am taking à la carte to its logical conclusion and offering DIY assistance.” Which is awesome, you guys. Her new services will help make album-making less overwhelming, even if you’re determined to do it mostly by yourself. Here is what she’s offering:
If you are putting your book together yourself but need a little help with a few parts here and there:
- Collection Editing. Using an experienced editorial eye to narrow your collection of too many images down to a narrative that both tells your whole story and fits into a book of reasonable size. This is a collaborative process, ensuring the most important images stay in, even if they aren’t the “prettiest” or most technically perfect. ($.15/image submitted)
- Image Editing Color Correction, black and white conversions, fixing over/underexposure, and general image polishing. ($.50/image)
- Retouching /Restoration. Including fixing damaged photos, adding or subtracting people/things (a.k.a. when Grandma missed the group shot but the trash can didn’t), wardrobe malfunction fixing, and cosmetic retouching. Quoted by job
- Just Design. When you need help with a few pages, not the whole book. Like when there are images that don’t play nice with templates, or too complicated (i.e. 12+ image detail/reception) spreads, or you want text laid in with more control. Also, if you need your design reformatted for a different bookmaker. ($6/page design, conversions quoted by job)
- Specialized Printing. When you need access to unusual surfaces/sizes/etc, i.e. archival prints on fine art paper to match your handmade book, prints on metal or acrylic for special covers, etc. Quoted by job
- Problem Solving. Assistance that doesn’t fit into the above categories.
There is a $25 minimum on your total order. There is a 10% discount for APWers.
Let me translate that for you: no matter what problem you are having building your wedding album, à la carte Albums can help you for an affordable price. Or they can just solve the problem entirely by taking the project off your hands and doing it (which is what I’d pick, frankly).
Plus, Jane loves you guys. She told me, “Do APWers tend to book the high-end, luxurious with all-the-trimmings, over the top albums? Not usually, no. Are they down to earth, know what’s important to them in memorializing their wedding day, and send me images of thoughtful, fun, wonderful days that are a joy to immerse myself in? Hell yeah. A big part of going into business for myself was to work doing something I actually enjoy, and my APW clients really contribute to that. So I selfishly want to work with more APWers.” Which sounds perfect to me.
So stop worrying about the fact that you haven’t made your wedding album yet, and go get in touch with à la carte Albums. You can send me a little thank you note when you get your beautiful album in the mail. Because yes, it will feel that good.