"Oh my goodness, Eva! The album arrived, it is just beautiful. I knew it would be gorgeous but it seriously exceeded all of my expectations. The quality is just incredible. I love it so much!"
- Helen Pennington.
Wow...so it's all over. You're hitched! The dress is dry cleaned and tucked away in the cupboard (or maybe just tucked away in the cupboard?), you're getting used to being called 'husband' or 'wife' and you have some really, really cool wedding photos...on a USB.
If that sounds like a bit of you and doing something special with your wedding photos is on your to-do list (or even your wish list) then make it a priority before life and other financial commitments take over.
What sort of albums do we do?
You might have seen our two album styles during one of our pre-wedding planning meetings. But there were a lot of other things going down back then, so here is a recap, and some pretty pictures to jog your memory, or fire your imagination if you weren't able to come see us at the studio. Both album styles come with 20 pages (10 spreads) with extra pages available as an option.
QUEENSBERRY ALBUMS - TIMELESS, TRADITIONAL, LUXURIOUS.
Made in Auckland, Queensberry albums are widely regarded as one of the best albums in the business. They make albums for photographers from right across the world and don't deal directly to the public. But while it's nice to have something exclusive and the last-word in luxury, it's Queensberry's hand-crafted tactile beauty and attention to detail that makes them so special.
A Queensberry album is not meant to tell the full story of your day and include swathes of family photos. It's a portfolio album with a focus on portraiture from your creative session. It showcases 60 of your absolute favourite images, with space to breathe and blow them up big. You'll still be wanting to watch your slideshow now and again and sit down on your wedding anniversary and rediscover the full collection on your USB.
Our studio cover style is black buckram with embossed names, but you can upgrade to leather or choose a photo insert instead of embossing. Our hand-cut matts are ivory and prints are on silver-halide matt paper.
What this album will give you is something to treasure and pass down to your children. In fact it's highly likely your grandchildren will be fighting over who gets it. Queensberry albums are future family heirlooms.
PAGES: 24 (12 spreads)
NUMBER OF IMAGES: 60
COVER: Black buckram with embossed christian names or photo insert.
PRESENTATION: Queensberry album sleeping bag & cardboard presentation box.
LEATHER COVER UPGRADE: $100
EXTRA PAGES: $40 each
ADDITIONAL BOOKS (for parents): 40% off -replica design only.
PRESS BOOKS - FOR LOVERS OF STORYTELLING.
While Queensberry albums are traditional, timeless and designed to showcase a smaller number of your images in a portfolio style, Press books are more contemporary and tell the story of your day with a larger number of images printed on flushmount spreads that print right to the edge.
Pages are rigid with a substrate core overlaid with professional-grade silver-halide photo paper. Library binding is made to last and allows your album to lay flat when open on any page. Because each page is sealed, these albums are made to last and can even be wiped clean with a damp cloth, giving you the freedom to leave them on the coffee table and be noticed and picked up regularly. Press books come in a lined leatherette box.
PRESS BOOK FAQS
PAGES: 24 or 34 (12 or 16 spreads).
NUMBER OF IMAGES: 90 or 120
PRICE: $975 (24-page) or $1175 (34-page).
COVER: Black leatherette with painted names, photo insert or blank.
PRESENTATION: Black leatherette double-wall rigid box with soft grey felt lining
LEATHER COVER UPGRADE: $100 (album cover only, not box)
EXTRA PAGES: $40 each spread (2 pages)
ADDITIONAL BOOKS (for parents): 40% off - replica design only
cute little parent-size replicas are also available - please ask for prices or come see one at the studio.
OK I'm sold, I want one. I crave one. What do I do now?
Our album design season runs from May to the end of September. We design albums in the order we receive photo lists from our couples. To set this in motion we need the following:
* A list of the images you would like included in your album, with your favourite five given an asterix. 60 makes for a more spacious album with more room for larger images. 70 is the absolute maximum unless you would like more pages. Please take your numbers from the folder of high resolution images on your USB.
* We recommend including parts of your whole day - about five photos of the bridal preparations, five of groom prep, 10 from the ceremony, a goodly chunk from the creative session and so-on. It's up to you if you want family photos included but if so, three or four favs sit nicely on a spread with the group photo of all your guests.
* Tell us what cover style you want; black buckram with photo insert (advise photo number), black buckram with embossed names or an upgrade to embossed leather.
* A list of (maximum) 100 images (24-page book) or 140 images (34-page book) from across the day (numbers taken from the high resolution folder on your USB).
* Tell us what cover style you want; plain black leatherette or leather, or with painted text or photo insert.
A deposit of 50% is required on order and the remaining 50% on approval of the draft.
Once we've done the initial design, we'll email you a digital draft - you'll be able to see each spread and let us know what changes you'd like (if any).
One round of edits is included in the album price, additional changes after the first edit are $25. This is to avoid delays and repeated re-working of your design.
Once you've signed off the draft, we'll have your album ready to collect (or send within New Zealand) in about two weeks (press book) or four weeks (Queensberry). Then all you have to do is swoon over it for the next 50 years until the kids inherit it!