About six months ago I found myself on my parents' couch flipping through the thick paper pages that contain their wedding photos. The part of my brain that is 80 year old woman started to take over and my mind was rambling to itself...things like, "mmmmm, they just don't make em' like this anymore." I was longing to have been in my prime as a photographer during the years when you had to plan when you were going to change your roll of film. I was thinking about the process of making prints in a darkroom and prepping them to be inserted in between the paper and the clear celophane of an album. I was thinking about how nice it is to be able to feel a print attached to a page...a tangible print that shows its' age and beauty. I closed the book and made it back home and put in a few hours of work before I started thinking that "they" may still make em' that way.
I started on a journey to find out if there was a product out there that felt right to me...but in the process I was tossing around the question of whether or not there is a place for a throwback album in this current digital culture that is so keen on hardbound, flushmount albums. I am a huge fan of the flushmount albums -- their durability and their modern design and their thick pages. But there is something to be said for the simplicity of prints and picture corners...so the journey progressed. I stumbled upon Velvet Raptor handmade albums and was immediately obsessed with their richly colored velvety covers. I started reading about their philospohy and found out that the books are sewn-bound at a local bindery using quality materials and 100% recycled paper -- I'm not so green but I don't mind being a friend to the environment :) The albums are unique and beautifully crafted with the intention of enduring a lifetime. I was intrigued to say the least. I ordered one fast.
After assembling a sample I was totally sold. The paper is thick and the binding impressive. The book is full of personality before the prints even touch the pages. The design possibilities are still endless by using different size prints and picture corners to secure the images to the pages. The book feels like it has a lot of life to live. It's timeless. And a true piece of art.
So let me make my point before the rambling ceases. I love that I have the opportunity to work with brides and grooms that are unique and wonderful. I have encountered couples that share my appreciation for nostalgia and simplicity and I have worked with couples who love edgy and modern design. So, I am happy to be able to say that we will continue to offer both types of quality albums! Meet the newest member of the family: