Category Archives: Books and Albums

Last year I changed album suppliers and I absolutely love the album selection from my new suppliers.

Yesterday I believe we finally had our first day of spring – the birds where singing, I didn’t need a jumper under my jacket, and one little lone flower had already popped up in our back yard (!) So I stepped out into the glorious sunshine and did a little photo shoot featuring the new collection of sample albums I recently received. Hopefully this will give you guys an idea of what the albums look like, what different colours and cover materials are available – and also, giving you ideas on how images can be strung together to tell a story about the wedding day.

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The photographs are printed straight on to the pages. With seamless printing across the gutter in the middle of the book ↑

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The albums are very versatile in terms of weaving a story together using different layouts and mixing large and small images how it best fits the selected photographs. But what I also love about these album makers, is the whole presentation of their products – such as the boxes the albums arrive in. The standard box is black box with leather feel in fantastic quality – or, when ordering an upgrade album with leather cover & high quality mat art paper, the box for the album is of a very special type of linen – as in this example:

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There are several different sizes available – with special rate for smaller copies to parents/friends/family! The most popular size is the 10×14 inch. Although larger A3 or smaller A4 are examples of sizes available as well. In this sample below, the main book is in size 10×14, and the “smaller version” is slightly smaller than A4. But what’s special with this album company, is that the quality isn’t compromised for the smaller copies – they are printed with exactly the same quality as the main book!

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The pages are of “card-quality” durable thickness and have a printing quality that is of professional standard, with a semi gloss finish to it. (Art finish mat is available as an upgrade)

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There are several different cover options available as well. I particularly like the linen ones ↑ – they come with the warm toned etching included, and I just love how you can see the fibers of the material. There are also plenty of colours available – you’re very likely to find one that goes perfectly with the colour theme of your wedding 🙂 . Just scroll down a bit further, to see the different colours and cover materials available…

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Click on the image below to see a slideshow of cover options…

 

 

The albums are also available with Photographic cover – a photograph from your day etched into the front cover, which would be combined with a leatherette spine.

Read  more about books and albums from other chapters on our web site:

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Books and Albums

Louise Bjorling Photography offers a wide range of books and albums. From coffee table books, to beautiful, handcraftedView full post »

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Example of photography book design

Here follows some examples on my coffe table book designing, it’s a few pages taken from one of my portraitView full post »

 

Lovely, beautiful story books with wedding photography or high quality wedding albums really makes me tick. These are new in my collection!

An autumn Sunday morning , with slight fog in the air and the colours vibrating in all spectra of warm tones, is like made for writing a blog post on these new albums that I’m offering this year.

When I received this studio sample album from my newly appointed supplier, I was over the moon – it’s just such a beautiful cover option for an autumn/Christmas wedding or for a very traditional English wedding, and the wedding in this album is both traditional and “christmassy”. I brought it with me to the reception venue Le Saint Julienne in city of London which hosted this wedding, to show it to the owner and to the hair stylist (Anne Jobard). They loved it. I then popped in to see the vicars at the ceremony venue (St Bartholomew’s the Great). They where equally as excited about it as I, claiming that it was the nicest book a wedding photographer had ever showed them (!)

But it was the other day, when I met with one of my recent brides to discuss her album options, that I finally got a real reason to blog about this album. This antique style leather cover actually brought tears to her eyes. That’s when I knew that this album cover hits the jackpot.

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And it isn’t just the cover itself that is of outstanding quality, the printing company behind this album, use the very top notch printing equipment – you see their main business is not to print wedding albums – their main line of business is to cater for billboard campaigns and high end advertising clientele, so you can imagine what kind of facilities they have. This book is just all around high quality, so I’m glad that I’ve finally been able to put this blog chapter together.

 Here’s a slideshow showing you samples from the book – you’ll find the control buttons on the lower right hand side:

This was meant to be a blog post showing the design for my new children’s portrait book –

and instead it became a little article on photo story books, and why I am so inspired to make them!

The post showing designing samples from a portrait book, has instead been linked at the bottom of this post – if you wish to see it.

I recently designed a book with portraits that I photographed of two really cute brothers. And I want to take this opportunity to tell you about my love for photo books. To me a book of photographs is a story. A story in pictures about what happened in a certain time in a certain place. About what that person was like or what that certain person’s reality was like – because reality changes and will be different tomorrow.

It used to be that you had go to a library or to a book store, to access books with images – images that would tell you about yesterday, show you a frozen moment, a shot by a photographer of strangers. But technology has evolved. It is now possible to have the images of you frozen on to the pages. It’s no longer a story about strangers. You may laugh at the thought. But imagine how your grand children’s grand children will look at the images. It’s images of their grandmother’s grandmother in that book. It is not some stranger –  it’s somebody that is a part of them. And imagine in some 100 + years time from now, what the viewer will look at in an image. The fashion we had back in our days! The hair cuts. The gadgets. The cars. The buildings. The shop signs. The way people interacted. How the person in the image has exactly the same eyes or the same smile as their descendants some generations later.

Take this photograph for example, wich I shot of  a groom’s family waiting for the ceremony to start, at a wedding in London Design Museum. It’s nice to have for those who are related to the people in it – it’s a generation portrait really, with mother, daughter and grandmother. But there is another thing as well about this image. You might not think about it now, because we are too close to this image in time and because the image is a bit small on here – but look at the mobile phone. I got a close up of that mobile later on – I just had to when I found out how much it cost – which I’ve displayed so you can see it close up. Imagine what people who look at this image will see, in 100 years from now. That mobile, that is a piece of history for you right there. That dates the picture. That is what a pricy mobile phone looked like back in 2010, when mobiles was still a very young invention…. (before we had mobiles built in to our ears… well, who knows :))

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For a long time I’ve enjoyed looking at photographs in books that tell me something about the people in it – and if the image gave me an understanding of what those people where feeling in that moment, or what their lives where like, shivers would be sent down my spine. But not until that day when I sat in the car on a Highway between Montreal and Toronto – and the sky opened up for months of stock with rain, did I realize why I actually wanted to make books of recorded memories for people.

 

My Canadian bride was the first of my clients to want a square book, and since we had been discussing design ideas together in the car and since we could not drive any further in the rain, we made a stop to visit the book store in a mall for some inspiration. That’s where I found� Love, a book released by National Geographic. And it was love at first sight. It was a book with recorded moments of love, photographed from all over the world, since the early days of the camera til the present times. And when I flicked through it, feeling those shivers down my spine, I realized how special it is to be able to see those moments caught in time. Moments that where photographed decades back – still here to tell the story about what once was. And I realized that photographing a person’s important day, with their thoughts, their personality and perhaps a flicker of their lives and being shining through, are put in to a book – not only for the wedding couple or parents to have – but also to still be here, for future generations to see.

www.nationalgeographic.com/books  FRONT COVER: Guillaume Herbaut

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Pictures excerpted from the book

BOOK TITLE: LOVE

BY: Ferdinan Protzman

 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Washington DC

 

Here follow some favorites of mine from the book’s hundreds of images. Photographs that have that special moment of interaction between people, and that tells us something about those people’s place and time.

photo blog chapter coffeetable booksBy bert Glinn, Chicago 1968 ← →  By Herbert List, Italy 1959

photo blog on photo story booksBy Paul Fusco, R Kenedy funeral train 1969, US  ← → By Bruce Davidson, NYC 1966

blog chapter louise bjorling on photo story booksxxxBy Gueorgui pinkhassov, Montreal Canada 1997 ← → By Gueorgui pinkhassov, Kamtchaka Russia

blog chapter by louise bjorling on portrait booksBy Carlos Baria, Cuba 2006 ← → By Simon Wheatley, London 2005

photography blog chapter on book of lovexxBy Chien-chi-chang, NYC 2005  ← → By Guillaume Herbaut, Albania 2004

 Amazing hey. ↑ It could have been the same photographer. But yet it isn’t, just two different people with the same idea!

 

blog chapter on photo story booksxxBy Thomasz Tomaszewski, Romania 1999

blog chapter on book of love by national geographicxxBy unknown photographer, Crimea 1909.

– I love this photograph of princess Anastasia and prince Alexei. The children’s expressions are just so timeless – these children could be at any time and in any social class. Apart from the quality of the image, there’s nothing about the children that dates this image. Their expressions are timeless – you won’t be able to tell that this is early 1900s and there is nothing about them that specifies them as royalties. Children will be children.

And now from the book… some wedding photographs from back in the days!

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Isn’t in cool to see all the different trends in wedding photographs from different times and places? Such as this one here – which unfortunately is dateless, but which obviously was shot at a time when tacky backdrops where on the agenda…. and for some reason the backdrop doesn’t feel tacky to me all the sudden, here it rather feels like a part of the history of photography!

 

This image underneath is by Henry Cartier Bresson, known amongst photographers to be the father of documentary photography (photojournalism).  And it is interesting to see that even in his wedding images back then, he is adapting to this – looking for a decisive moment to photograph the couple, rather than placing them to smile in front of the camera.

By A.Broomberg and O. Chanarin, Tanzania, date unknown

photography blog on weddings from national geographic bookBy Henri Cartier Bresson, 1938 ← → By Josef Koudelka, Chechoslovakia 1967

photography blog on weddings from national geographicxxx By Tomasz Tomaszewski, Romania, 1990′s…

photography blog on weddings from national geographicxxx By Elliott Erwitt, Russia, 1967

Always when I’ve flicked through the book, I’ve thought that this image above is American, I had planned in my head to say something about the “American 60′s fashion shining through” – and yet it is Russian. Cold wars apart, the fashion obviously found ways to slip through the door.

photography blog on weddings from national geographicxxx By Martin Chambi, Peru 1930

This is my favorite amongst wedding images from the book. Probably because it enables me to see what a wedding could look like all the way back in Peru in the 30s. The dress fashion. The style of the veil, which seems to be attached to some sort of hat. And it’s an interesting piece of information that the bride would have bridesmaids at that time as well, on the other side of the world… and I wonder what it could be that the little bridesmaids are wearing around their heads….

I think it is great with Internet, and I think that it is great for a wedding couple to be able to place their images on to their Face book page or on to My space , or where they want to post it. But those images unfortunately, might not be there tomorrow… So that is some (long piece of) information on on why I love photography books, and why I enjoy to make a book out of a couple’s wedding day or a portrait shoot.