Happy Monday everyone! I was talking to someone recently who was asking about the Albums I offer. I asked if she subscribed to my Album Monday column and she was genuinely surprised. Although she reads all of my blog posts and has been for several months, she didn’t realize that Monday had any significance. And that fault lies with me for not explaining it! So welcome to Album Monday!
Each and every Monday I present another Album for you to view, ooh and ahh over. All of these Albums are actual albums ordered by real brides who had real weddings which I really did photograph. I will show you the Album in great detail, tell you all of the specifications, and then after I present what it looks like on the outside, I’ll let you take a peek at the guts of the book, and you’ll see the final design.
Why Album Monday? Well, here’s the deal. I think it’s easier to decide if you like something if you can see it. Sample Albums in my studio are nice, but here are the numbers. I work with 3 different Album Companies. Each one of those companies offers a completely different selection of covers and options, about 80 apiece. So we are looking at 240 cover options right there, and that doesn’t include anything like slipcases or accent panels. Factoring those in, we have over 19,000 different options to choose from. I love my studio, but I do not have room for 19,ooo sample albums. I just don’t. So the purpose of Album Monday is for my brides to see what is new, what is current, what Album I got in last week, and what other brides are doing. Get ideas, get inspired, and have fun in picking what you want your family Heirloom to look like!
Today’s Book is completely custom, and I do mean completely! Karen picked out the elements of 5 different Books that she liked, and we combined them into something truly spectacular! This is a 200 side 8×8 Wedding Book, holding 300 images exactly. The style is called Paris, but we upgraded the material to the Italian Dark Woven Leather. We added a picture to the front cover, and also a slipcase, also in the Italian Dark Woven Leather. Instead of the silver end sheets, we had custom color printed end sheets, and a different one for the front of the Book than for the back of the Book. Enjoy!
And the Wedding Album!!! OMG OMG OMG, I have been waiting and waiting to share this with you until I posted the wedding, and i couldn’t do that until after the magazine came out, so you see I’ve been waiting months and months!!!
We wanted to continue the Red theme from the wedding day, and we were able to perfectly match Sophie’s red sash and shoes to a leather I carry called [appropriately] Scarlett O’Hara. How perfect is that?!
Sophie’s Album features 161 images on 80 sides in an 11×14″ Horizontal Album.
The red leather covers the spine and back cover, but the front cover is part of the ARMOUR series, a picture printed onto a metal cover. It looked exquisite! I have no idea how the process works for printing onto metal [but if I did do you think i would be foolish enough to spill my secrets?!]
On each Monday, we showcase a different Wedding Album that we have produced. Today, for the first time, Pepper nix’s Album Monday segment is featuring an album produced by someone else – the editors of Utah Bride and Groom magazine!
Of the hundreds of wedding photographers in Utah, and from the thousands of weddings that were photographed, the editors of Utah Bride & Groom magazine select just 6 to showcase in their magazine each year. This is the fourth year that Pepper Nix Photography has been selected to be featured, and we would like to say to the editors of Utah Bride and Groom, thank you – clearly, you are brilliant, and you have excellent taste!
I have been waiting to show you this wedding ever since I learned that it had been selected to be featured, and I just got the PDFs this week from the editor to share the full article with you! [The PDfs from Utah Bride and Groom are SO much better then the scans from my scanner...]
This great article [spread over 6 pages!] told in great detail of Sophie & Aaron’s courtship, wedding plans, and finally, the execution of their Wedding Day.
It was a fabulous article, but of course, there are limitations with printing and page space [honestly I could have filled an entire magazine with pictures from this weekend!], so here for you now are my favorites from their Wedding Day!
The Wedding so nice it came back twice! Well, not really, this Album from Aaron and Sophie’s wedding is for Aaron’s mom Barbara.
It’s a 60 side 11×14 matted Album, which is nice to show because it’s something a bit different! In a matted Album, instead of the images being printed on one solid sheet, they are printed and placed individually, with a matte around them. It doesn’t get more traditional than this for a Wedding Album! However, even with the tradition of the mattes, we were still able to make it solidly ours by custom designing the mattes.
I am SO sorry for not posting at all last week except for my weekly Album Monday column. Please know that if I don’t post for a little while, it is because things got so busy and so crazy that I just couldn’t. My priorities are, in this order, family, brides, taxes, blog. And if my family or my brides or my accountant needs my time, it the blog stalkers who suffer.
I’m freaked out by the weather. My husband thinks I’ve been watching too many scary movies, but I just think that when there is thunder and lightning outside, there should be rain. Not fog and snow. It’s so foggy I can’t see my backyard clearly. Seriously, fog and snow and lightning is like the perfect combination for axe murderer weather. Right?! Oh well, I had a great day in spite of the weather! I got to spend most of my day indoors shooting a gorgeous bride at the super swanky St. Regis in Park City, so I am not complaining!!!
Whew! Sorry to post this so late, technically for half the country it’s not even Monday anymore! My excuse: I was busy all weekend shooting and entertaining friends from out of town. It was so much fun though! You know sometimes when you have house guests and you just can’t wait until they leave? This was totally not that. This situation was the kind where you say goodbye to your guests, and you walk back into the house, and it feels emptier and not as awesome. It was a really fun weekend.
It is at last official, SPRING IS HERE BABY!!! Well, at least it is in Salt Lake City. In Park City, where I shoot most of my Utah weddings, it won’t be spring for another 6 weeks, so if you’re wondering what’s up with all of the snow covered weddings in April, that’s just Park City for you. And I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I had intended to write a big blog post on Saturday all about how spring had finally arrived and that I was wearing shorts and goodbye winter. Fun! I had a client consultation that morning up in Park City, and when I left it was sunny and warm and gorgeous, and I was excited to head back and get in a run! My very first run of the year OUTDOORS. See, I’m training for a triathlon. Anyway, midway to SLC, the sun…
Hello from gorgeous Las Vegas! OK, let’s be honest, I haven’t seen much of the scenery of Vegas yet, mostly the interior of hotels and convention centers, but we’re having a blast! It’s time for the annual Wedding Photographers Convention, where we get to check out the latest and greatest inventions for the photography industry, try out every camera and lens ever built, and hang out with all of our favorite photographers from around the world! I am delighted to say that the new covers for our Flush Mount Albums look amazing [this is my first time seeing them since they were announced 2 months ago!]. The new swatches were ordered a few weeks ago so we should be receiving them shortly, I am so excited!!! Let’s see, what else have we done since we’ve been here…
We are totally excited and thrilled to announce to our brides that we now offer Queensberry handmade matted Albums! If you are looking for a matted album, Queensberry is simply the finest there is.
Today has been a busy day, and after snuggling with my honey for a few hours watching the Olympics, I realized that in all my busy craziness of today and planning for the Open House [AKA party] tomorrow night, that I had forgotten to post my Album Monday!!! But I made it, with only a few minutes to spare before midnight!
The San Diego Temple is always a fun location for me to be able to photograph, and this was no exception!
After seeing all of the pictures available for their wedding, Rachelle & Rick decided on an 82 side album holding 159 pictures from their Wedding Day, and I think it turned out absolutely spectacular!
Occasionally, in my line of work, I have the privilege of working with amazing couples that require, for various reasons, that their wedding day be kept private. Many of my brides love the bragging rights that come with being published in a magazine or on a blog, but when I do have the honor of working with someone who has a public image to maintain, or who have guests with the same requirement, I will do everything in my power to make sure that a couple’s special day is kept for only themselves.
So for the first time, this Monday I am showing you only the beautiful Albums we created for this bride and her husband, but not any of the images inside. I am thankful that she is willing to let me share her Albums with you, and I hope you are not disappointed by not being able to see the amazing wedding or her custom-made Oscar de la Renta wedding gown! Hopefully the beauty of these Albums will be able to convey in some small part the stunning event captured in its pages.
So here it is, 10:30 pm on Monday night, and I am just now writing my Album Monday blog post. Why is this you ask? Well, I happen to have a son. The most adorable almost 2 year old in the history of mankind [or at least in the history of my own mind]. It’s true, I’m biased. His school called me this morning to let me know that Zen had thrown up. Not a good thing.
Sorry about posting the Album Monday segment so late in the day, I have been struggling all day long with my blog editing program and finally decided to give up and just use a different editor! Thank you for your patience, I hope it’s worth the wait!
This is an album I’ve been excited about completing for a long time. Sara is a doctor finishing her residency in Washington DC, and you may or may not know this, but residents have no time. At all. No time to eat, sleep, or finalize album designs! So here it is at long last!
Part of the reason Sara had to take so long to approve this Book was its sheer size – 300 sides holding almost 500 images!!!
I think we have a new favorite leather cover, and it is just delicious! It’s called cu29, and I’m in LOVE. Kathy and Ian selected it to complement their Miami Ink cover by having the cu29 on the spine.
Kathy and Ian’s 12×12″ square album is an amazing Heirloom for the soon-to-be born little baby girl, clocking in at 100 sides and holding 192 images! [As I have noted before - nothing will light a fire under a Bride to finish selecting her images like the impeding arrival of a new baby!]
I love this Album! It’s great when I see brides get really creative with their album covers and think outside of the box, outside of what is considered Normal or Regular, and start to really have some fun!
Whitney and Ryan decided on a beautiful leather that I don’t get to see very often called Bank Heist. Bank Heist is a bronzed ostrich leather, and to complement it, they selected as their accent Chiara. When she called me and told me what they had decided I positively squealed with delight!!! It’s just breathtaking…
This was an Album I was a bit sad to have to send on to the Bride and Groom, it is so beautiful! Thea and John are awaiting the birth of their first child, a daughter, and after a year of waiting on album selections, nothing lights a fire under a bride to pick out images like a new baby!
Thea and John’s amazing 90 side album holds 179 pictures from the Wedding Weekend [including many from the rehearsal]. This Album is 11×14″ and wrapped in a golden ostrich leather cover we call Firefly, crowned with a metal cover with their favorite image of the two of them in the gardens of La Caille after sunset. It is absolutely an amazing Album!!!!
Album Monday is back baby! I am so sorry about not posting forever, but we had so many albums we were working on all at once and I knew that if I didn’t put everything I had into getting those done and turned my attention away even for a second to the blog, that might mean someone not getting their album back when they were hoping! So I hope you forgive me, but my Brides have to come first. I’m sure you guys understand…
I love this album!!!
I have a new Album Production & Design team I have been using for the past 8 months, and one of the things that drew me to them were the sheer number of choices available for my Brides. Before this, there was basically Black Leather. That was it. Nothing wrong with Black Leather, it’s classic and timeless and all that.
But I never felt really excited about it, all the Albums arriving and all looking identical. Because my brides are not cookie-cut women, they are strong and intelligent individuals with a unique perspective on life, on their future, and especially on their Wedding!
This is it! The Book from one of the coolest weddings I’ve ever been privileged to document! Francesca & Dan selected a 300 side Book for their Wedding Collection, and it is gorgeous! I’m having trouble sending it out, I love looking at it so much!
Sorry for the short post, I’m in New York today for Bridal Fashion Week, but…
I love Fall! I think it is probably my favorite season of the entire year. You can start to smell it in the air, a slightly colder wind, and the crunch of leaves, all come together to remind me that its time for my favorite time of the entire year!
I love fall colors, Spiced Pumpkin, Golden Squash, Chestnut Brown, and of course, a nice bright bold Red to bring it all together!
Today on Album Monday I have an amazing 100 side album to show you! Grace and Richard and their spouses have all been best friends for over 20 years together.
When Grace lost her husband and Richard lost his wife within a relatively short time together, they were able to lean on each other for support.
What started as a 20+ year friendship grew to an amazing love story, and I was privileged to be able to document their wedding day.