Pages, Sides & Spreads, oh my!
First, lets get this out of the way. A page and a side are two terms for the same thing. A page would contain a page number, if albums had page numbers. The same applies to a side. A spread is two pages that face each other when the book is open. So, grab the nearest magazine and open it up. You are looking at a spread, with a left page and a right page. Other industries and companies may have different definitions, which is where the unfortunate confusion comes, but these are my definitions that I go by.
Which companies will you design for?
I can design for any company that you use.
What is the minimum number of pages you will design? The maximum?
I will design as few or as many as you like. For wedding albums, a good minimum to stick to is around 30 pages.
Do you edit photos?
At this time, I am not able to offer editing services. There are other services that offer editing that would do a far better job than I would at this point. But, I’m always open to learning and expanding skills, so if it would be a service that you would be very interested in, feel free to let me know and I’ll give it some thought!
Which photos will you use?
I will use as many as it takes to properly tell the story of the wedding. That may be all the photos that you send, or it may be only some of them. I highly encourage you to send me a minimum of two folders, one containing “must have” photos and another containing the “optional” photos. If you would like to take it a step further, you can include additional folders, such as “really really should have”, “should have”, or “if you find a place for it”. You can also do this using star ratings in Adobe Bridge. I prefer that you not color code photos for me in Bridge, as I use color coding to mark photos that are used.
How long will it take?
I will try to keep you as up to date as I can on the progress of your design. You can expect to have the first draft ready within 7 business days of when I receive the photos. If I am busy, it may take longer, however. I will let you know if I expect it to take longer up front. If you need the design sooner, you have the option to rush it and have it in 2 business days; a rush fee of $40 will apply however.
How do I get the photos to you? And how do I get the final design from you?
First, you must become a client. We can either set up a shared Dropbox folder, use my FTP server, or snail mail usb drives to each other.
How do I review my album?
I will upload the album to my Album Exposure account. I will send you a link to the slideshow. If you have an Album Exposure account already, you will use your account to login. If you don’t have one, you can set up a free account to view your album. As the photographer, you can make comments on the album at this stage without your clients seeing the comments. When you approve the album, I will send the album to your Album Exposure account for you to proof with your clients. They will not see the comments we made earlier, but you will be able to view them on your account page. Revisions with your client will work the same way, and you can decide whether you want me to receive comment emails or not. After your client approves the album, I will prep the final files and send them to you.