I enjoy a rather varied photographic career which includes shooting the occasional wedding. Generally these are not your run of the mill affairs, and tend to have a theme or will take place against a beautiful backdrop of architecture or landscape.
I offer varied packages, but if I’m with you for the entire day, I offer the option of receiving a photobook packed full of images depicting the happy couple’s big day. For me, this is an integral part of the wedding experience, something you can share with family and bring out whenever you wish to relive the experience.
I’ve used various suppliers, but recently had the opportunity to try out Saal Digital’s offerings, perfect timing to print up the images I took during an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding I captured recently.
One thing I found about the experience of putting the book together (in collaboration with the happy couple) through the app Saal provides is the ease of use. Often apps like this can be overly complicated, but I was able to choose which images I wanted in different layouts and add additional pages without any hassle. This included being able to spread images across two pages for added emphasis on those particularly special moments, such as group shots. This adds some magic to something that could quite easily become formulaic. Although there are plenty of templates to choose from in the Saal back catalogue, I preferred to choose the most basic and adapt it where I felt appropriate; for instance I opted to remove the barcode on the back cover to make sure the book felt as personalised as possible.
Once ordered, the book arrived prompted, and as I opted for the decorative box, opening the package felt like a proper unveiling. The box itself is rather plain, but it insinuates a grandeur with a hint of class. Really there is no need to have too much on the front of the decorative box, as it would merely undermined the feeling of opening the box to see the book ticked safely into it's foam surround.
I was immediately impressed by the colour rendition of the printing, from the impactful front cover to the collection of images spread throughout the pages. I enjoy colour and my imagery reflects this, so it was great to see that so well replicated on the page, bringing the joy and fun of a special day to life. I was able to ensure one image transcended the front and back cover, and opted for the names of the happy couple above the date of their special day to be printed in the font of my choice.
Because I was able to personalise pages to highlight some of the more important imagery, the pages that showed the couple enjoying a stroll amongst the beautiful spring foliage looked fabulous. There are plenty of photobooks that allow you to personalise the pages on the market, but I must admit I've not experienced any this easy to use. The weight of the paper also impressed me, and the glossy finish, although reflective, added a certain style to the overall book.
The photobook market is one that is particularly saturated with many varied business models, but Saal manages to pitch themselves as a product that offers quality at a very reasonable price. I'm impressed with the finish and presentation and more importantly, so are my clients.
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