Leather Craftsmen : WPPI


He comes on Wednesdays, if albums are set to arrive. The Leather Craftsmen courier rings my doorbell and I’m greeted with a few black boxes. I squeal like a dolphin when I open each album because it’s flipping through the pages makes me feel like I’m crossing a client’s wedding finish line. All the hard work they put into planning their wedding? THIS is proof of its fabulousness.

I’ll be hosting a contest at the Leather Craftsmen booth at WPPI next month, so if you’re in Vegas, you should stop by for a chance to win one of three Companion Albums or one 10×10 20-page Print+Bind Album! I’ll be there on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 3pm showcasing a few of my albums and choosing the winners, so be sure to grab a raffle ticket. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store with many thanks to Albumesque for the album designs…

Here’s a guest sign in album from Jami+Joel’s engagement session. The album usually has 15-17 images in the 10-page (20-side) album…and guests sign in the white margins of the album.

The beauty of working with Amy from Albumesque is I trust her. Implicitly. I inform my clients in advance that I work with a graphic designer on their album layout because–quite frankly–she’s better at it. I don’t enjoy album design, so I outsource the design and vision to her. The clients choose their images, I ensure they’re edited with continuity, then FTP them to Albumesque…this workflow makes me LOVE designing albums now! πŸ˜‰

I prefer clean, straight-forward designs without photo clutter on the pages, and I’m thrilled with how these wedding photo albums came out!

I took a picture of this album spread because JD took both these pictures…sometimes he makes me jealous! πŸ˜‰

To read more about how I use Leather Craftsmen and get discounts, feel free to check out THIS POST!

Hope to see you in Vegas! Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Tanya Petraglia

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I love it soo much! I too love exclamation marks!!!!

  2. Judy

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you so much for being so open with your products and ideas. I had always imagined these albums to be beautiful but now I see it first hand. Of course your pictures are stunning but seeing them printed and bound brings another deminsion to your art. Every day that I open your blog I am challenged to be a better photographer. Thanks for pushing me and so many others! Enjoy Vegas!! πŸ™‚ P.S. I’m getting a 5DMarkII in a couple of weeks….Can you say Christmas in February?!?!?

  3. P E N N Y

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    The albums showcase your work beautifully. I’m off to follow the link to Albumeque now!!

  4. Kristi Martin

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I have never commented on your blog but, I have been following it almost everyday for nearly two years now. You have been such a HUGE inspiration to me and in two weeks I am quitting my job and pursuing my photo business full time… scary! Anyway, I am going to WPPI this year and I am so excited to hear you speak and possibly meet you at the Leather Craftsman Booth. Thanks for keeping me entertained and motivated to follow my dream. πŸ™‚

  5. melodie schultz

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    holy stink, I cant wait to meet you! I hope i meet you. I better meet you. πŸ˜‰

  6. Erin Davenport

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Hey Jasmine! I hope I can stop by the booth on Tuesday just to see you in person, the album giveaway is a bonus! Some friends are planning a shoot for that evening and I don’t know what time–it will be my first styled shoot {insert dolphin squeal}! Thanks for being awesome, JD too! XOXO

  7. Mikaela

    January 26th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    So, so gorgeous. And I love the newsprint on your wall – I’ve been admiring it since you started with your video posts!! πŸ™‚ I’ll for sure be seeing you in Vegas – cannot wait! xo

  8. Kare

    January 26th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Wish I were going to WPPI this year. Some day I’ll get there…

  9. Anne Elisabeth

    January 26th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Gorgeous albums! i love straight-forward and clean too.. these photos donΒ΄t need extra more!

  10. Life with Kaishon

    January 26th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Truly beautiful.

    Here is a pretty quote that would go perfectly with the love in your albums
    ‘For one moment our lives met our souls touched.’ Oscar Wilde

    I know the punctuation is terrible. I don’t know what Mr. Wilde was thinking. I sure do love the quote though.

  11. Stephanie Pervis

    January 26th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I love how you and JD cam work together and have ‘friendly’ competition. πŸ˜‰ My husband and I work together as well and have fun trying to see who can take the best pic at the perfect angle! Gorgeous albums Jasmine!

  12. Victoria

    January 26th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    LOVE them! I won one of the albums they gave away in College Station! So excited about it!

  13. Yuliya

    January 26th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I LOVE your albums! Beautiful. In the future do you mind giving tips on how your brides choose images and how to set a time frame for them, so they won’t take up to a few months to choose. Also if they are given a limit of images to choose. Thank you!

  14. Lydia

    January 26th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Oh, so wish I was going to be there!

  15. Amy Hummel

    January 26th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I’m waiting for "Mr. Leather Craftsman Courier" as we speak! Squee!

  16. Amy Jo

    January 26th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I will be at WPPI, and this makes me even more excited than I already was! I can’t wait!

  17. Mindy Metivier

    January 26th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Oooohh I love these photo albums!!! I too prefer clean, straight-forward designs!!! I think it’s a more "classic" way of arranging the images…and the design won’t outdate itself in the future when the couples are old and gray, reminiscing about their fabulous day!!! Love it!!!

  18. Ana GR

    January 26th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    You know what?
    The album is gorgeous, but I am fascinated at your background. I have seen it often in your posts. Could you possibly videoblog about it?
    Thanks for sucha good work, inspiration, explanations ans so much glamour!

  19. Katie

    January 26th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Gorgeous! I’ve got it marked in my calendar! I’ll be there. πŸ™‚

  20. Kate Douthwright

    January 26th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Ooooh, I will definitely be there for that raffle. Love their albums! See you at 3pm on the 22nd πŸ˜‰

  21. Julie

    January 26th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Those albums are gorgeous! I wish I would have know about you before I got married last year! You do amazing work and I love all your videos and blogs. I’m an aspiring photographer (very aspiring…) and I hope to someday make it to one of your workshops!

  22. Diana Lupu

    January 26th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    GGGAAAHHHH!!! they look SO amazing! I’m off to their website to check them out. πŸ™‚

  23. Christy

    January 27th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Beautiful as usual Jas! I have a quick question regarding the guest book albums… do you print those on matte paper so that guests are able to sign on the white part of the page? Or do you just have the guests sign with a sharpie or something so it works on lustre paper? Any insight would be much appreciated!!! Thanks so much!

  24. victoria

    January 27th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    are all those newsprint from the the ny times? the layout is refreshingly nice…

  25. Chung Nguyen

    January 27th, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Good job, JD! Lovely albums. So timeless.

  26. Sarah Danaher

    January 27th, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I’ll see you there!

  27. lentie

    January 27th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Wow. I love those albums. Gorg!

  28. Emma Godfrey

    January 27th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    They are soooo beautiful. I love your graphic designers too, very talented!

  29. Rebecca H

    January 27th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    G O R G E O U S !!

  30. Kelsey

    January 27th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Beautiful albums!

  31. Michelle Nakasato

    January 27th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    whoot whoot! i CAN’T wait to see you in vegas and see these beautiful albums up close! πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  32. kristen Drufke

    January 27th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Wow, gorgeous album! I love how clean and sharp it is.

  33. sarah javaheri

    January 27th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I love these. I’ll be there looking for you πŸ˜‰ . Thanks for sharing. Rub my ticket for good luck !

  34. amanda thiessen

    January 28th, 2011 at 6:18 am

    love love! so sharp!
    wish we were going this year πŸ™ can’t make the time but next year we would like to!

  35. Jason Wallis

    January 28th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Has anyone else noticed how all Jasmine’s brides seem to look exactly like her? πŸ˜‰

  36. Dave

    January 30th, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Nice, clean albums Jas. Your albums actually make me ponder the whole gutter/non-gutter option….

  37. Jim Rand

    January 30th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I love the album! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  38. Jenna Danelle

    January 31st, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I am up in the air on albums… I LOVE albums – and right now I get them from a company in Italy – and they are beautiful, but I’ve been interested in Leathercraftsmen for a while now… Hmmm – may have to try them out…

  39. Erica Velasco

    February 1st, 2011 at 2:13 am

    I’ll be making sure I pick up a ticket

  40. Dave Waddell

    February 2nd, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I too am interested in hearing what type of paper is used in the guest sign in album. I’d love to offer a product like this. Thanks!

  41. vera

    February 11th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Nice! Hey Jasmine, i like your wall….behind the album. :):)

  42. Marian Majik

    February 15th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I have to say that I’m jealous on JD’s work too. He takes beautiful pictures – like you πŸ™‚

  43. Wedding Photographer

    November 4th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    They look like stunning albums

  44. JayShepPhotography

    March 12th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I think that the photo guestbooks are a great idea! and yours look great!!!