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At the end of the day, when cake is cut, flowers are wilted, music is turned off. Other than the memories you have,  wouldn’t you also want something  tangible to hold on to? Just think about it. when we go on vacations, we buy souvenirs, right? T-shirts, post cards, mugs, whatever it is. Heck, my wife and I collect magnets from different places we’ve visited. I know we have all the digital photos, memories, but we want something tangible. Something we can look at, hold it even, and think back on all the good memories we’ve had.  How does this apply to wedding photography? I am so glad you asked!  It’s probably widely considered as one of the most important days of our lives. The one where we will be telling our grand children some day. Will we be sitting in front of the fire place, sharing our wedding photos on a tablet, iPhone, or some other kind of gadget? Flipping through the images with a hand gesture Minority Report style? Or, if you are like me, I enjoy going through old, physical photo albums with my daughters. Let it be the mysterious lure of nostalgia, the smell of old photos, or whatever it is. There is just something about holding tangible products that let us relive our memories much more vividly. This is why I have never stopped offering physical products. Let it be DVD’s, prints, canvases, or albums. Having something tangible is so important to the preservation of memories that we once had.

Ask yourself this question. Would you rather have digital images on Facebook? Or would you rather have a physical album that you can pass down to generations?  I’d much rather have my daughters relive our wedding & vow renewal with prints and albums! Not only the album itself, but the album design should be clean, timeless, and not ‘trendy.” After all, you want your children to look at this 30 years from now and still be impressed by it, right?  You can also check out our studio’s most popular album by CLICKING HERE, and also our Engagement Albums Here.  It is with that in mind, I want to share with you guys my secret weapon in album design……. Align Album Design!  I’ve been with Align Album Design for a few years now. What started as a last minute decision has now become an integral part of my workflow.  Align Album Design and its team of talented designers crank out an awesome album design usually within 2 days. Yes, TWO days. I understand there are a ton of software out there for album design programs. While they are all great softwares, there is always a limitation to it.  I will talk about those limitations in a bit. But here are the reasons why I absolutely love Align Album Design.

1. Design approval is automated & online. The design team receives instant notification via Album Exposure once my client makes corrections. I get notification every time a change is requested. My clients love this process because they can keep track of when revisions are made, and I love it because it helps me to keep track of all the revisions my clients are asking for.

2. I get total control even though I’m not the one physically designing it. Align Album Design allows the photographers to select from a few pre-selected ‘themes.’ My theme is always classic because I like my design to be timeliness.  And one of the talented designers will then design the album to my liking before it’s even sent to the clients. The design is always an extension of my brand, and my clients absolutely love the designs!

3. By outsourcing my album design, it frees up to do other important tasks in order go grow my business. The designing part is not hard, but it’s the communication with my clients that take up most of the time. Align Album Design cuts down on the time it takes me for me to design and my clients get a faster turn around time. Win win for everybody.

Here are some of my favorite spreads designed by the talented Align Designers as seen in clients’ proof galleries;

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***Jeremy Chou Photography is an Affiliate of Align Album Design, and does receive a small credit for referrals***

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A few days ago, we held a training for our associate photographers & 2nd photographers. Consistent training is a great way to serve our clients’ needs and make our photographers even stronger than they already are.   I am truly fortunate to work with some of the best photographers out there. In addition to being super talented and extremely trustworthy, they are just genuinely good human beings to be around! I love my team!  If you didn’t know, my studio now offers associate photographers. They are hand picked individuals who have had a successful history of working for my studio. Associate photographers are a great alternative to those clients that are on a more strict budget to be allocated for wedding photography. Our clients will still get an awesome photographer to document their big day, but at a more affordable rate.  Although no two photographers will shoot alike, they are selected for their similarity in style as myself.  The associate photographers will be the one shooting on your wedding day, and my studio will still do all the ‘behind the scenes’ editing, client communication, product fulfillment, etc..

We spent about two hours together in Pasadena and had a great time. I want to give a special thanks to Yuri & Pat for being our great models. Don’t they look great?? Yuri is also a hair/makeup artist and she does awesome work! And since every blog post looks better with pictures, here are the portraits I took for Yuri & Pat during our training session. Thanks again!!

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  • July 17, 2014 - 12:15 am

    Eric - These portraits are so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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Another beautiful wedding by our associate photographer Monica!  And a huge congratulations to Tim & Renee! You might remember them from their colorful engagement session from Venice Canal a few months ago, and these two are just crazy in love with each other. Their wedding ceremony and reception at Hyatt Regency in Newport , CA, was a classic summer California wedding with beautiful floral arrangement by Blushing Garden, and coordinated by the awesome Simply Sera Events! Tim & Renee even bought each one of their bridesmaids a little something from Tiffany! Who doesn’t like a little blue box, huh? Congratulations again to Tim & Renee, I hope you guys are partying it up in Europe right now!

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Wedding Venue | Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Photographer | Monica for Jeremy Chou Photography
2nd Photographer | Kristen Burtch
Wedding Coordinator | Simply Sera Events
Florist | Blushing Garden
DJ | Extreme DJ
Hair & Makeup | E2Beauty
Videographer | Vnext Media
Rentals | Mikasa Fine Linens

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I love it when I get a chance to document my previous client’s life milestones! Trudy & Jay got married almost two years ago and we’ve kept in touch since the wedding. It was nice to be able to shoot their maternity session in Pasadena, CA just a few days ago. They are expecting a baby girl (shhhh, name is a secret!) and I couldn’t be more happy for them! For their maternity session, we shot it at a trail in Pasadena and once again, we were lucky to have the awesome California golden hour sunset. We caught up on life, and Jay has a booming distribution business that he just started last year. It was great to chat with him about taking a risk, and really going after what you want out of life.  Congratulations again to Trudy & Jay, and I can’t wait to see pictures of your new princess!

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  • July 5, 2014 - 12:03 am

    Mieke - Love the light! Beautiful all around!ReplyCancel