CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

Tag: ‘Hinged Albums’



10×10 Hinged Reception Book with Photo Cover

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Albums come in many sizes. That includes and is not limited to the hinged books. The hinged books are a wonderful alternative to the more costly flush mount albums. It is simple, the design is less complex making it much more affordable. The pages are thinner but not as thin as a regular paper book. The pages are a very durable card stock quality. The finish is gorgeous & the pages do lay flat.

This particular book is a 10 x 10 size. As mentioned – these can come in many sizes, however, I do not recommend going much bigger than this. The pages are thinner and not as durable as you would find with a flush mount album. If you are going larger you really should consider the sturdier album. The smaller books work beautifully as a hinged album. They are great at receptions for your guests to look through, for family albums, for  high school seniors, for birthing books. They are also nice because they do not take up much room in a bookshelf.

This album has a beautiful photo cover. When  you open the album it opens to a blank page to protect the actual album. It gives it a very polished look as well.

The pages start on the right with this album. I do have albums in the flushed mount options that offer starting on the left. It is all about preference. With the hinged books though, you will be starting on the right.

The pages for this album came with a pearl finish. It is one of my favorites for sure, but we do offer it in a luster or watercolor finish. Both gorgeous options as well.

I love the hinged albums we use. The quality is wonderful and they truly lay flat.

The hinge and the spine are not just functional – they look amazing. I often use the word polished, it is because that is what I look for in a product. I look for a polished, great quality, great look, professional product for my customers. Something that I trust and would use in my home too.

When you are thinking of a session with me you can be assured that you will not only get amazing images to treasure, but that I will have many options for you to choose from for show casing you and your photos from your session. I promise that your options are not just options, but the best there is to offer in the market. You will be so proud to display these in your home as your friends and family oooo and aaaaa over them :)

Thanks for checking us out!

New Spiral Bound Photo Books!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Introducing our newest product. The new Spiral Bound Photo Books!

Why ~ I am not a fan of preview books for a couple of reason, one mainly being that they don’t look great to me. I like polished finished looks to all my products. This is a new product that can serve several purposes. It looks great, it presents beautifully, it showcases images perfectly, it can be used as an affordable alternative, and did I mention how beautiful these are?

The new books come packaged in a black box with tissue wrapped around it for protection.

As you can see the book has a custom designed hard cover with image on the front. The texture is linen. Angled just right you can see it. Gives it a wonderful polished feel. If you prefer no texture that is an option as well.

Both the front and back covers are made of hard material. This book is a 5×7 size. I chose that option because it shows off your images so nicely. Not too small and not to large.

I love how the book lies flat because of the spiral binding. This book takes up very little room, yet has big appeal.

The pages turn on the spiral binding quite smoothly. The picture quality is gorgeous. I would not choose a product that does not show well or that I would not want in my own home. This is definitely a product I enjoy in my home. This is a great gift item for parents or grandparents – family members.

The standard book comes with 10 pages (20 images). Up to 10 extra pages (2 images per page) can be purchased so  you can potentially have a total of 40 images. The Spiral Bound Photo Book I have here has the standard 10 pages.

One thing that I enjoy doing each year is making photo albums or books of my children. I would love to have one for each child. Having an affordable option is something that definitely appeals to me as a mom of 5 with many extended family members. This is also a wonderful option for all types of shoots: Model portfolio building, Children, High school Seniors, Couples, Parent books, Boudoir shoot, Trash the Dress shoots.  I am squealing at how cool these are!

The options are currently:

Spiral Bound Photo Books

Hinged Albums

Senior Session Albums

Layflat Albums

Ice Layflat Albums

Would love to have your feed back on any of these options. If you need information like sizing and pricing feel free to contact me.  Now off to work on editing some more sessions to bring to you! :)

Product ~ 8×8 hinged Album

Monday, December 17th, 2012

I have had multiple requests for product images ~ more of them. Well here it is. Today’s post is featuring the 8×8 hinged Album. There are multiple options now for the hinged album including cloth, leather, and photographic covers. This one is my personal favorite with leather on the binding and yet you still get your custom cover.

All albums have a custom designed template to match the session. There are 10 spreads or 20 pages (each side = a page). The albums usually hold a minimum of 25 images. Now my 8×8 albums are hinged albums. They lay flat but are not the flush mounts.  What does that mean? It means it has the thinner pages. They are stiffer than regular paper but no near as thick as the flush mounts. It makes it more affordable for my client. I list a price for an 8×8 album, but if you are interested in something bigger or smaller there are options.

After someone has a session with me I ask them to choose anywhere from 25-30 images that are their very favorites. From there the artist in me goes wild. I hope you enjoy Kaitlyn’s Senior Photo Album.

As you can see in the upper image – the pages are card stock quality. That makes in stand up really wall. Pages do not bend as easily as a regular book.

The spine is leather and as you can see – the folds are finished professionally. Your product is guaranteed the best and inspected by myself before it ever comes to you.

Lay flat is just that. When a book opens it is usually bound directly to the spine. The hinged albums have a hinging mechanism that allows the book to open and lay flat. This works amazingly for displaying on coffee tables, receptions, and simply for viewing. The entire image is in your view and not down in a crease.

The hinged albums start with a single page first on the right.

The paper preference that is standard on my hinged albums is a pearl paper. The sheen is very lovely and compliments the art perfectly. Even though it is the standard you can still request for Luster pages instead at no additional cost.

Below you can see the sheen from the last page of this album too. The nice thing about the pearl used here is that although it has a sheen it is not so distracting to disturb you while looking at your images. Instead the pearl enhances the images to look ever so elegant. Some would say romantic.

I have included the spreads so you can see one of my many designs and how it is utilized. I do offer more simple designs for those who prefer just a white or black background.

The last page is a page rather than a spread as well. You can see the black paper to the side that helps protect the page. Each page designed to showcase your images in the best light possible.

So when you come for your photo session ~ keep in mind our amazing and very affordable Hinged Albums.
CJ Wilkes

 

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