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I’m a bookaholic.  I’ve never met a library, bookstore, or booksale I didn’t like. If you walk into my house, you’ll notice there are jam-packed bookcases in every room but the bathroom and kitchen (my husband wishes I were joking).  To me, nothing is better than a physical book in hand, unless, of course, it’s a photo book. Which brings me to the point of the post.

While I love my flushmount and fine art wedding albums, I wanted something a little more casual for family, portrait, and engagement sessions.  Something that you could literally thumb through, like a book or magazine.

I looked at many companies and tried several samples, but I was finding the pages either too thin, or too thick, or too shiny. Nothing was jumping out at me. I was starting to get discouraged.  In fact, with this sample, I just grabbed an easily accessible recent engagement session, and speeded through the layout in no time flat, figuring it wasn’t going to be worth investing a lot of effort.

I was so wrong.

It’s hard to really show books and albums in photos, so you’ll have to take my word that these magazine-style books have beautiful matte, heavy stock paper.  The colors are vibrant without being overwhelming.  The simple layouts of the pages the photos to be the star of the show, and it is just addicting to flip through the book.  Seriously, I must have looked through my copy about 12 times when I first got it in the mail.  This was exactly what I was envisioning.

I wish I found these years ago, but I’m so happy to be offering them now.  If you’re interested in having your engagement, portrait, or family session printed into book form, shoot me an email at tasha@redwallphotography.com, and I’ll send more information.

 

           

The longer I shoot, and the more portrait sessions I do, the more I’ve been wanting a shooting space. A place to do simple headshots, newborn/baby sessions, and especially boudoir. By having a location where I can do some of these shoots, I not only make it easier on my clients, but also less expensive (how nice will it be to not have to rent a hotel room for boudoir?!). Granted, I still love on-location shoots, and for that reason, am still happy to shoot family sessions and engagement sessions “in the wild,” but I like having options!

So, enter my new space. When the renewal of the lease on my Lombard space came due, it was evident that it was time to look around and see what else was out there. I looked all over. Literally. I found some spaces I fell in love with, only to realize that they were leased the day prior, or changed terms on me last minute. I was about ready to throw in the towel and admit defeat, but then I stumbled across this space in Lacuna Art Lofts online and immediately fell in love. It was obvious that none of the other spaces worked out because this one was meant for me. Oh, that brick archway, that awesome weathered floor, those huge windows… and you haven’t even seen the rest of the building yet. The whole thing is pretty amazing.

A few days after seeing it online, I was able to view it this afternoon, and immediately signed on the dotted line to make it mine. Starting early April, all my meetings will occur in the new space, and I’ll begin offering studio photo sessions soon after (I might even have a grand opening special, so keep an eye out!). I can’t wait to have a grand opening so I can show y’all in person!

 

The shooting space:

 
The doorway to the meeting room:

 
The meeting room (that’s where the couch will go, along with some paint!):

 
A few favorite details:

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to do a bit of guestbook design lately. Everyone always asks what they should do with their engagement photos…. aside from the obvious uses of save the dates and making ginourmous prints to hang up EVERYWHERE, the next suggestion I have is to make a guestbook. In my opinion, the best thing about guestbooks is that friends and family are able to have a little more interaction when they’re “signing in,” since they can make comments regarding the photos, or pick their favorite photo to sign next to. I’ve definitely seen guests sit there and look through the whole book before picking a page to sign!

My guestbooks are available in 8×8, 10×10, and 12×12, and can be covered in linens, leathers, or a photo wraparound (not pictured). They have hinged pages to lay flat while guests are signing, and are custom designed for each order. Basically, they’re awesome.

These two guestbooks are for upcoming weddings this year, and I can’t wait to see them in action!


 
 
 

 

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