Claire Penn's luxury fine art silk album

  1. Interview with Kristen Lynne Photography

    We’re changing it up a little here on the blog. We serve incredible clients with incredible talent and instead of just featuring our clients photos of their albums, we thought we would feature our clients themselves and share a bit about them and their work.

    To kick off this new series, meet Kristen of Kristen Lynne Photography. She is a Fine Art Wedding and Portrait photographer based in Virginia. She is extremely talented and we hope you enjoy learning a little about who she is and her business.

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    Tell us a little about yourself and your passion / business.

    I am a third generation photographer. Most of what I know I learned from my parents and my own studies inside and outside of the classroom. I’m humbled and honored to be able to work with the most amazing couples to capture their special wedding day. I’m passionate about working with my clients to create beautiful images for them. I also love women’s portraiture and boudoir. There is nothing better than to make a woman see how beautiful she truly is and empower her! This is very rewarding as a photographer.  

     

    Tell us about your style.

    I feel that my style is light, romantic, and soft. I’m a hybrid shooter, so I shoot both film and digital. I think that film is the perfect medium to allow me to capture the aesthetic that I’m after. I also want my style to look effortless. I’m a very laid back person and I tend to attract those types of clients. Each photo session is an adventure. I do think ahead and plan for certain things, but it’s always interested to see where each photo session takes me!

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    Where do you find inspiration?

    My inspiration comes from all around me! I am constantly in awe and inspired by other photographers. A few of my favorites are Jose Villa, KT Merry, Sue Bryce, Elizabeth Messina, Erich McVey, and many others. I also get a lot of inspiration from my surroundings. When I arrive at a location I’m inspired by the light, architecture, flowers/gardens, scenery… In Virginia it’s easy to look in every direction and be inspired by something!

     

    How did you get started in Photography?

    Growing up my parents were always into photography. Over the years they purchased nicer cameras and they eventually started their own business. I loved to borrow their cameras and go up into the mountains to take pictures. On vacations I was asking questions, learning about photography. Not long after I married the love of my life, we got the cutest golden retriever puppy you ever saw! Now that I was on my own, I didn’t have access to my parent’s amazing camera gear! I decided that I wanted to save up and get my own professional camera to document our new little family. People started asking me to take photos for them, and before I knew it I had my own business too!

     

    Was there a point when you decided to take a big risk to move forward?

    Yes. Recently as a matter of fact. I went to college at George Mason University and got my bachelor’s in nursing. I was working full time as an RN in the operating room and I had my part time photography business on the side. Eventually the business started to pick up and the weekend on-call hours at the hospital started to infringe on my photography time. I cut back to part-time at the hospital but after a year of part-time I decided to take the plunge and dedicate all my time to the business. I think it was the best decision I’ve made since starting my photography business! I’m incredibly blessed to have the support of my husband and family.

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    What do you think was one of the keys to your success?

    Perseverance. Don’t ever give up. It is so easy in this industry to compare yourself to the masses of other photographers and think, “I’ll never be that good.” I spent a LOT of time reading books, online blogs, seeking out advice from other photographers, doing workshops, practicing with my camera, taking online courses, taking college classes at a local community college, second shooting/assisting for free, etc. You have to keep pressing into it. I strive to continually learn and improve.

     

    What does a typical day look like for you?

    In the morning I check and answer emails. If I’m getting ready for a photo shoot I am charging batteries, cleaning gear, formatting cards, etc. If it is the Monday after a wedding I’m usually getting the film ready to send to the lab. If I’ve just received film back from the lab I am editing the digitals to match the film. I will write a blog post for the day (although I try to write a bunch of blog posts at one time and schedule them for different days). Then I take care of other “business” things like updating client’s files, paying sales tax, making phone calls, placing print orders, entering things into Quickbooks, filing receipts, etc. Then in the evening I check my emails one last time. I like to get back to my clients within 12-24 hours. One thing I love about owning my photography business is each day is different!

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    What are your 3 favorite pieces of equipment?

    My favorite piece of equipment has to be my Contax 645 paired with the Zeiss 80mm f/2 lens. This is my medium format film camera and it is sweet! Then next in line would be my Canon 5D MkIII camera and my 50mm f/1.2 & 85mm f/1.2 lenses. These are my staples.

     

    If you knew then (when you started) what you know now what would you do differently?

    I would have charged more for my sessions when I started out. When photographers are just getting their start they don’t feel like they can justify charging much, if anything at all. But the truth is, you can! I decided to spend my first year in business building up my portfolio and I felt like I needed to give people a “deal.” The only problem was, I ended up building a client base that was in a completely different price bracket than what I wanted to end up in. I found myself raising my prices and having to rebuild my client base. My previous clients didn’t value photography enough to pay what I was charging after my “portfolio period” ended.

     

    How does RedTree Albums help you serve your clients better?

    I want to provide the best for my clients. I feel like they are investing a lot with me and I want to give them something to reflect their level of investment. It is always my goal to give them amazing customer service, but I also want to leave them with something amazing in hand. I feel that RedTree’s albums are phenominal. The quality is evident as soon as you pick on of their albums up. I love that their albums are a fusion of classic and modern. I love the various fabrics, colors, and options for customizing like the debossing and cameo cutouts. When my clients get their RedTree album, they know they have something special.

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    How do you design your albums, what software do you use?

    This is something that I’ve been “playing with” lately. I was using Photojunction and was fairly happy with it. However, one of my favorite software companies (BlogStomp) recently came out with a new software program called “AlbumStomp.” I’m anxious to try it!!!

     

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    I want to eventually specialize in fine art Weddings that are held at private estates and wineries/vineyards. I find that those types of venues are extremely inspiring for me. I’d also like to exclusively shoot film, or at least 90% film. I’m always working to shoot more film and less digital. Another HUGE goal of mine is to one day have my own natural light studio on my property.

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  2. Kind Words from Elissa R. Photography

    Elissa of Elissa R. Photography  recently blogged about her RedTree albums and offered these kind words. Thanks so much Elissa!
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    “I absolutely love albums. People are sensory creatures — we love to touch things, and I think it’s so important to have important things printed and felt. I 100% believe that holding, touching, and holding heirloom-quality books of wedding photos is such an amazing feeling, and the best way to store favorite photos from someone’s wedding day. I chose RedTree because when I saw a sample RedTree album, it looked luxurious; and when I felt one, it felt significant. I’ve held a lot of plasticky-feeling albums, or lightweight albums that seem flimsy or easy to tear, but the RedTree I first handled just felt right.

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    I offer RedTree albums to my clients because I have confidence that they’ll last throughout generations. They feel sturdy, the prints are gorgeous and crystal-clear, and the cover options are so classic that I know the album won’t look too dated in fifty years.

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    One of my favorite things to do is to hand-deliver the couple’s album and watch them go through it for the first time. Even if they’ve looked at their photos a thousand times on the computer screen, their eyes light up when they feel their photos in their hands.”

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    If you’re looking for a photographer in the Austin, TX area, definitely look her up!

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  3. Heirloom Albums by Amy Little Photography

    Many thanks to Amy Little Photography who recently blogged about her latest sample album and why it’s important for every client of hers to receive their memories in print. Here are some shots of her 10×10 Pagoda leather album. Thanks again Amy!

     

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  4. New Products Now Available!

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    We’re excited to officially announce that our new products are now available for purchase! These new products include, as previously mentioned, matted folios, matted folio albums, wooden presentation boxes, and coastal linen fabrics. We’re super excited about these new offerings and we think you will absolutely love them.

    We also have a couple of other upgrades that are now available including white endsheets and semi-matte photo paper! Thanks to everyone who has let us know how we can make our products better and how we can serve you best. We love hearing from you!

    You may be asking:

    • Is debossing and custom debossing available on the new Folios and Matted Folio Albums? Yes!
    • Can I use my studio die on the new Folios and Matted Folio Albums? Yes!
    • Is custom engraving available on the wooden presentation boxes? Almost. Engraving will be available mid-May along with additional box sizes.
    • What if I recently purchased a swatch kit? Can I get an upgrade that includes the new coastal fabrics? Yes! If you purchased your swatch kit in 2014 you can get an upgraded coastal linen sheet free of charge! Details on new swatches coming in May.

    If you are a professional photographer who is not currently registered with us, please register to view pricing and additional info. We hope you love this new line-up!

  5. Timeless wedding albums by Studio Elle

    Renee from Studio Elle recently blogged about the addition of RedTree Albums to her wedding packages. We loved her sentiments about the thrill of “seeing your photos come to life in print.” as well as seeing “the whole story unfold from start-to-finish in a personalized wedding album.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are a few of her shots of a recent sample album.

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  6. New Things Coming in mid-April!

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    First of all, let us just say a big thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth at WPPI. It was so great to see and meet so many of you. We had a blast and enjoyed getting to debut a new line of products we’re super excited about.

    What’s New!

    Let’s first chat about what’s not newour 2014 pricing. No price changes for 2014! How happy are you?! As for our new products, below is a summary of new products that will be available in mid-April. Additional details coming soon.

    Matted Folios

    New, beautiful 2-sided 5×7 folios! The perfect gift for parents, family members, portrait clients and the like. Stock up on these Matted Folios and slip-in a couple 5×7 prints before your viewing session for an instant sale.

    Matted Folio Albums

    Complimenting our Matted Folios, these beautiful 4×6 slip-in albums come in sizes from 6 to 12 mats and use the finest quality ragmat matboard. They could not be better suited for portrait sessions of all kinds. The images are inserted manually giving you the option of pre-ordering several to keep in your studio, drastically cutting down production time on your end. By having them in studio, you could offer them to your clients on the spot. Matted Folio Albums may be a great option if your clients are not looking for a fully designed album but still want a beautiful way to display their images.

    Wooden Presentation Boxes

    Gorgeous wooden boxes made from beautiful walnut wood, featuring dovetail joints, include the option for staining or natural, as well as laser etching on the top lid. These high-end presentation boxes are perfect for albums, prints or matted prints and are handmade right here at our production facility.

    New Coastal Linens

    So many of our coastal photographers were asking for softer, lighter fabric colors. We heard your cry! We’re excited to announce 12 new fabrics we’re calling Coastal Linens. Not only are these perfect for our coastal clients or really any wedding or portrait session, but they are also the perfect addition to our Matted Folios and Matted Folio Albums.

    Also coming soon…

    • White linen endsheets
    • Semi-matte paper
    • New upgraded fabric albums for better hinge definition and debossing clarity

     
    We can’t wait to get these new products into your hands! If you haven’t already, be sure you register with us so that you can see pricing information when it comes available in the coming weeks.

  7. Crozier Photography’s Pinecone Leather Album

    John Crozier at Crozier photography recently grabbed some photos of a beautiful album he presented to his clients. He was kind enough to use the word “hand made perfection” and that our albums have “just a little bit of extra warmth in them.” Check out his beautiful album.

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  8. Holiday Deadlines

    It’s that time of year again! Our holiday deadlines are set to guarantee delivery on or before Dec 24th. If you order your album (USA only) anytime after Thanksgiving (Nov 28), we highly recommend drop-shipping to your client to guarantee delivery.

    Standard Orders – December 2nd by 11:59pm EST*

    To drop ship your album, simply change the “shipping” address. We never include any invoices or information along with the album. 

    Please note: this does not apply for international orders.  USPS and customs can tend to take longer.  For international orders, we recommend ordering albums November 18th or sooner.

    Rush orders – December 9th 11:59pm EST*

    Any orders rushed (fee applies) and spreads uploaded by 11:59pm EST on December 9th will be shipped and delivered by December 24th*.  This also does not apply for international orders.

    Winter Break

    Due to the fact that all of our team will be working extra hard to get your albums shipped before Christmas, our company will be closed from December 23rd through December 30th. For this reason, orders placed after the deadline will continue in production the 1st week of January. Expect those orders to ship within 5 weeks of ordering.

    *Orders must be submitted with zero issues (design flaws, incorrectly sized spreads, order mistakes, etc). If you’re prone to making a few mistakes, get those books in a few days early to play it safe.

  9. Classic & Timeless Wedding Albums

    This year, we made our first of many trips to WPPI in Vegas, where we were lucky enough to get to meet many of our regular clients in person, as well as many new clients! Mozi Photography was one that we met while we were there, and we are so glad to hear how much they fell in love with our handcrafted albums as soon as they laid eyes on them. Check out these great photos they shared with us! Shown below is our Fog Luxe Leather with our Franklin debossing and our Pure Linen.

            

  10. Jennifer Martin’s Almond Album

    Jennifer Martin shared her love for her new albums with us! Check them out:

           

Claire Penn’s luxury fine art silk album

We couldn’t agree more with Claire’s first three words on her latest blog entry: I’m in love.

Beautiful shots Claire!

       

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