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I'm Elizabeth Gelineau, a photographer, dreamer, and accidental entrepreneur. Based in my hometown of Mobile, Ala., I photograph portraits, weddings and events on both sides of Mobile Bay. Grab a cup of coffee (or other beverage of your choice) and enjoy browsing around. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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A Grand Hotel Point Clear Wedding Fall wedding season is about to kick into high gear and engagement season is in full swing! My Inbox has been overflowing with wedding inquiries, but my family is also celebrating an engagement of our own. On Saturday night, my sister, Katherine, answered the most important question of her […]

September 18, 2019

A Grand Hotel Point Clear Wedding

Fall wedding season is about to kick into high gear and engagement season is in full swing! My Inbox has been overflowing with wedding inquiries, but my family is also celebrating an engagement of our own. On Saturday night, my sister, Katherine, answered the most important question of her life and became engaged! Yay!

The past few days have been a bit of a whirlwind with nailing down a wedding date, which is quite tricky since I’m a wedding photographer with over half of my 2020 season booked! Thankfully, I was not booked on their date of choice. Since I had a heads up that Phillip was about to propose, I was able to pause booking weddings for a few weeks until they selected a date.

Wedding planning is a series of decisions. Two of the first decisions that every bride will make are regarding their venue and photographer. The venue determines the date and you have to have a date confirmed in order to book a photographer. The two go hand-in-hand.

Once you choose your wedding photographer, you may also find yourself trying to decide whether or not to purchase a wedding album. I absolutely love creating wedding albums for my clients. Printing your photos so that they may be enjoyed off the screen is so very important! An heirloom quality wedding album will stand the test of time. Here are three reasons I think it’s beneficial to order your album from your wedding photographer.

1. Prevents Procrastination

“We intended to create our own album, but just never got around to it.” I’ve heard this way too many times! Yes, it’s tempting to try to cut down on that package price by skipping on the wedding album, but the reality is that life often gets busier after the wedding day. It’s easy to put the wedding album on the back-burner. Before you know it, you’re celebrating your third wedding anniversary and that album still remains on your ever-growing to-do list. Ordering an album from your wedding photographer will prevent you from procrastinating on getting that album created.

2. Expert Curation

When I photograph a wedding, I’m always trying to tell the story of that wedding day. The wedding album is the overview of that story in printed form. One of my favorite parts of the wedding process is curating images for the wedding album. I pull together the best images from the wedding day and use them for a pre-design. This lets my clients have some idea of what the album design will look like. There is always an opportunity for them to make changes to the photographs that are in this pre-design, but that is much less overwhelming than having to select images from the full gallery for a blank design.

3. Professional Print Quality

One place that professional printing really matters is in the wedding album. Considering this is an heirloom that’s likely to be passed down to future generations, you want ink, paper and binding that can stand the test of time. Ordering your wedding album from your photographer will also ensure colors print as accurately as possible. Read more about the importance of professional printing here.

 

Carolyn & Neal’s Wedding Album

I love receiving wedding albums in the mail and I’m always sad to part with them. Carolyn and Neal had a beautiful spring wedding at Sacred Heart Chapel and The Grand Hotel in Point Clear. Every detail was planned by the amazing team at Jenna Laine Weddings. I am still obsessed with the invitation suite from this wedding. The details spread is one of my favorites in this album! Enjoy taking a look through all the spreads below!

I loved how this design turned out and the light blue leather cover Carolyn chose is my new favorite! I loved it so much that I ordered myself a new mini album to have on hand as a sample! This six by six inch miniature album is also the perfect gift for parents!

Album Design by Andrea | Align Album Design

See Carolyn & Neal’s Wedding on Coastal Bride!

View their full wedding post on my blog here!

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Carolyn + Neal | Album Love

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An Outdoor Spring Wedding I love being a photographer in the Deep South. Our mild weather means that we don’t really have an off season. Sure, some months are busier than others, but there’s not a true off season. Some years my wedding season begins in January or February, but March is usually when things […]

February 27, 2019

An Outdoor Spring Wedding

I love being a photographer in the Deep South. Our mild weather means that we don’t really have an off season. Sure, some months are busier than others, but there’s not a true off season. Some years my wedding season begins in January or February, but March is usually when things really start to get busy. My 2019 wedding season begins this Saturday and thinking of all the March weddings I’ll be sharing with y’all in the next few weeks has me thinking back on Charley and Ethan’s beautiful outdoor wedding from last March!

This week I spent some time creating a new album website for my clients that will help them with the decisions on cover color, material and personalization. As I was putting that together, I came across these photos I took of Charley and Ethan’s wedding album. I absolutely love a leather album. They just feel so luxurious and they look so timeless! I’ve got to admit that it was so very hard to part with this beautiful book. I’m always wishing that I could have a sample album of every album that I order for my clients. While that’s not feasible, it is possible for me to document the finished design with some flatlay photos.

Speaking of sample albums, after using the same sample album for over two years, I finally decided to order a new one. Why did it take me so long to order an updated sample album? One, I adore all my clients and am attached to all their weddings. Two, I’m still in love with the sample album that I’ve been taking along to consults for the past couple of years. After much debate, I finally decided to order not one, but two samples – one in leather and one in linen. These new samples will feature some new album options that I’m super excited to offer to my 2019 couples!

I am counting down the days until my new sample albums arrive in the mail. The wait seems to take forever, even though it’s only a few weeks. That’s probably how my brides feel as they wait for their finished albums to arrive. There’s nothing like opening that box and flipping through the pages for the first time. Wouldn’t it be fun if I could deliver albums to my brides at an album reveal party?! That sure would be a fun girl’s night!

I hope you enjoy this look at Charley and Ethan’s wedding album! This day was full of sweet moments, happy tears and deliciously golden light.

One of the sweetest daddy-daughter first looks I’ve ever photographed!

Family portraits are such an important part of the wedding day! Yes, it’s tempting to make the list crazy long, but this portion of the day will be less stressful if you limit the combinations to parents, siblings and grandparents of the bride and groom. Your family portraits are your legacy portraits. They’ll likely be framed and displayed in your home (and your parents’ homes) for years. Planning the list in advance is the key to making sure this portion of the day runs smoothly and doesn’t eat into your bride and groom portrait time.

An all black and white spread just makes me so happy! This is one of my favorite spreads in this album. Maybe it’s because I first learned photography on a film camera, using Ilford black and white film. To me, black and white images are so nostalgic and timeless.

Album Design by Andrea with Align Album Design

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Charley + Ethan | Album Love

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Creating the Wedding Album I was once talking to someone about being a wedding photographer and the person I was speaking with said: “You’re a wedding photographer, huh? What do you do the other six days of the week?” To say I was almost speechless is an understatement. Yes, most of a wedding photographer’s visible […]

February 6, 2019

Creating the Wedding Album

I was once talking to someone about being a wedding photographer and the person I was speaking with said: “You’re a wedding photographer, huh? What do you do the other six days of the week?” To say I was almost speechless is an understatement. Yes, most of a wedding photographer’s visible work happens on Saturdays, but there is so much that goes on behind the scenes before, during and after that day. Trust me, we definitely have enough work to fill the rest of the week. I think my fellow photographers would agree that during busy wedding season, we rarely have enough hours in the day to get all the work done that we want to do!

Since I’m a photographer who loves to be prepared, the work for a wedding day begins months in advance. Once my brides have completed a thorough questionnaire, I work on the photography timeline for their day. Sometimes this involves contacting the wedding planner, or videographer for input. Other times it involves meeting with the bride and groom to go through everything one last time before the big day. Two days prior to the wedding I begin charging batteries (for my cameras and flashes) and prepping memory cards. Yes, it takes two days just to charge everything! The night before the wedding, I pack all of my equipment and a non-perishable lunch (because it’s usually six hours or more between breakfast and dinner on wedding days!). I also review the timeline and family portrait list.

After the big day, the work continues. I sort through all the photos taken at the wedding, edit photos for the blog, write the blog post and prepare the rest of the photos for editing. When the editing process is complete, I upload the photos to an online gallery and deliver to my clients. Once my couples have their gallery, I can finally begin working on their wedding album! Yay! I send a selection of favorite images to my album designer and she creates the most beautiful layouts from my photographs. One of my favorite things about the album process is seeing that initial design. My other favorite part is receiving the finished album in the mail! It’s like Christmas morning every single time!

Spring wedding season is just around the corner! As I prepare for all the weddings that are coming up on my calendar, I find myself thinking back to last spring. I love photographing my clients’ albums before delivery when I have time to do so. Today I’m sharing Katie & Patrick’s beautiful heirloom wedding album with you! Katie selected a light grey linen and silver embossing for the cover. I thought it turned out so lovely!

When I look at a wedding album, I see the fruits of many months of work. I see brides and grooms who have become friends. It’s a bittersweet moment because the delivery of the album means my work on the wedding is complete. I imagine that’s how teachers must feel at the end of a school year, or when their students graduate.

I tell my clients that their wedding album tells the story of their day so that they can relive all the wonderful moments. Truthfully, it does the same thing for me, reminding me why I love what I do so much.

I’m still obsessed with this First Look spot!

It was an unexpected find that turned out to be perfect for this sweet moment!

There was a high chance of rain the day of this wedding. Katie ordered enough bubble umbrellas for her entire bridal party just in case we needed them. As it turned out, it only rained lightly for a few minutes, but we still took that opportunity to take some bride and groom portraits with the umbrellas.

I love that we were able to take portraits in two different locations.

It added such nice variety to their portraits!

I loved how Katie & Patrick’s album turned out so much that I ordered a miniature version to be one of my samples!

This six inch square album is also perfect for gifting to parents after wedding day!

Album Designer | Andrea, Align Album Design

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Katie + Patrick | Album Love

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church Album Tropical Storm Gordon altered my week quite a bit. I intended to publish my weekly blog post on my usual day of Wednesday. But Mother Nature had other plans. What was a pretty mild tropical system ended up leaving me without power for 18 hours. It was a mild inconvenience […]

September 6, 2018

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Album

Tropical Storm Gordon altered my week quite a bit. I intended to publish my weekly blog post on my usual day of Wednesday. But Mother Nature had other plans. What was a pretty mild tropical system ended up leaving me without power for 18 hours. It was a mild inconvenience considering our Alabama Gulf Coast has experienced far worse from storms in the past. After eating up my monthly data on my phone, I decided that I was going to embrace the break that was being forced on me. I also said some prayers of thanksgiving for the cloud cover that kept things tolerable indoors without air conditioning.

I typically deliver wedding albums within four to six months of the wedding date. My clients have the opportunity to provide input on the album design. The process usually takes a few weeks to complete. After my clients approve the design, I order the album. Getting that shipment with the wedding album is one of the most rewarding aspects of the whole process. It’s like the “The End” at the end of a classic movie, or the “Epilogue” at the end of a good book. I hold my breath as I flip through the pages for the first time, hoping my clients relish the moment just as much as I do.

I photograph the albums before I ship them to my clients for two reasons. First, I love being able to show samples of the designs to my other clients when they are trying to decide on cover material and personalization options. Second, I want to remember how the album turned out! If I could order a sample album of every wedding, I totally would. But that’s just not realistic. Thankfully, the photographs help me remember how the album looked!

Photographing my clients’ albums is also a creative project for me! I love styling a shot or two for these posts on the albums. For this album, I chose to incorporate hints of light pink because it reminded me of the pink accents on Maggie and Ross’s wedding invitations! Take a look at how their album turned out below!

This is one of my favorite spreads!!! All the beautiful details were brought together by the amazing team at Jenna Laine Weddings.

My album designer, Andrea, knows that I love an all black and white spread! This is one of my favorites she’s done for me!

Why should you order your album from your wedding photographer? For one, one of the most common things I hear people who are married say in relation to wedding photos is, “I wish I’d ordered the album from my photographer.” With digital photos making it easy to go the DIY route, many have good intentions to make their own album post wedding. But they get overwhelmed. How will they ever decide on their favorites. Then life gets busy. After a while, the months turn into years and you still haven’t printed those photos! I tell all of my brides that my goal is always to tell the story of their wedding day and to preserve their memories for future generations. Part of preserving those memories comes in the form of a wedding album that can be enjoyed for many years to come!


Check out Maggie & Ross’s wedding post!

Album Design by Andrea at Align Album Design

Now booking 2019 dates! Contact me for availability!

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Maggie + Ross | Album Love

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A Grand Hotel Wedding Album The wedding album is the perfect way to preserve the story of your wedding day. While it can’t hold all the photos that are delivered in your online gallery, it can highlight all the important moments. It truly tells the story of the wedding day from beginning to end. When […]

June 20, 2018

A Grand Hotel Wedding Album

The wedding album is the perfect way to preserve the story of your wedding day. While it can’t hold all the photos that are delivered in your online gallery, it can highlight all the important moments. It truly tells the story of the wedding day from beginning to end. When the albums arrive from the printer, I photograph them. I know that I’ll likely never see the printed book again once I ship it to my clients, so photographing it allows me to remember how the final design turned out.

I bring a sample album to all my bridal consultations. It is my favorite way to walk through a wedding day with a bride-to-be. I’m a visual person, so I think it’s helpful to see what the day can look like via the album. It’s always fun for me to pull that album out of the box. I’m only sad that I can’t have a sample of every album! Now that would be such a dream!

The day that Katie and Trent’s album arrived, I was like a kid getting a birthday present! I could not wait to unwrap it and flip through the pages. I knew I was going to photograph the album, but a recent rediscovery of my middle-school stamp collection (who knew that they would one day end up so useful!) led to me doing some styled flatlays featuring this gorgeous linen album. I loved the color Katie chose for the cover. It went so perfectly with their wedding day colors! I also loved that it just so happened to match my brand colors!

I was particularly excited about the custom cover embossing, a new feature for my 2018 albums! Plus, I am obsessed with this script font! Check out this beautiful album, designed by Andrea with Align Album Design.

One of my favorite spreads in this album!

I absolutely LOVE an all black and white spread!

The most gorgeous details all in one spread! Jenna Laine Weddings did such an amazing job on this wedding!

The gold embossing combined with the light grey linen cover was such a beautiful selection!

I photograph the albums primarily for documentation purposes, but it was fun to do a few styled shots too! When I was in middle school I collected stamps. My grandmother and all her friends would save stamps for me. I never imagined they’d do more than sit in a binder. Now I’m glad that I saved them because they are perfect for styling flatlays!

Check out Katie and Trent’s wedding post here!

Album Design by Andrea at Align Album Design

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Katie + Trent | Album Love

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Welcome! I'm Elizabeth.

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I'm Elizabeth Gelineau, a photographer, dreamer, and accidental entrepreneur. Based in my hometown of Mobile, Ala., I photograph portraits, weddings and events on both sides of Mobile Bay. Grab a cup of coffee (or other beverage of your choice) and enjoy browsing around. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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