If you’re researching photographers for your wedding, you’ve probably hear the term “flush mount” wedding album. If you’re like many brides and grooms, you are not quite sure what that means. Here is what Wikipedia says about flush mount albums.
Flush mount albums have hard covers with thick, unbending pages. They consist of photographic prints that were dry-mounted on cardboard. The covers are mostly made of leather, leatherette or Glass. The photos lay completely flat and extend across the whole page. Flush mount albums are usually designed in magazine-style. They are most often used for special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries due to the fact that they are produced of a higher quality and are more expensive to produce than coffee table books.
For me flush mount albums fit in the category of “Things I Wish My Wife and I Had From Our Wedding.” If you’re hiring a photojournalist style wedding photographer then your story really belongs in a book. Your wedding photographer may have several choices for cover styles and designs. Normally they are offered bound in the finest Italian leather in a variety of shapes and sizes. With many boutiques offering handmade albums to professionals only I strongly suggest you get your album directly from your wedding photographer. Finding a photographer that will give you a disc with digital files so you can make your own book may seem like a good idea. Unless you’re a designer and have access to professional printing and binding services its unlikely your story will get the treatment it deserves.
Flush mount albums get their name from their difference with traditional “matted” albums. In flush mounts, the entire page is a photographic print that runs edge to edge or “Flush” with the borders of each page. These prints are commonly a matte finish and are printed with the same exacting color, ink and archival paper standards of fine art prints. Basically you have museum quality prints mounted and bound in a book that will become your new family’s first heirloom.
Below is a gallery of one of my recent client’s flush mount album from Landrie and Jon’s wedding at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. While you’re here I hope you’ll hop over to my Bride’s FAQ for wedding photographers for some more ideas to help you in your planning.