Christmas Gift Guide

  In a technology focused world, tangible and thoughtful gifts mean so much more. Whether you’re saying thank you to your clients for their custom, or promoting Christmas gift ideas, what would be better than giving printed images. We’ve put together a list of handcrafted gift ideas that are sure to provide a ‘wow factor’ for your clients.   1. …

Christmas Deadlines 2018

It’s nearly that time again, so here are our all important Christmas cut off dates if you wish to have any products delivered before our Christmas break. After working really hard throughout the year to create faster turn around times on some of our products, we are are so excited to reveal later Christmas deadlines than usual! :) Important: ALL …

Introducing our New Portrait Format Fine Art Books!

  We love being square and since launching our Fine Art Books we’ve been championing this versatile format from day one. We haven’t lost our love for everything square, but now there is a new member of the Fine Art Book family … the portrait format. Available in sizes A4 and A5 they are a stylish addition to our Fine Art …

New Materials Extending Our Vegan Friendly Range​!

Say hello to Purity and Heritage Fabric.   Last week we announced our faster 10 day turnaround on Fine Art Books and the good news doesn’t stop there. We’ve listened to your feedback and although we’ve always had vegan friendly materials in our range, it was clear that you wanted a leather-like alternative as well as more neutral toned fabrics. …

*New* Album Designer Features!

Recently we introduced some new features to our online album designer. We’ve listened to your feedback and taken action, so we hope these features will help make designing albums as easy as possible. Our new features include:   A cleaner interface designed to separate active designs from exported designs.   An improved uploader that better handles internet connection problems.   …

Everything you need to know about our *NEW* product changes!

We have been working hard to make improvements to some of our products.   USB Box and 4×4 Prints Box     Our 4×4 boxes can be customised to meet your needs. You can choose a USB Box only, 4×4 Prints Box to fit up to 50 unmounted prints or combine the two to create a USB and print package …

Christmas Deadlines 2017

It’s nearly that time again, so here are our all important Christmas cut off dates if you wish to have any products delivered before our Christmas break. Important: ALL deadlines are at MIDDAY GMT. ALL deadline dates are based on DHL or DPD shipments. If you wish to select Airmail services please add an additional 10 working days onto the …

Introducing, Art White Plus!

  Over the past few months we’ve been working hard to resolve the on going supplier issues with our cotton papers. We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding with this. Although we are still working extremely hard to find the ideal cotton paper, along the way we discovered that the the most popular feature of the Gallery …

Awesome Album: Nick Ray on Studio Sample Album Inspiration

We recently came across an album design featuring some truly stunning images using natural lighting at it’s best. The layout was designed to showcase showstopping images from a full year of wedding photography to create a ‘best of’ style Studio Sample Album by Nick Ray of Nick Ray Photography  We caught up with Nick to find out more about the idea …

#FFF: Fireworks

With Christmas on it’s way and celebrations in full swing, what better than a selection of beautiful and colourful fireworks to get us all in the festive spirit!   Paula O’Hara   Mon & Mine   Bluefinch Photography   Zoe Alexandra Photography   Clare West Photography   David Stubbs Photography   Helen Lisk Photography Dottie Photography Thank you to all …

#FFF: Seize the Night!

This weekend the clocks are going back and with that comes long nights. So what better theme for this month’s Folio Friday Foto than magical nighttime shots! Check out this amazing collection of images…   An Ant Capture   Flawless Photography   Jamie Waters Photography   Joab Woodger-Smith Photography   Jackson & Co Photography   Nicola Thompson Photography   Steve …

#FFF: Sunsets!

Summer is well and truly over, so what better way to send the Summer off with a collection of our favourite shots of Sunsets. All these images caught our eye when checking all your lovely album designs and remind us of those warm summer nights. We hope you enjoy them and can reminisce on a fab summer!     My …

Christmas Deadlines 2016!

  Christmas is on it’s way…   Below we have our all important Christmas Deadline dates to ensure you receive your orders in time for Christmas and our shut down for the holidays. Please note: For the below deadlines, we need print-ready files. Any delays in getting print-ready files to us could affect the order shipping in time for Christmas. …

Awesome Album: Juliana Wiklund

  An album that really caught everyones attention here at Folio Albums HQ was by Sweden based photographer Juliana Wiklund of JW Weddings. It doesn’t take long to see why we chose to feature this as an awesome album. Not only is the location truly breath taking but the images captured tell a lovely story. Juliana is a destination photographer …

#FFF: Unveiled!

This months Folio Friday Foto features an array of beautiful shots including veils. These images show the creative use of such an important item from a wedding day and are truly stunning. It has to be said, this is one of our favourites! We hope you enjoy!   Cahill Photography D&A Photography   Corey Lynn Tucker Photography   Emilie May …

The Folio Albums Glossary

We have put together a glossary of a few key ‘Folio Albumisms’ that we use regularly, to hopefully help out when looking around our site. A downloadable version of our glossary can be found on the Pro Zone ‘useful downloads’ page (Shop log in required). As always our friendly customer care team are on hand Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm to answer any queries you …

FREE album design on Fine Art Books until 17th July!

  We know it’s a busy time of the year and it can be a struggle to keep on top of the post-production. To help you stay ahead of the workload we’re offering FREE album design for Fine Art Books until 17th July 2016. Simply upload the album images and choose “Request free design” in our online Album Designer by …

#FFF: Man & Child

  Last month we featured a collection of beautiful woman and child images. So, we thought it would only be right to follow up with our man and child theme in celebration of Father’s Day, last week. Once again we celebrate the male role models in our children’s lives if that be dad’s, grandad’s brothers, uncles, godfathers and family friends. …

Let’s Celebrate Summer with a Bright Cover!

  Earlier on in the year we added some beautiful new Contemporary Leather additions and now is the time to really show them off to your clients. Be inspired by our bright colourful options just in time for Summer. What better time to experiment with some bright colours for engagement, wedding, baby and boudoir albums by adding a pop of colour to compliment your beautiful summery images. Take …

Awesome Album: John Hope

An album that had everyone smiling here at Folio Albums is by John Hope of John Hope Photography. Based in Leeds, John is a creative, documentary photographer with an organic style and approach.  This album is filled with beautiful people and beautiful surroundings. The wedding of Nicola and Alex was shot at Talton Lodge with a festival style. Bridesmaids in …

#FFF: Woman & Child

This months Folio Friday Foto is all about those gorgeous moments captured between a woman and child, celebrating mothers, aunts, sisters, godmothers, grandmothers and family friends who all care for the children in our lives. We hope these images warm your heart and give you that feel good Friday feeling!   Claire Penn Photography   Albert Palmer Photography   Flawless …

Clamshell Boxes: Perfect Presentation

  We are so proud of the albums we produce here at Folio Albums, it would only seem right to offer beautiful packaging to preserve, protect and personalise them! Earlier this year we launched our upgradable Clamshell Boxes available for both the Fine Art Books and Matted Albums. Designed in house by our super talented team, the boxes are hand-made …

Awesome Album: Daniel Sakal

An album that really caught everyone’s attention here at Folio Albums belongs to Daniel Sakal of D&A Photography. Dan is a professional photographer based in Essex and has a natural, documentary style of shooting that captures the most beautiful moments for his couples to cherish. This album showcases a gorgeous wedding on a summers day on the coast of Devon. …

Meet the Photographer: James Tracey

James Tracey is a modern documentary wedding photographer based in Manchester. Working quietly in the background, James’ style is relaxed and natural, capturing those ‘in the moment’ shots. We caught up with James to find out his top tips and what inspires his photography.   James Tracey   How long have you been a working as a photographer? I’ve always …

#FFF: Animal Kingdom

Occasionally we see some amazing images featuring all types of different animals and we just love them! We hope you enjoy looking through these beautiful shots of animals and the interaction between them and their human friends.   Eleta Newby Photography   Savo   Esme Ducker Photography   Evabloem Weddings Fear Photography   Lauren Rutherford Photography   Lydia Stamps Photography …

Print Box to beautifully display and hold prints

Prints Boxes: The perfect keepsake to showcase your prints

At the beginning of the year we launched our Prints Boxes at the Societies’ Convention and since then we have received some amazing feedback. It’s been so great to see the images of your Prints Boxes via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, keep’um coming as we love to see your take on them! With a world full of all things digital …

Meet the Photographer: Rico, Sai Cheong Tsui & Caroline Sze

Rico, Sai Cheong Tsui is a passionate portrait and wedding photographer and his wife Caroline Sze is a creative make up artist and stylist based in Hong Kong. The couple have worked together for 10 years and with a background in advertising, graphic design, styling, photography and make-up hair-styling between them, the creative pair have turned their love for photography …

Jess’s Tech Tips: Updated Designer Features

Since the launch of our new web based Album Designer we have been working hard on some new exciting features. I am delighted to share with you a few of our most recent updates that may be beneficial to your album designing process!   Client Gallery My personal favourite addition to our Album Designer is the client gallery. We have …

Awesome Albums: Oliver Jones

  An album that captured our imagination recently belongs to Oliver Jones, of Oliver and Ruth Photographers. Oliver, who is based in South Wales, has a documentary style of shooting, which is what caught our eye in this outstanding album. The album showcases a beautiful wedding which took place at St Peter’s Church in Penarth, in the Vale of Glamorgan, …

#FFF: Photographers have more fun!

With April Fools’ Day around the corner we wanted to share some Friday fun! We’ve spotted some great images that have really brought a smile to our faces and what better time to share them with you. These images have captured silly, fun and even tense moments from days full of laughter. We hope you enjoy them as much as …

Reminder: Folio Albums Studio Software is expiring on 25th March 2016

  Since we announced in October the retirement of our downloadable design software on 25th March 2016, time has flown by and it’s nearly time to say goodbye! As much as we like the simple functionality of the software, unfortunately it has proven limiting in functionality when it comes to creating new products and services we would like to deliver …

#FFF: Fireworks

  It’s that beautiful time of the year, when leaves are falling off the trees and the streets become filled with orange and brown. With autumn comes great holidays such as halloween and Bonfire night! In this weeks FFF we wanted to showcase some stunning images of fireworks to celebrate those lovely autumnal colours and of course the anticipated bonfire …

Introducing our new Online Designer for Fine Art Books!

  We are happy to announce the launch of our new Online Designer for Fine Art Books. To help out we have created a handy ‘How to Guide’ as well as a video tutorial by Stewart himself! He will talk you through all the features from upload to export and show a 15 spread design in under 7 minutes! You will …

Folio Focus: Fine Art Panels!

  This week I wanted to put the spotlight on our beautiful, ethically sourced Fine Art Panels. Our panels are the perfect way to showcase any type of photography to give a real ‘wow factor’. Positioned horizontally or vertically on a wall or table, they are versatile to match different needs. Each panel is made from ethically sourced birch plywood …

Christmas Deadlines 2015

  The C word already!? Christmas may feel like a lifetime away but it is approaching and fast. So here’s our all important Christmas cut off dates, to make sure we get your orders finished to perfection! Please note: For the below deadlines, we need print-ready files. Any delays in getting print-ready files to us could affect the order shipping …

Awesome Album: Yvonne Lishman Photography

  This album, produced by alternative wedding photographer Yvonne Lishman for a couple taking part in the BBC’s ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ series, caught our attention immediately.   ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ is a reality television show where couples are given £12,000 to spend on their wedding. The bride and groom are separated for three weeks, in which time the …

#FFF: By the sea

  Summer is coming to an end, so what would be better than reminiscing over the past season; we would love to showcase these stunning images taken by the sea! Please enjoy this wonderful collection of images to celebrate the last little bit of summer we have left! :)     Albert Palmer Photography David Stubbs Photography Lucy Shergold Photography Matt …

Introducing our FREE Matted Album Design Service…

    After Speaking to many of your at our recent tour locations, we discovered that sometimes the album design process can be a bit of a chore, especially during the busy season. We would therefore love to provide a helping hand. As of this week we now offer a FREE album design service for Matted Albums using our new …

Jess’s Tech Tips: Bespoke Album Design

    The facts The busiest time of the year for wedding photographers can often mean time is limited for designing albums. If you feel like your designs are being put on the back burner then we would love to help free your time! Our Bespoke design service is exactly that, a design individually tailored to showcase your images, taking …

Meet Photographer Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy is a wedding photographer based in County Clare in Ireland. He recently won the SWPP’s Overall  Photographer of the Year award in January 2015 and is known for his personal and fun style. We caught up with him to find out what inspires him and what his favourite part of being a photographer is.     How long …

#FFF: Man and child

  To celebrate Fathers Day we have found some beautiful images of children with the men in their lives. The earliest findings of Fathers Day were found 4,000 years ago in the ruins of Babylon where a young boy carved a message in clay to wish his farther good health. Today we celebrate the roles and love our fathers and …

Folio Albums Tour 2015: Dates Confirmed

    We are delighted to announce that we will be touring the UK this July. We can’t wait to have a catch up with you- our wonderful customers! Stewart will be armed with our fabulous products and of course our beautiful new matted albums. There may even be a thank you surprise! So, take a well deserved break from those long editing days and …

Our Matted Album Video!

In Spring 2015 we launched our beautiful new matted albums and we’ve created a special little video showing what happens behind the scenes. We want to share an exclusive look into our process, from a brief look at our online designer to our new packaging. The video also gives you an insight into how we handcraft your albums and the …

Folio Focus: Portfolios!

  This month I wanted to put the spotlight on our beautiful duo and trio Portfolios. Simple but stylish, they can be used as a standalone presentation case, or can be kept closed to view at your leisure. Whatever your clients choose to do with them, they are a fabulous way to showcase your very best images. Our Portfolios are …

#FFF: Every dog has it’s day!

  Stories about human and dog bonds date back to the beginning of civilization. ‘Man’s best friend’ has aided, loved and been loyal to their owners and these relationships have only become stronger in a modern society. It’s no shock that our loving dogs are now simply part of the family! We are beginning to see a trend of brides …

Jess’s Tech Tips: Our New Online Designer

What’s new? With the introduction of our new Matted Albums comes a new way to design them. We have worked hard to create a designer that makes album design simple and quick, with a large range of templates at your fingertips. The designer can be accessed via the Pro Zone once logged in to the Shop. Alternatively visit designer.folioalbums.com   The …

The Fine Art Book & The New Matted Album

  At Folio Albums we strive for perfection in everything we do from our outstanding print quality, to the way your albums are beautifully hand-made. Whilst well known for our signature fine art books, we have recently applied the same knowledge and expertise to develop a new luxurious matted album. Whether you prefer the clean and simple lines of a …

Awesome Album: Jess Morgan Photography

  An outstanding album that recently caught our eye was shot by family photographer Jess Morgan. Jess, who is based in Richmond upon Thames, specialises in baby and children’s lifestyle portraiture, and only shoots in natural light. The album is a beautiful compilation of photographs Jess has taken of her daughter throughout her childhood. All of the pictures are taken …

Introducing our beautiful matted albums!

  We’ve applied all of our fine art knowledge and expertise to bring you a high quality and luxurious matted album for spring 2015. Currently available in 12”x12”, we will be working hard to further develop our new matted album. Introducing new covers and size additions in the future to make them even more bespoke to you. Each album is …

#FFF: The First Step

  Contemporary methods of wedding transport range from a flashy helicopter or sports car to the more humble old-fashioned bus or vintage bike, so it’s hard to imagine many couples opt for their own two feet. A hundred years or so ago in Victorian England, this was the usual mode of transport for a country bride and her wedding party, …

#FFF: Innocence is Bliss

  The way children see the world – the innocence of inexperience that fills them with wonder, confusion, and joy – is adorable and enviable in equal amounts. Dr Seuss, the children’s author, once said that ‘adults are obsolete children’ – in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives it’s true that we forget the way we approached life …

Folio Focus: Print Packs!

At the beginning of the year we launched our fabulous Print Packs, so I thought now would be a good time for a little post with more details about them. The Print Packs have proven to be popular as the perfect thank you gift to clients. Starting at just £20 the packs include 6×4 or 7×5 beautifully mounted fine art …

#FFF: The Best Medicine…

‘Laughter is the best medicine’, the old adage goes – and they didn’t make it up. The benefits of laughter have been well documented by scientists in recent years– laughing produces endorphins, which are natural painkillers and mood boosters. It is a tonic for the body and mind, making us feel happier and lowering our stress levels. But there is …

Merry Christmas from Folio Albums!

  We would love to wish all our wonderful customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We have had a busy and exciting month here at Folio Albums HQ producing all your Christmas orders. We are thrilled to announce that all the orders placed on or before the Christmas deadline have been fulfilled and they will be delivered to you in time for …

#FFF: A Natural Escape

There is more to landscape than scenery – the landscape is the point at which people and place interact. We draw cultural and artistic influence from the land around us, as well as shape it to meet our physical and emotional needs. This mutual relationship is one we have respected for millennia – we like the story Ancient Greek myth …

Christmas Deadline Dates 2014

The countdown to Christmas has already begun at Folio HQ. In order to make sure that your albums are shipped in time, here are those all important deadline dates that you need to know… Please note: For the below deadlines, we need print-ready files. Any delays in getting print-ready files to us could affect the order shipping in time for …

Meet Photographer Claire Morgan

Claire Morgan grew up in South Africa and moved to Europe when she was 19. Claire is currently based in Vienna, Austria. She is a destination wedding photographer, and her work has taken her across the globe to locations such as Armenia, New York, Prague and Chile.  We are continually impressed with the incredible range of countries Claire works in, …

Meet Photographer Helen Lisk

Helen Lisk is a wedding and lifestyle portraiture photographer based in Exeter, in south west England. Helen’s style is natural and relaxed, and the weddings she photographs are often shot in countryside locations. She has even shot a wedding at River Cottage, celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s seventeenth century farmhouse. Here she talks to us more about her style, her work, …

James and Lianne Wedding Photographers Awesome Album

One of the albums that caught our attention recently belongs to James Lester and Lianne Potter, of James & Lianne Wedding Photography. James and Lianne’s album was shot on location at the beautiful Chateau Rigaud, in south-west France. The main album was a 10×10” album with a Photo Cotton Cover, with two 6×6” duplicates, one in Sage and the other …

#FFF: Petal Power!

Fresh flowers make a great focus for a photographer wanting to pick out the intricate details amid the bustle of a modern wedding. Flowers, like many of the finer features of weddings, have been thoughtfully chosen by the couple. The bouquet they choose – from the arrangement of the colours to the scents of the flowers – reflects their tastes, …

Meet Photographer David Stubbs

David Stubbs is a full-time professional photographer, based near Manchester, and covers weddings in the North West and across the UK. He is a member of Fearless Photographers, a directory of the best wedding photographers in the world, and was commissioned to photograph the London 2012 Olympic Games. We spoke to David about his work and where his career as …

#FFF: It’s Like Rain on your Wedding Day!

Rain on your wedding day is not as ironic as Alanis Morissette thought when she sang about it back in 1996. According to Hindu tradition a rainy wedding day is thought to bring good luck. Fears of sodden suits and muddied dresses might make you apprehensive of wet weddings, but as brides who have been there will tell you, it’s …

Mandy Carter Dottie Photography Awesome Album

One of the albums that captured our interest recently belongs to Mandy Carter, director of UK-based Dottie Photography. Mandy, who is based in Upwell in Cambridgeshire, has been working in photography, printing and design for over 25 years.   Mandy’s album showcases a beautiful wedding in Giggleswick in North Yorkshire, followed by a reception in Whitewell, Lancashire. The album itself …

New fabric cover range

Introducing our new fabric cover range. In conjunction with the recent launch of our Portfolio fine art print presentation folders we have also added a new selection of fabric covers to our range. Pastel Fabric, Bold Fabric and Essential Cotton are replacing Colour Cotton and 6×6 Canvas and are available to order now from our store. And the great news is …

Erin & Gabri Photography Awesome Album

This album was shot by Gabriele and Erin Noziglia of Erin and Gabri Photography, a husband and wife photography business based in Italy. The elegant detail and design in this album captivated our attention as soon as we saw it. The couple work together to produce wedding photographs with a personal and artistic flair. Erin & Gabriele Noziglia   This wedding …

Meet photographer Adam Bronkhorst

Adam Bronkhorst has been shooting weddings since 2005, specialising in unique and alternative weddings across the UK. Adam also teaches and runs workshops for photographers on using lighting. We caught up with Adam to find out more about his work and his top tips for taking photographs in difficult lighting. How long have you been working as a photographer? I …

Fine Art Prints… Have arrived!

Further to their SWPP debut, we are delighted to launch our Fine Art Prints Service at prints.folioalbums.com You asked, we answered and boy, are we glad we did! Further to your requests we went to work at HQ combining our passion for the little details with the same range of beautiful archival quality matte-finished papers and pigment inks used in our …

Fine Art Prints… Have Arrived!

Further to their SWPP debut, we are delighted to launch our Fine Art Prints Service at prints.folioalbums.com You asked, we answered and boy, are we glad we did! Further to your requests we went to work at HQ combining our passion for the little details with the same range of beautiful archival quality matte-finished papers and pigment inks used in …

#FFF: 26th July 2013

The Anniversary for our #FFF posts almost slipped by un-noticed! By almost slipped by – it slightly did, so here’s a belated anniversary edition of our Folio Friday Foto feature! I wanted to do something special for it, so using some of the fantastic, funny, and felicificative (Google it, it’s an awesome word) images that we have shared on our …

#FFF – Cute Kids Edition

This week we have a compiled a selection of cute, funny, and adorable children/teenager shots that we have seen in some of your recent album designs. Photographing children can be difficult, but these images show that the hard-work pays off and provides hilarious and endearing shots that are worthy of note. Get ready to kickstart your weekend with some fantastic …

#FFF: Hero Shots – Bonus Image!

I didn’t manage to get my hands on this image in time to include it in Friday’s Hero Shots post. However, it is such an amazing and beautiful image that I wanted to share it on the Lounge with all of you! So, this week we are having a bonus Friday Foto post… on a Wednesday! This shot is courtesy …

#FFF: Hero Shots Edition

This week we have a smorgasbord of Hero Shots for you all to feast your eyes upon whilst you’re winding down to the weekend. These shots were all used as double page spreads in their respective designs, allowing the images to be shown off in all of their glory – so we are sharing a selection of the ones which …

#FFF: Lighting Edition – Bonus Images!

I loved doing the Interesting Lighting Edition of #FFF last week – it was so amazing getting the chance to showcase a wider selection of our customer’s work, and also to see the different ways that the interesting lighting was utilised in the shots. After posting last week’s edition we saw more interesting lighting shots that we really wanted to …

Freedom Tour Diary 2013: Birmingham Tour Stop

Birmingham was an amazing place to wrap up our 2013 Freedom Tour – Wootten Park, as a bigger venue, was ideally suited to all of our tour needs! We had acres of room to enjoy the beautiful grounds, amazing sunshine, socialising with our tour attendees, and getting some fantastic photographs. Complete with a lake, beach, and rowing boat, the Aspire …

#FFF: Interesting Lighting Edition!

I really loved doing the Tour Bundle #FFF post last week – it was so amazing getting the chance to showcase a wider selection of work by our fantastic photographers. So we figured it might be about time to shakes things up a little bit, and we have decided to revamp our #FFF posts so that we can share a …

#FFF: Tour Edition!

This week we have a bumper edition #FFF – using images which were posted on Facebook or Twitter during our Tour! We loved seeing all of the updates, and excitement, about the tour dates and events (and we’re already counting down to the Folio & Friends Freedom Tour 2014!) So… we thought that we would share some of the amazing …

Freedom Tour Diary 2013: Camberley Tour Stop

Camberley’s tour date was full of surprises. Firstly, John’s love for Van Outen increased. We didn’t think it would be possible… but here he is, happy as a clam, posing with Van Outen: Secondly – Lucky decided to jump on-board the freedom tour early, and surprised our tour attendees by coming along to Camberley for the day to hang out, …

Freedom Tour Diary 2013: Bristol Tour Stop

The tour just keeps getting better! We had a fantastic day at Bristol – with a vintage car and push-bike! Our tour’s picking up an unofficial theme here… We’ve also adopted an unofficial tour friend – the lovely sunshine! The amazing weather continued yesterday, and followed our Freedom Tour to Camberley today. Here at Folio HQ we’re a little jealous …

Freedom Tour Diary 2013: Manchester Tour Stop

Our tour kicked off to a great start yesterday at The Green Dragon in Manchester. Stewart and John loved chatting to everyone who came along but, boys being boys, they got caught up in the day and didn’t reapply their sunscreen. This morning they are a little sunburnt, so SPF 50 is definitely the order of the day for Bristol! …

Freedom Tour Diary 2013: We’re Off!

The time has come! After releasing the who, what, where, and whens on our tour site it’s time for us to jump into Van Outen, kick start the Freedom Tour convoy, and get out on the road to see you all – the wait is over! After packing up our albums, the demo of our new design software, and our …

#FFF: May 31st 2013

This week’s Folio Friday Foto comes from Chris Turner’s latest client album. This image is used as the opening spread of the album, and it helps to start the design in style. Winter weddings are notoriously tricky to shoot – and due to the snow this wedding almost didn’t happen – but the show must go on! This image is …

#FFF: 24th May 2013

This week’s Folio Friday Foto comes from Phil Nunez’s latest sample album. The wedding – and images – had such a classic style and feel, and I just loved this bridal shot taken towards the end of the bridal preparation section of the day. The image looks reminiscent of a 1940s/1950s glamour shot, and the soft lighting and similar colour …

#FFF: 10th May 2013

This week’s Folio Friday Foto comes from one of Alex Beckett’s latest client albums. The album contained a beautiful spring / early-summertime wedding, and it had a great mix of fun, personalised, shots, and traditional images. This image was used for a full bleed, double page spread, and it truly deserves to be called a hero shot. The spread made …

#FFF: 26th April 2013

This week’s Folio Friday Foto comes from Tom Weller’s latest client album. This week we have another stunning ‘final spread’ image, but this time with a more ‘Alice in Wonderland’ fairytale feel. The contrast between the darkened surroundings, and the silhouette of the couple, set against the bright sky really makes the image stand out and pop. It has such …

#FFF: 12th April 2013

This week’s Folio Friday Foto comes from Albert Palmer’s latest client album. Albums with strong opening and closing images always stand out, but the closing spread for this album is truly stunning. Night shots are always tricky to pull off, and it takes a lot of time and work to get that beautiful hero shot in all of its glory. …

Barrie Downie on… Albums vs DVD Packages

Our DVD cases, launched earlier this year, were a welcome addition to our store. We had received requests for a long time to supply DVD cases which matched our Fine Art Albums. Upon their release we received many queries about offering digital packages over albums. Whilst we can provide advice about the pros and cons of Albums vs DVDs, we …

Folio Albums… The Standard Album

Whether you are new to the album side of the photography business, or whether you are looking to get a new sample album and feel spoilt for choices – this blog post is a result of the many queries we receive about our ‘standard album’. Lately we have found that more and more of our customers want to know about …

Mona’s Albums

We received some great feedback for our latest Professional Photographer advert wherein Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa stepped in as the face of Folio. Her appearance on our SWPP stand also became a great conversation starter as she stood alongside Van Outen. If you didn’t manage to catch a glimpse as our Mona made the rounds, you can take a look …

#FFF: Friday 15th March 2013

We may have had a little break from our #FFF posts, but we are re-launching it with the most unique groomsman photo we have yet to see taken from Linda Scannell’s latest client album. To say that this image caught my eye is probably a pun too far, but it definitely stands out from any other groomsmen photographs that we …

Awesome Albums: Siegrid Cain

Here at Folio Albums we see hundreds of album designs every month, which display a range of styles in photography and design. We decided to start up an ‘Awesome Albums’ section so that we could share with you some of  the designs that really stood out when we were making the album. The designs in this section are ones that …

Folio Albums Presents: The New 6×6 Canvas Range

When we introduced our new Stone canvas cover option last Autumn, we announced that the rest of our 6×6 canvas range would be receiving an update in 2013. Although our original canvas cover range is being phased out, the range will remain available during this transition – with the exception of the discontinued Shadow Grey – and will be phased …

Folio Albums Presents: The DVD Cases

We have received a lot of requests for DVD cases to match our fine art albums – and the wait is over. Available in our Contemporary Leather range, with the option to upgrade to either the Vintage or Eco Leather covers, our DVD cases are the perfect compliment to any wedding album or portrait book, and they are available as …

Folio Albums Presents: The Finishing Touches Part I

Whilst the major choices such as paper type and cover material are the main components that you consider when ordering your album, or finalising choices with clients, we know that the finer details matter too. Folio Albums are considering these little details and what we can do to make things that touch more personalised. The first ‘finishing touch’ that we …

Folio Albums: Colour Cotton Update

Our suppliers recently informed us that they have ceased manufacture of the Bronze colour cotton option. If you have any client albums to order in Bronze, we do have limited stock left on our store. Please get in touch if you have any queries about the availability of this cover option. Any Cotton & Silk keyring bundles will now be …

#FFF… 21st December 2012

This week’s Folio Friday Foto is taken from Jonathan Stockton’s latest sample album. We have another double feature [maybe the post should be renamed to Folio Friday Fotos…] but once again I’m sure you’ll see why we wanted to include both shots that we were kindly sent. This may be the season for winter weddings, but these images come from …

#FFF… 14th December 2012

This week’s Folio Friday Foto is taken from Olivia Brabbs’ latest client album. Once again we have a double feature image – only the embrace shot featured in the finalised album but Olivia kindly asked if we wanted the kiss shot as well, and since they both looked amazing it seemed only right to use them both! This album had …

Caroline Weiss on… Winter Weddings

As Christmas draws closer, and the weather grows colder, it is undeniable that winter is here. Although the existence of a UK summer is debatable, wintertime weddings are growing increasingly popular. On the practical side, they can be more cost-affective, but they also allow couples to create a more glamorous and magical night with cinematic scenery, candlelit venues, and snow …

Photography Farm Workshops 2013

Something quite exciting will be taking place in January 2013 – so there will be no post-Christmas blues in the photography world this year. For one week only, from the 23rd to 27th of January, the Photography Farm will be flinging open its doors for the first ever Farm Week – five days of talks and workshops to get creativity …

#FFF… 7th December 2012

This week’s Folio Friday Foto is taken from Paul Maven’s latest sample album. Throughout the entire album, there were many images of the couple (and their guests) laughing and having a good time, which made it a fun album to look through. This image stood out from the rest not only for the breakdancing child, but also because of the …

#FFF… 30th November 2012

This week’s Folio Friday Foto is taken from Nadine Burzler’s latest client album. We have a triple feature/action shot for you this week. When looking through the album design this image came after the outside shots of the bride and groom, where Nadine had shot the children running around and playing in the grounds. It is the middle shot which …

#FFF… 23rd November 2012

This week’s Folio Friday Foto is taken from Cris Matthews’ latest client album. The location used for the wedding had many intricate and beautiful details, and this image definitely makes the most of these exquisite features. The elaborate railing on the spiral staircase and the ornamental roses on the wall, all lead the eye down to the wedding party and …

#FFF… 16th November 2012

This week’s Folio Friday Foto is taken from Ross Rayner-Brown’s latest client album. Once again we have a double feature – but this time it is of a cake cutting shot that is incredibly unique. We often see fun variations of the cake cutting part of the day, but we haven’t seen any other versions where the bride and groom …

#FFF… 9th November 2012

This week’s Folio Friday Foto is taken from Yvonne Lishman’s latest client album. Yvonne used the image as the main part of a landscape spread to start the album, and it definitely made for a great opening image and spread.  The image has a quirky and beautiful boudoir-album look to it, which made for a unique opening spread that instantly …

#FFF… 2nd November 2012

This week’s Folio Friday Foto is taken from Jonathan’s latest print order. It’s another example of a twist on a classic photograph. Usually we see a lot of images using a bride and groom’s rings, but this image stood out for taking a new direction/angle on a staple shot and using a bracelet instead. I loved the contrast between the …

#FFF… 26th October 2012

This week’s Folio Friday Foto is taken from Andy Rapkins’s latest client album. The image instantly stood out for how it differed to the usual everyone-holding-up-the-bride/groom photographs. This is the first time that we’ve seen a lift-up Grandma photograph – and from her expression it doesn’t look like something that would willingly take off! Usually the people being lifted look …

Laura Silcock on… Christmas Marketing

Here at Folio HQ the countdown to Christmas has already begun, and we know you’ll be planning your Christmas packages and marketing materials too. To help you get into the the business side of the Christmas spirit we asked one of our friends, Laura Silcock, to contribute to our Lounge with some hints and tips for maximising your marketing potential …

Canvas Cover Change

We are currently in the process of refreshing our canvas range for 2013 – and some exciting changes are already underfoot. The Shadow Grey and Foxglove Purple covers proved incredibly popular, but it seems that our bolder and brighter options such as the Fuchsia Pink and Poppy Red were not as popular with your clients. So we’ve decided that for …

Folio Supports: Movember

If you came to see us at this year’s SWPP in January, you may remember the Folio Moustaches that we had on our stand – or at least you may remember Stewart posing with one! Well, since we had some left over, we decided it was time that they were put to good use and sent out in the world …

#FFF… 19th October 2012

This week’s Folio Friday Foto is taken from Mandy Carter’s latest client album. The week we have another ‘bumper’ post with an action sequence taken from the album. It is another instance in which signs are used to help tell the story but this time there is one crucial difference – the story is played out as a silent movie …

Christmas Deadline Dates

The countdown to Christmas has already begun at Folio HQ. In order to make sure that your albums are shipped in time, here are those all important deadline dates that you need to know… Please note: For the below deadlines, we need print-ready files. Any delays in getting print-ready files to us could affect the order shipping in time for …

#FFF… 12th October 2012

This week’s photograph is taken from Roslyn Leung’s latest client album, and it is another image which makes use of a sign to provide a sense of story-telling to the shoot. Needless to say the image comes from an engagement shoot for a couple who are actually due to be married very soon. I loved both the sign itself, and …

#FFF… 5th October 2012

This week’s photograph is taken from Christy’s latest sample album. After last week’s fairytale album opener, today we have an image that looks as though it could easily illustrate Alice in Wonderland (or even Harry Potter). Life-sized chess/draughts sets are not a rarity, but this is the first one that we have seen featured in a wedding album. Since wedding …

Folio Albums Presents: The Bamboo Box

The wait is finally over. After teasing you on the tour – and with sneak peeks on our Lounge – our Bamboo Presentation Boxes are now live on the store, all ready for you to purchase. Just like our designer bags, they bring something a little more personalised to your packaging experience. The bamboo box can be ordered as either …

#FFF… 28th September 2012

This week’s photograph is taken from Gemma & Philippa’s latest client album. The use of signs in wedding images is becoming quite a popular trend – but this image stood out from the rest for its simple, and story-book, nature. The focus remains completely on the sign rather than the couple (the rest of the album gets to showcase their …

#FFF… 21st September 2012

This week’s photograph is taken from Annemarie’s latest client album. It’s quite a bumper image but I felt that we needed a mini story with the images to show that this is not just a quirky wedding feature, but that this was the couple’s wedding cake. The bride works in the film industry, and her cake is courtesy of a …

#FFF… 14th September 2012

This week’s photograph is taken from Jordan and Ines’ latest client album. In the world of novelty bride & groom wedding cake toppers this is definitely one of the coolest [and cutest] that we have seen. Through the latest trend of lego figurines, this Batman groom is certainly something a little different! The bride probably felt happy that her own …

#FFF… 7th September 2012

This week’s photograph is taken from Art’s latest client album. This image looked really striking and different to what we usually see in a wedding album. It was lovely to see the detail in the dancers’ outfits, and also to see such beautiful wedding day entertainment! The colours just looked so vibrant, and the ladies themselves appeared to be having …

#FFF… 31st August 2012

This week’s photograph is taken from David’s latest client album. The image was used on the last spread as a full landscape layout. The colours looked alive and sparkling that I just had to stop and take note of the image in front of me, and it had a great effect for bringing the album – and the day portrayed …

#FFF… 24th August 2012

In honour of the nice long bank holiday weekend we’ve got a bumper edition of Folio Friday Foto this week, with a groomsmen theme. To start off we have an image from Tori Deslauriers latest client album, with the smallest best man I’ve yet to see. I liked how the image was taken from the child’s height, giving you a …

#FFF… 17th August 2012

This week’s photograph is taken from Pete’s latest client album. The spread contained shots from outside of the church, and this image instantly stood out for its more comical nature. After the serious part of the day is over, it’s great to see such lighthearted, celebratory, moments happening as soon as the couple have left the church. Sometimes the joy …

#FFF… 10th August 2012

This week’s image is taken from Jay’s recent sample album. The photograph stood out on the spread for its relaxed yet comical nature. Through all of the gold medals Team GB are winning this year it looks like this little girl may grow up to be the next Beth Tweddle! Or at least provide inspiration for how to truly relax …

#FFF… 3rd August 2012

This week’s photograph is taken from Adam’s recent sample wedding album. This image really stood out mainly for the expression on the groom’s face. It made a nice change seeing a couple look so relaxed and to see the groom taking a sneaky – but very proud – peek at his bride before the ceremony started. It is one of …

#FFF… 27th July 2012

This week’s image is taken from Wendy’s latest sample album, and we have created a little ‘action sequence’ since the image needed its counterpart to really show the humour and beauty of the shot. It is one of those moments that truly capture the joy and energy present in a wedding day. Since the Olympics kicks off tonight, I thought …

Folio Albums Sneak Peek: Bamboo Presentation Box

We are going to launch our Bamboo Presentation Box very soon. Those of you who attended our tour have already had a sneak peek [and even a chance to feel it ‘in the flesh’] but we thought we would do this little blog post just so that everyone can have a chance to check it out before it is released …

#FFF… 20th July

This image is from Louise & Louie’s latest sample album. I loved how it captured a detail utterly unique to the wedding that the photograph comes from, and for the fact that pageboys are quite rare these days compared to flower girls – so it was nice to see something a little different. In a life full of uncertainty sometimes …

#FFF… July 13th 2012

This image is from Lucy’s latest sample album. I loved this cute photo as soon as it came through our upload server, and Lucy happily sent it over for us to use on our blog. After all of the rainy weather lately a summery post seemed needed, and this image goes to show how we all need to see the …

#FFF… July 6th 2012

This image is from Neil’s latest sample album. This idyllic summer photo instantly caught my eye, and in the throes of our incredibly rainy British summer Neil kindly allowed me to use the image on our blog. Summertime always conjures images of relaxed afternoons so here it is, a chilled-out picnic by the lake shot to help wind down your …

#FFF… June 29th 2012

This image is from Anna’s latest client album. This adorable photo instantly caught my eye, and I knew I had to ask Anna if we could use it on our blog. This image reminds us all that at the end of a long day, or a long week, we just need to stretch it all out and relax. So here …

#FFF… June 22nd 2012

This image is from Kelvin’s latest client album. It instantly caught my eye since the photograph portrays both a touching and intimate moment, whilst showing that you don’t always need sunshine to take a beautiful shot. So here it is, to add a little nostalgic feel to this aptly rainy Friday afternoon: Image courtesy of Kelvin McIvor from Kelvin McIvor …

Folio Albums goes paperless?!

Don’t worry, we aren’t talking about the actual albums! Here at Folio HQ we are always trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible and we have now taken one step further to lessen our environmental impact – paperless invoicing. This means that we can reduce the amount of paper that we are using and shipping out to you when …

Folio Albums Presents… Pick & Mix Swatches

Previously only available in complete ranges, we have now revamped our swatch keyrings so that you can purchase them as part of a pick & mix service. At Folio HQ we have had many requests about being able to select certain colours from the cover lines as an ulterior option to purchasing the entire range. Through the pick & mix …

#FFF … June 15th 2012

This image is from Claire’s latest wedding album order. I instantly fell in love with it when I saw the spread on the print run and knew that I had to share the photograph on our Lounge. So here it is, to add a little magic and sparkle to your Friday afternoon: Image courtesy of Claire Morgan from Claire Morgan …

Folio Albums Presents… The Eco-Frame

Folio Albums is a company designed by photographers, for photographers. So whilst our Fine Art Books wonderfully showcase your work in a photographic album, we know that more and more of your clients are wanting accompanying portraits that they can frame – so after careful research we have launched our Eco-Frame range. Hand-made from 100% reclaimed wood, these timber frames …

Folio Albums Presents… 6×6 Main Albums

Previously only available as duplicates, or Mini Copies, our 6″x6″ albums have now joined the ranks of our larger Main Albums. Here at Folio HQ we have received many requests regarding expanding the 6×6 cover option range, or offering them as bespoke designs – so we got to work! We have said before that you will never need to design …

Folio Albums Presents… The Designer Bag

Here at Folio Albums we know that appearance is important to photographers. Our Fine Art Books are handmade with the care and attention that they deserve, and from emails and tweets we appreciate how excited you guys are when they are shipped out to you! We know that our standard cotton bags are beautiful in their simplicity, but professional and …

Tour Stop 8: Leeds

Stewart has written the final tour stop blog post for Friday’s Leeds date where he got to hang out with our last tour pal – the lovely Annemarie King. Just a few days after Stewart finished his tour, the Queen started her own tour down the Thames – and everyone from Team Folio hopes that you are having a great …

Tour Pal Model Photographs… Mandy Carter

Mandy kindly attached us some fantastic images she took of her daughter, April, at yesterday’s Cambridge date! It seems that our tour pals couldn’t help joining in the photography fun! Thank-you Mandy!

Tour Stop 7: Cambridge

Yesterday Stewart and Van Outen arrived at the next stop of the tour surprisingly early because the traffic from West London to Cambridge was incredibly clear. This gave Stewart time to wander around in the nearby village and he soon attracted the attention of passing locals [even non-photographers can’t wait to join our Freedom Tour!]. It seems that our Tour …

Tour Stop 6: West London

Yesterday Stewart and Van Outen stopped in West London for the sixth day (and location) of the tour. Kate Hopewell-Smith and (a rather belated) Stuart Cooper joined the Folio Freedom Tour for the day and they were both fantastic, hanging out and sharing their experiences with all of the photographers who attended. Our West London attendees were very excited by …

Folio Tour Pal… Annemarie King

Annemarie King is our Folio Freedom Tour pal for our Leeds date. While Cris Matthews kicked off the tour with Stewart last Friday in Newcastle, we are rounding things down with Annemarie in Leeds. Annemarie absolutely loves (LOVES) her work as a wedding photographer – so much so that she never wants to call it her job. Annemarie sees the …

Tour Stop 5: Bristol

Stewart had an awesome day yesterday as Van Outen stopped in Bristol for day five of the tour, and he hung out with the wonderful Mr Brett Symes who was our tour pal for the day. Brett stayed for hours happily chatting about everything photography and photography business with anyone who wanted to discuss any thoughts or ideas, and giving …

Folio Tour Pal… Mandy Carter

Mandy Carter is one of the Folio Freedom Tour pals for our Cambridge date. Mandy is one half of both Truly Madly Dottie Photography and Dottie Creations (the other half is her best friend Zoe). The two parts of Mandy’s companies allow her to both shoot weddings, and inject her creative spark into the smaller details of the day. Mandy’s …

Folio Tour Pal… Hayley Ruth

Hayley Ruth is one of the Folio Freedom Tour pals for our Cambridge date. Hayley completely loves being a wedding and portrait photographer, and is happiest when she gets to combine her passion for photography with the magic of her client’s wedding day. Hayley is truly enthusiastic about her job. Her aim to make each shoot unique and different, alongside …

Tour Stop 4: Birmingham

Stewart had a great time in Birmingham yesterday on day four of the tour. He got to hang out with the lovely Emma Case and her husband Pete. Stewart loves their alternative style, and since they brought a decent selection from their camera collection they couldn’t have pleased Stewart more (anyone at Team Folio will tell you what a technophile …

Folio Tour Pal… Stuart Cooper

Stuart Cooper is one of our Folio Freedom Tour pals for our West London date. The years Stuart spent developing his skill and ‘eye’ for photography has produced a creative and natural style that constantly amazes. Stuart prefers to keep the lens cap on until he has built up a rapport with his clients. This means that when he does …

Folio Tour Pal… Kate Hopewell-Smith

Kate Hopewell-Smith is one of our Folio Freedom Tour pals for our West London date. She has always worked within the creative media industry; but when Kate started studying photography in her downtime, what she expected to be a hobby turned into a passion that inspired her wonderful career. Kate started out taking pictures of her own, and her friends’, …

Folio Tour Pal… Brett Symes

Brett Symes is our Folio Freedom Tour pal for our Bristol date; he is completely fascinated by people and their stories, and this curiosity is at the heart of his photography and his style. Brett’s approach to wedding photography is one of helping his clients to preserve the memories of their special day so that they can be treasured for …

Tour Stop 3: Manchester

Stewart has put together a quick blog post about the third day and location of the tour – Manchester. It definitely sounded like the perfect way to spend a wonderfully sunny Sunday afternoon, and it seems like a lot of you agreed since Stewart had a great turnout. Cris, our very first tour pal, loved his day in Newcastle so …

Tour Stop 2: Glasgow

Apologies for the length of this video. I’m still getting to grips with speaking to the camera and as you’ll see I tend to go on a little – sorry about that. Cris summed it up well on day one after I did a ‘short’ piece to camera; “that was great”, he said, “but about 6 minutes too long!”. Oh …

Folio Tour Pal… Emma Case

Emma Case is our Folio Freedom Tour pal for our Birmingham tour date. Emma completely loves pushing the creative boundaries of wedding photography and she makes every wedding she shoots as unique as possible. Emma’s introduction to wedding photography occurred when she tried to find a photographer for her own big day, and her search for someone who took the …

Tour Stop 1: Newcastle

Stewart officially set off on the tour yesterday, and our Tour Pal Cris came up to Folio HQ to document the day from the very start. Cris couldn’t wait to get some shots of Van Outen and (true to his comments in his Tour Pal post) even ended up rolling around on the floor to get some cool footage of …

Folio Tour Headliner… Stewart Randall

Stewart Randall is headlining the Folio Freedom Tour; taking our Fine Art Albums out on the road and travelling around the U.K. to meet all of you, and talk about everything photography. Since we were sadly unable to secure a Folio Tour Pal for Glasgow [due to the Saturday scheduling Stewart’s photographer friends in the area are all already busy …

Folio Tour Pal… The Lawsons

Laura and Peter Lawson are our Folio Freedom Tour pals for our Manchester date. They are completely in love with the little moments that can go un-noticed, capturing and framing them to create images that truly reveal their clients and who they are – or for future generations, who they were. Dubbed “The Lawsons”, Laura and Peter thoroughly work as …

Collecting Van Outen

Today Stewart went down to collect Van Outen so that they could get to know each other a little better before they set off on the tour tomorrow. Stewart put together a quick blog post about his trip so that we could document the tour from the very start – and also to provide a little more information about Van …

The Tour Tech… Folio Tour’s Fuji X-Pro1

Our tour camera arrived in the office this week. Whilst we feel Van Outen will be a show-stealing feature of the tour, the X-Pro1 will be a sure-fire showstopper – it definitely provided a great distraction when we took delivery. Stewart spent most of the afternoon testing out the X-Pro1 and its various features. Plenty of candid shots of the …

Folio Tour Pal… Cris Matthews

Cris Matthews is our Folio Freedom Tour pal for our first location – Newcastle – and will be kicking off the tour with Stewart tomorrow. Cris completely loves both photography itself, and the fact that he gets to indulge in this passion as his everyday job. Cris mainly describes his style as relaxed. He wants his clients to feel as …

Tour Trajectory

The Flight of the Folio: Folio and Friends Freedom Tour 2012, will be kicking off very soon. In true rock-star style, Stewart will be visiting 8 locations in 8 (consecutive) days to bring some Folio style out to you – the photographer. In place of strobe lit arenas, we have chosen our venues for their beautiful, picturesque surroundings, and informal …

Introducing… Folio Van Outen

The Flight of the Folio officially launches this Friday up in Newcastle and we are all working hard, like busy little elves, to get Stewart all ready and set to go on his travels. Stewart may be the only member of Team Folio who will be touring, but don’t worry – we aren’t sending him out into the big wide …