21 Apr

Why Photo Books?

Posted by Brent Looyenga
Engagment Photos, Spokane Weddings, Coeur d'Alene Wedding, Love, Spokane Wedding Photographers, Wedding and Engagement Photography

The Why Series: Photo Books

The “Why” series is something I’ve been doing for a little over a year now, answering questions as to why I do the things I do. I’ve talked about why second photographers are so important, why I always include digital files and engagement photos, and why all-day coverage means way more than 8 to 10 hours. It’s something I often refer to. One of the things I include in my top two wedding packages is a photo book. Even though I include the digital images, a high-end photo book is incredibly important. Let’s be clear, this isn’t your average Shutterfly photo book.



Photo books are important for many reasons. Simply put, a couple will rarely print out 50+ photos of their wedding day. In fact, in this age it is sometimes rare for any photos to become a high end print at all. This is why a photo book is so important. It’s beautiful, it’s printed on the best paper, it’s taken care of and displayed in a beautiful box, and it has images that tell your story. It’s not just the big portrait on the wall, but the prep, the ceremony, the reception, your family — everything. It’s something you can hand a guest when they come over. It isn’t a laptop with 500 pictures on it — it’s a story. You can touch it with your hands. You can feel it. It gives you a way to share your wedding that doesn’t take as much time as 500 photos, is more personal than a laptop, and more beautiful than both.



So why this album? It’s important that your photos are provided to you with the best. The book that comes with both the standard and all-out packages is a 10x10 book of ten spreads (or twenty pages), with panoramic, thick pages, no gutter, and handmade — from the design to the craftsmanship — no auto templates or machines here. In the end, it’s meant to tell your story, with your favorite pictures, the way you want it. And it does a darn good job of it.



This book is from a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Settlers Creek wedding. You can view the whole wedding on the blog.



Building your custom book is important to us. We don’t want to make a book we love — we want to make a book you love. So no matter where you get married — Spokane, WA, Coeur d’Alene, ID, or even Portland, OR, we communicate with you to build one of the best books you’ll ever own. The process is simple: Instead of making you find and give me your sixty favorite images from the 700 or so we deliver, we build your book. We make it as beautifully as we can, picking the photos we think tell your story the best. Then we send you a digital copy to see what you think. You can make notes, ask to replace photos, move photos, make them larger or smaller, etc. You make the book the way you want it. We make changes until you are comfortable, and it goes to print. It is your book, it has you in it, and it’s beautiful. 



If you’d like to see what the process looks like, you can view this album (along with the ability to make comments and request adjustments) here:


Password: looyengaphotography (all lowercase)








Brent Looyenga is a Spokane Wedding Photographer based out of Coeur d’Alene. He loves people and specializes in wedding, engagement, family, and senior photography. You can like Looyenga Photography on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.


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