How To Make A Boudoir Photo Book
So are you ready to make a GORGEOUS boudoir photo book that will truly make his jaw drop?
Putting together a spicy little boudoir photo book has been a been a hot trend for brides to give unsuspecting grooms on their wedding day, but it also makes a perfect, birthday, anniversary, Christmas or Valentines Day gift too!
No matter what occasion, we want to make sure that your boudoir photos are presented in the most beautiful way. We know you have taken the time to plan out your boudoir photo shoot, hire your boudoir photographer, invest in professional hair and make-up, not to mention some sexy new lingerie, so let’s make sure that your boudoir book looks just as gorgeous as YOU!
We print a lot boudoir photo books, so we thought it would be helpful to pass along some best practices, as we get lots of questions on the best style book for a boudoir book. Read on to find some helpful tips and tricks to help you make a gorgeous boudoir album you can be proud of! You can also visit our FAQ page for some quick answers and helpful video tutorials.
Choosing the Right Style Boudoir Book
Boudoir photography is meant to be sexy and beautiful, so you’ll want the book style you choose to also reflect this. Choose a book with exceptional print quality and substance that will flatter and compliment your boudoir portraits. Choosing to display your boudoir photos in an ordinary classic photo book will most likely leave you disappointed. They’re just not the style book that best suites a boudoir book, and simply will not do your boudoir photos justice. You need a book that has WOW factor and one that showcases your images on thick photographic paper. Specialty papers such as Fuji Crystal Archival Papers, offer greater skin tone accuracy and overall tonal ranges and richness of color that cannot be matched with a regular press printed photo book. Fuji photographic paper is printed via a silver halide process that develops your images much like a photograph, whereas press printed photo books reproduce your images with a series of dots. So press printed books can result in reduced image quality and inaccurate skin tones and colors. Let’s face it…you went to a lot of trouble to take your boudoir photos, so go for the best quality book and paper and you won’t be sorry. Quality really matters when it comes to choosing your boudoir book.
If budget is a major factor, we understand. Our advice is to go with a smaller sized, higher quality book, than a larger photo book with flimsy paper.
High Quality Lay-flat Photographic Boudoir Books
Our lay flat albums offer the best in image quality, page thickness and panoramic spreads to WOW you! Page spreads lay completely flat with a very fine mico-fold down the center of the book. This makes it easy for you to have those awesome centerfold spreads! Choose from the following lay flat album paper options:
- Fuji Crystal Archival Paper “double thickness”– this comes standard in our top of the line Flush Mount Layflat Album. Industry leading Fuji Photographic paper is mounted to a thick non-bending substrate, giving your book pages a super thick feel. The Fuji paper has excellent print quality with accurate skin tone reproduction and tonal ranges which is so important for boudoir books. It truly is the best photographic paper you can buy.
- Fuji Crystal Archival Paper – this is the same paper as described above but the paper is mounted back to back, instead of to a thick substrate. Pages are thicker than a regular photo book, but thinner than the flush mount album. We refer to this as our standard Layflat Album.
- Mohawk Superfine Eggshell “writable matte” – this paper is a standard choice for those looking for a soft matte finish. While this paper is not as high a quality as the Fuji paper, it is still the industries best press printed paper. It’s superfine image reproduction is excellent and a close match to Fuji photographic paper mentioned above. The pages are fuzed back to back with the biggest difference being that the paper has more of a matte finish while the Fuji has a slight sheen. We typically recommend this paper for wedding reception guest books as the paper accepts ink easily, making it perfect for signature guest books. This book is also considered a Layflat Album
Fuji Crystal Archival “double thick” Flush Mount Album
Lay flat Album with Fuji Archival Paper and Photo Wrap Cover
Cover Options For Lay Flat Books
Leather Covers – Our genuine Italian add a certain amount of richness to your book. This extra thick and extra padded cover is made from natural hides and has a soft buttery texture, so soft, we promise you’ll want to hug it! Choose from 5 fabulous colors!
Eco- leather Covers- Choose from 9 colors. Eco- leather has the look and feel of real leather but it’s a synthetic & animal friendly material. Eco-leather covers also have the option to emboss. Embossing will print bottom right corner of the book in gold. Embossing will be selected at checkout after you add your book to the cart. It does not display in the software at this time.
Photo Wrap Covers- This cover allow you to feature an image or photo on the cover. Photo Wrap Covers have a protective laminate finish with a choice of matte or gloss. The matte finish gives your book a nice soft finish while and the gloss gives it a bit of shine.
If you choose to print your boudoir book at My Bridal Pix, you will choose your cover option at the start of laying out your book. The Photo Wrap Cover (shown above) will require a different set of templates in the software than a material cover, so make sure you choose your cover style before you start to layout your book. Please note that you cannot change the cover once you start, unless you start your layout over again.
Working With Your Images
When you first register your account in the software, you will be promoted to upload your images. Images will be saved in your account only if you save your project. You can then log back into you account another time to retrieve your project and continue to work on your layout. Images can be deleted from your account once your book has been received.
When working with your images in the software, if you come across a “low resolution” icon this is a warning that your image quality is too low. Your photographer may have only saved your images at 72DPI or your image size is just too small for that size photo placeholder. When you print images, keep in mind that they need to be hi-resoution- 300DPI. 72 DPI is just for viewing on the web. So when working with your photographer, let them know that you plan to print a book and you want hi- resolution 300 DPI images sized to your book and saved to in sRGB color space for best print quality. For instance, if you want a 10×10 finished book your images need to be at least 10″ high. If you plan on having an image spread across two pages, it needs to be 10 x 20 in size.
If you should receive a warning sign, you have a few options, you can edit the images yourself and change the file sizes if the file is large enough. If not, you can ask your photographer for the correct file sizes or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to assist you.
Design Mistakes to Avoid
One of the biggest mistakes newbie album designers make in laying out their boudoir photo book, is not paying attention to the center of the book or the book fold. For best results keep any important images away from the center of the spread. While our flush mount, and lay flat books have a very small micro fold with panoramic spreads, you still want to pay attention to the fold line as you would not want that fold line going down the middle of a face or across the eyes of your image. Try shifting your image a little to the right or left to make sure it is not touching an import element of your image.
This is especially important if you choose a basic press printed photo book ( see image below). The issue becomes that your images can get lost in the fold of the book.
Another thing to avoid is placing too many images on a spread. Boudoir books should really showcase your images. Putting too many images together takes away from the impact the book will have.
Be careful that your text is balanced on the page and not to close to the edge of the book. The same is true for clipart and frames.
Be sure to save your work as you layout your book. This way you can always restart your book at a later date and retrieve your book layout from your account.
Free Boudoir Book Templates
Our software easily allows you to choose from pre-designed layouts and auto fill options or you can design your book from scratch, selecting from our library of templates and backgrounds. Here is a sample of our Black Lace Boudoir template in the video below. Please note that our FREE BOUDOIR BOOK TEMPLATES can only be found in the Layflat Album section of the book making software. You can, however, create your own layouts in the hardcover photo book section, if you wish to just go with a basic hardcover photo book.
Double Check For Mistakes
Make sure to preview your book before you buy it so that you can check the layout of each of your pages. Mistakes can easily be overlooked in the design process. The My Bridal Pix software allows you to flip through the pages of your software so that you can see exactly how your book will print. Look for art elements or text too close to edge, missing photos, alignment of images, misspellings.
If you add your book to your cart and then go back and make changes to your layout, you must remember to UPDATE YOUR CART in the VIEW CHART TAB so that your updates are made to the item you placed in your cart.
How many pages should a boudoir photo book have and what size is a question we get a lot. If you want a book to tuck away in a suitcase or a bedside table, the 6×6 and the 8×8 size books, work well. If you are going for a bigger impact, and an impressive gift, the 10×10 or 12×12 are a great choice. Most of the boudoir books we print are square 10 – 20 spreads/20 to 40 pages.
If you should choose to print your boudoir book with us, the software has an auto fill option that will automatically layout your book for you once your images are upload. If you do not like the order of the spreads, just go back and “deselect” your images and then click on “Customize Book.” This will prevent the autofill option and you can place your photos as you like.
Making a Book with Limited Images
We are often asked if it’s possible to layout a book with only 10-15 images. The answer is YES! Our books have a minimum of 10 spreads or 20 pages so a simple layout on each spread or page will work best for you. You can also use the same photo multiple times, by cropping or using a black and white version to get a whole new look to the same image. Photos can also be used to make a page background and you can add a filter to it to create a new look. You can also help fill up a page with text or a special message. Clipart is another nice design option to help fill space or add balance to add to your page layouts. Clip art, backgrounds, filters, and borders can be found in the software to the left dashboard panel.
Some customers like to upload their own artwork as a .jpg file. Just make sure the overall size of the artwork is large enough that it will be the same size as your finished book.
Privacy of Your Images
Please know upfront that your images will never be used by our website or published to promote our services. All the images you see on our boudoir book pages are stock images that we purchase. We totally understand your need for privacy when it comes to your boudoir images, and we make every effort to keep them secure and private. We offer an all female design team, so if you need help laying out your book, no worries. Our print facility also uses military grade servers for optimal security of your images.
Give Yourself Time
If you plan on doing a boudoir photo shoot, be sure to give yourself enough time. Often, boudoir images require some editing to make them look perfect..and you want to look perfect, right? This editing will take time for your photographer to do. Be sure to ask your boudoir photographer how much time this will take so that you are not caught off guard and having to rush last minute to put your book together. Remember photogs are busy around the holidays, and wedding season with lots of photos to edit, so plan ahead.
Our book printing turn around is between 5-10 business days. You also need to factor in shipping time (books ship from the mid west). We offer various shipping methods and overnight and 2 day shipping for those in a rush. You should also consider giving yourself extra time incase a reprint is necessary, not that it happens often, but from time to time, books can be damaged in delivery. Please know our books come with a guarantee to be free of manufactures defects, or we will replace them for free. Our books are made in the USA so you can feel good knowing your are putting USA employees to work. We ship internationally, and offer standard and International Express – please be sure to factor in time for customs clearance.
Tracking your order can be done right from your My Account dashboard in the book making software. We also send a shipment notification with tracking ID when your book leaves our facility allowing you to track your package right to your doorstep.
Boudoir Book Design Services
If you need help with the design and layout of your boudoir photo book or you are a photographer needing assistance on a regular basis with boudoir photo book layout, we offer an all female design team. We understand the sensitive nature of putting one of these books together and we greatly respect your privacy. If interested, email us at email@example.com and let us know the details of what you need and one of our design consultants will get back to you promptly.
Take Pix’s of His Reaction!
When the time comes to present your boudoir photo book, make sure you take pictures! His reaction to your book will be a priceless photo or video. The jaw dropping, eyes popping, mouth wide open expression is sure to be one you will not want to forget.
We hope this post was helpful. If you have put together a boudoir photo book and would like to share any ideas you may have, please leave a comment below so everyone can learn from your experience too!
Looking For More Info?
If you are a bride-to-be and just considering having a boudoir photo shoot and you are not 100% sure you can muster up the courage, read our blog post Boudoir Book The Best Grooms Gift Ever.
You can also find additional info & product specs and samples of our BOUDOIR BOOKS on our website!