The Linen Book

In this day and age where cell phones never leave our hands, where images pass our eyes at an almost dizzying rate, where there is at least one screen exploding with imagery in just about every room of the house, it can be easy to forget that photographs are not meant to solely inhabit the virtual world. Just as they always have since the camera was first invented, photographs have the greatest impression when they surround us in the tangible world.

My linen book. Slightly smaller than a full  leather wedding album , parent books are a beautiful way to say thank-you to your parents, whether just for raising you right or for all they did to make your wedding day a beautiful success. 

My linen book. Slightly smaller than a full leather wedding album, parent books are a beautiful way to say thank-you to your parents, whether just for raising you right or for all they did to make your wedding day a beautiful success. 

Linen wedding parent album by New Jersey wedding photographer Nan Doud Photography
Clean wedding album design by Princeton New Jersey wedding photographer Nan Doud Photography

After all, photographs are meant to adhere to our memory receptors, forever binding long term memories of relatively brief moments in our lives, thus anchoring and grounding us. This is why you may hear me repeat the mantra: prints matter.

I design your photo album with both the flow of the day and aesthetics in mind. Simple. Clean. Elegant. I select from the best of your wedding day images, saving you time and allowing you to get your album in your hands quickly for you to enjoy. When doing album design themselves, many couples end up delaying the process for years... even decades.

I design your photo album with both the flow of the day and aesthetics in mind. Simple. Clean. Elegant. I select from the best of your wedding day images, saving you time and allowing you to get your album in your hands quickly for you to enjoy. When doing album design themselves, many couples end up delaying the process for years... even decades.

Understanding the emotional and even psychological impact that the tangible print has on us as we grow up and grow old hopefully gives you a glimpse into why what photographers do is such important work. Yes, it's art. But it's more than art. These are the tangible visual hooks upon which some of our strongest memories, and the memories of those who have gone before us, are hung. You might look at a portrait of your grandma and suddenly you can hear her voice, smell her kitchen and feel the softness of her skin. Or an image may contain within it an entire story that your mom told you over and over whenever you looked at the picture or asked her about it.

Images are phenomenal memory cues! And without us even knowing it, these memories become more deeply imprinted on us when we simply live in the presence of these images that adorn our walls and mantles. They are that powerful.

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Good wedding album design doesn't just consist of cramming as many pictures as possible into a finite space. Storyline and design sense, as well as technical understanding of image quality and color play important roles.

Good wedding album design doesn't just consist of cramming as many pictures as possible into a finite space. Storyline and design sense, as well as technical understanding of image quality and color play important roles.

Handmade linen photo album by Nan Doud Photography

So when you get married, it's important to not only have a digital record of the day on a disc or a hard drive somewhere. Your portraits, your album, and even the printed proofs that you can look through with your kids one day... they are important. It makes sense to invest in them. With proper care, they will outlast you and likely even your children so that generations to come will be able to treasure them as much or even more than you do.

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A Truly Elegant New York City Wedding at Guastavino's

Elegant NYC Wedding at Guastavino's

I had the immense pleasure and distinct privilege of helping my friend, Jacqui of Jacqueline Patton Photography, capture this amazingly beautiful New York City wedding, recently featured on Love My Dress, back in December. With Guastavino's as the wedding and reception venue, exquisite floral arrangements by Blade Floral Design of NYC, gowns and bridal accessories by Tara Keely, Monique Lhuillier and Reem Acra, you just can't get more elegant. The bride and groom not only both had impeccable style, they were just genuinely lovely people to work with. Photographers really can't dream of anything better.

Princeton New Jersey Wedding Photographer Nan Doud Photography | NYC | wedding at Gustavino's - shot for Jacqueline Patton Photography

As Jacqueline's second shooter, I spent the first portion of the day as usual, with the groom and groomsmen, which is almost always a fun experience! These guys were great. My husband, who came along to help Jacqui and I carry all our gear, helped out immensely by being the chief bow-tie tutor (having only recently mastered the art himself!) And he was a little insta-star-struck when he saw that the groom and groomsmen bow ties were made by someone that he follows on Instagram, The Cordial Churchman.

The Bentley Hotel NYC is where we started out. It's a beautiful hotel and super close to the couple's wedding venue, Guastavino's. My photographer's eye was pleased by the symmetry in the lobby. 

I decided that the opportunity for some great bridal party shots under the Queensborough Bridge were worth braving the weather. And boy... was I ever right. I do love it when I'm right like this! Can I just say that I think Alanis Morissette was a little overly-dramatic about rain on your wedding day? Rain on your wedding day can be magical.

I gotta tell you... I've shot a lot of weddings. Over 100 in the past four years. But this moment? For some reason it was one of the more exhilarating. As I perched on the curb, feeling the fevered breath of the traffic behind me (and praying I wouldn't suddenly be splashed by a passing cab),  my husband holding an umbrella over my head as I raised my voice over the rain and the city, I couldn't believe that this was me. Here I was, working a wedding in NYC when just a year before I was living in Sunny California. 

My excitement over the perfection of the light in this little dry patch of the city that I was owning right then also had me just a little happy. Photographers normally squeal or gasp or freak out when the light loves on us like this. So I was feeling kind of on top of the world. And drippy wet. 

Guastavino's is an incredibly gorgeous venue. I can't wait to shoot there again!

The bride and groom decided to do a first look before their wedding ceremony. Always a wise decision!

So, speaking of photographers freaking out, gasping, dying a thousand deaths and telling you how much they love you for being willing to brave the rain....

So many beautiful details at this wedding!

The band from Hank Lane Music was unbeatable.

Nothing like the first dance!

I've had the honor of shooting a number of Jewish weddings now and I love so many parts of the day. But my favorite part might just be the Hora dance. So. Much. Fun.

Seriously! Cuteness overload!

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thank you, Jacqueline Patton Photography for having me along to help out!