World Photo Day 2015 Specials

World Photo Day Specials

I hope you had a great World Photo Day snapping away with your favorite picture-making devices!

This special has expired, but the sample albums shown are always available to bring your favorite images together into a memorable keepsake. Book me for your next shoot here.

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Check out more about World Photo Day and happy snapping! -eB


Sample 8x8 Square Engagement Photo Album
1940s themed engagement portrait shoot album
Accordion Portrait Sample Album
Accordion Portrait Sample Album Unfolded


Colorful Summer Wedding Palais Royale Ballroom Album – Katie & Brian

Here’s a peek at the album design for Katie and Brian’s June wedding day story. Their story started in Plymouth, Indiana with preparation and informal portraits at their parents’ homes. From there it was on to Saint Michael’s church to celebrate with the wedding ceremony. The newlyweds traveled north to South Bend for portraits downtown near the Morris Performing Arts’ fountain then around the corner to the Palais Royale ballroom for a wonderful evening reception full of live music, dancing and celebrating the night away.

Congrats newlyweds!

Check out the album in full screen here.

June Wedding Palais Royale Ballroom Reception Album

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Summer Wedding Album Design – Melissa and Jim

Can’t wait to get the printed version of Melissa & Jim’s album back soon! Here’s a sneak preview of their wedding album designs including a Catholic wedding mass at Saint Monica’s Church, colorful outdoor wedding portraits at Battell Park and Beutter Park along the Saint Joseph River, and reception to celebrate the evening away at Knights of Columbus just across the river.

Check out the album in full screen here.

June Wedding Album Cover Beutter Park Mishawaka Indiana

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Cubs Win! Wrigley Field Engagement Guest Book

I’m up late prepping for another double-shoot day this weekend, wrapping up 2 from Friday, ready to kick the weekend into high gear! Today’s celebration with Joy & David, here’s the first inning of the custom wedding guest book from a rather great proposal that might just make you shout “Holy cow!” Harry Caray style.

Cubs Fans Wrigley Field Engagement Proposal

Proposal via Wrigley Field scoreboard? I’m as green as that scoreboard with envy!

Lots more Cubs baseball, Army memories, golf rounds, and wedding day celebration ahead!

Get a reminder when the photos are ready here – enjoy!

Custom Wedding Guest Book Design from 1945 Engagement Portraits

I was pretty excited when this Wedding Guest Book arrived so I grabbed the video camera and started rambling recording. Here’s a preview of the Custom Guest Books included in our Memoirs Photography Package and available for all weddings!

I’ve got to brag on the couple, the idea for the themed shoot was totally theirs. At our first meeting, the bride Caroline mentioned her fiance Josh was in the Navy and she wanted to shoot a 1945 themed engagement session in tribute to the famous photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square. (Note for couples looking for photographers – throwing creative, fun ideas at us will really make the brainstorms take off!) It was all downhill from there.

Update – see more of the session’s photos here.

custom 1945 engagement session wedding guestbook 1

I’m thrilled with the hinged paper construction that lets guests write right up to the middle of the book, no bending down the pages to add your wishes near the middle of the book!

custom 1945 engagement session wedding guestbook 2

Closeup of the hinged paper wedding guest book design

custom 1945 engagement session wedding guestbook 3

Another added bonus was the thicker paper used for this design. One concern was that a pen would make indentations on the next page’s photos, but the thicker paper and using fine tipped Sharpie markers did more than enough to prevent this concern.

custom 1945 engagement session wedding guestbook 4

Tips on Guest Books from photographer and designer Eric Bucholtz –

  • – Personalize! Anything personalized to your clients’ engagement and wedding story will always be a hit! The engagement session is entirely about the Soonlyweds to have a relaxing shoot away from wedding planning while getting a preview of your work to let them know they’ve made a great choice including your photography in their upcoming wedding day.
  • – Album Design: Backgrounds. Unless your design concept is for an all white, black or solid page background, personalize your photography even further in the design process by including complimenting colors and textures on album backgrounds. For this vintage book light paper, sand, and other complimenting textures were used to give a freshly printed book a little age to match the feel of the session.
  • – Sunset shooting. Especially out on the beach, stick around after sunset. Dusk is a colorful time full of sunset colors without fighting with the sun at the horizon. This means fewer silhouettes against the sun, less high power fill flash, and more available light photos with that great dusk coloring. Aside from the photographic technicalities, especially when the subjects are having fun, there’s no need to hurry and pack up as soon as the sun sets below the horizon.

Specs & Links

This 10×10″ book features photography and design by Eric Bucholtz, 1945 hairstyling by Genna Bucholtz. White House Custom Color printed the hinged paper / lay flat construction.

Senior Portrait Album – Tabatha

Got more than a handful of favorite Senior Portrait photos to show off? That giant folio thing not your look? We thought so. Grab a custom album of your favorite Senior Portrait Session photos in a book you’ll open after graduation.

Take a peek at our latest Senior Session and Trash the Dress photo shoot album below –

South Bend Indiana senior portrait album

South Bend Indiana senior portrait trash the dress album

Click an image above or click HERE to see the album designs.

Check out more on our Senior Sessions page, drop us aline to set up a shoot of your own – enjoy!

Vintage 1945 Themed Wedding Guestbook

Just a warning – you may find yourself saying “Oh I wish I’d thought to do that for my engagement!” – I have numerous times already. We’ll still gladly help put together a creative shoot for you – drop us a line! Ok end of disclaimer. -eB

I’m pretty stoked to present one of the many creative things we’ve helped put together with photos from Caroline & Josh’s 1945 themed engagement session last summer.

This shoot was my photographic equivalent of a kid in a candy store. When the couple mentioned the idea for a vintage engagement shoot you could almost hear the wheels spinning in my head. I always liked studying history, and talking to my 96 year old Grandmother is always a history lesson worth hearing. Her eyes light up talking about my late Grandfather, their wedding day, and the love between them. I couldn’t help but think of their love story and the stories she shared about waiting months to hear from him as he served in the US Navy during World War II. With that in mind we went to town recreating the feel of some of those favorite lovebird photos from way back when…

Click an images above or click here to see the book designs in a full browser window, – iPhone and smartphone friendly slide show!

Love of the Irish – Notre Dame Basilica Weddings

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Now that it seems Spring is finally here in South Bend, Indiana, everything is greening up beautifully outside. Today, of course, it seems everyone is trying to do the same for Saint Pat’s celebrations. (Of course, with the exception of my friend Joel who wore red in support of those with red/green color blindness.)

What better time to celebrate Irish heritage than with our favorite photos of the LOVE of the Irish?!

Enjoy the albums below as well as galleries of our favorites from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Notre Dame University campus

Bridget & Doug – 6/7/08

Notre Dame Basilica Wedding Photography - Album Design

Notre Dame Basilica Wedding Photography - Album Design

Notre Dame Basilica Wedding Photography - Album Design

Kim & Scott 6/21/08

Notre Dame Basilica Wedding Photography - Album Design

Notre Dame Basilica Wedding Photography - Album Design

Notre Dame Basilica Wedding Photography - Album Design

Enjoy! Eric