It’s great to work with suppliers who care about photography and understand its importance. Recently I’ve built a great relationship with one particular supplier, Italian based photography album maker Graphistudio, who produce fantastic photography products that have lots of customisation options and allow photographers like myself to make albums magical art pieces that you’ll never want to put away.

They have now become my album supplier of choice and this week I went to visit their UK office to learn more about the products they produce and how to get the most out of their products and offer the wedding couples who book with me a special experience unique to them and their wedding. Keep in mind that Graphistudio only deal with professional photographers so the products you see here aren’t like anything you would be able to get elsewhere.

Apologies for the poor photo quality. This was a bit of an impromptu blog and I shot these on my phone so excuse the rough looking shots below!


After arriving at the office (a lovely converted barn in the Hertfordshire countryside) I met the other photographers who had come for the day’s workshop and had a chance to look around the showroom which has samples of the products that Graphistudio offer. It was great to get to handle the products and see the quality that they can produce. Their choice of materials and album styles and sizes allow each album to be made specifically to each customer. Everything they produce is handmade to order and the album bindings come with a lifetime guarantee. One of the many reasons I’m trusting them with the important job of producing my wedding albums.

Above is an example of one of the design options you can choose in the album box. Inside the lid you can have an image or choose your own fabric to truly make your album box your own. Materials, sizes and paper types can be chosen for each album with millions of combinations available. Below is an example of the lay flat albums Graphistudio offer.

Jeremy and Martin gave us a session in the morning, explaining the idea behind each of the product ranges and the possibilities each of them offer. It was great to learn how other people use the customisation options that Graphistudio offer to make truly one of a kind albums for their customers. Some of the examples included using fabrics from the weddings and incorporating them into the interior of the albums as the inner lining or ribbons for pulling the albums out for that special touch. They also offer laser engraving, colour overlays and the ability to print photographs or even put video screens on the inside of album boxes so you can have the wedding video or a slideshow of photographs playing from the album box!

Some of the many samples they have on show. Below is one of my favourites of the range. The storybook is a leather bound album with handmade amalfi art paper (named after the region in Italy that it is produced) note the rough edges to the pages for that unique feel. A truly special way to enjoy your photos.

We were given a session on the customisation and ordering process and after lunch we had a session on marketing and pricing which was really helpful and gave me some great ideas on how to improve the business side of things. Next up is arranging some samples so I have some great examples of my own work to show you all when you come for a meeting! I’m so excited to show you what is possible as it’s only when you handle the products for yourself that you truly understand what makes these so special.

I want to thank Jeremy, Martin, Aimee, Charlie and the Graphistudio family for showing me around and making the day really worthwhile. Also thanks to Lisa Derevycka (go follow her on Instagram here) who’s introduction to the Graphistudio team at the Photography Show back in March started this whole thing going! Finally it was great to meet some of the other photographers at the workshop. It’s always a good thing to meet others in the industry and learn some new things. Below is a photo of us all and I added some more of the product range below too.

Georgie & Alex’s Engagement Shoot

I’m back to show some gorgeous images from an engagement shoot with Georgie and Alex in Woodhall Spa!

One week in the life of Steve Smailes Photography

So it may sound obvious but I love my job. No two days are ever the same and I get to capture some interesting events. If you know me well I’m often saying “I’m super busy” all the time but what does a busy week look like? Here’s a look into one week in my life…

TEDx Brayford Pool

Earlier this year I saw a call for volunteers to join the team for the Lincoln TEDx event. I’ve been a fan of TED for a long time and it’s great to support a local event such as this. Given my experience with TED and my photography it would be great to offer my help and take part.

Lincoln Grand Prix 2019

Every year I get the opportunity to photograph the Lincoln Grand Prix. A cycle race that’s part of the HSBC British Cycling National Road Series, which is a series of races that tours the country with each race giving points that go towards an overall title at the end. Read my blog and see the photographs from the event….

Supplier Spotlight: Graphistudio

It’s great to work with suppliers who care about photography and in particular my own work as a photographer. Recently I’ve built a great relationship with one particular supplier, Italian based photography album maker Graphistudio. This week I went to visit their UK office to learn more about the products they produce. Read more about my trip…

Supplier Spotlight: David Fowkes Jewellery – ” Creating unique jewellery for discerning people”

When it comes to weddings we all love making things special. One of the things I think gets overlooked is the wedding ring itself. It’s fair to say that most of us are tempted to head for the nearest high street jeweller and find something that ticks most of the boxes but after meeting Rona Mackenzie & the team at David Fowkes Jewellery, I’ve learned that creating a ring that fits you perfectly in terms of style and comfort is not only achievable but can be a really rewarding experience.

Save Lincoln Usher Gallery – A protest story

“Art is everything you can sense plus whatever craps in your head” …reads the back of one of the protester’s jackets as he listens to a poem read out to the supporters on the steps of the Usher Gallery in Lincoln. The end of a protest march up Lincoln’s High St to oppose the councils plans to change a large part of the Usher Gallery.

Luminarium: Qodlumin – A sensory maze of light and sound

This week I had the opportunity to take a look at the new Luminarium: Qodlumin, a unique temporary structure that tours the globe giving an out of this world experience to visitors. Find out how I photographed it and the challenges I faced in the alien inflatable environment.

Lincoln 10K – A Photo Story

This is an alternative angle of Lincoln 10k run to that which I photographed simultaneously for The Lincolnite. It’s a more raw view of what happened and focuses more on emotional side of the runners taking on the challenge of the 10k. Captured from a documentary approach, this gallery shows the moments I saw unfold that were too subtle and would feel out of place in a gallery on a news website.

Lindsey & Kyle’s Engagement Shoot

It’s the first wedding preshoot of the year! I’m so excited to kick off the wedding season with a bang and this shoot was just what I needed! Lindsey and Kyle are due to be married at the start of April