A new era - our album manifesto 1

A new era - our album manifesto

If you received our last newsletter or follow us on social media, you’re probably aware of our 2-1 offer. On a surface, it looks exactly the same as the kind of deal you find in a supermarket, when a company is trying to introduce some new products. You buy one. You get one free.

If that’s what you think, you’re mistaken.

There’s only one reason why I want you to get a free album. I want to you to understand what it feels like to open one, touch the cover, to go through the pages, how much stronger and more meaningful is the sensation of being transferred to those moments, compared to just scrolling through your phone images. I want you to simply fall in love with our albums. I know you will.

I could start this new Wooden Banana chapter by sending you tutorials, guides and tricks how to sell albums to your clients. Let’s be honest, if you sell albums, we make money. Instead, I want to give you a chance to get the taste of them in the most tangible way - by printing your own most important photographs. How else can you see, feel and experience what your clients do when you send them their album?

In a way, a photographer who sends the client digital files only, is like a chef who serves half cooked meals. If you never printed your work, you’ve been living on half cooked meals. Printing it will transform you from a chef who can’t cook, to a Michelin superstar, who after preparing some amazing food, sits down with the guests, and they eat together. Why? Because he loves his own food.

You’ve planned to print your own work before, right? You just never found the time. Is there a better moment to start, than when you can actually do it for free? By shouting out to the world “hey I print my own photographs, this it the only way to fully enjoy my work”, your clients might suddenly see ordering an album as something they have to do, and not some kind of an up-sell you’re trying to talk them into.

I was like many of you. I never had an album with my own family photos before. That only changed few months ago, when we started working on Wooden Banana albums. Now I have a few. The first ever fully finished Wooden Banana album is the one with the photos of my daughter when she was about 12 months. The other one that I’ve printed recently is probably my favourite. 100 pages album with iPhone images I’ve taken during the lockdown. In fact, I love it so much, that I’ve got duplicates waiting to be posted to my and my wife’s parents.

Those few albums made me realise what kind of photographer I don’t want to be. I don’t want to be a photographer, who’s grandchildren ask how is it possible that grandad’s only photo legacy is a hard drive full of images, or a folder hidden somewhere on the cloud. I don’t have a family album from when I was a toddler, but my dad was not a photographer, and he did not carry the phone with a 12mpx camera with him all the time. He’s got the excuse you don’t have. I want to be a photographer who’s grandkids will play in the attic one day, and find a box full of family albums. Can you imagine that moment? If it happens around 2050, I hope I’ll be floating on a pink flamingo in a swimming pool in Palm Spring, trying to fight the urge to have a fluorescent cocktail at 10 in the morning.

Those family albums also changed the way I see the purpose and future of this new journey we’re starting here. I don’t want us to be another album company that’s only about beautiful products. It’s so easy to get obsessed about velvet covers, types of paper, streamlined ordering process or quick delivery. Those things are important, and we’ll work our butts off to make them as perfect as possible. What I promise you instead, and what I promise to myself is this: Wooden Banana is going to focus on what really matters - reminding you everyday how important and meaningful is what you print on those pages. Real. Life. Memories.

Please! Don’t miss this opportunity and order your free family album today.

Thank you,
Mark Pacura

Wooden Banana Top 3 - boxes of the week 2

Wooden Banana Top 3 - boxes of the week

Hello again Wooden Bananers! It’s Magic with here this week's top 3 wooden boxes for photographers. Make sure you watch the video, cause that's the only way to see all the magic!

BONUS FEATURE - All inclusive service for wedding photographers

So this week I'm starting with a product that never goes through my hands. How is that possible - you might wanna ask? Yep, that is the special service from Wooden Banana - they do everything for us. So the only thing I need to prepare is a link to my client's online gallery, their address and pick the product from the All inclusive line. Wooden Banana will download the photos, burn them on the engraved USB stick, print the photos, put them in the box of my choice, decorate, address and send! Woopa. It's that simple.

Check it out it the store HERE.

  1. Wooden Drawer Box

This one is pretty badass. On one hand you see the classic square box, but the way it opens it pretty unique. It slides smoothly to reveal your beautiful photos and can be equipped with USB stick (you can choose few different options). As always you can engrave your logo on the top of the box. But because of the way it opens up it can be stored on the shelf among the books or even be used as a nice looking wooden stand for anthing (you'll always be able to open it up).

2. Instax prints box

Ok, now get ready for some next level business stuff. These little babies made all of my last year's couples beyond happy. They are made to fit instax prints and you can really take advantage of that on the wedding day. You can either shoot some instax photos at the wedding and then fill this box with them or you can use instax printer, to print some photos you shot with either your camera or phone. The way I did it was using the printer and at the end of each wedding I was transferring some cool photos I've taken during the day to my phone to print them up (I was using SP-3 printer), put in the box and surprise my couples with it. It works like a charm! You need to try that!

3. Wooden USB case

And the last, but not least - the tiny wooden case for 'just' USB. This one is mostly used by videographers. One of the coolest solutions to deliver wedding video is to burn it on this elegant wooden USB stick with case - both with your logo engraved on it. Also can be used by photographers who don't do prints that much or prefer to sell albums - delivering memory stick in wooden case like this along the album will work like magic!

And here we are! Our top 3 wooden boxes from wooden banana for this week is over. Let us know in the comments if you have any favourite products and see you next time!

Joining forces with Pic-Time 9

Joining forces with Pic-Time

We’re extremely happy to announce that Wooden Banana have joined the growing family of labs and products available through Pic-Time store. If you’re not familiar with Pic-Time, it’s an online workspace, that offers everything from fresh and thoughtful online galleries to fully automated build in stores. We, as photographers, have been using it for years.

You can read more about this exciting partnership and see the products available in PIc Time store here.

To celebrate this new exciting partnership, every new Pic-Time client can now get 15% discount on yearly plan, just use the code WOODENBANANA. ( valid till 30th of March ).

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New Products - February

Few weeks in and we already know that 2020 will be an exciting year. We have started with a bang and released our own podcast, Peeling Bananas. We’re confirmed another Wooden Banana party at Way Up North in Copenhagen, but the most important thing is that we have so many new products and changes in the pipeline, some of them outside of what we have been doing so far. We’re starting with 2 new boxes – USB case, and a drawer box. We’re proud of both of them, but love the drawer box in particular, as this is a new concept we haven’t tried before. Check them out and let us know if you have any questions.