Rochester, N.Y. - Eastman Kodak is trialing a wedding album service for couples whose nuptials are photographed by friends and family.
The company's Professional Collections service allows newlyweds to upload their wedding images for access by Kodak's network of professional designers and photo labs, for compilation into heirloom photo albums.
"Many couples opt for wedding images from friends and family members on a DVD/CD, but are unclear on how to go about creating high-quality wedding albums, or give up due to complexity and time constraints," said Therese Corrigan-Bastuk, Kodak's worldwide marketing director for film capture and paper and output systems. "They also run the risk of losing their photographs, should the DVD get damaged or technology render the DVD useless."
The service provides professional design support, unlimited layouts, choice of cover materials and Kodak Professional Endura paper, which lasts for more than 200 years in typical dark home storage, the company said. Consumers can also blend the formal images with candid shots captured by other wedding guests, and are given final approval prior to production.
Consumers can access the service at
, where they can download the software; choose from various covers, custom layouts and versatile sizes; and upload their images. A skilled designer will then compile and arrange the photos, and present the consumer with a preview for approval and final order.
"As we enter the trial period with this new offering, we expect Kodak Professional Collections to offer valued services while removing traditional roadblocks to premium album creation," Corrigan-Bastuk said.