A Favorite Product: Heirloom Folio Boxes

If you’re looking for one of the most affordable ways to get the most images from your session, it’s through one of my favorite products: an heirloom folio box. With the option to include up to 20 of your favorite portraits, they’re a no-brainer for clients who want a variety of images but not in a traditional album or who wish to display these matted portraits throughout the home. In week 29 of the Photography Blog Circle, I’m sharing all about one of my favorite products: heirloom folio boxes.

What is a folio box?

For most people, the term “folio box” sounds totally foreign, but its concept is quite familiar for those who love smaller prints. Depending on what the photographer you’re working with offers, most folio boxes contain anywhere from five to 20 prints, often matted in professional-grade, acid-free frame mounts that protect against the natural aging of the paper, add durability to your prints, and ensure longevity for archival-quality. The actual style of these boxes varies too, ranging from all-natural eco-friendly options to luxurious linen-covered designs, so you’re sure to find one that complements the decor of your home as well as your session images.

What are the benefits of a folio box?

When you consider the many benefits of a folio box, it’s no surprise that they are a popular product with Pittsburgh pet parents. Whether you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional fine art album or an option that pairs well with multiple sessions, folio boxes are one of the most versatile ways to display your images following your session.

Heirloom folio boxes have become a go-to for clients who prefer a tabletop display over signature wall art, especially those looking for something other than a fine art album. Because these boxes themselves are a work of art, they immediately become a feature piece that you’ll want to display for all to see. (For real, the lid alone, with its floating torn edge print and stunning bamboo material, is a guaranteed showstopper!) The ability to take out select images and frame them or display them with a small easel is an added bonus.

If you’ve got multiple sessions booked, such as a series of Puppy Love Sessions or several Fine Art Pawtrait Sessions, an heirloom folio box makes a perfect storytelling piece. Investing in a 20-print box, for example, provides an opportunity to fill it with those must-have images from each session (maybe 10 and 10) to create a complete visual story that documents that transitional first year of puppyhood or the beauty of the changing seasons during which your furry friend was photographed.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a product that provides the most bang for your buck, heirloom folio boxes top the list. With the option to fill the largest heirloom folio box with 20 matted 5×7 prints and feature two additional images on the box’s lid, you can easily enjoy a variety of photos that didn’t make the wall without the trying task of eliminating your favorites.

Which folio box is best for me?

Bark & Gold Photography offers two folio box styles: an heirloom folio box and a classic black folio box available as a boutique add-on. Whether you choose an heirloom folio box or a classic folio box ultimately comes down to three things: the style box you like, the number of images you want to include, and if you are adding it on to another product.

  • Heirloom folio boxes are constructed from eco-friendly and sustainable bamboo highlighted by rustic gold touches; the classic folio box is a simpler yet elegant style that promises luxury with its black fabric construction and a satin tie ribbon closure.
  • Heirloom folio boxes include 10 or 20 prints, plus the lid’s inner and outer images; the classic folio box holds six.
  • Heirloom folio boxes are the “main event” whereas the classic folio box is available only as a boutique add-on.
folio boxes of matted prints

If you want to learn more about heirloom folio boxes as well as the other internationally-sourced heirloom products Bark & Gold Photography carries, I encourage you to flip through my product look book.


This post is a part of a photography blog circle featuring photographers specializing in a variety of niches. To see what the next photographer is sharing for our weekly theme, “A Favorite Product,” check out Holl Photography, a professional portrait photographer whose first priority is to create a stress-free experience that you’ll enjoy as much as the photos you’ll treasure. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here.

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