After your big day has passed, your mood is sky-high, and your wedding photography impeccable, it’s now time to create your flawless wedding album. Where to begin? How much time do you have? Let’s get started on some top album tips for your wedding photography.
Tell a story
You don’t want your photos haphazard and randomized – there should be some order to them. Think of it as telling a story: getting ready, saying ‘I do’, greeting friends and family, having fun on the dance floor. Of course, you can mix it up a little, as maybe you have a favorite shot you want for the intro.
Photo credit: Anna Wu Photography
Pick your favorites, not the classics
You may feel you have to include certain shots in your wedding album, but you really can do whatever you want! If you are both feeling the more intimate photos, the silly ones, or all the tiny details from shoes to bow-ties, then that’s what your style is. It’s all about capturing the character of the day and of you.
Photo credit: Jenny Owens Photography
Photo credit: Merge Photography
Group by style
As well as chronology, your wedding album should be grouped by style. Don’t just stick a bunch of photos from the ceremony if some are black and white, some color, some close up and some far away. Keep an artistic eye on everything – or ask for advice from your photographer.
Photo credit: John Barwood Photography
Think about the spread again! Now you have it down to story and style – what about quantity? Some wedding photos will look stunning grouped together with a dozen others for a big splash of color and details, while some may benefit from a full-page spread. Experiment with different ideas to see what looks best. A general rule is usually less is more.
Photo credit: Cory Ryan Photography
Trust your photographer
It can be time-consuming selecting all these photos! If your photographer has done a good job so far, then you can trust them to use their creative eye and design your wedding album. Pick out the absolute musts from the day, and feel free to leave the rest up to them.
Despite our advice for #2, it is a good idea to include certain points from the day. These can function as milestones for your story. Shots not to be missed include: getting ready, the kiss, confetti (or other) throw, throwing the bouquet (if you did that), and first dance.
Photo credit: Amarcord Studio Wedding
Don’t go overboard. If you had a small wedding, there’s no reason to order a bulky wedding album. Reflect the size and duration of your wedding in the photos.
Let your photos speak for themselves and keep the album itself simple and classic. Simple binding and plain white pages are timeless.
Photo credit: Elissa R Photography
Show it off
With all that time, creativity, love, and beauty, you need to keep your wedding album where people will look at it! Something well thought out should also be well loved – another reason for a no frills design!
Photo credit: Amanda Pair
Important: order soon!
Don’t dilly-dally in placing your order. You want to let your photographer know as soon as possible, before they get booked up. It also means it is fresher on their minds so they can create a more personal touch.