When you are choosing a wedding photographer, you may want to talk to them about the degree of involvement you’d like in selecting the images that will go in the wedding album. Some brides want to make the choice themselves from all the images available, while others would rather let the photographer use their artistic talents, and then just approve the selection before printing.
If you are compiling a wedding album yourself, here are seven top wedding album tips to help you achieving a stunning effect.
Get a good mix of styles
Currently the most popular wedding photography style is photojournalism, where the photographer captures natural spontaneous moments throughout the day such as the look on the groom’s face as the bride enters, and the guests’ reactions to the first dance. Another popular style is the Vogue style, which includes posed photos that mimic a glamorous magazine shoot.
These photography styles are both fantastic additions to your wedding album, but you will probably want to mix them with a few formal group shots to make sure you have great photos of everybody. You could also include a couple of arty detail photos such as a picture of your wedding rings, one of your bouquet , and one of your wedding cake.
Tell the wedding story
Your wedding album should tell the story of your wedding day, from the bride and groom getting ready in the morning, to their dramatic departure at the end of the night. Try to make sure there is a balance in your album between getting ready photos, ceremony photos, and reception photos. Some couples even choose to add some pictures of their engagement party at the beginning, and their honeymoon at the end.
Find an album style that suits your wedding
The type of album that you choose can make a big difference to the overall effect. If you are having a fashionable modern wedding, only a flush mounted magazine style album will do. If you are having a more traditional wedding, on the other hand, you may want to look at a matt album with individually mounted pictures. Also consider the style of the decor in your home when you are choosing a wedding album as that is where it will live.
Be practical with your album design
Ultra modern design layouts may look stunning now, but will they make your wedding album look dated very quickly? Try to reach a compromise between contemporary and classic to create a timeless album. Check the quality of your album to be sure it will last as long as your marriage, especially if you are having a flush mounted album. If you are going to be displaying your wedding album and looking at it frequently, consider getting two copies and keeping one pristine for your children.