Introduction

So, you’ve now had a good chance to look through your wedding photos and might have some favourites already. The time has come to choose the photos for your album. This might seem a bit daunting at first, but I’m going to give you a few tips here on what to do, and suggestions on the best way to make your choices.

I understand that it can be hard to visualise the final result. However, I have a lot of experience in designing albums – so trust me initially, and you will then see a preview of the finished design before printing. It’s often easier to to be happy with your choices once you have a proof version to review.

You’ll already have received an email from me describing how to choose your “favourites”. This is a set of photos which you can keep updating and refining until you’re happy. You can then share this with me and I’ll design the album for you, based on your selection. There will still be opportunities to tweak the design and photos until you’re completely happy – then the album will be sent off for printing.

I’ll also have given you an idea of how many images to choose – based on the number of pages included in your package. There’s a bit of “wriggle room” here, and you can always add extra pages to the album if necessary.

Getting Started

A good way to get started is to choose your “must have” images. Most people will have found a few photos which immediately appeal – and these will form the heart of your album. When you’ve done this, there are a few other principles to keep in mind when choosing the remaining photos. These are not hard-and-fast rules – but guidelines which work for most albums. I’ve described these below.

An alternative I offer is to just choose the “must haves” and I will choose the rest of the photos for you. In this case, you will still have the opportunity to tweak the design, and swap photos before printing.

Wedding Story

Your album should tell a story – the story of your wedding day. It’s a piece of personal art and will become a family heirloom, which will still be around when disks, and USBs are long outdated (remember floppy disks anyone ???).

I normally design the album in chronological order, but with a touch of artistic licence. Try to select some photos from all the important parts of the day. The folders in the online gallery give you a good start in dividing them up. Don’t neglect the “detail” photos – they are often important inclusions in the celebration, and as part of the album design, they can be used as a separator between locations and parts of the day.

Sample design of album detail 2-page spread

Detail pages layout in album – sample design

Some Specifics

  • Be sure to include all the “Big Moments” of the day e.g. exchange of rings
  • For the family photos, try to balance the photos from each side
  • Simpler and fewer photos on a page is often better. As part of the design process, I will aim to balance the layouts with some pages having just a single image for extra impact. I try not to crowd the photos together – simpler is classic and better
  • It’s not essential, but consider what photos you might like for the opening and closing pages
  • I normally include some Black & White photos where I think they will work well – however you can always express a preference in advance or tweak this later when you see the album proof
  • If you’re including a cover image – choose one which works for the shape (Landscape or Portrait) of your album

Lastly, I’m always available at any stage to give advice and guidance if you get stuck – just call or email me

 

Simple album pages design with 2 pages and 2 photos

Simple 2-page “spread” design using just 2 photos