Selecting the best pictures from your wedding day is no easy task, so we’ve written a guide to help you choose the images and design the album with minimum stress.
After you’ve looked through and enjoyed all your wedding images, the time will come for selecting the cream of the crop. Unfortunately, this can be a daunting process, and it always helps to have a plan of action that will guide you through every step of the way.
Get Help from a Friend
Get help from a close friend or relative, but don’t let their opinions stress you out or sway you too far from your own instincts. Also, you should never lend your proofs to anyone else for review. Photographers recommend you never let the proofs out of your sight, as others will be unlikely to treat them the way you do, meaning those precious proofs may end up damaged or lost.
Above all, remember that the album is primarily for you and your spouse, and then for your family and friends to enjoy.
Selecting and Organizing Your Best Wedding Photos
On your first serious pass through the pictures, you shouldn’t overthink it too much – just go with your gut, as your choices can be refined at a later stage. Some sort of removable marking like post-it notes could be used to index the picks.
Just stick them on the backs of the images you want to include, and even use them to keep record of other people’s opinions, if they matter to you. Make sure to write gently if the notes are already stuck on photographs. Otherwise, you should write on the notes before they’re applied.
Once you’ve gone through your initial picks with a fine-tooth comb to get rid of all the sub-par images (such as closed-eyes, frowns, and shots from bad angles), it’s time to group your picks into categories.
These are totally up to you, but they traditionally consist of the preparation, the ceremony, the reception, and special moments. “Special moments” is a broad category that includes things like cake cutting, speeches, and candid shots. Having 50 to 100 images in the finished album is around standard, so keep this in mind when prioritizing your picks.
Customize Your Album with Printique‘ Endless Options
Different strokes for different folks, as they say, and wedding albums are no exception. Different couples and different wedding styles will lend themselves to different album layouts and designs, and once you know what you want, it’s easy to find and order a gorgeous wedding album from the large range of options available at Printique.
Deciding on a Style
Taking into account both your wedding and the photographer’s styles will lead you on the path to deciding which type of wedding album is right for you.
The Chic, Contemporary, or Modern styles might suit a more new age-style wedding, while the unique Seashore and Simplicity album styles will go hand in hand with a more laid-back atmosphere. If none of these suit your taste, then you can design your own custom layout by simply uploading a .pdf of your ready-to-print album.
Sizing and Materials
Once you have the style down, you’ll need to choose a size — options range from 6 x 4.5 inches all the way up to 12 x 15 inches for some albums. Materials for the cover can be customized with a hard pearl finish, faux leather, or genuine leather, and all are available in a variety of colors and shapes.
The paper and finish of the photos within the album can be set to various textures and finishes, including Luster, Fuji HD Glossy, Linen, and Pebble textures.
Whether you’re a couple ordering your own wedding album or a professional wedding photographer ordering for your clients, Printique has the expertise, the professional service, and a myriad of available options to meet your demands.
We hope that the whole process is smooth sailing for you and your spouse, and that the memories of a beautiful wedding are in your hands soon.