Wedding photography top tips / Wedding albums, the beauty of printed photographs

Today is all about wedding albums. I want to ask you an important question: what will stand the test of time? Photographs. What could be better than pouring through your wedding photos in a beautiful album that will last for years to come?

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Preserve the memories

Have you ever looked at your parents’ wedding photos? Remember the emotions you felt seeing them? The memories that can be shared and passed on through generations. Thinking back through the years, how wonderful is it to sit and look at the memories of that special kiss, the hair styles and outfits that are massively of the era, of relatives when they were small children in cute outfits, and of great aunts now they’re no longer around. When you’re planning your wedding, you’re sure you’ll never forget every detail and whilst you’ll always remember the heightened emotions of the day, the photographs are the only tangible evidence to treasure of one of the happiest and most fun days of your lives. I’m not sure if you know, but the traditional gift for a first wedding anniversary is ‘Paper’. Handy, eh!? What a wonderful present to each other to celebrate year one as husband and wife?

 

Technology moves quickly

Posting on Facebook is all very well, but it doesn’t stand the test of time. Quickly your DVD will become outdated, so you’ll have to continue to transfer the digital copies onto the latest technology, or your disc may sit in the drawer as your list of priorities becomes ever bigger. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a printed album to treasure?

 

Share your story with loved ones

In the months following your wedding, your loved ones will want to see photographs from the big day. An online slideshow is all well and good, but having a gorgeous leather or hardcover bound book to flip through with a piece of cake is much more of an occasion. It offers the full story of your special day, carefully designed to make the most of the photos.

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The books

I choose to use two amazing companies, Folio and Queensberry. Before I go any further, I apologise if it sounds like I’m doing a sales pitch but I really love these albums! It has taken me a few years to finally find albums I would proudly own myself and I have found them in these products. My background in Graphic Design has made me very picky about papers, print and quality of finish when it comes to books. But it does also mean that I can design the layouts for each of my albums personally, and offer a truly bespoke service.

Back to the actual albums. Each company offers beautiful, contemporary albums using archival quality inks on tactile luxury paper, which are then hand-bound for a perfect finish. While the styles are similar the finishes are a little different and choosing your favourite really is a case of touching, feeling and seeing. Everyone has a pull to one or the other.

Folio

• UK based

• Eco friendly, reducing impact on the environment

• Paper from sustainable sources

• Leather sourced from suppliers committed to sustainability and the ethical treatment of animals

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Queensberry

• Based in New Zealand

• Committed to sustainability

• Excellent quality leather from France & Germany and silk from Japan

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Choosing the photos for your album

This is where it might seem like the most daunting task in the world. You have a USB filled with hundreds of amazing images, covering all aspects of your wedding day from the smallest detail to show stopping portraits. What do you pick for the album? Where do you start with your wedding photography? Which ones to put in and which ones to leave out? Your wedding album should reflect the day and tell the story of your day from start to finish. You want have a mix of the natural, candid images, the portraits, the details and the group shots. Its also important to make sure the album looks right and flows well, part of this is the balance of image types. Too many or too few of each type of image and the album just won’t work. I love to create some pace by mixing busy montage style layouts with gorgeous stopper pages with just one image.

This is where the album design becomes a team effort. I like to work with you to make sure the album that is designed and created is just perfect. The starting point is to choose approximately 30 must-have images. These should cover the range of the day, some from the getting ready bits, some from the ceremony, some from the reception, speeches and guest photos and finally a few from the first dance and evening. I like to get choices which include people (after all, the you know the guests at your wedding much better than I do) and I will then choose some of the detail shots to add. It’s so important when choosing images that you choose the ones you completely love. Don’t feel obliged to add in particular people or lots of groups if you don’t want them. This is your album and it has to be something you want to look at for the rest of your lives. So, take the time out from your day, just the two of you, get a cup of tea and sit down and look through the photos.  From putting on the dress, to toasting with the bridal party, to I do, to the toasts, to the just married portrait shots, your beautiful story belongs in a beautiful book.

What happens next? Once you have given me your chosen images I get to work designing the layouts that will tell your wedding day story. You get to view the designs via an online viewing gallery, which allows you to make comments on each page. I include one lot of amendments so if you wish any images to be changed or you want to tweak the design a little that’s fine. After all, it’s your album and you have to be completely happy before it goes to be printed and bound. I want you to have a luxurious tactile memory of your day as I believe the quality is second to none and that’s worth an investment.

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Getting a proper wedding album isn’t for everyone. If you like the idea of having something printed but fancy doing your own book there are some great options. A particular favourite of mine is Blurb, who offer great quality. Apple and Photobox are other places to look for do-it-yourself albums. They have templates that you can use to drag images into to create your own book. Just make sure the images you use are print resolution. It’s important to check this as it has massive implications on the final quality of the printed book.

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I hope this has given you a bit more of an idea about wedding albums and whether you might want one. There is no rush and no time limit on getting an album from me. Whether it’s six months or two years after the wedding I’m happy to help you create the most wonderful everlasting investment.

 

Thanks for popping by. Have a happy Friday and a lovely weekend

Fiona x

  • Fiona this is such an informative article! I am looking to get into wedding photography myself and am a little clueless in the wedding album area!

    Joelle

    • fiona kelly said:

      Hi Joelle, glad you found it interesting. It took me a long time to find albums I loved. The best way is to go to a trade show, like SWPP or Focus, where you can see lots of companys who do albums in the same place. This way you can see them in person and get a feel for what it is you would like to offer.

  • Edith said:

    Fiona! Happy comment from a FGB classmate! I love this blog post! You gave some great tips on how to choose your photos and also the pictures you took on the albums are wonderful. You can really appreciate their beauty! Keep doing what you're doing!

    • fiona kelly said:

      Thanks for the lovely comment. Great to hear from a fellow FGB member.

    • fiona kelly said:

      Thanks for commenting, great to hear you enjoyed the post.

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