Your photographer has sent you all your wedding photos. It's great to see the big day all over again, and the photos look amazing, but there are so many to choose from! How do you go to choose the best ones for your album?
Companies that specialize in making professional wedding photobook albums are always being asked the same question. It's a common dilemma, so here are their top tips for choosing your album pics:
· The best albums tell a story. They are not a minute by minute account of every smile and every pose – they show the highlights of your day, the parts you'll most want to remember.
· Vary your choice . Photographers can get a little snap happy. You'll inevitably end up with a lot of similar photos, so avoid replicas and try to select the best few from each of part of the day: getting ready, traveling to and arriving at the venue, the ceremony itself, post-ceremony celebration , drinks reception, dinner, dancing, speches, cake cutting, and so on.
· Give your photos room to breathe. The more photos you try to cram in then the smaller they will have to be, and the design will look messy too. Professional companies use ‘lay-flat' pages which allow your photos to be displayed right across the spread, so the fewer photos you have the larger they can be, and the more impact they'll make when the album is opened.
· Think about colors and contrasts. Crisp blue sky, plush green grass, snow covered buildings, and even guests in brightly colored dresses can make photos leap off the page. This works especially well when contrasted with black and white photos, and darker indoor photos.
· Cover to cover. Choose photos for the front and back covers.Something simple always works well for the front, as do colorful flowers and backdrops. (White bridal dresses look great with a colorful bouquet!) Go for black and white if you want something a little more classic. For the back cover choose something that finishes the story of your day – sometimes a photo of you leaving the wedding or your guests traveling goodbye.
· Do not worry about the orientation. Any reputable album company offering a professional design service will not mind if your photos have been taken in portrait or landscape – they'll ensure the photos flow and the design looks great either way.
· Smile for the camera. Once you've got your final selection then check them over to make sure everyone is looking happy and engaged with the event. You want your guests to look like they're enjoying themselves, not having a sneaky nose-pick in the corner of the room!
· Quality not quantity. Definitely true for wedding albums – enlarge your photos on the screen to check they do not blur and pixelate. If they do then they will not look so great when printed. Also check for any marks on the photos, people out of focus, and so on.
So that's how to choose the best photos for your wedding album. Putting a little time in now can reap big rewards, and you'll end up with a fantastic album full of memories that you'll treasure forever.
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