Albums. They used to be simple, didn’t they?
For me, there used to be two kinds of albums:
1) Old albums with the sticky pages that my mother would use: I would always tear the photos out, scan them, rearrange them and eventually watch them fall apart.
2) Ones they sold at Costco (or Shutterfly, iPhoto, you name it): Drag and drop the images online and you get a simple album that you can give as a gift to anyone or use to save old memories.
But now you’re a bride and the wedding album is not just some other album for you. It’s the one you’ll look at the most, the one you will treasure for a lifetime. And, trust me, it’s one album you don’t want to to have to go back and redo.
So here’s a post for you brides from your friendly neighborhood wedding photographer:
What You Should Look For In Your Wedding Album
Leather. Fabric. Metallic. Crystal. Split or folded pages. Self mounted or flush mounted. You can get absolutely lost in the details!
But let’s simplify it to the important stuff. Here are the key questions to ask yourself as you choose your wedding album:
Will this album last me a lifetime?
One of the best reasons to go through your professional wedding photographer is the lifetime guarantee in the quality of their albums. Well, they better offer you an album whose archival quality is meant to last a lifetime (given you don’t throw it in the ocean or fireplace, etc). You want to make sure your kids and grandkids can relive your wedding day through your album!
Our albums are handmade in Italy with GraphiStudio which was awarded more than 50 awards in the USA and voted best product of the year at BIPP and at Studio Photography “Reader’s Choice”. Every album is designed to last for generations, preserving the photographic work and retaining its shape and color with a guaranteed life long durability.
Are the colors realistic?
Do they match the images that you saw digitally or are they duller, darker? You want to know your images will come out the way you fell in love with them on your computer screen.
What style album design do you love? (Images below courtesy of Pictage)
1 | Traditional: No overlapping. No full page images. No mix of color and B&W images. Just simple black backgrounds with white borders around the images.
2 | Photojournalistic: Images overlay, blend with the background color, or bleed out of the page. You’ll have keyline and sloppy borders as well as panorama images. Black and white background colors. The focus is typically on detail and storytelling.
3 | Trendy: A compilation of layered images and effects. You’ll see B&W combined with color images.
4 | Modern: Clean. Simple. Magazine style. No overlapping of images. Simple black or white backgrounds. No borders. Color images will not be mixed with B&W images.
We design our albums with a modern magazine style and an intentionally elaborated storytelling layout that tells the story of your wedding day, which brings us to our most important question.
Most importantly: Does the layout of the album tell the story and evoke the emotion of your wedding day?
You can have amazing images. But did your photographer design the album to share what really happened on your amazing day?
Will the layout tell the story of how it felt when you first saw each other? How your dad reacted as he let you go? The joy you felt when you danced your first dance as husband and wife? The party your guests enjoyed on the dance floor? All the details you planned and spent so much time in for your wedding day?
The album, the story needs to move you.
Here’s a glimpse of a recent wedding album we’re proud to share:
A Chic Seven Degrees Wedding Album
The Type A Bride
- What other questions do you have about your wedding album?
- Do you newlyweds have stories about your wedding album?
- Leave a comment below!