A common question I get from clients is “What photos should we put in our wedding album?” Many of my wedding photography clients seem to get paralyzed when they need to make a decision on what to include in their album.
Gone are the days when a wedding album mainly featured family formal photos. I look at wedding albums now as more of a vehicle for telling a story of your wedding day. So what are we looking for when designing an album? Here are some categories you want to include:
Details: During the course of planning your wedding, you have spent a lot of time making decisions about what details to include for the day. When we are photographing a wedding, we make sure to document those details. So please include at least a few images of the wedding detail photos.
Getting Ready shots: You don’t need to include a whole bunch, but a page or two dedicated to the getting ready portion of the day helps build the story.
Individual Portraits of the Bride and Groom: You look amazing, so make sure you include at least a few individual portraits! A selection of full length, as well as tight closeups is ideal.
Candid Ceremony Moments: Images in a photojournalistic style capture the moment and tell the story. Personally, I feel like the ceremony is the most important part of the day, so you should have more than one page dedicated to this.
Family Groups: A few family formals are fine to include, just don’t get crazy. I feel like family formals can be displayed around your home as small prints, but a few in the wedding album is perfect.
Bride and Groom Together: Make sure you dedicate a few pages to portraits of the two of you together in the album.
Reception Photos: The Reception is important to put in your album:
Make sure you end your album with a great photo of the two of you!
One final tip for choosing your wedding album images: After you make the initial choice, walk away for a day and come back and look at them. Do you feel any important moments are missing? Or do you feel you have too many of the same type of image? Do you have a selection that tells the story of the day? One of the services I provide to all my clients is designing the layout of the wedding album–I notice that they often either forget something important or they have too many images depicting one particular thing.
Now that you know what images to choose, don’t put off this task any longer!
Here is a sample wedding photo album from a wedding we recently photographed in Saratoga Springs NY. The Bride got ready at the historic Adelphi Hotel and the ceremony and reception took place at the National Museum of Dance. Enjoy!
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