Do you remember being a kid and finding that box of old family photos? The ones where your mum and dad are babies and your grandparents are young. The ones that make you laugh, make you smile and bring a real connection to the people you love. This is why photos mean so much and why creating an album of the photos that mean the most to you is something you will never regret doing.
There is a beauty and realness to a photograph that is printed. Displayed in your home a simple print becomes a point of interest, something that is always there and can be viewed every time you wander past it. Its a permanent reminder that can’t fade. Similarly a printed album becomes part of your family history, something to share and look at whenever the mood takes you. You may only look at it a handful of times, but there is something so special about turning those pages and having those memories flood back.
Maybe it’s because of my Graphic Design background but I love a beautifully designed album. I love the touch of the paper, the solid feel of the book, the way the story of a wedding day can be told through each page. An album is always ready to be picked off the shelf, browsed through and shared.
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 Quickly your DVD or USB will become outdated, so you’ll have to continue to transfer the digital copies onto the latest technology, or your USB may sit in the drawer as your list of priorities becomes ever bigger. Make sure you do something with those digital files. Print them out and have them as a daily reminder of the important things in life.
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 brilliant, especially if you have family and friends who live abroad, but having a gorgeous handmade 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.
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 30-40 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.
I hope this has given you a bit more of an idea about wedding albums. 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. If you want to get a selection of professional prints or your favourite image framed I can help, so just ask!