Wedding Album Information
Albums tell Stories
Your wedding is a story, and an album is the best way to relive your wedding day. I approach every wedding album with the aim to tell your story with a variety of moment, portrait, detail, and environment photographs.
Common Design Terms
Gutter: 1mm empty space between pages of an album where they fold at the binding point.
Full Bleed: Image that extends to edge of page
Panorama: A single image that carries or bleeds across the center gutter of a spread.
- Less is more. Let's pick the best images and print them big.
- 2 page spreads. Every spread is like a chapter in a book, and should be have similar continuity of subject matter. For example:
|SPREAD 1||Bride getting ready|
|SPREAD 2||Groom getting ready|
|SPREAD 3||Bride's Family Portraits|
|SPREAD 4||Groom Family Portraits|
|SPREAD 5||First Look|
- Juxtaposition is a great design concept to highlight images by showing their differences.
- Black & White or Color? Color for colorful images, and B&W treatments are best used for moment images to give a feeling of timelessness.
- Design for the eye. Keep your viewers eye on the page by avoiding placing images of people looking off the page. Design with people facing into the page design, thereby leading your eye into the story.
- Give Space. The best images deserve a little room to breathe. Time tested traditional design technique that will give you images more impact.
- Mix it up. Use pacing with each spread to add visual interest by alternating the layout and number of images on subsequent spreads.
Common Design Mistakes
- Tone inconsistency. Keep interimage tones and color even on each page and spread, to promote visual harmony between images and pages. It's a big design no-no to mix Black & White and Color images on the same spread. I will occasionally break this rule.
Example of different subject matter with consistent tone throughout spread.
- Over designing. Best to avoid busy crowded designs. Pick less images to get more impact with each image.
- Continuity. Create spreads that flow through the story. Avoid adding disconnected images on a spread. I call the images that don't fit into an existing spread homeless images. They are best dealt with by adding another spread and selecting a few more images that will harmonize.
- Mind the Gap. Layout images so no faces land on the gutter between pages of a spread.
- We will go through your entire wedding collection image by image. Selecting a blend of images that not only tell your complete wedding story, but many smaller stories woven into different parts of your day. Our story format concept is the genesis of every album we design. Your first look at your wedding images will be in a story format in our studio. Our design goal is simple. An amazing artistic design that leaves nothing out and tells your complete story perfectly. We like to refer to our initial design as your dream album.
- After we present your album the process becomes more collaborative. Most couples want to add some extra images, or make small changes or image swaps. We will make any necessary adjustments to your design LIVE during our meeting. Technology is pretty amazing.
Have all your wedding album decisions being you by the end of our meeting. We usually spend 2-4 hours finalizing each album.
Types of Albums
Turn around approx 30-40 days.
- Cold glued & pressed pages
- Archival acid free page boards
- Gutter between pages
- Premium photographic or Giclee printing
Handmade cover swatches
Turn around approx 7-10 days.
- Machine Bound
- Hot glued pages
- Archival page boards
- No gutter, folded print pages
- Premium photographic printing
Standard cover swatches
What's included with your wedding album
- 10x10 book size
- Custom designed layouts with revisions
- Online viewing
- Photo retouching to every image.
- Printing and materials
- Protective spray
- Size upgrade to 12x12, 11x14, 10x15
- Leather cover
- Metal or Acrylic cover