Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. Its the declaration of your love, trust and loyalty to your significant other in front of all your friends and family. Its the joining of forces between two besotted individuals who are crazy about each other (and maybe just a little bit crazy in general!) Its a special event that will certainly elicit a lot of powerful and diverse emotions, a day youll remember for the rest of your lives.
But memories fade! This is why you should create a wedding photo book
; a beautiful artefact that allows you to relive the excitement, happiness and all the indescribable sensations, any time you like, for decades to come.
Here are our top 5 tips on how to capture your wedding with a photo book.
1. Find a Photographer You Like
Find someone who will make you look good! Word of mouth recommendations from friends and family are a good place to start. Its especially useful to see examples of their work with people you know as the subjects; this gives you a good idea of how you and your guests will look through this professionals lens. Meet the photographer before the wedding, whether thats in person or a Skype meeting to get a feel for their personality. Talking with them beforehand gives you insight into how working with them will be, and how they will interact with your guests.
Its useful to get an impression of how much you like the person and how much they like you. Finding a photographer you connect with on a personal level and who genuinely cares about doing the best job they can translates into great quality photographs. If you have very specific tastes, it might take further exploration of your personal networks (or the internet) to find the perfect photographer for you.
2. Include All Your Favourite People
When youve found the perfect wedding snapper, meet with them before the big day to discuss your requirements and brief them on the people you want to be captured. People have come from far and wide to celebrate your love, so its important to capture their presence at your wedding. When you look back, youll feel grateful that your distant cousins made it all the way from Scotland and that they were recorded for posterity in your wedding photo album
What wedding album would be complete without the classic group shot? When everyone attending the wedding gathers in one place, all dressed up in their dresses and suits, this is an unrepeatable photo opportunity that should not be missed!
You may also choose to use photos taken by your guests in your wedding album. In this case, where guests have captured shots similar to those that your professional photographer took, opt for the professional photos. Be mindful when creating your layout; high quality, professionally edited photos taken with your photographers SLR might not look so great opposite amateur photos taken with your best friends disposable camera.
3. Choose Your Favourite Photos
Your wedding photo album is a personal archive of special moments from your big day. It should contain the photos that evoke powerful emotions and make you feel happy to look at, (no matter what they look like.) Sometimes, the most powerful images are not grand, overblown scenes, but subtle, quiet images, like couples dancing cheek to cheek at the wedding reception, or the smiles on bridesmaids faces as they shower the bride and groom in flower petals.
You can always share some of the most aesthetically pleasing and photogenic pictures on social media or print them out as single images, but your photo book should contain the photos that make your heart sing.
4. Keep it Consistent
The best wedding albums are not just a sequence of random photos; theyre a story told in photographs. One of the best ways to do this is to arrange photos chronologically, starting at the first photos of the day and ending when the final photos that were taken. This takes people who werent there on a very clear journey in different stages, and it also helps to jog your own memory about the details of events at your wedding.
Then you should think about how photos work in relation to each other, and take your time experimenting with different combinations. Selecting two photos to be juxtaposed opposite each other on a two page spread can convey a huge amount of meaning. You can even tell stories within the main story of your wedding day on each double page spread with carefully coupled images. Consider the shapes, lines, patterns, textures, colours and forms of the photos, and how well they work with the other photos on the page or spread.
5. Less is More
Theres a lot to be said for the old adage, less is more. While the temptation may be to try and cram in as many photos into your album as possible, it might not necessarily look that good! Give photos room to breathe by restricting the number of them try not to have more than 3 photos per page. Having too many photos can be overwhelming. Rather than being full to the brim of all the visual delight you see, they will look chaotic and confusing to other people.
You should also experiment with placing photos that cover the whole page and placing them in borders. Play with your photos to find combinations that click.
Wedding Photo Albums: A Permanent Reminder of Your Big Day
With the amount of effort, time and money youve put into planning your wedding, it makes sense to have a documentation of the big day. Seeing your wedding photos presented in a unique, personalised photo book transports you right back to the day you both said I do. It also cultivates a deeper appreciation for all the growth you and your significant other have experienced together since then.