I love putting together wedding albums for my couples; it’s fantastic to see the images printed and told as a story.
I like my couples to pick the images that they want to be included in their album, this is easy and is done by creating a favourites list in the secure VIP wedding gallery and then sharing that selection with me.
But, I do have some couples that prefer me to make the photo selections as they struggle to pick their favourites, so for £100 on all albums, I can make the selection of images for the wedding album.
If my couples are making the photo selection, I always suggest being very strict with the choices, be harsh, be quick and decisive as this will help to keep the number of images to a workable amount. Once the selection is shared with me, I start the process of putting together the story by layout out the photos using my SaywellHQ album designer. I do sometimes have to add in additional images which help the story flow; it might be a simple image that pulls two parts of the wedding story together, and I always let people know which images I have added in and why.
I like working with what I call ‘Islands of colour’ or ‘islands of black & white’ and what that means; I do not like a page or a spread of pages where it is a mixture of colour and black & white on the same page or across the pages. I typically move between colour and black & white images only when moving to a different part of the wedding story.
When the design is complete, the first draft of the wedding album is emailed over and is viewable as a 3D model wedding album. Any change requests are done on the 3D model wedding album. The change requests are shared with me; I will make the changes and issue a new 3D wedding album copy for final approval which is done within the 3D album viewer.
Following the approval of the album, I will send through colour examples of the box, spine and ribbon. Once this final step is approved 50% of the total cost is to be paid, the album will then be submitted for print and binding – exciting!!
Depending on the time of year, album deliveries can range between a few weeks to a few months, with the summer months particularly busy for my album print company in Italy.
My album costs are simple;
The album you see in the main image above in A4-ish size with around 30-45 photos selected by you guys is £250. For an extra £100, I can make the photo selection for you.
The same album style but with around 100 photos is £350; this is my most favourite wedding album as 100 photos are about the sweet spot! Again for an extra £100, I can make the photo selection.
I hope this blog post helps to see how the wedding album design works with me and what to expect along the way!