A few weeks back I was at the fantastic wedding of Abbie and Ash at Norwood Park in Southwell, a great day which was full of love, joy and happiness.
To see a few more photos and a photofilm from the wedding of Abbie and Ash at Norwood Park – please click here ->
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!
In this video, I talk about having an unplugged wedding, how to go about having an unplugged wedding and which part of a wedding day works best for being unplugged.
Ultimately, there is no right or wrong here, it’s totally down to you; I have seen plenty of weddings where mobile’s, IPads and phones have been used during a wedding ceremony and it’s been fine.
However, I have seen people watch the whole wedding ceremony through their phone, I have seen and heard other photographers clicking away with their loud cameras, and I have seen people step out in front of the Bride and her Father as they are walking down the aisle.
Don’t worry about getting an image for your Instagran / Snapchap or whatever they are called.
Be a guest, relax and enjoy the wedding, be present and experience the love of two people and if you must get a shot do so with the knowledge that you might ruin a perfect moment.
If you feel the need to film the ceremony on your phone do so only after you have checked that it is ok with the happy couple and try and not be in the eye-line of the photographer, so you do not get in the back of important shots.
Also, if you do take a picture, don’t instantly upload the picture to socials, some couples want to see the evening guests without them having already seen the dress!
Whether you choose to have an unplugged wedding or not, I will still be working my butt off to get the images that tell the story of your day, every tear, every joyous hug and every different type of mobile…
A favourite sequence of mine from the wedding of Sarah and Stew at the Bestwood Lodge Hotel happened in the morning when Sarah and the girls were getting the wedding dress done up.
Each photo works on its own, but the sequence of four works so much better when shown together.
Top left – ‘are you sure you are ready, it’s going to be done up tight’
Top right – ‘Eeek’
Bottom left is my favourite of the 4 ‘I’ll cup these to make sure they stay in’
Bottom right ‘ were in’
At the wedding fair the other week I selected 24 images to be shown, and the bottom left photo was one I picked to be displayed, It’s just a fun image, a split second in time never to be repeated (probably?)
If you are interested in having me photograph your wedding in a candid and documentary style – please get in touch!
Back in October of last year, I had the pleasure of being at the wedding of Alison and Mark at the lovely Bestwood Lodge Hotel – I’ve been slow in getting this one on the website, but it’s now live along with a little wedding photofilm, so hit the link below and take a look!
To see the wedding photofilm from the wedding of Alison and Mark – please click here -> Wedding Photography at The Bestwood Lodge Hotel