There’s nothing like a wedding for creating photo opportunities. Here is advice for the bride and groom, the parents, guests (especially camera-buffs), and even somebody who wants a novel wedding gift idea. If you’re the official photographer click here.
They flow naturally. Some are predictable and formal, some are informal – a chance to capture a fleeting moment that the bride, groom and all present will cherish for years to come. Then there are the whacky – even bizarre things – seen by everyone – or maybe just seen by one guest from his or her viewport. They all add up to a wonderful day – to be remembered – to be preserved and to be looked back on pictorially, by the couple family and even as-yet-unborn children. What’s more wonderful pictures – which need to be made up into delightful books – can be captured by anybody – amateur, hobbyist or even a totally raw point-and-shoot photo taker.
If it’s your wedding – God bless you – may your life together be long, prosperous, healthy and happy. If OPUS can help you, we will!
*See our blog http://www.incartek.com/blog/why-lose-your-most-valued-memories/
Ten wedding photo album tips
INCARTEK Tip 1
Have one or two back-up photographers. Some of the relatives or guests are keen amateur photographers – keen to record the event but know that the event does not depend on depend on them. These photographers will be more informal and relaxed, will be more personally acquainted with the bride groom and at least part of the family and friends – and they are not charging for their services! That’s why two are good – one who knows the brides family and friends, one the grooms. Make sure they meet and can work together – but tell them not to interfere with the official photographer. Also let the official photographer know – so that he (or he and his assistant) do not play the ‘mess-up-everybody-else’ game.
INCARTEK Tip 2
Encourage as many wedding guests as possible to participate in picture taking. Everybody sees a different view. And with good high-pixel compact cameras, the results can often be good too – even taken by an occasional user.
Also encourage all ‘serious’ photo-takers to make up albums. Run a competition! (of course OPUS Albums is biased on this one!). See our gift suggestion http://www.opusalbums.com/weddingday
INCARTEK Tip 3
Remember photographing weddings is 90% people, and 10% camera technique. But don’t try it without the 5%. The album is the same.
Please the bride, groom relatives and guests – don’t push yourself as a photographer – don’t get in the way. Bring out the people – good photography yes – but keep it natural. Let the ‘official photographer’ do the special shots (unless you think of something that person has missed, and it does not detract to do it).It’s a matter of wedding etiquette.
Therefore plan on bringing out the best of the day. Ensure that you get yourself enough material to make up 2 or 3 pages of an album for each part of the day (8 to 18 usable pictures of each event With digital photography you can’t take too many pictures!).
- Bride’s home before leaving
- Leaving with father
- The Church (or whatever)
- Outside the church
- The reception
- Later parts of the day – and going-away
- The lighter side (but don’t embarrass people – amuse but don’t offend – we don’t want to hear about Uncle Harry getting drunk for the next 20 years!)
INCARTEK Tip 4
Plan to produce a range of albums:
- – for the bride and groom
- – for the parents
- – for close relatives and friends
- – for yourself
As pages can be duplicated from one album to another (I suggest you standardise on one software package of course) the exercise need not be tedious.
Maybe these albums could be a wedding present – a present that has given pleasure not just to the couple, but to all there.
INCARTEK Tip 5
Choose the right albums
If you are producing an album for your own coffee table – or that of the close relatives then the OPUS PhotoArt range is unquestionably the best. It uses the award winning Innova digital art archival acid-free fourdrinier paper. With pigmented inks and kept in normal atmospheric conditions in a cupboard, it should last indefinitely with minimal colour degradation. You have a choice of sizes and paper textures.
For size you can have A4 (the most popular), A3, 12x12in (30x30cm) and 8x8in (20x20cm).
For texture there is a choice of:
- Soft texture natural white – for a soft ‘arty’ feel
- Smooth cotton high white – for brilliance and clarity
There is no ‘best’ – it is a question of taste. I prefer the textured paper; my wife prefers the high white. They cost the same.
If you want to produce a number of albums – e.g. for all the guests – then the less expensive, but quite serviceable OPUSalbums.com Print&Bind using high quality photo-glossy paper is recommended – or you can choose your own paper and have a permanent looking book with the Pics Book Jr. – based on the Unibind MyBook. All you need is a heavy duty stapler.
If you want the top quality leather bound albums then an external service is our recommendation. (If you use dg Foto Art many suppliers accept this format – we are forging relations with them) There is one print-your-own album available with leather covers and protection sheets between each page. This is the Hahemuehle Leather Luxury Photo Album – available in A4, A3 and 12×12″(30x30cm). The paper is the 276gsm Photo Rag Duo – similar to Innova’s smooth cotton high white, but a bit heavier.
Finally if you need to print Photobooks regualrly especially if they lend themselves to permanent binding then you should invest in a thermal binding machine. Unibind with its steel strip spine, and its unparallelled range of covers is clearly the winner and we are proud to be one of thier distribution parnters. We call the range – binding machines, covers, paper and software, the Pics Book range. Read more about it .
Some might say “Do I need an album at all?” Well you can print on ordinary photo-glossy paper and put in a binder. You can have ordinary
6×4”(15x10cm) prints and put them in a album with pockets. We believe our solutions are the most satisfying.
INCARTEK Tip 6
Select the most appropriate software
There are several good software tools to help you lay out your albums. We shall be producing an updated guide in the near future.
At the top end are the professional album design packages, now priced at a level that is suitable even for one specific wedding. Examples
- Dg Foto Art
A professional I know said “What took me a day to produce with Photoshop takes an hour with dg Foto Art” .
Finally if you want to produce a scrapbook – with that type of appearance then Art Explosion Scrapbook Factory is our recommendation. Personally I don’t think it is right for a wedding – but if you want total informality, then it is worth considering.
There are numerous tools to help structured printing – many of these free of charge. Just Google and try.
INCARTEK Tip 7
Map out each album to get the balance. Keep a theme running. Allocate the pages remembering that you have a double page view on Photo Art albums.
With single sided paper such as with Print & Bind you can create a double page spread if you so desire by reversing every other sheet. Also if you want to add a lot of text the reverse side is quite suitable for this.
Allocate 2-3 pages per subject (see tip 3).
INCARTEK Tip 8
Select material for the point of pleasure. You will gain no friends by embarrassing people. You will by bringing out the amusing parts.
Focus on the principal people – no brownie points for you if an album (other than for yourself) is full of pictures of your children.
Add in non-photo material – scan in a copy of the marriage certificate, menu, order of service, newspaper announcement. And have a verbal story ready – or at least some anecdotes.
Add in text items – anecdotes. Aim to have some text on each page. Not just a bland title. The album is a photo-story.
INCARTEK Tip 9
Make up a suitable background theme usingFotoSlate 4 (or whatever software you chose) – a light gaussian-blurred picture of the couple – or something more abstract.
With dg Foto Art you will be spoiled for choice with templates.
What albums to use
INCARTEK Tip 10
Let the official photographer do the expensive professionally produced, fixed, leather-bound books.
And you make up a reasonable price presentation album.
We will give you some ideas later