Your wedding photographer has sent you a CD chock full of photos, it’s fantastic to see the big day all over again, and the photos look amazing – but there are over a thousand to choose from! How on earth are you going to choose the best ones for your album?

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The best albums tell a story

They’re not a minute-by-minute account of every smile and every pose, they show the highlights of your day, the parts you’ll most want to remember.

Vary your choice

Photographers can get a little snap happy. You’ll inevitably end up with a lot of similar photos, so avoid replicas and try to select the best few from each part of the day: getting ready, travelling to and arriving at the venue, the ceremony itself, drinks reception and so on.

Give your photos room to breathe

The more photos you try to cram in then the smaller they will have to be and the design will look messy. Professional companies like Photo Productions use ‘lay-flat’ pages, which allow your photos to be displayed right across the spread, so the fewer photos you have the bigger they can be, and the more impact they’ll make when the album is opened.

Think about colours and contrasts

Crisp blue sky, plush green grass, snow covered buildings, and even guests in brightly-coloured dresses can make photos leap off the page. This works especially well when contrasted with black and white photos, and darker indoor photos.

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Cover to cover

Choose photos for the front and back covers. Something simple always works well for the front, as do colourful flowers and backdrops. (White bridal dresses look great with a colourful bouquet!). Go for black and white if you want something a little more classic. For the back cover, choose something that finishes the story of your day – perhaps a photo of you leaving the wedding or your guests waving goodbye.

Don’t worry about the orientation

Any reputable album company offering a professional design service won’t mind if your photos have been taken in portrait or landscape – they’ll ensure the photos flow and the design looks great either way.

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Smile for the camera

Once you’ve got your final selection, check them over to make sure everyone is looking happy and engaged with the event. You want your guests to look like they’re enjoying themselves, not having a sneaky nose-pick in the corner of the room!

Quality not quantity

Definitely true for wedding albums. Enlarge your photos on the screen to check they don’t blur and pixelate. If they do then they won’t look so great when printed. Also check for any marks on the photos, people out of focus, and so on.

So that’s how to choose the best photos for your wedding album. Putting a little time in now can reap big rewards, and you’ll end up with a fantastic album full of memories that you’ll treasure forever.

Our thanks to photoproductions.com for these great tips. Check out their website today for fab photobook products.

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