Wedding Photo Album. Do you really need one?
I suppose if you are reading this article, you
have been browsing through different wedding
photographers, seeing what they all have to
offer, what is included in their packages, and
last but not least, do they offer a wedding
album and do I really need one?
answer is to this important question is simple:
if you are spending what most couples are (average
10% of your total wedding budget) on your photographer
and your budget is over $15K - the answer is
couples have every intention of ordering an
album in the future or trying to design one
themselves to cut down cost. Unfortunately it
usually remains undone.
the few that do follow through, one of two things
may possibly go wrong - they order the album
from an online consumer company like "Snapfish",
"Ophoto" or "walmart" which is not to say they
are bad companies - they target a particular
market and are great for point and shoot camera
keepsakes, or Christmas gifts. However, they
do not specialize in wedding albums and are
not meant to be used for professional printing.
Basically, they are not calibrated to your photographer's
monitor or equipment, which will affect the
overall quality of the photographs and the color
balance. They also do not offer the high-end
albums which are very important to the wedding
couple and their families.
the album yourself is not an easy task - not
to say there are not a long list of available
avenues you can take to accomplish this (buying
an album design template or using an album designer
online). But again - do you really want to take
this on? It is quite convenient to leave this
up to someone who does this for a living and
has it mastered without making a costly mistake.
you have decided that it is a necessity to include
an album in your wedding package and have justified
the fact that you are going to spend more than
you originally planned on (we have all gone
through this), there are a few things to consider.
First, is to make sure that your photographer
offers albums from a reputable "wedding album"
company such as "Graphi Studio", "Leathercraftsmen",
or "Finao" just to name a few of the larger
ask to see samples of their albums in order
to choose a style that fits you, and make sure
you love the layout (as they will be doing something
similar with your photos). Make sure and ask
to be educated on the different styles of layouts
such as "Jounalistic", "Traditional", "Contemporary",
or "Modern". These are all key factors in how
much you will love your finished product and
will enable you to make an educated decision
on what you are paying for.
will be a few other key elements to this process
such as how many images you get to pick (this
can range anywhere between 50-150). Depending
on how many pages you want your album to include
- the number of pages is also the main factor
in the final cost of your album and can take
you from a $500 album to a $3000 album in no
time. This is also a good reason to go with
a package as it is usually substantially discounted
in comparison to buying later ala carte.
can also customize everything from paper type
(metallic, linen like, photographic), thick
or thin page types, cover types (leather, metal,
acrylic), the choices are endless and it should
be included in who you are considering to be
your wedding photographer. At the end of the
day it is the last thing standing from your