How to best choose photos for your wedding album.
Designing a great wedding album begins with choosing the right photos. The importance of choosing your photos carefully can hardly be overstated. Regardless of whether you are planning on designing your own wedding album or getting it designed of you, a sensible choice of photos is the foundation of any good wedding album design. This article outlines how to best go about it.
1. Put your photos into chronological order & group them.
Assuming that your photo pool (all your available wedding photos) consists of photos made by your photographer, photos made by yourself and photos made by your guests, your initial task must be to put them into correct chronological order. At the same time, you can sort them into groups e.g. the preparations, the church, family shots, etc. A comprehensive description of the most common groups and their chronological order can be found here: How to create a story book wedding album.
Once you have ordered and grouped your photo pool, you have a brilliant basis for eradicating duplicates and for choosing the photos you like best.
2. Remove most duplicates but not all of them.
Duplicate photos should be mostly removed. They will increase uploading time and clutter the photo tab of your wedding album design software unnecessarily. Still, sometimes it makes sense to leave in a couple of duplicates to gain extra flexibility during the design process, e.g. if you have two photos showing the same motive, but one with horizontal and the other one with vertical orientation. Also, if you have essentially identical yet slightly different photos and can't decide, which one you like better, you can leave them both in and postpone your decision to the design phase.
3. Get rid of low quality shots unless they are unique.
A lot of photos, especially the ones made by non-professionals, will be unsuitable for a professional wedding album because, good photos must be:
- of sufficiently high-resolution (above 1.5 MB file size).
- bright, sharp & with good contrasts.
- show an interesting motive relevant to your wedding.
Go through all your photos and delete every photo that does not comply with these criterias. Low quality shots should only be left in, if they are truly unique, i.e. they depict an important relative or scene that is not shown on any other photo.
4. Boil it down to a sensible number.
Executing step 1-3 carefully should reduce the number of photos in your photo pool considerably, but most likely it is still too high. Keep in mind that you need approximately 6-8 photos per spread, which means you only need 90 - 120 photos for a 30 pages album. Leave a surplus of 15 - 20 photos in your photo pool to add flexibility during the design process. Go through your photos and remove the ones that are the least important to you until you have reduced the number of photos sufficiently.