(Closed) Critique my album?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I feel like the date on the front cover is awkward. July 9th, 2010? July Ninth Two Thousand Ten? The comma isn’t quite right.

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I don’t think the black and white for the background is at all awkward or strange. I do feel like the white is maybe a little stark, but it looks fine.

Also, I love your cake.

And your photographer in general. Some of those are amazing!

I think it looks fabulous! 

How much does it cost to print an album?

 

Post # 5
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169 posts
Blushing bee

I actually really liked your layouts for the most part. Here are a few of my suggestions:

On page 7-8 your margins aren’t even. It appears like you were going for a symmetrical look on this spread but there is a gap between the pictures on page 7, but no gap on page 8. This could easily be fixed by cropping a little off the right of the picture on the far right of page 8 and then moving it over.

Not a fan of page 11-12 but I can’t put my finger on it. I think it is because the picture in the top center seems lost in the page.

On page 19 you have the top picture on top of the bottom picture, but on page 20 you have the top picture underneath the bottom picture. Since they are on the same spread I would try to keep things consistant

Pages 67-68 seems really cluttered and my eyes couldn’t focus on anything. I would weed out a few of the pictures or add some less busy pictures in there (most of the pictures are of large groups with dark lighting)

I also think you should make pages 73-74 one large picture from the end of your reception (like a full page spread of the removal of the garter would be gorgeous). I would start the photobooth pictures on page 75. The dichotomy between the two pages right now seem a little odd.

Overall I’m not a fan of the white background because your pictures appear to get lost. I would try to pick at least a light color to put behind them instead of the stark white.

 

PS. You have some gorgeous pictures!

Post # 6
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7 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Beautiful wedding!

When I design my albums for my bride & groom I usually write their wedding date as “JULY 9TH 2010” in all caps and without a comma. I think having it all capitalize will make it look less awkward.

There’s no hard set rule why you can’t use both black and white background, but it does make the mood of the event feel very different. Personally I like to design using a white background because it’s fresh, modern, light, and airy.

Here are a few feedbacks:

Make sure all pictures are lined up and are balanced on both sides of the pages. For example on page 7-8, the portrait picture on page 7 is not really aligned with the portrait picture on page 8. On page 9 and 10, you might want to move the bottom two pictures of the bridesmaid up a little bit because it might get cut-off during printing. If they provide a bleed guideline, just make sure everything is inside it. I never realized how important negative spaces are until I started designing albums. When the negative spaces are not balanced, the layout does not seem as cohesive to tell a strong story.

Here are some examples of my layouts:

 

Post # 7
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3614 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I love your album! Almost makes me wish I used the black background on mine. It looks very professional, and your pictures are beautiful!

Just a warning…I got a 12×12 76 page album through Adorama, loved it, and reviewed it here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-finally-finished-photo-recap-with-adoramapix-album. So last week I ordered a copy for my parent and received it in the mail today. Guess what, this book doesn’t look as good 🙁 The front and back covers on this second book are not glossy like the first one, and both covers are a lot darker so the pics don’t show very clear. I don’t know if it was just a fluke, or if they changed their printer or what. I’m going to try calling their Customer Service tomorrow and see what they can do.

Post # 8
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501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Wow! You did a fabulous job on your album. I really love the black background, it makes the pictures pop!

Post # 9
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380 posts
Helper bee

Ooh, I just designed my own album with Photobook Canada.  I also used both black and white backgrounds in my album.  It seemed like different pictures needed different backgrounds, and in my opinion kept things more visually interesting by switching it up.  (note: I definitely don’t have a graphic design or similar background…)

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

July 9, 2010 is the correct format.  Putting 9th, 2010 is redundant when you are in the year  2010.  Basically it’s letting people know you are talking about the “9th” of the current year that you are in.  Being that it is currently 2011, it makes even less sense to have “July 9th, 2010”.

 

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