Post # 1
I am getting my album done by my photographer, and I had a few questions…
What kind of picture is best for a “wrapped canvas” cover? Should I get a landscape with focus on the right side, or get the best portrait?
Also on the pages, I LOVE an example album that had a landscape picture that extended to the next page (passed the binding) and had two smaller ones on top of each other next to the big one. Is this a good idea? I know she makes amazing albums, but in 10 years am I going to regret doing something “trendy”?
Lastly, I was curious how many pages people normally get? My dad is also ordering one that has 25 pages (50 sides) for 100 pictures. To be honest, for our album that sounds about right, but without seeing it in person, am I going to regret not getting more pages and make more of my 100 pictures bigger instead of multiple per side?
I hope I explained right, because I really would appreciate some BTDT advice.
Post # 3
Our album is 26 pages and that was totally sufficient for us, but our wedding was pretty short–if you want “getting ready” pages and ceremony pages and bridal party pages and reception pages and the whole deal, it might be worth it to go bigger. It just depends on how many good pictures you have that you feel must be included.
As for the landscape cover, ask your photographer, if s/he is making it I’m sure they’ll have certain images they’d recommend for the cover if you want it to wrap around. You’re right that usually a big landscape with detail on the right edge works well.
I love cross binding landscapes in photo books. I personally don’t love inset pictures but I don’t think it’s necessarily a trendy sort of thing. I think it can be done well. Again, if it’s your photographer making it why don’t you just wait for them to put something together and then you can give your opinion about changes afterward?
Post # 4
We used 35 pages but some on pages had up to 8 picture per page and others were full page of one image. I think fitting more than one picture per side is just fine. Our albums are the second largest mypublisher has (11 x 13 maybe?) you can see plenty of detail.
I would say talk to your photographer and see what they say about your concerns
Post # 5
kala_way– honestly, I am excited to be picking pictures, and she is out of town for a week. Also, I am not generally a very fancy/modern person, seeing those examples and loving them, I am worried 10 years down the road Ill regret it. I will be asking.
As far as pages, I know she understands I am on a budget, and I worry she is under calculating how many pages I may be happier with.
My photog is very good though, and reminds me that some trends are not lifelong.. lol.. I asked for some spot color on a few pictures, and she gladly did, but explained I should really think about in 10 years if those pictures are ones I want in the album. So that has me really thinking hard… maybe too hard.
Post # 6
@weeonebride:yea the spot color is very trendy and most pros agree that its not going to age well, many people don’t even like it now. I’m glad she giving you honest advice.
I find some of the really big books to be overwhelming, like people who sit you down and want you to watch 2 hours worth of vacation movies when you’d be happy to see a dozen pictures. Your wedding is big and important in your mind right now, but when you pick up your book in 10 years and just want to browse and remember are you really gonna want 50 pages? I know I won’t.
And I totally understand about wanting to pick your own images, I made my whole book myself because I couldn’t imagine giving all the control to someone else 🙂
Post # 7
Thats why I want 25 pages, she calls it 50 sides, but I just worry about being too squished. I already picked for 100 I LOVE, and I am going to let her decide on order, I just want to make sure the cover and layout isnt boring, or too over the top.
My dad is funny, he is getting the same thing I am, but more with his family, less with my moms and ILs (my parents are divorced and remarried) and basically HATES computers, but all I have to do is pick 100 pictures online and he told the photog she has “veto” power and just to send him the final. Before he wanted her to pick everything but I dont think its fair to her to have to go through and find all the ones of my dad and step moms family.
Post # 8
Industry average is around 2 to 2.5 images per page. So 100 images on 50 pages is ok. How big is your album? If it’s smaller 10×10, you may want more full size pics and go with more pages, but if it’s a large album, you should be ok. Our album is 16×16 with foldouts, so we have some landscape panos that are 16×32 🙂
Canvas cover? I would go landscape……canvas is more for wall art IMO, and detail is lost in the printing. It’s best viewed at a distance, esp with people’s faces…..so looking at it close up….I would go with a landscape, or just do a regular photocover.
Post # 9
USER876– Thank you, yeah we are getting a 10X10. I see what you mean about Canvas cover. I may have to ask about seeing a few VS pic cover. She only does square, no landscape.
My dad is paying (Birthday gift) so I am thinking since I am recieveing the money to pay for both of ours I will pay extra to extend maybe 10-15 sides. Just to make sure we get everything, and possibly more if she sees it could use it.
I am making for our grandparents some smaller albums, but doing them myself, so I am REALLY glad she is doing the big ones for us!! I am not a graphic designer, and realizing I dont have a talent for it. lol