Photography add-ons, album vs bridal session?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I personally would go with an album over a bridal session. As a photographer, I love shooting bridal sessions, but honestly, the point of them is really just for a reception display print. It’s a big southern tradition, but even one that many southern brides are opting out of. I know for msyelf, I always shoot the bride alone on the wedding day so it’s not like they aren’t getting those photos. That being said, I’m a huge advocate of an album. I can’t tell you how many couples NEVER print their wedding photos (outside of a few prints on display here and there).

The album seen in the blog post is a flush mount album, which is the norm these days. They’re beautiful and modern. What you’re describing is a traditional matted album, which I’ll be honest and tell you that you’ll be hard pressed to find these days. Most photographers don’t offer them because they are pretty old school and getting phased out. There are companies that still sell them, but you are limited in your options. For example, we as photographers get a PDF of available layouts for those kinds of albums and that’s all there is. So you can get 1 8×10 on a page, or 2 5×7’s, etc. You can’t change that, your only option is what layouts they offer.

Anyway, hope that answers some of your questions. 🙂

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

PrincessBride2015:  I would go with the album and BTW the Venue is beautiful!!!!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would go with the album. Our package came with one but our photo guys put the whole thing together themselves. It’s soooo awesome to have and they did a really great job. Not to mention not having to do one ourselves! It probably would’ve drove us (me) crazy, and who knows how long it would’ve taken. We got the album at the same time as all our photos and videos. We were fine with not having input and being surprised, but if you get to pick and choose and design it yourself then that is reallly great too!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I would prefer an album over a bridal session. However, a bridal session will help get you comfortable in front of the cameras since you’ll practice certain poses before your wedding day…so less bad pictures for the day of. 

I’m camera shy so it makes more sense for me to vote for the album. Also, albums are generally expensive, so I would rather not spend more money than I have to.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Album.

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