Post # 1
We’ve finally gotten all of our professional photos back! I love them so much, but am having a hard time deciding which to pick for our printed wedding album, and which to post online (to facebook or another site.)
How many is a good number to have in a printed album or an online album? I don’t want to include so many pictures that they get boring or repetitive to look at. I am trying to choose pictures based on if they jump out at me as being a great shot, or if they are a photo of a main event (like the first kiss or cutting the cake). My problem is choosing which photos of wedding guests I will include in the album. We got a lot of photos of me posing with various groups of friends and family memebers, and while I know the people in the pictures would love to see them, I don’t want to post too many of the same type of pose.
Here’s an example of what I mean. The first picture is of me and my family friends. These people aren’t in any other of the wedding photos so I feel like I should post it. The next picture is one of me and my grandma and great aunts. Should I put both these photos in the album so that the people in the pictures can see them, or is it just too repetitive being the same pose in the same location? Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
i see what you mean, but i think i would include both just so i could see and remember everyone who came to my wedding. like i would want at least one photo of every guest.
Post # 4
Its not repetitive because its different people. I agree with pp about wanting to have atleast one pic of every guest if possible. but if you’re not that close to some of them then you dont have to include both if you really dont want to
Post # 5
Are you making your own album?
Most pro albums have 80-120 pictures in them. You can pick whatever images you want, but they typically don’t involve a high number of group shots or detail shots. The brides album typically includes images broken down into a few different catagories:
Photoshoot – pics of bride and groom, and a few of bride and groom and family, and of course, bridal party.
Reception – first dance, toasts, detail shots, cake cutting,etc.
I wouldn’t include too many random group shots with friends and extended family for your main album. You can always make a 4×6 album of those.
Post # 6
Thanks for the opinions ladies 🙂 What would you do about important photos that didn’t turn out so great? All the pictures of my bridesmaids, flower girls and I walking down the aisle just didn’t turn out very good. The background from that angle was bad, and some of the photos are really unflattering. But should I include those pics anyway because they are sort of key moments?
Post # 7
@EmEv: Don’t include photos you don’t like just to include a specific moment. Your album should tell a story, but it doesn’t have to encompass everything. Include the pictures that really draw you in emotionally first and foremost – and fill in with helper photos to tell the story. For example, for the ceremony, I wouldn’t include pics of everyone walking down the aisle. I’d get a shot of you and your dad (or whoever you walked with), I’d do a wide shot of you guys at the altar with everyone watching, a close shot of you two looking into each other’s eyes, A shot of one of you putting the ring on the other, a cute pic of a niece/nephew squirming in the audience, a family member looking emotional in the audience, etc. Choose the pics that stir up your emotions, not ones that simple catalog who was there. You’ll look at your album years from now and get a lot more wistful with the emotional pics that you will the staged group shots.
Edit, edit, edit down your pic choices, too! You really will only get 80-120 pics for your album (fewer if you get a smaller album) and nobody wants to look at 300 pictures on FB.