Post # 1
I’ve been trying for weeks to pick all the pictures for my album. Man, this process is awful! If I try to really “capture the story of the day” I end up with a 50+ page album that I can’t afford, but if I just pick my favorite shots I leave out so many important events from the day. Please tell me I’m not the only one that is hating this part!
Post # 3
It sounds like you need to learn editing. Perhaps you should think about it this way, if you were going to show your future child your album what would you want in there? and remember they have a short attention span, so that picture of your second cousin crying might not make the list.
Post # 4
@MrsMcGyro: Are you selecting pics for a formal album made through your photog?
If so, why not also make another one through shutterfly or one of those DIY sites. They are MUCH cheaper and you can include as many pics as you like!
I couldn’t afford one through my photog so I made one myself through shutterfly. It ended up being 100 pages and included pics from the entire weekend…rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, getting ready, wedding, the day-after party, etc. It ended up being more like a yearbook. I looove looking through it!
Plus, there are always codes…I got mine for 50% off.
Post # 5
Coffee table photo books are also very frequently a Groupon in differnt cities. I know being on Houston Groupon I have recieved at least 6 of these. So maybe join some of those? I got a great deal from mixbook on there!! And you can buy one from any city since it is an online company!
Post # 6
@MrsMcGyro: maybe try using another photo book company? i know artscow has really really good deals and they let you add pages. we used the for our e pics/guest book and it turned out greap! its regular pages though not the thick cardboard pages but a solid cover
Post # 6
I second @Theresa90405:‘s suggestion of making a more affordable album. I made mine from blurb. It’s 160 pages, they have premade collage layouts (if you want multiple pics on a page) and the software is super easy. Mine was black linen fabric hardcover, image wrap photo dust jacket, and proline matte finish cardstock paper. It was only $60 w/ a 10% discount. I felt like even if it didn’t turn out perfectly, I’d have a “brag book” to tote around to show coworkers or mom’s friends, but honestly, it came out amazing. I can’t believe it only took me a few hours, and was such a steal.
Post # 7
I agree with what others have said. Also, if you use twitter, follow AdoramaPix and Mpix. They often advertise specials (or you can like them on facebook). Both of their albums turned out really nice. I used groupon for one of the albums I made and got a $115 credit for Photobook America for $35. I had to pay en extra $15 for shipping when I created the book, but I got the most spectacular album for $50. (40 pages) There are so many deals out there.
As far as editing goes, I started by selecting my top pictures and putting it in a file. After that, I organized it by time period and then looked at it again to edit the number down more. I found that I was able to pack a lot of pictures into a 40 page album without making it look too “crammed.”
Best of luck to you!
Post # 8
Have you tried putting a LOT of pics on the same page for certain events? Like doing a big pic of your favorite toast picture, and then smaller border pics of the other toasts or sequence?
You could consider doing the same for other things as well – first dance photos, garter or getting ready.
Let me see if I can find the right example –
This isn’t the best, but see how one picture is the focal point and then smaller shots border it.
And remember – you don’t need every angle of the same shot – you don’t need to have a pic of you and your Darling Husband at the same location/pose just slightly different shots – looking left, looking right, close-up on faces, etc. Try to pick pictures that best represent you, your Darling Husband and family.
At worst, put your faves in the nice album and do a cheap book to hold the rest of your fabulous pictures 🙂
Post # 9
Thanks guys for the tips. We have credits towards an album as part of our photography package, so I wanted to use them to make our album rather than going through another photobook company. I just need to keep cutting it down in order to stay within a reasonable budget. We got over 1700 proofs so I’m struggling just a tad. I’m going to keep at it though. I just needed to let off some steam. 🙂
Post # 10
My photographer gave me my gallery almost 2 weeks ago. I went bat crazy looking at all the pictures and smiling like an idiot. I loved them so much. THEN she told me that we had to start picking pictures for the album. I haven’t looked at my pictures since then. I am so overwhelmed 🙁
Post # 11
I hear you. I have 1300+ photos and it’s nearly been a year, my album is not done yet. I got 1/4 of the way done, got totally overwhelmed, and now I’m going to start over. It is not fun. I wish I had just paid my photographer the money to do it. It’s still an option for me 😉
Post # 12
I feel your pain! We waited 3 months before sitting down on a weekend to actually sort through/choose/arrange pictures, and there’s no shame in procrastinating!!! You can do it; just take baby steps. First, we sorted the pictures we liked into separate folders on our computer, then went through those to decide what makes it into the album. Just think how nice it will be to have the finished product!
Post # 13
You should be able to narrow it down to around 100 pictures, maybe 120 tops. This will be about 40 pages