(Closed) So overwhelmed by all of my wedding pictures and doing albums! Ahhh help me! ++

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Post # 3
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I am watching this thread bc we are in the same boat. I also want to know of anyone who created their own flush mount. How did you do it? Who/what did you use. My photog is not an option here as he has been discovered to be a moron….

Post # 5
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2020

Think of your album as a book that tells the story of your wedding.  Start with a few prep pictures, then go to the first look pictures (if you had one), then the ceremony and the reception.

What made each part of the story unique and meaningful to you?  Was it your girls helping you into your dress?  Was it your face as you saw your groom for the first time?  Was it the way your dad held you tightly as you danced together?

Pick images that tell the story, not just pictures that you feel that you “have” to put in there.

All too often I have brides who try jam pack an album with a ton of pictures because they have so many to choose from.  Only the put the pictures that are essential to the story and skip the ones that aren’t (most of the family formals could fall into this category).

Is there a set amount of pages that you’re dealing with MsHymanRoth ? That influences a lot of the picture choices.  But remember, resist the urge to shove as many pictures as you can in the album just because you have a lot to choose from.

With albums, as with most things, less is more πŸ™‚

Post # 6
739 posts
Busy bee

Hey guys, this is the process I tell my brides and use myself when putting together studio samples:

  1. First {if you have the disk} create a folder and copy over every photo you think you would want.  
  2. Go through that folder and start pulling out images that are duplicates {either in poses, expressions, who is in the photo, whats going on in the photo}, or that you have lukewarm feelings about.  You can move these into another “maybes” folder so you can always go back it look there if you feel something is missing.
  3. Go through it again and try and see how the different photos in each category {getting ready shots, different parts of your ceremony, etc.} work together and remove the ones that just don’t go.  Essentially, try and visualize how the photos are going to look grouped together on a page. 

It’s really a matter of going through it over and over until you have it fine tuned and you absolutely can not live without those images. 
If your image numbers are more then what your photographer allocated, see if they will work with you on adding the extras.  I think 120 is max for any album under 12×12 and that is really pushing it.  If you want your images to run bigger then you need to have much less.  I’ve also had overwhelmed brides give me a larger selection of what they like and let me choose from there as they couldn’t get their choices to a manageable amount. Your photographer may be able to do that for you as well. 

Editing down is one of the hardest parts of my job so I can completely understand how overwhelming it can be. 

@stlginkgo all professional flush mount album companies out there only work with pro photographers. There are a small handful of companies that sell consumer flush albums, but the quality does not live up to the investment and have been known to fall apart after a few years.  Pro albums are usually hand made with archival materials so they are a huge investment, even for your photographer.  If you have full reproduction rights and your photographer doesn’t sell albums then you probably could find another photographer willing to put together one for you.  

Good luck!

Post # 7
4384 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t have any advice but I wanted to say WELCOME BACK!! I was wondering where you went, are you going to post some pics?

Post # 8
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Informative post! Thanks!

Post # 9
2 posts

PizzutiStudios has really good information.  There are some companies who sells flush mounted albums with matts or self-mount with sticky page.  With those type of albums you may not be able to put that many photos.  You can have coffee table book if you really want to have that many photos in one album.  They are press printed and bound to the cover.  They don’t print on photo paper and it looks like high quality story book.  It might be why it is also known as magazine style album.  You can have so many pages with this kind of album compare to professional flush mount albums.  All professional flush mount albums are printed digitally from pro photo labs on Kodak or Fuji paper.  Since they get printed at the higher quality, not like 1 hour express photo print, it requires details specs in colors.  It is the reason why most of flush mount companies only deal with pro photographers to keep their quality high.  Once they get printed on photo paper, prints get mounted to a hard board, there are compress hard paper board and plastic board which can make different length of its lifetime.  Because of thickness of each page, it becomes heavier than coffee table books.  If you have rights for your photos, you can find a photographer who wants to do designs and purchase an album for you.  Even though they didn’t hold your event, I don’t see why they refuse to work with you.  Find the album style you like then check out consumer reviews.  A photographer should be able to order an album from any company.

Post # 10
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I’ll be putting together our albums myself. We ordered just over 100 4×6 photos with a few other sizes as well. We will pick out an album and use the frames we’ve already purchased as well as other frames that we’ve been given.  Yes, they may not last as long as professional quality albums, but I think that by doing this myself, it’s going to be more meaningful for us. I’ve done many other types of albums for other events, so I have experience with this sort of thing. πŸ™‚

Post # 11
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Please share some photos with us!

Here is our album layout. It has 85 photos. I hope it helps!

Helloooo beautiful….album?


Post # 12
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hey my wedding was Oct. 17th and I haven’t made an album yet either.  Our photog is still waiting on us to choose the pics for our album, but I just don’t feel like doing it yet.

Post # 13
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I feel your pain. Some photographers are really good and have a vision and and an eye for what pics would work and what doesn’t at the first glance. We amateurs would just have to do it by trial and error and with lots of iterations. Check Anne’s blog out.

Post # 14
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

MsH: Definitely share some pics! We’ve heard so much about your drool worthy wedding… let’s see some wedding porn! haha πŸ™‚

Post # 15
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Sorry to bump up an old post but I too would love to see your pictures, ANY pictures Ms. Hyman Roth!  Congrats to you and good luck with the album.

Post # 16
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ditto, I’d love to see your pictures! I’m also bookmarking this thread because it has some great tips!

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