Post # 17
I just went through this. The whole thing probably took me over 10 hours, which is insane considering how lazy I am. But I see this as the reward of my hard work planning the wedding. I really enjoy looking at how everything came together and giving myself a pat on the back as I go through the pics.
My method was:
– I had 2000 images from my photographer and 400 from my uncle (photography is his hobby and some of his shots were than our pro ones!) so first I combined them into one.
– Then I went through each one by one…Saving all of the ones I like into a folder, which was more than half.
– Then because I had a about 7-8 different versions of the same shot in most cases, I had to click back and forth between each one to pick the best (“I look better here but husband’s eyes are closed, so eliminate that” etc). That was a painstaking process.
– I limited myself to 300 photos because my immediate goal was to make a couple Facebook albums, so some that I was on the fence about I saved them into an “extra” folder to include them later if there was room.
– I tried to have variety (some face shots, some body shots, some of each family, make sure each guest is featured at least once, some romantic, some funny etc).
– I also forced myself to leave in a few I look terrible in but it still captured a great moment.
– Final step was to sort everything in chronological or logical order since they came from different sources and rename them by sorting order in the folder.
Next step will be to print them and place them into a book. We’re getting an album from our photographer too, but it won’t include my uncle’s photos and I am too proud of my work to not follow through at this point.
Post # 18
It took us to the end of January to order our album. Then a few months for the photog to design it. Then I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make changes or not. Then she went on vacation and could order it so, the album finally came in yesterday. July 15th.
Post # 19
Glad I’m not the only one taking a ridiculously long time to make an album. Our photographer gave us the CDs and we have the rights. I am going to do an album on adorama but having trouble getting motivated.
Post # 20
I may be entering this discussion way too late, but you may want to consider using a graphic designer to help you wade through your photos, design your layouts, help you choose an album and order the album for you.
As a graphic designer myself, specialzing in wedding albums, I know that the hardest part is narrowing down the number of photos. The rule of thumb is to use between 2 and 3 images per page on average. Therefore, a 35 page album would use about 105 photos at the most. I tell my clients that if they just can’t get it down to a reasonable number, don’t worry, I’ll do that for them!
Using a graphic designer is signicantly less expensive than using a photographer — and the albums we have access to are from the very same professional print-to-bind companies that photograghers use, but without the mark up. I spend a lot of time educating my clients about the variety of album options out there and help them choose the right one for their taste and budget. My favorite sources are Black River Imaging, Zookbinders, Finao, NationsPhotoLab and BayPhoto.
My advice is to make sure you review a designers’ portfolio carefully to be sure their design taste matches yours. And make sure you find someone is is patient, flexible, and more than willing to make your changes at no extra cost. Susan Gallagher
Post # 21
First off don’t feel bad about procrastinating. Almost all of our clients order albums and none of them ever get started before 6 months. On average a year is about the time most people need to decompress from the wedding. Is your photographer not designing the album for you? We have found it’s much easier if we just do an initial design ourselves and let the client make changes to it. Designing a cohesive album that tells the story of the day is really an artform, and if you have never done it before the first time will make you want to pull your hair out. If you’re in charge of 100% of the design process you should definitely narrow the photos down. We never deliver 2000 photos, that’s way too many! That would drive me crazy! Try and get it down to a manage number of favorites like 200 or so. And if your photographer is providing the album find out what their process is for album design. You may stressing needlessly if they do the design for you.