You have to admit there’s something very special about a brand new book; the smell, the feel, the look. I’m a bit of a book addict and it took me a long time to decide on the right album manufacturer. For me I didn’t want to provide a big ol’ bulky traditional album which would mostly end up on the bookshelf forgotten about. I want to provide modern, fun, yet stylish albums which would not look out of place on a coffee table. So here is a little selection of the amazing wedding albums I offer. When I shoot a wedding I am always capturing images for the album as I find it’s the best way to enjoy & show off your photographs, and what better way to display your wedding story? I know you probably haven’t considered a wedding album as part of your wedding budget but I want to give you 5 great reasons as to why I think they are a must!

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 1. The story of your amazing day

It’s in the title but yes a wedding album is the amazing story of your day, from bridal preparations, the first moment your bridesmaid/father sees you in the dress, walking down the aisle, saying I do’s, the tears in family members eyes, the joy on your guests faces, the list goes on. This book really is all about your special day, and as a wedding photographer I feel capturing images which tell the story of the day is a massive part of my job. I can also help my couples choose images which make a book flow and I am also more than happy to design the whole book for you. Now you could do this yourself of course, and there are many platforms where you can get books printed however, it takes time. It takes a lot of time to pick out photos to include, which order to put them in, positioning them and laying them out in the platform of your choice. I have a lot of experience in doing this from designing albums for clients on a regular basis, and I know the best way to layout and structure an album thanks to my degree in graphic design. I know how to pick the photos which work well and flow with each other to create the story of your day. Plus I use professional photography printing labs which are hands down better quality to any retail online album provider. As this can be done by myself, you will get the excitement of seeing it for the first time and going through it may well leave you in tears of happiness and joy as you see you relive your special day.

 2. Let’s get Psychical

Once the dust has settled and the wedding is all over you’ll want to do just one thing: see your photos so you can relive it all again! Having a psychical book to look through is a huuuuge difference to scrolling through your photos on your phone, ipad or laptop. As standard you get all your photos on a USB as well an a online gallery for you to download them however, you are stuck staring at a screen! Unplug from the matrix and view yourself in print with a stunning photo album. We all know that Kindles and the like have been around for many years now, however people still buy a ton of books. Photos on a USB drive will most likely end up in a drawer for safe keeping and forgotten about. (Let’s be real.) However you have to admit there is something magical about the high quality feel, touch and smell, that’s right smell, of a freshly printed album. Imagine an album and book that is unique to you, something that you will treasure to show your kids when they are all grown up. Something that allows you to sit down with your partner and go through page by page. As I have mentioned above, I use high quality professional printing services that produce gorgeous albums, with high quality paper, are beautifully bound and handmade. I offer  covers in leather, cloth, and vinyl which gives you a great choice in a multitude of colours.

 3. A great way to show family and friends

When you see your family and friends after the wedding there is something special about showing them a psychical album, a book they can huddle around and go through all your beautiful photos. All my albums are Lay Flat albums which means they’re glued together at the centre and not stitched. This means they are perfect for placing on a table to lay flat allowing everyone to see your photos as you go through them. It also stops wearing on the spine opposes to a stitched book. As an idea instead of sending friends a link to view your photos online, invite them round and relive the day together, you can always send a link to them afterwards.

Wedding Album

4. Something to treasure

Lets not forget a wedding album is something that you will treasure forever. This book will hold all your memories of the happiest day of your life! You will keep it safe, show it to your friends and family, and you will find yourself every so often reaching for it to relive your special day. As I touched on earlier, when you have kids and want to show them Mum and Dad getting married, you will be reaching for the holy grail, the wedding album. This book is a story and something you will definitely treasure, unlike a USB hidden away in a drawer, you will keep this book within easy reach.

5. Gifts and memories for parents and friends

Another option I provide is having a duplicate album printed for your proud parents which makes a great gift for them to also treasure and relive the day. You could have a similar smaller album created and printed that you can give to your bridesmaids and family whilst having a larger album created and kept just for you.

Wedding Album FAQ’s

Those are just some reasons as to why you should include a wedding album in your photography package, but of course there are a few other options and things that may make you think twice.

What about the cost?

Wedding albums have lots of options, the more pages the greater the cost, a leather bound album will be more expensive than a cloth cover, and a large A4 book will be more than a smaller square mini-album. Costs for an album can be anywhere between £300 – £500+ depending on what you want.

Remember you are paying for my time to create the album for you, and also for a high quality album that won’t be your typical photo book you can buy online from one of the many photo printing services.

What if I did it myself?

Of course you could do this yourself, however it is making time to sit down and do this, finding a high quality printer, using their album platform software to create the album layouts and then picking and arranging the photos. It is easy to start and then say “I’ll come back to it”. There is certainly something nice about getting the book and the surprise and excitement of seeing your wedding day in photos, in a wedding album. Doing it yourself may be cheaper, however, you may not end up doing it at all.

What is a Layflat Wedding Album?

The term lay flat means exactly that, it means that when your wedding album is open, the book lays flat. There is no bending or lifting where the pages are bound. This is great for large photos that go across the page, and also allows you to see the full photo. The images above show lay flat albums.

Remember, your wedding photos are your memories, a story of your day, you have hired a professional wedding photographer to capture your day, why not let the professionals create a beautiful album for you too. Want me to create a wedding album for you? Just click here!

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