Glasgow and Ayrshire Wedding Photographer Richard Campbell talks about what goes into the making of a wedding album.
What people often don’t realise when they are booking a wedding photographer in ayrshire or Glasgow is just how much work goes on behind the scenes before and after the wedding day itself. One aspect of wedding photography which takes wedding photographers almost as much time as photographing the wedding itself is the making of the album.
The process of planning a wedding album actually starts before the wedding when you meet the couple to discuss the photography of their special day. This allows you to identify key moments or photographs which they would like captured. The next part of the pre-planning is a recce of the wedding venue to see what opportunities there are for different types of shots. It’s at this stage where I also start to think about little details which can often be used as backgrounds for shots. These can then have other photographs laid over them which adds a unique personal touch to the album and is a nice change from just having white or black backgrounds.
On the actual wedding day I also shoot landscape and portrait variations of some key shots which is often invaluable when planning the wedding album, as you often find that one works better than the other depending on the layout.
After the wedding the couple are able to see an online gallery of their wedding photographs as well as receiving them on a USB stick. This allows them to select the images they would like for the album. After they’ve chosen then the work of putting the album together can start.
The initial design usually takes about half a day depending on the size of an album. Some wedding photographers like to start an album with shots of the couple but I like an album to tell the story of the day so it flows quite naturally. I take a lot of candid shots during the day which are perfect for creating sequences of images to illustrate parts of the day such as the bride and groom getting ready, the service, or the first dance. I see these as a mini movie so you see capture the atmosphere of the day, very often without having to pose anything. It’s here that my experience photographing professional theatre comes in very handy.
Other aspect of the album design include adding other elements such as black and white images and different toning effects but probable what takes the most time is just creating a page layout which works well. The images need to flow naturally and work together on the page so I like each one to have a theme. If the theme is the wedding service then it looks awkward to have a shot of the bridal preparations mixed in with that.
Once the design of the album is finished I send the couple a PDF of the layout so they can see if they wan any changes and approve it before it goes to print. As a photographer, I it still gives me a buzz seeing the finished album.