What goes into making a wedding album

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.

Selection of wedding albums by Ayrshire and Glasgow photographer Richard Campbell

Selection of wedding albums by Ayrshire and Glasgow photographer Richard Campbell

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.

Double page spread layout showing wedding ceremony. Photographed at Lanarkshire wedding venue New Lanark Mill Hotel by wedding photographer Richard Campbell

Double page spread layout showing wedding ceremony. Photographed at Lanarkshire wedding venue New Lanark Mill Hotel by wedding photographer Richard Campbell

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.

Detail from wedding album shot at Ayrshire wedding venue the Savoy Park hotel, Ayr by Richard Campbell

Detail from wedding album shot at Ayrshire wedding venue the Savoy Park hotel, Ayr by Richard Campbell

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.

If you’d like to see my selection of wedding albums then please drop me an email or call and I’d be happy to meet up and let you see them with no obligation to book.

Wedding album showing contemporary edge to edge printing. Shot at Ayr beach by wedding photographer Richard Campbell.

Wedding album showing contemporary edge to edge printing. Shot at Ayr beach by wedding photographer Richard Campbell.

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Wedding Venues

One of the most common questions I am asked when couples approach me after looking for wedding photographers in Glasgow or Ayrshire is if I’ve photographed their particular venue before.

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Bride and bridesmaids on the roof garden at New Lanark Mill Hotel. If you are looking for Wedding Photographers Lanarkshire, call Richard Campbell Photography Glasgow.

It’s understandable, as I imagine people feel more secure if a photographer knows the venue. The danger though is that if you rely too much on this method of selecting a photographer you end up with someone who just goes through a list of pre-prepared shots that they’ve done dozens if not hundreds of times before.

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Wedding function at New Lanark Hotel. Weddings photos by Richard Campbell Wedding Photography.

Good wedding photographers will know how to make the best of any venue. They will understand how the time of day and year will affect the light, how to supplement that with creative use of additional lighting and also what features of a venue will work for wedding photographs, whether that be bridal shots, portraits of couples or groups.

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Wedding couple and wedding car at Sorn Castle Ayrshire wedding venue. For wedding photographers Ayrshire, call Richard Campbell Photography Ayr.

One thing I always do when visiting a wedding venue for the first time is do a recce beforehand to identify all the areas I want to use for the photography. I also check that these will be available for use on the day, arrange any special access for restricted areas or gates that need unlocked and also check what will work at certain times of the day or year. The summer can offer the greater choice when gardens are in bloom and the leaves are out but strong sunshine in the middle of the day can make it difficult for the couple and all the wedding guests if they are all squinting into the sun.

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Savoy Park Hotel Ayr: wedding guests. For wedding photographers Ayrshire, contact Richard Campbell Wedding Photography.

If I know a wedding venue well or if I’ve previously done a recce, I will also do a second check a few hours beforehand just to make sure everything is in place. Sometimes, if you’ve had a lot of rain beforehand the grass can be too wet and soggy for groups even when the sun is out. There’s nothing worse than half the guests getting their high heels stuck in the ground and the bride’s dress covered in mud!

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Wedding at Musicians Room New Lanark. Wedding Photographers Lanarkshire. Richard Campbell Wedding Photography.

In summary, it’s all down to planning and preparation. In the end that’s more important than if you’ve been to a particular venue before. Having said that if you’d like to know which wedding venues I’ve photographed then here’s a list of some of them.

Wedding Venues Ayrshire

  • Savoy Park
  • Brigadoon
  • Horizon Hotel
  • Lochside Hotel
  • Dumfries House
  • Sorn Castle
  • Turnberry
  • Waterside Hotel

Wedding Venues Glasgow

  • Sherbrooke Castle Hotel
  • Hotel Du Vin
  • Hilton Glasgow
  • Central Hotel
  • Double Tree by Hilton Glasgow
  • Abode Hotel
  • Marriot Hotel
  • Radisson
  • Oran Mhor
  • People’s Palace
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Busby Hotel

Wedding Venues Edinburgh

  • Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
  • Rutland
  • The Balmoral
  • Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
  • Edinburgh Castle

Other Scottish Wedding Venues

  • New Lanark Mill Hotel
  • Eastwood House
  • Gledoch House
  • Newark Castle
  • Cornhill Castle
  • Ednam House
  • Balbirnie House
  • Dunkeld Hilton
  • MacDonald Forrest Hills Hotel
  • The Inn on Loch Lomond

If you have any questions, please get in touch:

Ayr: 01292 859 001, Glasgow: 0141 363 0020, text me on: 07721 325 326 or use the Contact Form.