Wedding Albums – Traditional Album Or Wedding Photo Book?
The wedding album until recently has been the final bastion of the traditional photo album. Glossy prints carefully preserved on acid free mounts, interleaved with tissue paper pages, again acid-free, are made to make those precious photos last a lifetime. But you will find a new wave of wedding album and wedding photography challenging the traditional old-style look. The marriage photo book, or storybook album, is becoming more and more favored by brides, providing an innovative alternative that may be easily personalised to reflect your individual wedding style.
Traditional wedding albums generally have very easy layouts with not much variety. They are designed to hold a small amount of large prints. This format suited the old-style of wedding photography, where there were a set number of formal poses and group shots to include in the album.
Today’s design of more informal wedding photography results in so many more shots, both posed bride and groom shots and spontaneous moments captured throughout the day. To fit all of these shots in a traditional wedding album would cost a lot of money in printing, but with a printed photo book all of your favourite moments can be section of the album. Full page shots can alternate with pages filled with fun shots collaged together giving more scope to the creativity of the photographer and allowing the bride and groom’s individual style to shine through.
Portrait digital photography makes wedding photo books very versatile. As you no longer need to have individual prints made of your favourite photos for your wedding album, you can gather all your wedding photos together digitally. If you wish you can combine the professional photographs taken by your wedding photographer with the best of these taken by family and friends. If you are planning a wedding on a tight budget, compiling your personal wedding album as a photo book can save you money, as long as you are ready to spend the time required to sort through all of the photos and design a layout for this.
Wedding photo books shouldn’t be regarded as a cheap alternative to the original weeding album however. They may be just as elegant as a traditional album, with board covers and tooled gold writing if desired, but have the benefit of a far more personalized style. Your wedding album can become a gorgeous glossy coffee table photo book, what your location is the stars of the show, a reportage photo story that tells the events of your day in glorious Technicolor, recalling precious moments that you hardly had time and energy to appreciate on the day, but that you can look back upon every year and enjoy in retrospect.
If you still wish for a normal wedding album, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a photo book as well. The wedding album can contain even more formal shots and the photo book becomes a more informal record of the day.