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What ruins wedding pictures?

Designing your own wedding album couldn’t be easier, as long as you have a good selection of pictures to start with in the first place.

The quality of these images will vary depending on a number of factors, we look at some of the common issues that might affect your photographs and think of ways to avoid a major catastrophe in this blog.

Cowboy photographers

The quality of your photographer is going to have a massive say in the final outcome of your pictures. Pick an amateur photographer and you might save a little money but what type of impact will that have on your photographs?

Okay, you might drop lucky and find an untested photographer that’s blessed with raw talent but what are the chances of that?

It’s more likely your budget photographer will ruin the shots and you’ll have nobody to blame but yourself when you are trying to ‘cobble’ a few pictures together for your new wedding album.

Well-meaning family members

Every family has at least one member that thinks they’re an expert on photography. Yes, they’ll have taken some decent snaps of holidays in the past, would you entrust them with your wedding photography though?

They mean well but let them down lightly, pick a professional photographer for the happiest day of your life.

Making it too formal

Stand and pose, smile when prompted and say cheese! Does that sound like your ideal kind of photography?

Formal is fine for a few pictures, to really capture the flavour of your day though, consider reportage style photography.

Opt for the journalistic approach and get your photographer to capture pictures of people that are totally caught up in the moment.

Not using multiple cameras

Having multiple photographers at your wedding will help to capture a wider degree of photography.

Look for professional services that use at least two photographers per shoot. This way one can take pictures of the happy couple and the other photographer can focus their camera on the guests.

Failing to stick to schedule

Create a plan and stick with it.

Go though the schedule of the day with your photographer before the wedding, work out when will be the best time to take pictures and choose locations at your wedding venue that you know are going to work.

Get the schedule sorted, stick with it, and when you get your digital images back they’ll be ready to go straight into a luxury wedding album!

Before you start designing your wedding album – read these tips!

If you have a digital copy of your wedding images, designing your own luxury wedding album couldn’t be easier. Using The Wedding Album Boutique software that’s FREE to download you can very quickly and easily have a professional wedding album designed and ready to order.

Tips for designing your own wedding album.

1. Organise your images

You should review all of your images and place into 2 folders based on how important they are to you. For example, images to be shown as full size across one or two full pages should be placed in an ‘Important’ folder. Images that you’d like included in the wedding album but perhaps used as smaller or background images should be placed in a ‘Less Important’ folder. There is no need to include any images that you don’t want to appear in the album. This step is important whether you opt for a design service from The Wedding Album Boutique or a professional photographer and even more important if you choose to design yourself. Believe us – if you spend some time doing this it will save you a lot of heartache later on!

2. Page Layout

Experiment with the different page layout templates available. With the design software from The Wedding Album Boutique there are a lot of templates to choose from. It will soon become obvious to you which ones you like and which ones are not your style.

TIP: Full page layouts work well for very important images whilst templates that include numerous images per page work well for guest images or late night dancing shots.

3. Practice makes perfect

It might seem a little overwhelming before you get started but designing your own wedding album really is very straightforward. Once you’ve chosen a page template for your first page, you simply drag and drop the images you want into the template. And Voila! You have just designed your first page.

TIP: Practice makes perfect so spend a few minutes playing around with the software so you can see what styles you like. You can stay as simple or get as complex as you like. Borders around images make them POP and background colours can be changed to suit any colour scheme. You’ll be designing like a pro in no time!

4. Stay Classy

Remember, we produce high quality professional wedding albums that will last a lifetime.  If in doubt during the design process it can be useful to stick to classic background colours and layout styles, these never date! Black & White backgrounds always look great.

5. Enjoy the process.

Designing your wedding album is such a personal thing and allows you to get creative and express your wedding day the way you want to remember it. Enjoy the process and try to have fun designing your wedding album.  All of the hard work will be so worthwhile once you receive your beautiful wedding album package.

To get started with your wedding album design simply download our design software here: