Creating a Family Heirloom

If you are like most couples selecting photos for your wedding album is a daunting task. How do you narrow down from about 1,000 photos to just under 100! I thought I would offer some tips to brides and grooms on selecting the right photos for their album. I understand that it is difficult to choose the right pictures, especially when you can’t visualize how they will all go together in a book.

Because you photographer is an experienced album designer, and will know best what sorts of photos to include and I urge you to allow your photograph to make the first sections for your album. Hey, we were there for the big day, we know all the key players and we most likely know your favorite photos by now too. I offer our clients the choice to have their album pre-designed. After I design the first draft of the album, my clients can request changes so that they always have full control over the final product, but so much of the guess work is taken out.

If you like to choose photos for your book, here are some tips to follow:


The nitty gritty

First Page of your album:

The first page of the album is usually a nice photo of the couple or the wedding venue or even the location
(Note: Most albums begin on the right hand side-therefore the left side is left blank)


Bride Getting Ready

Around 5 –15 photos of the bride getting ready. Include special details such as a dress shot, flowers, I invitations etc. Family and bridesmaid photos can also be added here if some were taken.


Grooms Photos

4-8 photos, this can include shots of bridal party and family if any were done at this time, and just shots of the guys having some fun before the big moment


First look (if applicable)

3-6 photos. Include a mix of close-ups, far away shots and reaction shots


The Ceremony

5-10 photos. Be sure to include the special details: Bride Walking In

  • Groom at the alter
  • Ring Exchange
  • Parents Reactions
  • First kiss or walking out shot

Bridal Party & Family Portraits

5-10 photos– if you have a larger family I would suggest a larger album and including 10-20 photos from this section

Couple Portraits

Around 3 to 10 photos, largely depending on how many pages your album holds. Choose photos that are beautiful to you.

Cocktail Hour /Reception

This area is where you usually have to fit a number of events/photos into a small amount of spreads.

  • Reception Details—Especially DIY items
  • Walk In and/or First Dance
  • Maid of Honor Speech
  • Best Man Speech
  • Father of the Bride Speech
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Mother/Son Dance
  • Cake Cutting (2-4 photos)
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Garter Toss
  • Dancing/ Party Shots

As you can see this area can get very busy if you had all of the mentioned above items. A larger album or adding an extra spread (only available in some albums) will help.

Last Page

Will be a great photo of the two of you towards the end of your day!

We ask that you always give us extra images to work with. For example a 10 page album will hold about 50 photos– we ask you to provide about 75. A 15 page album will hold about 70 photos, we ask for about 100, and a 20 page album will hold about 100 photos—we ask for about 120.

If you need help, let us know and we will gladly lend a hand.

Justyna Poserina