19th September 2017

Selecting Photographs for your Album


So now it’s time to select your images for your album! I really, whole heartedly believe that printing photographs is the best way to preserve your memories.

Your wedding album should tell the story of your wedding day, in a balanced way. You need a good mix of documentary images, portraits, details but it’s also important the album flows well. Too much of one thing and not enough of another will create a disjointed album that doesn’t cover all aspects of the day. The below fine art album flows well, and has a good balance of images from throughout the day.


[fine art album, by Folio]

How many images?

A standard 15 spread (30 page) album holds around 60 images. Of course, more images can be included by adding extra spreads.

Selecting your photographs

Now for the exciting and sometimes really difficult part, choosing photographs! Choose 80 photos and share that selection with me. I always recommend taking a day or two, and revisiting before sharing your choices with me. The easiest way to share your choices is to create a favourites list within your gallery.

You’re probably wondering why I ask for 80 images if a standard album holds 60 photographs. This allows me to select from your picks to ensure groups of photographs complement each other. On average I use 3 images per page (with some pages containing more) and select images that create a story and flow well. This means not all photographs will feature in the album. If you have any photos that you particularly love, pop the file names in an email to me. These are the ones that will be on my ‘must include’ list and I’ll design the album around them. Of course, you can always add extra spreads between the initial and final proof!

Help! I’ve chosen 20 prep images!

As rough rule of thumb I suggest:

  • 7 – 8 getting ready shots
  • 2 – 3 shots of guests arriving or mingling before the ceremony
  • Up to 12 ceremony shots
  • 6 – 8 reception shots (candid shots of guests or posed groups)
  • Up to 8 speech shots
  • 3 – 4 first dance shots
  • Up to 10 party shots
  • 7 – 8 dancing shots
  • 3 – 4 couples portrait shots

I’ll then add another 10 – 15 detail shots of things like the dress, shoes, suits, flowers, venue and cake.

One round of amendments are included, so even though you have selected the majority of the images yourself, there is still a opportunity to make changes before the album goes to print. Once I received your selection, I will prepare a first proof which I will send to you for approval. Additional amendments are charged at £30 per round.

I’d like to add more photos!

No worries, most of my clients choose to add additional spreads! Pricing varies depending on the album type, so let me know if this is something you’d like to discuss.


Try not to worry about what you think you ‘should’ include, and instead focus on images that you love. Don’t worry too much if say you have more first dance or candid favourites, and less party shots. Your album is for you and it’s something you’ll look at again and again.  Rather than thinking “I should have a picture of Auntie Anne in there”, just choose those images that you absolutely adore and that remind you how you felt on your wedding day.