Well, we received ours this month, and it’s incredible! Our photographer Alex did a stellar job designing a beautiful layout from the photos we chose. The gorgeous album, which I’ll share with you very soon, is a black leather flush-mount style, beautiful to view and guaranteed to preserve our favorite shots permanently.
The only major challenge? Narrowing down the over 700 album shots Alex gave us to review to just 100 for inclusion in the album, which is actually one of the largest available. Being the perfectionist that I am, I definitely had a hard time. For example, after a lot of mental wrangling, I chose to include this photo.
It’s certainly a fun and beautiful shot, and I just love the way it showcases all of our bouquets. In fact, that's why I chose it, especially since we also included a humorous shot of the guys holding the flowers. But looking back, out of the hundreds and hundreds of entirely amazing photos we have from our day, there were other very creative shots I could easily have been chosen instead.
For example, what about this one?
Or this one?
Or even this one?
See the dilemma? I guess that when you honestly love your photos, it just becomes that much harder to narrow down the options!
LESSON LEARNED: When choosing photos for your professional album, try to remember that you are only choosing the best of the best of the best! Is there a photo you think is great but not necessary the cream-of-the-crop? Print it out for yourself or include it in a self-made album, whether from a site like Shutterfly or crafted on your own at home. An expensive, professional album should be the ultimate showcase for only those very few photos that are truly the most stunning and impressive from the entire day. And while it's important to choose enough of a variety to tell the whole story, it's definitely not necessary to try to squeeze in every last photo that you like.
Are you having a professional album made? How did you confront the challenge of deciding what to include and what to cut?
(Photo Credits: Alex Neumann Photography)