Featured: How do we put together wedding albums?
Hey everyone! With Christmas only 4 weeks away, (yup that’s all it is folks!) I have spent the last few days helping Graham to put together wedding albums ready to send to our lovely friends at Graham Photographic in Hillsborough and who would have thought? It’s a much tougher job that I had anticipated. So this week I thought I would write about how the processes works and some of the things that take way more time than you would imagine.
What I thought it involved
What is actually involved
|Get selection from client||Get selection from client|
|Open software||Separate files from originalsMake new folders for each type of album – Main/parents book|
|Drop photos into software||Up load files to software|
|Upload final images to the printers||Design each individual page!!Select each image for each pageUsing multiple templatesResize the template to fit images selectedResizing each individual image to fit the template|
|Collate pages into order making sure that you have the pages starting correctly|
|Import finished file into photoshop|
|Create PDF of each page to send to printer|
|Upload PDF’s to printers|
Getting the selection from Clients
This is something that going forward I think I might look at in a bit more detail and possibly send something out to clients when they are picking images as at the moment there is a mishmash of ways people send things back from a simple list of numbers to screen shots with things ringed all of which mean that your brain is having to work double time to switch between styles.
Design each page individually
WOW did this take more work than I ever imagined. making sure that the images that the client has selected flow well on a page and fit together, which ones will work will as a full page and which as a two page spread. Also then having to resize the photographs to fit with one another and work in the software templates it can take a very long time!
Collating the pages and making sure that they are ordered correctly
The software doesn’t do this automatically, and also not all of our albums start on the same side of the page. you have to make sure that the pages start on the right side and that they are in correct order especially if you have double pages in you can imagine if these are printed and they don’t actually line up together.
Uploading to the printers
Once the design is all ready to go its uploaded to the printers and they get to work their end! we get them back anytime between 2 and 4 weeks depending on how busy they are and then they are shipped out directly to you!
Graham Crichton is an award winning professional wedding & portrait photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. With 10 years of experience and having photographed hundreds of weddings he has photographed weddings all over Ireland, the UK and abroad.
Hannah Crichton is the principal photographic assistant, blogger and studio manager (and other half of Graham Crichton Photography). Hannah and Graham recently married themselves in Ynysybwl, Wales, where Hannah is originally from. Hannah loves “everything wedding"!
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