The story of a wedding is best told through a story book. The wedding album, whether it's something traditional or something a little more modern, is a way for you to have your own story book of your special day. A great album becomes an heirloom to share with you family in a way that something digital simply can't.
With that in mind Ryan Richardson Photography is expanding it's selection of albums from flush mounts to matted after finding a few great new album partners. In the following week there will be some big changes to the prints and albums page to reflect the new options available at a range of price points.
To celebrate the change (and make room for a little holiday present), I'm offering 20 percent off all album purchases through the New Year. That's a significant savings, especially for couples that still have their print credits laying unspent.
Of course with new albums means new designs and new product samples. While the old sample has traveled all across New England on wedding consults it's going to get a more loving home as a belated (with my apologies) first anniversary gift for the featured couple. The new album is ready to go off to the printer, and while you're waiting I've included a few sample images to illustrate album design and the story of one wedding.
The first page faces the inside cover of the album. The first image, usually out of sequence features the couple to introduce the album (though other striking images are possible).
Detail shots, like this spread of the wedding bands, can also tell the story of the day. So much planning and effort goes into a wedding, that it's impossible to talk about it without at least mentioning the different motifs and accents.
Bridal preparations and detailed shots of the boquet and wedding dress. In designing an album I try to keep color photos and black and whites separate as color has such an appeal to the eye.
Capturing a few candid bridal portraits can help display the nervousness and excitement right before a ceremony.
Typically I try to minimize the number of photos in a spread, however in the case of the bridal party spreads like this are a possible variation for your album.
Landscape images like this can be great backdrops for photographs, typically it's faded slightly to not draw attention away from the featured pictures.
The first look of a groom at his bride - here escorted down the aisle by her father - is priceless. It can also be arranged earlier if a couple wishes to get formals out of the way before the ceremony.
Spreads that cross both pages need to be carefully considered, since some albums have a small gutter running down the middle.
Wedding stories are mostly chronological, such as this spread that features emotional reactions to the ceremony.
Using a vertical picture on the first and final page, it's possible to bookend an album by including copies of the vows or other important quotations that are meaningful to the couple.