I made a comment on Twitter the other day about how it saddens me when I receive comments on album designs asking me to fill in all of the white spaces with pictures. Apparently this hit a chord with a bunch of people and my friend & fellow photographer Seshu asked me to guest blog on Tiffinbox about this very subject. So please go over and have a read if this interests you as a photographer or as a buyer of photography.

So now I want to talk to you, my clients…past, present and future to address an issue that can tend to arise during the album design process. Here’s how it usually goes. You make your image selections that you would like to see go into your wedding album and I put together a proof design for you based on what I feel is the best layout for the images you’ve selected. Now various photographers charge differently for their albums. We bill by the page or spread because our album companies charge by the spread. Included in this is also the time and expense that goes into retouching and finishing each of those images. It’s a very time-consuming and laborious process but we love doing it because it’s the final step in a creative process and a relationship with you which may have begun years ago. We want you to leave the experience of your wedding and the experience of working with us with a gorgeous piece of art, filled with your most personal and beautiful memories. Something you will show off to your children and your grandchildren, an heirloom that you will hopefully display in a place of honor in your home.

(Musee Album by Queensberry)

Trust me, we all understand budgets. You poured all of this money into the wedding you always wanted. It gets expensive, we get it. And sometimes to have the album of your dreams to commemorate this event involves some additional investment on your part after the wedding is over. But what I want you to remember is that this is your wedding album forever. We know our stuff and we want it to be gorgeous. So try to keep an open mind throughout the process. Listen to us when we advise you against trying to squeeze more images onto an already crowded page. Let us add the additional pages to accommodate all of those images that you love so much. Allow us to keep the design clean and elegant. Trust me, we’re not just trying to squeeze money out of you. Every one of those pages adds time and expense to your album. But it’s so worth it if you embrace the process. Meet us in the middle somewhere, help us help you. Albums are like the babies we create together. A little bit of you and a little bit of me. We want them to go out into the world in their best possible form.

2 Responses to “On Negative Space”

  1. Andrea says:

    I identified with this post back in February but had to revisit it today to cheer me up. A little piece of me died this morning upon reading a client’s album change requests. I want clients to be happy with their albums and enjoy them as they look at them over a lifetime. But some change requests make me wonder how they will enjoy the images or why they selected me as their photographer if their images are going to be buried in embellishments. Ahhh… the birthing process continues.

  2. Chris Parker says:

    Oh, how I feel your pain! I could elaborate for hours on this subject. Maybe another day.

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