Keep your wedding photography budget by making your own wedding albums

One great way of saving money on your wedding photography is by making the wedding albums your self. There many resources available now. Look in the internet and will find many great and creative templates available for reasonable prices. There also many places that you can have your finished albums printed. One comes to mind is Costco. There also so many album creation tools that will help you as well. There are also many resources you can find that will show you how to edit and retouch your wedding photographs.

There has been many controversies in the wedding photography profession regarding imaging rights. You have to spend a little time in making sure that you negotiate with your wedding photographer about getting the photos taken during your wedding on a disks or USB Drive. Make sure that you get the high resolution, high quality version of the images. In today’s competitive market, you will find that many photographers are willing to do this. Because the photographer are free of the obligation of doing any post photography work, he/she will give you better pricing.

You should also consider the possibility that your photographer may not necessarily be the best at doing post work on the wedding photos. Photo retouching, album creation, are skills that require a good degree of specialization. As long as you have the high quality image files, you free to use them in the future. You can hire an expert to do retouching or album creation later when you have more financial resources. In fact, you might have those skill your self!

My Take on Retouching – more extensive facial shaping

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This is an example of a more extensive photo retouching, involving facial reshaping.

As you can see, Veronica is very pretty. Her smile just radiate such wonderful energy. I really felt that the lens in this case did not give her justice!  While telephoto lens in general create nice perspectives on portraits such as this, the long focal length in this case made her face flatter and wider than it is in real life. She has nice facial lines which did not show on the original. Reshaping her face slightly is definitely warranted.

I made her face slightly thinner, while keeping it natural, to compensate for what “damage” the lens did. I also reduced the slight double chin. That is about as far as I would take as far as “extensive” photo retouching is concerned. Once again, while her facial structure is being altered, the goal again is to add refinement to the bridal wedding portrait. Looking at the before and after, this is clearly the same person. Just looking at the final portrait, one would hardly know that anything was done at all.

The rest of the retouching is the basics including:

  • Selective exposure adjustments
  • Eyes and areas near the eyes lightened, additional catch light added to give a sparkle
  • Smile lines reduced slightly
  • Skin softened
  • Glamour lighting applied on face
  • Dress and flowers adjusted to bring out washed out details
  • Background vignetted slightly
  • Arm and dress reshaped

My Take on Retouching

Before and after, full portrait
Before and after, full portrait
Before and after retouching,  close up
Before and after retouching, close up

Retouching should look natural. When someone looks at a retouched wedding photograph, they should be looking at a photo that is refined, without massive changes. In this example, Ann is clearly a beautiful lady. Without any retouching, she already looks great!

The following are done to improve the already great photo of a gorgeous bride:

  • Eyes and areas near the eyes  are lightened, additional catch light added to give a sparkle
  • Bags under the eye removed
  • Hairline adjusted for better facial proportion
  • Skin soften
  • Glamour lighting applied on face
  • Dress and flowers adjusted to bring out washed out details
  • Front tooth slightly reshaped
  • Background vignetted slightly

The importance of an engagement photo session

Having an engagement photo session is very common for a wedding couple of have. In addition to having a nice set of photos for the future, it  would also be nice to have a photograph that you can use for the wedding invitation. Another reason maybe to have an engagement portrait to be displayed during the wedding, as well as using the photos from the session for a video presentation.

There is another reason that I think, as a wedding photographer, that an engagement photo session  is really important. This is the time when the wedding couple can get acquainted with their photographer from the important perspective of how he takes photos. In the one hour or so during the session, the you will be able to see how sets up poses for example. You will also get a sense of timing. And the nice thing, this all happens in an environment that will be more casual and relaxing.

For me, as the photographer,  this is a really great time for me to be able to “teach” you on how to pose. I will take this opportunity to consider the various angles. The numerous photos I will take will give me a chance to learn about you as a couple,  which I will use during the wedding. The nice thing is that during that wedding day, we will already know each other.

Danny

 

Ok, it is not about wedding. But now you know what I look like :-)

This is me playing the Chopin Prelude in A Major.  When you are on  the internet, it is really hard to really get to know who you are dealing with, especially when the initial contact is a web site that you found on more likely, a search in Google. So this video will actually put a face with the person.  It is important that you get to know your photographer when choosing one for your wedding, and that is regardless of price.

Danny