It has been quite an experience and adventure so far. I have had some great host and places to stay. Tonite I’m in a cottage on a horse farm in Grundarfjorour West Iceland with this mountain called Kirkjufel in the backyard. Everyone is on the side of the road photographing it. I have driving over 2000 miles thru snow storms,rain,hail,wind and some very challenging dirt roads. I have photographed so many amazing landscapes and waterfalls. Here are some more of my favorites.
I get a lot of request on how to pick the photos for the wedding album so I thought I would share some helpful tips that might make the process easier.
You probably have received a cd or flash drive of hundreds of photos and I’m sure it seems overwhelming on going thru them all but if you break it down into the different parts of the wedding and tell the story of your day it will be very easy.
Even though every wedding is unique there are usually 7 parts to the wedding and the photography .
Getting Ready. Bridal Party, Ceremony, Family photos, Bride and Groom photos. Details and Reception.
You want to select photos from each of the categories that tells your wedding story.
Start with the getting ready maybe choose a photo of the dress hanging up and some detail shots of the shoes and jewelry and photos of the bridesmaids helping with the dress.
Here is sample page spread of that.
Another option for the start of the album could be the sign of the venue or a photo of it. This works well if both the ceremony and reception are located at the same location.
I always organize the photos into different folders with those categories to help you navigate thru them.
When we design the album we usually use 1-3 photos on a page(one page is a side) where the left side flows into the right side to create a cohesive spread. In a 30 page album we usually use 50-60 images. Adding to many photos on a page will be distracting and will lose the impact of the story. We typically design albums from 30-60 pages or sides. There are 15 spreads in a 30 page(side) album. We don’t charge extra for images only additional pages. We want you to choose all the photos you like but the more images you select the more pages will have to be added.
Here is another example of typical page spread in an album.
I have my clients go to the online web gallery of their wedding photos and star the favorites for their album. Once they have made the selections they will notify me and I will be able to download the photos and create a beautiful album for them. When I have designed the album I will a send a link for them to view online and make any revisions they like. I want them to have a perfect album that they will treasure for a lifetime.
Hope these tips have helped!
We also design albums for bride and grooms who have the digital files but their photographer does not make albums. Email the studio for more info email@example.com
Sarah and Dustin had two ceremonies. The first was at Founders Chapel at USD. It was a small intimate wedding with just the family. They had went to school at USD so we started with the photography around the beautiful campus. They had a classic Rolls which is always fun to include in the photos. We then went to La Valencia and Sarah got ready again with a new wedding dress. It was fantastic weather! We did some of the photography around the La Valencia and then headed down to La Jolla Cove which is across the street. We had an outstanding vendor team which included Event Planner-Lavish Weddings(Dawn and Lex) Rentals and Linens-Concept Event Design. Florist-Posies Flowers(Leigh) Cake-Extraordinary Desserts. DJ-Dominant Entertainment. Transportation- Rolls Livery. Photobooth- Lavish Weddings. Photography-Tim Otto Photography
We photographed a beautiful wedding at Estancia! We started with the rehearsal dinner the nite before at the pool. Ashley and Michael were such a fun couple! They had Bonnie Foster Production for the music and the dance floor was packed the entire night. The bride and groom even did some karaoke towards the end of the evening. We had some amazing vendors: Suzanne Nieto-Infinity Weddings. Hair-Jessica Tyransky Makeup-Kandice Brock. Ceremony,Cocktail and Reception Band:Bonnie Foster Productions. Donut Cake:Donut Bar, Wendy Bartels. Florist: Organic Elements. Cotton Candy:Cotton Clouds for a Cause. Cake Pops:Sassy Cakes, Kate Gerrow Mini ice cream cones:Hammond’s Gourmet,Chargers, Linens, Chairs:APR, Johanna. Mobile Barber: Sterlings, Victor Photographer: Tim Otto Photography
Here are some of my favorites from 2016
We really enjoyed photographing Sarah and Whitney’s wedding Friday. They are a wonderful couple with amazing family and friends. Here are some sneak peaks from their wedding. It was great working with First Comes Love. They created a flawless event with everyone at the wedding having an amazing time!