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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · How much album space for reception?


I am wondering what percentage most of you give to the reception in your albums? Personally, I tend to downplay the reception. I am doing a sample album right now, and I have one spread with reception out of 14 spreads. Granted, this particular wedding had a shorter reception, and I was not thrilled with how the lighting came out. But, part of me wonders if it is a negative thing that I tend to not include as much from the reception. The way I have seen it is that while the reception is obviously an important part of the day, the album is better reserved for the more "story" and artistic/emotional shots from the day.

thoughts?



Apr 01, 2013 at 03:49 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · How much album space for reception?


Usually one spread of the important dances, one spread of details if they have some that matter to them, one spread of toasts/reactions, and 1-2 spreads of general dancing. 4-5 tops.


Apr 01, 2013 at 04:05 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · How much album space for reception?


For me it's generally a reflection of the time spent throughout the day. If I'm there for 7 hours at the reception, it would be weird to have only one spread of it and I think my clients would be pretty disappointed... in that they've wanted me there at the reception for a reasonable amount of time, they've communicated what elements are important during this time, so if I do anything else it would essentially be saying "screw you" to them. In your example, I imagine you weren't there for long at the reception, and it wasn't very important, and the album reflects that.

After the natural coverage (in terms of hours spent) I just try to bring emphasis to the most important parts of the day, and the 'best' photographs :-)



Apr 01, 2013 at 04:08 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · How much album space for reception?



I try not to have a formulaic approach to it. Instead, I try to offer the pictures that best tells the story of their wedding day. On average, I probably give the reception up to 20-25% of the spreads.



Apr 01, 2013 at 04:30 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · How much album space for reception?


The reception usually takes up about half the day, but for me only gets 20-25% of the space in the album as well.


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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · How much album space for reception?


Sample albums I do 1 for details, 1 for toasts and cake cutting, 1 for dances and the toss and then maybe 1 for a bunch of random fun of people dancing.

For client albums, this may vary. They may not want much or they may want a ton.

I had one client make a 48 page book with me and 16 were from the reception.



Apr 01, 2013 at 05:05 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · How much album space for reception?


DO you think it is a negative aspect of a sample album if there is not enough reception stuff?


Apr 01, 2013 at 05:33 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · How much album space for reception?


friscoron wrote:
I try not to have a formulaic approach to it. Instead, I try to offer the pictures that best tells the story of their wedding day. On average, I probably give the reception up to 20-25% of the spreads.


I feel like this.

If the B&G say, "Hey. We only want you there for like 30 minutes of getting ready, 1 hour of portraiture, and the 45 minute ceremony, but want you there for 6 hours of the reception" then it's abundantly clear what their focus is. I'll adjust my album design based upon that.

We don't have a set boiler plate template nor allocate the same amount of spreads to each and every album. It all depends on the clients and the day.



Apr 01, 2013 at 05:55 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · How much album space for reception?


I'm with main here, about 20% of album layouts are for receptions and I havent had a complaint yet.


Apr 01, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · How much album space for reception?


Depends heavily on what happens at the reception, and how much room I have to catch good character-revealing shots there. If it's mostly bleary-eyed dancing, there's not a lot of value to putting that in the book in my view. If I have time to shoot some portraits and the toasts generate some good personality-focused shots, then there's a lot more value in it.

I tend to emphasize people rather than events, though, which might not be how most people lay out their albums.



Apr 02, 2013 at 04:26 AM





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