Wedding Advice

6 ways to get the perfect wedding album

Make sure you take a look at your photographer’s portfolio, have a second shooter, and more.

Photo: Jaclyn Ying's Facebook page

By now, we should all have seen Jaclyn Ying’s humorous Facebook post that came along with her choice selects of poorly taken (and dreadfully edited) photographs (think strangely filtered snaps) from her wedding day.

While the poor bride gamely saw the humour in the situation, it’s something we still wouldn’t wish on any bride, especially since your wedding happens only once.

Being the trooper that she is, the bride made a public service announcement on her Facebook page, warning all potential brides-to-be, and offered to share the salon and photographer’s name in private. The funniest part about the whole situation though, is the bride’s side-splitting commentary. According to her (and we concur), the photos were like “first-date-and-you-clog-the-toilet-with-your-pangsai bad. Or, trust-a-fart-and-a-bit-of-poop-comes-out bad”. See the full Facebook post in the link above. But first, our tips on how to get around it.


Select carefully!
When choosing vendors for your wedding, I personally feel you should pay extra attention when looking out for your wedding photographer (see Contributing Editor Steve Thio’s tips on getting the right one for your actual day). After all, your photos will be one of a few tangible souvenirs you’ll get from your celebrations.

So if your photographer or bridal salon says you don’t have a choice as to who your eventual shooter is, give this vendor a miss. You should insist on having a look at the person’s portfolio of photos (of course, ensure that the portfolio is shot by said person), and determine for yourself whether you like his or her style or not.

Second shooter
Sure, second shooters are a luxury, but they’ll also help capture other heartwarming moments your main shooter might not have the time to snap. Plus, you really don’t want to rely solely on someone you can’t trust, and end up having to use guests’ photos for better shots for the album.

Meet your photographer in person!
Chemistry is important, as he or she will be shadowing you around most of the day. You have to be comfortable with the person you pick. If you feel like he or she’s not listening to your suggestions, or you feel something’s not right, move on.




Check out reviews
Look to local wedding forums, photographers’ forums, or even ask around for recommendations from your friends or relatives. If a photographer has received negative reviews, find out why. You don’t want no-shows, bad memories, or worse, ugly photos after. It would’ve been too late to do anything by then.

Know what you want
Different photographers offer different styles – whether it’s spontaneous shots, editorial-styled, or posed snaps. If you’re not sure as to what you want, look through wedding magazines (especially real weddings) to see what appeals to you most. Or peruse Pinterest or photographers’ sites to look through their portfolios. Only sign with them if you feel comfortable, or like their style.

Getting ready
A good photographer should know that he or she will have to visit your wedding venue to get familiar with it, especially if it’s his or her first time there. But you should also do your due diligence too. If there’s a list of group shots you want, make sure he or she knows. Also, let your shooters know the general timeline of events, so he or she can get ready beforehand.