Have you wondered what to do with your engagement photography? If so, let me congratulate you on your engagement! One of the nicest ways to display a wide variety of your engagement portraits, while also incorporating the personal touches of family and friends, is to have your professional wedding photographer design and print a guest book or guest sign-in album with your engagement portraits. While an engagement album would probably feature a design that fills most of the space in the album, a guest book or guest sign-in album purposefully leaves empty space for your wedding guests to write in. Just lay out your guest book on a table at your wedding ceremony and again at your wedding reception.
Here are photos of a guest book from one of my couple’s engagement photography sessions at National Harbor, Maryland. It features a gorgeous blue mineral cover and thick, non-tearing pages that lie completely flat. This couple chose a textured inside paper, in this case, art watercolor. Absolutely beautiful! Scroll to the end for some insider tips on guest books and guest sign-in albums.
Insider Tip #1. This may sound like a no-brainer, but I say it from experience: do also put up instructions telling your guests to write in the empty space as opposed to on your faces!
Insider tip #2: A woman contacted us recently. She had hired an event photographer to photograph her child’s birthday party, and she wanted us to design and print an album using that photographer’s images. As a general rule, I don’t work with other photographers’ images. First, I believe that the artist that created the images should be the one to finish his/her work in an album. And second, I can’t guarantee the quality of photography that comes from an outside photographer, so nor can I guarantee the quality of an album resulting from outside photography. In fact, that was a problem with the birthday party photos in question. Much to the woman’s dismay, the event photographer she had selected turned out to be unskilled with indoor lighting, and the poor quality of photography would then create problems during album design and printing. So all this to say – if you think you might like an album, be sure to speak with your professional photographer about this in advance to ensure that they provide album design and printing services and that you’re satisfied with the album quality and design style available.