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A lot of couples I’ve met are rather clueless about what are the photos that they want to present during their wedding banquet as well as having a huge headache when it comes to song selection.
Photo selection may seem easy in the beginning but as you dig through the album with your parents, you would find tons of photos which are all very special part of memory within your heart.
So how to select from the stockpile of available photos?
First of all, the photos that you select will define the story.
The typical flow of a childhood montage can start either with the wedding photo of your parents or a baby photo of you. The photos afterwards should be at least be chronological, from baby to toddler to pre-school onwards till graduation then to where you are working today.
Do remember that very little people from your banquet actually knows you from the moment you were born. The guests could be your distant relatives, classmates or colleagues who only know you through some part of your life. So the photos that you choose would tell them the story of your growing up.
Avoid choosing too many mass group photos as it will take a longer period for people to correctly identify you. Some good group photos are perhaps birthdays, class photo and friend gatherings.
For group photos of more than 5person, it would be good to identify yourself out from the group. Some montage designers would use circles or arrow to single out the bride or groom, for me I prefer to use captions like “I’m here!”, “That’s me!”
A client once told me that she feels that putting your friends or colleague’s photo in your Photomontage is showing your appreciation for them. If you think it’s true, do remember to select those photos that has some of your guest inside.
Personally I find that older folks and relatives find a deep affection to see their photos inside the wedding montage.
Do try to add a few candid shots photo inside your montage to bring out some laughter. You certainly won’t want to bore your guests with plentiful of stern face portrait shots. When you warm up the crowd, they will shower you with claps and cheers as you marched in later on.
I’ve just about summarized some pointers for the photo selection below.
Good points to take note
Ensure the photos are properly and clearly scanned Try to select photos with smiling, happy faces Have a chronological flow of photos for your growing up Have a good mixture of Solo and group photos Include some candid or funny photos to warm up the guests Use more landscape photos are it fills up the screen better Use photos of guest who will be present at your dinner Use caption to help better understand the photo’s origin Use caption or other forms of indication to single you from the group photo Use even ratio of photos for Groom and Bride
Some points to avoid
Using too much group photos as it will take a longer time to identify Using a photo with a huge backdrop as the focus should be on you Using too much photos in a montage will make the photo move very fast During the growing up presentation, avoid using photos with groom & bride together even in a group
One of the favorite questions of all time is how much photos should I put in my photomontage?
The answer is directly linked to the duration of the song which you intend to use. Personally I feel that a solo photo would almost instantly 3~5seconds to identify whereas a photo of larger group (class photo) would require about 8~10seconds of time frame to locate and identify you.
This element is important as perhaps you’ve ever come across a photo montage where you were trying to find the groom/bride then it just ‘flew’ off?
Also, couples always asked me, “We don’t have childhood photos, is it important to really show them?”
Well there is no hard and fast rule about showing your childhood photos actually. I’ve come across couple who did their montage without a single childhood photo.
Their wedding photomontage would begin by illustrating how they know each other, through means of photos and some 2D animation which follow on with all the activities they’ve done together as a couple.
The last question would be “How much photos should I include in my wedding photomontage?”
As mentioned earlier, the number of photos is tied more or less with the duration of the song that you’ve selected. A good gauge I used is probably 1minute of song should not use more than 12 photos for optimal viewing experience
Presuming you have a 4min song, my recommendation would be
Groom Growing up – 12~14 photos Bride Growing up – 12~14 photos Together – 22~24 photos
Another flow with 2 or more songs about 7mins
Groom Growing up – 20~22 photos Bride Growing up – 20~22 photos How they met – 10 photos Together – 28~32 photos Bridal – 2~3 photos
Above ratio are only for recommendation purpose only, there’s no right or wrong on how much photos you want to use for your wedding montage. After all the end product is more important.
I’ve ever been asked quite a number of times whether a 7 minute montage clip is too long and boring. It would depends on how you design your montage, if the montage is interesting with captions and has a flow..
7~8mins is just about nice.
I’ve personally seen a montage with no flow and caption for about 12mins and yes I would say that is pretty boring as the guest will typically lose their focus by the 3rd minute.
So have fun choosing your photos as you looked at them once again.
All these are valuable and priceless assets you have for your memories.
Sit back, relax and enjoy your wedding photomontage
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Wedding Photomontage, Childhood montage by foto+stories