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Album Detail Grids

April 28th, 2010  |  Published in Featured, Style  |  3 Comments

We all shoot photos of details at weddings, but what do you do with them?

My albums open with a page of details in a grid near the start of the album. These nifty visual souvenirs tell a story of the day without using people. It is a great way to get many of those detail shots into the album on one page where they can be lingered over by the couple, triggering memories of the day.

My album designer, Tim Gormley of Gormley Design, lays these pages down into a grid of squares, so they are graphically set apart from the rest of the album. The page stands out visually and indicates that this page is different from the rest of the album and won’t be following a chronological progression.

These grids can tell you so much about the feel of the day and the personality of the couple, often without the presence of any people.

My Sunday River bride, Sue, sums it up succinctly:

“The detail grid gives a personal touch to each couple . . . it captures the mood of the day.”

Many of the details at a wedding are intricate hand crafted items, which have been painstakingly agonized over. These grids give you a chance to honor the time and expense of these details.

Kim and Mike, a couple who got married at the Glen House in Newry, Maine last fall, said, “We spent a lot of time selecting a venue and creating handmade accents to set the atmosphere of our wedding. In the celebratory blur of our wedding day, we didn’t get a chance to notice how all the individual details combined.  (The) detail grid provides a concise, artfully presented, memory-inducing, quiet record of an often-overlooked portion of the wedding.”

I try and shoot an entire scene when I shoot details. I position the meaningful object in the front of the scene and then pick up other information about the day in the background to give more texture to the photo.

Jill says about her Bethel Inn wedding album: “(The detail grid) shows the impressions of the wedding that I’ll want to remember, plus, Colby’s nose is pictured right in the middle and that’s something I always love!”

I asked Tim Gormley what he looks for in the detail shots for the albums he designs:

“The perfect detail shot is something that shows part of the location, a personal possession and the weather. It sounds like a lot, but it can be seamless if you see the right thing. In Heather and Tyler’s album, there was a shot that looked through the wrought iron gate, and showed the empty chairs all set up for the ceremony. You see the beautiful day.”

This particular detail is used as the entire page preceding the detail grid. My second photographer at this wedding, and fellow ShootStyler Earl Christie, shot this image and many of the detail photos in the facing grid.

To see the entire album design of each wedding, click on each bride’s name in the above article.

About Andree

Andree Kehn has written 38 post in this blog.

Andree is a fun Bethel Maine Wedding Photographer, who specializes in contemporary photojournalism. She eats shoots and leaves.



  1. kevin couture says:

    April 29th, 2010 at 6:21 am (#)

    great idea Andree, thanks for the tip and info ! :-)

  2. Earl Christie says:

    April 29th, 2010 at 8:44 am (#)

    I love your grids Andree. I’m totally stealing this idea from you in future albums.

  3. Andree says:

    April 29th, 2010 at 9:10 am (#)

    Thanks you guys! Go for it!

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