Every image we take winds up in Photoshop for density and color correction, plus alignment and cropping. For every hour we shoot, we spend 2-3 hours in Photoshop doing enhancements.
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Be aware -- candids aren't as predictable or reliable as posed shots. It's often wise to pose those mission-critical images, and then emphasize a more candid approach for other shots.
Our recommendation is the "storybook album", also called a "flush-mount album." Using Photoshop to produce "magazine-style" pages, these albums are durable and attractive.
The advantage lies in combining images for effect. Photos are no longer constrained to cookie-cutter sizes like 5x7, and each page can have its own background -- a close-up of brocade on the bride's dress, a sunset, and so on. Text can be added, in a wide variety of fonts.
A flush-mount album doesn't have to cost much more than a traditional album. Multiple images can be digitally laid out on a side, at roughly the same cost as a traditional page mat with inserted prints. In our opinion, the result is 100% better.
Decide early if you want a contemporary wedding album. During your ceremonyg and reception, I'll look for images that will make interesting backgrounds and "spot art" for your album.
Album design has its own set of requirements. Let us know in advance what kind of album you want, even if you decide to delay that expense or want somebody else to design it.