I don’t know about you but I am definitely a “less is more” type of guy. I do of course make some exceptions; for those of you (un)lucky enough to have met me you will know that I am very plain and functional in everything except for my shirts.
I have a design degree so I’ll be the first to admit that I have probably been a bit brainwashed about removing anything that is superfluous to the message. This is true both for the content of individual photos and with album design. I lean towards refined high impact single images over a page full of mediocre lineups every time and I believe that white space is important.
Personally I try not to shoot more than I need to, but in the digital age it is easy to fire off 10 shots in a couple of seconds and then worry about picking the money shot later. I will routinely shoot bursts of three shots at a time when shooting groups so as to negate the blinkers but the rest of the time I will be a bit more considered in my approach by trying to time shots according to the action or moving around to refine a shot as I go. I average around 1500 shots from an all day wedding, but after culling (selecting all the hits) I normally deliver around 400 images. I believe that his stage is part of the service that you are paying for when you hire a professional and that this is an important part of the process to effectively tell your story in a meaningful way. In my experience nobody wants the overwhelming task of trawling through 3000 photos to pick out the best ones. I return to the “less is more” approach of Mies van der Rohe.
For your album, I suggest an average of three photos per spread (double page) so by this measure I advise that you should really think about adding extra pages if you want it to contain any more than say 60 photos. You could even print two albums, get loose prints, wall prints or collages from the high res files.
I’d love to know other people’s thoughts on this.