ADVICE FROM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
When I was in middle school, MySpace was the place to be. There was nothing more exciting than seeing the “Picture Comment” notifications after uploading a streak of awkward group pics from the school dance.
As embarrassing as I’m sure those photos would seem to me now, I would truly give ANYTHING to see them again. But as we know, MySpace tragically shut down without warning 10 or so years ago, and with it all of the hilarious, amazing documentation of my adolescence. Since MySpace, we’ve simply moved onto other social media outlets. Instead of awkward selfies with cringey “rAwR” captions, we’re now sharing our life’s biggest moments: weddings, engagements, vacations… The internet has provided an amazing avenue for sharing these memories and snapshots with each other with a simple “click,” but I can’t help but think about MySpace.
If MySpace taught us anything, it’s that the Internet isn’t permanent. It’s no place to trust with your life’s memories.
Social media platforms come and go, and that’s why your wedding photos deserve a permanent, secure place to live. A platform where they will be rendered with crystal-clear clarity, with the visual story laid out from start to finish. Something that will stand the test of time and survive generations upon generations after you’re gone. The most secure, timeless, perfect place for your wedding photos is in an heirloom album.
Wedding albums are timeless. They’re timeless in a way that digital technology and social media platforms are not. Technology is notoriously unreliable, and these are not the formats to trust with your wedding photos for the years to come. But albums are special. They quickly become family heirlooms, proudly cherished and passed down for decades upon decades.
So by all means, enjoy and share your digital gallery or USB drive from your photographer — but know that this isn’t the final step! As wedding photographers, we don’t consider our job to be done until we provide our couples with the best printing solution that works for them. We offer classic photo prints, enlargements, and wall art like framed canvases, but albums are the most popular, by a long shot. An album allows you to preserve the best of the best images from your wedding day in a narrative story-form, which is ideal for the way in which we photograph wedding days. The albums that we offer to our couples are built to last for hundreds of years, so they’re durable enough to be passed around and flipped through over and over again (even the pages are water-resistant). And just because something is timeless doesn’t mean it has to be old-fashioned — our albums come with many customization options ranging from gold foil for the title to modern leather covers. No two albums look the same, because each one is customized to fit your vision.
Maybe you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, “I still don’t think we need an album. Will we ever look at it?” But consider this… Does sharing a Facebook album full of low-res, pixelated wedding photos come anywhere close to the experience of sharing your physical wedding album with your loved ones? There is nothing better than bonding over physical photographs, leaning over the album together, pointing at favorite images and belly-laughing reminiscing over the story behind the image. Or maybe, remembering the ones who have since passed on, with a heart full of gratitude that they are forever immortalized in the storybook of your wedding day.
When you let priceless images from your wedding day live and die on your computer, the investment that you made in beautiful photography falls short of its full potential. It’s like buying a beautiful piece of artwork and hiding it in a closet instead of displaying it. Photos were always meant to be printed — digital sharing is convenient and fun, but it doesn’t come close to the impact of printed photographs and there is no guarantee it will be there still in 10 years.
As you look for your dream wedding photographers, be sure to ask about what options they offer for preserving your photos for the years to come. Not all photographers offer quality albums, and it’s important to find out what options are available to you before booking. We’ve made it our personal goal to ensure every one of our couples knows that they can get their wedding album into their hands by their one-year anniversary. And to keep it from feeling like a chore, we do all the heavy lifting by picking out the images, designing the spreads to tell your story, and walking you through the revision and customization process. Our three-step album process is simple and collaborative, focused on creating an album that genuinely reflects who you are and what matters most to you. We truly consider it one of the most important aspects of our job to ensure that your images are being enjoyed the way they were always meant to be. It is our gift to you and your family by helping to preserve your legacy for the years to come.