Why wedding albums are super important!
Meeting with a couple who are getting married later this year, and having a good chat about the details of their day, when it came to the wedding albums. I hadn’t gotten the albums out by this point, when the groom-to-be said, “I don’t know how you feel about this, but I don’t believe in wedding albums”…
He’d had a family member that had put their wedding album in the loft to gather dust. Probably with the view to protect it because they didn’t want to ruin it, but it meant no one got to look at it and it sat unused in the loft for many years.
Technology vs Wedding Albums
I said to the groom-to-be that one day that album is going to be so incredibly important. When there’s nothing else left to tell the story of that day. A USB and digital images are great, but look how quickly we moved from CDs to MP3s to having everything accessible on our phones! Hey some laptops don’t even have CD drives anymore, one day the USB drives will go too! Either way, what will be left as technology advances, is the timelessness of a wedding album. Of a tangible real life legacy!
If I just give you a USB of digital images, how’re you going to get those out when family come round? That USB will be in a drawer somewhere, you’ll forget all about it and then those lovely photos from your most special day will be forgotten! You’ll share a few on Facebook sure, but in the drawer the USB will go and so will those lovely memories of your day!
When people come over and to see the wedding photos, you may or may not know where the USB is, go to get it and then you’ll have to gather round a screen, or a laptop and plug it in to view all of the images.
Why not choose your absolute favourite images, have an album made and have it available to pass around socially when loved ones and family come to visit. In a few years time, when USBs have moved on to the next thing, your album and your legacy will still be here.
Will you really print your digital files?
People I know have received digital images thinking they’d print them themselves, and you know what happened? Nothing. No prints, no album, nothing tangible to show family and friends. No awesome wedding photos on the wall showing their most happiest day. And I don’t know about you but I love being surrounded by the things that make me happy. Of my favourite days with friends and family.
Recently I saw one of the most amazing wedding photographers give a keynote speech at a huge photography convention. That’s how important this stuff is to me! He made a fantastic point of saying that once the day has come and gone, you’re not going to care about the actual day anymore, because that’s happened. Long after the food is eaten and the first dance has been danced, the thing you’ll care about are the photos from that day.
“In 100 years we won’t be here anymore, but your photos will be.”
– Jerry Ghionis
Think about your parents, your grandparents, I’m sure they have tangible photos that you love looking at. One day that will be your children, and then your children’s children and so on!
The Digital World
The digital world is amazing and I love it so much but that album is one of the most important things that will come from your wedding day.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this, so please leave a comment below and let me know how you feel about this.
Oh and by the way, when I got the wedding albums out the groom-to-be loved them, told me I’d completely changed his mind about albums and they booked me. And they’re getting an album!