While I was photographing Erica & David’s wedding last July, Erica’s mum brought out her wedding album and not only did it allow me to get some great images of the girls chatting & reminiscing but it was one of the nicest moments I’ve photographed. This image above sums up everything you’ll read below!
I place a huge emphasis on wedding albums…it’s what you’ll look at in the future, not the digital copies, and when Erica’s mum brought out her own wedding album for the girls to look at, that just confirmed everything I’ve said about wedding albums! This moment could not have happened if it was just a USB stick of digital images!
This is primarily why I do not offer a shoot & burn package. I like to get to know the people who choose me to photograph their wedding, that’s where the engagement shoot comes in handy, as it gets you used to being in front of the camera, so when I’m there on your wedding day, you’re already comfortable with the camera & how I work, and this allows me to tell the story of wedding day through my pictures. Afterwards, is when we get down to creating what will become one of your most cherished possessions. It’s over time that the album becomes a family heirloom.
So although, yes, I do include a USB with images in all my packages which you can print & share from, it’s really the album choice that is the most important item. That album may be a matted (modern take on traditional) album, or a new style coffee table album. Either way, the album should be your storybook.