I’ve noticed that most wedding articles about picking a wedding photographer mention making sure to purchase the digital files, but rarely do they mention the value of a wedding album. Based on my experience as a wedding photographer and invaluable feedback from my past clients, I highly recommend getting a professional wedding album for the following 5 reasons.
1. After the wedding, you won’t have the time to sit and go through hundreds of images.
After the wedding, there’s so much to think about and organize: setting up your new home together, writing thank you cards to your guests, sorting through your wedding registry… who has time to sit down and go through hundreds of images, select which ones go on which page, which ones should be enlarged, which ones should be small and on and on… let your wedding photographer handle it. This is what they do, they experienced your wedding and already have a process in place for quickly selecting the best images.
2. You want an album made from the best, professional grade, quality materials that won’t fall apart after a few years from regular wear and tear.
Reason #2: you value quality and want an album that’ll stand the test of time. A little unknown secret is that most album companies only offer the highest quality albums to professionally vetted wedding photographers.
3. You absolutely love at least 300 of your wedding images but can’t choose which 50 – 100 images would best bring to life and summarize your wedding day.
It’s a tough decision because it’s your wedding, so you love everything about the wedding. A wedding photographer has the expertise to quickly select the best, most impactful images that will bring to life your wedding day in 30 or so album pages.
The best album design layouts are simple, uncluttered and highlight the best images, so I usually recommend and design my wedding albums to include about 1 – 3 images per page. Anything more makes the album look cluttered and then the person looking at the album is unsure where and what to focus on.
Then all you have to do is decide if you’d like to replace the shot of Uncle Isaac doing the wave on the dancefloor with a shot of your parents.
4. You want a tangible heirloom to pass down to future generations long after you’re gone.
When I recently visited my relatives in my birth country of Uganda, as a wedding photographer I was curious to see their wedding albums but also the story of who they were back then. Looking through them made me realize how important it is to have a wedding album.
It was amazing to flip through the pages and see what my grandparents, aunts and uncles looked like many years ago. Somehow feeling, touching and holding each photo was much more meaningful than if I was sitting on a computer flipping through 500+ images of their wedding.
5. If you don’t do it now, the digital images will sit on your computer collecting dust and it may be 10 years later before you get a wedding album created.
I’ll do it later… 10 years later and a few kids later, you finally decide to get a wedding album created. Why? Because it’s a lot of work to create your own wedding album. It’s just more convenient to let the professionals handle all the logistics of creating an album, so you can seamlessly enjoy the journey of being married.
Anything other reasons I missed? Leave a comment below and let me know.