Allow me to start by asking you a question. How many photos do you reckon you have on your phone at this very moment. A few hundred? Maybe a few thousand? As of writing this, I have 5,127! Now sure, I am a photographer so that might be abnormally large but I would put good money on you having a fair number. Now ask yourself, how many of those images do you look at on a regular basis? You might look at the last 10 or 15 images you’ve taken. You might even go further back if you are scrolling through your phone to show someone something from your holiday last year or to find a picture of yourself you like for your Instagram profile pic. My point is most people that I have spoken to, and myself included in this, hardly ever look back at old photos. There are memories sat on your phone right now from past holidays, birthday celebrations and crazy nights out! All those beautiful moments in your life that you treasured at the time it happened but now are stored in cyberspace on your phone. If the moment was important enough that you wanted to capture it in a photo surely it is something you wanted to look at time and time again! The problem is… out of sight.. out of mind! This is why I am telling everyone who is reading this to print your photos!
I personally love printed photos. Digital images look different depending on what device you view them on. The image always looks dull and lifeless, every screen produces a slightly different colour and if your images aren’t backed up and you lose or break your phone the images are gone for good! A printed image, and I am talking about one that is printed from a professional printer, has a vibrance that you just don’t get from a LCD screen. When printed big you get to see details that you have never noticed before and not only that you aren’t being blasted with that blue light stuff that all screens give out. There is also something very intimate about sitting down with an album of photos and spending time flicking through memories. Especially for something as important as your wedding!
So how should you print your wedding photos?
My biggest piece of advice is not to skimp on printing. You have spent a lot of money on a photographer, who in turn has spent a lot of money on a pro camera, to give you the best quality images possible and the last thing you should do is get them printed by a cheap printer. A lot of people don’t realise this but not all printing services are the same and you do get what you pay for. Over the years I have used many printing companies from cheap online printers such as Snapfish and Photobox through to professional companies such as Loxley Colour and SIM Imaging and the difference in print quality, colour, print sharpness and even paper quality is huge! You wouldn’t buy a Casio watch and expect to get the quality of a Rolex would you?
Albums: Yes or No
Printing images to go in frames or hang on your wall is a beautiful way to display your memories but unless you have a really long wall you won’t be able to display all of your favourite wedding photos. This is why an Album is so important. A photo can give you the sense of a single moment in time whereas an album will tell you the whole story! An album is also something that you can keep in a bookshelf or on a coffee table. It is something you can look through at any time (without having to scroll through your phone or fire up Facebook) or when friends and family visit, they can leaf through beautifully printed pages and admire the images of your special day. It isn’t only something just for you. Many couples give albums to parents and family members so they can also enjoy your wedding photos. Don’t forget that these are the memories that you are going to cherish for the rest of your lives so you want to make sure you present them in a way that is going to bring you the most joy. So if it were my wedding photos I would most definitely present them in an album.
So I hope this post has inspired you to get your photos printed (and I mean all of your photos, not just your wedding day pics). Not only that make sure to display them so everyone can enjoy them. At the end of the day, photos are meant to be looked at not stored on a digital device. So print, print, print!
I am really pleased to now be offering Album packages with a variety of different options to suit all needs and budgets. If you’re thinking you might want to give albums to your closest family and friends I also have an Album Bundle where you get 7 Albums: (1x) 14″x10″, (2x) 10″x7″ and (4x) 7″x5″. That way no one has to miss out! If you are interested in one of my “Full day photography with Album” packages and would like more information on prices and availability then please contact me here.
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