The wedding day you’ve dreamed of for years has come to an end. You’ve returned home from an unforgettable honeymoon and the real-life blues hit hard. Then, you remember about that lovely email in your inbox from the person who captured it all: your wedding photographer!
You click the “Open Gallery” link and scroll through hundreds of images that capture the moments you’ve already forgotten. You share your favorites with family and friends, update your profile picture, and bombard social media with your amazing photos. Then what? It’s easy to become immersed in the “I’ll do it later” mentality, where later turns into never.
We’re here to put some purpose to your photos by giving you our top reasons to invest in a professional album to preserve your wedding day for future generations.
1.) You’ve paid big bucks for your wedding photographer.
After making such a heavy investment in the creation of your most precious memories, why not use the professional’s expertise to the fullest potential to preserve them? Take advantage of your photographer’s design skills and access to high-quality printing labs in creating the ultimate memento of your wedding day.
2.) Time is the most valuable commodity you have.
We’ve test driven some of the consumer online options for making your own wedding album. In addition to being extremely time consuming, they are super confusing! Not to mention sorting through hundreds of images can be a daunting task, even to wedding photographers. Why not put some trust in the professionals to find the best images to tell your story in a beautiful and memorable way. You’ll save yourself literally WEEKS of time and frustration.
3.) Printed photography has remained steady over centuries while technology is ever changing.
While digitals are great for short-term boosts of excitement, having something you can pull off the shelf and flip through to reignite the feelings of that magical wedding day is priceless. This will be a printed document of your family’s history. It’s something your future children will share in. You will go to it when you are feeling nostalgic. A printed wedding album can bring back to life all of those wonderful feelings from your wedding day.
4.) Invest in Quality
There’s the here and now. Then there’s the “forever.” Just like you want your marriage to last forever, you also want your wedding album to stand up to the test of time. Your album is a visual piece of history, meant to be handed down to future generations. It’s important to make sure it’s crafted with materials that will hold up year after year, decade after decade. There’s a lot of fancy jargon in the photography industry to describe heirloom quality products. What it really comes down to is that as professionals, we have access to higher quality materials that are meant to last literally for centuries.
Finally, and possibly the most important reason to invest in a professional wedding album:
5.) An album is truly is the ONLY lasting thing from the wedding day.
After the day’s excitement has faded, the cake has been eaten, the flowers have wilted, your dress has been tucked away in a closet and the thank you invitations have been sent, ask yourself what you are truly left with from this life changing event that consumed the better part of the past 6-12 months? Is it a handful of digital files sitting somewhere on a computer’s hard drive that will most likely get forgotten about, or even lost? Or rather, will it be a beautiful, handcrafted album, sitting proudly on your coffee table, getting tons of compliments every time a guest comes over for dinner. Picture yourself 10, 20, 30 years down the road. Are you sitting in front of a screen, sorting through hundreds of thousands of photos to find that favorite image from your wedding day to show your grandchildren? Or instead, are you sitting on the couch, grandkids snuggled in your lap while you flip through the pages of your beautifully intact wedding album and sharing stories with them?
How do you want your family’s history preserved?
Michelle Lindsay is an award-winning, fine art wedding photographer, specializing in artistic and documentary wedding and engagement photos, including destination weddings. Although she loves to tell passionate engagement and wedding stories, her award-winning work also includes family portraits, maternity photos, and pictures of newborns and children. Michelle serves the entire Washington, D.C. area and beyond, including Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Vienna, Great Falls, and all of Loudoun County – particularly Middleburg, Leesburg, Aldie, Ashburn, and Purcellville. To schedule a consultation with Michelle, please contact her at: 202.257.7993