Your wedding photography is likely a big investment as part of your wedding budget. But are you really getting the most value out of your wedding photos? If you’re keeping them hidden away on your phone, or on a USB drive, the answer is: no, you’re not. Over the years, couples have shifted away from printing their wedding portraits in favor of keeping digital copies. But the aim of this post is to ideally change your mind for when you receive your own wedding portraits.
On a psychological level, touch has an incredible power of us as humans. We possess this ability to become more deeply connected to things that we can touch. Seeing your wedding photos in its online gallery or on social media is nice. But the emotional response your body undergoes when touching them as an album or print is amplified. It’s a whole different level. You’re investing in your wedding photography, invest in prints and get the whole experience. You deserve it.
From getting ready, to your first look, to saying “I do”, to dancing the night away; the day of your wedding is absolutely the story of your relationship at this point in time. Printing your photos in an album allows you to re-live that story in a way that an online gallery of a few hundred images simply does not. Imagine looking through your wedding album on your anniversary, or together with your family during, and maybe even later with your children. Printing your photos in an album allows you to experience them the way your photographer intended.
Speaking of your photographer, remember that we are artists. You hired us not only to capture your day, but to capture it using our unique artistic vision. You’re literally receiving hundreds of one-of-a-kind pieces that no other photographer or couple will ever have. Not only do you get to display these stunning pieces of art that happen to include you and your partner, but you’re able to walk through your house and remember those special moments every single day.
Remember MySpace? Social platforms aren’t forever! Even if you were to upload your wedding photos (all 800 of them) to Facebook, how often would you and your family actually spend time looking through them there? And, you can only upload them if you’ve downloaded them from the online gallery your photographer provided! For my clients, I leave galleries up for one year and after that is it archived into storage. So make sure to download your images!
When you print your wedding portraits, you’re not the only ones who get to appreciate them – your partner, your family, both present and future, do too! If you’ve ever seen your parents’ or grandparents’ old wedding photos hanging in their home or come across a box of old images from their weddings, then you know how special and meaningful those artifacts are. Your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren being able to touch, hold, and sift through your wedding photos is a powerful way to connect through generations.
Ultimately, the tangible value of deciding to print your wedding photos, whether as albums for your coffee table, art for your home, or gifts for your family, is unparalleled. Your wedding day deserves better than a Facebook album or USB drive that lives in your junk drawer. Photos are meant to be viewed, so make sure you’re giving those memories a chance to be re-lived – now and forever!
I'm donna marie
An adventurous destination wedding and elopement photographer livin' in upstate New York. I'm here to empower all couples to create an intentional wedding day that focuses on the experience and the feels.