After the music is over and the cake is eaten, what is left?
Photographs and Memories.
All of the time, effort, and stress culminate in an amazing, once in a lifetime wedding experience that, if done right, you will want to remember and relive time and again. The best way to preserve those memories? That’s right: photographs.
There is no other medium that can take hold of a single moment in time and freeze it to reflect back on again and again. Those glances, laughs, and tears may seem inconsequential in the moment – but years later, after life has grown and changed time and again, to be able to remember and relive that very moment is a gift. After being married for nearly a decade (and together nearly two), I can say with absolute certainty that photographs are the thread that stitch together our timeline, and those memories are the ones that have woven together to create the rich fabric of our life together. In short, it’s simply amazing. But in this age of Instagram, while we are certainly a well-documented generation, how many people have and treasure physical photographs anymore?
One of the things that I have always felt so lucky to have was a collection of old family photographs. It felt like with those pictures, I could retrace their steps from Europe all the way to New York, from who they were as children, to who they grew to be as young adults, to the Grandparents I knew and loved dearly. That right there is my single biggest argument in favor of the photograph – the ability to relive history, to hear and see and feel the story of a bygone era, and to learn and remember.
A few treasured family photographs...
Wedding albums are a particularly important piece of the story. It represents the transition from two separate families to a single, unified partnership. It’s the story of the beginning of a new family. It’s the tracing of lineage. It’s a record for you, and future generations. I don’t know if my Grandparents were thinking about me and my kids when they chose to get a wedding album, but I am so unbelievably grateful that they did. I hope that one day my children, and their children, will feel the same way about my wedding album, too. I hope they get the same sense of connection that I do.
Beyond the emotional aspects of photographs is the practical side of things. Digital images are great! But what happens if your hard drive fails? Or you lose that adorable flash drive you received from your photographer? Or maybe your files get corrupted? A printed photograph does not fail or get corrupted. If properly cared for, photographs can last for many generations and keep the stories and memories alive.
The best way to ensure the highest quality printed photographs is to – you guessed it – trust your photographer. As a professional company, we have access to higher grade, top quality, lab level printing services that ensure accurate and long-lasting printing of your cherished memories. You could print them yourself in a one-hour-photo type shop, but at diminished quality and color accuracy. If you are making the investment in professional wedding photography, wouldn’t is make sense to also invest in the physical manifestation of those images? There is no greater presentation of wedding day photographs than a high quality, carefully designed, printed, and bound album – if done well, it feels like reading a storybook, carefully guiding you through the highlights and tender moments of what is one of the most important days of your life. When sharing memories of your wedding day many years down the road, would you rather take out a well-loved, well preserved wedding album, or scroll through a bunch of images with people huddled over your phone? I always vote album.