Think about it – one of the biggest expenses involved in your wedding is the photographer. In recent years, however, couples are choosing moreto keep their wedding photos on a hard drive or USB stick rather than getting them printed out. It’s not an either-or choice, though, so if you’re wondering whether to print out some of the day’s snaps, then here’s some reasons to convince you.
Your photos will be tangible
Holding things in our hands makes them seem more real and despite the internet age, humans still need to touch and feel things. If your photos are bound in an album or a book, the connection to them and the physical object is heightened. You paid for the photos, so get the most out of them.
They also tell a story
Your photographer is with you for the entire day, from your breakfast in hair curlers, to walking up the aisle, your first dance and then setting off on honeymoon. Your photos tell the story of your wedding and it’s great to be able to see it as a book rather than scrolling or hitting “next” on a screen. Children and older relatives in particular love albums and, after all, photographs are meant to be held, to be mounted onto walls and to become physical.
Your wedding photos are art
Your photographer is an artist. He or she used their own perception and outlook to choose those exact moments and to edit the images in a certain way. They also spent years developing their craft so your wedding album is one of the final products of this creative journey. It deserves to be on a wall or two!
Internet storage doesn’t always last forever
Even if you upload all of your photos to a relatively stable social media platform you can’t be certain that it’ll still exist in 20 years’ time, or even five. Also, wedding photographers don’t have an infinite amount of storage space, so you need to download all of your images from their gallery and find some way of storing them forever. Getting your favourites printed out is one good way.
Your photos are history
A printed photograph is a historical document, whether they take pride of place in an album or they go into a shoebox. One day your grandchildren will be able to look at them and to pass them around (and laugh at your styling…) in a way that they can’t do with online images.