Let me just start by saying that there WAS going to be a video. I filmed my album, had cool little camera techniques going on, and then I remembered that using Final Cut Pro is NOT like riding a bike. And it is NOT familiar once you get in it. I used to know how to use it, but no more, folks. No. More.
So, I trashed the clips and shot the album. Still style. Better luck next time, vlog post.
Now for the meat of the post. Before I got into this business, I would look through my parent’s wedding album yearly. I would pull out the yellowing photos and just smile. The photography was ok – they had an uncle shoot the wedding – but I loved seeing what my mom wore, the way my dad looked at her, his cowboy boots he wore at their reception… When it was time for Chad and I to look for wedding photographers, I knew I wanted an album. I didn’t care what it looked like, but I wanted it to be nice, and long lasting. I didn’t care what cover was on it, I just wanted a glimpse at our wedding to be printed in a book.
When I started wedding photography, I just assumed everyone wanted albums. I assumed it was part of the deal. But that was not the case. Surprisingly, people debate it. Budget is usually the reason, but some people just want their photos on a DVD, “Shoot and Burn” style. I wasn’t sure what to think about this. Mainly because I’m not a sale’s person. I didn’t want to convince someone of something that they weren’t sure about. Now, I’m more confident. Not because I’m trying to sell something, but because I believe in them. I believe your wedding photography should end up somewhere besides the computer. I believe that your investment should be expanded upon. I believe that you’ll rarely pull open a file on a computer, but frequently open a book. I believe that your children will want to sit on your lap and look through a book and giggle at the silly decorating and the funny dresses.
So when I’m asked, “Should we get an album?” I answer the obvious:
I just started working with a new album company and I love them. They produce hand-made, flush-mount wedding books. You can choose from fine leathers from Italy or book cloth and linen options. The photos are printed on archival papers using fuji paper for printing. The images are then flush-mounted and bound. Take a look, and if you’re a bride, it’s never too late!