There’s no doubt that this day in age that the world is digital one. But I remember flipping through my parents’ wedding album as a kid – turning the pages slowly while reveling in the joy and youth of my mom & dad’s big day. I remember thinking, “Wow! They look so young! My mom looks beautiful and my dad looks JUST like Ringo Starr!” Back then, computers weren’t a common household item and social media wasn’t even on the map. So if you had a wedding in the 1970’s, like my parents, your photographer shot only film and you ordered prints to carefully place in an album to showcase on your coffee table or stow away safely on a bookshelf. The advancements in technology of course offer benefits – we can now safely backup a wedding (back then, if your house caught on fire, you would reach for your wedding album as you ran out the door), but it’s also caused us to keep too many precious memories on hard drives and in the cloud. That’s why, for a day so important – a wedding – I deliver the tangible. I want my couples to be able to hold the story of their wedding day in their hands. I’ve always given my clients access to online galleries and, in the past, I would burn them discs. However, as a photographer who uses solely Mac products, I found that disc slots were slowly being discontinued from new models of laptops. Thus, I started utilizing galleries with downloadable images. I loved that method – it was easy and convenient. But it just felt odd not delivering something that my clients could touch. So recently I started trying out flash drives in addition to online galleries. That way, my clients can view their photos in a gallery from any device they wish, but they will also have a beautiful wooden flash drive that serves as a backup (if you know me at all, you know that backing up my clients pictures is something that I am a little fanatical about)! These custom printed usb drives are from USB Memory Direct. I decided to go “au naturel” with light pine wood finished off with a white painted logo for simplicity & an organic feel. These drives go perfectly with my brand of photography & I absolutely love them!
In addition to delivering online wedding galleries and flash drives, I also really enjoy delivering gift prints to my clients. Usually I will choose a series of photos that tell the story of their wedding day and package the proofs in a wooden box crafted by me. In turn, I hope that this encourages my clients to print their wedding photos – whether it be individual prints, an album or canvas, etc. After all, if your wedding is one of the most momentous & special days you’ll have in your life – why just stash it away on your computer and upload them to Facebook? I say print them, hold them, touch them & remember the moments you want to cherish…share them with your kids and pass them down to future generations so that they can revel in the joy & youth of your big day just as I did with my parents’.