A lot of people don’t really realize before their wedding, how important the wedding photography is going to be for them after the wedding, and for that reason they just don’t do enough research or allocate enough of their budget to this area. Consequently – sometimes, they are unhappy with their photographs and thus, photographer – afterward.
A lot of people decide to go for an inexpensive wedding photography package. One that sometimes only include up to 6 hours photography on the day, and photographs delivered on CD.
I know photography can seem like a BIG expense when you first start planning your wedding, BUT an investment in a good photographer and the right photographer is money well spent.
I am all for choosing a photographer who lets you have the images on a disc so you can print away to your heart’s content and have a copy of all the images, but, a good album is very important, for these reasons:
- An album is what you will look at time and time again, you will get the album out and show relatives and friends. You will get it out on anniversaries and look through the pages, you will show your children and in years to come you will show your grand children. Looking at the images via disc on your computer or i-pad just isn’t the same.
- Discs won’t last forever, they get lost, scratched, broken and with technology moving as fast as it is who is to say how long we will be able to use them for?
- You may decide to make up your own wedding album with the disc. A lot of people do this, and the results aren’t always guaranteed to be great. For example: Album 1) Get a select few printed out from a leading photography shop, quite large and pop them in a big album, you know the ones with the tissue paper in between. Yes they look OK, but the photos soon come unglued and the quality of the images isn’t as good as it would have been from a professionally printed album, by a print house that guarantee lifetime colour quality. Album 2) There are ways to design your own album via an online photo book maker, you know the ones where you can design the background, the cover and add as many images as you like per page. Hehe – remember – a decent photographer is trained over many years to know how to do proper page layout to ensure that your album will look like a magazine. You might manage to get 300 images in one book – trust me, never a good idea. The book looks cluttered and badly designed and if you don’t know what your doing, the image quality might come out poor. I have seen lots of these books and to be honest none have ever looked that great. Photo books are a fab idea for holidays, or birthdays but for a wedding album, honestly leave it to the professionals
- You hired a professional to take the photos so why not hire a professional to print the photos? Your photographer will be able to print out the images into a book at a high quality that will do the original photo justice.
Cost of an album
Now I know there a many of you out there on a budget and you may feel a wedding album is just one more thing to add to the ever-growing wedding budget. The average spend is between like R1500 – R3500. The beauty of the album is it’s something you can order once the wedding is over, so not something you have to pay for straight away. You can choose the album 6 months after the wedding, with some photographers allowing a year to choose and pay for one. Why not consider using some of you wedding present money to put towards the album?