Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Importance of Printing

    Have you had the pleasure of viewing pictures from your parents wedding day or smiled at that nostalgic feeling you got while viewing just one image from your grandparent's wedding?  The way we perceive and appreciate photography has changed drastically with the advent of digital imagery.  In my opinion, it isn't a good change and here is why.

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    One of the things I stress to couples when discussing wedding photography is the importance of printed imagery.  Sure, I agree, it seems nice to receive a ton of pictures from your wedding day.  After all, the more the merrier, right?  Lets take this scenario.  Your wedding photographer gives you 30 pictures from your 2 minute long Father and Daughter dance.  They are all nice, high quality images.  However, there is one that is perfect.  Dad's eyes are about to be overwhelmed with emotion.  One can see every loving memory of his little girl flashing through his mind.  The bride, with her lips pressed tightly together, has already been overcome by her feelings, evidenced by the thin dried tear stains criss crossing her cheeks.  This is THE image that encompasses all of the feelings and emotion contained within that short song.  Now, toss it into the middle of 29 other pictures.  It no longer becomes as emotional.  It becomes easy to gloss over as "a good one".  You spend 10-15 seconds looking at all of them instead of a few minutes reliving your feelings through that one perfect image.  Quantity starts to dilute the quality! 

Do I only give you one picture from each of your wedding moments?  Of course not.  However, I certainly don't give you each and every single one.  All of this is reflected in my wedding package.  Every wedding couple receives a custom wedding album.  I specifically design the album with an emphasis on telling the complete story of the wedding day through a variety of images and page layouts.  Besides, the CD in the frame really doesnt have the same effect.  Here are a few "moments" that tell a lifetime's worth of stories.

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