One of my favorite things to do since I was young (other than watching Jeopardy – if you ask my mom, I loved it when I was about 2. #babygenius) is looking through photo albums. If you know me or have read my blog, you know this. My mother documented probably the first 10 years of my life extensively. After that, I really didn’t like having my photo taken much anymore so I made that incredibly difficult for her. Sorry mom. However, I’m not totally narcissistic – I love looking at albums in general. I could barely know you, and I would genuinely enjoy looking at a photo album of yours. Unless it’s something weird. Keep that to yourself 😉
The reason I love looking at photo albums is because they tell unique human stories. Whether it’s professional photos of candid photos, they offer insight into someone’s world which is fascinating to me. I’m probably about to be the weird one now but I am someone when I’m driving down the road or stopped at a stoplight, sometimes I notice people in cars and I wonder what their life is like. Where are they going, what music are they listening to? I like to imagine about how similar or different people’s everyday lives are. I’ve always loved books and stories and characters. Wedding albums, in many ways combine my love of stories and characters, and my love of history and images and the beauty and importance of the day. One of the most important part of my job is curating someone’s legacy and how one day their grandchildren will be able to look at their images and imagine what their life was like.
This is why I’m like a drug pusher with wedding albums. I don’t actually know what a drug pusher is like, that’s really more of a Mean Girls reference. I want you to have one, to remember your day and share with people when they ask. I love looking at my grandparents album, I loved looking at my parents wedding album, I love looking at my own. I’m a firm believer in printing your images (#dontletyourphotosgrowuptobejpegs) because technology isn’t tangible. You can read more of my thoughts on that here. So wedding albums are important and an investment. I believe even if you can’t afford one when your wedding happens, you can and should still go back and purchase one when you can. I think it makes a far bigger impact to hand someone a big leather album for them to flip through, rather than a 4.5 inch iPhone screen when someone who wasn’t able to attend would like to experience the awesomeness they missed out on.
These photos are some of the album samples I have to show to my clients. I offer flushmount, layflat albums. This means that the photos are printed and mounted onto one surface, which is a substrate material, about the thickness of a credit card. This material can withstand more wear and tear than the inexpensive photo books with paper pages from places like shutterfly. The pages are also gutter-less, so unlike a book or magazine, an image can span 2 pages. Perfect for all your epic location images that just won’t look perfect in a 2×3 space. Plus, just like anything in life it seems like, you can upgrade these babies with all kinds of things. You want your names on it? I got you. You want to make a 50 page album? Boom. Done. You want one with a fancy photo on the front? Don’t worry, that can happen too. Simple or grand, wedding albums are one of my favorite ways to showcase your love story for years to come.
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