These days, everyone wants "a disc of images". Okay, I can understand that. You want to make sure you get a copy of every single image from your wedding. Or so you think...
Look, don't get me wrong, I purchased the disc of images from my own photographer. It's a good thing to have. But if you give me the choice, one or the other, of a well made album or 500 images on a DVD, I'm taking the album. Every time.
But why? Why would I choose an album that contains maybe 75-100 images over FIVE HUNDRED images on a DVD?!
Simple. Have you ever looked thru 500 images in a sitting? It's mind-numbing. It completely dilutes the experience.
As one of my most recent brides put it: "I'm overwhelmed. I don't know what to do with them!" This bride is having a hard time narrowing down her wedding images to a 40 (that's right, 40) spread album. That's 80 pages! Still, she's having trouble. To give you an idea, an 80 page album will probably land her somewhere between 140-180 images. This is not a brag on my photography or the number of quality images we produce. I'm sure other photographers run into the same issue.
Look, when I shoot a wedding, I am constantly thinking of how it's going to flow in the album. If you're a client of mine, I'm designing your album in my head throughout the day. Even if you didn't order an album. I want to tell a story, not just hand over 4-500 "stand alone" images.
I don't know about you, but I'm rarely moved by a Facebook album. A well-done blog post comes closer to a story, but NOTHING comes close to flipping through pages by hand.
As Brie exclaimed when she first held one of our sample albums, "Oh my God. We HAVE to have one of these from our wedding."
Don't worry, baby, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Here is a taste of one of our leather bound albums. There are several other covers available as well, but this is just a SMALL insight into the quality of these books. I sought out the best I could find, and I stand behind them. So does the company, actually, as they have a lifetime guarantee.
DVD's will be old technology very soon. Ink and paper will never die. So whoever you hire, get a book. Put it on your shelf or coffee table, and watch people light up as they discover it over and over again throughout the years.
Note: There is a video below the images showing how the album is packaged and a quick flip through of the design. While the video quality is only so-so, it will give you a feel for the overall experience. Don't worry, I'll bring the real deal to our consult!
UPDATE:: A year after adding this post, I just read this article on The Huffington Post regarding albums. Almost all of our 2013 clients have ordered albums, and I can't encourage it enough.