The Fine Art Wedding Album | Simply Bliss Photography – Arkansas Photographer
Today on the blog, I’d like to talk to you about something that is near and dear to my heart – the Fine Art Wedding Album collection that I offer. It’s not technically the album specifics that are as important to me so much as it is the WHY behind the album. If you have looked through my website, you know the ‘why‘ behind my photography. Here’s a snippet to give you an idea:
“This photo of my grandparents on their wedding day – over 70 years ago – is one of my most cherished possessions. ….The image is a moment in time, captured in perfect simplicity…it is a glimpse into the start of my family, the start of THEIR family – before they were my grandparents or even parents.
Pondering this photo and my role in a couple’s wedding day has shaped my ‘why’ in what I do as your photographer. I strive to capture those beautiful little moments and memories on your day, and those images that, 70 years from now, a grandson or granddaughter will see a photo of their grandparents, on their wedding day, and get a truly cherished glimpse into the love that started their family all those years ago.”
Ok guys – bear with me for a few minutes – I’m about to get on my soapbox 😉
Recently, I realized. The only photos I’ve seen from my grandparents’ and parents’ weddings are those handful of images that were printed. Maybe there are rolls of negatives out there still, maybe not. But those forgotten negatives are so similar to a flash drive that sits full of images that will probably never be seen by kids, and grand kids. Unfortunately, I feel like this has become a pattern with a lot of newlywed couples. They don’t select to print an album for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons I hear vary from concerns about the expense, to the thought that they really don’t want or need one. And honestly, I get that…every single one. I WAS one of those brides! I got married so long ago it was still on film 😉 but I had the equivalent to getting the ‘CD’ today. I had all of the negatives and thought that with those, I would have unlimited possibilities to create and showcase my beautiful wedding images. And guess what. I tried to put together an album myself and order from a consumer lab, and after 16 years, the photos are fading, the cover is worn, and the pages are peeling. And it really hasn’t even been handled that much (another sad thing). The ONE thing I do have, that is still in perfect shape, is a large framed print that I ordered through my photographer – and cherish more than I could say. But we’ll get into PRINTING your photos another day – this is about the ALBUM.
I don’t know about you, but 40 years down the road, I want my children to have the same joy looking and seeing their young mom and dad standing at the altar making a lifelong promise to each other. I want them to see what their grandma, grandpa, aunts and uncles look liked years before they were born. To share those family memories, and those very special moments that their family began – what a precious visual legacy to pass down.
With the way technology is advancing, DVDs that I used and provided to clients just a few years ago are quickly becoming obsolete. And for that matter, the jump drives that I now use, probably aren’t far behind. Who know if Facebook, where they probably uploaded those photos to share with family and friends, will be around in 20 years. We’re putting WAY too much trust in technology and assuming that our images will always be there to access and enjoy. So ok, that sounds a little scary…I’m not trying to SCARE you into ordering an album…I swear. I’m just trying to impress the importance of having a readily available cherished memento to enjoy and share with those you love.
One thing that never becomes outdated and will NEVER be replaced my technology are Beautiful. Tangible. Photographs. Printed photographs are the few timeless items that if processed and preserved correctly, can last for hundreds of years. The key is processing them correctly. A lot of people will take their DVD of photos to Walgreen’s or Walmart and pay way too much for prints onto cheap paper with cheap ink by some 17 year old with a couple of days of training. They fade, they curl (just like my own “wedding album”) and they wont last long.
For many of my clients, hiring me as their photographer is one of the most important, and quite frankly, expensive parts of their special day. Wedding Photography is the ONE tangible thing that you have left from your wedding day. And as much as I stress to all of my clients that I honestly don’t care WHERE they print them, I just want them to actually PRINT their images, there is also part of me that knows, that investing in PROFESSIONALLY printed images and products are going to last exponentially longer than prints from a consumer provider. I think that investment should be honored, and preserved by having them professionally processed with archival paper and inks, and bound in professional, time-honored and proven methods. As your photographer, I want to treat those images from your wedding day as pieces of art, and design a beautiful, high-quality Fine Art Wedding Album that you, and your children, and your grandchildren, can look at decades from now. An album like THIS:
The great thing about purchasing your album through a professional photographer (moi!) is that you can look at my album offerings and sample them before you make the purchase. You can feel the texture and smell the leather, and ooh and ah over the exquisite silks and linens, and most importantly, you can touch it and see the quality of a beautiful, hand-made heirloom quality piece.
Yes, the exquisite, heirloom-quality Fine Art Wedding Album collection that I offer are definitely an investment. When making an investment, you don’t want to invest in something that is cheap or made out of cheap materials, especially if you want it to hold the same quality for years to come. They will only increase in value because as the years go on, you will be more and more glad that you bought your album, especially if you are going through a beautiful leather-bound, custom-designed, hand assembled book. I agree, they’re expensive. And while this might sound like a sales “line”…I really don’t make much profit on them. They are downright expensive from the lab. But I’m ok with paying it, it’s worth. every. penny. My Fine Art Wedding Albums are printed on archival photographic papers and handcrafted with an exceptional attention to detail. They feel so strongly about the high quality of their art that they even back their products with a lifetime guarantee to ensure that YOU will enjoy your memories for years to come. Doesn’t get much better than that does it?
Now I know there a many of you out there are on a budget (who isn’t?!), and you may feel a wedding album is just one more thing to add to the ever-growing wedding budget. My exquisite albums can start at as little as $650. And go up from there, depending on the size of the album, the material you choose for your cover and how many pages you choose to include. My couples typically spend between $800-$1000 on their wedding albums. The beauty of the album is it’s something you are able to order AFTER the wedding if you’d like. I do include them in a few of my wedding collections, and honestly, they are a little bit less expensive when included in a collection at the beginning. But, if you’re not ready to invest, you have time! Maybe consider using some of you wedding gift money to put towards the album?
‘When you buy a wedding album – you are buying the experience that your children, grandchildren (and even ancestors!) will have with your memories. They will flip the pages and debate who was who. They will laugh at the fashions and marvel at how much they looked like you. This is just not the same when you are viewing photos on your computer or television screen. It all becomes image – you miss the experience.’
I feel that the design of the album is just as important (if not more) than the cover or any other choices for putting your album together. Of all things, a wedding album should be timeless. I design my albums with a simple, elegant, and truly timeless design. Nothing trendy, just clean, simple, beautiful design that tells a story of your day and showcases your beautiful images. I use restraint in curating your image collection so that your pages aren’t cluttered and busy with too many images. I honor each and every one of your selected images by showcasing them. I tell a story of your day – by designing your album chronologically, those who weren’t able to be at your wedding, can still get a feeling for the day and feel included in the story of your family beginning.
‘In my opinion you just can’t compare an image on screen to a professionally printed image… there’s something about seeing it on paper, being able to touch it, having something physical in your hands. Seeing that finished product is magic – it will be treasured and brought out at family gatherings. proudly shown off to friends and eventually passed down to the next generation so they can laugh at (and eventually copy) the fashions!’
So in conclusion (sorry, this has gotten INCREDIBLY long). Thanks for hanging in there with me! On your 25th anniversary, you WILL want to look back on your special day and relive every moment. Perhaps you’d consider making space in your budget for this keepsake from your big day? Remember, this album isn’t just for you either. Its for your children who want to see pictures of their young parents on one of the happiest days of their life. For your future daughter who will be dreaming of her big day and looking just like her mother, having a prince charming like her father at the altar, and picturing her dad walking her down the aisle. Because when your children go through your attic in 2050, and find a USB or a DVD they will have no idea what to do with it because it wont play in their holographic computer lol
So tell me, did you get a wedding album? Are you considering a wedding album for your upcoming wedding? Are you on the fence or completely against it? I would love to hear about it! Write me a note in the comments!
* Christy Hendrick, of Simply Bliss Photography, is a creative wedding photographer, engagement photographer and portrait photographer in Northwest Arkansas who specializes in wedding and engagement photography. She is known for unique, timeless wedding photography in Northwest Arkansas and currently lives in Rogers. This Arkansas Wedding Photographer is also a well-known wedding photographer in San Diego, CA as well and loves shooting coastal weddings whenever she can. Christy is currently booking 2018 & 2019 Weddings for the best wedding photography in Arkansas in Fayetteville, Bentonville, Siloam Springs, Rogers, Springdale, Eureka Springs and all of NWA as well as San Diego, CA, St. Louis, MO, New York City, and beyond. She is available for wedding work nationwide and internationally.