I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret secret. I love reading. I always have. When I was about twelve the news of my love of books must have spread all the way to the North Pole because that year Father Christmas brought me around thirty books. By the time I’d opened the fifth one I had a sneaking suspicion of what might be hiding beneath the wrapping paper of the other twenty-five rectangular parcels. He also bought me a big tub of Flumps (those soft multicoloured marshmallows – amazing) and a man-sized Toblerone. I can clearly remember feeling pretty content camped out on my bed, surrounded by books and high on sugar.
I still love reading, although I struggle to find the sort of quality time with a book that I enjoyed when I was younger. It’s fair to say that life is much busier now, with lots of other things vying for my attention. The world is a busier place in 2015 than it was in 1994, and I’m placing the blame for that squarely on technology. The fact is that it’s 9:15pm on a Wednesday evening and I’m writing this on a Macbook. On my left is my mobile phone. Since I started writing this, a mere two paragraphs ago, I’ve replied to two messages and distracted myself by checking the BBC News page. On my right is my iPad, which has just beeped to let me know that an email has dropped into my inbox. I’m trying very hard to ignore it, but I’m almost certain that by the time I get to the end of this article my willpower will have collapsed and I will have read and, if necessary, replied to it. Everything these days screams to be dealt with immediately. My two year old daughter has taken a few tips on this as well. She probably watched a YouTube video on how to demand attention. (I’ve just Googled this, and there are plenty of articles on how to demand attention and respect – see, I’ve distracted myself again!)
But for all of the annoying aspects of modern technology, it has provided some great opportunities too. My love of reading has found a way through the clamour for my time. Thanks to the aforementioned iPad, Macbook and iPhone (I have clearly sold my soul to Apple) I can read a book wherever I am in the world. I can start reading on my iPad, and later pick up exactly where I left off, but this time on my phone. Kindle books have revolutionised the way I read. I constantly carry an entire library of books with me.
By now you may be wondering what this has to do with wedding photos. Well the fact is that it isn’t just books that can be taken with you everywhere now. Alongside Pride and Prejudice and Great Expectations (ok, more likely a Jack Reacher novel) my phone also allows me to see the photos of mine and Anna’s wedding day, as well as every single wedding photo I’ve ever delivered to my clients.
For books there’s the Kindle app. For your wedding photos there’s Pass. You know, just in case the two of you want to walk to the top of a mountain in order to look at your photos on your phone – like the couple in the video above. Seriously, look how happy they are to be looking at their photos on his phone whilst on a mountain. That could be you.
Aside from the obvious mountain-viewing capabilities, there are lots of other reasons that I use Pass as one of the ways in which I deliver your photos. It’s packed with features that you just don’t get with any other system. At a glance:
- Your high-resolution photographs can be downloaded directly from the gallery as often as you like.
- Your gallery can be password protected, should you wish.
- The gallery looks beautiful when viewed on a computer, a tablet or a smart phone.
- Your gallery can be shared with family and friends, and they can download from it too.
- It offers ten years of online cloud storage. Your photos are accessible for ten years, and can be downloaded as many times as you want in that time.
- There’s a Pass app which is free to download for iOS and Android devices. The app allows you to download the photos to you device so that you can view them even without an internet connection. You know, so you can sit and view them on Snowdon. (I should point out that it isn’t compulsory to view them on a mountainside.)
- Built in social media sharing.
Each of my wedding collections comes with a Pass gallery; some of them include an archival USB stick too. And of course I’d recommend that you get a beautiful wedding album too – as nice as the Pass gallery is, it isn’t an heirloom any more than my Complete Works of Shakespeare (Kindle Edition) is. What it does offer that Kindle doesn’t is the ability to share your photos with everyone that you want to see them, instantly.
What do you think? Would you like the freedom to take your wedding photos with you everywhere you go?
If you’d like to know more about Pass, or see a complete gallery, please do get in touch using the contact form above.