Yesterday morning I had the absolute pleasure and privilege of photographing the newborn addition to one of my previous wedding clients’ family. She was absolutely gorgeous, and it was fantastic catching up with her parents – like catching up with friends really, which is exactly how it should be.
I visited their house – because I remember exactly what a military operation it is, leaving the house with a 10 day old daughter – and brought all my backdrops, props and equipment with me. As I was setting up in their lounge it was great to see some of my photos from their wedding up on the walls. Three canvases on one wall and some prints in frames too. It was a brilliant reminder of a wonderful day, and it prompted me to get our wedding album out when I got home.
Digital photography has made it easier than ever to take and look at photos. For example, I provide my wedding clients with an app that allows them to take their wedding photos with them wherever they go. They can look at them on their smart phone, tablet, computer; wherever, whenever. The images are online for 10 years. This system makes sense because for a typical wedding I deliver over 500 photographs, and to print that many would be ridiculous really.
But I’d like to think that at least some of them will make it to print. Be that in an album, a framed photograph or a canvas. It’s just my opinion of course, but there’s something more ‘real’ about a photograph that can be held in your hands or hung on your wall. A constant visual reminder of the best day of your life.
My daughter is 2 now (where did that time go?!) and she’s starting to ask questions about the photos on our walls. Photographs of herself, and of our life before she arrived. She isn’t quite old enough yet to understand what a wedding is, but she likes the photos of her Mummy in a pretty dress. I can’t wait to show her our album when she’s a little older, and watch her face light up as she spots people she knows.
Photographs should elicit an emotional response. They should be a talking point. For either of those things to happen they have to be seen. So make sure you get at least some of your wedding photographs printed and displayed; don’t leave them hiding away on your computer or the internet.
I can’t wait to go back to my clients’ house again in a year’s time and see some of the photos of their daughter from today’s shoot hanging on the wall next to their wedding photos! The story of their family, captured in moments frozen forever.