6 Reasons Why You Should Print Your Wedding Photos

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A lot of couples tend to shy away from forking over more cash to get their wedding photos printed, but I'm here to tell you 5 reasons why you should be getting the photographs that were taken on the best day of your life, your wedding day, printed.

1. Touching combined with seeing is so powerful

There's something to be said for actually holding a textured, leather wedding album or smooth matte prints in your hands. Not only can you see what you looked like at the moment the photo was taken, but remembering how you felt when the photo was taken is so much more powerful when you are actually touching a photo.

2. You see each photo

When you look through a print box or a wedding album of your photos, you are taking the time to actually look at each photo individually, rather than scrolling through an online gallery and getting lost between images. A lot of times when you scroll through an online gallery, a lot of the photos tend to blend together and look so much more a like. When you take the time to physically flip through the pages of a wedding album, you get to experience each photo.

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3. Weddings tell a story

When you look through your wedding album, you are literally reading a story book. From the getting ready photos where you're sipping mimosas with your gal pals, to the sparkler exit, you are viewing your wedding story from start to finish. When you get to view prints of your story, you get to experience it in such a different way than you would by simply scrolling through your online gallery.

4. Looking at prints can become a tradition

Make it a tradition to flip through your wedding album or go through the print box of your wedding photos that is sitting on your coffee table in your living room whenever you have family over for the holidays or it's a wedding anniversary. Revisiting the prints this way can make you so much more emotionally connected with your wedding photos than plugging in a usb drive into your laptop and scrolling through.

5. Photos are meant to be pieces of artwork

Not sure what to hang above the cute little coffee station you have in your kitchen's entryway? What about the photo of you and your love twirling at sunset on the evening of your wedding? Your wedding photos become a piece of your home when they are displayed, not just something shoved in a drawer somewhere.

6. You can pass them on for future generations

You know how as a kid, our parents printed so many photos of us? Whether it was a family vacation at Disney World or our sister's Barney themed birthday party, our memories were printed. We could flip through those albums whenever we wanted to go down memory lane. Now imagine if our children don't get to experience the same thing because everything is on an iPad or laptop?

Let not only your currently family experience the joy you had on your wedding day, but allow your future family to experience it too. How special would it be to have your grandchildren's children be able to touch, feel and hold the album you received from your wedding photographer shortly after your wedding day?

Ultimately, your photos are meant to be viewed. Allow one of the best days of your life a chance to be a piece of your home, whether it's through wall art, a linen album or a box of prints.

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5 Important Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer

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Let's be real. Asking questions about marriage and weddings is tough, especially when you've probably never gotten married before and don't know really know what to ask.

Here are a few questions you probably aren't asking wedding photographers before hiring them, but should be.
 

What photography style(s) do you specialize in?

This question is so important and often gets overlooked. While it is important to hire a photographer who possesses skills of taking great photos, it's important to know what type of photos you can expect to get in return.

Does your photographer have more of a dark and moody editing style, or light and airy? Do they like to utilize natural light or do they shoot a majority of their photos with flash? Do they pose their couples or just capture them naturally? Do they find themselves photographing in a documentary style? Being creative and artistic in their photos? These are all important to truly understand your photographer's overall style!

For example, my editing style is bright, light and colorful. I like my photos to be a close representation of how they are seen in real life with an added "wow" factor. Check out more of my work by visiting my gallery.

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I will absolutely pose you, but not in an uncomfortable "we're going to our senior prom and mom made us take a photo like this on the stairs" type of way! I will get you into a "pose" that flatters your body and makes you look awesome on camera, then I will give you a prompt or something to do. Trust me, you'll be giggling and laughing real laughs and giggles! I will take artistic and creative photos as well as documentary style photos so you can re-live moments of your day that you may not have seen or been apart of.

What exactly is included in your packages?

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to this question, but it's important to ask so that you are aware of what your budget is getting you and what you need to be thinking about as far as purchasing it later on down the road. Some photographers offer prints or albums in their packages, some just offer the digital photos.

It's also wise to ask your photographer what happens if you would like to book them for more time or if an engagement session is included in their packages.

Don't forget to also ask if you are able to purchase prints and albums through your photographer, even if they don't list them in their packages. This is an easy way to get great quality prints through the expertise of your photographer!

As for me, I have various hourly packages, all with the option to purchase prints, albums or canvases once you get your photos back. In my top two packages, I offer complimentary engagement sessions to my couples. If a couple would like to book me for additional time after signing a contract, no biggie I have an additional hourly rate that I charge them.

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What is the deposit and total fee?

Not only is this important to know so you can anticipate how much you will be spending, but it is also important to know when it is due. This way you can line up your budget calendar and see when the big bucks are all going to be due for all of your other wedding vendors like the florist or venue.

Who photographs my wedding if you aren’t able to?

This is a question I think a lot of photographers don't like answering because let's face it, we don't like thinking about the slight possibility of not being able to capture your big day! When asking this question, it is important to realize that even though we would like to have on a big coat of armor and be indestructible, we are humans too.

When do I get to see my wedding photos?

Some photographers will send out next-day sneak peeks, while some won't send out any photos until you get your final gallery. It's also important to ask how long the process typically is.

There is nothing wrong with a photographer having a turn around time of 2 weeks and there is nothing wrong with a photographer having a turnaround time of 2 months. Typically, a photographer's turnaround time is determined by how many sessions or weddings they are currently working on, if they are able to outsource their editing and have someone else do some of it, or how many photos are promised in delivery.

Many more factors go into a photographer's turnaround time, but it's just sort of nice to know when you can expect that "Your Gallery is Complete!" email and do a happy dance like Marie!

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Guest Blog Feature: Why You Should Hire a Month-of Coordinator as told by Your Day by MK

I met MK because she slid into my DMs on Instagram and no, I am not kidding you. It was my birthday and she said "Hey! We so need to be friends!" followed by a happy birthday message and a note on how great it is to meet younger wedding professionals in the area.

This was my first lesson on MK. She pays attention to detail. She only would've known it was my birthday by ACTUALLY reading my Instagram post's caption. Brides, I know you value attention to detail and this was her not even trying to be detail oriented! So a few short weeks later we met for coffee and we've been pals ever since!

I asked MK to be my first guest writer on my blog and she has chosen to write about a topic I strongly value, but don't know much about. Grab a LaCroix, bust out a few dance moves and check out her reasoning as to why you should hire a month-of coordinator.

Why You Should Hire a Month-of Coordinator
As told by Your Day By MK

I like to think of weddings as a moving train.  Metaphor goes as such:

You get engaged! You’ve passed your conductor test and you and your partner are now the conductors of the wedding train! WOO full speed ahead!

Along the way, you take on new passengers such as your family and friends, vendors and all the sorts of DIY things you want to do at all the different stops.

Some of those passengers have also driven trains and as you get closer to your final destination, they come rushing to the front trying to give advice. Maybe the train stops extra long at one stop when it should have already been on its way, but all and all, the train keeps moving.

Now we are only one stop away from the final destination and you both as the conductor have decided to sit in the passenger cars. WAIT WHAT!? The train has now been left unattended! You would have some family members who have driven trains before take shifts but that’s not what they’re here for. What if we have to take a quick detour before the destination because something came up?

Overall the train gets there, for stopping a moving train is a lot harder than you think, the train stays on it’s tracks overall. Maybe just maybe a back up conductor would have been nice.

I like to think of Month-of Coordinators/wedding planners as the Conductor’s apprentice. A couple stops before the final destination, they hop on the train and learn about the train and its occupants. They then talk to the conductors and learn how they would like to get to the final destination, so that when they sit down and enjoy themselves, the train is in good hands.

Simply put, your wedding day will arrive and everything will happen, but how smoothly it goes is a matter of who is in charge.  When I am hired as the month-of coordinator, I start chatting with you and your vendors 2-3 months before your big day so I can learn all about it.  Then the month beforehand, I create a final timeline, do final confirmations with your vendors and make sure everything happens just as you planned. If anything is to go wrong, I got it covered because you’ve prepped me and talked to me about what you like and don’t like.  You should get to enjoy the last couple weeks filled with family and friends and get excited to marry your best friend!


And there you have it, folks! Check out a few photos from some of the amazing weddings that MK has planned! Don't forget to visit her website

xoxo,

Ash