You just got married, had family pictures taken, or had an event photographed.
Now, what do you do with your photos? Do you save your photos? Do you print your photos? Do you make an album?
Deciding what to do with your photos can be overwhelming. In this post, we breakdown the 4 things you need to do with your photos. You want everyone to see how beautiful you looked on your wedding day. You want to share your special day with everyone!
1. Don’t let your photos expire
Most if not all photographers will send you a link to view and download your photos. This is usually a hosting site that the photographer pays for. They’re not going to want to keep your photos there forever as they’re photographing new clients and those clients need to view their photos too.
Ask your photographer, how long are my photos up for? You don’t want your photos to disappear, so download your photos ASAP.
Another good practice is to back up your photos! Accidents happen, your computer/phone can die and your photos are gone forever. Having your photos and also other data in two places ensures if one craps out you still have those photos in another location. If you’re an iPhone user, Apple offers 50GB of iCloud storage for $.99 a month. Your photos are worth more than a $1/month!
2. Pick your favorites
When you get your images from your photographer, you’re looking at a few hundred photos or even a couple thousands. That can be overwhelming.
I like to call it “distilling your images”. You’re going through your photos and pick the best. This gives you a more manageable set of images. When we photograph your wedding or event, we’re taking thousands of images. We go through and pick the very best photos of each scene.
As the client, you may like certain images because you may look good or it might be a photo with a relative you don’t get to see often. We recommend picking a handful of photos (5-10) of each scene. So if it’s a wedding, pick 5-10 photos of the bride getting ready, 5-10 photos of the bridal party, the ceremony, etc. Star, flag, or put those photos in a separate folder called favorites. What do you do with your favorites, check out tip 3!
3. Print your photos
Now that everything is online, the chances of you scrolling through hundreds of photos are pretty slim. As stated above, picking your favorites makes it a lot more manageable. If you have fewer photos you’re more likely to go back and look at those photos.
Printing your favorites, makes these photos tangible. Can you remember the last time you held a print? Holding these photos in your hands allows your brain to go back and feel that moment. You’re seeing it, you’re feeling it. Plus, your photos look better printed.
There are many options printing photos. You can do your typical 4×6 or 5×7 prints, mounted prints, framed prints, or even canvas prints. You don’t have to get your prints through us. You can print your photos wherever you’d like but when it comes to prints, you get what you pay for. Most of the time, your photographer offers discounts or coupon codes if you print through them.
4. Make an album
You should print your photos but you should also make an album, especially for your wedding photos. We recommend albums for an event that spans a period of time, the first year of your child’s life, a wedding, etc.
Just like for printing your photos, you want to pick your favorites and put them in album. Now, you can print your own album, there’s tons of printers online if you’re feeling crafty. It’s just like anything else, you can change your own oil but why would you want to ;)
The crystal glance albums we offer are handmade in Italy and are of high quality. These become heirlooms that you’re kids and grandkids are going to flip through. Especially if they’re out on your coffee table. You’re making these important memories accessible. You have thousands of photos on your phone but how many times have you gone through and actually looked at those photos.
Getting a hundreds of photos from your wedding or event can be overwhelming and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Always back up your photos and make sure they are in two locations. Make it easier and pick your favorites. Pick your favorites from each part of the day. This will be a lot easier when you want to print them. Print your photos or make an album. Making your photos tangible gives them value and power. When you hold your photo or album, those memories are going to rush back to you and make you feel how you did on your special day!
If you would like to purchase prints, albums through us, or have a question, shoot us an email!