Why the digital files from your wedding are useless
Why the digital files from your wedding are useless
Ok, ok. Hear me out. I don’t live under a rock. I’m aware that we live in the digital age. In the era of Web 2.0, it’s hard to ignore that we practically live our lives online. Digital media is a big part of that. In many ways our social media feeds are a visual journal. Something we can look back on and remember the places we’ve been and the people we love. Oh, and that fancy dessert we had last week, because #foodporn is a thing. So why do I believe the digital files from your wedding are useless?
Let me explain.
I love the fact that I have a camera with me everywhere I go. I really do. Having a pretty decent camera that fits in your pocket allows you to capture the happenings of your daily life and that’s pretty rad. It wasn’t always this easy to photograph the big and little moments of our lives. Heck, there was a big part of my childhood that our family didn’t even own a camera. (Which kinda sucks now that I think about it) It’s like me and my sister didn’t exist from the ages of 5 and 7 to the time I graduated high school.
Your Wedding Photos Shouldn’t Die in the Cloud
The problem is, our photos aren’t making it off our devices anymore. Listen to me people: OUR PHOTOS ARE DYING A SLOW DEATH IN CYBERSPACE. Now, for some of those photos, it’s probably good they didn’t see the light of day. For our more important memories, they get lost in the clutter. How many of you have hit the storage limit on your device and started deleting your photos to clear up more space? How many of you methodically archive the photos from your phone and take the time to print your favourites? Or better yet, make an album of your baby’s first year or that trip you took to Thailand? I bet not many. The intention is there but life is crazy and so full of busy-ness that we never actually do it. I know this from experience. I have lots of great photos on my phone that I’ve done nothing with. They’re little moments that make up a lifetime and I’m letting them die in the cloud. Let me tell you, it’s a damn shame. And that’s part of the reason why the digital files from your wedding are useless.
Digital Files are just Pixels
When our photos are sitting on our devices, they aren’t real. We can’t touch them or hold them in our hands. We can’t pull them off the shelf and flip through them. Unless your photos are printed and out there in the real world, you don’t get to enjoy them. Digital file are just pixels floating around in cyberspace.
When we’re talking about all the meals you’ve Instagrammed, it’s not such a big deal. Those photos are fun to upload to the social media platform of the moment, get a few likes and then move on. When it comes to your wedding photos though, it’s a bigger deal. It means your wedding memories never really make it to real life. They kind of get lost in a digital jungle or collect dust somewhere in a drawer. If you don’t take the time to bring your photos to life, it means your children will never enjoy them in the same way you enjoyed the printed photos your parents meticulously kept. Have you seen photos from your parent’s wedding day? How about your grandparent’s wedding? How special are those photos to you?
Oh yeah, that’s right. They aren’t just special, they’re priceless.
Digital Photos Are Useless If They Stay Digital
We are in the age of technology and having the digital files from your wedding seems like the logical thing. If you have the digital files, you can do whatever you want with them. And guys, it’s true, you really can. However, I’m here to tell you that the vast majority of couples do nothing with their digital files. This seems to be a cold hard fact and we’ve spent lots of time trying to figure out why. Here’s what we’ve learned.
The dsic or USB of wedding photos that couples received from their photographer ends up sitting in a drawer.
Think about it.
The photos you paid thousands of dollars for are going to collect dust in a drawer.
I’m going to let that sink in.
Just having the digital files from your wedding is like running a marathon and quitting before the finish line. There’s really no point. Sure, you can pull out that USB at any time and methodically flip through the photos on your computer screen. But, that’s not the best way to enjoy your wedding memories guys, and I think you know it. Nobody invites their friends over and sits them down in front of a computer to look through 700 photos. Doing that is the equivalent of going through vacation photos on a slide deck. It’s boring and it has no value. This is another reason why the digital files from your wedding are useless.
Choose Your Photo Delivery Carefully
Most wedding photographers will include a USB or online gallery of digital files in their packages. This can seem like a great way to enjoy your photos, but friends, it’s not the be all and end all. An online gallery of digital files is great and it has its purpose. It means you can share your digital wedding photos with friends and family who were at the wedding or couldn’t make the wedding with a click of a button. This is a great short term sharing solution and we love it, we really do. However, only opting for your wedding photos in digital format is a mistake. Keeping your photos stored on a USB drive until the end of time does nothing for you. In 10 years having a USB drive will be like having your wedding photos on VHS tape. You just won’t be able to use it. Technology changes so fast. Whatever your digital files are stored on now will be out of date in the next 5-7 years. It’s just the way it is.
So guys, please, for the love of everything good and holy on this planet, choose a hardcopy product when selecting your wedding photography package. Make sure you get your photos off a hard drive and into the real world where you can enjoy them. Order an album or prints from your photographer. Put some photos up on your walls or just tuck some hard copy prints away so you can pull them out and look at them when you need a little pick me up. You never know. Your photographer may not be in business a few years from now. That means you might not be able to access your wedding photos online anymore. Furthermore, you may misplace your wedding USB the next time you move and there’s a chance your photos will be lost forever. An album is something we cherish and hold dear to our hearts. It sits on display and asks to be flipped through. It’s something you keep in a safe place and bring with you through the next stages of your life.
Bring Your Wedding Photos to Life
There’s no better way to enjoy your photos than in a beautifully designed wedding album or on your walls at home. Look, we get it. Wedding photographers blogging about the importance of albums – something they sell to clients – isn’t exactly new. Let me just set the record straight here – we’re not here to sell you anything. Because, frankly, we hate being sold to ourselves. Being sold to makes us want to vomit in our mouths a little. The point we’re making is that you need to print your photos. Do it through your photographer or do it yourselves. It doesn’t matter how it gets done. The important thing is that it gets done.
There, we said it. Digital delivery sucks. We’ll say it again: the digital files from your wedding are useless.
Finally, a high quality purposefully designed wedding album will last generations. Your kids will flip through it and see how hot their parents were once. Kidding! Sort of…. No honestly, your kids will see how loved their parents were on their wedding day. A time that existed before they themselves existed. A wedding album will last a lifetime and can be passed down to future generations. It’s an heirloom, not just a piece of old technology collecting dust in a corner.
Your wedding photos deserve to be cherished. You invested your time and hard earned money in them so you might as well enjoy them. Flipping through your wedding album will bring back your wedding day memories. Your wedding album is a beautiful reminder of how much you are loved by your closest friends and family. Clicking through hundreds of photos one by one on a USB drive doesn’t hold the same value. Talk to your photographer about preserving your wedding day memories so that you can enjoy them, today and for many years to come.
Did you like this article? Interested in reading more pieces that contain our two cents? Hop on over to this article we wrote on why your wedding is not the best day of your life. It sounds a little doom and gloom, but we promise there is some good stuff in there 🙂