Dragon Hare Studios – You spend months planning, stressing and even obsessing over every single detail of your wedding day! The cake theme, the colour of the flowers, the table decorations and what you wear is carefully thought out and dreamed about! After the wedding day, what carries on? You have your ring, and you will have your wedding portraits.
There are many options out there for displaying wedding portraits that will ensure your wedding day memories never fade from memory – from albums to custom framed prints and gallery wrapped canvas wall portraits. As a wedding photographer though, the number one question we are asked is: “can we get a disk of our pictures?”. My response to this question is always the same – why?
Earlier this year, Apple announced their new computers will only have a USB 3 Type-C port. In 2008, Apple began manufacturing computers without optical drives – first CD’s and then DVD drives have slowly become obsolete. Now images are stored on USB flash drives or external hard drives with USB ports and Apple has begun the process that will make these drives obsolete. If you are a very tech savvy person, then you will take the time to upgrade your personal photos to new media storage solutions as the technology changes. If you are not, within five years, the media you store your images on will be obsolete meaning you will not have your wedding photos or any other personal photos within five years, unless you take the time and spend the money to keep them upgraded and current.
Google’s boss, Vint Cerf, recently stated that this generation will be known as the “forgotten century”. We take hundreds of photos on our phone but only 1 cell phone image in 100,00 images is ever printed out! That is a staggering statistic. Google assigned us the “forgotten century” tag because all of our data is stored on computers, cell phones or tablets whose technology will be outdated in just a few years. Again, unless we spend time and money upgrading our storage systems, the data stored on these devices will soon disappear. It is anticipated that 99% of the photographs taken now, will not be around in the very near future! When we consider that have been more photographs created in the past five years, the in all the previous time leading up to that, that number is unfathomable.
In our own experience, 80% of clients who purchased a digital file, did nothing with it. This is also a staggering statistic to me! When I question brides further on why they want the digital files, I find major reason is to share a few images on social media with family and friends. This is significantly different than a disc of all high resolution images and the price tag associated with it should show that. Unless you are an avid scrapbooker, the files remain locked on a computer and are rarely used. As a photographer, who creates portrait art that celebrates life’s milestones, this is a sad fact of life.
As a bride, I encourage you to consider what you are going to do with your images before you start the process. Do you want a portrait display for your wall, an album that chronicles your day start to finish, or just a collection of custom prints of your closest family and friends on your special day. Go in to the meeting with an idea of how you would like to display your memories from your wedding day and this will help ensure you end up with exactly what you want to carry on your memories.
And finally, I truly encourage you to do your homework on all of the vendors you hire for your big day. In the photography industry for example, there is no qualification required before opening up a photography business. There is no technical test, no requirement for back up equipment, business licenses or even liability insurance. Remember, these are memories you want to last a lifetime! Ask questions – are you professionally trained? Do you have back ups for all of your equipment? What happens if your child is sick on my wedding day? Do you have proper business insurance (i.e. not a home policy)? Are you a member of your industry’s not-for-profit professional organization? Do you have liability insurance? Do you have a GST number and up to date business licenses? These are all questions you can ask a vendor to ensure their services will meet with your expectations! If the answer is no to any of these questions, do not doubt yourself, choose another vendor who can answer yes! You have spent months planning and dreaming, take a few extra minutes to ensure your memories are perfect.
Kim Morritt, Master of Photographic Arts
Nationally Accredited by the Professional Photographer’s of Canada
Vermilion Wedding Photographer of Lloydminster Wedding Photography