Are Wedding albums still relevant in the digital age?

Part of considering a professional wedding photographer and how you want your day captured, is how you want your final images presented. Albums or a box of prints used to be the mainstay of the wedding industry. When I started out in the early 00’s, I remember many hours spent in dark rooms producing images and then carefully adding them to the wedding album. Now days my light bending skills have been largely replaced with Photoshop, and and pigment inkjet prints on fine art papers. Images are now provided online and via usb sticks, and although I still provide package options with albums, I find less people are going for the album options.

When considering whether or not to add an album to the package, below is a list of what I believe you should consider, before you make a firm decision to go with the digital only wedding photography option.

What’s so good about a wedding album?

One word springs immediately to mind ‘Tactile’.

There’s really no way that digital can replace the feel of an album, literally. Being able to leaf through gorgeously crafted pages of photos and smell the print, paper and cover simply cannot be replicated on screen (even with the oculus rift).


Conversation starter and memory keeper

There is something absolutely magical about your children or grandchildren being able to leaf through a solid, beautifully bound album and discover their relatives staring back at them from before they were born. The first thing my wife does when she visits her Mum is take some family photo albums off the shelf and snuggle in with a cuppa to ask her Mum to relay her stories and memories behind the photos.

Albums are easy to access and a great way to refresh memories. And like all memories, each person that was part of that memory immortalised on the page, has a different interpretation of what happened in that moment. It’s the story it tells for each person there and each person viewing it afterwards that makes an image special, yes it’s a little like a time machine.

Easy to find on the bookshelf

How many of us actually know which cloud account, hard drive or PC folder or usb stick our cherished photos are in? Not many of us take the time to title and tag our precious digital memories outside of Facebook, so it’s not an easy search. Try and find something from more than a year ago right now..I’ll wait…. Was it easy? I’m guessing it was harder than you expected.

Even if you could find the general event immediately, what if you’re looking for that specific one where you and your beloved are talking and smiling with Nana who’s since passed away? Do you have to scroll through 350 photos in Facebook, Flickr or a windows explorer folder to find it or do you slip that perfectly bound wedding album off your bookshelf and flick through to the section that has all your previously picked reception pics and find your late Nanna on side 27?

Having a professional to help compile your wedding day into one beautifully bound volume, puts all the highlights and special moments at your finger tips. A good photographer will help you plan your album, assisting you in finding your favorite images, to create a final product that is something you feel a part of.

What’s not so good?… or at least requires further consideration.

It’s a material object……. that could get lost.

I’ve added this here as a potential negative but it doesn’t have to be.

I’ve heard the argument, but digital files are safer, you can back them up to multiple places, an album can be destroyed and become degraded over time. The great thing about digital photography is that if an album is lost in a house fire, or abused in some way, it can actually be replaced. Wedding stories backs up all album files and wedding images locally (the blue mountains), regionally (Sydney CBD) and internationally (Somewhere on the east coast of America, because you can never be too careful right?). If you decide to get a professionally made album your photographer (most likely) still has the original files. It’s a good idea to back your personal files up to a cloud as well as an easy to grab removable hard drive, but that probably needs it own post (stay tuned for best ways to backup your memories).

Costs more than digital


It’s true! Albums can be relatively expensive…

At the time, the cost of a professionally crafted album may seem more expensive compared to just getting the digital negatives on a usb stick. But think about everything else you’ve invested in that day, rings, wedding dresses, suits, shoes, reception venue and food, flowers, cars, locations etc, etc. I’ll wager the cost of the album is tiny compared to these other costs. And they are OVER in one day!

Most forget the money spent and remember the experience. An album helps you relive the fun, laughter and love. Photos can help to cement those memories, and make new ones for people entering your life after your wedding day.

In short, get the album, you won’t regret it.

Paul Wookey and Philomena Carroll

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Get ready for a special music event with Paul Wookey and Philomena Carroll. Award-winning Paul is considered one of the best flat-picking acoustic guitarists in Australia, and Phil, an accomplished musician on banjo, guitar, double bass and vocals. Together, they will present Ol’ Timey music with a new twist from their vast repertoire of classic and original songs in a variety of genres, including Roots or Americana, Country, Blues, Folk and Bluegrass.

 

Paul Wookey is one of a very small handfull
of extremely talented musicians who were the
key members of Melbourne’s and Australia’s
acoustic
(called ‘Roots’ or ‘Americana’ these days)
music scene in the late 1970s, and one of
the only ones who has stayed there full time
through the four decades that have followed,
and he is now singing and playing even better
than he ever did, a true master of his craft.
It is hard to put a label on Paul’s music: there’s
Country, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, etc.. Better perhaps to
look at his influences and heroes, from Doc Watson to
Eric Clapton, from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan, to
Clarence White, The Byrds, The Beatles ….. .
And also to look at some of the people who have
enjoyed playing with him through the years …..
Aussies like Mike McClellan, Doug Ashdown, Ross
Ryan, Tommy Emmanuel, and international stars
like Country legends Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Mark
O’Connor and Byron Berline, and blues greats
including Jimmy Witherspoon and John Hammond. Not to mention the many international artists he has
supported in concert, including all of the above as well as Jesse Winchester, Mick Jagger, Charlie Musselwhite,
Mickey Newbury, John Renbourn, even Jasper Carrot, and a score more that have slipped from his memory.
From his early days as a resident performer at the famous Frank Traynor’s jazz and folk club in the 1970s to a
debut album in 1981 that won him the ‘Best New Talent’ Golden Guitar at Tamworth’s Australasian Country
Music Awards Paul has continued travelling upwards and onwards with his music, adding fiddle and electric
guitar to the playing that already had him marked as one of the very best
flat-picking acoustic guitarists in Australia, and blooming relatively late as
a notable songwriter, releasing two albums of original songs in recent years,
leading to extensive airplay on ABC Radio National and inclusion on Ian
McNamara’s most recent Australia All Over compilation CD.
Nowadays as well as playing solo and in occasional band configurations
Paul loves performing with his long time friend and now new and first wife
Philomena Carroll, herself a very accomplished musician, on banjo, guitar,
double bass and vocals. Phil was a member of all girl Country group Git
and The Rank Strangers Bluegrass Band, amongst others. Together Paul
and Phil present Ol’ Timey music with a brand new twist, and can throw
in a vast repertoire of classic and original songs from a variety of genres.
For more information visit www.paulwookey.com.au

Jacqui and Michael – 2013

Sometimes the light just makes taking great pictures almost effortless. The morning of Jacqui and Mikes wedding was one of those days. The light was soft and beautiful and the mood was relaxed and happy. Just right for a wedding day.

Blackheath in the late autumn has an almost ethereal quality about it, and after the traditional ceremony we roamed the park in the twilight searching for interesting and colourful scenes.

From there it was off to an intimate venue with close family and friends. The Carrington in Katoomba is an art deco masterpiece that literally transports you back in time.

For a young couple, Jacki and Mike both had maturity beyond their years, and their relaxed and fun nature made them a pleasure to photograph.

Here is to autumn weddings 🙂