My photography is all about telling stories. I especially love photographing weddings because it’s a chance to tell a love story, which is my favorite kind of story! The storytelling aspect of a wedding is why I always include engagement photos with all of my wedding packages; getting to know the couple before their wedding and getting to see them interact without a hundred guests milling around helps me better tell their story.
But with wedding photography, it’s not only about the photographs themselves – although of course good photos are super important! – but also about how and when a couple can view and share their photos. I want my couples to be able to view their photos as soon as possible after their event, to share the photos as easily as possible and to see them in as many places as possible. So here is how I do it:
The day after a wedding, I choose my top 10 favorite photos, edit them, post them on Facebook and email them to the couple. I figure that for an exhausted couple who just had a whirlwind of a night, what is better than being able to see some beautiful photos the next day and relive the magic? Then, within a month, I edit the thousands of shots that I have, culling out the imperfect ones and putting together a collection of 600-700 color-corrected, ready-to-print pictures. Within a month after the wedding, the photos become available online so couples can order prints, make albums and share the photos with their family members and guests. Finally, nine months after their wedding, every couple receives a high resolution DVD of all the final, edited photos, which they can print at 3rd party printers.
And, of course, I make a slideshow. I am a sucker for the slideshow – romantic photos set to sweet music always makes me smile. So I choose 40 of my favorite photos and set them to music, as a little added bonus for all of my wedding clients. This slideshow below I just sent to Nashira and Leon from their September 4th wedding. The slideshow is just one more easy way that a couple can see and share their photos right away. Because who wants to wait to see the photos from the most important day of your life? Definitely not me.