Did I mention you should print?
I have said it many times before, but a photograph is not a photograph until it is printed. I honestly believe you get so much more from your images when you display them. I am guilty myself of looking through old photos on my phone over and over again, promising to print them one day until it's too late and you sell your phone or they get wiped because you've run out of space.
When I speak to my clients or potential clients about their wedding photography, I explain that I am always photographing with the final print in mind. I try to think forward to how an image might look on a wall or in a frame. That’s the end goal.
All my weddings come with the full day’s photography supplied on a personalised USB drive which is the perfect way to house your precious files, but what then?
My suggestions (as the title says) is to print. But where to start?
There are three main ways to display your work.
Prints, frames and albums.
Of course you can print your photographs anywhere these days. Online there are hundreds of companies with a fast turn around and low prices. Often these will be printed onto paper similar to that which you can buy and run through your own printer at home. This is perfect for getting lots of the incidental images of the day printed. At a standard 6x4 or 5x7 inch print, these are great for having on a shelf in a keepsake box ready to hand out and pass around when friends come to visit. Even take a nice pen to make notes on the back and scribble down memories from the day. This is something you will be grateful for in 20 years time when you are looking back through the box with your kids (or grand kids).
The next level is to use a printer who uses a fine art paper. Without getting all technical about it, a fine art paper will have a long life to it (often referred to as archival) meaning the print will last for years. The main difference is the paper has weight and texture (photo rag is similar to watercolour paper). This is something you won’t appreciate until you hold your images in your hands. There is something special about a tactile image in front of you compared to being locked away behind a screen.
I suggest you save the fine art paper for your larger prints. The money is well spent when the image is seen in a large format.
TIP: The Print Space in London has a great range of papers and finishes for your favourite images. Purchase one of their sample packs to see which paper you think would suite your print.
The best way to show a large print (on fine art paper remember) is in a frame. There are so many options to choose from in the world of framing that it can become a bit daunting. Best approach to take is to think how large you want a) the print b) the whole frame. If you come up with a rough idea of size, take it to your photographer who can help you get this made bespoke to your measurements.
Often the framing services photographers use will incorporate the printing too so you wouldn’t need to supply this yourself. Just think about the aesthetics and the layout of your home. What colours do you already have on show? What size and thickness are the other frames in your house? Are you wanting consistency throughout your home (i.e. black frames) or are you being consistently inconsistent (scratches head), going for a mix and match feel, each frame being different? There are no right or wrong answers here just preference.
Albums or printed books are a beautiful way to show a lot of images from you day in one collection. It’s the best way to tell the story, leading you back through the events was they happened. Speak with your photographer on this one. They will have created many in the past and know the flow needed for a great book.
The albums I supply come with either a leather or linen cover with custom embossing and laser etching on the front to you something unique.
Like I said at the start, the main point of all this is to make sure you don’t leave your wedding photographs stuck behind a screen. You should be proud of the day you created, with all its details and personal touches. Make sure you give your wedding the ’sign off’ it deserves.