This is the book that you’ll show your grandchildren and the book you’ll treasure for the rest of your life. It’s contains photographs of relatives who are no longer with you in 20 years time, or friends you’ve lost touch with; maybe even the book that will be passed down through generations to come…
What’s your favourite book? Do you own it? Do you have it on a tablet, e-reader or in printed form? I couldn’t pick a favourite, but I suppose some of my favourites would include my Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe books, The Game of Thrones series (Yes, I’ve read them), Harry Potter, A couple of photo books, (We English by Simon Roberts and Magnum stories) my old sketchbooks from college and once we have it, our wedding book. My fiancee has a favourite book which is called Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. I bought her a signed first edition for our first anniversary and it is the only gift I have bought her that made her cry (in a good way).
Books are important. They’re what I browse in a persons house to see what makes them tick. So when looking at your book collection, do you have a space on the shelf for your wedding album? Will you get a wedding album or print out your wedding photographs? Digital photography has done away with the necessity for printed photographs. It’s a shame really, because photographs are only truly their best when they’re printed. The photograph was always intended to be viewed on paper and I wish I had more photographs around my house than I already do! I started writing a webpage about my wedding albums, which you can read here.
What I love about wedding books is that they are actual photographic prints, you can see all the detail on the page that you would otherwise lose on a computer screen or tablet. The images flow together on the page to tell the story of your day and the book makes it easy to flick through the images at your own leisure. It’s what I would want for the photographs that I would look at for the rest of my life.
I remember talking with an old friend of mine’s parents about the fact that I wanted to get into wedding photography and they showed me their album. I had only just met them, but they were willing to share their most precious memories with me in this printed album.
The thing that I think about when I think of a wedding album and how important it is, I think that, if my house was on fire, I’d grab that book (and my hard drive of photographs)! Photographs used to be irreplaceable, and some still are. Years from now, you’ll get it down from the shelf, blow off some dust and relive everything all over again. The memories of that day, your friends and your family and your special day of love for your other; they’re worth being put into a book or printed into an album, aren’t they?