I am sure all of us in the industry have heard this before “Can I just have a quote not including an album done by you? I would really like to do it myself.” Now before I get started with this let me first say that I LOVE to do things myself. I am creative and sometimes feel that I can do a better job than someone else…ok maybe its a redhead thing or even a girl thing, my point is I have said this before to similar situations. I then later realized that maybe mine might have turned out some what of how I planned but the time, sometimes hassle, and even money that maybe just paying that extra to have the EXPERT do it I might enjoy it that much more.
That brings me to the point of this blog. I, like many of my photographer friends offer packages and included in these packages are albums. Now there are different forms of albums, parent, bride & groom, guest etc and there are so many companies offering different styles, binding and cover options that it can be hard to keep up. I know myself personally there was a specific look I was going for in terms of the product used and I searched high and low until I found a company that I liked. I spent 4 hours, yes you read that correctly, 4 hours in the show room of GTA Imaging, in Toronto. My girlfriend and I went over every product they offered with a fine tooth comb and asked their staff any question we could think of in terms of what they offered. Based on that visit I decided that they were the company that I wished to use for my clients. They are exclusive to photographers and offer the best prices by far, but for me the best part was that they are Canadian
Now during a bridal consultation I like to show my clients the product and let it speak for it self. Let them hold it, feel the quality of the papers used, and let them envision their wedding photos grace the pages. So why are couples still choosing to take product out of their packages? Maybe its the price point, some of these albums and other products can be quite costly, I will be the first to admit that, however this is the album that represents the BIGGEST day of your lives. Wouldn’t you want something so wonderfully displayed, put together with care and laid out in a manner that tells the story of your wedding day so beautifully? Maybe you think you will enjoy playing with layout options, background colours and wording. Who am I to say you won’t? I have heard people say before that when they went to do their wedding album they had no idea the time, patience and even money that goes into them.
So while you are sitting there thinking of the reasons why people would like to remove such items from their wedding packages let me explain to you why its beneficial for you to let an expert take care of it.
#1. By purchasing a Wedding PACKAGE the photographer has grouped together their time, product and artistic vision with a price point that benefits them and their potential clients. You will be receiving your product at a greatly discounted price instead of purchasing some at a later date.
#2. You don’t have to sit for hours grouping together photos and laying them out page by page ensuring that each one is perfect, thats what you paid your photographer to do.
#3. Your photographer has the proper software, tools and training allowing them the expertise to showcase your photos.
#4. They have access to companies and product that not everyone does, there for providing you with a custom product.
#5. Who better to design your album, thank you cards or prints than the person who was with you all day photographing these events as they unfolded? They were there for the emotional first kiss, that look your father gave you right before you walked down the aisle, and that incredible mother-son dance that had everyone on their feet.
You see, I am only five points in and already its making sense to you isn’t it? Yes you may be spending a little more money than you had planned but lets be honest here….were you really going to go through all 300 photos and put together an album? Were you really going to make your own thank you cards or buy ones from the Hallmark Store? How long will you let you mother nag you about getting her an album of your wedding day? Let us handle it We offer it to you for a reason.
So sit back, put your feet up, enjoy a hockey game or two and let your photographer make you the best memory keepsake out there. All you have to do is open it and enjoy
Below you will find some of the product I offer my clients.
Yours in Blog & Photog,
Parent Albums (Coffee Table Book with Dust cover)
Bride & Groom Album (Fine Art, Lay Flat Album)
Seamless page spreads allowing full photos on both pages.