How Much Are Your Wedding Photographs Worth?

Yesterday I blogged about why price should be the last thing you consider when it comes to choosing a photographer for your wedding. Tonight, we're looking at value. Take a look at this photo.....(try not too laugh too hard):

That's a really old photo of me and my family, taken around 26 years ago. Yeh yeh yeh.....I know! They don't do haircuts like that anymore! I can hear what you're thinking......what's this got to do with wedding photography? Let me explain....

Not long after that photo was taken, I remember my Dad (that's the chap in the red sweater) took the spool down to the chemists and had it printed. We probably looked at it for a few minutes, then it got stuffed in a drawer along with all our other family prints. And I'm sure you can relate - we've all got a drawer like that somewhere in the house! The point is, we didn't really value that photo massively at the time to be fair. How much was it worth? At the time I'd have argued no more than the paper it was printed on.

Fast forward 26 years to the present day, and the power of this really hits home. Two of the people in that photo are no longer with us - sadly my Dad and Grandad passed away a few years after the photo was taken. Out of everyone in the photo, there's only three of us left. A fleeting moment in time, never to be repeated.

I read this somewhere on social media and it's so true:

"People don't value photos until it's all they have left"

Going back to our family photo, sure we didn't value it much at the time but how much is that photo worth now? I'd argue it's priceless. Photographs bring back memories and feelings like nothing else on earth. It's the reason why people will tell you if they could save only one thing from a house fire it'd be their photographs.

So, coming back to the point of this post, how do you put a value on your wedding photos? Now let's make the distinction between value & price again. You can easily find out how much it'll cost to have your wedding photos taken, but how much will they be worth to you? How do you value them in years to come?

You can't. Truly, they're pricelss. And they grow more valuable with time.

And now the real point of this post. When It comes to choosing a photographer for your wedding, choose carefully. Don't make price your main concern, because one day, your photos are all you'll have left.

Alan Snelling Photography provides high quality wedding photography throughout Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond. For more information, visit us at www.alansnellingphotography.co.uk

A Photo isn't a photo until it's printed...

"A photo isn't a photo until it's printed"

I read that on a wedding website last week and it really resonated with me. I've got to say, I reckon that's true. There's something nice about a photo you can touch & feel. We all consume images in different ways now, amazing advancements in technology mean we can carry our photos in our pockets on our phones, view them online, on computer etc. I have to say I love the way technology has revolutionised photography.

But what happens in the next 10 - 20 years when technology changes? Look how far we've come in the last 10-15 years - who knows what technology we'll be using to view our photos on in 20 years time. What happens when those DVDs no longer work in your computer because your brand new computer no longer has a DVD drive? Or worse still, what happens when your hard drive fails?? What's the answer?? Print your photos! And this is where a wedding album comes into play.

A professionally-designed wedding album will show off your precious wedding photos for years to come, no matter how our technology changes. You'll never need to worry about your wedding album "running out of battery"!! I've also often heard people say "yeh, you buy a wedding album and it just sits in the cupboard, no-one looks at it". Maybe that's true for the first few years. But keep in mind, your wedding album gets more valuable as the years pass - it's something physical you can see and touch, which brings memories of loved ones and special times flooding back in detail.

So, if you've got your precious wedding photos hiding unseen on a hard drive somewhere, or you've still to book your wedding photographer, give us a shout! We offer luxurious hand-made Italian wedding albums that come with a lifetime guarantee, for a special product that will truly last. Get in touch today :-)

New Lanark Wedding Photos - Nicola & Samantha

Last Summer, we were lucky enough to be invited to photograph Nicola & Samantha's amazing Civil Partnership at the New Lanark Mill Hotel, near New Lanark - another one of our favourite jobs last year!! As you can see from the photos below, it was a great day - even the Scottish weather was in fine form!! It makes a huge difference to us (and to the finished photos) when everyone's up for having a good time and as you'll see, we had a tremendous amount of fun with everyone. This is deffo a wedding we'll never forget! Our day started off photographing bridal preparations at the New Lanark Mill Hotel. Normally we've got one group of girls to photograph at a wedding, but of course being a civil partnership we had two sets of bride prep photos to take, with Nicola & Samantha getting ready in separate rooms.

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As we headed out for the ceremony at New Lanark, it was clear the sun was going to shine all day for Nicola & Samantha.

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The ceremony itself was very emotional - there wasn't a dry eye in the house as Nicola & Samantha walked down the aisle with their Dads.

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After the wedding ceremony was over, we headed out into the gardens at New Lanark for some family shots and bridal party photos. Look at all those bridesmaids - by far the most number of bridesmaids we've ever had at a wedding!!

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After we finished the family shots, we headed on to the rooftop garden at the New Lanark Mill Hotel, which gives an amazing view over New Lanark itself, and of course the River Clyde. It really is a fab setting for wedding photos!

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The day seemed to pass so quickly and before we knew it was time to head in for the Speeches and wedding breakfast.

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After the meal, we headed out back into New Lanark itself, to make the most of the grounds and of course to get a photo in front of the Falls Of Clyde.

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After we finished our evening bridal portraits, we headed back to the New Lanark Mill Hotel to take some more friends and family shots and of course to photograph Nicola & Samantha's first dance.

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A huge thanks again to Nicola & Samantha for having us along to share their special day.