You have your wedding photos, now you are wondering what to do with them? I’m sharing some ideas for you today along with some important tips. Keep reading for a professional photographer’s guide on what exactly to do with your wedding photos.
When You Receive Your Gallery
A few months after your wedding, you will receive the email you have been waiting for! Your photographer will send you your completed virtual gallery. This is an incredibly exciting moment. You and your new spouse will finally get to view all of the photos from your big day. When you receive your gallery, keep these tips in mind:
Thank Your Photographer
After you take a look at your amazing gallery, be sure to send a thank you to your photographer. This can be a simple reply to their email. Let them know how much you love your photos and appreciate all of their hard work! This will mean so much to them. Another great way to thank your photographer is to write a review for them on google or any other website that hosts public reviews.
Save Your Login Information
When receiving your virtual gallery, save all of your login information. You might need a pin number, email, and password to access and download your photos. Your photographer will guide you through this when sending them. If you received a sneak peek of your gallery, you might already have this information. Keep all important details in a safe place. But don’t worry! Your photographer should still be able to help you in the case that you misplace or forget this important information.
Download Your Favorite Images
Go through your entire gallery without downloading photos first. Just enjoy looking through all of those special moments together! Once you have completed the entire gallery, then you can go back through and download your favorite images. Download the High Res and Web Size versions of each photo you download. Start with 10-15 images! This will help you easily access the images you want to share and print later on. To keep your gallery extra safe, choose the option to download the full gallery. Keep it in an external hard drive and store it on your computer.
Printing Your Photos
You can print out some of your wedding photos to display in your home, share with loved ones, and use for your wedding thank you card design. Those are just a few options. Get creative with how you use your wedding photos! Use the High Res images for printing. You can ask your photographer what business they recommend for this. Some photographers offer printed images as an add-on. Note any dimensions well in advance so you know exactly what to print. This will save you so much time and money in the long run.
Share them on your socials!
If you desire to, share your wedding day on your social media. This is a super personal decision! Remember, there is absolutely no pressure to share anything you do not want to.
Pro tip from a wedding photographer: Your vendors will most likely have the right to share your wedding photos with permission from the photographer. Read your contracts thoroughly. If there are any portions of the day you don’t want to be published or posted, you need to have this written legally in your contracts.
Choose the Web Size Images
When posting, choose the Web Size images as they are formatted best for socials. Send them to yourself and save them to your phone to make posting easier.
Do Not Edit Your Photos
This is another point that your photographer will likely include in your contract. Remember, you selected your photographer based on their values, style, and professionalism. Your photos are already edited by a pro. Do not add a filter or edit anything about the image on your own when posting.
Tag Your Vendors
Last but not least, tag all of your vendors! Start with your photographer and don’t forget about the rest of your wedding team. Feel free to ask them for their social media handles if you are unsure. This is another easy way to show your appreciation and credit their work.
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