Wedding Tips & Advice

Apples are not Apples... Why You Should be Asking your Photographer for more than just Digital Files

So we're living in a digital age and our cameras capture digital images that we can print time and time again. With just a few clicks we can send our digital images across the interweb and create all kinds of cool things - huge canvas wall pieces, photobooks, wallet prints for grandma, the sky's the limit - and that rocks!

But as professional photographers we struggle with handing over digital files to our clients, and here's why...

We invest a lot of time and money into colour managing our work, buying professional equipment and educating ourselves so that we can be sure that the final products we create look exactly the same as the images we see and edit on our screens. You might think that's a given, but in reality it's not. We use specialist equipment to regularly calibrate our computer screens to make sure they display colour and brightness correctly, we invest in top spec professional photographic printers and set up specific profiles for them on our computers so that they work together perfectly, and we even adjust our settings depending on the paper we print each image on. 

When you order prints and products from local retailers or online, it is not often that they will have a professional photographic workflow, and so the results will often leave you disappointed. 

We decided to try a little experiment and see just how much difference there would be printing the same image at several different places. We printed this image from one of our recent newborn sessions on our colour-managed printer here at the studio, and then also sent it out to 4 local photo print retailers. We knew there was going to be a difference but when we got the prints back even we were shocked at just how different they were! 

This example shows you a completely unedited photo that we took of two of the prints - one printed by us and the other at one of the local retailers (and just in case you're wondering the other retail prints looked pretty much the same as this example).


When you invest time and money into having your special memories captured by a professional photographer and then only take away the digital files to print yourself, you're leaving the final result completely to chance and will often be disappointed in the prints you get back - you only have to look at this example to see it.

That's why we are passionate about printing all our images for our clients and why we invest so much in colour management to ensure our prints always look exactly as we expect them to. We simply want you to have the most beautiful possible memories to keep forever, and we don't want all the hard work we've put in to creating that for you to be wasted on a inferior quality print x



Gemma & Mark's Gorgeous Wedding Album

We feel that as professional photographers our job extends way past being there to capture our clients' special day, it's just as important what happens to the images afterwards. We know that these days everyone wants digital files, which is why we include them in all our wedding packages, but you still can't beat quality printed products. When you have images on a USB, you have to make the conscious effort to look at them when you want to, and because of that life often just gets in the way and they sit in a drawer never being seen. But when you invest in creating beautiful artwork like wall art or an album, your beautiful images will make you smile every day, even just when you catch a glimpse of them as you walk by. 

We have spent many years learning our craft, honing our skills, and finding the very best suppliers to make sure that we have the talent and experience to create something beautiful from our client's images, and this custom photobook we created for Gemma & Mark is no exception. 

Congratulations for investing in your memories Gemma and Mark, now you have something from your wedding day that you can treasure forever, and pass down to your children and grandchildren so that in the years to come they can all see how young, hip and fun you fun you used to be ;-)

5 Quick Tips for Thanking your Wedding Guests

Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life, and one of the things that makes it so special is being able to share it with your family and friends, the people you love almost as much as your new spouse. 

It is important to take the time to thank your guests for sharing in your day and most couples choose to do this by sending out thank you cards after the wedding.

Here are a few quick ideas from us to help you rock your cards...

1. Make your cards personal by featuring a photo of you.  Plan ahead and capture an image to thank your guests either during your engagement portrait or on your Big Day. The perfect pick for your cards!

wedding thank you card idea


2. Choose your favourite wedding day image and add a design you love that ties in with the style or theme of your wedding.

thank you card


3. Have some fun with it and show your personality. After all that's what your friends and family love about you ;-)

4. Customise the design to make your thank you cards uniquely you.

5. Write a heartfelt message to let your guests know how you feel about them being there to share your day. Choose to handwrite messages to each guest, or if you just can't find the time, a custom card with a personalised message is a great way to say thank you!


We know you're busy and you've got a lot on your plate right now, so if you would love some gorgeous thank you cards to send to your guests just get in touch and let us custom design yours for you - it's all part of the service ;-)

Of course cards aren't the only way to say thank you to your loved ones, there are lots of other cool ways to show your appreciation on your Big Day.

 Check out our Pinterest Board for inspiration and ideas for awesome ways to say Thanks!