Do you really need a wedding album when the photos look so good on screen?

Do you really need a wedding album when the photos look so good on screen?

As far as I’m concerned there is no debate. Can you compare the sheer delight of holding your beautifully printed album in your hands or sharing photographs digitally on a screen? Of course photos look fabulous on screen and its incredibly easy to share them with your nearest and dearest but will they still be there in 50 years time? Or will they be resting idly in your cloud while your grandchildren fruitlessly search for the required password?

Maybe they never make it to the cloud and they sit on an old computer somewhere before they are forgotten and the old PC is marched off to the tip! Or (getting carried away now) perhaps computers stop reading jpegs and you never get round to converting them into something else?

In contrast an album will last a lifetime. Either nestling in its box or taking pride of place on your bookshelves, its readily available for reminiscing whenever the wish arises. My love for photography began many years ago. I would spend hours at my grandparents house studying their many photo albums, peeling back the sticky film, lifting the photographs out, desperately wanting there to be something written on the back (yes I’m that old)! I found out all I could about the people in the photos and their many stories. Despite its usefulness I doubt a digital album would be nearly as satisfying. The knowledge that generations of my own family had actually handled the photographs and written their own interpretations on the back is what made the experience so special for me. Its a tangible connection to the past. A past I wasn’t part of but one I most definitely belong to. Its why I tell my couples that the album isn’t really for them. Its for the future generations they may not ever even meet.

The value lies in time – a family heirloom.

There are three different album types to choose from, The Beast, The Queensberry or The Big Books. Each offers something a bit special and all of the choices can come in loads of different sizes  and colours. If all that’s too much information for you, just tell me what colour you like and how much you would like to spend and I’ll sort it all out for you.


A Tall Long Legged Bird; offers the finest Queensberry albums and pressbooks, the quality is outstanding. The great thing I love about Queensberry is the ability to design something, which is completely unique to you. You choose every element of the album from paper type to cover materials, the options are endless and all in the best possible taste! If you would like an album after your wedding, we can work together to design something, which you will treasure forever. Prices vary considerably depending on the options that you choose. Once we have decided on the options I can give you a formal quotation. I suggest a budget of between £300 -£800


A completely different option to the Queensberry range is the BIG BOOK these books are another great way to display your photographs. The BIG BOOK is handsome & well made, they have hardbacks & nice thick stain finished pages, your names and wedding date can be embossed on the front of the buckram cover. These books will stand the test of time and look great left out on your coffee table for you and your visitors to enjoy and relive your day. If you choose this option I will design the book myself and include up to 150 of your wedding photos just leaving you to decide on the colour for the cover.  I can also include mini A5 versions, great if you would like to surprise the parents with a LITTLE BOOK after the wedding. No need to make any decisions yet, you can decide after the wedding if the BIG BOOK is something that you would like.

The price for the BIG BOOK is £300 or £500 for the BIG BOOK & two LITTLE BOOKS.

I can show you some samples of these when we meet.


All my wedding packages come with the wooden box and 25 fine art prints. This is something special to look forward to after your digital images have arrived and something real that you can keep forever.


These are great to give to the parents, they can never get their heads around downloading. They can go off with their stick to Boots and print to their hearts content without bothering you. Perfect.

The cost for the little box and the usb loaded with all your wedding images £50


This book is massive, hence it’s title The Beast. This is an A3 hardbound book and weighs a ton! I love these books, they really suit my style of my reportage photography plus you have the luxury of choosing from 3 different paper types. The cover can be either a photograph or a plain solid colour of your choice. The Beast is presented in a white gift box, it’s also possible to order A4 versions at the same time for the parents.

  • The price for THE BEAST is currently £500
  • The price for THE BEAST & 2 parent A4 copies £750


 Glossy– Really thick and super shiny, great for people with children as you can actually wipe the pages clean.

Middle Man – Again really thick but not quite as shiny as the glossy, the photos look great on this and the colours just pop of the page.

Fine Art – Pure class, a dry finish that gives the images a beautiful subtle look, again the pages are really thick.

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