So you just got married and can’t wait to see the photos. You know you have the official photographs coming from the photographer you hired, but what about the rest? You would have probably have seen some family and friends upload photos they took from their phone to their Facebook pages. If you are even luckier, you might even be tagged in some so you can find them later. You need a strategy to collect and share wedding photos.
Collect And Share Wedding Photos At Your Wedding
Be prepared for that one person who will email you all their photos. They will split it into ten emails because they can only fit 3-4 images per email. Perhaps that aunt who wants you to have a PHOTO TAKEN NOW and text’s them to you the morning after your wedding day. While this are good intentions, you will have low res copies of the photos all while waking you up with constant notifications.
This blog article deals with the issue of everyone having their independent camera, smartphone, video camera and independent apps. Having so many different devices taking photos makes collecting everyone’s photos a bit of a nightmare. Don’t fret as we have many solutions to cater to each couple’s style and show you how to collect and share wedding photos with ease.
Perhaps cloud storage is the easiest solution, but some of the older generations will be left baffled as to what the ‘cloud’ actually is. By now, many people have cloud storage, whether they are aware of it or not on their smartphone. The first option is to create a free Dropbox account and have people send you or “drop” all their happy snaps in one central location. You can start a free account with 2GB of storage, but this may not be enough. Luckily you can do a few things to get some extra storage for free on Dropbox. Most digital copies of wedding photos are around 1000+ photos and can tally upwards of 5GB.
Another solution (for the more tech-savvy) are couples who make their own unique dedicated wedding website. These days they usually come with ample storage (25GB+). You can install services like OwnCloud with 25 times the storage of DropBox for free. It’s great because you do not have to pay for anything and set it up the way you like.
In recent years Samsung & Apple have created their version of mini cloud sharing for tempory transfer of images/files. Samsung calls it Link Sharing and Apple call it iCloud Link. It allows you to easily select the images/video on your phone and Apple/Samsung create a tempory link (2-3 days) and put it in the cloud for people to easily access the photos. This requires no extra work on your end and makes it easier for everyone.
Believe it or not, there are dedicated apps for guests to take photos from their smartphone and upload it straight to you. These photos go directly to the couples Event Page which you can download them at a later time. All you need is a smartphone and as long as you let guests know they will happily take photos and upload it for you. The downside is that some apps like Ever Snap are only on iPhone and Android smartphones.
The other issue with this option is that not everyone will want to download new apps to their phone. An example is my mother; it took me long enough to teach her how to use the camera app on her iPhone. She sees no reason to use another app to take photos.
Pro Tip: While its easy to text/SMS a photo it compresses the image by scaling it down a lot to the size of a smartphone screen. If you want a photo taken on a smartphone its better to email, cloud share or even put them on a USB.
Photo Booths With Live Uploads
Most people think that photo booths only take photos and get prints. Did you know that some of the more sophisticated photo booths not only take your photos but also upload them live to Facebook or Twitter for example? It’s great for the couple and guests. The couples get photos on the night as they are uploaded live to social media straight away. The guests also get a keepsake and can tag and share their photos online (and download a copy as well). We have an open-air photo booth which is perfect for any event. Our photo booth not only uploads live to Facebook, but we also give the couple a copy of the DSLR photos in high resolution as well.
When it comes to low tech solutions to collect and share wedding photos, disposable cameras are the easiest for all wedding guests. Everyone can get involved with as it is easy, right in front of your guests, and everyone knows how to use a camera. The drawback with this is that some people have a habit of taking their table camera home without thinking. When this happens, you may lose some photos. As these are old-school film, they fade over time. Even when you scan the images, they will not be anywhere near as good as ones taken with your smartphone. There is also the added cost of developing the photos (or finding a place that still does it!). It will be different if you use a Polaroid camera, which is great for the hipster / rustic themed weddings.
Many Options At Your Finger Tips
As you can see, there are many ways to collect and share your wedding photos. Whatever option you decide to take, you need to choose one option and let everyone know clearly before the wedding. Communication can be done via email and Facebook plus also get the MC to announce it on the night. Using the MC is very important because not everyone will remember, and not everyone uses email / SMS (older generations). You can also print out small cards and place on the guest tables, advising them about your photo collection choice. While letting people know how to send you photos after the wedding, you should also advise them on your stance on social media.
We hope this helped you find a solution to collect and share wedding photos that best suit you. Just remember to relax, enjoy your wedding and smile! The photos will come anyway 🙂
What methods are you looking to collect and share your wedding photos? Is there any option you think we missed? Let us know down below and join the discussion 🙂