So to cheer yourself up, you walk over to your computer and fire up the DVD of your recent family portrait session so that you can flip through the images. After seeing the slideshow playing on your tiny laptop, you can’t wait until the rest of the family comes over so that you can pass the computer around the dinner table.
Here’s another scenario, similar to the first, except for one crucial point: those incredible, indelible images are hanging on your walls. You see them every time you walk by; you smile every time you walk by. In each room of your home, the heirloom photographic art makes your heart swell, overflowing with the investment you’ve made in your family, the investment in adding permanence to your memories.
The impulse to purchase images on a disc instead of a canvas or a print is strong. We feel as if we don’t actually own something until we possess every image from our shoot, as if the only way to experience our family is by being able to make as many reprints of them as we want.
But images on disc sit around. They become stuffed into a desk drawer, until their media is rendered obsolete and the images cannot be accessed anymore. They remain untouched, until that day when we’ll have enough time to put them in an album or print them ourselves.
Finished products, on the other hand, are just that. They are ready to hang, ready to enjoy. They are instant–and constant–gratification. They are objects that can be passed down to your children, and your children’s children.
The tangible nature of fine art–that it is an actual object, hanging on your wall or sitting on your coffee table–is meant for enjoyment, for experience, not to be archived on a shelf in a plastic media case. A CD of all of your images is not fine art.
And the creation of fine art cannot be cheap. Crafting memories and creating personalized products that can be enjoyed for generations is a job that carries a lot of responsibility and weight, and demands finesse and skill. With professional photography, as with so much of life, you get what you pay for.
Photographic art is an investment, to be sure, but it’s one that you’ll never regret.
Many thanks to Design Aglow for this edition of the Conversations with Clients series.
Now that you have your fall wedding color scheme picked out it is time to plan your decor and floral design. Working with professional florists and wedding planners can be a huge help in figuring out how to best incorporate your theme ideas in a sophisticated way but to get the ball rolling here are some fun ideas!
Idea #1: Incorporate natural materials like wooden baskets, berries, gourds and pumpkins to bring a little outside in.
Idea #2: Add a pop of color to your decor through beautiful linens within your color scheme - event rentals companies and fabric stores (check out online options like www.fabric.com) will be your best bet.
Idea # 3: Flowers are getting scarce by mid fall making bouquets pricey. Opting for non traditional bouquets featuring berries, ferns, branches, leaves and/or succulents can decrease your costs and add a ton of visual interest!
Idea #4: Keep guests cozy if the venue has indoor and outdoor guest areas. Guests love the extra touch and comfort provided by throws for cold shoulders and laps, propane outdoor heaters and adorable cocoa bars. Try Amazon and the Oriental Trading Company for ideas to keep guests feeling like VIPs in the chilly weather.
Idea #5: Add candles for visual warmth. Have you checked out Save on Crafts yet? The go-to online supplier of discount and diy wedding and craft supplies. So many cute options for candles and candle holders.
Idea #6: Nothing says October like some beer steins for the groomsmen (and bridesmaids). Bring in a hint of Oktober Fest to add to the festivities. Etsy has SO many cute options (check out shops like Urban Farmhouse for a WIDE variety of awesome personalized items!).
Need some ideas for a fall inspired wedding? I love how some of my wedding clients have incorporated beautiful fall themes into their weddings! Here are some ideas for how you can pop a little fall color into your wedding too!
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Keep your eyes out for Fall Weddings Part 2: Decor Ideas coming next week!