The Green Wedding Series: Photography

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In part 3 of the Green Wedding series, we'll take a look at making your wedding photos more eco-friendly.  Photography may not be the first thing you think of in terms of "green" but here are some ideas:

  • The number one step in green photography is shooting digital, not film.  Most photographers are already doing this! Just be sure yours is.
  • Ask potential photographers if they offer an online gallery.  Not only is this great for sharing images with family and friends, it saves the need to print 500-1,000 proofs!
  • Also ask if those online images can be downloaded - some photographers use low-resolution files which won't print nicely, or use a flash-based site where you can't right-click to save the file.  Ask if there is an option to have downloadable high-res images.
  • Only order prints of the images you are truly going to frame.
  • Don't place disposable cameras on each table at the reception.  This tends to waste a lot of paper and chemicals, and the images aren't usually very good.  Many of your guests will have digital cameras with them - create a website that allows your friends and family to upload the photos.  Snapfish has a great "Group Room" option!
  • While you definitely want your wedding album to look great and to stand the test of time, there are some greener options out there.  Ask your photographer what options he or she recommends.
  • Lastly, hire a local photographer rather than one that needs to fly or drive several hundred miles to get to your wedding.