I’ve had several clients recently ask me for some ideas about how to best keep and display their images. It’s been just the kick in the butt I needed to motivate me to write a few posts about exactly that!! I think that one of the biggest drawbacks to digital photography (maybe the only drawback?) is how easy it is to take a million photos and then just let them live on your computer until you forget that you even have them! I see this in my own life with my personal photos! I recently ran across about 300 photos I took when Justin and I went to visit my Dad in Seattle last year…photos of us with my Dad, sightseeing in downtown Seattle, hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park…all sitting untouched on a hard drive! And I wish I could say that was a one-time thing! While it seems less likely that people would do that with images from important events like their wedding, life has a way on creeping up on our best intentions and there those images sit while we take care of higher priorities on our to-do lists (you know, like grocery shopping!!)!

I want my clients to have their digital files…it was your wedding after all! But I also really want you to enjoy them!! And I think that begins with having hard copies in some form! While I am tempted to launch into the million and one reasons I think albums are priceless, I want to save that for another post and begin at the beginning….your engagement photos!!

I include an engagement session with every wedding for several really important reasons (again, another post!). While everyone is thrilled to have some great images of themselves as a couple, the question of what to do with them tends to come up first following that session. Which is where a guestbook comes in!!

Traditionally, guestbooks were little bound books filled with lined pages where your wedding guests could scribble their names and you would be left with a mostly blank notebook with a list of names that you would then put on a bookshelf never to open again! Nowadays, couples are getting SO creative and I’ve seen everything from thumbprint trees to photo mats to, most recently, an electric guitar!! I love love LOVE that couples are seeking to not only engage their guests a little more (no stiff signatures here!), but also looking for ways to create a “guestbook” that they will look at and enjoy and that will help them remember the incredible love and support that poured out from their family and friends on their wedding day!

So why not combine a treasury of your favorite engagement images with the messages of love from your guests? There are SO many options for creating your perfect guestbook and it guarantees that neither your engagement photos nor your guests’ well wishes will end up collecting dust on the bookshelf!

These handcrafted books by Cypress feature amazing Japanese bookbinding fabric and Swiss ribbon…they are so stunning and coordinate beautifully with their flush-mount wedding albums!

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

With a wide variety of to-die-for fabrics and ribbons, ther are totally customizable and are available with a matching presentation box!
Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

The album style guestbook with thick pages and flush mount style photos on one side of the spread is another perfect option for creating a coordinating set with your wedding album and is also extremely customizable!
Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

The coffee table style books with magazine pages and a custom cover are not only gorgeous, but can be as casual or formal as you’d like!
Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

The “interactive” design option allows you to create fun questions for your guests to answer…prompting them to write more than just their names!
Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

With so many options, it’s easy to find a style and design that fit your wedding perfectly!
Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Maine wedding photographer, engagement photos, wedding guestbook, Cypress, Finao

Happy Thursday!!

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  • RoxyFebruary 12, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    I was admiring these guest books when I saw them on your desk while I was visiting, but I didn’t want to snoop. So I am really glad you posted and I could see inside. They’re beautiful.ReplyCancel

You may not believe this, but I actually DO own Strunk & White’s Elements of Style. And Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves. And My Grammar and I…or Should That Be Me. Why do I mention this, you might be asking? No, I didn’t wake up this morning with a huge urge to brag about my dorky grammar library (tempting through that may be!)…rather, I woke up this morning to an e-mail from a former professor of mine asking me why I’d utterly forsaken the period as a form of punctuation!

In his hilarious note to me, this professor (someone for whom I not only have the deepest respect, but also a genuine liking and admiration) pointed out that, in the many years that he’s known me, he doesn’t believe he’s ever received an e-mail from me that included a period as punctuation and he wondered if I have a personal code against its use. Question marks he’s seen, he says, but never a period. He goes on to describe my use of multiple exclamation points alongside such other displays of exuberance as words in all caps, the random spelling out of words for emphasis, and my use of gratuitous letter additions rather than the usual conveyance of tone by period versus exclamation versus question mark.

At this point, I’m laughing so hard that I’m crying. Because it’s totally true. I checked my past e-mails to this poor man…in nearly 6 years of correspondence, I found 4 periods. F-O-U-R.

He finally arrives at the crux of his e-mail: now that he’s finally realized that I haven’t been yelling at him for years on end, he’d like to know if I have a moral issue with the period or simply a superficial dislike of what is generally considered useful punctuation?

So I tried…I reeeeaaaalllly tried…to respond to a few e-mails this morning (including his!) with a heavier use of the much neglected period. And it made me feel sad inside. And I worried that the tone I was conveying lacked the enthusiasm I felt. So I added an exclamation point. And I started to feel better. And then another one and I felt downright H-A-P-P-Y!

So sorry, Strunk & White…I promise to insert the occasional period where it feels appropriate, but for now, long live the exclamation point – my very favorite punctuation EVER!!!

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(okay…so I totally couldn’t find Eats, Shoots & Leaves…which might be telling…but I swear that it’s around here somewhere…)

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  • JenJanuary 26, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    Cindy! I work with your lovely husband in the Unit in the Capital Region & on Sunday he mentioned you were a wedding photographer gave deets on your website. I’m so glad he did. Your work is amazing! I have a super soft-spot for looking at wedding photos in my down-time and I’d be lying if I said more than a couple times I didn’t choked up at the gorgeousness of the shots you captured. Well done! I’ll definitely be spreading the word of your beautiful work. And as a former Eng & Creative Writing major, I, too, love Strunk & White. So good! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • natalieJanuary 23, 2011 - 5:41 pm

    HAHAHA… cindy, i loved this!!! (i have trouble with NOT using ellipses and of course the triple exclamation)ReplyCancel