Why You Should Get a Wedding Album

A bit of a morbid way to start a blog, but when asked "What would you go back in for if your house was on fire?", the top answer has always been "The Wedding Album". Luckily with the digital age of cloud storage, we don't have to choose between risking your life and losing one your most precious memories; but it just goes to show you how important a wedding album is held to be.

Speaking of the digital age, it really has changed the world, hasn't it? Our images are now stored in online clouds and uploaded as Instagram posts - but what do you get at the end of your journey with your wedding photographer? A password-protected gallery and a cute, engraved wooden USB to be used twice and then tossed in a drawer to collect dust. We're here to share our top 5 reasons of why you need to get a wedding album.

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Months and months and a ton of money goes into planning your wedding day. You pore over every last detail, attend all of the wedding shows, and pin photos to boards until your index finger gets carpal tunnel... then the day comes and goes in the blink of an eye. The cake has been eaten, the flowers have wilted, and the gown has been vacuum sealed for storage - photos are all you have after your wedding is done. But does it make sense to spend all of that time and money on the wedding, only to tap through the photos a couple times and then never again? Serve justice to the day by making sure that you have invested in a high quality art album.


The best thing about having an album is that you will actually look at your photos more than if you just have it in an online gallery because it's less of a commitment to pick up the well curated, stunning art book off your coffee table than it is to mindlessly click through thousands of photos. It's also a great conversation piece for when friends and family come over! They love flipping through an album because your wedding is one of few times in your life where everyone in your family comes together. Best friends who've moved across the country and family from overseas all hop on a plane to come for your special day, and guests love seeing people they know as they go through a book. I've seen a stark difference between people who aimlessly swipe through wedding images on a tablet than when they look at an album - they really pay attention to the photos and love the storytelling that happens when going through a wedding book. It's just a different experience, especially now with the swiping, clicking, tapping of digital devices - people love actually being able to flip through albums! We are partners with the world's BEST album company, VisionArt, whose books have LayFlat technology which allows your book to lay completely flat so your whole family to look at your album at once without the pages flipping up!


I had a family shoot done by the resort photographer while in Jamaica this past April and expected to get a weblink to access and download my images. Instead, I got a DVD. Nowadays, computers don't even come with DVD drives but luckily I actually had a portable one (collecting dust) that I could hook up to my laptop. It's only a matter of time before USBs follow suit and become obsolete. Save your grandkids the trouble, get the album.


Wedding albums should not be made to only last you until your 5 year anniversary, it is your first family heirloom. You want them to last so that you can pass this precious piece of history down to your children and their children; you can show them the day that your family began. Printing through your photographer ensures that your photos, memories, and legacy get the justice they deserve. So this is not really the time to be making online photobooks on Shutterfly because you bought a Groupon and haven't used it. Most high-end album vendors do not work with the general public, only with professionally vetted wedding photographers - and we work with the best . VisionArt Album offers top-of-the-line product museum quality print with Archival ink on fine art paper. The books are built to last for generations (and yes, this is definitely possible if your album is properly cared for), and they have multiple case and display box options (for added protection) which is exactly why we partner with them.

Getting an amazing photographer to document your wedding is just about the best thing you can do when making decisions for your big day... and getting an album ensures that you serve justice to those photos.

Annuj & Tanya

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Tanya's Corner - Tips to Ensure Your Best Photos for Your Engagement Session


Hey folks! 

Tanya here with my first tips post on the IbA Blog.  Now, for a bit of context: Annu and I complement each other in a lot of ways, we balance each other out.  Where I like to be organized, he's more go-with-the-flow.  Where he's a movie buff, I like TV shows more.  Where I'm sorru-curry (aka rice and curry), he's a roti kinda guy.  And when it comes to clients, he's the nice guy, and I'm tough love.  I say the things that you may not want to hear but are always in your best interest - I'm not always the greatest at sugar coating either.  So keep that in mind when reading my stuff - it's all done out of love :)  

With that being said, I bring to you some tips to help you plan your engagement shoot (there are many more, I'll probably have to make at least another post). 


1.       Be mentally prepared – it is going to be a long day.  A VERY long day.  Most people don’t realize that for each final photo you see online, there are scores of the same pose, altered in slightly different ways and taken from different angles and different light settings.  Though engagement shoots are very fun and memorable, they can be tiring as well.  Make sure to have a good mindset and attitude going into it!



2.       Keeping Tip #1 in mind… SLEEP!  A good night’s rest is so important to help you last through your engagement shoot.  Have everything laid out about 2-3 days ahead of time so all you have to do the day before is run through the things you’ve set aside and make sure you didn’t forget anything. 





3.       Also in reference to Tip #1… EAT!  It’s going to be a long day.  Don’t starve yourself in the morning because you don’t want a little cushion that can come with a hearty meal.  Eat well and be energized.  Trust us – if it matters that much to you, it is far easier to trim down a little extra lovin’ than it is to change a cranky/tired/impatient face to a happy one.  Who doesn’t get happy after a nice full meal? :)


...and if you forget to eat in the morning, just bring food with you! haha! #muttonrollsarelife

...and if you forget to eat in the morning, just bring food with you! haha! #muttonrollsarelife


4.       Bring a friend!  Bringing one or two friends really enhances the overall shoot as you have someone set to help you with your stuff (so that you are not lugging a bunch of stuff around from spot to spot while you are in heels).  They’re also great in lightening the atmosphere for fun, candid photos. 


When planning her engagement shoot - Dil enlisted the help of her sister Neluja, and friends Nikki and Robbie to plan and come along for their shoot in New Mexico. They did everything from help in planning, lug Dil & Vino's stuff from spot to spot, and even piggy back Dil across a snake ridden field because I wanted a particular shot and Dil has a crippling fear of snakes. Get yourself a clan like this!

When planning her engagement shoot - Dil enlisted the help of her sister Neluja, and friends Nikki and Robbie to plan and come along for their shoot in New Mexico. They did everything from help in planning, lug Dil & Vino's stuff from spot to spot, and even piggy back Dil across a snake ridden field because I wanted a particular shot and Dil has a crippling fear of snakes. Get yourself a clan like this!


5.       Do.  Not.  Match.  The days of styling in the exact same shade of each other are long gone.  When styling your outfits, it’s important to distinguish between matching and coordinating.  If one is wearing a bright orange dress, the other should not be wearing a bright orange shirt.  The key is to find the balance of not matching, but not clashing - ask us if you feel unsure.


Find the balance and learn a bit about colour palettes with us! :)

Find the balance and learn a bit about colour palettes with us! :)


6.       Nails – we have no preference as to whether the bride gets them done at the salon, at home, or doesn’t paint them at all – all we ask is that they’re neat, trimmed, and clean.  This applies to gents as well!  No long, dirty fingernails!  There is going to be a lot of hand holding and ring shots, so let’s keep it clean, folks!


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7.       Ladies, have your ring cleaned before the shoot so that your bling blings! 


Sweeter than honey!

Sweeter than honey!


8.       Back up – if the weather calls for temperatures that are cooler than the outfits that you are wearing, bring a sweater/coat.  You can keep it on as we move from shot to shot and just throw it off as needed. 


How chivalrous!

How chivalrous!


9.  And the most important thing to ensure that you get the best photographs possible is that you give us moments to capture!  Breathe and relax!  Steal looks at each other!  Smile!  Laugh!  Kiss!  Show us how truly in love you are!  


Hope you enjoyed these tips!  I'll have to make a follow up so if you've been through your engagement shoot and have a tip that can help someone else out, please leave it in the comments below!  

Much love, talk soon! 

Tanya <3 

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Shironisha & Mithun - Tamil Hindu Wedding - Toronto, Canada

We’re here today with Shironisha and Mithun’s wedding and reception. These two were so amazing throughout the whole process. Both are extremely bright, established doctors yet you wouldn’t know it for how down to earth they are. Not only are they humble but their families are amazing as well! I remember even at their engagement shoot, Shironisha’s mom was already in reception mode and repeatedly reminded me that on the reception night, I was supposed to shoot for ten minutes of dance floor coverage and then join in on the party. This is something she clearly meant because on the night of reception, once the dance floor ACTUALLY started, she was trying so hard to get me on the dance floor! Haha!

I love all of their photos but ones that stood out to me were Shironisha’s prayer session on the morning of the wedding. It was calm, serene, yet emotional - and I think the photos served justice to exactly how it felt in that room that morning. Photogs, if you have any questions about lighting, let me know below and I’ll respond or make it into a post if I think it merits further explanation.

Another thing I thought was touching was the relationship between them and their parents. Not only did they have great relationships with their own parents but you could see the comfort, love, and ease that they had between in-laws. Weddings can become an awkward time for in-laws as people can push one way or another; many times, it shows through my lens on the wedding day. But with them they were comfortable in all directions - you can see beautiful moments between children with their parents, parents with each other, and parents with their new kids. It’s amazing how happy and successful an event can be when people put egos aside and do what is best for everyone overall.

And they smile! Oh how they all are such positive, smiley, happy bunch! Makes this photographer’s job so much better! It's rare for South Asian parents to show emotion and sometimes getting them to smile is like pulling teeth.  So I'm really happy when they're as easy going as all of these folks are.  Amazing experience with everyone involved at their wedding! Hope you enjoy the highlights from their wedding and reception.


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Wedding Team

Wedding planner: Varnan – Scarborough Convention Centre
Cinematography: P-Your Vision
Wedding MUAH: Amplifed Soul
Mehndhi: Mehndi Alankar
Bride Wedding outfit(s):
1. Manavarai Saree: Kanakavalli -  Chennai, India
2. Koorai Saree: Va Di Vu - London, UK
Bride Veil: Maya Boutique
Bridesmaids MUAH: - Hair by Krisha Kandavel
Engagement/Wedding rings: Diamond Palace, Hatton Gardens UK
Wedding Decorator: Scarborough Convention Centre
Florist: Florella Toronto
Wedding Stationery: Menaka Cards
Catering/food station/food services/dessert station: Scarborough Convention Centre
Wedding Venue: Scarborough Convention Centre

Reception MUAH: AK Makeup
Reception Decor: The Perfect Setting
Bride Reception Outfit(s): Amanda-Lina’s Bridal Boutique
Groom Reception Outfit(s): Hugo Boss
Cake: Cakes by Anita
MC: Pak de MC
DJ: Dr. B Soul
Catering/food station/food services/dessert station: Scarborough Convention Centre
Reception Venue: Scarborough Convention Centre

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