You’ve spent the past few months picking up a few extra hours at work and have given up your daily Starbucks run. At the end of each evening, you spend an hour or two on Google, trying to find the perfect photographer to document your wedding day.

As you research further, you begin to feel a slight headache come on, as you realize this task is a little more difficult, and possibly a bit more costly, than you had anticipated. You already know the importance of hiring an experienced professional but it’s possible that you may still not be getting the most out of your investment.

Brides will spend a fair share of their paycheck on wedding photographer, only to receive a usb or digital download of the files. While digital copies are great, many couples admit that life gets busy and they never get around to getting their wedding images printed. Their home’s bare walls serve no reminder of one of the happiest days of their lives and they are restricted to needing electricity to view their wedding day photos.

Of course there are couples who boot up their computer and order a few prints from a local lab.  Unfortunately consumer labs do not offer the same color control as professional labs, which often results in unnatural-looking skin tones (such as blue tints or washed-out whites).  Additionally, professionally printed photos are printed on paper that will last 100 years or more.

It hardly seems worthwhile to spend thousands on photos that will spend life forgotten on a hard drive or will fade after a few year’s time, right? When searching for a wedding photographer, always be sure to ask what tangible items they will include in your wedding photography package or collection. It is a far better investment and value for your money to find a photographer who offers digital files in addition to prints.