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A return to the importance of a wedding album

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Kaela and Ian's wedding book is a 12x12 flushmount album with presentation case and leather cover. Their wedding book is the finished piece of their wedding day and a wonderful family heirloom that will last generations. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Kaela and Ian's wedding book is a 12x12 flushmount album with presentation case and leather cover. Their wedding book is the finished piece of their wedding day and a wonderful family heirloom that will last generations.
It’s album season and I’ve just gotten back one of the first books from one of the first weddings of the year. There are many more of these to come.

I know I’ve mentioned this before — the idea that wedding albums are often thought of as an anachronistic thing of the past — but nothing could be further from the truth.
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
As a working photographer for the past two decades I’ve seen dramatic changes in the field. First, we went from film to digital. Then we went from printing photographs to sharing them online.

Now we’ve come full circle. A book of photographic archival prints that you can hold in your hands is worth far more than any image or gallery of photographs on Instagram, Facebook or whatever new social platform is around these days.
SEAN CAYTON
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If you want proof of the longevity and timelessness of a wedding album, just ask your parents to show you theirs.

I meet a lot of parents of brides and grooms in my line of work. If they’re happily married they almost always describe to me their memories of their own wedding day, their experience with their wedding photographer and the importance of one of their most prize possessions — their wedding album.
SEAN CAYTON
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Often they wonder out loud if photographers even do that any more.
SEAN CAYTON
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As a matter a fact, I tell them, we do do wedding albums and we think of them as our finished piece. The denouement of any couple's wedding.

It’s my sincere belief that one of the things that will last long after my couples are dead and gone (and me too, of course) is the wedding album. It will remain a testament to their lives, an integral part of their family history and legacy.
SEAN CAYTON
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But those images on Facebook? I’m much less certain about how long they will last and remain there to revisit and reflect upon.
SEAN CAYTON
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I’ve included shots of Kaela and Ian’s wedding book to illustrate. It’s a beautiful narrative presentation of their wedding day. They were married last May at the Mining-Exchange Hotel. If there’s one thing I’m certain of, it’s that this book that I made for them will be around for a very, very long time.
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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