About Your Gallery
We’re really excited to be offering our clients an amazing wedding gallery!
And it looks pretty sweet whether you’re on the computer, a tablet or a smartphone.
Your gallery has two passwords. One to access the gallery, and another (a pin number) to download your images. These will be provided to you via email.
You can share the gallery link with whomever. A lot of our clients add the gallery link to their Thank You cards so their guests can view and/or print their favorite wedding images.
Printing Your Images – Through the Gallery
You and your guests can order prints directly through the gallery. Various sizes, croppings, B&W conversions, and paper types can be selected.
For “out of town” guests, print orders are shipped directly from the local pro print lab we work with. So there’s no crazy shipping or duty charges. And the prices are essentially “at cost”, we view this as a service to our clients rather than a money making opportunity.
We’ve also found our couples love this option as they don’t have to spend time ordering prints on behalf of their guests. It’s super easy for everyone – we even used it for our own wedding!
Printing Your Images – Costco
Costco is great for prints. I use them for smaller stuff prints.
BUT!!!!! Please, do NOT let them auto-correct you images. It WILL ruin the colors.
Costco is a bit sneaky here. Auto-Correction is on by default, and the only way to turn it off is on the very last ordering page. So make sure to unclick that box!
Printing Your Images – Other Places
I’ll sum this up pretty quick – you get what you pay for with a lot of these places.
When in doubt, do a few test prints before making a sizeable order.
We love sharing the work we’ve done for our couples. And we appreciate when clients show us some love when they post their images to Facebook or Instagram!
So make sure to tag @ZachWheelerPhotography when you post to Facebook and @ZachWheeler when you post to Instagram. It helps a lot in promoting and growing our business!
This wedding gallery should not be considered your backup.
Your wedding gallery will be active for 12 months, and it is your responsibility to have adequate backups in place.
At a minimum, I recommend three backups:
Google Drive (Google)
Amazon Cloud Drive
Physical media (x2)
SD card (we recommend Sandisk, Sony or Samsung brands)
Solid State Hard Drive (we recommend Samsung)
USB (we recommend SanDisk)
Portable 2.5” spinning hard drive (we recommend Western Digital)
3.5” spinning hard drive (we recommend Western Digital)
What About Albums?
When choosing a company to purchase a book or album from, make sure they have a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) album builder. It makes designing layouts very easy and quick; it’s basically just a drag and drop – uploaded your favorite images, drop them on a template!
Album pricing can vary widely; a high end 11×14 leather bound album with 50 pages can run around $600 Canadian (or more!) while a 30 page press-printed book from Costco is about $30.
In short, you get what you pay for with albums. Sizes, paper quality, cover materials, etc. are just a few things to consider when comparing pricing. I personally have printed several albums from Costco (~$50) and Shutterfly (~$75) and they’re totally suitable! But there is a clear difference between those and a $500 album from White House Custom Color (for example).
Album Tips (just my thoughts)
Start on the cheaper end and then see if you even need to “upgrade”
Bigger books have a bigger impact. I’d go for at least 12″ on the wide end
50 pages is a good number to strive for
No more than 6 images per page
Don’t worry too much about paper types
Don’t worry too much about cover materials or colors
Album companies we recommend
White House Custom Color (based in the US, mid-high end)
MPix (based in the US, mid-range)
Blurb (check out their Wedding Books collection)
Shutterfly (Premium books are okay, lots of coupon codes)
Zno (based in the US, mid-high end)
Costco (cheap, low-mid quality books)