In a recent blog post, I gave you a bunch of options on how to get the best wedding reception photos once your professional wedding photographer leaves – which is early into the reception in most cases. Well, I’ve found what may be the best solution for more than just your reception photography.
It’s impossible for your wedding photographer to be everywhere and no matter how good they are, they will miss great photo opportunities. The good news is, almost every one of your guests has a camera on them – at all times! They have the opportunity to catch some of these great moments.
It’s alway tough getting hold of your guests photos after your wedding… NOT ANYMORE!
I don’t think I’ve been at wedding and not seen 30 iPhones, a bunch of point and shoot cameras and a dozen serious SLR cameras pointed at my couple as they share their first kiss as husband and wife. Have you seen this too? These same cameras will be roaming all day and all night capturing some fun images that you will definitely want.
The difficulty of course is working out the best way to get hold of the photos after your wedding – it’s never as easy as you think it will be and you will have to do
some serious chasing up and possibly nagging to get them all.
Some options you could try include:
- Sending email requests
- Posting a CD or DVD with a stamped self addressed envelope
- Leaving a note at each place setting at your wedding with your request
- Phone calls
- SMS messages
- Facebook requests
No matter how orgnised you are or what plans you have made to get hold of all the photos your friends and family have taken, it usually drags on for months and takes countless calls, emails, messages, pleading and begging. Not any more.
I discovered a great solution to get all your images. It’s fast and easy. Yes, your Grandma can do this. It’s called SnapTime – a web-based application where all your guests send all their images from your wedding.
I’ve organised a 10% discount for you
To use SnapTime, you register an account, which is a one off fee of around $50 (a little less when the $AUD is strong) and receive a unique login. Following your wedding, or at your wedding, pass out the login details to your friends and family.
Once home, they simply drag and drop all your wedding photos (that they’ve taken) into the SnapTime application from their home computer.
To show how easy this is, I’ve added a complete rundown of the process below.
I haven’t come across a more straight forward way to get all the photos from your friends. They don’t have to do any resizing or rotating of images – they really do just drag and drop them. You get all the images at their original size and resolution – no loss of quality.
I spoke to Tristan, the owner of SnapTime to find out a little more on the application and to let him know how much I loved the idea and that Australian brides will definitely love it. Following our conversation, he has agreed to give all of you a 10% discount off the advertised price which is already very good.
If you want to check it out and get your discount click here: http://snaptime.org
How Simple Is It?
To set up an account you’ll need either a PayPal account or a credit card. Click on the green button, add your details, choose a login and you’re away. To start uploading photos, click on the Guest Login button at the top right of the page.
Click the “remember me” checkbox and you won’t need to remember your login details every time. You will however, need to pass these login details to all your wedding guests. You can do this as part of your invitations, via email to your friends and family or on the back of your wedding reception place cards.
Each step of the way, your guests will be presented with the “blue” help bubbles to guide them through the very simple process. I wasn’t fibbing when I said – even your Grandma will be able to do this. If for some reason anyone does run into trouble, click here and Tristan or one of his team will provide all the help you need.
Upload time will depend on a couple of variables – the number of photos being uploaded and the size of the image files. Usually, SLR photos will be larger in size than those taken on a mobile phone or point and shoot cameras. Your internet connection will also be a factor in upload time. I uploaded fifteen medium sized photos and it took about 2 minutes.
Once uploaded you have the choice of seeing your photos displayed as thumbnails or in a list. With the thumbnail option selected, you can change the size of the thumbnails with a small slider located at the top right of the window.
Once your wedding guests have all uploaded their images, you will be given access to the complete folder of images for you to download, save, print, enlarge or design your own album. Easy peasy.
I know from experience how difficult it is to get all the photos together after an event. After a trip to France in July with a group of 18, I was elected the guy to collect and sort through ALL the photos for editing and distribution to the whole group. In October, I am still sending emails and SMS’s trying to get all the photos!
I’ve just signed up for a SnapTime account and hope to have my photos sorted soon. If you’re getting married, I don’t know a better way to get all your photos from all your friends and family. Definitely give this a go.
Here’s the link http://snaptime.org