A thing you should know about me: I am destructively lazy—as in it-took-me-nine-months-to-write-my-wedding-thank-you-notes type of lazy.
OK, so the reason I bring this up is because I have discovered the ultimate laziness hack for newly married people with hundreds of wedding photos and zero ambition to curate them into a gorge album: It's Artifact Uprising's wedding layflat album and design service.
I got hitched in May 2019 (simpler times, simpler times), and received my beautiful photos by that fall. But then I did nothing with them for another eight months. Then a little email popped into my inbox, notifying me that the people who will print your entire camera roll on quality paper, aka Artifact Uprising, also makes photo books—really, really good photo books.
I put that little nugget of info in the back of my mind, forgot about it, and then received another email explaining that the company had a brand new album design service that would take all my photos, make sure everyone's eyes were open, curate them, and send it my way for a stamp of approval before printing it. Oh, and their rate for doing all of that starts at $313, which I've been told is VERY affordable in the wedding photography world. 'Twas a game changer, people.
Here's how it works: First you head to Artifact Uprising's Album Design Service page, select "start your wedding album," pay $119 for the design fee, $100 for the deposit (to make sure slackers like me follow through), then their team reaches out so you can answer some questions about your ~style.~
FWIW, it's a real human working with you, which is comforting. From there, you'll share your photos via the site, and they'll have a draft of the album ready for you to review within a few days.
The woman who helped me
get my shit together curate my cherished memories was incredibly helpful, responsive, and had really amazing taste. I realized that I did need a fresh set of eyes to select my best photos and decide where to put them.
A couple of weeks later, I received my 30-page layflat album and the photos looked even more beautiful than I remembered. And, yes, of course I'll show you my wedding photos—we looked goooood.
In closing, this was the best $350 purchase ever. And if you can't be bothered to DIY your wedding photos or are just too busy to try, it'll be the best you've ever spent too. Trust.
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