As the world grapples with increasing climate changes, more and more couples are looking for eco-friendly solutions for their wedding, but most couple’s don’t think about photography as an area where they can practice that desire. But worry not, we spoke to an wedding professional to get the low-down on how to keep your wedding photography waste-free and low-impact, which often means budget-friendly, too!
Wedding photographer Gaetano Clemente has been pursuing his passion for natural and stunning photography for many years. Before returning to Salerno, the place where he was born, he received the title of Director of Photography at the Academy Film and TV Griffith of Rome. Always conscious of his clients’ desires and respectful of their wishes, Gaetano has been practicing and offering eco-friendly options for several years. Here he offers future married couples three options on how to keep their wedding photography green.
Gaetano Clemente Photographer
1. Go Digital
These days, more and more photographers are going digital. The image quality is just as good as film and it’s a paperless and chemical-free way to capture your precious memories. Also, you can review the images instantly – though you probably won’t have time at your wedding. Another bonus to digital photography is that you can view the proofs online before deciding which ones to print, rather than printing them all at once, choosing which you like and discarding the rest.
2. Go Waste-Free/Low-Impact
Green photographers also go the extra mile by using rechargeable batteries, non-toxic inks, 100% post-consumer waste paper, LED and CFL bulbs, all of which are also more cost-effective options. Don’t forget to ask your potential photographers whether they practice these easily implemented green choices.
3. Go Green Photo Album
Once you’ve decided which images you actually want to print, you can opt for more green photo album by using recycled materials. Gaetano Clemente says his goal is to respect the choices of his clients, “I offer three green possibilities: a high quality digital photo album, a traditional print photo album with a fine fabric cover sourced from artisans in Sardinia, and a third option, an ecobox which includes 40 photos printed on fine art paper and stored in a cardboard box.”
We thank Gaetano Clemente for his advice and we hope that this has been a helpful insight on how to practice eco-friendly solutions!