August 31, 2021
August 30th, 2021
Looking into another month of our green series, we chose to focus on photography & videography for this blog. We won’t lie when we say this one was a bit of a struggle to gather information this month; we do not have a lot of environmentally friendly vendor friends to interview or question. We did some market research (which you’ll find below) but if you have more tips or you know green-photo/video teams, please let us know!
Batteries are composed of numerous chemicals that get released into our ecosystem when they are thrown into a landfill. These chemicals soak into soil & water which can negatively affect the water we drink from the tap. By using rechargeable batteries, photographers and videographers can help reduce the amount of batteries going into the landfill. Not only does this help the environment, but it is extremely cost effective as well!
Wedding album’s can be cherished for a lifetime & are often gifted to family member’s, so we know how hard it would be to skip the album. Have you considered purchasing an eco friendly wedding album as an alternative?
We all know how pretty “wedding morning details” can be: ring boxes, trays, ribbon, wax seals, stamps, and other pretty styling details. As a photographer, it’s important to invest in some of these details so your clients do not feel the need to buy these “just for the photos” and never use again. We want to minimize waste and if you can help your client (and the environment) by purchasing a ring box (or a few) and some other details that can be used over and over, please do so!
While we don’t suggest a best man or maid of honor reading their speeches from their phone, we do recommend a photographer using their phone (or other electronic) to go through a family photo list. We see paper lists at most of our weddings which we would love to get away from. We let all of our photographers know that our team will help roll call so we can use the lists on our iPads.
There are two types of photography: Digital and film. Digital is the more common photographer practice but film is becoming ever so trendy and a lot more photographers are taking film classes to add to their service repertoire. Shooting in film means you’re actually printing strips in a red room, where the only photos you see have to be developed (compared to viewed on a camera or screen). That comes hand in hand with a lot of negative impacts on the environment when considering all the plastic that’s thrown away and also what happens in a photo lab. Because we’re not experts at the what goes into photography, we’ve sourced an article from Analogue Wonderland that explains ALL the ways you can be more environmentally friendly with film. Please visit THIS link for a great article about film.
You may walk through a forest or park and find there are branches in the way, or plants that are not allowing you to get the perfect clean shot that you want. There is always photoshop! Leave the wilderness alone, even if it’s not perfect for what you’re capturing. We want to keep all of the trees, bushes, plants and wildlife in tact.
“I use eco-friendly paper and materials for my albums and also use paperless contracts. My business cards and mailed materials are made from textile-industry waste cotton and are produced using 100% wind power. My office uses LED lighting, up-cycled/repurposed materials and furniture, and of course, I recycle.”
*Disclaimer: If you currently practice green photography/videography and want to add any input to this blog we would love to mention your company!