Like many of us, we do our best to try to minimise our impact on the environment. This is a principle that we try to carry through into our business as well. We try to be environmentally friendly wedding photographers for many reasons. Helping to protect the environment also protects habitats, saves lives and ultimately, we hope, will help to make the planet a nicer and safer place for us all to live.
By no means do we know it all and by no means are we doing all that we could be doing, but we do try to make simple, everyday changes that we hope will have a positive impact long term.
Some of the ways we try to be environmentally friendly in our business include:
We drive a hybrid vehicle
We know it’s not the greenest choice, but it’s so much better than many of the other options available. Wedding photography involves quite a bit of travelling, so having a hybrid vehicle with lower emissions was one obvious and easy step that we decided to take. We primarily target our business advertising to the local, Essex area too so we do try to stay local where possible.
Our albums and other packaging products are all made and sourced within the UK
Not only supporting British businesses, but also minimising the distance goods are travelling to get to us.
Our packaging is made from recycled materials
Our packaging sleeves for example are recycled and biodegradable. The rest of our packaging materials are paper based products and are recyclable. Some of our business cards are also made from Rhino poo! Yes, you read that right. Our business cards are literally shit!
Most of our business and admin takes place online
We try to keep printing and waste to an absolute minimum, so much of our admin is done online. Our booking forms, contracts, questionnaires and so on can all be completed online. As well as being more convenient for most of our clients, it also cuts down massively on paper waste! No need for printed papers, envelopes or numerous trips to the post office. Saving paper, trees, inks and fuel emissions in the process.
We’re also sure to make lots of our photography work available online, so that our couples can make an informed decision about us and our work before having to commit to meeting us. We offer Skype chats and facetime meetings as standard. Not just the convenient choice a lot of the time, but also the green choice.
We’ve moved to digital delivery
Originally, we offered digital delivery only- then we caved to pressure and started offering USBs with our packages. This vastly increased the amount of waste we were producing. Packaging waste, waste in the shipment of our packaging, emissions from delivery of the products and all the other stuff that comes with it. Most of our clients exclusively view their photographs online anyway so we’ve taken the step to offer digital delivery only now. Not only does this further help us to incorporate our values into our business, it also gives our clients the choice too. USBs are available as an add on, but clients can choose to do their bit and simply download their images if they’d prefer.
We know from our own experiences that in the two years since we received our own wedding photos we have never looked at the USB! Never! No once. We always view our images online.
As we say, it’s not a lot and these are only small changes. But a lot of small changes across the board still add up.
We are always looking for more ways to be environmentally friendly wedding photographers. If you have any other tips or advice about how we can be a more green business, please let us know. We would love to hear from you.
If you are planning an environmentally friendly wedding and would like to know any more information about us, our business or the service that we may be able to offer you, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We would love to speak to you about your plans.
For lots of green wedding inspiration, check out Green Union. One of our faves!