The Wedding Issue: Snap Decision

Lights, camera, “I do.” According to, over 16.5 billion pictures were printed in the U.S. in 2008. That accounts for photography’s largest ecological footprint ever, even when you consider the prevalence of digital photography. Local professionals can reduce their impact by offering online booking and look books, recycling electronic waste and printing on recycled paper. To engage family and friends in memory-making without throwing away all those disposable cameras, the Wedding Lens allows family and friends to upload their photos from the wedding all in one place.  No registration is required, and bulk uploading is easy enough even for the tech-challenged: Guests can even choose pictures to print right from the website. Just give guests the web address, and they become your photographers.

Visit to find a wedding photographer; visit for more information on setting up your own crowd-sourced photo site ($48).