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Photographer Pulls off ‘Impossible’ Same Day Wedding Album Stunt As a Surprise For Client

By Hanssie on May 11th 2015

When I first started in the wedding photography business, it was a popular practice to have a ‘same day’ or ‘day of’ slideshow to surprise the bride and groom, show off to the wedding guests and have an instant marketing tool all rolled into one. A ‘same day’ slideshow is a quickly put together slideshow presentation of some of the best images you’ve taken on the wedding day, with perhaps a quick edit thrown in and displayed on your laptop, placed strategically somewhere near the bar. That way, as guests got more thirsty as the night of dancing and reverie went on, they could ‘ooh and ahh’ over your beautiful photos, grab a conveniently placed business card and hopefully call you the next time a photographic need arises.



It was a creative and sometimes stressful marketing technique that isn’t quite as popular anymore, but impressive nevertheless. One Australian photographer, James Day, pulled ‘the craziest stunt” ever, and topped the same day slide show practice by delivering a same day wedding album to the couple. The bride was James’s sister in law, Jane (also his wife’s identical twin) and the groom was Michael (Gray), a successful wedding photographer himself. So James knew he “had to do something absolutely insane for Michael and Jane…I just had to go all out.”

Watch the Video of the Stunt

How He Did It

Enlisting the help of numerous companies, James pulled off quite the surprise for his clients. RAW Digital & Film Lab, an outsourced editing company spent most of the wedding day editing photos and so, along with the album, Michael and Jane also received all the edited JPEGs that night as well. The album was designed using an album design software from Pixellu SmartAlbums and made by Photo Mounts & Albums Australia. A few other companies were in on the surprise as well. Check out James Day’s blog post for the complete list.

This is without doubt the biggest stunt I’ve ever pulled off. I did what everyone else told me would be impossible. I knew with the right team we could make it work.


Way to go above and beyond for the client/family member and a very creative way to do so! For photos from Michael and Jane’s wedding day and images of the actual album, check out PetaPixel’s post here.

What have you done for your clients that blew them away? Leave a comment or idea below!

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Doug Davis

    That’s insane!

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  2. Nashaine Johnson

    Wow that is impressive indeed

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  3. Rob Harris

    That photographer was an artist conductor of an orchestra that day. It took a large team of people to pull that one off. Glad they could do it.

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  4. Barry Cunningham

    If your wife is the bride’s twin, I’m thinking you could preshoot some great pix that never happen on the wedding day to raise the bar just a notch higher.

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  5. Ed Rhodes

    wow, way to set the bar too high! I bet this photographer used to blow the curve on tests too ;)

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  6. Brandon Dewey

    Wow; and I thought a same day slide show was impressive.

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    • Hanssie

      Yeah, me too! One thing that always impresses me is a same day video edit. I once worked with a team of SIX videographers who did a ‘day of’ video. it was madness.

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