In today’s day and age, most photographers are “shoot and burn” photographers. I’ll admit that this approach is often easier for the photographer and caters to what the majority of consumers think they want.
I know, it’s pretty bold of me to say that you may not know what you want. Just humor me for a second.
Before I became a professional photographer, I was one of these consumers. I wanted my photographs in digital format. I figured I would print my photos myself to save money. This way, I’d be in control of which prints I bought, when, and in which size. I specifically can think back to a time when my oldest two sons were five and one. We decided to go to a family photographer who mailed us a CD of our images a couple of weeks later. I loved the photos and immediately printed a few for a collage frame I had purchased.
Fast forward seven years. I still have the frame with the three photos in it. Of course, now that I know what I didn’t know then, I can see that the quality of the prints aren’t that great. They are starting to fade (already!!) and the frame is cracked in a corner. I would love to order new prints and have them archivally framed, but I can’t find the disk. I have looked high and low. My beloved family photos are gone. All I have is the three 4×6 prints and a couple photos that I uploaded to Facebook.
I know this is a pretty common story. This is why I am a product photographer. Experience has shown me that by ordering prints and art products for my clients I can help them a great deal. First off, I can size and resize the images so the fit the product. See, when I had my digital files, I thought I had control. Now I know that there is so much more I can do with the original files in terms of changing the aspect ratio (think printing a 16×20 vs a 16×24), sharpening for canvas vs print, and even ensuring that the pints are archival quality.
Yes, you still need your files digitally so you can share them with your friends and family. I totally understand that. I also get that you may want to put them online so you’ll still have them if your home floods or burns to the ground.
BUT! You are much less likely to lose a print, than you are to lose a USB drive or CD. Further, digital media may break down. There is even some speculation that programming may change enough in the future that today’s digital images won’t be readable in another 10-20 years. Think about all the floppy drives that are pretty much junk….
How do I give you both what you want and what you need? All my digital collections come with professional 4×6 prints of each image purchased. The complete collection also comes with a storage box to keep your prints and USB drive together. This really is the best of both worlds.
You get to to share your favorite photos on Facebook. You can even make prints at any consumer lab you want. Then, when you want to order archival quality prints and artwork, I am experienced, educated and able to order your products for you, making sure they are stunning, high quality and will last for generations.
I am a product photographer, here to make sure you get the best service possible.
Want to know more? Start here to find out about my photography services.
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