I have to say 2012 was the pathway to the road in which I have found to travel! I am so excited for all of the new options I will be offering my clients this year!
There are a lot of photographers out there, and many of the newer or part time photographers (some legit, some not so much) would rather just shoot your images, barely edit them (if at all), and burn them to a CD or DVD, and then hand them over to you. It’s fast, it’s easy, and clients are thrilled to have the freedom to do whatever they want with those images, all for the bargain price of $100. But once those images are in the client’s hands, the photographer no longer has quality control over prints of those images. Maybe they don’t care. I care. I take a lot of time to shoot, edit, and process images to show a certain style. I take pride in my images, and I stand behind my work. It’s an art, not a “shoot and burn” rampage. If a client comes to me for their photos, it’s because they want special images and high quality prints and wall art. And I intend to deliver just that.
Say you get your images on a CD, and you get them printed at your local drugstore or maybe a cheap online printer. You might not notice the color shift or lack of sharpness. You might have your “mommy goggles” on and think that picture of your child is the best picture ever. And when your friends see that picture, they’re going to tell you, “Oh, that’s such a great picture! Little Sally is so cute!” You know what they’re saying inside? “Ew, why is it green? Who took that picture? I hope she didn’t pay for that.” And do you know who ends up looking bad? The photographer! Not to mention, your prints just lost that photographer potential business.
I’m not about to let that happen, for my sake and yours.
With that said, I will no longer offer sessions with a CD. I have switched labs that I will be using to order prints through and could not be more excited about it! I am able to offer so many more products that are a better quality! You will NOT be disappointed! Also, if you want your digital images enough to pay for them, I trust that you aren’t going to turn around and print them at Walmart. I trust that you are going to use a quality printer and care about how your prints turn out before you display them. A CD may be purchased with your portraits but they will only print to be an 8×10. Anything larger really does need to be sent to a professional lab to ensure the quality you are paying for!
Thank you for your continued support!