My Print Philosophy
One of the most important things to know about my business is that I am a print and product-based photographer. What does that mean? It means that my goal for EVERY client and every shoot I do is to have a physical, printed product created as the final result. Digital files are a very lovely thing, but what do you actually DO with those files after a session? Share on social media? Make a Christmas card? Those are great, but what about in 5 years? Do you even know what hard drive they are on or how to access them? Do you have them backed up in case your hard drive fails? And what happens if/when your hard drive fails and all those digital files are just – POOF! – gone???
Here’s the deal: DIGITAL FILES ARE NOT ARCHIVAL!!!! Even if they are stored on a cute, custom USB Flash Drive like what I give my clients. Some day USB ports may go the way of a floppy disc, and then what?
Did you get that?
Digital files are NOT archival.
Do you know what is archival? A printed image.
We can re-create a digital file from a printed image, but you cannot create a printed image from a corrupted digital file. This is why I give a complementary printed proof image with EVERY digital file I sell. It not only guarantees my clients actually have some sort of physical product from our session, but it also serves as reference for when they go a get prints made on their own. I only use the best quality, professional print labs, and while there are very good online labs available to consumers, I cannot and will not guarantee the print quality from any lab but my own. And I can guarantee the prints you order from Wal-Mart or Costco are NOT going to look like they should – but the why-you-should-purchase-your-prints-from-a-professional-photographer is a subject for an entirely different post.
So whether its a museum quality, 100 year archival certified canvas, heirloom album, loose prints in an image box, or a cute little mini accordion album, I really want to create a custom work of art for you that will last for generations.