Happy Monday, dear blog readers! I read an awesome article by Design Aglow today and wanted to share it with you all!
First, a little intro about what the article means to me. At JHP, we know how important it is to our clients to walk away with digital image files. The ability to archive the files for myself and my (future) children to view and reprint one day would be important to me, too! However, we also know how easy it is for life to get crazy busy, resulting in those files being hidden away in a drawer for years.
It's important to us that each of our clients walks away with not only digital image files, but also ready-to-hang professional print products, which is why each of our session packages include a specified print credit. Yes, it means more work for us to fulfill those print orders on the back end rather than just handing over files, but it's a big part of our commitment to you and we love it!
Without further ado... here's the article!
It’s been a hard day. You’re tired–and let’s face it–a little cranky. OK, a lot cranky.
So to cheer yourself up, you walk over to your computer and fire up the DVD of your recent family portrait session so that you can flip through the images. After seeing the slideshow playing on your tiny laptop, you can’t wait until the rest of the family comes over so that you can pass the computer around the dinner table.
Here’s another scenario, similar to the first, except for one crucial point: those incredible, indelible images are hanging on your walls. You see them every time you walk by; you smile every time you walk by. In each room of your home, the heirloom photographic art makes your heart swell, overflowing with the investment you’ve made in your family, the investment in adding permanence to your memories.
The impulse to purchase images on a disc instead of a canvas or a print is strong. We feel as if we don’t actually own something until we possess every image from our shoot, as if the only way to experience our family is by being able to make as many reprints of them as we want.
But images on disc sit around. They become stuffed into a desk drawer, until their media is rendered obsolete and the images cannot be accessed anymore. They remain untouched, until that day when we’ll have enough time to put them in an album or print them ourselves.
Finished products, on the other hand, are just that. They are ready to hang, ready to enjoy. They are instant–and constant–gratification. They are objects that can be passed down to your children, and your children’s children.
The tangible nature of fine art–that it is an actual object, hanging on your wall or sitting on your coffee table–is meant for enjoyment, for experience, not to be archived on a shelf in a plastic media case. A CD of all of your images is not fine art.
And the creation of fine art cannot be cheap. Crafting memories and creating personalized products that can be enjoyed for generations is a job that carries a lot of responsibility and weight, and demands finesse and skill. With professional photography, as with so much of life, you get what you pay for.
Photographic art is an investment, to be sure, but it’s one that you’ll never regret.
This little monkey is the smiliest baby in the world. Sometimes it's hard to capture a serious look from her! She's sitting, waving, laughing, and growing up way too fast! These were shot during the golden hour just before the sun went behind the trees- isn't the sky gorgeous?
It's so important to us that all of our clients get the best lighting possible, so we never schedule more than one session per day. Yes, that means we might have less shoots than there is demand, but we can all agree that quality is way better than quantity in most cases, right? You deserve the best!