One of the first questions I get asked is:
CAN I HAVE MY DIGITAL FILES?
Yes you can. But first, think carefully about why you want them.
Is it to print for yourself cheaper?
Because you think they will last forever this way?
To share on social media perhaps?
Maybe you’re in a rental and don’t have wall space?
Or because you think it’s better value to have them all?
Whilst you’re pondering that, think about this…..
From my first interaction with you, I aim to be remarkable! Not average, not good, but remarkable! From my professional website, to providing clients with remarkable experiences at their sessions, to finishing off with a remarkable product. I work with the finest print labs in Australia to bring you heirloom products at a reasonable price.
It’s not to rip you off, it’s because I genuinely believe that it’s not a photograph until it’s professionally printed and you deserve to have these memories forever! KMart – don’t care about the quality of my work, but I do!
So I do not offer digital only, I offer them in conjunction with a print or print package and here is why…
Let me address each point and hopefully by the end you will understand why you don’t “Just want the digitals”.
PRINTING YOURSELF IS CHEAPER
If you think paper is cheap and you can print them yourself cheaply, you’re right, YOU CAN. Paper is relatively inexpensive and cheap printers like KMart and Office Works use very cheap inks. Your photos will fade, the colours will be wrong and most likely the contrast will be awful.
BUT I I AM NOT charging you for the paper, I am charging you for what is ON the paper – because your baby is your MASTERPIECE!
The digital file is a carefully prepared and designed and unique recipe. The print is the icing on the cake! It’s all the elements of design, posing, lighting and editing brought together to create a stunning photograph of your baby. So you see. I can’t charge less JUST because it’s a digital representation of your photo. I give you a professionally printed photo so all the hard work I put into creating your photo is represented with true colours and a lifetime guarantee.
BECAUSE YOU THINK THEY WILL LAST FOREVER THIS WAY?
THINK AGAIN – We Have Entered the Era of the Photographic Lost Generation
We live in a digital age and we take more pictures than ever before, but we are going to be a generation with more lost images than any other. As technology changes at lightning speed, these images are sadly going to be lost. So the memories you are so desperate to capture today, won’t be around tomorrow.
The harsh reality is 42% of people aged between 30 & 44 (yes, that’s probably you) will look back in a decade and wonder where photos of their children’s childhood, holidays and family get-togethers, have gone. Your grandchildren will ask you questions and you won’t have the album to flick through to show them what fun you had at the beach, or what his grandad looked like. Why? Because people no longer print photographs or create photo albums. In fact, 67% store their photos solely on a computer or phone. You probably have every intention of printing, but it’s a pain and it’s time consuming.
New generation computers no longer have CD and USB drives., remember the ipad is only 7 years old – Imagine what technology your children will be using in 20 years time.
You pay top dollar for a USB of digital files of Baby Jo, you put them in a draw with the intention to print yourself one day (you already know why this is a bad idea), but life gets in the way and you never get around to it.
Jo turns 14 and she wants to see her baby photos, but you’ve moved 5 times since Jo was a baby and you cannot find it anywhere. You email your photographer in a panic! Lo and behold she’s not in business anymore – Sucks to be you!
You find the USB but your new computer has no USB port, so you buy a gadget to hook up to the computer and plug it in and lo and behold your files look like this!! They are CORRUPT – Sucks to be you!
You remember you listened to your photographer and backed them up somewhere on the cloud. But the cloud account you had with company xyz is no longer around – Sucks to be you!
SHARING ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND WITH FAMILY
Absolutely! I get this – my family are all overseas so for them digital is important, and that is why I give you a digital copy, specifically sized for sharing on social media of every photo you purchase – for sharing. And you can purchase bundles of digitals with all our packages!
We have to remember the value and importance of printed, framed, and mounted photographs in our lives and for the generations after us. Children love to see images of themselves around the house, studies have shown it even increases their self worth and self esteem. Newlyweds have fond moments when they see their wedding photo on the mantle or walls, and our most beloved moments are sealed in time…all thanks to the power of print.
When you try and print yourself, it can end in disastrous and costly mistakes.
I am fully trained in printing in every size and medium so you get the best quality work that matches my professional printing lab’s specifications. Colours are true and correct and your images will be sharp and beautiful.
And because……. blank walls are boring!
I DON’T HAVE SPACE RIGHT NOW – I’M IN A RENTAL
Again, I get it. I moved 7 times in 6 years and every time, the first think I unpacked were my prints and canvases, I found creative ways of displaying them and they made our temporary places to sleep feel like home,
But there are other solutions. We supply exquisite bamboo boxes filled with matted prints that you can frame when you do move into your forever home, or display them on a shelf on a small easel.
Or get an album, they joy of paging through a beautifully crafted leather bound album is priceless. This is an excellent way to get all the digitals from your session too.
Why Order Artwork?
Because there are moments you can’t get back, but a print can make you feel them again.
Because your prints are for today, tomorrow and all the tomorrows after that.
Because prints remind us of what love really feels like.
Because they’re only young once.
Because the place to save money is not on the most important purchases.
Because when there’s a fire, what’s the first thing you grab?
Because phones fall into toilets and hard drives crash
Because you can touch and feel your memories.
Because you put too much work into your family not to show them off!
Because technology comes and goes.
Because photography is best enjoyed in print.
Because a memory stick in a drawer is pointless.
Because a hard drive doesn’t trigger a smile.
Because memories are tied to touch.
Because there’s nothing like sitting down by a fireplace and flipping through the pages of a family album.
Because your parents and grandparents won’t be around forever.