Why Offer Prints Over Digitals
Print Artist Series
“A print is an image with a life of its own….
It has a presence” – Peter Eastway
There have been few truer statements made.
I’ve spent the last few months knee-deep in relics of my husbands past. Since his father’s passing we have begun the incredible process of closing the estate. This entails cleaning out and fixing up his childhood home that he and his parents had lived in and died in. My husband’s grandmother was like most of our grandmothers in the sense that she kept everything… Everything. The house that we are currently tasked with cleaning is like a time capsule than spans about 100 years. And I can tell you that the single most valuable thing we have found thus far have been physical. Printed. Photographs.
I’m currently trying to imagine what it would be like if digitals had been alive back then. Would I be coming across albums upon albums of amazing little snippets of history?Or would I be coming across boxes and boxes of USBs, CDs, external hard drives and freaking floppy disks?
Not only would I have to have the patience not to throw it out hoping it’s nothing important, but the process would drop even further. I would also then have to take it home, plug it into my computer, pray that it still works. Then I could sift through the images and then hopefully get them printed. And I say hopefully not because I wouldn’t want to but simply because if yesterday in time was like today I would have to sift through hundreds of USBs, CDs, floppy disc, external hard drive’s. After nearly 100 years there would could potentially be millions of digitals. IF NOT MORE! I Can tell you personally that I made a huge mistake by not printing as I go with my own family in the last five years, now I have over 30,000 photos on several different mediums that I am now trying to convert to one medium… Print!! Don’t get me wrong, I think it is extremely important to have you images backed up with you photographer in case of fire, theft, flooding etc. It is also a wonderful idea to scan and digitally save all of your old images but it shouldn’t be one or the other.
So what do we do?
I get asked all of the time why my collections don’t come with all of the high resolution images for people to print on their own. Let’s answer that. Please keep in mind that this is my personal business model and while I am far from the only one who practices this, there is a sea of others who don’t. Everyone runs their business slightly different, try not to compare.
My last photographer gave me all of the high resolution digital files from my session, why don’t you?
Where are those files now? In a drawer, possibly in a box in a closet somewhere? If you actually were able to take the time to get them printed what do they look like? Are they sort of kind of close to the same colors as the digital file that you paid good money to have? Are they just good enough? Do they look like you paid a professional to have them done? Could you have just as easily had a friend do those for free or done them on a cell phone with a timer? How long do you think that Walmart print or Costco Canvas will last? Do friends and family gasp at the incredibly artwork of your family on your walls when they come over, do they even spare your photos a second glance?
The printing process, through me, is much less overwhelming, guaranteed and stress free. Plus, it is actually fun and exciting. You always know you are walking away with an incredible investment in your family’s future for so many generations to enjoy.
I am dedicated to you
Your experience is unique, you journey deserves the most incredible documentation. My collection of printed products has been designed to invoke the most precious reactions from generation to generation with out fading, and without worry of degradation. Leave your decedents something fun to pick through, leave them a record of your time here.
So in short, print your damn photos. As your professional photographer I am dedicated to you. Please know that I task myself with being your personal guide through the professional printing process. You will never be left overwhelmed or in the dark. You will always walk away from an experience with me with beautiful, tangible prints.