August 31, 2016

How Will You Display Your Portraits?

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Happy Hump Day!

I often get the question of, “Can I just get a CD of the digitals?”. My answer is usually, “What are you looking to do with the digital files?”.  It’s an important question to ask because I believe in printed photographs.  It’s something we can touch, see, share, and hand down.

When was the last time you stopped to admire the CD that’s got the images from your last photo session?  Most likely, that CD is doing nothing but hiding under a pile of papers in your drawer.   On the other hand, do you stop to admire an actual photograph on the wall or framed on some desk? If the answer is yes, then you should be looking for more than a digital file from your photographer.  Digital should NOT be the only way you keep and hand down your precious images.

Let’s take a look at the history of personal storage a bit and hopefully you’ll agree with me on this one…

Maybe some of you have never even seen one of these.  This is a 5 1/4″ floppy disk, which went out of use sometime toward the end of the 1980s.5 1/4" floppy disk

This is the next generation.

3 1/2" floppy disk

3 1/2″ floppy disk

And then this….zip discs

zip discs

You’ve probably put a lot of files on these babies. I know I’ve still got a whole box full of these in the garage, just waiting for me to go and take a peek someday

And then we have CDs.  I’ve got spindles of these guys too.
CD

Since my iMac doesn’t even have a CD slot anymore, I don’t provide CDs to my clients.  So please don’t ask for it!

Now of course, this isn’t it.  There’s still a whole plethora of hard drives and USBs that we’re all collecting.  Some of you may be backing your images to the Cloud as well.  But what happens when we don’t have network connection?  Will you still have the images?  I can’t future-proof these types of media.  We don’t know how we will share our images in the future.  The only way I can ensure my clients get to enjoy their photographs for a lifetime and more is to provide tangible products like museum archival quality prints and albums.  Because I work with a professional printing lab, the quality and the colors of these prints are guaranteed to last beyond a lifetime.

museum quality archival prints

  Custom leather album with archival quality paper

So the question you should be asking is

How should I display my portraits?

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