Why is it so important to print after a photo session and not just get digital files?
So your family continues to grow and you have not gotten your family portraits taken since little Johnny was born and you've had two more kids since then! Yikes, it seems like every time you think about scheduling something, life happens. You finally say "Enough is Enough," so you begin shopping around for photographers in your area.
What is the first thing you would ask your prospective photographer? Is it, "do you sell digital files with print release?" If it is, then you may want to reconsider your approach and really think about what it is exactly that you want to do with your photos after your session.
Asking a photographer to release the rights for the photos to be printed at whatever low budget printing company has the best deals on Groupon is not the best way to guarantee that you get the highest quality portrait product possible for the money you invest. When a photographer allows their work to be printed somewhere else, they lose any and all ability to ensure the quality of their printed product is what you, the client deserves.
Any credible professional will insist that you get your prints through them. Yes you will encounter many people with a camera who claim to be photographers and might even have decent photographs that are willing to sell you the digital files, but that photographer is more than likely just starting out and will learn why it's important not to sell their work with copyright release, or they will not be able to sustain their business and will more than likely go under. If a doctor diagnosed his patients with an illness and then sent them to another clinic to pay someone else for what the work he did, that doctor will not be in business long. As photographers, part of our job is to encourage our clients to get prints to go on their walls and not just a cd or flash drive with the images. Even digital images deteriorate over time. Every time you open a Jpeg image it loses pixels and even the most trusted hard drives fail and its possible to lose everything you had stored on it. The prints hanging on your wall will out last any cd or flash drive any day of the week.
If you have any questions regarding why you should order prints through your professional photographer please feel free to reach out to us.
Siobhan Fine Photography
12014 N. Eldridge Pkwy Houston Tx 77065