Ok so I know we are in the digital age. I am all for progress and embrace the new day (I mean look.. I am BLOGGING. I think.) There ARE however are a few things I am not willing to let go from the past. Printed photographs are on the top of that list. True story. I have an album dedicated to old prints I come across at flea markets or antique shops. I feel somehow sad for the people that once wanted to treasure the memory of the people or pets on the fragile, stained rectangular pieces of paper.
I cannot bare the thought of all our images living in a folder or hard Drive. Never to be held or admired by future generations and only looking as good as whatever screen they may occasionally be viewed on. Maybe it is a little fear of death, or rather, not being remembered.
I I really can't imagine one's grandchildren or nephews or a cherished friend saying one day "awww remember what a fun person so and so was" or "I miss Aunty Sandy" followed by "we should go dig up her old hard drive and reminisce over her photos" If they could even FIND them. Let's be honest, how many of you can find a specific photo from years gone by in that folder or folders on your OWN or partner's computer. I relate it to trying to watch movies on VHS only you don't know where the VHS tapes are located. The technology of today will be obscolete in a matter of years. Along with your cherished memories.
With the sheer number of images most of us have and take (myself being the worst I am sure) it would be ludicrous to print all, or even most of them. Rather, print the odd one you love and spend the money on your self to get professional images you love and create with your chosen photographer.
I recently changed the way I sell my images to reflect this. I am aware some people will protest and argue that they really want 50 digital files to download or be given on a thumb drive. There are many photographers that do really well in that 'shoot and burn' style. That is great and I respect other professionals business models completely. I don't mind referring some clients that way in order to do what I believe in and am passionate about. I want to offer less quantity and more quality.
Don't get me wrong. I do see the appeal of uploading your awesome images to Facebook. The convenience of having them on your phone. That is why with each image purchased I also include digital, downloadable files. For the printed ones I love simple matted images stacked in a folio box like in my photo above. That is one of my studio samples. This box can go on a shelf like a book, sit on your table or bedside as a beautiful conversation piece. Each one colour and material customizable and hand made in Italy just for you. The matts mean they are ready to frame, stay as is and I even include a little easel so you can display and swap them out. People can spend what they want or can, that is up to them. I want to create images that are so meaningful that clients want to buy them all. I will put the time, effort and money in to creating them. I thank Sue Bryce for this mindshift, inspiration and folio box obsession.
Thank you and PRINT YOUR IMAGES xoxox