In 30 or 40 years, how will you remember the most important moments in your life or your children's life?
Did you know only 33% of the population store their photos on more than just a computer or phone? That's 67% of people will all their memories on one device!
This is BAD! In 2014, 4.5 million mobile phones were lost or stolen. Of that 57% only 33% actively backed up their phone's photos and data.
Technological mishaps - Have you experienced a computer crash, coffee spills, water damage, lost memory cards, or the unthinkable, malware?
Technology evolves; have you seen a floppy disk lately?
Future generations will have difficulty knowing us because there won't be a tangible photo documentation of our lives or your children's lives.
Stacy and Victor celebrated their upcoming baby’s arrival surrounded by friends, family, food, and presents. They had their baby shower overlooking the National Harbor. The food had a caribbean flare with red beans and rice, smoked spicy chicken wings, curried chicken, and more. Stacy and Victor congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy!
Baby K. has amazing parents and a great support system of Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, and countless friends.
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One of the most popular questions I receive is how much is it for digital files? My reply is, may I ask how would you like to display your images; via computer or wall?
I always hope the answer will be on my walls. However, more often than not it's on my computer. We live in a digital and social media age, so many clients want the digital files to share with friends and family via their social media accounts. Does anyone remember MySpace?
Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to purchase digital files or wall art.
Electricity - Electricity is always needed to view the files. Unlike a portrait album or wall art that's perfectly displayed in your home on your favorite coffee table or your favorite wall, digital files have to be displayed on an electronic device.
Obsolete Technology - Do you remember the floppy disk? This was the most common type of disk drive about 15 to 20 years on computers. Many photographers delivered their clients portraits via this type of medium. However, if the client didn't purchase prints via the photographer or another venue, do you think the client would be able to view or print the files from the disk? Can you guarantee computers will still be sold with USB or CD ports in ten years?
Corruption - According to Computer World, the average CD last 2 to 5 years. After a particular amount of time, files naturally begin to corrupt and become unable to access. Even if the files are transferred from the CD or USB to a computer's hard drive, there is still the possibility for corruption.
No electronic device or storage system is infallible!
As illustrated in the image below, this family doesn't have to power up their computer or hope their digital files will corrupt because they have taken their favorite images and placed them over their fireplace in their home. The portraits displayed should be a reflection of the beauty of your family and captured in the best possible manner. Every visitor will be able to experience their family love simply by looking at their portraits.
A military promotion is an exciting time. This morning, I was fortunate to capture another special moment for a fellow Air Force Veteran. The promotion ceremony for Major Bowen was held in the Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington DC. The National Archives is the ultimate location for this special occasion since the ceremony takes place in the rotunda where the Constitution of the United States and Declaration of Independence are housed. This is where the officer recites the oath and is pinned to their new rank. I'm always honored to not only capture this special moment but to witness it; i'm grateful to the men and women who serve. Thank you Maj. Bowen for your dedication and service.
Did you know you can turn your portraits from your portrait session into a gallery in your home?
Absolutely you can! Since we currently live in a digital age, many clients want to purchase digital files of their favorite images. Let's be honest, many of those images stay digital and never get the opportunity to be proudly displayed on the walls of our homes.
Let's change that...as you can see below. This is an awesome display of family love. We transformed four images into an awesome gallery that commands visitors.
If you would like to ditch the digital image files and transform your families portraits into a gallery, contact the studio today. We can design something special specifically for your home.
We are so excited to announce Tamieka Smith Photography has partnered with Pottery Barn Kids and INOVA Children's Hospital to hold a charitable portrait event.
Have you ever glanced through one of their catalogs? It's a piece of art! If you're anything like me, you have bunny ears, circles, and stars on catalog pages for everything you want to buy from the store. Well now is the perfect opportunity to have your child(ren) photographed in the store and have a printed portrait memory.
We are currently setting up a portrait event with Pottery Barn Kids in Fairfax, VA. All session fee profits will be donated to INOVA Children's Hospital and you will receive beautiful custom portraits!
The event is scheduled for Sunday, July 10. The first portrait session will start at 11:30 am. The suggested donation for a session is $99. Sessions will be by appointment only so be sure to book soon! Don't miss a great opportunity to donate to a wonderful hospital and create beautiful art with the people you love the most!
To schedule a session, click here.
For more information or to learn how to schedule your own session, visit here.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a family photographer in Torrance, CA and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.