Are digital files included in the session fee? This seems to be one of the most popular questions many photographers receive in today's digital environment and that includes my studio.
Depending on the photographer they answer may "yes" or "no".
Why do many photographer's include the digital files with the session fee?
In many cases the simply answer is supply and demand. If many consumers are asking for the digital files, why not give it to them. That's what they want...right! Why pay a photographer to print a picture when many drug and big box stores offer one hour printing so prints are available for pickup within an hour. Also, it's easier to store the image on my computer or phone. In addition, we want to share our favorite image on social media.
These are the typical answers and responses a photographer hear from prospective clients.
According to a recent study, many people in the United States do not print their images and store them only in one location. Are you one?
Fifty years from now, will you be able to use the same computer as today, or will the CD/USB drive be around to view those digital images? Chances are...probably not! Ever three to four years, new technology is released. For example, when personal computers where introduced to the market, floppy disk were all the rage. I'm sure several people don't remember or have never heard of the floppy disk.
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Cancer...A Battle Worth Fighting
Cancer is a frightening word! For those fighting the battle; the all dreaded the day when they heard the words or someone in our family tells them they've been diagnosed with cancer. Everything as we know has changed and the world stops in time. What's next? What can I do to fight the battle?
These are just some of the questions many ask once the diagnoses is given. Susan G. Komen is an outstanding organization fighting in the battle against cancer. Each year, there is a Race for The Cure run that happens throughout the country. This past weekend, Maryland hosted it's 24th Annual Race For The Cure run. It was filled with so many survivors and their family members cheering them on. While there are so many survivors, there is always the opposite side of the coin. Yet they were there to celebrate the lives of the ladies that meant so much to them.
The race began with thousands of people lined up at the starting line waiting to cycle, run, and walk. Once the race started they were off to the races. There were even cheerleaders cheering them on!
There Will Always Be A Reason...
For some reason, many people always find a reason not to take a family portrait. As a photographer, these are some of the most popular things I hear; it's too expensive, I don't have time, I need to lose weight first, I need to get my hair done; you name it I've heard it. If we decide to take pictures ourselves, the Mom is missing, because usually she's the one taking the pictures.
Location, Location, Location! It doesn't just apply to real estate. Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. is full of historical locations, monuments, and scenic roads. Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal (for some overwhelming) but it really doesn't have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. We're in the Washington D.C. metro area so there are several possible locations such as a beach, historical sites, monuments, flowers, etc. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:
1. What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don't know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive for inspiration. It's easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends or of course us, your photographer for ideas too. For example, the image below is from a neighborhood in Northern Virginia.
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