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.
One of the first questions people ask when looking for a family photographer is if they offer all the digital images
from their portrait session. In fact, many families and couples plan to only purchase the digital images and aren’t interested in anything else and ready get frustrated when anything else is suggested.
By only purchasing the digital images, you’re putting yourself at a huge risk of losing your photos in just a few short years. Many well-intentioned families and couples who only get the digital images never print their images at all, or only print a few for gifts or for display.
However, there’s a huge risk of losing the images and memories from them over time when you only have the
With only the digital files, you are responsible for transferring the images from one type of digital media to another as technology advances every few years. Every time a file is transferred, there’s a risk of file corruption. Not only that, but if life gets crazy and you fail to transfer it to the new media, you may end up with a beautiful disc/flash drive/etc of photos that you can’t see anymore because there’s no machine around to use the disc/flash drive/etc with.
This is why we believe that a professional portrait album is of the utmost importance. Even if you never do anything except store it in a closet, you’ll still have images to look at and enjoy years from now with no additional work whatsoever (like having electricity or the necessary medium to view the digital files).
In fact, we believe in this so strongly that we now include an album or book in every single package we offer. We only offer professional, high quality signature albums/books made with archival inks and papers that are created to last for generations with proper care. We want the memories of your family to be seen and enjoyed by your family for years to come.
Don’t risk losing your memories. Make purchasing and designing a beautiful signature album priority number one. We promise you there will not be any regrets.
You can read all about our beautiful signature albums/books and learn what goes into ordering an album by viewing our album guide. To learn about our signature albums and signature book click here.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, owner of Tamieka Smith Photography. I would love to help you plan your family's sunset portraits in Northern Virginia (or surrounding area) or photograph your military ceremony — possibly both. Working with families and military members is my specialty. I hope you'll look at my recent work and all that’s available for you. I hope we're able to work together and I’m able to document your family’s history.