Just the digitals?
Tell me does this sound familiar? You've decided to have portraits done, be it boudoir, maternity or family portraits and you begin your search for the perfect photographer. One not too expensive but that provides beautiful photographs and that has good reviews or testimonials, oh and that gives you just the digital files!
I get it getting the digitals means you're free to print any image at any size when ever you feel like it. I've been there. Before I became a photographer this is what I wanted too. The only time I received physical prints is for my wedding portraits. She was wonderful and created some beautiful images for us to cherish, the catch was that she did not just give the digitals, so we were forced to pick what package we wanted. Ours came with an album and prints. After that I had maternity and newborn portraits done with a different photographer where we received the digitals only.
The reason I'm telling you this is because the only images that hung on my walls for years were our wedding pictures.I could never find the time to choose a printing place, upload my images and choose what size and how many images to print, and so I never printed them.
This may not be the case with you, maybe you're much more efficient and decisive than I am and you have those works of art up on your walls pronto. But I'm guessing that majority of people can relate to my story and have digitals images just sitting there, collecting digital dust.
For this reason I choose to offer physical products that you can hold in your hands and hang up on walls with joy and admiration. Now don't get me wrong there are plenty of photographers offering just the digitals and they're wonderful, and I do offer digitals as well but I also offer packages for those who want something tangible and solid.
The last thing I will say for getting print products instead of just the digitals is Quality. Majority of photographers that offer products work with professional printing labs, myself included. That means that your portraits will be the highest quality and will stand the test of time. You're not going to get the same quality from the quick print labs that are in abundance both online and in the real world.
So the next time you plan on having portraits done, consider what their fate will be. Sitting in some cloud, or on a hard drive for months or dare I say years, collecting digital dust? or in your hands and on your walls as a reminder of why these portraits were important enough to you, to take the time out of your busy schedule to find photographer, plan a photoshoot and capture that important moment in time?