In this modern age of 2018, it’s tempting to forgo printing photos and just get your photos digitally. The problem with that? Digital files can disappear (well, not if you get photos with me– I back them up in 6 different places, 2 hard drives, my computer, and each have their own cloud backup). Regardless, I highly encourage my clients to allow me to create and deliver a boudoir album after your session. I learned that lesson the hard way.
When Digital Goes Wrong–
I heard once that this generation is going to be the most photographed generation with the least to show for it. I don’t think I have ever heard a more true statement. We’re all guilty of it. Between Snapchat and Instastories, we are all taking photos. We rarely save the actual photos and if we do, it’s on our phone where we can easily lose them.
I have heard of clients who had their wedding photos given to them in digital format. They didn’t print them at the time, thinking they would get around to it eventually. Ten or fifteen years later, things happen. Maybe they lose the CD in a move, or just misplace it, but still they never end up printing their images. Now, there isn’t even anywhere to print the photos on considering it’s on a CD!
Isn’t it sad to think that some of us may not have images of our own lives to show our grandkids? Didn’t you love looking at these of your grandparents? I know I did and still do.
As technology changes rapidly, those digital files don’t always keep up. Remember when people used to get pictures on CDs? My Mac doesn’t even have a disk drive! Thumb drives and CDs can get damaged, files can get distorted, and digital images get lost. While digital can be a decent backup if you have a very sturdy hard drive and some cloud storage, prints are, in my opinion, the way to go. (Again, though, if you’re my client, you don’t have to worry about my hard drives crashing as I have them carefully backed up to 6 different places!)
This is why I HIGHLY recommend my clients and friends get an album and prints of their photographs, from any session or photographer, whether it be your wedding, family photos, or a boudoir session. Really, we hire photographers to have tangible souvenirs of certain magical but fleeting moments of life. Digital files are not tangible and can become outdated. Print photos, if stored safely or displayed in a nice frame, can last.
Boudoir Album– It’s all about quality
Also, I would recommend that you get your prints through your photographer. For me, I am very serious about the quality of prints for my clients and thoroughly assess prospective vendors before I choose to collaborate with them. My lab is professional quality and I carefully hand picked it because of the high quality of their photo processing. That being said, getting prints through your photographer will be of a MUCH better quality than if you go to the grocery store or drugstore’s photo developers.
So, when you have a professional photography session, make sure you have something to take away. Digital files probably won’t last. Make those memories tangible. Learn from other’s mistakes and just go ahead and get those albums and prints.