Today I want to talk about one of my favorite products. ALBUMS! I LOVE albums.
There is just something about having an entire session printed in a beautiful album. Some of the reason I love them so much probably has to do with the fact that I love stories! And albums tell stories! Your story. But I also love that I have that event or milestone documented and safe. Too often, I hear about people who have invested a considerable amount of money on digital files but never actually do anything with those files.
Being a professional photographer, I spend a lot of time reading and researching everything that has to do with this industry. I have studied and consulted other professionals about what is being called the “Digital Dilemna”. In short, there are a number of professionals who believe we are living in the next dark ages. Everything we do is digital. Our entire lives on a hard drive. The problem is we have no idea how long this digital information will last. Most agree that it’s not a matter of IF, it’s a matter of WHEN the files will corrupt and no longer be accessible. This is a very scary thought.
Okay don’t panic. There is some good news. Once you understand the nature of digital files and you understand that they are NOT archival, you gain a lot of control. You can do something about it right now. The safest thing to do with your images is to print them. Period. You can always create a new digital file from a printed image, but you CANNOT create a print from a corrupted digital file.
Let that soak in.
Okay, deep breaths. Now more good news. There are SO MANY incredibly easy ways to print your images these days. I’ll share with you a few of my favorites.
The first is Books To Me. This is for anyone who uses Instagram to document your day to day. What I love about this company is that it takes all of the work out of it. Literally. You can sign up to receive a printed book of your Instagram images either monthly or quarterly. They are created automatically according to what plan you select and are shipped straight to your door. I am signed up quarterly and it’s just a really nice way to get the pictures off my phone and printed. And my kids LOVE flipping through these books. So fun!
Another favorite is called Artifact Uprising. They even have an app you can download to your phone. You can select images from your phone and order prints or books. Great pricing, beautiful products and ships straight to your door in a matter of days. You can even design and order custom photo cards.
And finally, this one is for all of those USBs shoved in drawers and overflowing folders on your desktop. If you’ve invested in professional portraits, you’ve purchased the digital files and you have a print release from your photographer, this is for you. Don’t waste your money trying to have your images printed at Walmart or Costco or Target…or CVS or Walgreens…or Shutterfly…or any other consumer grade printing company. You images will not print the way they were intended. These labs are not color calibrated for printing professional prints. And many of these labs apply universal adjustments to all images they print, adding contrast and saturation and sharpening. Yuck. Trust me, just don’t do it.
The best place to have your digital files printed (aside from your photographer) is called MPix. What makes them so special is that they are the sister company of a professional lab. There printers are calibrated to produce the best color and quality at a consumer price. I would explain this as just a step below a professional lab in the products they offer, but also color accurate.
But, as my clients know, I take it one step further. When you purchase digital files from me, your images are uploaded into a gallery online. From there, you are able to order professional prints at prices comparable to Costco. I have not heard of any other photographers in my area doing this. For me, I want to provide the best possible experience to my clients. I offer a beautiful product line that includes fine art framed prints, gallery wrapped canvases, and luxurious albums. My clients are able to leave with a tangible art product as well as the digital files. They are able to order as many prints as they desire. This makes it very easy to print images for grandparents, to create your own wall gallery or add to an existing one. I want you to be able to do that. And helping you makes me happy. :)
So back to albums. Just one of the art products I offer, but a true heirloom. And true peace of mind knowing that your images (and the story they tell) are safe.
Pictured below is our Linen Album in Cotton and our Distressed Leather Album. Both available in 8×8 or 10×10, 20 pages with full bleed images. Starting at $199.
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