I'm often asked why I choose to offer heirloom quality prints instead of just giving my clients digital files. There are actually several reasons but the most important reason is that digital files are easily lost and/or forgotten about. Life gets busy and before you know it, your computer suddenly crashes and you realize that you never got around to printing those amazing family portraits. I spend a lot of time making sure my clients love their portraits and I want to make sure they get to enjoy them for many, many years.
Another reason why I chose to offer prints is because unless they're printing with a professional lab, their portraits are not going to look anything like they're supposed to. It really is that big of a difference! My monitors are calibrated to ensure that my client's portraits are perfect when I order prints from the lab. Not to mention, cropping can be a nightmare! We've all gotten that one picture back from the one hour photo place with half of our subject's head cropped off. My clients never have to worry about these issues.
Professional labs print on top quality papers that can last up to 100 years in home display and up to 200 years in dark storage! That means that my clients will be able to cherish these memories for a lifetime and even be able to pass down these memories to their children or possibly even their grandchildren.
Finally, if a client is going to invest in a professional photographer to capture these important memories, it just makes sense for them to follow through on that investment with heirloom quality prints.
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