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Family session at The Arboretum

How safe are your family photos?

What I mean is, how are you storing your family’s photos and images? What does photo storage mean to you?

I was recently at a gathering of parents at a high school sporting event. These parents have all known each other for years, and all our kids are all graduating from high school this year. I overheard one parent say to another, “I suppose I need to find all those old CDs with sports photos and make some copies for the Graduation party.” My stomach sank a bit as I heard it. “From how long ago?” I heard another parent ask. “The last eight years” he said, “I have them all in a drawer at home, so I should probably print some photos now and get ready for graduation.” Does this sound familiar to you? If it does, please keep reading.

I was a little shocked to hear this conversation. But sadly, I have heard it before. Friends, I need to be real with you right now. Please print your photos. Do not save CDs, flash drives, or emails containing images, please print your photos. At my studio I pride myself in knowing that even though I sell digital images I send every customer home with printed proofs from their session.

CDs and Flash Drives are not to be considered photo storage, they are a means of transportation for files and images.

If you have a CD or flash drive with photos, they should be downloaded onto a computer and prints should be made. If you want to then “back up” your images to a external hard drive or save files to “The Cloud” or another online storage that is fine, but it is a back up not storage. First print your images of special events and loved ones, that is a guarantee that you have those photos. I recommend a good lab to print archival photos that won’t fade over time but that is a whole other subject for a different day.

I have read studies that safely give flash drives and CDs 1-3 years of accessing the files and then everything could be gone. Now maybe you will get lucky and never lose your photos, but why take that chance? Imagine putting a CD into your computer and realizing all the photos that are important to you are gone. A parents worst nightmare.

Save those important images for years of enjoyment and a way to remember special friends, loved ones, and important moments.

But the saving should be in a photo album or a stack of photographs in a box that years from now your family can open and look through and even put on a board to go out at graduation. Don’t take a chance and lose all of your images. Print!

If I can answer any questions about digital files, storage, or recommend a lab for you, please let me know!

Childrens session in studio

What is so great about a mini-session?

At my studio I don’t offer a lot of mini-sessions, maybe only about five per year, but they are something people are excited about. For a photographer it is a way to be creative with a theme or a special time of year. It can even be a way to be generous and combine a mini-session with  a local charity.

What is a mini-session you may ask?

Well I will tell you what it isn’t. It definitely isn’t a less creative session or less quality images or prints. The mini-session is a great way to try out a photographer or studio at a smaller session fee. It is just a mini version of a regular session. The time is usually shorter and the proofs you receive may be less, but the quality is all there. It is a great opportunity to get a deal. It may even a fun themed backdrop and also get awesome images!

If you find that it is a photographer that captures just what you wanted then you are all set to hire him or her for future occasions like family events or graduation portraits, maybe even a wedding. So mini-sessions are good for everybody involved!

To see a schedule of my mini-session offer this year check my events page.
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