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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!

How to improve your business website and social media presence with better photos.

How is your presence on social media?

Today more than ever your business presence online needs to be outstanding. One way to improve your look online is the images on your website and on social media. If your photos on your website look professional and current then you look professional also. Potential clients are more likely to stay on your site, browse, and contact you, when you look professional. I can come to your business and photograph your building location, staff, products, service, or anything else that helps people know about your business better. If your images aren’t great it can affect traffic to your website and your business leads overall. Have you ever gone to a website looking for a product or service and been turned off by poor photos.

I have the experience and knowledge to asses your needs and create photos that will improve your business.

Maybe you need updated or consistent looking images of your staff but you haven’t thought of other photo ideas that can make your business look great. Let me help you come up with creative ideas and ways to boost your social media presence and make your website outstanding. I will provide you with images that you can use in all your marketing pieces, website design, and social media. Have a specific need? Let’s get together and find out how to get it done.

 

Maybe you aren’t using social media yet and have questions? I can help you start your presence on social media. I am a small business owner and have been helping other business owners with social media for years. Using social media is fun, it just takes a little time and a little creativity. Any business can benefit from great photos for their marketing and advertising. Your new professional images can be used for websites, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook, as well as business cards, email, and direct mail pieces. Having fantastic images for your business is a great asset.

If you have questions about my photography services or would like a consultation to go over ideas and questions contact me.