I was talking to a lady recently who had booked a photo shoot for her newborn baby (not with me – her children are now teenagers). The price for the session was low. When she arrived to view the images a couple of weeks after the photo shoot, the lights in the studio were dimmed, there was relaxing music playing and there was a box of tissues on the table.
I saw their game she told me, they’re going to convince me to spend hundreds, if not thousands. I won’t fall for that she told herself. However, a short while later, she was reaching for said box of tissues and had signed up to finance to pay for the images on a CD.
The reason she was telling me this story? She was telling me how much she loved our images and the frames they were delivered in. She was wishing she had frames or canvases from her photoshoot. She had taken out finance on those images but had never printed them and even worse, didn’t even know where the CD was.
This is not the only story like this that I’ve heard. A chap at a baby show recently was telling me how they had 2 children and had newborn photoshoots for them both. Again, they had never printed the images and didn’t know where the USB was yet had spent a great deal of money on them.
I am often asked if I provide images digitally. The short answer is that I do, but very rarely. The 2 stories above are just 2 of many examples of why I’m not a fan. And that’s before I’ve talked about the quality of images printed on the high street versus those printed professionally.
I want to see the beautiful images of your baby printed at high quality on a canvas or captured in a beautiful frame. See them up there, on the wall for you to treasure forever. I want those images to provoke memories of such a short moment in time when your baby is that small and you felt that first rush of emotions when they entered your world.
In an industry flooded with those that offer something for virtually nothing, I want to remind anyone wanting to capture such a precious memory that photography is an art form. That art should be on the wall, not gathering dust, forgotten in a drawer.