It has been a little while since my last blog post and I have been flying a little under the radar these last few weeks. I just want to say right now that my silence was not due to inactivity! I have actually been very busy making some important business decisions and all the behind the scenes work that went along with the decision making so that I could implement some new changes.
What has been in the works while I’ve been laying low is a significant change in my business model. I have been transitioning from simply editing and providing digital images for my clients to crafting works of art with them during their photoshoots and providing them with actual printed images to display in their homes.
I have decided not to offer digital files anymore in my packages.* I know sharing on social media is important for many people as it is a great way to connect friends and family who are separated by distance and I can appreciate that so this doesn’t mean that digitals will not be available at all. If a client has a particular image that they love and decide to purchase as a canvas (or a print, or in an album, etc), that same image will be given to them as a web-ready digital file perfect for sharing online.
This is a very exciting time and I am proud to be working with a professional printing lab to provide heirloom quality printed products and gifts. I am pleased to provide a variety of sizes of prints from small gift sized prints to grand signature wall pieces. Whether you are looking for a canvas print, a canvas wall gallery collection, an album, gifts for loved ones or more, I will work with you to showcase your memories in a beautiful manner.
For those who wish to read on, here is the back story.
When I began pursuing photography more seriously a few years ago now, I knew I wanted to get to this point. The time and money my husband and I invested in my education, software and hardware were all stepping stones to bringing me to this point. When we first set out in this direction, our vision for my photography business was fairly straightforward. I would take photos for clients and give them their digital images.
When I formally launched my business a few months ago, that is what my business model looked like and it was fine. The problem for me was that ‘fine’ was not what I had envisioned when I wrote in my journal as a six year old that I wanted to be a photographer when I grew up. Fine did not satisfy the longing I had to create art that showed the good, and true and beautiful in the world and relationships. Over long chats, and some serious heart to heart conversations with my amazing husband, I realized that while what I’ve been doing is what I had in mind as far as running a photography business, it left a lot wanting for me. I have always loved photography for the memories that are captured, the images that are hung with pride on the wall or put in an album to preserve for years to come. I’ve written about this in previous blog posts and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has read those that I believe there is so much more to photography than taking photos for clients and giving them a usb stick or cd with their images. This video is short and sweet but strikes at the heart of our digital dilemma.
How often have you taken photos with the intention of printing them only it never happens? Or you do print them, and you start an album or scrapbook, with the best of intentions of completing a masterpiece, only to have it sit unfinished in a box somewhere? (This doesn’t apply to my best friend who is one of the most organized, creative people I know and has her images hung on the wall and is up to date with her albums!) I know I have been guilty of this on many occasions. It was easy enough to print and organize my photos and get all crafty with scrapbooking when I was younger and had more time but now with family life and 2 young children, the things I would like to do, hobbies I’d like to resume are often the last things I get to (if I can get to them at all).
Moving forward, I believe this change will especially appeal to those who value artwork and are willing to invest in high quality pieces to hang in their homes and preserve their memories for future generations.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments and of course, please contact me with any questions you may have and to inquire about availability!