We talk about the archival nature of prints all the time in this blog. We care so much about our clients – that's why we want them to have a piece of something that will last for years to come. Digital image files are nice but unless you backup in 2 or 3 locations you may not be able to retrieve your images when it comes time for you to want to see them again, let alone make prints. Your children will be much happier to receive an archival album or collection of framed prints than a hard drive of digital images.
Our current generation is quickly loosing it's history. Many more photographs are being taken now than any other time in history but few are getting printed-- and when they are it is often from inexpensive labs or your desktop printer that is likely not archival in nature. Everything we produce-- from custom books to framed prints to fine art gallery wrapped canvases –is archival, designed and printed for longevity.
Be In That Portrait!
This is particularly hard for mom--she's usually the one who is taking the family photos. Or if she hires a professional photographer mom wants "just some nice pictures of my children." And often leaves herself out. Moms (and some dads too) you need to be in some of the portraits. How else will your child remember you after she's grown and you're gone. Give your family something to cherish--a portrait that includes you!
Get That Portrait Created Before Its Too Late
Memories are precious and we want to make sure our clients have memories recorded and printed for the next generation. This becomes important in times of crises—we've had many disasters lately here in Colorado Springs from two major fires to landslides and flooding. Clients have told us that they grabbed their works of art (including portraits from our studio) first upon exiting their home. Their hard drive may have gone. Extraneous CDs, DVDs and thumb drives, maybe not.
Unexpected death is another reason to make sure your memories are preserved. We've had two or three customers in the past three years tell us that they were grateful they finally took the time to get a portrait created featuring a loved one you has since passed. And this can be the same for pets as well as people. Many of us are proud pet owners and our pets mean the world to us but few have had portraits made of their animal companion. We had a recent customer come in at the last moment—just days before their pet passed --so that a fine art portrait of them with their best buddy could be created.
Now she will have a portrait to cherish forever.
Wherever you go to get your portraits made, make sure you get it in Print. You need to Exist in Photographs!