Digital Files vs. Prints

April 2, 2022

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Digital Files: photos stored and viewed on phones, computers, the cloud, etc. 

We live in the digital age - the age where everything is digital, online, electronic, steaming, virtual, etc. We have photos on our phones, laptops, tablets, in the cloud, and emails. It's convenient to have our photos in our hands, easy to show and share with our friends and family. So it's natural that when getting professional photographs, clients instantly want the "digital files". 

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind

Digital files are easy to access and are shareable. It's fun to share amazing portraits of our sessions or weddings on Instagram or Facebook. But you have to remember to save them in a secure location. While they are easy and accessible, digital files can easily disappear if you don't have them properly backed up. 

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Prints: canvas wall art, albums, various sizes of fine art photo paper, metal wall art, wooden wall art, etc.  

Having a print of a special moment brings that moment to life, it becomes part of your life. Seeing the image can spark memories of the moment. Having an image in print can become a heirloom. A printed moment can even be a reminder of the important things in life. Prints can even enhance your home, bring life to your decor.

While I highly recommend wall art, albums, and prints, the digital files are a great compliment to your beautiful images that you can share. 

“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.” — Elliott Erwitt

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