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Printing vs. Digital images | Why is professional photography so expensive? | South Jersey Photographer

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Printing vs. Digital images | Why is professional photography so expensive? | South Jersey Photographer

In this day and age, there is a photographer for everyone's budget. But why are some photographers so expensive? 

Professional Portraiture is not for everyone. Photography is a luxury, just like that vacation to Disney or to Europe. Everyone has different priorities in their life. I get it! 100%. I value photos and experiences. I do not value designer handbags or high heels. (I'm a sneaker or socks kind of girl) 

Professional Photographers who own their own business take the time to make every session perfect. They stylize clothing and the session to make sure it matches the needs of the client, take their time during the shoot, download, back up and double back up a session, editing sometimes takes multiple hours, schedule a reveal for clients to view their images for the first time, find products that can hold up for years and some even deliver your products right to your home. (I love to see my clients faces when they open up their products. It gives me chills to see their expressions) It's a lot of work. A true professional will make you feel like they are designing the session and experience just for you and your family.

The photos that your photographer hands over to you are part of their name, branding, heart and soul. Photographers carefully select and retouch your photos, keeping in mind that these photos will become a priceless gift. Naturally there are a few important regulations to note when it comes to the professional digital images that you receive. Example: Copyright, Image type, Cropping, Removing watermarks, Right Click and Printing. These are all topics for another day.

The most important thing to remember is that DIGITAL IMAGES ARE NOT ARCHIVAL.

Digital images do not last forever. Computer technology changes every 5 years, some computers don't even use USB drives anymore, let alone floppy disks!! (Remember those!!!) Technology is always changing and most importantly breaking. We can not print from a corrupted digital file but, we can scan and create a print from 20 years ago. 

Digital files are the new 8x10's. I spoke to a mentor of mine who said that back in the 80's and 90's before digital files, everyone wanted to know the pricing for 8x10 prints. Digital files are now that. Sure, you can have the digital files but, I educate all of my clients to print. 

Why is a canvas so expensive when I can get it on Groupon for $25? Sure, you can purchase a canvas from Groupon but, I can not guarantee the quality of that product. Products that I sell to my clients are 100% guaranteed to last for years. Canvas for example, I use a company that UV protects the canvas so you can stick it in the window and not have to worry about it fading one bit, it's handcrafted in the United States (I'm all about "Made In the USA" products) and the inside frame is made of wood not cardboard. 

Why are frames so expensive? I have a whole blog coming up in a few days with come comparisons to Michael's "Custom" Framing. ;) 

Stinsman Photography is a hybrid studio that offers you the digital files that you want but also providing heirloom products and albums that last a lifetime. I have had so many mom's come back to me after having their baby a few months ago and say they never printed one photo of their newborn session. WHY!!!!! It makes me so sad that they spend hundreds of dollars on this session to not have it displayed. I'm guilty of it also. Just recently, I put all of my images into milestone albums of my son. Before, I was only given the digital files from my photographer. That's OK but, when I realized that I never looked at them or wasn't able to just go to the book shelf and smile at my baby when he was 6 months old it made me sad. 

With the new "Create Your Own Collection", it's simple. There are two steps. Pick a wall piece/gallery or an album. Display your children! It makes them feel like a part of the family. Then you can choose why size you would like to print your digital images. Low resolution can be printed to an 8x10 or high resolution can be printed to 30x40. And yes, that is the entire gallery. That simple, pick an art piece and then your digitals and that's that!

I know their are so many photographers in the NJ and Philadelphia area but, you need to find someone who listens to your needs, provides what you want and most importantly has a style that matches your's. 

Last but not least... Print your photos!!!!


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Baby & Toddler Expo at the Katz JCC

Baby & Toddler Expo at the Katz JCC

I had sooo much fun at the Annual Baby & Toddler Expo at the Katz JCC. I did not expect the turn out that they had! One of the employees said they estimated about 1500 people!! CRAZY! But, I wanted to recap the day and send a special thank you! 

Meeting new people and babies is the best. So much fun to learn about everyone and their stories. I had a lot of mom's who had their newborn session but, never printed their images. They loved the images but, just didn't have the time or didn't know where to print. This is why I started offer products and prints. I want to make your experience fun and easy. I do all the work for my clients. 

When I told this one mom that I printed and even installed all wall art, she was floored! She loved the idea and was so happy to have my information. She said she had CD's and USB's from other photographers that she would love to incorporate. Why not? I would absolutely do that for her. It makes me happy to print these precious memories for anyone as long as you have a print release.

This is why it is so important to print. Having photos of your family not only makes your space personal but, also increases the self esteem of your children. They see that you are proud of them. Also, computers fail. Who knows what is going to happen to that CD or USB and then you have nothing. Majority of your images are probably still on your computer, right? Why not bring them with you to your session and I can add them into your gallery to print? 

A print is a print, right? No it isn't. Printing at home is just that, printing. Printing from a professional lab makes sure that the colors are correct, computers are calibrated for the lab, quality assured before shipping and better paper then you would get in the store. The prints that my clients purchase have an added bonus. They are mounted to a board that will make the images hard to bend, unless your break the mount (HAHA). 

Thank you to the Katz JCC for putting on such an amazing event and for asking me to be a part of it. I look forward to next year!!!

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