“Why would I buy your prints when I can get them printed myself for less money?”
I struggled with this question for many years when I first started as a portrait photographer. Buying prints from professional photographers can seem like a waste of money. In today’s market of digital images, print labs are everywhere and offer a huge range of products and ease of use. Many home printers are also more than capable of providing a decent quality of image so this question is very valid.
One of the biggest reason you should trust in your photographer is that they should be centred around quality control. From start to end the goal is to ensure the work created is at it’s very highest quality no matter what the end media is. Your photographer should also be in complete trust of his print lab, knowing the quality matches their own high standards.
Satisfaction guaranteed! An important reason to buy your prints is that any photographer, including myself, should have a satisfaction guarantee policy which means if you’re not happy with how they look you’ll be able to get re-prints with no extra costs. Many local and online print laps don’t have this guarantee unless there is a really good reason other than you just not liking them.
Presenting the final product doesn’t end with a beautiful canvas or print, it’s all about the packaging especially if this is a gift for you to pass on. My presentation packaging is chosen to give a real boutique feel and luxury look and are specifically designed to ensure the end product can be stored and moved without damaging it.
Most print labs can’t make copies of images without the original file, so if you lose your digital copy it could mean the end of that memory. However I can reorder prints time and time again whenever you need them as my images are backed up several times to ensure longevity and security. This makes reordering as easy as dropping me an email and asking for the viewing gallery to be uploaded again.
Did you know its illegal to print photos that you do not own the copyright to? If you’ve gone to a store lately, you may have ran into this problem. Despite having the digital copy of the image, the copyright is still maintained by the photographer, and because of copyright law, you’re committing a crime by printing a photo that a photographer has taken, without his written consent. Often, you’ll be asked to show some sort of print release in order to be able to receive your prints from a print lab.