Why Print?
Many photographers recently have gotten into the practice of just delivering your images from an online gallery or a USB drive. While that's convenient, it doesn't do justice to clients or the photographer who spent countless hours photographing and then editing their work.
At Reflections Photography, we strive to educate our clients on the importance of printing your photos. Here are some of our favorites:
* Because your prints are for today, tomorrow, and all the tomorrows after that.
* Because prints remind us of what love really feels like.
* Because they're only young once.
* Because the place to save money is not on the most important purchases.
* Because when there's a fire, what's the first thing you grab?
* Because so many photos get lost, or even worse, deleted off old hard drives.
* Because you can touch and feel your memories.
* Because you put too much work into your family not to show them off!
* Because technology comes and goes.
* Because photography is best enjoyed in print.
* Because a memory stick in a drawer is pointless.
* Because a hard drive doesn't trigger a smile.
* Because memories are tied to touch.
* Because there's nothing like sitting down by a fireplace and flipping through the pages of a family album.
* Because your parents and grandparents won't be around forever.
(Taken from PRINT. The Movement)
I recently had someone ask me, "What is the difference between a boutique run studio and a sharing only studio?
I am going to explain the differences between these two types of photography studio business models and what that means for you, the prospective photography client.
Boutique definition: a small company that offers highly specialized services or products.
Luxury definition: an indulgence in something that provides pleasure, satisfaction, or ease.
Full service definition: providing comprehensive service of a particular kind.
A boutique or luxury studio is going to be a type of studio to provide you with services in addition to just capturing your session. Reflections Photography is just this type of studio. We strive to exceed our clients expectations by providing service that is above and beyond what our clients might expect.  We custom design everything from the session to the end product. This might be a gorgeous piece of wall art to place in the perfect spot in your home, a stunning album to keepsake the special moment at hand, a sleek folio box that contains your most favorite images, or maybe you are wanting to create imagery to gift to family members or those close to you. We want every piece you select to be exquisite and we to take care of every detail so that you don't have to stress and worry about a thing.  We guide our clients by providing the custom service to create exactly what they need.  In addition, we want our client's overall experience from the design consultation, to the session, to the special private reveal to be something they will remember forever!
Now, let's define sharing studio.
Sharing definition: to distribute on the Internet.
Shoot-and-burn definition: to shoot a photo session and to burn the session to a CD or USB to distribute.
All inclusive: to include everything.
I have many photographer friends who follow this model. You book your session online, the photographer shows up to your session to photograph you, edits your session, and then sends you a USB or online gallery with the digital images and that's it. It is cut and dry. Not much extras, just perform the job and the rest is up to you.
That's the difference in a nutshell. Now it's up to you to decide which will work best for your photography needs. Let's list the pros and cons to both studio types.
At Reflections Photography you can expect more care and guidance throughout your entire experience. With a shoot-and-burn studio you can expect a less personalized experience.
At Reflections Photography, we will plan your session with you so that you can meet and get to know the photographer prior to your session taking place.  When your portraits are ready, you will come back to the studio to meet with the photographer so that you can receive the photographer's expertise on the right sizes and products that will be the best choices for you based on your style, tastes and budget. Those product selections will be created through a professional photography lab that guarantees the craftsmanship they produce to last a lifetime.
With a shoot-and-burn you will be left to decide on your own what will work best for you once you receive your digital images. You will be left to figure out sizes yourself, you will not have the ability to purchase products with quality and craftsmanship because you will be purchasing products for your session through consumer labs, such as Costco, CVS, or Walmart, which use cheaper inks and materials that may not withstand years of use.   You will also likely make blind purchases online versus having the ability to touch, see, and feel products in person at a boutique studio.
So which is best for you? Which do you prefer? Of course, just like with any business, product, or service, they each come at a cost. As a full-service boutique studio, we going to be higher priced. Why? we are going to spend more time with you providing you with additional service.  Reflections Photography includes perks such a professional hair and makeup session and an exquisite album in our fees, along with other products and, because we work with professional photography labs to supply our clients with products you can trust to last a lifetime, those products are typically more expensive to produce. The better quality, the more it costs. Fortunately, we offer payment plans to make your experience easier.
Not everyone will prefer a boutique or will be able to afford a boutique and some will just prefer a more DIY experience.It is unfair to base anything on price alone especially in photography because each studio may differ in the way they run and operate their business, as well as the level of the photographers experience. Every photographer and every studio has a different style and look to their work and how they want their studio to run.  All of this is represented in their overall fees that they charge. You should never compare photography based on price alone because they are many factors that are involved in pricing and they tend to not be equal. Just because Photographer Mary charges a set amount and is cheaper then Photographer Susie that doesn't mean Photographer Mary offers exactly the same value or service as Photographer Susie. Please be aware of this fact. You never want to regret making the wrong choice with a photographer especially if this is a life-changing moment, such as your wedding or the birth of your baby.
In the end, the choice is in your hands. You are the only one that can decide if service and quality is important to you. You are the only one that can decide which business model you prefer and will be most comfortable. Regardless of either choice, my hope is that this blog helped you become well-educated so that you make the choice that is right for you.


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