CD of Images verses Purchasing Prints
Pros and Cons
The photography profession and clients are at a cross roads of issues. Copyright, heirloom quality prints, and how can we serve the public while maintaining professional standards. Tricia & Co. strives to deliver a quality product and service while running a profitable business model. At the end of the day, a business has to make a profit, pay it's bills, the owners, and employees a living wage.
Photography, a history...
Back in the day, only a commercial photographer would sell the copyright to a client. These images were products and scenes for advertising purposes. Clients were charged a day rate and retouching etc. Portrait photographers would take photos and sell to the clients prints of their favorite images while retaining the copyright. Anyone who creates an image either as a professional or an amateur automatically has copyright to a work. Which gives exclusive rights to them to make prints.
Prints are archival and CDs are just expendable.
Technology is changing rapidly. Who remembers vinyl records and 8 tracks? How about cassettes? As new storage systems evolve the others become obsolete. However, a print with archival paper and inks will last hundreds of years. Just look at the paintings in famous museums from from the 1400 and 1500s. Even Cds are on the way out in favor of flash drives. You'll have to constantly update your images to the latest storage device to preserve them. Forever.
How many Cds have you printed?
Many clients request to purchase a Cd of all the images from a session. However, let me ask you. How many Cds do you have already and how many prints have you made so far? Do you have the time to have prints created? Albums take even more time. As they say, time is money. That's where a true professional photo studio comes in. Tricia & Co. uses only trusted professional photo labs who guarantee archival paper and inks for your images. Discount prints are cheap but cheap is well cheap..
Why do you charge so much for a Cd of images?
If I release the copyright for a client to print unlimited prints over a lifetime, there is a fee. It's my day rate just like a regular commercial client plus retouching fees. It's not a sustainable business model to only charge a hundred dollars or two hundred for an outdoor session.
Why are just prints so expensive?
Well it's not just the print. There is quite a bit of behind the scenes action to produce the final product. It takes experience, talent, and lots of practice to be a excellent professional photographer. Photo sessions don't happen by accident. We carefully scout and plan each of our locations. Back at the studio, it takes a team to retouch and produce the prints that you'll be proud to hang on your wall.
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