I get the question everyday. And I have the same answers everyday.
Do you sell digital files?
My answer could be simple. But I feel it deserves some explanation. This digital age question deserves contemplation and honesty. So I will tell you a story and explain my whys….
A few years ago, my grandfather passed away. He passed away from cancer in his 80′s and left behind a wife that loves him deeply. My grandmother suffers from dementia and had a very hard time once he passed. The grieving for her was of her husband, her best friend and her caretaker. He was her everything. And she was his.
After grandpa passed away, we started going through old photo albums. Images of him during WWII, their wedding, and their vacations. Images of their entire life bound in safe keeping and for all the world to see.
And then, my mom, aunts and uncles found all the slides from their childhood. Slides of them in school, growing up and more. But it required a special projector and a screen. Both of which aren’t easily accessible these days. Thankfully, my grandparents were savers. They had that old projector ready to play their home movies and slides of their childhood.
But what if they didn’t have that projector? What if they had to spend a lot of time and money tracking down the right projector to play their memories?
Technology is obsolete. It is always changing, evolving and becoming better. Remember film negatives or floppy disks? Do you plan on saving your old computer to access it 20, 30 or 40 years down the road?
So the answer to this question is… no. I don’t sell digital files for portrait sessions. And it isn’t because I want to be difficult. Not at all. The reason is because I want your memories to be accessible all the time. I want you to be able to see your portraits on the wall, on the book shelf and in an album the same way that the previous generations did. I want to create heirlooms.