On Tangibility... Nomads vs. Fixtures

January 07, 2013  •  1 Comment

Greetings, Good People of the Internet! We're so glad you stopped by.

My wife and I are 80s babies and as a result we're children of technology. We've seen the rapid evolution of computers, video games, and, of course, digital photography. I remember when consumer digital cameras first debuted to much fanfare, even with their expensive price tags. As time progressed like most technologies, digital cameras became widely available and accepted. If you're like us, you've had one or two (or a bunch) of cameras, memory cards, and folders upon folders on your computer with pictures that you don't even remember taking. During our time together, Stephanie and I have amassed somewhere around 15-20,000 images! These pictures exist in all sorts of media, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, you name it, we've probably tried it. Within the last few months, however, we've been busy printing actual tangible photographs for customers and it has affected us in a very interesting way. Here's a quick story to show you what I mean.

A few weeks ago, we had an awesome shoot with the Effunuga family. After the shoot, we (mostly Steph) edit and refine the images, picking out the cream of the crop to show our clients and post to the website. They ordered some large prints and 10x10" storybook album. When the packages were delivered we got really giddy--"Kids-on-Christmas-morning" giddy. After all of the clicking, swiping, and slideshowing through pictures, to hold a finished work overwhelmed us a little bit.

I didn't immediately get the phenomenon but I'm starting to understand. Digital photos are great because they are easy to share with any and everybody. Text them from your phone, email them to aunties, upload to the your social networking site of choice. They are transients, nomads. A framed print, photo album, a gallery wrap, these are finished works of art that can be a fixture in your home. Their journey is finished. They can now be admired as the photographer intended, there's no more cropping, color changes, mouse arrows to get in the way of the message.

We are often asked about the rights to images, or delivering a disc of images for the client to print later. We do offer this but it's not our preference. The images on a disc have not finished their journey and we haven't finished our job. We have invested a lot of time and resources to make sure that what we produce is of the highest quality we can make it. This includes cultivating relationships with professional photo labs, album makers, and press companies. If you spend the time to have us photograph you, we implore you to let us give you something tangible. Let our work make you giddy, too.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to check out some of our "nomadic" images while you're here!

Warmest Regards,
-Lucien

 


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Selena Cozart O'Shaughnessy(non-registered)
We loved having you shoot our engagement and wedding shots! We can't wait for the tangibles! We have enjoyed the screen preview, but you are right. We are excited to have images in hand!
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