Last Spring my baby brother came to visit me in Canada for the first time. We hadn't seen each other in two years, so it was really nice to spend 3 weeks together. About an year before I had made a backdrop that I was hoping one day to be able to photograph him on it. A couple of years ago I found two full boxes of old music sheet at my mother-in-law's building. They have this Free Table where people leave stuff they don't want anymore and anyone is free to take it. I couldn't believe someone would throw that out. They ranged from the late 1800's to the 60's. Some I donated to the music teacher at my son's school. Some I put aside for my brother to take back with him, and some books, that had the pages falling apart, I made a backdrop, for when I get musicians in front of my camera. Mauricio has been involved with music since his early teens when he started taking piano classes with Mrs. Neide, a piano teacher who lived in our neighborhood. He's teacher and a conductor at a Choir in Sao Paulo.
Last August I spent a couple of days shooting behind the scenes for Toronto photographer Carole Eves at Rent Frock Repeat. I already knew the online store, but going there I felt like a kid at a candy shop. So many beautiful dresses, from a Gala to a Summer wedding. I love the idea of renting instead of spending a lot more to buy something that it's going to be used probably only once. The ladies at RFR were great to work with, and got all pampered for their own portraits and headshots.
In 2014, when we were packing to sell our house, I came across this. Are you old enough to know what this is? A floppy disk. I hadn't seen one in awhile, but there it was, inside a box, inside the office cabinet.
Do you know what's in it? Neither do I!
But 15 years ago, that's how we brought our files, pictures, and whatever else is in that floppy disk, to Canada, when we moved here from Brazil. Now, that floppy disk is useless.
I remember at that time, we brought some pictures too (that we scanned, because there was no digital yet), also in a CD! So modern... and that's already becoming obsolete as well.
Last year I changed the way I do business, because I think it's important to have something tangible after the session. Prints don't become obsolete. I want my son, one day many years from now, to find a box of photographs, not a USB that he won't know what to do with.
Everybody does it... the CD goes into the drawer to never again come out. I have had clients that never downloaded their pictures from their online gallery, one year after their session. Clients whose laptops were stolen or simply died, and they never got to print anything, and didn't have a backup. I have even done this myself. When my son got his first school picture, to my husband's dismay, I insisted on buying the CD with the prints. I framed the prints, sent to the grandparents, and that CD has yet to see the inside of my computer.
Or the story I found online, about a woman who was finally going to print her wedding pictures, to celebrate her 10th wedding anniversary. To her surprise, the pictures on the CD were from another wedding! In ten years, she had never put the CD on her computer to look at them!
That's why you should have your portraits printed.