Now that I am finally starting to feel better during this pregnancy I can catch up on some much overdue blog posting! What better way to start than with sweet Kane, a perfect little newborn! I love being a Bellingham newborn photographer! So many beautiful babies! Little Kane was born before Christmas so we got some shots for his Christmas card/announcements as well as some pictures with his big stuffed puppy - which his mama has continued to photograph him by to show how big he is growing. I LOVE that!
So to cheer yourself up, you walk over to your computer and fire up the DVD of your recent family portrait session so that you can flip through the images. After seeing the slideshow playing on your tiny laptop, you can’t wait until the rest of the family comes over so that you can pass the computer around the dinner table.
Here’s another scenario, similar to the first, except for one crucial point: those incredible, indelible images are hanging on your walls. You see them every time you walk by; you smile every time you walk by. In each room of your home, the heirloom photographic art makes your heart swell, overflowing with the investment you’ve made in your family, the investment in adding permanence to your memories.
The impulse to purchase images on a disc instead of a canvas or a print is strong. We feel as if we don’t actually own something until we possess every image from our shoot, as if the only way to experience our family is by being able to make as many reprints of them as we want.
But images on disc sit around. They become stuffed into a desk drawer, until their media is rendered obsolete and the images cannot be accessed anymore. They remain untouched, until that day when we’ll have enough time to put them in an album or print them ourselves.
Finished products, on the other hand, are just that. They are ready to hang, ready to enjoy. They are instant–and constant–gratification. They are objects that can be passed down to your children, and your children’s children.
The tangible nature of fine art–that it is an actual object, hanging on your wall or sitting on your coffee table–is meant for enjoyment, for experience, not to be archived on a shelf in a plastic media case. A CD of all of your images is not fine art.
And the creation of fine art cannot be cheap. Crafting memories and creating personalized products that can be enjoyed for generations is a job that carries a lot of responsibility and weight, and demands finesse and skill. With professional photography, as with so much of life, you get what you pay for.
Photographic art is an investment, to be sure, but it’s one that you’ll never regret.
Many thanks to Design Aglow for this edition of the Conversations with Clients series.
Sweet little Ava came to the studio this month and oh my goodness she is precious! A delightful 10 day old who was just too excited to miss any of the action! She was even so considerate to her mama and daddy that she made her arrival right on her due date! How awesome is that? I got to spend a lot of time cuddling and shushing this sweet girl - being a newborn photographer is soo much fun!! Thanks so much Megan for bringing her all the way up to Lynden, WA from Granite Falls for her session!
All of the session images are online, check them out at http://stephaniestremlerphotography.pixieset.com/ava-newborn/.
Sweet, sweet baby Astrid visited my studio last week and what a doll she was! I can't get enough of these precious newborns! We played with fun girly colors and got some really adorable images of this beautiful baby! Thank you so much Lill and Levi for letting me photograph your beautiful baby girl! I hope I get to see her again soon!
All the session images are online, check them out by clicking on the Proofing link above.