This article really hits home for me.
Let me explain:
You know how you love looking through your mom and grandma's old photo albums? Making fun of the way they dressed you and their old hairstyles? Even looking at the cars they drove, the way their houses looked?
What about when a loved one passes away; don't photographs of them instantly become so precious and absolutely invaluable?
Don't YOUR children and grandchildren deserve those memories?
This is part of why our business model includes hand picked, high quality, professional prints and fine art pieces. Pieces that will literally last for generations. This is why we put so much of heart into each image we create; we recognize and honor the importance of these photographs. Yes, even "just" a cake smash or a Spring Family session. They're all pieces of your family's history and they all deserve attention to detail, and they all deserve to be printed and preserved.
And sure, let's be honest:
Professional portraiture is an investment. It's true. It's not cheap. And yes, you can print at any number of consumer labs, big box stores, drugstores, and even online services. Heck, you can even get a canvas super inexpensively.
The same goes for any number of items you might purchase, and yet, there are always alternatives:
You get the idea. In our every day life, there are limitless options from the uber cheap to the luxurious and it's all about priorities for each and every one of us. I'm not embarrassed to say that I totally drive a Kia and I don't mind the Great Value Mayonnaise, and I have friends who dress their children in nothing but Matilda Jane.
But we're talking about your family legacy. Yes, you use your MAC makeup every day, and yes you love your Dooney and Bourke bag. I know I love the one I received as a gift from a dear friend!! But of all the things in your daily life, what would you grab if there were a fire? What will your great-granddaughter cherish long after you're gone? After the wedding gown is safely preserved, and the thank you notes have been sent, and life settles into a routine, what will remain? When your heart longs to revisit the happiest of times in your life in order to bring comfort during the difficult times, what will you reach for?
Photographs. It's all about printed photographs. Not a CD. Not a flash drive. A true to life, physical photographic print.
And yes, as I said, you can print at any number of places. But will those 29¢ 4x6 prints fade in 10 years? 20? Will that album that you got free with a coupon code withstand the test of time? Will that canvas become loose on the frame? Will it even arrive stretched tight with sharp corners? Will your black and white photos have a green tint?
When you invest in professional portraiture with Sheri Allison Photography, you're not only investing in a small business owner - which is always a plus - but you're investing in quality Fine Art pieces and archival quality prints for your family that will stand the test of time. You're gaining my years of experience and knowledge gained from continuing education.
In trusting me not only to capture these precious memories, but also to consult with you through the entire process, you'll gain peace of mind in letting me determine the proper cropping needed to showcase your imagery beautifully. I'll be ensuring that they print with the proper tones and colors and there will be no guesswork on your part. You'll be investing in albums, prints, and wall art that will shine in the light of your family for years and years.
We have had the honor of working with both of the families shown in these photos for many years. We've done an engagement session, wedding, and new babies for each family and we've done several mini and extended family sessions, as well. Not only did they see the value of scheduling a session to begin with, they each realized the importance of printing and displaying their portraiture with professional quality products.
They each submitted a cell phone picture of just some of the photographs they've each commissioned us to print for them. They have each ordered many archival prints and Gallery Wrapped Canvases in a multitude of sizes, and they each allowed me the pleasure of designing their wall galleries!