In the two years I’ve been in the photography business, I have always had a flat fee for my sessions. This included a print of some sort, an online gallery to review your proofs, and a CD of all your images. The print, typically an 11×14 mounted print of the client’s choice, was often well received, but I do wonder where it ends up in the client’s home. I have also heard the comment, “oh, don’t worry about ordering the 11×14 print, I’m happy with the CD. That sized print is just so big”.
I know it sounds big and scary, considering most people tend to think the classic 8×10 is rather large. However, if you were to hold an 11×14 print on your wall or on a shelf in your living room, you might be surprised just how small it really is in the big scheme of things.
I have been toying with offering wall prints and I’m pleased to announce that I now do. I have several options for you;
- an image mounted to a piece of mat board for stability with lustre coating
- print wrap (the print is wrapped around a piece of foam, creating a slightly thicker overall product)
- canvas wrap on a 1″ stretcher frame
It is my desire to see many, many of these prints go out my door with your images on them.
I was very tempted, just so you know, to take a picture of one of the walls in my living room, just so you would know that I can back up what I’m talking about. Last fall Jon and I had some pictures taken by the lovely Jenna Moore of Jenna Marie Photography, and I had two 11×14’s printed and then mounted in a 17.5″x21″ frame with a 2″x1.5″ mat. For the other two smaller frames, I had two 8×10’s printed. I have to say, I’m glad I went with large prints and frames because it looks fabulous in there.
I have seen, as I’m sure many of you have, other photographers post images of their clients on this snazzy picture of a fireplace or over a bed in a bedroom and thought, that’s genius. I’m a hands on person, meaning, I have to see something in person or close to it, to get an idea of how something will really look. When I found the exact template I was looking for, I made the purchase and created what I think is the best marketing tool for picturing an image in your home.
I’ve made several composites in the time that I’ve purchased this template and wanted to show you just show some prints could look in your home.
The first print is a comparison between the ever-so-popular 8×10 print and what I would love to see more of go out my door, a 24×30. The rest are various sized wall prints – I think you’ll get the idea.
My goal is to change the way my clients think and feel about ordering larger prints. It’s not so scary once you see it up close and in person, I promise. My goal is for my clients to want their pictures to be displayed in their homes and on their walls. I don’t want my hardwork to be permanently stored on a CD stuffed in a drawer somewhere. I’m sorry if that offends anyone, but seriously, I would love my hardwork to be displayed in my client’s homes. Its a chance for them to show off their beautiful families – who doesn’t love to brag about their kids or grandkids? If you follow me on facebook, you’ve seen a few of these already, so bear with me.
Like I mentioned above, I used to be very shy about offering any kind of art work, simply because I wasn’t confident in my work. I know I have a long way to go in my photography, both as a shooter and editor, but I believe it’s about time to start being a little more confident in my work and to let clients know it’s okay to order a print larger than an 8×10.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a session with me, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to talk with you in how we can create something special for your family portraits or wedding.