Happy Thursday, friends! In the digital age, one of the most common questions we receive is whether or not we include digital images in our packages. The short answer is yes, we do. Always. But there's more to it than that (And would you like to see a full sample session? There's a link at the bottom of this post!). This is similar to a post I wrote awhile back about why we only offer all-inclusive packages, but this post focuses SPECIFICALLY on digital images because it's a question we receive so often! Part of the reason I've started blogging is to share our heart for our business, so I hope this gives you some insight into WHO we are as business owners and WHY we believe what we do!
So WHY do we include our digital images in every package?
- We don't want hiring us to be a hassle. Weddings are a beautiful thing. They're one of my favorite things in the entire world (fun fact: I've teared up at every wedding I've ever been to or photographed). But that doesn't mean they're without stress. There's a lot of little details and a lot of moving parts- and that can, inevitably, lead to some stress. The last thing we want our couples to be worried about is GETTING their images. After your engagement session, we don't want you to have to sit down and try to decide how much you're willing to spend to get the images we took for you. The same goes for after your wedding. You have enough to worry about as it is, and we don't want your photographs to be one of them. Chris and I are easygoing people. We like to relax, to enjoy life, and to have fun. That's how we structure our business and is the philosophy behind everything we do- we want to put our couples first and make sure their experience with us is easy and simple!
- It just doesn't feel right. Chris and I talked about this a long time ago. The wedding industry likes to charge for EVERYTHING! If you're planning a wedding, you probably already know that. We could easily make more money by not including digital images in our sessions. It's not an uncommon practice. But to us, it just didn't feel right. When people are paying us to take their photos, they're paying for those photos. It just didn't feel right to then charge our couples to actually get the photos they were paying us to take in the first place!
- We're not in this for the money. I grew up in a rural farming town. My daddy was a police officer and my mama was an elementary school teacher. In other words, I had a solidly middle-class upbringing. Chris and I know that our couples work hard for their money. Wedding photography is inherently expensive because the cost of our equipment, editing software, upkeep and maintenance, and everything running this business entails is expensive. Photography has high overhead costs, and we wish there was a way around that as much as everyone else! But we recognize that wedding photography is already very costly. Could we make more money by requiring print minimums, or not including images in all of our packages? Yes, we could. But that doesn't interest us. That's not why we do this. We do this because we love it. Because we're passionate about loving and serving our couples and preserving memories for them.
All of this is not to say that we don't value prints. We do. We encourage our couples to order professional prints of their photos. Because we do believe that images of love should plaster every wall in your home, your desk at work, your grandma's fireplace. We believe in wedding albums that future generations will love and cherish, the way I loved seeing my parent's wedding album as a little girl dreaming of her own wedding. We believe that there is inherent value in seeing these images OFF a computer screen to pass down to your children and grandchildren. And we hope our couples value that, too. That's why we offer professional prints and products and custom albums. And because we run this business, we have access to the best quality print labs in the world- an investment that can't be beat because photos last forever. They'll never go out of style or get eaten. It's worth the money, and ordering professional prints makes a HUGE difference in the quality! But our first priority is, and will always remain, serving our couples and loving them well. And to us, that means ensuring their entire experience with us is simple. From start to finish. We book your session, take your photos, and then send you your gallery- no extra fees, no hidden costs, no watermarks, no print minimums. Just your high-resolution images, delivered in an online gallery. We do hope that you'll value the beauty of prints and albums and we hope that you will value the beauty of high-quality, heirloom-worthy products that you can only get when ordering prints professionally. But even more than that, we hope working with us is easy, simple, relaxing, and stress-free.
Would you like to see a sample of what one of our sessions looks like? Go HERE to see our full sample gallery!