“DO NOT give your clients all the digital files!!”
When I first started my business back in 2007, I took a lot of advice from people in the field whom I looked up to.
And without fail, they all told me the same thing – “DO NOT give your clients all the digital files. If they want them all they will have to re-mortgage their house & busk on the street in order to pay for them!” (well, they didn’t say that, but that’s how I felt about it in my heart). The industry standard was to sell packages where the most they will get is maybe 20 images, and then let them pay a premium per image for any extras.
I know people who had photo sessions and then never got all their photos because they couldn’t afford to buy the disk on key/digital files.
Yeah, I didn’t like this approach from the get-go. It never sat well with me.
I felt.. mean withholding files from my clients, plus I was so excited to share what we had made **together** that I never wanted to upload a gallery of 20 photos when I knew I actually had 65 awesome ones that they would love.
So in the spirit of being true to myself & doing what feels right in my gut, I ditched that approach and started giving my clients all the usable files that we had managed to capture within the time that we spent together. Because the way i see it is this – you are my client, I want you to be happy. I want your photos to work for you and elevate your business. I want you to have a quick access file on your desktop that is full of stacks of images that are already formatted for web, so that any time you need to post to social media or update your blog or make a landing page, you can find the perfect image to accompany your text within seconds.
Yes, it should & it can be THAT easy.
And in my humble-ish opinion, I am not going to accomplish that by sending you 8 images from our 3-hour session together.
ALSO!! 3 hours of your time for a measly 8 photos?! If you are posting to social media on any kind of regular basis, you are going to use those up in a week! And as your business evolves, you will need to update your photos, but you don’t want to be booking a new photo session every 3 weeks, do you?! (do you? if you do, let’s talk..kidding.)
I want to maximize our time together because…say it with me….time is precious (you thought I was going to say “time is money”, didn’t you? yes, that too..)
Thanks for listening. I HAD to get that off my chest!
If you would like to book a session with me without having to sell your first-born child to pay for it, now is the time to schedule a call with me.
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