When I was a bride-to-be, searching for a photographer, there was one thing that was very important to me: I wanted my photographer to give me high-resolution digital copies of our wedding photos. For many, this seemed like a strange request, because it is a newer philosophy. However, I had a couple reasons that this was important to me, and they are the same reason that I give all my clients high-resolution digital photography files that are not watermarked. Here’s why you should receive the digital files from your photographer:
You paid for them. Period.
If you pay a photographer to take photos, you own those photos. Let me say it again — You. Own. Those. Photos. Period. You paid Hackler Creative to perform a service, and you should receive the product to do with what you like.
Your favorites may change
As the years go on, my favorite wedding photo has changed. I appreciate different things about different photographs, and later realize, “Wow, that’s a great photo! I should print it and hang it above our fireplace!” Because I have a thumb drive full of high-resolution files, I can do that (even though it’s been years since our wedding!)
You’re in charge
Say you, as the client, do want more photos printed weeks or years after your event. You don’t want to have to rely on your photographer to still have you photos and have the photos printed for you. Who knows — the photographer could move or get out of the business. Instead, the client should be in charge of their product.
If you like my work, let people know!
Many photographers give their clients photos that are watermarked with the photographer’s logo. This is a marketing technique, so that when someone else sees the photo and loves it, they’ll know who took it. While that is a great way to get your name out there as a photographer, I hope that if you like my work, you’ll tell people. That means more to me as a photographer (and as a customer) than slapping my logo on something.
It may sound like I’m a little aggressive about it, only because I am so passionate about this topic! I believe that once I photograph your event, wedding or portrait session, you should walk away with photos that capture the entire event, that you can enjoy for years to come!