I am pleased to announce that you can now buy photo prints and other products from Tim Evans Photography. You can now choose among some of the best ways to hold and view your precious memories, including framed prints, canvas gallery wraps, metal prints, image blocks, and albums and books.
Up until now, I used what photographers commonly call the “shoot and burn” business model. You booked your session, we met at your session and I shot your photos, I would edit your photos, and then either deliver them to you online or on a flash drive.
A New Process
So what will you now experience when you work with me?
1We will meet approximately one week before your session. At this meeting, I will help you pick out the products that best fit your style and make some suggestions such as where to hold the session and what to wear.
2At your session, we’ll have a relaxed fun time. I’ll even make your husband smile!
3About two weeks after your photo session, we will meet, and I’ll help you pick out which photos are best for your custom wall art, albums, or other products.
4 Four to six weeks after that meeting, I’ll hand deliver your products, and I’ll even hang them on your wall for you!
Why I’m Doing This
There’s several reasons for this change.
As an artist, my reputation hinges upon the quality of my work. So when I simply give you a digital file of an image, I have no control over the quality over how that image is displayed. The client could get it printed from a reputable photo lab or take it to a self-serve kiosk where the printer hasn’t been calibrated for accurate color in years. If the client doesn’t use a good printer, who gets blamed for the quality of the image? I do; not Wal-Mart, Walgreens, or whoever.
By using professional photo labs who calibrate their printers daily, the image quality is checked three times. First, it is automatically checked by the printer. Second, it is checked by an actual inspector at the lab before it is shipped. Finally, I check the print before delivery.
Further, all my prints are mounted. That means the photo is affixed to some durable material rather than simply being printed on photo paper. This way, the photo will not warp, tear, or bend.
Hey! I’ve done it, so I’m not blaming anyone. I’ve gotten my photo taken by a professional photographer, and gotten the photos put on storage media. Sure, I intended to print them, frame the photographs, and display them in my home.
You know where those photos are now? Neither do I. I’ve moved at least twice since then, and I have no idea what happened to the CD they were on.
If you use Tim Evans Photography, your images will be ready for display when they are delivered to you. Like it says above, I’ll even hang your wall art for you so it will be enjoyed immediately by everyone who enters your home.
Speaking of CDs, do you even still have a computer with a CD drive?
What about one of these:
My 12-year old daughter doesn’t even know what that is. To her, it’s “the ‘save’ symbol.” That’s my photos from my honeymoon. Did we print them off? No. Do we have a way to view them? No. They might as well be gone forever.
Google’s chief internet evangelist told the BBC, ““You and I are experiencing things like this. Old formats of documents that we’ve created or presentations may not be readable by the latest version of the software because backwards compatibility is not always guaranteed.” While he was referring to documents, the same thing is true for digital photos.
Don’t believe me, look no further than the latest iPhones. iOS 11 introduced support for HEIF. If you use an iOS 11 device to take a photo, chances are it’s not in jpeg format, which has been the standard for about 30 years. While the sheer number of iOS devices has caused developers to keep up and update their applications to read HEIF, who knows if it will be supported when the next best format comes out?
My mother has photos that are over a hundred years old. It’s almost guaranteed that 100 years from now, no one will be able to view a photo that is only recorded as a jpeg.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, who probably inspired more photographers than anyone else, said, “We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.” But we can print a photograph.
That’s How It’s Supposed to Be
“Photograph” literally means “light writing.” A writing. When you put something in writing, you do it because it’s important. You do it because you want it to be remembered.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are getting a shoebox stuffed with snapshots down out of my parents’ closet and just rummaging through it for a few hours. If you’re near my age, think about how much fun you have when you find an old photo album from your school years. Now compare that with looking at images on a computer screen or the even smaller screen of a phone. It’s just not the same, is it?
Why did you have your photograph made? Because you wanted to remember some special time. Whether that special time was your child’s senior year, your baby turning one year old, a marriage, or “just because,” you wanted to have something to help you remember that time. What can help you remember that moment more than a custom image on the wall in your family room or a framed print on your desk at work?
I admit it. I want to control most aspects of the art I create. I want to make sure it is displayed in a way that honors both the people depicted in the image and the effort I put into making it. I’m not ashamed that I want my clients to have the best. That’s why I want them to have something tangible. That’s why, when it comes to their photographs, I want them to get it in print.
Let’s Get You Printed!
Are you ready to see you and your loved ones in some heirloom-quality art hanging on your wall? Then let’s get started!