Sometimes I get asked by my clients what is the difference between getting the images and printing them themselves at home or at a local photo-kiosk rather than the cost of the images they can purchase from me.
The process that each image goes through before being printed can take hours, and is very skilled work, so we charge accordingly for this service. This is why there is such a big price difference between taking a digital negative to your local neighborhood photo lab and using a professional lab.
The professional lab that our studio uses has processing that is carefully matched to our workflow and guarantees archival quality & longevity that local labs can’t. You are paying for whatever time it takes us to carefully tweak and retouch the image so that it is a piece of art that you will be proud to display in your home and will stand the test of time.
Our professional lab can guarantee the longevity & protection of images by providing quality archival prints specially treated & mounted so they won’t perish, discolour or fade like inferior prints you’ll get from your local kiosk. This requires expensive computer software and hardware, as well as time & commitment to detail. For large prints we also have a special process that allows us to enlarge the image to any size without loss of quality. This is something that you just can’t get at your local supermarket chain kiosk.
I run a high end, custom, boutique studio, and as such I am eager to provide my clients with only the very best finished product. I understand that I could easily shoot a session for my clients and sell them a CD of the images, leaving the rest of the work up to them, but as an artist, I simply couldn’t do so with a good conscience.
I am invested in providing for my clients fine artwork, not simply digital files which are mere representations of what the final image could become if handled with professional imaging know-how and care.
As an artist, I earn my living by providing for my clients the very best, and only I can place a value on what I think my artwork is worth. I could easily put all of my images on disk and sell them at a low cost, but what would I be saying about the degree to which I believe my art has value? Knowing what goes into making an image a stellar piece of art, I feel my prices are a true reflection of the value of the finished product, and I will not allow anything to leave my studio bearing my name if it doesn’t reflect my personal standards for quality and craftsmanship.
I know you’ll appreciate that too.
I hope this helps clear things up. As always you can contact me with any questions.