I’m a big believer that you should print the images from your session.
I had a client last summer want to turn one of the images from her family’s dog portrait session into a locket.
It spun me. I wasn’t prepared for that request but I was happy she wanted to enjoy the images from her session. I have wall art — canvas, metal and framed prints — available in my product list, along with a number of desk prints and mementos, like the keepsake box.
But a locket. From which supplier would I source that? And what if I couldn’t find a style she liked?
Easy solution. My client spent almost a thousand dollars on product, including a beautiful 30×20 metal print, from her session at Mirabeau Park and I was happy to offer her the matching digital file. That way, she could find the locket she loved most and order it all herself.
I’m hesitant to sell digitals, although I experimented with a “just the digitals” session last year.
I want my clients to print their images, to have beautiful art of their sessions adorn the walls of their homes.
I want you to see those images — a daily reminder of how much you love their dog &$8212; and smile.
I want you to have beautiful memories when your dog has left this world, a moment that comes far too soon for many of us.
And, of course, I want my clients to be assured the products they receive are of the utmost quality. Not all products arrive perfect and it’s on me to ensure they are when they’re delivered. That’s part of my job, not my client’s. I don’t want them to live through the frustration of replacements and returns.
Why print the images
More often than not, we take our digital images, store them somewhere safely (or not) and forget about them. We might post them on our Facebook or Instagram feed, get a few likes and comments, and then they get lost after tomorrow’s update and the day after and the day after that.
I’d much rather help you print them onto canvas, metal or paper.
They help make your house a home.
They help start conversations with guests.
Last Christmas, our friends came over for dinner and they came to a dead stop in our foyer. They noticed the 40×30 I had printed of Bella in Banff last summer and were amazed. I mean, Bella … in Banff … a most beautiful dog in a most beautiful place.
It’s a moment in time. It’s a precious memory. It’s a day I’ll never forget and one that springs to mind every time I sit in my living room.
Fun with prints
My client contacted me not to long ago to let me know their precious girl was gone. We cried together via Facebook Messenger and she let me know she and her husband won’t soon forget their sweet Sassy.
I was glad to have left them with a great print, a keepsake box and the image for her locket.
The locket is just one way to take the digital from your product purchase and turn it into something to hold close to your heart.
Recently, I went a different way. Yes, I do print the images I take of Bella and yes, I do have a keepsake box that I keep adding more prints to. And yes, I do need to get around to doing one of Shep.
I wanted to have a little fun this time. So I went with socks.
A representative from Printsfield posted in one of the several dog blogging groups to which I belong on Facebook. He offered a free pair of socks in exchange for some ink.
Thus begins my first product review on my blog.
I took a smiling headshot of Bella and sent it in with my order. Printsfield took care of cutting away the background and voila, I have socks.
Oh, yes. I ordered a pair for the husband, too.
I love them. They’re fun and they seem to be a good quality. I haven’t had a chance to wear them out and about, what with this whole stay-home thing, but I will. If anyone asks me about them, I’ll be happy to tell them about how I came to be the owner of Dog Mom Socks.
And since you’re here reading about my awesome socks, you get a 20% off discount code. Printsfield has more than just socks. You can get a cool pair of drawers (where I come from, we call them “gitch,” “ginch” or “gonch”), journals and notebooks, laptop sleeves and more.
When you get to the checkout part of your order, just enter “NOSEANDTOES20” in the discount code box.
Now don’t forget, if you need a session that includes a digital file perfect for making your socks, check out the Dog Mom’s Day.
Soon we’ll be launching a session dedicated to Dog Dads. Stay tuned.