When I started my business, I was very focused on giving people digital files. In my own venture to find photographers I did not like the business models that do not include digital files. I am very generous with my files and if I think I have a photo you will like, I will give it to you. That's very important to me.
However, as time goes on, I am beginning to value printed work more and more. I will continue to offer digital files of course, but I want to start showing people the importance of prints.
I have a ton of files since I first started using digital cameras. When you have an album you have something to pull out and show people. There is just nothing like having prints. It truly immortalizes your photos and gives you something very keepsakey.
When I give files, I also give the option to order prints through my site as well as provide a print release. I just want to write this to encourage anyone (clients or not) to dig out their top few favorite files and get them printed! Don't let them live and die on your computer. Immortalize them. Make them available for you and others to easily view.
Today I ordered a 20x30 print with a linen texture mounted on styrene for my wall and (after doing some decorating calculating first) I plan to order many more.
I just want to mention too that as I am finding the value in prints more and more I am searching harder and harder to find new products to add to my account. I seek to find the highest quality at the lowest price. I ask around, search, read reviews, and test print if it is up to my standard. I have recently added photobooks to my printing menu and I am currently trying to find a high quality collage print. I had a 16x24 collage printed a few years ago and it is one of my favorite things on my walls! So I know that it's something I need to add to my list of available options! The other thing I am looking around for is accordians and/or accordian minis - I will keep everyone updated as I continue to increase my products offered.
I know that 8x10's are the standard "big" sizes but to me, anything below a 12x18 looks incredibly small.. and 16x24 is usually my minimum print size. Once you see large scale prints it is difficult to print smaller sizes thereafter!
I hope this has inspired everyone to do some printing!