What do I sell?
I specialize in selling photographic wall art (framed pictures, box art and acrylics), along with high quality photo albums and books. I also sell desktop products (acrylics and framed pictures).
You are not obliged to buy anything, but most families buy a picture for the wall and a photo book or album.
I only use high quality professional photo labs, and the quality and durability of their products is excellent.
- Prices for photo books and albums start at £390
- Prices for traditional framed pictures behind glass start at £189
- Prices for box frames and canvas wraps start at £165
- Prices for wall acrylics start at £420
If you are thinking about booking me for a photo shoot, please contact me and ask for my current price list.
Digital files can be "high resolution" (hi res = lots of pixels) or "low resolution" (lo res = fewer pixels). The sole purpose of high resolution files is to create physical products. Low resolution files are ideal for phones and the internet.
Low resolution digital files - I give these away (for free) with products
"Low resolution" digital files are ideal for sharing on phones and the internet. They are not large enough to make high quality prints, but are ideal for sharing on phones and computers. I give away (ie for free) low resolution digital files of any photograph that has been bought in a phyical product. This could be one photo you have bought as wall art, or it could be all the photos that are in your photo book or album.
High resolution digital files
I do not sell high resolution digital files because other photographers who have done satisfaction surveys have discovered that time and time again, customers who only buy high resolution digital files are the least satisfied.
- The only purpose of high resolution digital files is to create physical products.
- Hi res files themselves are probably "less accessible" than physical products. That is to say clients who buy pictures for their walls have the satisfaction of seeing them continually, and they feel good every time they see them. Clients who buy albums or photo books can look at them whenever they want. In contrast, high resolution digital files are usually buried on a computer.
- In my opinion photographs that are printed at a good size are much more satisfying to look at (and touch!) than images displayed on a phone or computer monitor. You can literally feel the quality. A digital image on a monitor does not do the quality of the images full justice.
- I think when people buy high resolution digital files they think; "I will have them for ever. I will be able to print them any way I want, whenever I want". But in practice most people do not get round to making full use of them. The original USB or disk may be put in a drawer, and largely forgotten.
- And how safe are digital files that are stored on a computer? In the long term? You should make back ups of course, but files can get corrupted, disks can fail, computers can be stolen or break... and so on.
- The quality of high resolution photos is not fully used when viewed on a computer monitor. For example, a reasonably large monitor may be 1900x1200 pixels. A high resolution digital file may be in the region of 6000x4000 pixels. So there is no need for high resolution files if you are going to look at them on a monitor.
- Even if you do get your hi res files printed, it is to some extent a lottery about the quality you will end up with. Both in terms of their longevity and their appearance. Most people will assume that the digital image file will define how the photos will look after printing, and that is a natural assumption to make. Unfortunately it is not that simple, for a range of technical reasons. It is for this reason that I use only high quality professional labs to make my products, and I use a fully calibrated workflow from start to finish.
- And finally digital files are perceived by many to be "expensive". After all, digital files cost nothing to copy so why should they cost real money to buy in the first place? But in fact the photographer is effectively selling his negatives (from the days of film), and he or she has to charge for his time, experience, and all the costs of running a business. And he or she is selling his most valuable product.
Commercial photography clients
I do sell digital files to commercial clients who need them for business. This includes professional models who need them for their portfolios. In addition to the image files, I sell a licence that covers the way the images will be used