Today I wanted to talk about my favorite printed products. Over the winter, Liz Viernes Photography got a bit of a reboot. Pricing and offering changed pretty significantly. I worked on my numbers, really dug deep and considered my costs of doing business. In doing this, I made the hard but overwhelmingly necessary decision to charge my worth as opposed to the rock bottom prices I had been offering for years.
Not only did my pricing change, my offerings changed as well. I have made the decision to begin offering printed products in addition to digital downloads. It has long been a pet peeve of mine thinking about the beautiful portraits that I’ve shot being relegated to a hard drive somewhere, never again to see the light of day.
While I admit freely that I have been my own worst client in the past, I have started printing my own images and hanging them on my walls. Nothing compares to the joy of seeing images of yourself and your loved ones hanging on the walls of your home. It’s a constant reminder of happy times of togetherness. Sometimes after waking but before getting out of bed, I’ll just lay there and look at the printed pictures on my walls, remembering the day and the giggles and closeness that those photos resulted from.
Recently, I had a photography client purchase a number of prints and a canvas from her maternity session. She emailed me after receiving her products, gushing:
“Hi Liz, just wanted to let you know that the canvas already arrived and it is GORGEOUS. Thank you again for making such beautiful photos…!”
She included a picture of the canvas in plastic so that I could see it as well and now I’m dying to see its final resting place on her wall. Printing your images from your session gives you such a return for your money…over and over again. You’ll walk into a room and find your kids paging through the album from their newborn sessions. You’ll have legacy items documenting family members that have passed on. The list of reasons for printing your photos is endless so I want to share my favorite printed products in the hopes that you’ll make this decision for your own images.
Favorite Printed Product – Layflat Album
Lay-flat binding is a classic album making technique which allows the spine and pages to open and lay completely flat. Compared to other binding techniques, none of your imagery will be lost in the gutter or restricted to a single page. This means you can beautifully display your photos in double page spreads.
Favorite Printed Products – Gallery Wrap Canvas
The ideal match for your most treasured photographs, a Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print is a stunning addition to your family photo wall. Photos are printed on Certified Archival quality canvas which is hand-stretched around a sturdy wooden frame. Ready to hang right out of the box, this eye-catching Canvas Print Wrap will instantly become the centerpiece of your gallery wall.
Favorite Printed Products – Photographic Prints
Professionally printed with archival quality photographic papers. What does this mean? “Archival” means that the product is designed to last for a long time—with proper care and storage.
Favorite Printed Products – Deckled Prints
If you are looking for a product that stands out, then Deckled Prints are what you want. Deckled prints are hand torn on the edges of the prints to give a distinct and highly artistic look.
Regardless of which products you choose from your session, definitely snap a pic and send it my way. I’d love to see your printed art!!!
Liz Viernes Photography is based near Potomac, Maryland, and specializes in maternity, fresh 48, posed and lifestyle newborns and first year milestone portraits.