I make classic, artistic portraiture for display in your home, office or anywhere.
I take great pains to produce a very high quality piece of art that is Exhibition Worthy.
The digital files from your portraiture session are of such quality and size they can be used to create the largest print possible without losing any of the most minute detail.
These hand crafted files are the source for the making of perfectly exquisite prints time after time.
As such, they are significantly more valuable than the print itself.
If you want, only, to purchase the digital files of your portraiture, I will sell them to you but they will be of a size and resolution for display on a monitor (screen ready).
If your belief is that it is wiser for you to purchase the digital files and have your prints made at a low cost commercial warehouse, I can give you a better value.
I will print your images for close to the lowest price you can find anywhere else. But, what I add to the equation is my one at a time quality control, guaranteed color calibration and hand processing of each print to ensure it is a perfect replication of the image file. To see more discussion on the importance of this issue, please follow this link.
And, you don’t have to go to the warehouse to pick up your prints. I deliver them to you.
For an unbiased assessment of the quality of the print processing of a popular commercial warehouse, please follow this link: Costco’s Printing Processes
And, this link: Costco vs. Professional Color Labs
Here are the salient points to be considered in this issue.
Warehouses don’t create fine art, I do.
Warehouses print snapshots of our vacations, they don’t print fine art portraits.
Printing is every bit as important as the image capture.
And, not all print processes are equal.
The most significant difference in print processes is the calibration of color accuracy between the three devices used to create an image.
First, of course, is the camera used. Professional photographers create a color calibration profile for each camera they use. This insures the best color representation in the image captured.
The next step in the process involves calibrating the monitor used to process the image so that it displays a true representation of color and accurately displays the image taken by the color calibrated camera.
The final step in the calibration process is to calibrate the printer used to print the image. It must be calibrated to accurately match the colors of the monitor used in processing in the print is produces.
If any one of these components is removed from the color calibrated system, there is a high likelihood that the resultant print will not accurately represent the image captured.
I don’t want to trust my image files to warehouses because they do not have the ability to replicate the color calibration profiles I created for my system.
I have been unhappy with warehouse printing more often than not.
I give your prints the same care and attention as I do my own Fine Art and competition prints.
It’s all about quality. I am fastidious about the quality of the prints I deliver to you. They are not snapshots; they are pieces of art.
Here is the bottom line.
My business is only as good as my reputation.
I don’t want to assume the risk of a third party printing my digital files and have the result be an inferior portrait.
You won’t be happy with the product and you won’t be happy with me.
Lastly, I don’t want anyone to see an inferior portrait that has my name associated with it.
It makes no sense for you to pay $100 for the making of a high quality portrait and then have a third party print it in order to save a few dollars. In saving those few dollars on the cost of a print you jeopardize, and likely diminish, your much larger investment in the making of a high quality portrait.
Lastly, Costco and I have an agreement: I let them print snapshots and they let me print high end portraits.