The Art of the Printed Photo by Emily Margaret

The printed photo is not dead. It's true that digital images are convenient and what most people expect from photographers, and maybe it's because I'm a member of the millennial/hipster generation, but I believe printed photos will never go out of style.


If you're like me, photographer or not, you probably have hundreds of photos currently sitting archived in your phone or computer, where you can't see and enjoy them. Digital images are convenient for sharing and offer the insurance of a backup, but there's nothing like having prints on your walls and a photobook in your hands.

When a client and I discuss the kind of collection that they want, the topic of digital images vs prints usually comes up. While all of my collections include digital images, I always encourage my clients to also choose a few prints or photobook of their session. I do this for several reasons:

  • Experience: which would you prefer- an intangible digital photo, or a set of prints beautifully wrapped and presented to you from the photographer who carefully created the images? With my business, I aim to build a relationship with each client to create an experience and invest in their story, rather than be like any other photographer at the local mall.
  • Integrity: professionally printed photos ensure the quality of the photo will not be compromised. Most budget printers (wal-mart, walgreens, target, etc) do not produce an accurate representation of the original image, while a professional lab will maintain the integrity of the photo.
  • Fun: there's nothing very fun about a digital file, but having professionally-shot images on the walls of your home or a photobook to show your family is. For example, my photobooks are popular with the parents of my high school seniors because they loving having something to show off to their friends and family, and it's much more fun to look at than an ipad. I've seen this also to be true in my own home, as we have a large family portrait near the front door that has been commented on my everyone who visits our home.

When digital images first came on the scene, it appeared that physical prints would never be seen again, but lately with the growth of brands such as chatbooks and artifact uprising, this is definitely not the case. As more photographers talk about the value of the printed photo, I'm excited to see more people making the most of their images with physical prints. 

Is it important to you to have prints or books of your photos? Why or why not?

My Booking Process in 5 Easy Steps | How to Work with Emily Margaret Photography by Emily Margaret

Ever wonder how my booking process works? I aim to make it a simple and fun experience, because I know not everyone is a fan of paperwork. Here's how a client typically books a photo session with me.

  1. Contact me. You've decided that I'm the perfect photographer for you? Awesome! Getting in touch with me is easy- just send me an email through my Contact page and let me know that you want to work with me. I love it when my potential clients include any ideas or questions with their message.
  2. Get the info. After receiving your email, I'll answer your questions and send you info about my sessions. This will include my info packet which contains all you need to know about my sessions, collections, prints and products, and links to helpful blog posts. I'll also include my Client Questionnaire to know a bit more about you and what kind of photos you want from our photo session.
  3. Meet and Chat. After receiving your completed questionnaire, we'll schedule a time to meet up to talk about session collections, dates, and locations. For people who are local to me in the Paducah or western Kentucky area, I'll treat you to a coffee (or tea, if you prefer!). If you're out of town or have a full schedule, no problem! We can chat over the phone or skype/google hangout/facetime.
  4. Contract and Payment. So we've chatted and figured out what kind of session you want. Next, I'll ask you to sign my Session Agreement contract and pay the Session Collection fee in full to book your session spot. I can't hold dates without having the full payment, so don't wait too long to do this step.
  5. Confirmation and What's Next. After receiving your session payment, you'll receive confirmation that I've reserved your session spot. I'll then help you decide on a session location, figure out what to wear to the photoshoot, and other tips to help you prepare and make your experience as fun and stress-free as possible!

Ready to work together? Let's chat!

P.s. Not a typical client, or interested in a collaboration? I love working with brands, bloggers, and other artists too!

Copyright and Print Release by Emily Margaret

Did you know that all of my photography session collections include digital images? As part of the process of working with me, each client gets to choose the ones they love from an online proofing gallery. Along with the images, I also provide a print release that allows my client to create prints of the images. Sometimes, print releases are confused with copyright releases, and it's important for both clients and photographers to understand the difference between the two. 


**Please note that I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on tv. For actual legal advice, please contact a professional.**

Copyright release removes the copyright ownership from the photographer to the client. When I photos at a session, I own the copyright to them because I created them. Copyright gives me the right to use the images however I want, such as printing, publishing, posting online, or selling prints. If I were to give a client a copyright release, it would mean I no longer own the image and the client could do whatever they want with the image and I would not have the right to do anything with the photos (like using in my portfolio or blog).

A print release gives my client permission to reproduce the images for their personal use only, such as to create prints or post the photos online. The term personal is the key, as this type of release does not allow for commercial use or allow the client to edit or modify the image in any way, which would be a violation of copyright. This is the type of release that I include when a client purchases digital images from me, because it allows my clients to use their images while still respecting my rights as the photographer. It's kind of like when you buy music- you are allowed to listen to it as much as you want (your personal use), but you can't edit it, sell it, or say that you created it, because the artist owns the copyright to it.

So why is it importance for photographers to retain copyright of their images? If I were to shoot a session and deliver digital images to my client with a copyright release- I would no longer be able to legally use those photos in any form and could not use them as examples of my work to potential clients. Instead, I provide a print release with my digital images which allows my clients to use their photos and respects the rights of the photographer and their business.

Do you have a question about image rights or another topic? Contact me or leave a comment below!