December 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm #27171
Hi! Currently I have been working on building my family photography business (making a website, getting the word out)
I have had a few jobs already with families in our homeschool group. Right now once I edit the photos I put them on a thumb drive and the next time I’m in town I give it to them.
Do you have any ideas on how I can give them the pictures easier and more professionally? I just want to give them the digital copies for their own use.
Thanks.December 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm #27173
A very good question, and one I would be interested to hear James’s answer to. 🙂
An idea that occurred to me is to order a batch of cheap customized flashdrives with your logo on it, which would be a little more “professional” looking. If the client does not live close, you could mail it to them with the photos. I have a printer that can print labels on printable CD/DVD disks, and I have done that before with very nice results.
Of course in the internet age, you could always deliver the digital files via the internet, but that would have its own set of problems. Download a .zip file? What’s a .zip file? How do I get my pictures out of it? OR You mean to say that I have to download each picture individually? Why can’t I download them all at once? You get the idea… 🙂December 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm #27174
The only way I can think of is by emailing the photos. Hope that helps!December 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm #27175
Emailing photos is probably out of the question for most photographers – most email services do not allow more than a certain number of megabytes. I personally use dropbox to deliver the final photos and share the folder containing their photos with the client, but I realise that becomes unpractical if there is any amount of back-and-forth between you and the client. In that case you need a service with client proofing.
One note about customized flash drives, cd’s, etc.: in some places, digital goods are not taxable but physical goods are, and thus as soon as you deliver your product on flash drives the whole thing becomes taxable… Just something to look into. Of course, if you are delivering prints or if they don’t have internet you don’t have much choice. 🙂
I believe @jamesstaddon uses zenfolio, but there are several other portfolio providers that allow you to do anything from client proofs to online print sales that might be better for you, depending on your needs and your budget.December 1, 2017 at 3:50 pm #27176December 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm #27177
Interesting point about tax issues, @dfrazer, I never thought about that particular aspect…
I use Dropbox as well, for delivering design projects as well as photos. It works very well for that purpose, since I can just copy the file(s) to a folder on my computer and they automatically upload in the background.
I realise that becomes unpractical if there is any amount of back-and-forth between you and the client. In that case you need a service with client proofing.
I confess I don’t quite understand what you’re saying here. 🙂 Especially with design projects I often go through several iterations before the client is happy. I usually upload the updated file and send a different link, although you could just overwrite the original file and use the same link if you wanted to.December 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm #27178
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