I think I am finally done with using CDs.
With technology changing at such a fast rate, the way we deliver our images to our clients has also changed in the last few years. I've always provided CDs for them because I love to hand them a really pretty bag with fabulous wrap, and I love that I can slap my brand all over it. In the last few years, I've seen many photographers switch to using flash drives. I love them, especially the wood flash drives, but I personally never had a client say they couldn't use the CD's, so I've been using up my CD's and the cool metal cases I bought for them before I've needed to switch over.
I've also found with some clients the opportunity to send them their files online. Dropbox has been my go to source for that until I was introduced to Pixieset. I LOVE how Pixieset displays the images and gives you the choice if you want to allow them to download the images or not. Personally I still feel like it is a HUGE part of the experience to hand over a gorgeous bag with something special inside, and so will be using the flash drives to give my clients. And in some situations, I will be using Pixieset too.
Below I've shared some insights and resources on each method of delivery. I'd love to hear your opinion too. What do you find is the best way to deliver your client's images?
1 - Burn a CD - This option is great because your clients have something tangible, but it is quickly becoming obsolete as many brands of new laptops do not house CD drives anymore, only flash drives. With the great increase of iPads and tablets, even more devices are becoming incompatible with CDs!
2 - Provide images online - I love using Drop Box for this because the images are easy to upload and easy to share. We Transfer is another great site for this option, and Pixieset is a fabulous resource as well! All have different formats and set-ups, but all very user friendly.
3 - Flash drives - Providing your clients images for them on a flash drive is great for many reasons. It gives your clients a way to keep a 2nd set of their images on their computer and then also on their flash drive. It also gives you another opportunity to pamper and spoil your clients with a tangible product that you can wrap up beautifully and enhance their experience with. And for those clients living in smaller towns that don’t have strong internet, it can be difficult for them to quickly access their digital images online, especially weddings with a large quantity of digital files. Offering their images to them on a flash drive can be a great option.
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