Your photo session was months ago, maybe even years ago, and you haven’t even printed your photos yet. You got your images on a USB drive, posted them on social media and filed away the USB drive.
Don’t Feel like you are the only one! This happens to a lot of people, it even happens to me.
When you first interviewed photographers, one of the main questions you asked them was, “Do I get all my images?”. You asked this question thinking you were saving money and wanting to take the control of your images from a photographer who just wants to hold on to them. I hate to break it to you but these are popular misunderstandings.
You think you are saving money because you don't have to pay the photographer to print out your images, but this is not the case. Yes the photographer gets a cut for the images they sell you but you spend more money in the long run. For example you buy the USB drive of all the images and spend $500 at least, (this is for a professional photographer). But chances are you only put the images on Facebook and never look at them again. If you do print them you are paying for SO SO quality prints on top of the amount you already bought the USB drive for, and half of the images that you bought you wont even use.
When you are wanting to take the control of your images; you are only hurting yourself and your not having the right conversation with your photographer to inform them of your desires. As photographers we want you to display our art. We want our images to be the perfect expression of you and your family. After we have our photo session with you and display a selected few images on our portfolio and social media, most of the time, we are done and the process ends on our side. What you do with the images is where the beauty happens.
Don't let a gifted artist slip through your fingertips by focusing on if you get all your images or not. Share with your photographer what you are wanting to do with the images and where you are planning on displaying them, and trust in your photographer to share some options that will work with and for you.