I'm here to tell you, it does. But before I get into how and why, let's talk about the dawn of the digital era. I guess it's not really the dawn of the era anymore, though, because basically everything is digital now. It looks like we have, in fact, landed; this is both good, and bad from a photographer's perspective.
Many times, when a perspective client inquires with me about a photoshoot for their pet, I am asked if I provide digital files or a disc. The answer to that, plain and simple? No. No, I do not offer digital files. It actually took me a little while to get comfortable with both saying no, and the fact that I do not offer digitals. There are a few reasons as as to why I don't.
Consider this: one day, your pet will no longer be here with you. While it's certainly possible that your digital files or your disc may still be around, will there be a medium to open them? Already, in 2015, some computers no longer have CD drives. I can't think of a single tablet that does, either. And while USB drives are now readily available, who's to say that technology won't soon be a thing of the past (remember the good ol' 5.25" floppy disc!)? What will you do with all of those images that show the bond, the love, that you shared with your pet?
Not only do I want your artwork readily displayed, I also want it to be true to what we created. I've posted before about the time and effort that goes into editing photos, and I use only professional print labs that are color calibrated to my computer screen to provide the most accurate representation of your images. Most consumer labs don't undergo the same rigorous quality control measures, and therefore, the images you get may have vast differences. Also, the products that I provide are archival quality, and can be passed down for generations.
Yet another reason that I only provide prints and products is that I want you to look at your walls, or in your wallet, or wherever you have our artwork displayed, and I want it to evoke emotion. I want you to feel when you look at it; I want the reaction to be strong. And you just won't get that when your images are sitting on a disc, tucked away in some forgotten desk drawer.
And that brings this blog post full circle. I'd like for y'all to take a peek at this image; it's a typical 8' wall and sofa. I've taken some images of various Rottweiler Hearts Rescue dogs that I've photographed over the years, and put them into different sizes. It truly gives a new meaning to the phrase, "go big or go home," doesn't it? I want my clients to be well prepared and comfortable with the sizes of the images they purchase, and as such, I utilize software that allows for not only size comparisons, but also the ability to look at my art on YOUR walls - not just whatever is embedded in the software.