Why Buy Prints?

“Why should I buy prints and not just digital negatives/files?” This is a question I hear more and more among photographers interacting with tech savvy clients and an ever growing younger client population in my area.

So here’s the emotional answer, because you cannot put a price on memories or emotions.

Yes, I do sell/provide digital files, if that is truly what you have your heart set on, this way you can share them with any/everyone. But here’s the follow up question I like to ask my clients when asked the first question. Once you upload those photos to the cloud, other storage devices or onto a social media website how often are you actually going back to look at those precious memories if you are not going to print them yourself?
I know for myself the answer is, rarely.

There is something about being able to pick up a framed print from your desk and run your fingers over it or thumb through a photo album that sits on your coffee table or gaze up at a print on the wall, which evokes the memories of the day, those images were created. Maybe it’s not that captured moment from the image you are remembering but the in-between moments, between images that weren’t captured. This is something, I as a photographer want my clients to experience to slow down and relive that moment and hold onto it. I’m not in it to sell you an overabundance of photos you may not need or want but to help you pick the right amount for your home.

The reality is we live in a fast paced world and I can completely understand wanting to be able to look at your cherished memories at any point in time throughout the day. I myself spend most of my day with my face buried in some sort of a screen or through a viewfinder. The reality is, we get distracted, easily. So even though you are intending to open said images and look at them, chances are you might get an email or notification that distracts you, pulls you away, if even for a second and doesn’t allow you those few seconds or minutes to truly relive that moment.

The best way to sum this up is to give you an example of an interaction I had two weeks ago on the 11th of February.

While working a corporate event for the Non-profit group Sweetwater. I ran into an old college friend and he asked me if I could get some photos printed for him. He had taken them while traveling abroad that meant so much to him. Some were taken with his camera and some with his phone and he had a concern the photo from the phone might not print well from his local W store. For the print size he was asking for I didn’t see any problems with getting those printed and not having them be fuzzy.
Through the course of our interaction I asked him why after several years he was finally looking to get them printed? The answer I was given was amazingly simple, “I just don’t want to be able to look only at them on my phone or computer anymore, I want to be able to see them when I walk in my door.”

On the road to Wichita & getting to here

We would like to share with you, our clients and perspective clients a little bit about who we are and how we got to this point, in this Vagabond Photography’s first blog post. After this first post we will be discussing photo shoots (sessions) we would like to work on and new products that are out on the market which we use or would like to try out along with other topics in the photography business that are near and dear to our hearts. Also we will be sharing with you some of the outtakes and sneak peaks from recent sessions.

Let’s Begin

Greetings, my name is Tim Gumz, owner and photographer of Vagabond Photography. I started this company about 6-7 years ago in college as a small side project to make some extra money while attending UW-Whitewater. It was intended to be a sport and event photography company while attending university, but this quickly changed into a portrait and event photography company with-in the first couple of years.
In addition, while attending UW-Whitewater I was head staff photographer for the athletics departments for two years and head photo editor for University’s newspaper for one and a half years which allowed me to learn about how other larger entities work with photographers and what it takes to have a healthy working relationship with other photographers around you.
Since graduating for University I have worked for several news outlets as a freelance journalist, photographer and other photography companies as a sports, product and events photographer while keeping Vagabond Photography alive as a part time company.
In September of 2015 I decided it was time to make Vagabond Photography my main priority and make my dream come true of working full time for my own company. It has been an interesting journey with its ups and downs these past few month and I learned there is a lot more to running a company than just taking photos and editing them for clients. With some help of other photographers and friends in the business and accounting industry I learned how to avoid some of the pit falls that newer companies face when deciding to go full time.
I’d like to leave you with story of my companies name because I get asked this question a fair amount. The name for my company came during a road trip I was on to cover water ski event in Wichita, Kansas in 2007 for a college friend who made it the Midwest Regional Tournament. He stated while on I-80 that “I was like a gypsy every weekend traveling with him and other clients to go to events and I could use it as a way to promote myself at events.” I thought about it for a while, while on the road and came to the conclusion that I was more of a vagabond and it defined me better at the time than a gypsy thus the name Vagabond Photography came about on the road to Wichita.
So here at Vagabond Photography I still try to keep with that tradition that was present at the inception of my company. We travel to you, to create a memory that you will cherish a lifetime.