That’s the current industry standard method for delivering files. (“industry standard” in this in the world of wedding photography – meaning it’s been around more than 2 years.)
The problem is, I kind of hate using ’em.
I have to buy the drives. Copy the files to the drives. Then turn them over to you and hope for the best.
The worst part? Flash drives may be a pretty safe method of data storage, but they aren’t permanent.
I know we’ve been trained to think they are. If it’s on a flash drive, it’s going to last forever, right? But there are no guarantees. Even flash drives fail. And don’t forget the hazards of human error and the possibility of accidentally deleting the files or formatting the drive.
Don’t get me wrong. So I also kind of love ’em. Flash drives are super convenient. Most of the time.
Just not for photo delivery.
So what am I doing different? Two words: Online Delivery.
Your personal gallery of photos that you can view, share and download (high resolution versions). The images are displayed in a great looking interface. Here, don’t take my word for it:
Notice how uncluttered it is?
Just the photos.
You and your amazing day.
From the time it’s published, your gallery will remain live for ten years. That’s plenty of time to download your photos to a hard drive — or even your own flash drive. In fact, you can make as many copies as you’d like as backups, which is always a smart idea.
But it’s even better.
Say you want a real, tangible print. Let’s be honest, actual prints of photos are kind of magical. Your gallery will let you order prints of any image, with a variety of size and format options.
And like a late night infomercial, WAIT, there’s more!
Disaster strikes? Lose your computer and all of the files? No problem. Your photos are still there in your gallery. Remember, I said for 10 years (and if that’s not long enough, when 10 years is up, you’ll have the option to extend the gallery). There’s no limit to how often you can download your photos.
And there’s even an app so you can have your photos wherever you go. Let’s say you’re on your honeymoon when I have your photos ready. You won’t need to wait until you get home to enjoy them.
Let’s see a flash drive do that!
(But if, after all this, you really prefer a physical drive to the online gallery, talk to me. We’ll work something out.)