We need to have our home painted. Ok, it should have been painted when we bought it 9 years ago, but we’ve put it off all this time. Part of the reason it’s been put off is that we thought we might do it ourselves (hah!). After all, how difficult is it to paint?? But now the trim is peeling and looks horrible and we’re getting our front doors replaced and . . . it just really needs it! So we’re finally doing what we should have done from the start: we’re hiring someone else to do it.
When looking for a contractor, we considered a few – all referred to us by friends that had used them and had great things to say about their service and final results (which we saw too!). One of the contractors does great work and takes their time to hand paint your entire house. However, they also required us to go buy our own paint for them to use. Honestly, one of the reasons we’re hiring someone else to paint our house is that we don’t have the time or expertise to do any part of it, including buy the paint. So, although they do great work, we went another direction.
The company we ended up hiring came out quickly (and when they said they would) to view the home and give us a quote. We paid a deposit, but don’t need to decide on a color until it’s time for painting (does anyone else have a difficult time making decisions like this?! No, just us?), and they’ll take care of everything else! Easy-peasy. And now we’re first on the list for the spring season.
How Does This Relate To Photography?
I used to think (before I was a photographer) that I would print my photos myself to save some money – like from our wedding day. Guess what: two things happened. Right away I printed a few at Walmart and put them into frames – at least the ones that printed looking nice and in the color that I thought they should be. And now 10 years later (January 22 is 10 years for us!), they are warped and/or sticking to the glass in the frame, and most are fading in color.
The other thing that happened with our wedding photos is that they’re still sitting somewhere on my computer – all but forgotten. We’ve wanted a wedding album from day one, but have yet to own one of our own wedding (we have client wedding albums – lol)! For years I’ve thought about designing one, but there’s always an excuse to not follow through. And honestly, now I’m not even sure where the digital files are located since we’ve changed computers so many times in 10 years! Perhaps I should try finding them and designing an album before the files corrupt or the technology is obsolete!
How Does This Relate To You?
How much better would it have been if our wedding photography was full-service like with the company we hired to paint our house?! On our ten year anniversary, instead of lamenting the fact that we still don’t have an album of our wedding day, we could be sitting with our three children flipping through the memories as we laugh and share all about the special day with them.
Stop wasting your time looking for a photographer that gives you only the digital files. Instead, know that you’ll have an heirloom art in your home within months. Then you can sit with your own children and grandchildren some day, years from now, and reminisce with them too.