Remember the mom that didn't seem to say much about the glamour shot images? Turns out I had given her the images on DVD and she did not have a CD/DVD drive in her computer, so she hadn't sat and looked at them yet. We got a nice message from her this week with some lovely comments on the images.
But that leads me to a thought. It seems like it will become more and more common for people to have computers without disc drives. At a time when I'm not really in business and not selling my images -- either digital files or prints -- I just give images to people to print up themselves, or do what they want with them. Which has meant digital files on a disc. I have a HUGE stack of DVDs that I can use up with little or no cost to myself. But has anyone else run into a situation where a client doesn't have a disc drive? Is a thumb drive the way to go in future? I don't really want to invest in thumb drives to give to people. I guess I could ask people (since they're getting my services for free anyway) to bring a thumb drive to the shoot and then put their images on that. I dunno. It was just a surprising and interesting question for me. What do you guys think about discs vs. thumb drives vs. download services, etc.?
(Interestingly, as I was pondering this question, I read this article: Why You Need To Stop Selling Digital Files Someday I will probably go this route, but for now as I'm practicing my portrait skills and not charging anyone anything, doing a disc of images is the most sensible solution for me.)