Many photographers will not provide their clients with digital images from their photoshoot. They instead force the client to come in to view the images in their home or studio, and force the client to order prints and products directly through the photographer. This allows the photographer to charge anything they want - and they do! Photographers call this IPS, or In Person Sales, and it is a popular technique for many photographers because it allows them to make lots and lots of money from their clients, who are left with no choice!
Wouldn't you rather have a choice? At Velvet Fringe, we are all about choice, and all about giving our clients the best value! We allow the client to purchase digital images from their session if they wish, and never ever ever pressure our clients to purchase any prints or products from us. In fact, if our clients want to purchase prints from a lab of their choice, we will even help them to do so. It's all part of our commitment to make every single bit of the experience of shooting with us as wonderful as we possibly can!
So, our advice to you is this - never, ever, ever shoot with a photographer that uses IPS ( In Person Sales ), because the whole point of that - despite what they will tell you - is to make as much money as they possibly can from you! If you could only read some of the online forums that are for professional photographers only, you would see that they are all talking about how much money they make with IPS. It's all they talk about, it seems. So always, always, always choose a photographer that offers you the opportunity to purchase digital images from your session. It is better for you, and it will save you lots of money! Insist on transparency. Ask to see all of their prices before you shoot - not just their session fees, but the prices of their prints and products, etc. Demand complete transparency! At Velvet Fringe, all of our prices are available any time you like. You can see our photoshoot rates, our prints and products and albums pricing, our DVD and USB Folio ( digital images ) prices - everything and anything. We have no secrets!
Questions about IPS or digital images or anything else? Even if you're not a client, feel free to contact me any time and I will be happy to help you!