In this time of digital dominance most people don't seem very interested in obtaining printed photographs of themselves or those they hold dear. They take digital imagery on electronic devices for granted and perfectly sufficient;however, I would argue that while they are certainly convenient and important to have, digital images are a long way from sufficient.
Digital images are great but if they are of people or experiences that one holds dear and would like to remember as well as pass on to future generations then they are not the best way to do that. Digital image files will degrade and can be corrupted or be lost entirely for one mysterious reason or another. They also require electronic devices and a power source in order to view them which can be a problem and who can say for sure that such power will be available everywhere and into the future.
Besides those practical considerations, there's something about holding a beautiful image, beautifully printed on high quality, archival photo paper that viewing them on electronic devices simply cannot match. Enlarged and hung on a wall is absolutely the best way to enjoy some beautiful images of oneself or loved ones and if properly printed using archival materials and treated properly they can go for 200 plus years before showing any signs of deterioration. This has been scientifically determined by research centres such as the Wilhelm Imaging Research Institute in the U.S.A., where most of the best photo printing materials are made, that subject the materials to conditions more rapidly age them.
There are only a couple of commercial photo labs in the Edmonton area that utilize the proper archival materials;however, here at Alexander Shamota Photography I do have the ability to make such prints up to 16 x 24 inches in size before I would need to use such a lab.
Whether or not such prints will be acquired is something that can be decided at any time following a photoshoot but the sooner such a decision is made the better since no matter what precautions are taken it is difficult to know for certain the fate of any digital images files.