So it looks like we’re headed toward the “Metaverse” being a big thing. This is where people will strap on a VR headset and do things like go shopping, hang out with friends, and decorate their virtual home, all without leaving their actual home.
Call me old fashioned, but this kind of makes me want to move my family to a remote part of Manitoba where we can farm and hunt for subsistence while the rest of the society collapses.
A more measured response, however, is that I’ve shifted my business in the opposite direction, away from digital files and toward artwork that you can hold in your actual biological hands.
This decision was based less on a vision of a Zuckerbergian robo-zombie apocalypse and more on the fact that it is a better way to serve those who truly appreciate the value contained in their family photos. In the past, I would have clients that loved their photos, but when I checked in with them a year or two after their sessions and the story was usually that they had meant to do something with their images but life got in the way so a holiday card and/or Facebook post was as far as they got. Or they got prints at Walgreens and grandma’s skin came out green and the photo is already warped and faded.
By sending them a link to a gallery and basically saying “good luck figuring out what to do with these,” I was short-changing my customers. As parents, it can be hard to find time to eat a meal while sitting down, let alone find a high quality print producer, then select which photos to print, then order, receive, inspect, and hang them up. And so creating a gallery wall or designing an album became yet another thing on their to-do list that never got done. And we all know that un-crossed-off list things are a total drag.
And so my service model is focused on creating artwork that can be enjoyed and treasured here, in what we understand to be the physical universe. I know that this isn’t for everyone. It’s a luxury service that’s personalized and where I do all the hard parts for you, including free installation of any wall art purchased, so the final cost is likely to be more than a digital-only transaction. It’s also a modest time commitment, between the pre-shoot meeting, session, and reveal appointment.
But since I want to please everyone (that’s a healthy approach to life, right?), I’ll also be offering Limited Edition Express Sessions a few times a year, which have a smaller time commitment and more flexibility in terms of the final cost. The nice thing with these is that the same service can be provided, it’s just optional, so if you really are a DIY’er or are fully committed to dwell in the Metaverse we can take care of everything digitally if that’s your preference.
So if you’re someone who has always not only wanted beautiful family photos but has felt a sort of emptiness and dissatisfaction with having all your favorite memories confined to a world made of pixels, I might be the right photographer for you. I can turn that lonely, naked wall into a vibrant gallery featuring your favorite faces, or create an heirloom album or memory box full of images that make your heart sing. And the best part is, all you need to do is want it and tell me, then I take care of the rest.
Corey Flint Photography, 39 Lexington Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773 617-319-3913
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