I have recently switched from CD's to digital downloads. There was a little bit of confusion on my end as I started trying to streamline this process and make sure clients knew how to access their images. I didn't love the way I was working with it and after some brain storming, I have started using a new idea that seems to be working well for me and my clients.
First and foremost, your privacy is important to me. I have seen horror stories of images being stolen and not just used by people they don't know posing as them, or acting as if their children are their own, I have seen COMPANIES steal family images and use them for unauthorized promotions and advertising. I have also received emails through my webhost of people being banned from my website trying to access galleries they have no authorization to be in.
Download galleries are now their own separate galleries that will be password protected. A password will be chosen and emailed to you. If you happen to have something in mind that may make it easier for you to remember, please feel free to let me know! Download galleries will also NOT be hosted on my main website. They will be invisible, basically. You will be emailed the link to your gallery and that will be the only access point to your downloads. This ensures that no one will even by utter chance guess your password (they get a very limited amount of guesses anyway before my webhost blocks them from my page).
Of course, things go wrong and every once in a while I have issues with a client either getting into their gallery, or being able to physically download their images. Please just email me and I am happy to work with you by emailing you the images, or working through the website issue with you.
Once you have accessed your gallery, there is a downward facing arrow at the top of the page, above your image. Click that button and a drop down menu will come up. Select "download original" and then, the most important part, remember where you're saving your images on your computer for easy access later! You are then free to do with your images what you'd like. If you are sharing them on social media, I always appreciate a link to my facebook page or including my business name, but it's not necessary.
And I would like to send a thank you to all the families that helped make my fall mini's a success. I have some great ideas for spring, so stay tuned for announcements on concept and dates. If you would like to be notified by email when those dates come out, please leave your email in the comments and I am happy to send out an email when I have the dates set in stone!