One of my favorite movie scenes is from the movie Snowpiercer. If you've never seen it, it's essentially about class warfare. The world has frozen over due to a failed global warming experiment, and its remaining inhabitants occupy a train. The occupants are separated by class.
Some of the children are taken from the parents of the lower class, never to be seen again. Cameras, laptops, smartphones, and many conveniences of modern life are all extinct:
The soldiers entered the car, and the rear passengers stopped everything. Tanya knew why they there. She grabbed her son Tim and placed him under her long skirt, hoping that the soldiers wouldn’t notice as they walked by. She held her breath, her heart nearly as loud as the soldier's footsteps. Her palms were clammy, and she broke out in a cold sweat.
The ploy almost worked, but the boy was so frightened as they neared, that he moved out of hiding and started to run toward the back of the car. The soldiers grabbed him, and Tanya fought back. Andrew, a fellow passenger, grabbed his shoe, and struck the Mason in the face.
Meanwhile, Painter was sketching a portrait of the boy as fast as he could. He delivered the sketch to Tanya a short while later, and she clutched it for dear life. It was all she had left of Tim.
There’s another scene in Season 4 of the Walking Dead where Glen holds the photo of Maggie after they’ve been separated. He has no idea if he’s going to see Maggie again, and the photo and his memories are all that remain of her.
These scenes perfectly depict why I will not just hand a client a disc of images. Many clients don't do anything with the photos after they have them on disk. Many are not sure what to make prints of, what size to buy, or what would look best. So, the disk sits in a box collecting dust, instead of the portraits being displayed proudly.
Sometimes the disk can be lost, or photos on the hard drive are gone once the computer has crashed. Having the photos in physical form prevents that.
Photos are so much more than a simple print these days. Just about any custom product can be made. Some of my favorite pieces are the luxe metal, die-cut photos that I get from my lab. They are unlike anything else out there, and are unique to my lab.
If you're going to hang art on your walls, or put it on display, why not have unique, custom made art? It's so much more original than buying a random piece at a department store.