Picture me – yoga pants, messy ponytail, a glass of wine in hand, and a silly smile on my face. I’m sitting in my office, putting the finishing touches on your photos. We spent hours together capturing some amazing pictures and I’ve since pored over each and every image and am so excited for you to see the final product.
But that means I have to burn your CD.
So I go dig through my blank CDs, stick it into the computer, and wait an ungodly amount of time for it to burn. I pour myself a bit more wine.
I come back to find the CD has declared itself corrupt, spit itself out, and I must start all over again.
I may or may not be pouring myself more wine.
When I finally get it to work, I package up your CD, trot off to the post office and then wait a few days for it to show up at your house. All the while crossing my fingers and hoping it didn’t get lost or damaged somewhere between my house and yours.
After months of burning CDs for y’all, I got pretty tired of it.
So I started researching options out there, from personalized USB drives to Dropbox to online galleries. I trialed a few options on some of my gracious clients and they came back with the valuable feedback that these options were either difficult to use, lacked some must-have features, or were just plain boring. So, I kept looking.
But then. Oh, but then! I cautiously trialed a final option on a few clients and they unanimously agreed: it was wonderful.
So here I am, officially announcing the launch of Wren & Rook’s new Pixieset photo galleries. I’m so excited to be able to offer you a such a convenient way to share and experience your photos.
Pixieset met my long list of demands: beautiful high-resolution galleries, password protection on viewing and downloads, and social media integration.
I luh-huh-huv the stunning layout of each personalized album, including the large banner image and Pinterest-style grid.
Your gallery gives you the opportunity to view, share and download all of your high-resolution images. High-resolution means high-quality and ready for print, versus a pixelated mess that you might get if you tried to print a photo right off Facebook. This means that you no longer have to wait for the mail carrier to drop off your CD. Because let’s face it – they take forever for me to burn, it takes days for the post to bring them to you, and then in a few years they have crashed, become corrupt, or been lost in that move across town. Instead, with Pixieset, you’ll get your photos faster and beautifully packaged in your custom online gallery. Pixieset allows you to download all of them to your computer instantaneously, and they will be completely secure in your gallery for 1 year so you don’t have to worry about all the problems that come along with CDs. This way, even if your computer crashes, your photos live on. (But don’t stop there! Let’s talk about printing your favorites!)
I also love the option to password protect both your gallery and your downloads. Some people just don’t want their photos plastered all over Facebook, and that’s quite alright! Simply request a private gallery, and I can set a password for your entire gallery. That way, you can control who (if anyone) sees all of your images. Alternately, you can set a password for downloads only, allowing others to view the images but limiting access to who can download them to their computer.
On the flip side, if you do want to share these images with your friends and family, you can share them via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or Email all from within your gallery! And your favourite Aunt that lives three provinces away? If you share the download password with her she can download her favourite shots and order prints too!
So, starting today, I am proud to offer these Pixieset galleries to all of my future photography clients. I can’t wait to share them with you!
For redundancy’s sake, lets review. Here are just a few of my favorite things about Pixieset:
- No waiting for your disc or USB to be delivered, these are instant downloads – I know you’re dying to see your images!
- Online backup in the cloud for 1 year, so your images are safe from loss, flood, fire, scratches and ninja’s.
- Mobile device friendly, which enables you to have your photos at your fingertips wherever you go!
- Integrated social media sharing.
- Get affordable, archival quality prints sent directly to your door. (Uh, how awesome is THAT?!)
- A super easy way for you to show off and share your images with your friends and family, especially those that live farther away.
- Optional password protected gallery.
- Password protected downloads
Pretty cool, right?! Want to see it all in action? Check out the actual gallery pictured above HERE.