Why Digitals and Discs are FINALLY Dying – The Resurrection of Professional Prints


If you’re a client of mine you’ve seen the image below in my BraskaJennea Magazines.  If we’ve met in person you’ve seen the “Oompah Loompah” Wal-Mart and Shutterfly prints, and the “Vampire Grey” Walgreen’s prints alongside their professional lab counterparts. You’ve felt the paper quality differences as well from my Kodak Endura Professional as opposed to “Photo Paper”.

I’m so thankful to finally see the rise again back to full service Professional Photography…helping clients have beautiful, tangible, prints showcasing our works of heart to hang in their homes…instead of just on social media!

There’s a big cry right now for “Give me digitals, or I’m gone!”, but walk into a traditional Portrait Studio that’s been around awhile, and that “disc” you walk out with winds up only being for your own personal computer use.  Most don’t include a print release, and they’re sized so small they look strange on social media, and for good reason.

They, like me, don’t want their beautiful works of art butchered by retail printers and cheap retail ink that’s only going to fade or yellow like those prints your parents have of you in that box in the closet.  Keeping them low res is a necessity because sadly enough if people can jack your work with a shoddy screen grab or download from Facebook that looks distorted from stretching to print a 4×6 then by jolly they will.

Thankfully though people are finally coming back to the realization that those “old school” Portrait Shops have hung onto all along….digital media changes, the technology we had 5 years ago is hard enough to navigate, much less finding readers or software to load discs and programs from 20 years ago.

Computers even now are rumored to start rolling out sans a CD drive at.all.  Children today have no idea what a land line phone or Walkman is!

Who’s to say that in 10 years, much less 100, people will even know what a .JPG file is…or how to view it?

I think my First thru 3rd grade years were made perfect simply by a “Computer Game” on an ooooold, HUGE, Macintosh computer.  The one, the only, OREGON TRAIL!

Up there with programming exploding fireworks later in 7th and 8th grade in DOS Command Prompt those were the highlights of my Elementary School career.

I still remember when that box of O.T. GIANT floppy discs came out of the cabinet!  It was GAME TIME!  I was about to cross some rivers, kill some food, and catch some illness that could take me or my family out all while battling thieves, weather, and busted wagon problems.

They seemed like they were 10×10 back then, but now I know they were really only 5.25″ squares.  Later in school we learned we could save our work to those floppy discs….they were multipurpose!

A few years after that we got those 3.5″ Hard floppy discs. A lot smaller, could hold “a lot” more, and were much more durable than their large counterparts.

I still have a box of my first ever digital camera pictures, and work from high-school and college, saved to those discs.  Ahhhh the memories they must hold.

But…there’s one *TIIIIIINY* problem….

There’s no way to access them!  I tried plugging in an old Floppy Reader a couple of years ago to my laptop….nothing happened.  I made sure they were unlocked so I could read them, and nada.

So, while I get it, we’re a digital society, I must ask you this important question…What would you do if your parent’s or grandparent’s wedding images were solely stored on one of these bad boys?  BJP Weddings Investment Website image4

What if that CD breaks, gets lost in a move, or your child scratches it?  What if your external and/or computer hard drives crash, at the same time, (ask me all about that one!)?

Someone recently said “But we have the Cloud so we don’t have to worry about that!”

Really?  You’re 100% comfortable, and certain, that some unseen super computer server somewhere in the universe won’t evvvver fail?

You’re positive that with all of the recent data breaches stealing credit card info, and leaking images stolen from celeb’s phones and cloud storage systems that your photos are ALWAYS going to be safe and stored?

You have a lot more faith in that system than I do.

I pay my WONDERFUL Online Gallery people at Shootproof.com archival fees each month to back-up my client’s images for at least three-years (after that I think it just gets a little expensive storing hundreds of thousands of images), but if their site, or the Cloud, or Pixieset, or Pass, etc… were to be hacked, or fail, or what.ev.er, how would you view your memories?

My liability is gone after I deliver your products, storing for as long as I do is merely a courtesy.

If your Facebook account got deactivated how would you get those images back that were on that phone you had 5 years ago and never saved?

If your phone got water damaged and refuses to boot up any longer how would you view those images of your child’s birth and life that you had stored no place else?

Yes, if Heaven forbid you had a fire, a flood, a natural disaster, etc… that ruined your prints, digitals might save you…that is if the media format you had them saved on somehow survived, but chances are that disc is gone too.

So, don’t ask me for “Just a CD”.  That’s not the BJP way.  It used to be, but I turned a corner 3 years ago, and I want my clients to have tangible parts of their legacy to pass down.

I wan them to have tangible heirlooms they can flip through at Christmas in a giant box that’s so worn it’s about to fall apart from all the family memories tucked away inside,a nd all of the times it’s been passed around after stuffing ourselves with turkey and pie.

There really isn’t a comparison for professional archival quality prints that you know will look just as vibrant and transcendent long after you’re gone.

Once you see a Bride looking like a sunburned orange fictional character out of Willy Wonka accusing you of tampering with her images, or an image you edited of a beautiful pink, warm, newborn looking grey and lifeless hanging on a client’s wall, that’s it.  You educate, educate, educate, and become a “hybrid” print and select few digitals photography business.

Plus hanging a disc on your wall just looks silly 😉

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Print your client’s memories.  Show them the comparisons in your studio, or online like this one. And if you can find one show them an old school Floppy Disc.  We owe it to them to help them pass these memories on, and stand the test of time!

Happy Printing!

xoxo,  B

Meet Mr. Cooper – Athens, TN Child Photographer


Meet Mr. Cooper! He’s a new addition to one wonderful family, and everyone, including me, is smitten with him!

The day I met him in my studio he was all smiles…all wiggly smiles!

We used his handmade Pirate blanket as a backdrop for his first images, and the way he crossed his little feet while trying to “raise himself up” was adorable! Those little cheeks just make you want to just eat him up.

A friend of Jenny’s made the CUUUTE Crocheted Owl Hat and Diaper Cover, to which Coop was only to happy to try and eat the ears off of 😉 When he put one of the chin ties in his mouth, he made this “GRRRR” face and while editing the images I burst out laughing. Just too funny!

Placing him in my old wooden child’s chair prooved to be too much of a distraction…he wanted the screw in the arm and was studying it profusely! A boy through and through even at 4 months!

We ended with a few closeups of his beautiful face, and his charm cannot be denied. This little boy is one precious angel, and I’m so thankful he’s made it into Matthew and Jenny’s family. Little Cooper you are loved so much already, and I’m so happy to know you!
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Welcome George! – A Police Officer and Mickey Mouse Themed Newborn – Tennessee Newborn Photographer


What do you get when you mix a McMinn County Sherrif’s Office Correctional Officer momma with a gramma who loves everything Mickey Mouse and Disney…one CUUUUTELY dressed newborn baby boy!

Emily gave birth to little Mr. George two weeks early after a regularly scheduled appointment revealed he was ready to enter this world. I met them at the hospital when George was merely two hours old to capture his first portraits. Nothing is more special to me than being there to capture a miracle’s first moments on earth. Simply blows me away every.single.time.

After a couple of hours shooting in between those few changes, feeding attempts, visitors I had some of the sweetest newborn images of my portfolio…but we weren’t done yet!

When George was about a week old they had me over to photograph him in some insanely ADORABLE crochetted newborn hats and diaper covers. A tiny Mickey Mouse and a tiny Police Officer were just too much cuteness to handle. THEN they showed me the “handcuffs” that went with the policeman’s outfit…I DIED! O.VER.LOAD!!!

We captured him giving a little grin in a beautiful white blanket embroidered with his little name in blue, and then in a Polo by Ralph Lauren onesie and a “What Does the Fox Say?” insipred Foxy Footed outfit. This id has STYLE…and he’s just a baby 😉

We wrapped up in his Mickey themed nursery in his first ever Disney garment. I sense many trips to Disney World in this little guy’s future 😉 Of course the little fella broke out his “campaign” wear for the county’s local sherrif, Joe Guy. I don’t think a politician has ever had a cuter campaigner!

Thank you Emily, and George, for letting me capture these treasured moments. It was truly a blast and an honor!
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Grandpa’s band says it all…”Heaven IS for Real!”
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Yes…yes this tiny policeman IS wearing his own handcuffs…how funny/CUTE is this? *Please note: Newborn pose safety was used in this composited image. NEVER leave a newborn’s head unsupported!*
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Now this is the ONLY live mouse I’d keep in my house! ❤ ❤ ❤
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Meet Mr. Anderson – Newborn Studio Session – Athens, TN Photographer


As busy as wedding season has cranked up to be, I’m always happy to take on a precious new miracle’s newborn session.  Whether in their home or here in studio it’s sp much fun shooting a new person’s first professional portraits of their life!

Anderson Mayfield brought his sweet mommy to my studio to have his newborn portraits captured. He fought sleep almost the whole time, and gave me more than a couple of “I dare you to take my binky” stares…such a cutie!

One of his aunties commissioned a crochetted “dinosaur” hat which he ROCKED! Those bright blue eyes simply capture your heart, and beg you to fall in love.

He finally nodded off for a very few brief moments so we could grab some sweet naked baby images with only one of my studio ties…he may despise us when he’s older, but they sure were ADORABLE! 😉

Some of my favorite captures from the day were when Jennifer was trying to lull him to sleep…simply nothing more magical than watching a new mom with her little miracle.

We ended with a few images snapped literally between the few seconds we could get the paci out of his mouth, but finally relented to just let him have it…that is afterall “Real LIFE” right now, and real life is beautiful and worthy of remembering.

So, Congratulations Jennifer and Andy on your precious little man. He truly is a handsome little fella!
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Robinson Maternity Session – Murfreesboro Lifestyle Photographer


A little over five years ago, with a Kodak 5MP Point and Shoot Camera, Catherine and her first born, Anna, who was still warm and cozy in her belly, became my first ever maternity session. It was Fall in Murfreesboro, TN, and we hit the pre-sunset hour, now known as the “Golden Hour”, right on time at the Stones River Battleground.

Now she, her husband and also my friend, David, along with Anna await the arrival of another little blessing…another baby girl Robinson!

I made a beeline for the Boro first chance I had, and the timing was perfect. Little Miss seems to be trying to be impatient to meet everyone so she’s tried to come early. Thankfully she’s still safely inside, and I was able to capture the little miracle growing in mommy’s belly the weekend of her shower!

My first baby bump was with this precious family, and it had to be that all the years later I captured the cuteness of baby bump number two! I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

Hopefully I’ve improved *some* over the last 5 years 😉 and I eagerly await meeting the newest member to the wonderful Robinson crew.

Thank you Catherine and David for not only being my first “guinea pigs”, but treasured friends!

XOXO, B
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