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Hi, there! I’m Karen - a boutique family photographer with a special love for babies! 

About Karen

One feedback I occasionally receive from my clients is that they think the file size I provided them is too small. To be clear, I do limit my standard file size to less than 3MB so I can store more on my computer and server. And this file size is more than enough for everyday printing needs.

Let me introduce you to three commonly discussed specs when turning digital imaging into prints.

Print Size:

This is the physical dimensions of the printed image, usually measured in inches or centimeters.
Example: A 5×7 print has a width of 5 inches and a height of 7 inches.

Print Resolution:

This is the number of pixels per inch (PPI) or dots per inch (DPI) in the printed image. A higher resolution generally means more detail in the printed image. Common print resolutions are 300 DPI for high-quality prints, but this can vary depending on the printing method and viewing distance. My standard output is 300 DPI.

File Size:

The file size is the amount of digital data the image file occupies on a storage device. It is measured in kilobytes (KB), megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB), etc. The file size is influenced by the dimensions of the image in pixels and the image’s color depth (bit depth).

Relationships:

Print Size and Resolution:

To calculate the pixel dimensions, you can use the formula: Pixels = Inches × DPI. The higher print resolution requires more pixels to maintain detail, leading to larger image files.
Example: A 5×7 print at 300 DPI would be 1500 x 2100 pixels.

File Size and Pixel Dimensions:

Larger pixel dimensions generally result in larger file sizes. The color depth (8-bit, 16-bit, 24-bit, etc.) also affects file size. I typically output files in 8-bit color depth but for fine arts I output in 16-bit color depth.

File Size and Compression:

Compression techniques (like JPEG compression) can significantly reduce file size but may lead to some loss of image quality. However, in everyday printing, the loss of image quality is quite negligible.

In summary, the print size, print resolution, and file size are interconnected through the pixel dimensions of the image. Higher resolution and larger print sizes typically result in larger file sizes. However, the file size can also be influenced by compression and the color depth of the image.

Why Do I Choose 5×7 Resolution For Digital Image Delivery?

I believe that delivering digital images in a 5×7 resolution meets everyday printing requirements. This size is particularly suitable for creating cards adorned with photos or generating additional loose prints for various purposes, such as school projects.

While 5×7 is my preferred choice for routine needs, I acknowledge the importance of maintaining control over larger prints. The intricacies involved in printing on a grander scale require careful consideration, and I am committed to ensuring that my clients receive the quality service they rightfully deserve. In my pursuit of excellence, I feel it’s crucial to deliver images that not only meet everyday demands but also cater to the potential for larger, more impactful prints.

- L. (maternity and newborn sessions customer)

I had an extremely anxious pregnancy after my miscarriage, which is why I didn't reach out to you until so late, but you really went out of your way to accommodate and make it happen for me and my family. I'm so glad that I have all these photos of this special time in our lives and the captures of (our) brand new baby. I'll be forever grateful for the perfect moments you captured. Thank you again, so much."

"Hi Karen. Just wanted to really say thank you again for everything with our sessions. I could not be happier with how they both turned out."

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- ZHAO FAMILY

We have gotten many compliments from visiting guests. The photos you took are candid and captured true moments of joy. The product has amazing quality and yet very easy to install. I can’t wait to get another great collage for the upcoming family shoots. Thank you Karen.

"We absolutely loved the wall collage you designed for us. It has become the focal point of our great room"

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- JESSICA JACKSON

She listened to what type of photos we were looking to achieve and offered suggestions since she is in fact the professional! Karen was always very responsive if I had any questions leading up to the actual photo shoot and was an absolute pleasure to work with the day of our session. Everything went very smooth, and our proofs were delivered very quickly. After the selection process, our final images were delivered also very quickly and looked so amazing. We have received so many compliments and will be using Karen again in the future. I highly recommend MuSen Photography to anyone looking for quality professional photography!

"Karen was amazing to work with from the very beginning through to the delivery of our final photos"

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- SUE COLON

I hired her to do my daughters first birthday party photos and she captured the moment perfectly. I was so pleased with her work I hired her again to do a mother and daughters photo shoot for Mother’s Day. She NAILED IT one of the most beautiful photo shoots I have ever seen. Karen picked the location, lighting, told us how to pose her eye for perfection is beyond words she saw my vision and made it come true. She also was very easy to contact and communicate with. The turn over time to receive the photos was fast and easy. Karen is also very sweet it was truly a pleasure working with her.  I highly recommend her and if perfection is what you seek Karen is definitely the one.  I look forward to working with her again. Thank you so much Karen you rock .

"Karen is absolutely amazing."

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- STEPHANIE

Truthfully from the beginning when we met in the diner to the very end of our day to stay to capture all of our memories. You were a pleasure to work with and we will be using you again for sure for our family photos and every event we have. I love most about you that your attention to details and making sure you get everything right and perfect for us. 

"Karen what can I say but you are fabulous"

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