Have you ever though about what a picture is worth to you? Not just any old picture... but the the last one taken of your grandmother, your senior photos, the first birthday of your son, your wedding, the ones that can not be replaced, the ones that will someday give you comfort and connect you to generations to come..... get the picture?
Now I ask the question; where are the pictures from you first digital camera? If you are like most, they are gone.... lost. Many probably don't care, but some of you are beginning to get knots in your stomach.
You hired a professional to take those senior photos and you requested a CD instead of prints... In todays shoot-n-burn photo market, understand the photographer isn't doing you a favor by not insisting on providing professional prints. My sons baptism photos are on a 3.5" floppy disk... not many of those drives around these days. I may never see those images again. How long do you think it will be until CD/DVD's go the way of floppy disks? Those lost images from a failed hard drive or a scratched DVD that you can no longer play will never replace the shoe box full of pictures on you closet shelf. Get the picture?
I'll risk some hard feelings here, but the photographer turning over just digital files is doing clients and the industry a disservice. Think about it... your photos should be in a frame on your nightstand or hanging on the wall. They bring your fondest memories to life. They preserve a moment in time for one hundred or more years. They become part of your home's character. They tell others who you are. What if they aren't there to be seen? Get the picture printed... by a professional.