As of today, AUGUST 17, 21012, Digital downloads no longer need to be approved before you are able to download them (except for the fine art galleries). In other words, you can download your pictures immediately after checkout! I am glad that I can finally offer that immediate fulfillment for you. I hope that some time soon I do the same for 4x6 prints, but this is all dependent on my web hosting company.
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