Today I wanted to share a little blog post about why I believe you should print your photos. As a professional photographer who lives and works in the digital age, I know and recognise that everyone wants the digital photos. And if I am looking to book a photo session with another photographer I know myself I want the digital photos. But the reason I want the digital photos is so that I can make albums, prints and hang artwork on my walls.
So here are my top 3 reasons why I believe you should print your photos off your USB:
One – Technology isn’t reliable and is ALWAYS changing..
When was the last time you backed up your files on your computer? What about your CD’s or USB’s? Even your phone? I know we all get busy and it is one of those “to do” items that always gets delegated to the bottom of the list, but until that moment happens when something goes wrong.. you never know the importance of backing up until something goes wrong.
And not to mention, technology is ever changing. It only feels like yesterday that we were using floppy discs.. now most teens would be like.. floppy what? And the humble CD is now already on the way out.. how long until USB’s are too?
Two – Hanging photographs on the wall creates a sense of belonging….
I know for me whenever I used to visit my grandparents homes, I used to love looking at the hallways full of photographs of my extended family. Photographs from many, many years ago, photos of my cousins and their families and embarrassing photos of us as kids (with mullets!). I know having these photos printed, framed and up on the wall created so much happiness for my grandparents to be reminded how much we loved them and us as kids it gave us a beautiful sense of belonging. And now that my grandparents are all gone, looking back on their photographs makes me realise I should of taken more, but I absolutely cherish the beautiful ones I do have.
Printing your photographs and displaying them around the home bring so much joy and happiness to those viewing them. It creates a sense of belonging for your children and grandchild. It says that you belong to a beautiful loving family and you can see your family history and where you come from. It says “I love you,” You are valuable” and “You belong” which are powerful emotions that help children become beautiful loving adults.
Three – There is nothing like sitting down looking through a photo album….
In today’s digital world, there is nothing like sitting down with a cuppa and flipping through photo albums. Looking back at the past, being reminded of those memories and being thankful that someone took the time to take a photo. A beautiful photo album can create such a precious family heirloom for your children and their children. It won’t be the same just sitting down looking at a computer screen. There is something so beautiful about being able to touch an album page and turn it over to the next one.
So there are my top three reasons for printing your photographs. And Mum’s remember, that every now and again it’s time for you to get out from behind the camera and actually be in the photograph in that moment for your children. They don’t care what you look like, they want to remember how you made them feel in that moment.