Just last night, my son and I were looking through shoe boxes full of old family photos. He pored over images of his great-grandparents, my parents as babies, all the cousins, his aunt….
When he stumbled upon a picture of me as a teen, he said “Wow! You look just like Madi” (my daughter).
Then he asked “Why don’t we have pictures of us on paper like this?”
As much as I preach to my clients about getting their images printed and hung on their walls, I just never made it a priority for myself and for my family.
It’s definitely something I’m going to remedy immediately.
Trust me, I know how easy it is to snap a few pics on your phone and just trust THE CLOUD to take care of it forever. Yeah…..no.
Technology is wonderful but not always the most reliable. There’s absolutely no guarantee that something crazy won’t happen and you’ll just lose all of those memories forever.
I already don’t have very many pictures of myself when I was pregnant or nursing my kids –something I regret immensely. That’s a blog post for another time.
So….why should you print your photos?
1. Computers and hard drives get grumpy and fail. And the ominous “CLOUD.” I don’t know. I don’t trust that either. Remember when all your music was on iTunes??? EEEEK!
Everyone has a story of a computer or a hard drive crashing. Imagine losing all of your photos in one fell swoop like that? Instead, consider getting your photos printed. There are so many options! You can make albums, photo books, or just loose prints in a shoebox. Put everything in a fireproof box and rest easy knowing those tangible memories are safe.
Plus, you always have the option to scan them if you wanted!
2. How Often Do You Actually Look at the Photos on Your Phone?
Honestly. Do you scroll all the way down in Google Photos to find those important ones? I know I have to scroll through tons of memes & screenshots before I get to the good stuff.
Are your photos nicely organized on your computer is one central location? Or are you like me and have 45 different folders in 789 different places.
But imagine having an album or a beautiful, engraved photo box on your coffee table with all of your favorite images from your session in one place. There’s just nothing like physically holding these images in your hands.
3. Unique, Personal Wall Art & Decor
Let me tell ya, it just looks nice. On your walls. Your desks. Your coffee tables. There’s an album from my favorite supplier that comes in this gorgeous silk….I’m just obsessed with it! I’m also completely infatuated with the combination of matted photos & quality frames. They are beautiful and there are so many options so that you can match your home decor. While I love generic prints and wall art from Home Goods, I’d much prefer something more unique & personal. What better than your own family photos?
If you are ever interested in getting your photos printed but don’t know where to start, I’m here for ya! Any session you book with me, you’ll have the option to purchase luxury, heirloom albums. I’m talking the really good stuff!
While I always recommend using your photographer’s printing service, I do think the following places are a good place to get photos printed yourself. I really do NOT recommend going to CVS, Walmart, or anything of the like. Their color-correcting can result in super saturated images.
Let me know where you keep your most treasured photos in the comments below. (Now excuse me while I have to sort through a million Guy Fieri memes to get my pictures organized & off to the printer)
Melissa Suarez Photography is a Maryland Birth Photographer also offering documentary Maternity, Newborn, & Childhood Photography. Serving southern Maryland & the Washington DC area.
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