It’s 2019 - the digital age is soundly established and it’s wonderful! We can capture images of anything and everything all the time. But let’s think for a minute: all those images on your phone and or digital camera …when was the last time you printed them out?
I’m going to raise my hand up and declare that I hadn't printed any images out for the whole of 2018 as a matter of fact i have not one single image of my son displayed in the house !! ( i can explain ....Up to date I have over 10.000 images of him...its daunting to choose each one should be printed..). If we are in the same boat , take a moment to read why you must start printing your photos.
Top 3 reasons why I feel printing photos are important:
1. It becomes a tangible memory
A printed photo becomes something our future kids can touch and look closely into. It’s displayed, its on the wall, its on the desk, its inside the album. You don’t need to search through the various files, folders and deep archives to find the images that you took years ago in the computer. Its there! Printed and hung on the wall or compiled in an album.
Just like when our parents showed us their old photos, it creates conversations about how our families were like when they were younger. The tire swing on your grandparents house where you and your cousins all jumped in at the same time just waiting for the tree branch to break or that tacky vinyl couch where your skin used to stick to it when you sat for too long. Details like these, helps to paint a picture of how our loved ones were once like and bring us closer to them. It’s very heartwarming to see our kids taking out the family albums or even those kindergarten graduation photos and making jokes about how small their siblings were or commenting that they still remember our relative who has passed away.
Plus, printed photos are more accessible for our non-tech savvy parents and our very young kids who we want to limit their screen time to the ‘wonders’ of phones and computers. They wouldn’t need to reach out to the phone or computer to find the files, its just there everyday.
2. It ties people to places, experiences and emotions
When we look at the image taken the first time, we might notice things like how we used to look. But as time passes, what we get to see are the moments, the emotions, and the experiences that we had with people that was with us.
The first few seconds from just looking at a photo immediately brings us back to our old homes, our old playgrounds, our old treasured memory. Sometimes when we pause for a little while and just take a look around us, we get to see how far our families have come and remember how we first started out. It ties us back to our roots and our purposes in life. Small things that we see on a photo, like that blanket we used to hug to sleep, reminds us of even the atmosphere, feelings, and scents of that particular time in our lives.
Our world is so fast-moving and there isn’t time to look for the images in our phones or our laptops; have it there ready every time and its great to just stop and re-live those moments…
3. Computers Die, Hard Drives Fail, Paper Doesn’t
We hear all the time about the heartbreak that happens when someone’s computer or hard drive crashes and they realize that they’ve lost everything. It’s one of my biggest fears! And there’s a simple solution: print. Print all your favorite images, the moments that are the most precious, so that if something terrible does happen, you’ve got a tangible version of your memory.
For all these reasons I offer to all my clients packages including a complementary box of prints or a photo album.