I know it gets hammered into your head all the time. Or maybe it doesn’t? Do I tell people enough that they should print their images from their sessions? I know when one of my client families purchases the digital images I usually put a little card in about printing. But that’s probably all I say on the matter and then every so often I post about how you should print. So that’s sort of what this post is about. It’s about why you should print those images that are sitting on your computer.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think its important to have both the digital images and prints of those images, because I strongly believe in a back-up of sorts. One of the things that sickens me the most is when I see families who have lost so much in floods or fires; those prints go away too. I remember thinking in case of a fire I’d have to carry out all my photo albums. Ya try doing that while holding your babies. Not going to happen. Thank goodness for online cloud back-up! Now I don’t even have to think about it. But this post isn’t about back-up because in all honesty if something tragic happened to my clients they don’t need to worry about their prints, I’ve got back-up! :-) So let’s get on with WHY print those images!
My computer houses at least 10 years worth of photos. I have a craft room upstairs that houses prints from years prior. FYI, this is my office the first week we moved in. It doesn’t quite look like this now.
How often do you go to your computer and just peruse through old pictures just because you want to see those adorable munchkins of yours? My guess is rarely if ever. Because let’s face it the only time you look through the pictures sitting on your hard drive is when you need one for a school project or celebration of some kind. A photo album however gets looked at all the time. If I put a photo album on my coffee table, it gets looked at not only by guests but my kids and even I will just start browsing through it. Plus it will be handed down generations! When my grandmother passed away I remember the only thing I wanted was her photo album that she and I would go through together. I was not parting with it for anyone. (That’s right mom, you weren’t getting it!) :-) I still have it and go through it with my kids every so often. It’s a treasure that I’m glad I own.
Now when I got married I wanted the negatives to my wedding. (This would be the equivalent of getting the digital images) But my photographer also gave me 4×6 prints of all the images and I put them all in an album that hopefully one day my kids will fight over who gets it. We still look at it at least once a year.
Do you think my kids will one day fight who gets this baby?
But what if I never had prints made. I’d be staring at negatives and that’s no fun. Or I would be trying to find a business that would convert my negatives to prints and hope the negatives didn’t get lost in the shuffle. Sort of like staring at your DVD, or USB that stores your images. What happens when they go obsolete? Because they will. Do you remember floppy disks? I actually tried to buy some to take a picture of and I couldn’t even find them. Sure they had the hard floppy disks but remember the big floppy ones? LOL maybe I’m just old. Or worse yet you die and all these images are sitting on your computer for no one to ever see! ( OMG, I think I’m starting to stress myself out. NOTE to self remind hubby to hand my hard drive over to someone to print all the millions of pictures I have stored on it!) Handing down DVDs, USBs, or hard drives to our family members to extract the files on it is just an added expense and hardship that our family members probably won’t want to deal with. But hand them prints or albums of the images of people they love and cherish and laughed with is heartwarming and welcomed.
Not quite the same looking these as opposed to prints in a book.
I know its an expense that not everyone wants to spend. But you have to think of it like this; before digital cameras made it easy to take hundreds of images, we bought film took 24-36 pictures and then drove to the Kodak kiosk and paid to have it developed. You saved your favorites and possibly tossed the ones you didn’t care for as much (or maybe you saved them all). The point is our memories were an investment then and they should still be an investment now.
Michele is a lifestyle photographer who enjoys photographing children and their families in North Oaks Minnesota. She also likes harassing her client families to print their images!