While we’re happy to deliver digital photos to our clients, we can’t help but reflect on how much better having printed copies of your photos are. It’s something that we do ourselves – we have lots of our own photos on our walls, coffee table, desk… everywhere. The next time you’re wondering if it’s worth it, have a look at these reasons why you should be printing your photos.
Nothing beats the real thing
It’s great to be able to share pictures digitally, but when it comes to appreciating a photo and experiencing the memory of the story behind it, nothing can beat a real photograph. It’s something that you can touch, feel and pass down to your children and grandchildren. And with a fine art print that’s made with pigment ink on archival paper, you can reset assured that your photograph will last for generations. Speaking of which…
Sometimes photographs aren’t just for you
They’re for the benefit of your children and their children. They’ll be able to hold it in their hands knowing that you did as well, adding their own fingerprints to yours, with the photos carrying them through the years. Photos are a generational legacy that give us a connection in life and through time that is more rooted in reality and more elegantly personal than a digitally transferred file will ever be.
You’re worth it
You spent a lot of time preparing for your family shoot or newborn photos session, and the photos look great, so why hide them in a computer? Photographs have the greatest impact when they are visible! Like any work of art, a photograph adds beauty, meaning and memory to your environment, but it’s first up to you to put it in a place that affects you in the best way possible. Keeping your photos hidden in a maze of digital files is almost certainly not that place! The presence of a photograph should evoke memories as seamlessly as a bouquet of roses carries its aroma. The best way to do this is to leave your photos in a place where they can become a part of your environment, whether that’s on a wall, an album, or a box on a coffee table.
There is artistry in a printed photo
There’s permanence to having a physical photo that brings the art to life in a way that digital screens just aren’t able to. If you want your photographs to do what they were created to do, you’ll have to get them out of that computer and into a frame or album! The wonderful thing about a physical photograph is that it is a real piece of your life preserved for the future. You know that the photograph you hold in your hand is truly an artefact of your past.
Things can get lost in the cloud
Phones can be lost and hard drives can fail, and if that happens your photographs and the memories they evoke will sadly be lost forever. It’s great to have a digital backup, but nothing is as reliable as the real thing. There’s also such an endlessly captivating haze of online content to get lost in today that sending your pictures up to the ‘cloud’ really can be the final voyage it sounds like. Getting prints done will take some time and cost a bit, but it’s far less expensive than losing memories.