Printing photos seems so 20th century these days. Everyone has a smart phone that holds thousands of photos, accessible with the touch of a button. Why on earth would anyone want to print their photos when their phone allows them to take their photos everywhere?
I’ll tell here just why you SHOULD print your photos. So, sit back, relax, grab a glass of your favorite beverage, and enjoy!
Reason #1 you should print out those photos of last summer’s beach trip, the kids’ birthday party, and your boudoir session (because every woman needs a boudoir session!!) is that your family creates the most meaningful art work you will ever own. Whether it lines the walls of your great room or your only graces the private spaces in your bedroom, artwork that consists of your photos, of your people, will always hold the greatest value in your heart.
Reason #2 that you should be printing at least some of those aforementioned photos is that a physically printed photo, be it on paper, canvas, wood, metal, or whatever medium, is tangible. It provides a way to physically reconnect with the memory of those moments. It is a way to pass on family stories to your kids or reminisce about the “old days” before your kids were born. Printed photos also provide a way for your kids to see what you were like when you were younger! I love showing my kids old photos of their dad and me from our childhoods—they get a kick out of the crazy hairdos and “classic” cars (from the 70’s and 80’s) and of course the wardrobe choices of our parents in those days. Without printed photos, we could never share our former selves and our experiences with our children. On the flip side, printing your photos from your current life will allow your children to do the same thing with their future children. For posterity’s sake, please print your photos!!
Reason #3 that you should definitely be printing your photos is that it shows the people in them that you care about them. Kids are very observant. They notice when you decorate your home with pictures of them and it helps them to feel loved even more. When you print your family or birthday or random day photos and hang them in your home, it communicates to your family how much they are loved and valued. And of course, it provides something for everyone to look at! I now print a few canvases of our family photos every year and when the living room walls get full, I move the oldest canvases to our stairwell and hallway so they can still be enjoyed! I know it can be hard to always find room for printed photos so even if you have to print 4×6 prints and keep them in a photo box, at least you can easily revisit them and reconnect with your memories.
And finally, reason #4 that you should always print your photos: because they are fun to look at! After all, what is the point of taking photos if they are never to be seen again? Isn’t the point of freeze-framing a moment of your life to be able to revisit it later on? If that is the purpose of snapping a photo, then why are we all carrying them around on our smartphones all the time instead of donning our walls with them? The stories of our lives are captured, preserved, and passed on through photos, so print them, enjoy them, and share them!!
Until next time,
Keep it Real!