Not only as a photographer but simply as a human living in a digital world, I wanted to communicate the importance of printing our photos, displaying them in our homes and keeping them in albums (or whatever creative way we each see fit.) I’m guilty of it myself, my daughter is 3 years old and I have not put a baby book together. Not for a lack of stunning photos of the most precious person on earth, believe me. I think we tend to get caught up in sharing images online and via texting… It’s so easy to look at pictures on our phones and forget to do anything else with them. Some of us probably over analyze WHAT exactly we should do with them. I don’t know about you, but these images are so much more valuable to me than this.
So, here’s the motivation, my top 5 reasons why we should print our photos and display them in our homes:
#1 Studies have shown that having printed images of your child in your home can have a positive effect on their self-worth. The difference between seeing an image on a screen and seeing a physical printed copy is significant. Also, when children see themselves in photos with their families it brings them a sense of belonging in the world, it confirms where and with whom. Don’t you just love photography!? And I can’t help but think that this would have a similar effect on adult people as well.
#2 You can choose what to see/focus on every day. We are constantly bombarded with images that we see without consciously choosing. You have a piece of the world that you can curate, your photos can serve as constant reminders of who you are, what you love, beautiful memories, and people that matter most to you. Print images that will spark in you what you want to feel. To me, emotion matters most in a photo, not perfection.
#3 Most of us spend too much time staring at screens as it is. When you print your photos it allows you to enjoy them in real moments, without having to search on your phone, computer, tablet etc.
#4 These are your artifacts, these are pieces of your story. When you die, your family and friends will want to look at your photos, no one is going to want to sift through old hard drives, discs, flash drives etc to do so. Think about looking at your grandparent’s old photographs, holding them in your hands, turning the pages of old albums, it’s just not the same on a screen. And it won’t be the same if they’re all selfies-but did I really need to say that? Side note, digital technology is always changing, printing your photos is a way you have control over truly holding on to them- either way, back them up on separate hard drives!
# 4.5 If you’re anything like me, you are a digital photograph hoarder. I don’t use that term lightly. As we take on the task of deciding what to print, it should help us to discern what is worth keeping and what is not worth looking at again. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we should print every photo, nor do I believe that we should delete everything we don’t print, but my iPhoto collection is excessive. I’ll let you know how it goes!
#5 If you’ve had professional photos taken, you know you paid enough money that those images should be acting as art, not sitting on a hard drive.
Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for more posts showcasing a variety printing options and creative ways to display images in your home. I absolutely love larger than life prints and I encourage you to push the limits with prints too! The oversized (40” x 60”) black and white print featured in this post was printed and plaque-mounted at one of the professional labs I use in Canada. They offer the same quality to consumers via Pixportal!
This post was sponsored by Pixportal.