4 Reasons Why You Should Print Your Photos
Lost memories are expensive. Print your photos!
It’s sad to think that we are raising a generation that is being conditioned to not print photographs. Everyone is overwhelmed with photographs on social media. Today people are taking more pictures than they ever have before. We recently heard that it’s been estimated that in the past 5 years, more photos have been taking than all the prior years combined! The saddest part is to think that few of these photographs will survive more than a year. To a lot of people, a “picture” is only good for a moment. When we want to show off something we've recently done, we pull out a phone and quickly post our favorite pictures to social media. In a week, those same photos might get deleted to make room for more photos. Digital images just don’t seem important enough to get printed the way they used to with film.
1. We need to think of a photograph as an heirloom.
A print lasts a lifetime, and often longer. Making prints preserves a record of history. Printing as a medium is one of the best ways you can appreciate photography. A print is something that is tangible. A print is something you hand down as an heirloom to future generations. Usually we are not capturing a moment in time for today, but instead for your children and their children too! Passing down a box of hard drives doesn’t seem to have the same appeal, does it? If our house catches on fire, one of the first things we’d grab would be our printed photographs and albums.... always.
2. We need to be aware that technology can fail.
No matter if it’s new or top-of-the-line technology, digital storage can fail. Digital backups for our photographs are a good practice, but prints are the best way to back up our memories that mean the most. We have all heard horror stories of people losing thousands of precious photos because of computer failure or a lost phone. Taking the time to print them and store them safely, such as in an album, ensures these memories are always safe. Imagine if you had your old photos from the 90s on floppy disks, how would you access them today? How would we view our great grandparents’ photos if they weren’t in the form of printed photographs on high quality, archival paper? A lot of us have our images backed up on cds and dvds, but you will soon realize many companies aren't even installing optical drives into their computers anymore. Right before our eyes, that medium is disappearing and soon you may have a generation of images that may not even be accessible in the future. It’s been estimated that 24% of people don’t recall the last time they printed a photo and 67% don’t actively back up the photos on their phones.
3. We need to be displaying our images.
Whether your favorite images were taken by you or a professional, you should be getting them printed the moment you think about it! Also, something good to do before hiring a professional photographer is to ask yourself “will I want to display my images?” The answer should be "yes." What’s a better way to decorate our home or office than with favorite images that mean something to us? We should be proud to display our images in the form of wall art, a beautiful album or in an archival frame. They are much harder for you and others to enjoy from the bottom of a dusty drawer on a flash drive!
4. We need to trust the professional and believe in THE ART OF THE PRINT.
Each one of us at Captured Moments by Rita and Company sees our photography as our life’s work and something that will always have our name on it. As with any good photographer, we are very strict on what we deliver to our clients. To get the best quality images from your session, the printing process should be our responsibility. When you are making the investment in hiring any professional photographer, you should think long and hard about basing your choices on availability of digital files and price. The real question you should be asking yourself is not “how many images do I get” but “how much will I love my images?” We truly believe and have experienced first-hand that lost memories are expensive.