We live in an electronic age, one where it is easy to document every moment in our lives by simply pulling out our cell phone and snapping photos and videos of our loved ones, and why not? It is after all far more convenient then lugging your dslr or point and shoot camera to your next event. I know it is my guilty pleasure to snap and snap away at my son while he is doing some of his favorite activities. mostly because if he sees my "real" camera he becomes very difficult to photograph. As a photographer I am asked all the time if I offer digital files with my packages, and at the moment I do, but I also find it important to put these images in print. Hence the reason for this aricle
1) These are your Memories
Each photo ties people you love and places you have been together...every photo you take has a story and having those photos in print brings those memories to the front of mind every time you see them. You are only pregnant for a short period of time ( 9 months )/or your baby grows with each passing day. I love being able to pull out an album and remembering when. And your kids and grand-kids will love you for it too!
2) Electronic Devices can Fail
According to mellenniata.com Hard drives will last approximately 5 yrs, dvds 7 yrs, and flash drives 8 yrs before the data can be come corrupt. Whereas a printed photo can last up to 200 years! There are still photos around from the 1800's. This is all the proof you need, that the photos you print will tell your story for generations to come!
3)Sheer Volume and Organization
Let's face it as I mentioned above it is just way to easy to get snap happy when documenting special occasions, events or vacations when your cell phone is in your back pocket and offers a good quality image. Benefit? You always have a camera and no moment will go missed because you weren't prepared. Downfall? The sheer number of pictures you can take and store on one mobile device is amazing. and keeping them organized and easy to find is another feat all to itself. Cell phones get lost and even if you are good at uploading and storing to your cloud storage, those memories just aren't easy to access. I love to print my images from my phone yearly I have a Coffee table book for every year over the last 10 yrs. making it super convenient and easy to reminisce when I want too.
4) Easy to share with Your "Old School" Friends and family
I know, I know.... doesn't everyone have a computer or social media these days? The sad truth is No....there are still tons of people in my life that don't use Facebook, or Instagram or even have a computer for that matter. Having photo books or creating prints for these family members or friends is a great way to show them what you have been up to. Even just sending grandam a stack of pictures is a great way to keep her up to date.
5) You Hired an Artist
When you hire a photographer to take photos of your family or little one(s) you are hiring an artist, the great thing about this is you are getting someone to produce personalized Art! One of my favorite things about getting a pro to take my family pictures is that I will have beautiful art to hang throughout my house rather than the cookie cutter art purchased at the local department store. Get those CD's out of the drawer and decorate your home!