Today my first question to you is ‘Do you print your images?’
By this I don’t necessarily mean huge great big prints, or canvases , or anything that is hugely expensive. But do you print your images at all?
As a Mum myself I am passionate about recording the journey of our family. I often (just like everyone else!) take photos on my phone or Ipod, these are never going to be as good as the ones I take when I’m testing out my studio lighting or looking round a venue in preparation for a wedding, but they show the nature of our family and how they grow.
When was the last time you printed any of your phone or tablet images? Do you print any images you get from a photographer in digital form?
Every year I print a year photobook of some of the images I’ve taken over the year. This includes quite a few phone and ipod images (they may be smaller in the book, but no less relevant!), along with any other images I’ve taken over the year.
This is a small section of my photobook collection –
Why do I do this?
Quite simply, because when my children are older I want them to be able to look back at some of the things they did when they were little. We are a generation who now keep everything online and in digital form. What happens if your image storage hard drive fails? Or if you lose all the images from your phone? Will your children ever check a 40 year old phone for images at a time when they might want to see what they were like when they were little? I am guessing that the phone may have been long since thrown away or no longer be able to be used, even if they could find it.
What should you put in your books or prints?
Whatever is special to you. For the year book I will do for this year, I might put in this photo of the cake the kids and husband made me for my Birthday –
Go ahead! Have some fun and see what photos you have that you can print up.
If you are worried about creating a book, don’t be! You can either print your photos as standard prints and pop them into a photo album (like your Mum/Dad/grandparents did), or some online printers even allow you to upload all your images and then they will create a book for you (it takes just a couple of minutes after you have uploaded them all).
I want you to enjoy your images, whether they are your selfies with the kids, sports days or a family photoshoot you have booked. Most of all I want the next generation to have some physical reminders of what life was like growing up!
Thank you for reading my blog, and do feel free to leave a comment or use the contact form if you would like to know more about any of the photoshoots I offer.