When my mom asked me what I would most like to have from her house when she passed (which is always a difficult conversation to have with a loved one, but necessary none the less) I told her I wanted the photo albums. That's what meant the most to me. My great uncle was a photographer and we were so fortunate to have him take hundreds, if not thousands of beautiful photographs of our family through the years. Many of the photos I inherited date as far back as the early 1900's and document incredible moments in my family's history. I truly cherish them. Years ago, my sister compiled most of these photos into several albums which now adorn several bookshelves in my home. I love to go through them and show my kids who their ancestors are and tell them stories that have been told to me about their relatives, many of which they never got to meet.
The digital age changed everything. No more film to buy. We can take as many photos as we want and easily delete the ones that don't turn out. It has transformed photography in many positive ways. Best invention ever, right?! Well, in many ways, yes! Though it didn't take long for many of us to realize that it is quite easy to upload them to our hard drives and leave them there. Forever. We now have to be vigilant about doing something with those photos so they are not lost or forgotten.
I'll admit, many of my own photos still sit on my hard drive and have never been printed (though I do have them backed up in the cloud as well as on an external drive (always have 3 methods of photo storage in case one or two fail--nothing is foolproof so 3 methods is a good rule of thumb). My goal is to print my favorites over the winter and get them into albums or on our walls so we can enjoy them! Don't be like me and let years of photos accumulate before you print. Do it now while your kids are little and try to stay on top of it! You'll be so glad you did. :)
This image is one of my favorites that my Uncle Walter took of my brother and sister on Christmas morning. Just imagine if this image was taken today as a digital image and was lost in a computer crash or something similar. This image is so special and I can't imagine not having it. If this had never been printed, this memory would have been lost forever!
These photographs are a gift to your children and grandchildren. They should be printed and displayed for all to enjoy, not sitting on a hard drive where they could be lost forever. This is why I encourage my clients to print their images from their online gallery that I send with their session photos. The photos are printed at a high quality, professional lab that caters to professional photographers. They use premium papers and printers to ensure accurate color and excellent quality so the photos will have a standard longevity of 100 years or more in a home display. I keep the print prices low to encourage my clients to print rather than keep their images in a digital format.
So, be sure to print your photos. I recommend you do it soon after your session. Typically, the longer we put things off, the less likely we are to do them! Your children and grandchildren will thank you for not letting them "grow up to be jpegs!"
This is my Uncle Walter who captured those precious memories of my family over the years. I am so grateful that he took the time to do this and most importantly that I have those memories printed so our family can enjoy them for years to come!