A big question to all of you out there? Do you print your memories? If the answer is no? Why not? Are your portrait or wedding photographs stored on a disc or USB device, hiding away in a drawer or cupboard somewhere? If so, this is such a shame. These days, unfortunately, our photographs are stored on electronic devices and we need actual electricity to view our treasured memories – we live in a digital age – fact. Photographs are stored on mobile phones, computers, tablets and discs / USB devices. This makes me a little sad – and I am on a mission to encourage my clients and non clients to print out their photographs. I make a massive effort to go through my own personal photographs, even if it’s at the end of the year. Many of these are just family snaps taken on special occasions but I have to get them printed. I take just a couple of hours and go through my folders of personal photographs sitting on my computer and create a simple coffee table book, or print out 6×4 prints to put in a box and store away safely. These are for my children. I have heard lots of horror stories about precious photographs being lost forever because they were not backed up or printed. So very sad to lose such precious memories, never to be retrieved again.
Your photographs are not just for you, they are for your children, and your children’s children. Precious memories of your family get togethers, your children growing up, your family holidays, weddings, christenings, birthdays… the list goes on. Where are all of these wonderful photographs? In most cases they are stored digitally somewhere. No physical photographs to touch and hold and feel, and pass around the family. No actual photographs to leave behind for your children and grandchildren.
I have no issues with providing digital images to any client. I would much prefer for my wedding couples to have an actual wedding album, but we are living in a digital age and I have to move with the times. However, what worries me is that a lot of clients only want digital files and nothing else. And in most cases these photographs from your fabulous portrait session, or your amazing wedding day, or your family party, sit somewhere out of view on a computer or a disc / USB in a long forgotten, hidden place. I’ve spoken to many wedding clients a year or two after their wedding day and asked if they have printed out their photographs, and often their reply is ‘no’. Why? The most important day of your life and no physical photographs to show for it. Your wedding dress will be cleaned and stored away, your flowers will have wilted and died and every aspect of your day will be just a memory. The only tangible thing you have after this day are your photographs. Print them… and enjoy them.
If you really, really love your photographs from your wedding day or your professional photography session, print them out – and print them out straight away. Better still, choose one of your favourite photographs and have it professionally framed and finished to showcase on your wall at home and enjoy it every single day. Even if you are not a big fan of large photographs on your wall (believe it or not – I don’t have any really large prints of me or my family on my walls at home), you could always print out smaller sized desk prints to have on display on your favourite cabinet or shelf at home for you and your family to enjoy and see, every single day. Or have one or two on your desk whilst you get through the daily grind of your 9-5 job.
It’s so simple and easy these days to upload your photographs to a printing company, and order your photographs. It takes minutes, if not seconds. And within a few days you will have hard copies of your photographs to enjoy and pass on to future generations. I feel very sad sometimes when wedding clients only want to have digital files of their wedding day. Wedding albums are so important and your wedding album will be a future heirloom to be enjoyed for years and years to come, probably many, many years after you have departed from this earth. With this in mind I have launched a montage print purposely designed for wedding day clients. I understand that it must be so difficult to choose your favourite photographs from your wedding day to display on your wall at home. Especially if you have hundreds of images to choose from. I can design you a fabulous montage telling a story of your wedding day or family celebration that you will enjoy for years to come. Take a look at this montage and if you are a past or present client, let me do the hard work for you. Let me tell a story of your wedding day or your family celebration or get together. I was there… I was part of your day. You can then collect your finished piece of wall art, ready to hang on your wall and enjoy it every single day.
Print out your photographs… xxx