I want to write a post about prints. About the fact that our digital world has made it less and less urgent to print our images because the files can find a home on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, etc. As a photographer who spends so much time working on images for other people, I’ll admit that it takes more of an effort to print images of and for my family than it would if I weren’t a photographer. I think that there is nothing that makes an image come to life like holding it in your hands.
PRINTS MATTER. They matter for us, for our children, for our grandchildren, for the people who come after us. As a kid, I loved sitting and looking all of the family photos, the color ones, sepias, black and whites. Even though the photos weren’t professional, I loved looking through them. Can you imagine if my parents had just settled for negatives? After 20, 30, 40 years since they were captured the negatives are lost somewhere. These 4×6 prints are memories of my mom pregnant of me, my sister’s first birthday, my great grand mother’s home, and specially for me my dad’s smile.
Here’s some encouragement- Just DO IT!
I’ll make it easy for you MPix is a great place to start. It’s online, it’s easy to navigate, and the quality is much better than what you’d find at a Photo Kiosk at Target. Or even better! if you had professional photographs taken, order from your photographer. I know a lot of photographers are given up on prints, because the rise in demand for digital images; people aren’t taking the time to put those images on paper. Upload your photos to a Facebook album and do not stop there.
Do yourself a favor- when you get home tonight, take 20 minutes to pick out 10 photos you have mean meaning to print and make it happen. Tonight. Just DO IT!
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