Sat here in my photography studio in Louth, I’m thinking you have used your phone to take a picture of your family this week? You might have used the camera on your mobile phone today. You maybe even use your phone camera every day. It has never been easier to take photographs – we all carry a camera as part of our mobile. And yet our children have fewer and fewer physical prints to hold and look at.
Why Printing Your Photographs Is So Important
When I was younger I used to love looking through a large box of photographs and albums that my family kept. And I love it even more now! I even keep a large box (well – several boxes) myself. On some photographs there is a little writing on the back with a few details of where the photograph was taken, and maybe the date.
I could spend hours in that box of photographs and chatting with my folks about the places and times they pictured.
But often, I just love to look back on family holidays and trips away. I’d ask my folks where it was that we were exploring that Summer. It’s very much like looking back on lots of childhood memories. Ones that might be forgotten if not prompted by these photographs. I could spend hours in that box of photographs and chatting with my folks about the places and times they pictured. (In fact I did yesterday when looking for photographs to share for this blog!)
And in this digital age it got me thinking. Imagine if those precious memories were instead sitting on something that needed a machine to let me see them. A machine that was around in the 80’s or even the 90’s. Even if my folks had kept the machines I’d needed, would just seeing them hold the same magic for me as physically holding a print. Definitely not.
What Do You Do With Your Photographs?
So have a think about where you store your own family photographs. Are they on your mobile phone? A cloud? A hard drive? CD’s? Mini discs? (remember those!?) Floppy discs? You get my point – technology is changing so rapidly that it can be difficult to keep up. The must-have storage of today is archived in favour of something new every few years.
The only way you can be sure to preserve your picture memories for you, your children and grandchildren is to print them.
Your Mobile Phone Pictures
For most of us, our mobile phones are where the majority of our ‘snaps’ are kept. The everyday images of days out, toothy grins, first foods, and silly selfies and holidays. These are the images your children will cherish when they grow up – you must print them! And you have loads of options for printing from your mobile phone – here is one of my favourites:
Inkifi – Inkifi offers some great ways to put together a mini story book of a holiday. Or frame a selection of your favourite photos of a particular Summer or occasion. The beauty of this style of printing works for the type of low resolution images that your mobile phone’s camera will create. Although cameras within a phone are really quite effective now, they don’t replace the quality of an actual professional level camera. So this option below is a great idea.
Your Professional Photographs
As well as the everyday snaps, most families choose a professional photographer like me to capture more important milestones. New additions to your family, birthdays, a new pet, or the annual family portrait all involve a professional portrait photographer who can capture you all in a perfect setting, looking your best. The portraits I produce at my photography studio in Louth, Lincolnshire, are your own personal works of art and are designed to be displayed. And, did you know, that there’s lots of evidence to show that it boosts self-esteem, confidence and contentment when your portraits are displayed in your home.
I offer clients print collections as well as wall art. And although I do sell USB’s which hold the digital copies of your images, I would always recommend purchasing prints and wall art products from me as I use a professional lab so I can guarantee the quality. You don’t want to invest in beautiful portraits only to have them printed poorly. For me, digital copies of photographs should be considered as the ‘backup’ copies to prints! Clients love my range of print products. I’ve designed my Portrait Collections to include a combination of wall art, prints and digital images on a USB as a back up and for duplications for gifting prints too.
My ‘client favourite’ is the Classic Collection which includes a beautiful set of large mounted photographs presented in a gorgeous keepsake box, together with a USB of corresponding digital images. And this Collection also includes a choice of Wall Art products too. The frames are very unique in their design and offer my clients a bespoke statement piece of art work to hang in their home.
Smile, Jeni x
Jeni Lowe Photography