Print your photos !
Why is it so important to print your wedding pictures? Nowadays, we tend to store tons of digital pictures on our hard drives instead of printing them. This is mainly due to a lack of time or desire, or not being in the habit of printing photographs. The best advice I can give you? Print your photos! There are three main reasons why I recommend that people print their photos – the short lifetime of digital storage solutions; the handover of a family legacy; and the pleasure derived from looking at a print photograph.
Have you ever seen a picture of your great-grandparents? We are talking here about photos from four generations ago, almost a century. I don’t know of any hard drive that would continue to work for that length of time. It is impossible to fully rely on digital formats since they are vulnerable to failure (virus, human error, alien invasion!). According to experts, CDs, DVDs and memory sticks have a high chance of failing after 10 years. Also, nearly every one of us have had a memory stick become damaged, have erased a file by mistake, or have encountered a hard drive failure. All in all, digital storage is a very mediocre method of safe-guarding information.
Our pictures tell the story of our lives. Looking at them brings back memories that are so important to us. Would you hand over all your savings to someone you didn’t trust? True, paper fades with age, but that also gives it its charm. We usually keep our most precious albums in a special place and take care of them, and, when we discover photos from previous generations, it is obvious to see that they are lasting treasures.
The things we leave behind contribute to our family history and legacy. Three things in particular help us to remember our heritage – stories, written works, and photographs. The latter is especially important as they are hard to alter and are a visual representation of a past time.
We can pass on images in digital format or in print. Maybe because they are considered less valuable, digital files are often viewed only once before being stored away, or are else added to social networking channels where they are quickly swept away in the flow of information, soon to be forgotten. When we give someone a printed image, we are not only offering a gift, but we are also contributing to a legacy.
Mankind needs to know the past to be able to move forward. The stories we write are a treasure for the people coming after us. Just as we are excited to discover a box of photos from the 70s, imagining life at that time, so too will it be for those who come after us when they discover our photographs.
We often experience a very personal happiness in giving a gift to someone. Offering a printed photograph is a rare thing today, but it signifies an emotional gift and is very valuable. Whether it’s an album, a photo frame or just the print itself, the recipient can hold on to that gift carefully and have great pleasure in sharing it.
The joy of discovering photos is that it provides us with the opportunity to share memories with those around us. An album allows you to touch the images, to look at a detail more closely, to linger on a picture to tell a story (you can be sure it will be entertaining). It is a pleasure to look at our own images, as well as admiring the work of an artist in the street or during an exhibition.
For me, the most important concept is the emotion evoked by looking at a print photograph. A photo displayed on a monitor screen will only stimulate your eyes. Looking at an album is a different experience – the smell of the leather, the texture of the paper, the sound of pages turning, the radiant colors. Most of your senses are touched, and emotions are triggered by the use of our senses. Paper offers us a journey through time that is full of emotion.
So, why do we wait before printing our pictures…?
So, why do we wait before printing our pictures… ?