Prints are important, period. Before you get all worked up, I’m not saying you should go out and spend a crap load of money on fancy high end prints, I mean you can if you want. I’m not even saying that I’m a pushy photographer who wants clients to pay for high quality prints on the back end of a sale. I’m just saying that tangible printouts of photos are special and important. As a 20 something year old millennial digital photographer I understand that while we have everything on a device and inside a screen, there’s just something insanely special about holding a real live photo in your hands.
I know I’m not the only one who remembers taking a pack of disposable cameras to every event or on every vacation. I remember when we got our first digital camera and taking the memory card and those old digital cameras to Walmart to get the photos developed. I don’t know about you, but I remember going with my mom to Walmart or Walgreens or wherever to pick up prints from a family vacation and then putting those prints into an album or scrapbook. It’s not just nostalgic, it’s important.
As I got older, I got away from paper and prints and physical copies. What if we lose them? What if they get damaged? That’s why we have digital. Even once I found my love for photography, I still didn’t fully understand the importance of prints. It actually wasn’t until I say my work printed (by a few clients) that I started to understand the importance of prints and what they represent. Yes a photo can capture a moment, but seeing that moment and being able to hold it in your hands is completely different.
I recently got a few photos from Errin and I’s engagement session and I can honestly say, that it’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent. I love looking at them and remembering the day. I also love not having to dig through thousands of photos on my computer or phone to see them. I love being able to pick up the print and hold it in my hand. I hope to be able to show our future children and let them see with their own eyes and hold in their hands the magic of a live photograph on paper.
Somewhere between childhood excitement and becoming a photographer, I lost sight of printing photos. What matters now is that I’ve found it again and I plan to share this idea and belief with anyone willing to listen.
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