- How many photos of your newborn do you have on your phone?
- Are they backed up to the cloud?
- How many photos of your family do you have on your computer?
- Are they saved on a hard drive?
- How many albums do you have of your children through the years?
- How many photos on the wall?
I bet that there are more photos in albums of you as a child than there are of your children. The world has changed and we truly are in a digital age. Is this ruining our memories? I believe there is something more tangible about a photograph – the memories seem to jump of the page or out of the frame so much more than a scroll through a phone or on a computer screen.
In the world of professional photography there a lot of choices of photographers and their offerings. Do I offer digitals? Yes, I do. Sometimes this is what the client wants. (If you want digitals to simply share on FB, ask your photographer for low res, watermarked images to share on social media).
My son loves pointing to our photos on the wall asking questions all the time ‘how old was I there Mummy’, ‘was that when I was in Australia’, ‘was that you and daddy before I was around’ and many many more!! Visual photos in your home give your child a sense of place, a sense of worth. It reinforces every day the wonderful happy memories you have shared…it helps keep them alive.
It is always with some trepidation that I hand over digitals as I know that the high street printers like Boots, Costco, Snapfish and Photobox will make the pictures greener or yellower than intended, throwing the image off. I use them for my holiday snaps and printing favourite iphone images and they are great for that. That perfect image is what you paid the professional for in the first place so why compromise on the printing? High street printing uses techniques and ink that is cheaper, therefore the picture will fade over time…by then you may have lost the original file.
Surely less is more? 8-10 perfectly taken, perfectly printed, perfectly framed pictures on your wall of your maternity shoot, newborn baby or family tells a 1000 more stories than 120 digitals on a USB in a drawer?
A portrait is a great way to preserve a moment in time. These images act as a window into the past and are so important to your family now and for future generations. If you love looking back at memories of you and your family when you were little, then now is the time to create them for your children.