In this day of social media, it is so easy to upload a gallery to our Facebook albums, and share them with all our family from across the country, and that is actually a really awesome thing!
Digital files can be great, and I offer those to my clients all the time.
But prints are, in my opinion, even better, but sadly they are being forgotten.
So Why Print?
One thing I remember about my grandparents houses, and even my own home growing up, is we all always had photos on the wall, on mantles, and our bookcases were filled with albums, even our fridges were like a giant frame themselves, filled with all the most recent photographs from the family.
Still to this day when I do get a chance to see my grandma, I always LOVE going thru all her old albums (she gets them out every time!) and seeing my mom as a baby and my grandparents so young. I imagine the world back then, and think about how this print I'm holding has been thru so much, I've held it, and my cousins held it and my mom, probably as a child, held it and I've seen this exact print, all thru out my childhood in some place in their house.
Printed images just become so cherished.
I don't get to see my grandma nearly enough anymore (we're halfway across the country now) And our most recent visit she let me go thru all her photos and pick out my favorites to take home. I will cherish those forever, but not only the prints themselves, but the memories they created of just looking at them with my family, laughing together at our old hairstyles and wardrobe choices, and remembering the loved ones we've lost.
I really hope moments like that and getting to experience family memories together, is not a dying tradition.
I get the appeal to digital files, I do! they give you this sense of security, that they will be there when we get a chance to get to them. Most of us have galleries of digital images on our computers or on a USB in some drawer that we fully intend to print. We really do.
But we never get around to it.
When we get together with our families, do we really want to gather around our phones?
Will Facebook even be around forever?
What about those USB drives and DVDs? Technology changes so fast, remember when we used to use floppy disks not so long ago? How would we even get images off one of those now?
I mean, most computers don't even come with a DVD/CD drive anymore, let alone floppy disk drives.
When I was in my young teens, we got our first digital camera. I LOVED it. (and honestly, that's when my love for photography really started to come out)
We slowly stopped using our film camera. We had all these images on our computers and I remember how cool it was to instantly put them on our computer... I had so many floppy disks!
I loaded many images on this online gallery which doesn't even exist anymore. and I have NO idea where all those floppy disks are. I have only a handful of photos to look back on from my young teen years (ok, so that might not be such a bad thing... But you get what I'm saying).
Digital files are fun to share on Facebook and Instagram, But your images and your memories deserve to be finished and seen and in your hands, and passed on for generations, so we too can some day look thru our albums with our own grandchildren.
As your photographer, I would LOVE to have the chance to offer you physical, tangible copies of your images, that are quality, archival print products that can be passed on for generations. Because our legacy and our families memory, is so much more important than a Facebook post. There is so so many places to have images printed and I know how overwhelming that can be to pick a quality place, especially if you're not sure what to look for. I understand you are investing a lot into your photo session with a professional photographer, and your images deserve nothing less than to also be printed and displayed from a professional lab showing their true colors - so you do not lose that quality that is so important in picking a good photographer. I have spent many hours researching the best print products for my clients, and I stand by and take pride in my products, offering a Guarantee on their quality! I strongly believe it is my job to give you a finished product and amazing experience from your session, and not create more work you later.
I cant wait to create memories for you and your family!
Alyssa Wasson is a portrait photographer in serving the Jacksonville, Florida metro area. With 9 years of experience in portraits, maternity, newborn, infant, children, family, and wedding photography, she has a very developed eye for how to make her subjects look amazing.