My grandma still looks at me in amazement whenever I tell her that the photographs I take are digital - and that they live on my computer. When I was growing up, my grandma was always taking photos - of the family, her garden, the dresses she made for me. She’d take her roll of film down to Walgreens and a few hours later we’d get 36 little prints. My grandma doesn’t understand how photographs can simply sit on a computer. But here’s the thing: they don’t have to. And in fact, they shouldn’t! Photo prints and albums are fodder for conversation. Not only that, but each time I sit down with someone to look at old prints, we make new memories through the act of looking. This is why I’m a believer in the magic of analog - of actually getting the dang photos printed!
5 reasons everyone should buy prints:
Photographs that sit on your computer do just that…They sit. Usually without being looked at.
When’s the last time you looked for a photo on your computer or hard drive? I don’t know about you, but I’m a photographer - it’s my job to do that - and yet I rarely do it with personal photos. When you spend the time and money to plan a photo session, make it worth it. It might not seem like a big deal now, but in a few years you’ll have so much fun looking back at those photos you had taken. And it’ll be a whole lot more fun to look at them if you don’t have to slog through your computer or hard drive to get to them.
Printed photographs last longer than digital files.
Remember CDs and floppy disks? We used to store files there, but my computer doesn’t even have a CD slot anymore (and hasn’t for years). File formats change, too. Professional photographers deliver the most up-to-date file types to their clients, but technology is always changing. Someday, those files could become more difficult to view due to rapidly changing technology.
Viewing photographs on your wall or in an album is more meaningful than looking at them on your computer.
We’re always looking at our computers and phones. Printing your photographs is a great way to get your memories off your devices so that you can enjoy them without having to look at a screen. All you have to do is look at your wall, pull out your album, or get out the photo box. Printed photos don’t glitch or take time to load. You just get to stand back or sit down and enjoy.
Prints liven up your walls and show off your personality.
Lonely walls are boring. Adding just a couple of prints to an empty wall can make a huge impact. Framed prints are conversation starters and they’ll make your home feel more like home. What better way to feel like you’re truly at home than to be surrounded by your favorite moments?
Prints make the best gifts.
Prints are some of my favorite gifts to give. I love making personalized albums for people, giving someone special a box of small photos with handwritten notes, or framing a print that they can hang on their wall. These gifts won’t end up in the garbage. Not only is a print instant art, but it’s an easy way to show you care - the sentimental value is right there in the gift! (They’re great gifts to give yourself, as well!)
Ways to display your prints:
In a frame.
On wire or rope such as this. You can also make this yourself using a couple of hooks, some rope or wire, and clothes pins.
With rustic binder clips like these.
On a cute cork board like this one.
In a pretty box like this one. This is a great option for storing smaller prints (4”x6” and 5”x7”).
As a coffee table album.
In a scrapbook you make yourself (brownie points for playing it super old school)!
Places to buy frames:
A professional framer in your area (this is a great option if you want your print framed behind museum quality glass, which will protect your print from sun damage).
What you should budget:
Okay, so maybe you’re thinking that it’s a great idea to get your photographs printed, but you’re worried about budgeting. You can spend as little as $20 to order and frame a small print, or you can spend as much as hundreds of dollars to get several larger prints framed or to purchase an album. If you’re purchasing prints from a family or engagement session, I recommend budgeting around $100 to get yourself a couple of 8”x10” prints, as well as a few 5”x7” prints for yourself and/or family gifts. But like I said, if $20 is what you can afford right now, you can still make an impact!
Why it’s worth it:
You’re already investing at least a few hundred dollars when you purchase a photo session. It’s a buzz kill to spend that much on beautiful photographs only to have them sit on your computer. These photos should bring you as much joy for as long as possible. Ordering a few prints is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to bring color, interest, and great memories to your walls. Plus, the prints you hang on your walls are total conversation starters! For me, the best part about stepping into someone else’s home is seeing their personality shine through it. I always love looking at the family photos people have displayed on their mantle, in their hallway, or on their desk. And years from now, you’ll have a sweet little reminder of some good times you had, hanging right there on your wall.
Need some gallery wall inspo to get started? Click here to see some examples of different home gallery walls.
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