Our digital world is such a luxury, gone are the days we used to take pictures on camera film, take them in to the developers and have to wait to get them back, get really excited about the photos we were about to see of our friends and family, then disappointed by the ones that didn’t come out because fingers were in the way or they were full of sun flare! I’m sure it wasn’t just me!! Now we don’t have to worry about any of that, we can just check and retake as many as we want.
I used to put all my photos in albums and write a little note under each, usually some funny comment about who, where and what. When I got my first digital camera all of that stopped and the photo hoarding began!
Now, like most of you I’m sure, I have thousands of photos taken on my camera and my phone, the majority of them are now stored on various hard drives, some waiting to be printed or turned into wall art. Just thinking about it starts to make me panic and think what would happen if those hard drives failed, but its just finding the time amidst work and family life to get them sorted and printed.
Last weekend I was reminded again just how important the job of printing and naming is. I was given some very old family photos that are in really good condition, it was a real joy to see my grandparents in their younger years and some faces I’d heard of when I looked into my family tree a while ago, but never seen. I find it really fascinating to look back in time. The only problem was there were faces and occasions in the photos that couldn’t be identified. So although I have photos I don’t know some of the faces or the story behind some of them.
My mission therefore is to make sure my photos are not left to rot on hard drives. It is undoubtedly a mahoosive task as I have 11 years worth of photos of my children to sort through! But if I leave it another 10 years I just cant imagine!!
Yes our digital world is a luxury, but it has a downfall. There is a massive danger that our photos will just sit on hard drives and never be seen by our families future generations, or worse, the hard drives fail; leaving those interested to see their older relations with nothing. The only way to preserve your family photo memories is to print them.
Like me I’m sure you have hundreds of everyday snaps you take of your family on your mobile phone, these are easy to get printed online. However, most families choose a professional photographer to capture those important milestones such as birthdays, new arrivals or your regular family portrait session, be it indoors or out. The portraits of your family that I produce in my studio in Norwich or out and about in Norfolk are designed to be displayed in your home which is why I sell print packages and wall art. I always recommend buying the prints and products from me as there is nothing worse than investing in beautiful images only to get them printed poorly. I use professional printing labs that guarantee quality.
So please buy your prints and get them named in albums if not on your walls. If you do go for digital packages don’t let them sit on your hard drives!
If you are thinking about having some new family photos done, you can find information on my sessions here.