Photography is best enjoyed in prints! Don't lose your valuables, print!
I strongly believe in the importance and the value of printing now more than ever.
We live in a digital era, we have never taken so many pictures, but the quantity is so overwhelming that we rarely take the time to look at all of them properly.
I have a ton of CDs and flash drive in my drawers with pictures of my kids and dogs but I really don’t know what it is, I haven’t organized it, I don’t even have the time to look at it. We moved so many times, some transatlantic moves several times, I have lost so many hard drives. I have changed computer several times and some were lost in the moves…I am so glad I have printed my pictures and did some albums regularly! All albums are on a book shelf and sometimes I see my kids (now teenagers) looking at them and giggling, they are so happy to see their baby pictures. Sometimes we look at them all together at night and we talk about those memories.
I really encourage everybody to print those memories, in a few years you will be happy you did it!
Most don’t realize or think about the fact that those digital images will eventually be lost as technology continues to speed forward, making storage systems obsolete or in worst case scenarios, their devices crash and lose everything.
It’s not just affecting today’s youth. 42% of people between the ages of 30 and 44 will likely look back and wonder where photos of their childhood, holiday get-togethers, relatives and friends have gone decades from now1, and, reportedly, 67% store their photos solely on a computer or phone. Statistics show that a staggering 53% of consumers have not printed a photo in more than 12 months, 70% don’t have photo albums, and 42% no longer print photos at all.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We know that everything from candles, bicycles and vinyl albums have survived the “disruption” caused by technological advancements. We have to remember the value and importance of printed, framed, and mounted photographs in our lives and for the generations after us. Children love to see images of themselves around the house, newlyweds have fond moments when they see their wedding photo on the mantle or walls, and our most beloved pets are sealed in time…all thanks to the power of print.
How can you ensure your memories last for generations? Start by finding the right photographer. PPA photographers spend endless amounts of time and effort perfecting their craft and working harmoniously with their clients. When you need a photographer for that special day or special time in your lives, finding the right one can make all the difference. Once you find him or her, then it’s time to find out about their expertise with print art.
Here’s a few questions to guide you through:
Does the photographer offer print art?
Does the photographer have examples of their print art you can review?
Does the photographer use quality paper?
Can the photographer offer quality options within your price range?
Can the photographer show you how the art would look in your very own home?
If you do the right research, you’ll be glad you made the effort. The perfect photographer will also be glad that you are interested in quality work and print art. Together, you and your photographer can create beautiful pieces for your home and for your family
*1 2015 nationwide survey conducted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA)