A few days ago, I was visiting my wonderful aunt in Texas. Walking into her house, I was reminded about the power of prints. Printed photographs. Those pictures that were once printed on paper, then placed in an album, or framed on a wall.
In the digital age, it seems that people are doing that less and less. A Facebook memory reminder is how people look back in time now.
Don't get me wrong, I think the digital age is an outstanding point in time. I wouldn't be able to do what I do now had it not been for technology and so on. I don't look back at the film days and say how much better it was - to me, it wasn't.
But, to walk into a house that has memories throughout, of nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings, friends... It is a euphoric moment to see different people in different points in time, sitting in a frame on a shelf or on a wall. People you may have forgotten about otherwise, or people that have passed away. People that at some point meant something to you.
It is becoming more and more common to request digital files after a photo session. Although I understand, and I do offer that to clients, there are two major reasons that make me flinch when that's the only thing they're interested in.
Take a look at the image below for a comparison of the more common printing labs, and take note of the quality and color differences from the original photo. (Image source: Wade McDonald Photography)
And going back to my aunt's house, just for fun, take a look at this wonderful photo I found on her shelf in her living room. This is me, Kindergarten graduation circa 1989. An otherwise forgotten photo, still preserved behind glass, and still able to see my graduation hat made of poster board. Enjoy!