I truly believe a photograph comes to life when it’s printed. Here are five reasons why you should print your favourite family photos.
1. So you can enjoy your favourite photos every day
These are the photos that give you that tingling feeling. The ones that take you back to a moment or remind you of someone special. If you’ve got thousands of photos, try and whittle them down to ones you really love. Just spend an hour or so going through them. Choose 50 favourites and then cut them down to 20. Then choose your top 10, make a few edits if you need to and get them printed.
2. Build your children’s self-esteem
Children love seeing photos of themselves and research has shown that family photos around your home helps develop their self-esteem. Being surrounded by photos with their family reinforces a sense of self which helps to build security and confidence. Beyond the headline there’s a surprising amount of research that backs this up. The psychologist Judy Weisser researched the subject extensively. In her book Phototherapy Techniques Judy Writes…
Photographs are footprints of our minds, mirrors of our lives, reflections from our hearts, frozen memories we can hold in silent stillness in our hands – forever, if we wish.
Digital photos can have the same effect, but having a print on display has immediacy. Prints are always visible, they stimulate a reaction and create a conversation. You can’t turn the clock back, but you can document those special connections as your family grows. You’ll be surprised how often a photo kick starts a conversation and before you know it you’re chatting about a time and a place.
3. Use your prints to decorate your home
A great place to start for inspiration is Pintrest. You’ll find endless ideas to showcase your prints from cheap frames to bespoke design ideas you can create yourself.
The Architectural Digest have also written a great article with a few creative ideas to get you thinking about photo displays in your home.
Go for a display that matches the style and decor of your home and think about how you can rotate some of your photos to keep it looking fresh.
4. Keep your precious photos safe
Computers crash and phones seem to have a habit of falling out of back pockets with all your favourite photos, gone forever. Every now and then print off your favourites, so you know they’re safe and enjoy them every day. It’s also worth considering a back-up plan for your digital photos. There are so many great options available now – you can set them up and they’ll simply back up in the background.
5. Nothing beats holding a print in your hand
Instagram images are disposable – view, swipe, repeat. We’re bombarded with images everywhere we go! It’s estimated that 1.2 trillion photos were taken in 2018 – that’s a lot of hard drive space. I wonder how many of the 1.2 trillion are looked at more than once!
I recently went to see the Don McCullin exhibition at Tate Britain. Don McCullin’s photos are powerful. Many were taken during his time as a press photographer around the world. His images aren’t for the feint hearted, but his commentary is compassionate and compelling. His photographs are taken with a film camera, mainly in black and white and printed large. They draw you in and capture such a breadth of human emotions, though his skill at playing with light and capturing the moment.
I’m not suggesting your family photos will create the same reaction, but you will view prints of your family photos in a different way. They will pull you in and take you back to a place, when you least expect it.
One of my favourite photographers on You Tube is Sean Tucker. He recently posted a video titled The Legacy of Your Photography Sean talks to his grandad and they look at his photo prints taken during his time in the navy. He articulates so clearly the power of a printed photograph and how it can form part of your legacy.
Have I persuaded you to print a few of your favourite photos? I hope so!
There’s no perfect time for family photos. Your children are constantly changing, so don’t hold off. Now is a great time to create some wonderful prints of your family.
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