If you open your junk drawers, desk drawers, random shoeboxes, etc, would you find a cd with pictures on it? I can tell you right now that I would! When is the last time you put that cd in your computer and enjoyed the images on it? Do you even know what the pictures are of? Don't feel bad, we are all guilty of it- paying for professional images only to let them sit in digital form on a disc that we had such high hopes for. When we get these discs of pictures we upload them to Facebook, search for cute photo books online, look for deals on canvases, check out Pinterest for the newest and most unique ways to display our loved ones, etc. But how many people actually get past the Facebook album upload??
One of my favorite things to do in a house I've never been to before is check out the walls. I love looking at pictures and catching a glimpse into someone's life. Walls often tell a story, with wedding portraits, new baby pictures, children's artwork, awards and diplomas. Walking from room to room is like turning the pages in a book, with special moments and accomplishments frozen in time to enjoy and remember day after day. As a mom, I love seeing pictures of my children from last year and the year before right in my living room. There's no scrolling through my phone or searching Facebook for old pictures when I'm feeling nostalgic. I just look up from my morning coffee and admire my babies!
We live in a time when everything is literally at your fingertips. Anything you could possibly need or want can be found in your phone. Technology is seriously awesome! I love being able to take 40,000 pics of my kids and pets in a 24 hour period, but I also value the printed photograph. My mission as a photographer is to provide my clients with images that they can cherish forever, and a big part of that is getting away from discs and actually printing the memories. Because I deal with prints and products vs digital images on cds, this makes me a different type of photographer than many people are used to. Instead of mailing or dropping off a cd and never seeing you again, I actually go over every final image in person with you and help you decide which artwork is best for your needs and budget.
Pictures in frames are nice, but I've got way more fun ways to display your cherished photos! My personal favorite is the wooden plaque mounted photograph. It's sturdy and gorgeous, needs no frame, has a built in slot for hanging, and has crisp clean edges. It's great for any type of photo. My next fav is the vivid metal luxe print! This looks awesome and edgy and is a completely unique wall hanging or desktop picture. Senior pictures and fall family shots look great on the coated metal. It has a mount for hanging that doubles as a stand for a desktop. Of course I offer a variety of albums and books, such as the mini accordion album, which makes a perfect gift for parents and grandparents. These things are great and I've gifted many myself!
I'd love to challenge everyone to either get their old pictures printed or book a photographer who will help them do so. Get that gorgeous family portrait put on canvas and hang that baby over the couch! You won't regret it!