One of the first questions people want to know when looking for their photographer is, how many digital photos come with the session?
First of all, I totally understand why some of you want digital versions of your photos. We're formerly military so we had to use digital versions to share with our families across the nation. It was cost effective and we were able to send it over e-mail and Facebook. But there's a big difference between a photo we send online and a piece of our history, made into art, and printed.
A print is timeless. Period.
Computers have been in homes since around the 80's. Technology has rapidly evolved in those short 30 years. Our computers and phones can do a lot of things, and I am by far very dependent on them to help me in my business. But they can't do everything.
Right now if you were to open up our bedroom closet (please don't, it might actually traumatize you), you'd find a few laptops. They're outdated and I haven't touched them in years. Why did I keep them then? Because there's precious photos when my husband and I began dating; our honeymoon; when our daughter was born and hospitalized. Most of them I have not printed yet. Photos that are incredibly special to our history as a family, and they're not printed. Take a look at your phones, computers, CDs... how many of those hold really special occasions that you had plans to make into albums or get specially framed but didn't? It's kind of depressing, isn't it? If it is too daunting of a task, I'm more than happy to help any of my clients or their friends out and get them professionally printed and up in frames and albums, where they belong.
As Brittany Renee Photography approaches it's First Anniversary, I am implementing some important, inevitable, and exciting changes. First and foremost, I am printing all of my own photos. Even from those dusty old laptops that have been taking real estate in our closet. I'm doing this because I believe in printing your photos and I am now encouraging my clients to do the same because I know far too many people who have digital photos on USBs, CDs, and hard drives and have yet to print them out.
When I see these photos of my grandparents, family who have passed on, my heart is warmed and I am able to remember their smiles, the way their eyes crinkled and their personalities. When my kids are old enough I can tell them all about them and what amazing people they were. The purpose of these photos are fulfilled in the story telling and connection we make with our family.
Throughout the technological changes, printed photos have remained cherished pieces of our histories. When we print our photos, put them in frames, albums (my favorite), and keepsake boxes, we're gifting our future family members memories. Memories are, in fact, the only gifts that are truly priceless. Most of us don't need extra things in our life or house, and I encourage you all to prioritize getting your family photos off the hard drives and into your family's hands.