When was the last time you printed a photo?
Since about 2007 when cameras were incorporated into our cell phones, there has been a big decline in printed photos. Prints use to be the only way we had to view our photos (short of shooting slide film and using a projector). We’d drop our film off at the drugstore and pick it up 24 hours later not because it was a better system, but because it was all we had. But these days we take thousands of photos and they live in our hard drives, cell phones or up in the cloud. We share them on social media but then they get lost to the digital ethos.
The tactile beauty of the printed photograph, holding it in hand, seeing it framed and hung on the wall, or viewing the images printed on the pages of an album do not compare to the image on a screen. Most images are seen on our cell phone screens never larger than 3 by 7 inches. This makes it hard to see detail, to feel the importance of certain images and to keep that memory close.
There have been studies done on the self esteem of children tied to seeing themselves in photographs. In this article published on The Huffington Post website, we learn about how photographs can boost a child's self esteem. Children who see themselves in family photographs feel like they belong, that they are important and valued. Hanging family photographs on the walls of a house help make it a home where children can feel safe. Photographs are part of identity, history and memory.
“I am very conservative about self-esteem and I think placing a family photo someplace in the home where the child can see it every day without having to turn on a device or click around on a computer to find it really hits home for that child this sense of reassurance and comfort. They have a certainty about them and a protecting quality that nurtures a child. It let’s them know where they are in the pecking order and that they are loved and cared for,” says Krauss - David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio and one of the earliest pioneers in using people’s personal photography and family albums to assist in mental health counseling and therapy. He co-authored “Photo Therapy and Mental Health” in 1983 that is considered a founding text for the use of photography in therapy.
I am a strong advocate of the printed photograph. Creating high quality prints and albums for my clients so they have heirlooms to pass down to their children and grandchildren is a passion of mine.
It's time to make some prints of some of your favorite photos!
Here are a few companies to try out...
Their books are great for your candid snapshots or vacation photos. They offer a subscription business model where you give them access to your Facebook photos or Instagram feed. When you get to 60 photos, they print you a book and automatically mail it to you. There are several different service options.
This company uses a beautiful quality of recycled papers for their prints and books. A great choice of print items.
Remember the View Master from your childhood? This company will make a "3D" style reel of your uploaded photos! You can purchase a retro viewer from the company with your reel or use a vintage one as well. A fun way for kids to remember a family vacation, a special event or a childhood bestie.