Print is important to me as a photographer, as an artist and as a mother. I want my clients to enjoy museum quality artwork in their homes of the people they love most.
I have said before that one of my biggest regrets as a mom is not taking more pictures of my kids. But, I have another regret. I lost my son’s first year of photos. How could that happen, you ask? Everything lived on Facebook. I didn’t print. I wasn’t a photographer, yet. I didn’t know the importance of print, or even backing up images. Instead, I was a stressed-out mama who didn’t value the pictures I had taken. Here’s the kicker, the pictures are there, still on Facebook, but they can never be printed. At the time, Facebook downsized and compressed images so those pictures are basically the size of a thumbnail. Had I just printed them, I would still have these beautiful pictures hung on our walls to remind me of how tiny he once was.
How photography Effects Your Child’s Self-Esteem
I know from personal experience that my children love seeing pictures of themselves. They get a charge out of seeing our annual calendar I make for the grandparents. They argue about how I clearly love one over the other based on the number of pictures I use for each child (trust me, I make it an even split!).
David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio says, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level.”
“It lets children learn who they are and where they fit,” says Judy Weiser. a psychologist, art therapist and author based in Vancouver. “They learn their genealogy and the the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: ‘These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.”
Don’t Let Your Pictures Live On a Computer!
Technology changes with the speed of light. In the last few years we have seen CDs replaced with DVDs, and now USB drives are no longer compatible with MacBooks. Don’t let your images sit on a computer that is going to be outdated in two years. As far as your personal images, I suggest printing books yearly that your children can look through. I also recommend cloud storage, such as dropbox.com.
What Prints Do You Recommend?
We offer an array print media for our clients. Canvas is a traditional museum quality media. Metal prints are beautiful for truly vibrant artwork. And the classic matted print will always be a favorite.
What about Albums?
Our albums come from an Italian company called Album Epoca. They offer unparalleled quality and design.