The Importance of Buying Prints of Your Photography

That handsome fellow on the left is my dad, Darryl R. Wilson. It's nearly 40 years old and I'm so grateful my parents had a print (that I photographed with my camera phone) so they could share it with me. 

That handsome fellow on the left is my dad, Darryl R. Wilson. It's nearly 40 years old and I'm so grateful my parents had a print (that I photographed with my camera phone) so they could share it with me. 

With the widespread use of camera phones, social media photo albums, and gigabits of cloud storage, people are printing their photos less and less. I remember when I was in college, back when I shot with a 35mm Canon SLR, I stayed at my college bookstore sending my rolls of film to print. When they came back, I couldn't wait to show them to my friends! 

While we do the same thing with digital photographs, it's too easy to lose photos in the cloud. But at any time, I can go into my closet and pull out all albums of photos to share with others. I even have my baby album that my mother put together so that I can share those precious memories with the next generation. 

Will you be able to do the same with your digital photos? Will digital file formats even be the same 30-40 years from now? But you know what will still be viewable? Printed photographs and albums. Be intentional about budgeting for prints and getting photos printed as soon as you have the digitals available. Otherwise there will always be something that comes up and years later your photos are still left on a computer or in the cloud. 

Shala GrahamPrints