I have always believed it is important to print your photographs, whether they are snapshots or professional photographs.
I recently lost my grandfather and was reminded just how precious and important photos can be. Long before digital came around, my hometown had a flood. Unfortunately, many photos were lost to the flood. Those were the photos of my grandpa and family when they were young. Printing wouldn’t have helped but it reminded me how important it is to have tangible prints.
I have printed photos up to a certain point in my life (sometime in college) then everything is digital. It’s all survived several computer moves but what if my computer crashes someday and I can’t recover those photos? I’d lose a huge chunk of my life. Those memories would vanish, at least the physical reminder of them.
I have hundreds, maybe thousands, of digital memories. I am currently working to upload them to Costco and get prints made.
I want to have these memories to look back on. I want to be able to flip through a picture book when I’m old and gray and remember all those times, good and bad. It’s going to take a while but I will have all my photos printed.
I also want to make sure that my family has a print or two to use at my memorial service. I want them to have a choice. I don’t want people saying things like, “how come you don’t have any photos of me and her?” or “I don’t have that photo can I get a copy?”
Do you remember the feeling of flipping through old photo albums as a child? I do. I love looking at a photo from the past, asking my parent or grandparents about the story behind it.
I encourage you to print your photographs. Create photo books. Have a physical reminder of your memories. There are so many options to print photos. You can do loose 5×7 through Costco. You can make albums at Costco or through sites like Snapfish. There should be no excuse to not have this done. There are also apps and websites that will print your Instagram or Facebook photos. No excuses!