Today I want to emphasize the importance of printing pictures and give you some tips to make it happen.
There this a photo of my last year at high school with my best friends. We was really happy and we enjoyed every single moment with all the rest of our classmates.
I remember very well the moment, I handed my camera to a friends and I asked to take a shoot.
Every time I see that image I can’t help but smile.
I remember the moment so vividly because it was photographed.
I cherish the moment so fondly because it was printed.
As a photographer I spend a lot of time taking photos, editing, blogging, and posting to social media. To what end? Are the photos meant to be viewed for the 24 hour period that Facebook displays them and then just gone forever? And then I scrounge up another photo to share and the cycle just continues.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sharing my photographs online. But am I just feeding into the noise? Part of my move to start printing my photos comes from my desire to create and share something tangible and special in this age of digital noise and the culture of “now” and “more.”
The digital photography revolution ushered in the decline of the traditional model of wedding photography. In the film era, photographers were providers of both products and services; they were also the sole owners of the negatives, without which additional copies were difficult to reproduce. Couples relied exclusively on wedding photographers for photos, albums, and framed prints.
The Consequences of Not Printing Your Photographs
Sometimes I find myself wondering what my clients do with the digital copies of their wedding photographs. Are the images made physical either as prints, books, or albums? I certainly hope so, for it would be a shame if all that effort was wasted on a Facebook post – and I don’t mean my effort as the wedding photographer, but the much greater effort expended by the couples themselves, spanning the months leading up to the wedding day. Not only does the photographic document deserve better presentation, but it also deserves a greater chance at longevity.
The harsh truth about digital media is that it exists within a state of fragility. An accidental push of a button, spill of a coffee, stray malware, or an unfortunate power surge can spell doom for your precious files. Depending on the nature of the damage, recovery can either be expensive or impossible. This isn’t fear mongering: it is the reality of digital asset management, and the reason why professionals from all walks – wedding photographers included – are keen on data redundancy.
If you don’t print your photos, for how long will they truly last and be appreciated? Let’s recall your parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photography. They have survived not only because of their inherent sentimental value, but because they exist in a physical form that can be passed down through the generations. It is much more difficult to accidentally toss away a box of photos than it is to delete or lose track of a virtual folder. The former would require thoughtful contemplation, or, at least, some nominal physical exertion, while the latter happens every day to even the most organized individuals. In the case of digital wedding photos, their personal significance is completely undermined by their physical insignificance.
A picture of my Dad Elementary classroom in 1954
Printing Your Photography is the Simplest Method of Preservation
When stored in a cool, dry, and dark place, photographs printed on archival-quality paper, such as Cotton Paper (my favorite) should remain stable for several generations. According to Kodak, “Prints could be kept at least 100 years before noticeable fading occurs” or up to 150 years before the fading becomes “objectionable”. Given the right combination of environmental factors and time, all dyes will fade. Clearly, permanence is not an option. However, you can give your treasured photographic memories a chance to age gracefully and without the vexations associated with long-term digital storage.
Sometimes print the perfect “Piece of art’ for your pictures can be overwhelming, I know, and for that I will be very happy to help you to choose the right picture, the right size, and the right wall where hang your ART. We will work together to your “Album project” because each album is a personal and private project and I will provide to “Create” the perfect layout for your album and prepare the files for the best results.
Fine Art Prints
The term "fine art" refers to an art form practiced mainly for its aesthetic value and its beauty ("art for art's sake") rather than its functional value.
I choose to print Fine Art in my studio for 2 reasons. First of all I was highly unsatisfact of the quality of the prints bought online, also high qualified labs do not reach the requirement that I looking for my prints. For that reason I decide to invest in a Fine art Printer the Canon Prograph 2000 Pro, one of the best Fine Art printer in the market now, and for the same reason I decided to use only Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper for all my prints. I actually can print up the size of 24x Whenever the lenght is, at Museum Archive Quality and the quality of the prints are guaranteed 100+ years if you follow the right instructions. I will provide also to mat the pictures with all Archive quality products.
Come to visit me at my Studio and I will be happy to work with you about your everlasting Memories.
To print your memories means preserve your life to the future generations. We prints for our kids and grandkids and gran gran kids