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Why I Believe in Prints | Ashburn Family Photography

One of my favorite things to do as a child when I would visit my grandmother was to go through the shoeboxes full of old photos under her bedside table.  I loved trying to guess which photo of the girls in matching leopard bathing suits was my mom and which was her sister.  In our own family, my dad was an excellent archivist.  We have dozens of photo albums that he created through the years, which I loved to look through as a child.  I may not be able to remember everything what we did on a given trip, but I can tell you a few details thanks to the photographic evidence.  Pink Osh-Kosh B’gosh short shorts anyone? (there was also an amazing pair of pink overall knickers that I often wore with this shirt, but I don’t seem to have the copy of that photo… :))


A few days ago this quote passed through my timeline on Facebook, and as a photographer, it broke my heart:

We are losing memories – 50 years from now, the most photographed generation will have no photos.

I started thinking about this a little more, and did a little research to see if I could figure out where it originally came from and stumbled upon a gem of an article from Missy Mwac.  She’s speaking to photographers, but her point is clear.  Between changing technology, (remember the floppy disk and VHS?) emerging file formats and who knows what else, your photos may very well disappear.  I’m as guilty as the next person – most of our family photos are living either on my hard drive or on my phone, but I’m trying to print more for my boys to look back on someday with their kids – even if they just live in a file in my drawer.


I asked a This or That question on Facebook last week about whether clients prefer to buy the disk or the prints from their photographer.  The majority of the responders said that they want the digitals so they can “decide what they want to print themselves later.”  But I’m wondering if later really comes for most people?  Does the CD or flash drive get put in a drawer for “someday” only to be forgotten?  I know it does for me…  I beg you to print your photos.  If not through me, then please use a reputable lab! (See my friend Beryl Young’s “best of” print labs article for her recommendations on the best available consumer labs.)

I do realize that having the digital file to share is important in today’s world, so I’ve decided to change the way I sell my images.  From now on, with each purchased print image (whether print or canvas) you will receive a low-res digital file of that print.  This file can be shared on Facebook, printed for gifts, and stored on your mobile device.  But you’ll also have the confidence of knowing you have a professionally printed hard copy to back it up just in case that CD gets used as a coaster by Uncle Harry.  Once you do print your photos hop over to my Pinterest board to see some awesome ideas for how to hang your photos and create a memory wall in your own home!

Now’s a great opportunity to book your family lifestyle session AND get a gorgeous hard copy of your favorite photo!  Remember with each session scheduled between now and March 31 you’ll receive a complimentary 24×30″ canvas – my favorite way to display photos.  Email me to take advantage of this limited offer before it’s too late!

  • February 10, 2015 - 9:05 pm

    Sue - Enjoyed the post=%^)

  • February 11, 2015 - 11:03 am

    Barb - Yes, Kelly! YES! I’m with you!!! I’ve restructured my collections to include more reasons, encouragement for my clients to have MORE prints!! And I’m allowing some low-res, watermarked files for web sharing. Sending you my High Five!! Here’s to the tangible love!! :)