Soooo, you know how I’m always harping on how important it is to get your pictures printed? While I definitely mean that you need to invest in beautiful fine art wall art from your portrait session with Nan Doud Photography, I also mean that you need to have your snapshots printed!
Remember photo kiosks? Brag books? Doubles anyone?! It’s funny because we have more cameras per capita than ever now thanks to smart phones but we have fewer books of family snaphsots than ever too! Why is that?
It’s the same reason a high percentage of “digital only” brides and grooms have yet to do anything with that disc of images in the closet? Desk? Oh shoot… Where is it now?! You see my point. The reason is that we have great intentions but life crowds in and before we know it it’s been years! If you’re blushing because this describes you, fear not… You are in good company! This is why I do my best to ensure that all my clients walk away with something tangible that is made to stand the test of time. But I digress!
Friends, this printing your snapshots stuff is important for our kiddos! These things help anchor the memories like grappling hooks to their synapses and heartstrings in a way that digital images on your hard drive never could. There is nothing like getting your hands on your photos in print, whether we are talking about your wedding album or your snapshots from summer vacation.
I spent many many hours as a child poring over my photo albums. It was my way of reaffirming my own history. It helped me remember who and where I came from. Memories that would have lived only in my parents’ minds were being etched into mine. It made me wonder things about people and places and led me to ask questions of my mom and dad that I’d have never asked without the visual tangible prompts.
With that in mind, I followed my own advice this Christmas and bought each of my kids and some of my nieces these photo books from chatbooks.com.
And let me tell you, they were a huge hit! Are they archival? No. Are they super high in quality? No. These are simple one image per page books that you can create using your Instagram feed or your Facebook photos (make sure you have a print release before using any photos not taken by you, especially professional photos) in a matter of a few taps of the finger! They are perfect for the kids to thumb through. Starting at just $8 for smaller page counts, you can fill them with up to 365 pages each! Since its app based the process really couldn’t be any easier.
Don’t put it off any longer. You know if you do you’ll never get around to it! And I must say, the creation process is rather addictive!