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Why you should print your images! PRINT IS NOT DEAD!

I bloody LOVE it when couples get excited about their wedding photography! Whether they’re snapping a quick selfie with their bridal party, wearing mental costumes all squished into their photo booth or rushing across a field with me when I shriek at them “OMG THE SUNSET!” It fills me with joy to realise that other people also see the value in being able to document this wonderful time in our lives. 

Nanny & Grandad Smith, 1952
Nanny & Grandad Carson, 1962

It’s a precious slice of time – whether monumental, completely spontaneous or seemingly inconsequential – never to be repeated, but, by the magic of professional wedding photography, it can be revisited a million times over. These incredibly special wedding day moments will also reveal a bit more about your younger selves to your kids (and then their kids and probably also their kids) and maybe even help them understand a bit more about themselves, why they are the people they are.

My Mum, Auntie Gill & friend with cousin Kelly as flowergirl, circa 1983
Hilariously yawny bridesmaids – cousin Kelly, distant cousin, friend, Auntie Gill, my Mum and me, 1987

I’m a huuuuge fan of ANY wedding photos from years gone by. I’m fascinated by the old, stiff style of formal portraiture and the wonky, personal photos snapped by a 1980’s Boots 110 camera. I could look at wedding photos forever, whether it’s my own family’s weddings, friends’ weddings or even strangers; there is nothing more heart-warming than seeing all the happy/crying/hilarious faces laid out in beautiful albums and stacked around houses in frames. It’s the perfect way to keep your loved ones close forever.

 

(And yes, because of the nature of my job I do understand all the technical aspects that go into creating a photograph… however, that doesn’t mean I can’t believe that each photograph holds a tiny element of magic in it.)

70’s in full effect – Uncle Roy, Auntie Gill, Auntie Lynne and my Mum
Grandad & Nanny Carson’s wedding in the 60’s.

However, the manner in which we store images these days is so fragile, unsafe and subject to change. Once upon a time CD’s were cutting edge in photo storage, but they soon became old hat (most people use iPads now with no CD slot!)… more recently USB’s took the crown, but how long until they’re also obsolete… right now we transfer images straight from our phones to cloud storages. But do we know how long that will last? What happens if we lose our phones? Or forget our log in details? All along the way, we are haemorrhaging memories…

 

But that box of photos in your attic or album stored under your bed will still be there in 50 years time, ready to be pulled out and rifled through at any moment… I think there’s a reassuring and comfortable kind of nostalgic consistency in that knowledge.

 

So I find myself advising everyone to PRINT YOUR IMAGES!*

“You look like a field of flowers” said the 80’s photographer – Auntie Lynne, me, my Mum, Auntie Gill, cousin Kelly, 1986
Good old pub wedding – Uncle Barry, friend, my Dad, circa 1980

RECOMMENDED: You can print your images directly from your Amy Faith Photography online gallery.


Possibly the easiest and most reliable choice! With every one of my wedding packages, you will receive access to your own personal, password-protected, online gallery. With this gallery you not only have an incredibly easy way to share your wedding images amongst all of your guests, but you also have quick access to professional printing services without even breaking a sweat! I offer prints in a range of frameable sizes on beautiful lustre Fujifilm photo paper using archival inks. I even offer images printed on luxury fine art papers with the option of beautiful bespoke frames and a range of HUGE canvases.

You could even choose to order one of my beautiful albums! - Ask me for more info!

Me at my mum and dad’s wedding, 1986
My Grandad Smith looking happily after my Mum’s wedding car leaving the church

ALTERNATIVE: Print your images straight from your USB/computer

 

I know a lot of photographers may think I’m crazy mentioning this but I’m going to say it anyway, because, above all else, I am just incredibly passionate about getting my couples to print their images – you can print your images anywhere you like; you aren’t restricted to only using my gallery! There, I said it! However, a word of warning – if you plan to use an alternative printer, please ensure that your chosen photographic lab uses high-quality papers and archival inks, otherwise you may risk being disappointed in the resulting prints. By using my recommended printers, via your online gallery, I can at least guarantee a professional level of quality and an accurate representation of my work that you may not find anywhere else.

My mum as a bridesmaid
Nanny Smith, my dad, my mum, Grandad Smith, 1986

*Oh and back your images up in any way you can. Make a duplicate USB, upload them all to your cloud storage, print duplicates, have an album printed. Whatever you do, do not just leave them on that one USB!!

My boyfriend Tom with his mum on her wedding day, 2000
Tom’s mum with her husband Jim on their wedding day, 2000
2 Comments
  • Julie Napier

    February 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm Reply

    I agree! photos to print and put in albums are so precious and our family photos going back to the early 1920’s are irreplaceable, so many memories. Fabulous blog Amy. ❤

    • Amy Faith

      February 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm Reply

      Exactly! We take it for granted these days! For example Facebook wont be around forever so it isn’t a valid form of photo preservation!

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