There’s a certain cycle that too many families go through when they get family photos taken, whether they’re updated portraits for the whole family or they’re more specific maternity portraits, newborn photos, or photos for other occasions. After your session when you first see your photos, you’re thrilled with them! You’re so glad you took the time for professional photos and you look forward to years of treasuring them as your family grows and changes.
Then life happens. In the middle of rushing around and managing your household and your family, you forget about the precious family portraits. The digital photos end up on some storage drive somewhere, collecting virtual dust and being forgotten more and more each day.
There’s only one way to break the cycle: to have your portraits printed instead. Whether you opt for a print to hang in your home, an album, or another way to enjoy your photos, you’ll get so much more for your time and your investment.
No one has the time to flip through digital photos on a regular basis, and least of all someone who’s busy raising a family. That’s why the parents I work with love giving their portraits a physical presence in their homes.
You might hang a portrait (or several of them) on your walls or opt for multi-sided photo cubes to adorn your bookshelves. In any case, those photos that took time to plan and resources to create are now visible and ready to put a smile on your face every time you walk past them.
One of the most common misconceptions is that your digital photos will last forever because there’s no ink to fade. While your photos won’t fade, they’ll one day be unviewable altogether. Most digital files and digital storage formats degrade over time and if the only copy of your favorite family photo is in digital form, you don’t want the heartbreak of one day finding that you can’t open the file.
The risk is even higher with social media. Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms are great for sharing photos with your family and friends, but you have no control over their security. There’s always a risk that one day, the platform will crash or there will be some other technical problem that could wipe all your data – including those precious photos you’re storing.
If there’s one thing parents understand, it’s multitasking. If you’re managing to do your daughter’s hair while fixing your son’s toy and preparing dinner at the same time, your family portraits should be working hard too. So why not use them for double duty – as both treasured memories and home décor?
If you plan ahead, we can even customize the wardrobe and sets for your photo session to complement the color scheme of the room where you’ll hang the photos. Your maternity portraits could be the perfect design anchor for your portrait wall or the ideal piece of artwork for your living room.
One reason parents love professional family photos is that they capture any stage in your kids’ lives or your family’s life, no matter how fleeting that moment will feel in a few years. If these memories are important to you when your kids get older, imagine how meaningful they’ll be for your kids to show to their own children and even their grandchildren.
Physical prints, albums, photo cubes, and other material forms of your family portraits make fantastic family heirlooms for you to pass on for generations. Remember, though, that prints you get online and from quick printing services generally won’t last. The best way to protect your precious portraits is with prints from reputable and high-quality print shops through your family photographer.
Putting Your Family’s Photos to the Best Use
As a maternity photographer, newborn photographer, and family photographer, it means so much to me when a client chooses my studio to capture their precious memories. I want your experience and your finished products to give you as much joy as possible, and when that’s the goal, professional prints are the way to go.
To schedule your family’s next photo session or to learn more about my services in the Ames, IA area, contact my Story City photography studio today.
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