So the fun engagement shoot and weddings vibes are over and you have those meaningful images stored in digital form via a USB stick or the online private gallery. However, can we discuss why buying prints is amazing!
Photographers are story tellers and what we do is so important. The creative images we photographers capture, last forever and after all those years, the images are the only materialistic thing we have left of our memories.
Now that I have your attention continue reading, because I want to dig real deep and open my heart up as to why images and prints are so so important to me.
As a young child at the age of 11 my eldest brother, Victor, was involved in a pedal cycle vs lorry RTC. My only memory of this difficult time in my life, was my whole family crying, and I mean like the ugly cry where people can’t stop and they scream. It was scary and being told I had to go see Victor in hospital because he was not going to make it through the night. I had to go say goodbye to my big brother and as a child you don’t understand what is going on and you watch your older brothers and sisters cry uncontrollably and watching the pain in your parents eyes really does break your heart. As I entered the hospital room, I still remember till this day, hearing the beeps and strange hospital sounds. There was nothing more terrifying than seeing my poor brother, laying in a hospital bed completely lifeless, with tubes down his throat to help him breath, and wires attached to his body linking to noisy machines and his whole body bruised and his hands covered in dry blood with a weird swollen head. It didn’t look like him and none of it felt real, like I was going to wake up any minute and it would all of been a dream. But it wasn’t and I remember that night being the longest night of our lives, we stayed at the hospital and we all cried ourselves to sleep, praying and being sick to our stomachs.
In the morning I woke, fearing the worse. Did he make it through the night? He was a freaking miracle, he had hung on. But the struggle didn’t stop there, he continued his journey in a coma for what felt like a year. Victor eventually woke up, but with no memory as to who we all were. He looked so scared, he didn’t know where he was or why he was there, it was truly a emotional rollercoaster. We didn’t loose hope as a family and the incident made our bonds stronger. We attended the hospital everyday with photos and videos to show my brother his life, his family, his daughter and we continued to document his journey by taking more photos to show him his process when he felt down and frustrated. We built his memory from photos as well as other therapy treatments and he survived. I remember we gave him a big keyring set. Each keyring had a photo of one of the family. He could stare at them whenever he liked, and he could also use as a sensory item. Today he is healthy, hard-working, very talented artist and he has continued to live his life. Despite his disabilities and memory loss problems he continues to make me proud and smile every damn day. I mean, yeh he could stop putting his deaf ear to me when he doesn’t want to talk to me or others lol. What I’m saying here guys and gals is, If it wasn’t for photos how would we as a family have shown our brother his previous life, re-built relationships and document his process. Whilst this moment in time was long, hard and emotional we continue to treasure those family moments together with him and are forever grateful he returned to us.
On another bright note, have you ever just sat down and looked through a family photo album or old trip? I love it and have storage boxes full of images of family and old friends. It really keeps you grounded and kinda a time capsule experience too.
Make your house a home, and fill your walls with prints. Every time you walk into the room or pop to the kitchen for a cuppa you can have a glance at the frame and feel that little smile on your face remembering that day. I absolutely love receiving messages from my couples, about the images i captured in frames within their home, my heart always bursts with joy.
Wedding photographers have super powers, we are badass and have the ability to freeze time. Therefore, it is virtual to support local businesses by purchasing prints, and it really does go a long way. What might seem like a small purchase for you will mean the world to the business owner and enable them to grow as well as bring another person joy, as it shows you really do admire their work.
You cannot rely on technology, it’s that simple, some USBs and external hard drives crash. Or images just get lost in the cloud. Buy prints to prevent loosing those all important images.
I would recommend investing in professional image quality, as photographers only use professional printing labs as there work requires colour correction if necessary and to stop the images from fading over time they’re printed on professional paper products to protect images. Please don’t print images professionally taken from your home printer or a local Boots store. The printers used are not calibrated and your images will be printed in a different colour. Once you receive your photo box or when I start to create your wedding albums with the spread pages, you always have the option to add more page spreads or prints but these will be at extra costs, and all you have to do is let me know or order the prints through the shoot proof site.
To end this blog I would like to recommend a film to watch, there is a well known Mexican tradition called “ the day of the dead” and if you’re not familiar with it then please watch the Disney film “coco” it really puts a different perspective and spin on the importance of prints and it explains the day of the Dead tradition, it is a Mexican holiday celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere associated with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, and is held on November 1 and 2. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and to remember friends and family members who have died by putting framed images out and giving the afterlife gifts. It is such a beautiful holiday.
Thank you for reading. Now go buy some prints 🙂