Why buy a printed photograph? Because you have invested in a professional photographer. Don’t let your images just sit on a hard drive somewhere. Let them be seen, by printing them.
Printed Photograph vs. Digital
When was the last time you sat down at your computer and looked at your digital family photos? I have dozens of old images on old hard drives, from long before my studying photography that I often forget I even have. And the ones I never forget? The printed photographs hanging on my walls. They are sitting on my desk and even hanging on the fridge. Some are stored in boxes in a closet, a closet I occasionally clean out. I rarely even think about the old pictures stored on those hard drives, let alone look at them. Screens are in front of us all the time these days. The next time you are reminiscing with your children about that fun family vacation, are you more likely to pull out a screen or an album?
And it changes fast. Do you remember VHS? Do you know anyone who has VHS anymore? What about the old floppy disc? How would one even go about retrieving the information stored on one now a days? Sure, getting images via web download or via thumb drive is a great way to have copies. The problem is just that. They are copies. What happens when technology outgrows it? What do you do when one of those things fails? My laptop, already a year old, does not even have a USB port or a disc drive. A printed photograph is a tangible item. It is art. You can hold it in your hands and hang it on your wall. Technology cannot outgrow it.
The Psychological Impacts
When one looks at a favorite photograph it brings them back to that place and time. The memories tend to fill us with joy and nostalgia. Psychological studies support the idea that printed photographs in a home give children in particular a sense of belonging and self, thus aiding in their confidence. A professor of psychological sciences at the University of Manchester says, “For children in particular, looking at photographs is part of the socializing process; learning who you are and where you fit into the family. By displaying photographs of our children at different stages in their lives, we are making a very public statement that we are proud of them.” (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1117243/Family-photographs-help-develop-childs-positive-self-image.html)
David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio stresses, not only the importance of printed photographs showing a family unit, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit,” but he also chimes in on where he thinks they belong. “My bias is very simple. I think they (family photographs) should be on the wall.” (https://designaglow.com/blogs/design-aglow/17493452-how-family-portraits-boost-your-child-s-self-esteem) What is more important than giving your child a safe space where they feel that they are loved and they belong?
As nice as having digital files, they are backups. Your photographs belong on your walls, in books, and in albums that stand the test of time and technology. They belong in a place that gives your children a constant reminder that they are loved and they belong. That is the power of a printed photograph.