Updated: May 31, 2020
So, you snapped away all those awesome shots of your kids opening up their gifts, family dinner get-togethers, or holiday getaways...now what to do with them. No doubt many are stored on your phone, which means they're always with you. But, how easy is it to access and repeatedly enjoy on a small screen? Plus, what will technology be like generations from now? Will they still be accessible even if stored on the computer? I wouldn't want to risk losing those special memories. I'm still enjoying actual prints of my great-grandfather in Poland in the 1890's and my grandfather with his family in the early 1900's. So, I'm a huge proponent of converting the best images into prints or some product--a technology that will never go out of style!
Even if not prints, turn your favorite images that put a smile on your face into a ceramic coaster so it can be enjoyed everyday while offering a place to rest your favorite drink. Consider turning the most special images into a statuette, magnet, 2x3 accordion album, or even a blanket like my niece and her husband made for my parents. This is even more important if you've had professional portraits taken. If you put the money and time into such a process, it would be a shame to have all the digitals stored somewhere on the computer or phone that is probably rarely viewed after the initial excitement. Plus it doesn't have the emotional impact like a real product. Why do museums still exist if the artwork can simply be viewed on through the internet? Because seeing actual prints offers a very different artistic and emotional experience. Creating your own products can work, but you get what you pay for. Invest in high quality products either through what the photographer offers or what you do on your own.
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